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The Oak Tree Project wrapped up its fourth instalment last month at The Art Gallery of Guelph. This year, as Canada honours its 150th anniversary, local charities explored themes related to the Canadian experience of building a place where everyone feels they are welcome and connected to people, services and opportunities. “My brother and I have been members of this community our whole lives,” said Will Mactaggart, co-founder of The Oak Tree Project. “We were thrilled with the way in which charities and their supporters came together and demonstrated the sense of belonging they create for new and longtime members of our community. Their stories highlight how charities in Guelph and Wellington support wellbeing, inclusion and connectivity.” This year’s Oak Tree Project was an outstanding success. Nearly 2,000 stories were collected during the first phase of the competition, the event finale was attended by close to 200 people, and nearly $35,000 raised for Guelph/Wellington charities. The winner of the Grand Prize was Shelldale Better Beginnings Better Futures for their new take on a peer supported program to welcome and engage newcomers to their community. Shelldale also had a large contingent of supporters at the Finale in late September and took away the Picton Mahoney People’s Choice award. The 2017 Oak Tree Project was the fourth year that the Mactaggart family has run the unique and
highly effective philanthropic program. Their approach to trying something new through their corporate giving started when the family team (which runs a financial advisory business in Guelph) wanted to see if their funds could be used as a tool to leverage other giving AND involve the community in the decision process. “While we recognize the success others achieve through traditional fundraising in our community, we wanted to do something different,” commented Mike Hryn from the Mactaggart family team. “We wanted to build something that we could point to as a new approach to giving that wasn't just about money. To see the success we had over the past four years is humbling.” Since 2014 more than $110,000 has been donated to Guelph/Wellington charities through the Oak Tree Project. And while the event has grown over the years, the basic premise of the grant program hasn’t changed. At the start of the competition, charities register at the Oak Tree website with a summary about the specific project they would undertake if they won the $5,000 grand prize. Each charity then asks supporters from the community to nominate their idea on the Oak Tree Project site with a brief story about what the project will do. These stories are collected throughout the campaign and shared back with the charities to use in their own marketing and communications– one of the many non-financial benefits of getting involved
in the Oak Tree Project. Since the first Oak Tree in 2014, nearly 6,000 comments or stories have been captured for Guelph/Wellington charities. “We were excited to receive the most nominations during the story telling phase during the first round of this year’s Oak Tree Project,” says Glenna Banda, the Executive Director of The Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington.“The community really rallied together on the last day to keep us in the top five. It was reassuring to see that they believe in the importance of the work we are doing.” At the end of the nomination period, the five charities with the most community nominations move on to the final round. Each finalist submits a more detailed plan for their idea that is judged by a group of 12 engaged and knowledgeable community leaders. The charities present their idea at the event finale during a 5 minute pitch, where attendees can ‘vote’ for their favourite idea at the end of the pitches. Attendees support all of the participating charities with $5 chips which they buy at the start of the evening and is generously matched by event sponsors. The recipient of the greatest number of $5 chips is crowned the People’s Choice winner at the end of the evening. The Grand prize winner is chosen that night by combining their ranking of online votes, judges voting and finale event voting. As a new twist this year, the judges picked a –continued pg 3
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winner from amongst the non-finalist charities for a $2,500 Judges’ Prize. This year, the Guelph Black Heritage Society won the money to help improve the accessibility of Heritage Hall. The Guelph Black Heritage Society values connectivity, diversity, and inclusivity, and adds to Guelph’s vibrancy through various social events and preserving Heritage Hall as a cultural centre. “Picking a winner from the non-finalists allowed the judges to look beyond the online presence of the organizations and support the other creative and important ideas,” said Chris Willard, Executive Director of Guelph Community Foundation and founding supporter of the Oak Tree Project. For the first year of the Oak Tree project, all Guelph/Wellington charities were invited to participate. Year two, the focus was on the impact that the arts have on the social and economic health of the community. The third year focused on helping non-profits in the Guelph/Wellington community find new and creative ways to engage and support volunteers. This year, to celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary, the project focused on the ways in which charities build community where every-
one can belong and thrive. “Picking the theme each year is really about finding the stories the community wants to tell,” said Curt Hammond, Chief Listening Officer at long time sponsor, Pearl Street Communications. “Inspired by comments from last year’s judges and wanting to celebrate Canada’s 150th, the theme of belonging was a natural fit. Oak Tree 2017 was a reminder of all the good work that charities do to make our community welcoming and how important it is that we never stop working at it.” What’s next for The Oak Tree Project? Organizers haven’t yet announced 2018 plans yet, but leave no doubt their ideas will be planting more seeds and inspiring others to get involved. Learn more at TheOakTreeProject.ca The Oak Tree Project was established in 2014 by The Mactaggart Family at Richardson GMP to empower Guelph/Wellington charities with funds and stories about their impact. Offering a new approach to corporate social responsibility, The Oak Tree Project demonstrates how philanthropy is changing by engaging communities and strengthening local non-profits. Over the past four years, more than $110,000 has been distributed to local charities.
