Month: July 2018

Update on the Driveway Width Bylaw Review | First Vote is Monday July 23rd!

Greetings Friends,

A sincere thanks to the hundreds of Guelph families who have been reaching out to me on this issue since June.  I’m having informative and supportive conversations on a daily basis with residents who are sharing their stories with me and are motivated to help bring some reasonableness to the driveway issue in our City.

Many have been asking how they can help, so here’s goes…..

On Monday July 23rd Council will take the initial vote on the motion.  It’s largely an administrative vote (no debate) but it is essential to getting the issue of a Driveway Width Bylaw Review onto our September council agenda.  If the vote fails on Monday, the agenda item does not move forward.  It’s that simple.  If the vote passes however, the motion then proceeds to the September meeting where council will hear from the public, debate the motion and ultimately rule on the recommendation.

That’s why I need your support this weekend. If you haven’t already done so, please consider emailing your Ward councillors expressing your support for the motion.  Please be civil, diplomatic and reasoned.  I’ve been so impressed with the level of decorum shown by our community throughout this process, and I’d be even more proud if we kept it that way.

Councilors email addresses are found here

Thank you for your support.


Linking Guelph’s Natural Heritage Action Plan with our 2050 Net Zero Emissions Target

One of the reasons I continue to champion the concept of Net Zero emissions for our community by 2050 is the “all above the above” energy and environment strategy that it encompasses.  An approach that doesn’t just fix us on certain technologies, but allows a broader conversation that incorporates ecosystem services in our pursuit of Net Zero.

To this point, on Tuesday July 3rd Council received an update on the development of our City’s Natural Heritage Action Plan (NHAP) from staff.  During discussions I drew connections between our NHAP and our 2050 Net Zero target.  Below is a short video highlighting the conversation.

Thanks to all who have contributed to the NHAP to this point and I encourage all those with an interest in energy and the environment to join the conversation.

To learn more about the NHAP you can follow this link and get involved. 

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