Grand Opening of New City Hall

New City Hall Grand Opening!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Come and help celebrate the Grand Opening — local live music, refreshments, tours — between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm. This only happens every 152 years so don’t miss it!

Free transit downtown between 10 am and 4 pm.



Why Do We Celebrate John Galt Day?

John Galt portrait by Charles Grey

John Galt portrait by Charles Grey








In October 2006, City Council enacted a bylaw creating John Galt Day, becoming the 7th municipality in Ontario since 1969 (when the Civic Holiday was created) to give a name to the civic holiday.

The impetus to name the civic holiday after our founding father, John Galt, came from citizens Peter Anderson and Gil Stelter, longtime advocates for recognizing Galt’s contribution to the thriving City of Guelph.  Anderson was involved in the commissioning of the John Galt statue in front of old City Hall, and Stelter is a renowned scholar in Canadian urban history with an extensive knowledge of Galt’s legacy.

In the written history of Galt, he is called many things – writer, poet, entrepreneur, debtor,  adventurer,   land developer, etc.  But my favourite moniker for our Founding Father was offered by his close associate, Dr.”Tiger”  Dunlop, who called him “the woodland sovereign”.

Galt’s vision for Guelph was ambitious.  He planned a radial design, with terminating vistas that led to the Church of Our Lady, St. George’s Square and Market Square.  He carefully planned and executed a land settlement process that was not based solely on profit — he insisted on the inclusion of public works to attract settlement (roads, a school, a market) and gave shelter to the destitute La Guayra settlers when the British government had abandoned them.  He dreamt of a centre of agriculture, culture and economic prosperity.

In 2009, Guelph was ranked the Most Caring community in Canada, the Safest Community in Canada, and the 4th Smartest City in Canada.  We are home to Canada’s finest agricultural and veterinary university, an agri-food and biotechnology centre of excellence and home to world class musicians, writers, poets and musical festivals.

So yes, I think Galt’s vision has become reality.  That’s worth celebrating!   Happy John Galt Day!

Moore Avenue Neighbourhood Meeting

Residents of the Moore Avenue/Hales Crescent area are invited to a neighbourhood chat on Thursday, May 14th at 7:00 pm in the Friendship Room at Harcourt United Church (Dean Avenue).

Ward 5 Councillors Lise Burcher and Leanne Piper, along with University of Guelph Off-Campus Living Manager, Kathryn Hofer, will be in attendance.

Topics for discussion:  current conditions in the area, challenges and opportunities for improvement.

For more information, contact Lise at 519-362-2207 or Leanne at 519-824-9000.

Public Tours of New City Hall

Guelph’s New City Hall is likely to be one of the most popular buildings during this year’s Doors Open Guelph event on Saturday, April 25.

The building’s impressive design and the restored Winter Fair Wall are the most striking exterior features, and the event gives the public one of its first opportunities to see the inside of the building.

Visitors will also learn about the building’s green features. City Hall is built to meet the LEED Silver Standard (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) set out by the Canadian Green Building Council. Its use of local and eco-friendly building materials, efficient lighting, its green roof and the heating and cooling systems are designed to reduce the City’s use of water and energy and lower its environmental footprint.

Each year Doors Open Guelph celebrates Guelph’s heritage and local culture by offering free public tours through buildings all over the city. The annual event is organized in partnership by the Guelph Arts Council, Heritage Guelph and City of Guelph Tourism Services. Visit for tour maps, site listings and more information.

Community Event – Order of Canada Recipient Celebrated

A Community Recognition of

Sister Christine

and her appointment to the

Order of Canada

Join us in Celebration

James Gordon

Sam Turton

Brad Wood

Dennis Gaumond
and Tales by:

Ann Estill

Brian Holstein

The Ghost of Sister Romano

Sya VanGeest

Father Bill Clarke, S.J.

Wednesday, November 26,

from 7:00 until 9:00 pm


St. James Anglican Church Hall

86 Glasgow St N, Guelph.


Admission is free,

Donations in support of “WELCOME IN”

For more information, contact

Water Conservation Update Meeting

Water Conservation and Efficiency Strategy

Public Information Centre

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

6:30 – 8:30 pm at the Holiday Inn, Scottsdale Drive

The Public Information Centre will provide the community with an introduction to the strategy update and showcase project activities and progress to date. Residents will also have the opportunity to provide feedback on the proposed study methodology and future water conservation and efficiency initiatives. The Public Information Centre will feature project display materials for review and City staff and the project consultant team will also be on hand to answer questions and to discuss the project.

For additional information on the City’s 2008 Water Conservation and Efficiency Strategy Update, and to view other study materials, please visit