Publisher’s message Wow–it’s a great feeling to be sitting at my desk some days watching all the community good news showing up in my inbox. Thanksgiving was just a bit ago and I’m sure we all gave thanks for our families, friends and health and maybe took a moment as well to give thanks for the fact we live in such a great city. This issue alone has some good community ‘stuff ’ to check out. Right out of the gates is our featured story on the Oak Tree Project that just celebrated its 4th birthday. Marty Williams the E.D. of the DGBA has some good news on parking downtown in his column. Age Friendly Guelph has an informative column, and a new contributor Gail Moore of Fitness after 50 shares some tips on moving about. Taste of Guelph had another successful event and a couple of Rotary Clubs with the brewing expertise of Wellington Brewery have introduced a “Rotary Local Lager”. There is an opinion article on the ‘proposed’ small business tax increase and news of a groundbreaking ceremony for Mirexus Biotechnologies. The Guelph Community Foundation was busy handing out $113,000 bucks to local charities AND there is some wonderful news relative to the The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada. There’s more-but I’ll let you read for
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Impacts of parking supply and costing by Marty Williams, Executive Director, Downtown Guelph Business Association
For the first time in decades, Downtown Guelph is going to see an increase in available parking. The Wilson Street surface lot will see the construction of a multi-level parking structure that will hold close to 500 cars, a gain of about 400 over what is there now. That’s good news for the hundreds of people on a waiting list for permit parking spaces, good news for businesses, good news for City and County services, and good news for people who live and work and play in Downtown Guelph. The structure is being built by a local company, so jobs and money will stay in Guelph (also good news). They are using an advanced precast system that is more durable, and uses less space that traditional pour-in-place builds: we can get 5 levels of parking in the same height that used to hold only 4. It is a technology that has been used in Germany, where they have similar weather conditions as us, and the result has been great. It lasts longer and the maintenance costs are lower than what we have been used to. So that’s the good news. The bad news is that as soon as this is built it will be full. This doesn’t solve the parking problem; it’s not the magic bullet, and we still have a long way to go to get it functioning as it should. A new parkade is great, but it is only one part of the overall picture. Downtown Guelph has a particular and vexing relationship with public parking. Unlike most of the rest of the city, we have much higher demand than supply. We also have many kinds of demands: some folks need all-day parking, some need a couple or three hours, and some need 15 minutes. As it stands, parking supply is insufficient in all those categories, and a single new parking structure is not going to change that.
Parking is a part of essential infrastructure– just as roads and bridges and sewers and streetlights are. These are the necessary pieces of city fabric that support social, civic, and economic activity, and without them working as they should things can quickly grind to a halt. When there is insufficient supply of parking, it cannot function properly. When paying additional user fees dissuades customers and drives jobs out of an area, it’s not just dysfunctional, it’s economically destructive. In most of the rest of the city, it doesn’t cost an additional fee to use the public parking. We don’t pay at recreation centres, parks, and branch libraries because parking is pre-paid by all of us through our taxes. But in Downtown we have a system where people pay though taxes, and then pay again to use. Why we pay for some public parking and not others is a question worth asking. If “user pay” is a defensible concept in Downtown, then it’s defensible in other public parking spots as well. If we think it’s fair to demand an additional fee to help pay for a space, then surely that same argument can be made for public parking outside of Downtown. (Especially when you consider that there are roughly 3000 public parking spots outside of Downtown: if each one generated on average $2 a day, it would generate about $2 million a year.) The City Centre is vibrant and lively because people come here to shop, dine, work and play. Most of them arrive here by car (just like they arrive everywhere else in Guelph). That is why it’s so vital that we get the parking supply right for the demand, and the costing consistent and fair. A new parking structure is a good first step, but we have a long way to go before we are done.
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Blackberry mobile devices I have spoken to a number of mobile users lately who are very excited about getting a new Blackberry. Everyone has their preference in mobile devices. Lots of folks prefer whatever is closest to their last device, while still others love Blackberry’s physical keyboard. I was surprised at how many people indicated that they chose Blackberry because it is much more secure. That begs an interesting question. Is Blackberry really that much more secure? The newest Blackberry handhelds no longer run the Blackberry Operating System and instead use Android much as Google and Samsung do. While it’s very much true that Blackberry’s Android implementation was given greater focus on security, in theory to make them “unrootable” that’s far too new a development for most people to be knowledgeable of. Clearly that’s not where this reputation for security originates. Much of Blackberry’s security reputation stems from the fact that email sent to their mobile devices via a Blackberry Enterprise Server is encrypted, making message inter-
ception impossible. This is what led to disagreements between RIM and various governments about gaining access to message traffic. Some may remember that once upon a time a Blackberry was very proprietary and could only be used by paying RIM directly each month. That is where their legendary reputation for security originated, a closed system separate from the Internet. A variation on that system is in use today only by corporations or offered as a specialty service by some mobile providers. A new Blackberry connected to an email account via the Internet does not use a Blackberry Enterprise Server and that legendary security is greatly reduced. As with any mobile device, care needs to be taken to ensure safe and secure functionality. Nothing is completely secure right out of the box. Have a chat with your neighbourhood computer guy for more information. Kevin Davison, IT Consultant, Kadence Solutions. 888-387-7393, email@example.com
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Depression is NOT a normal part of aging by Karen McElroy, Age Friendly Guelph Leadership Team member, CEO Boardroom Metrics Inc.
“Aging is tricky business” began Jody Weiler on our initial call together. Jody is a specialized geriatric clinician at the Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo Wellington (CMHA WW). She was the key note speaker at the 18th Annual World Mental Health Day event on October 12th at the Evergreen Seniors Community Centre in Guelph. Joining her on the podium was Mayor Cam Guthrie. Jody dispelled some myths related to seniors and mental health. She shared with me “that just starting a mental health conversation is a step in the right direction”. Jody says that she often tells seniors “you are resilient, you made it this far”. Many individuals, families and care givers are indeed starting the conversation. This often begins with questions about depression– how to recognize it and what to do if we think that someone we care about (or ourselves) is depressed. Jody said that when she does presentations, the crowd is often silent. Then nodding begins as people recognize that “makes so much sense, that speaks to me”. It’s at the end of her presentations that people will come up individually to speak with Jody. She shared that “there is comfort in hearing that what you are feeling is not unique to you, it’s not a character flaw”. A common misconception Jody sees is that depression means that someone is sad all the time. But the truth is, that you can be depressed and not feel sad. The patterns of depression often begin with a lack of interest in past favorite hobbies; not joining friends for
coffee anymore; or, simply choosing to stay home and doing nothing because it seems easier than going out. Another common misconception is that depression is a normal part of aging. As we age, each of us may experience new health issues. We may endure the loss of one or more important relationships. And it’s common to sense a loss of meaning and purpose in our lives. Part of the CMHA WW’s aging-success-recipe is to be social, feel a sense of community, eat healthy, get your body moving and keep learning.
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Do yourself a big favour. Stand up. Sit less. Move more. Physical inactivity is now being called the biggest public health problem of our time. Many people spend a lot of their day sitting down. Aside from being hard on Tips for seeking help around depression: your back, sitting too much actually • Talk to your family doctor slows down your metabolism so you • Ask your family doctor for a referral through the Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo Wellington (CMHA WW) burn less fat. And it doesn’t get any • Have a confidential assessment by a clinical social worker; you better as we age–sitting increases can meet at a CMHA WW office, a coffee shop or they will your risk of disability, is bad for even come into your own home your immune system and even • CMHA WW may refer you to a Geriatric medicine specialist or diminishes your brain power. to a Psychiatrist Research now suggests that exerI’m not aging, I’m evolving. I heard someone say this cising for an hour is not going to recently. My tip for aging well? Join the Guelph help very much if you spend the rest Wellington Seniors Association (GWSA). The of the day sitting. Evergreen Seniors Community Centre and GWSA We sit down when we eat, watch provide a wide range of activities geared to seniors. TV, work on our computers, play on Article sponsored by Venture Guelph Publications Ltd., our electronic devices, bank, pay a community collaborator of Age Friendly Guelph. For more inforbills, attend meetings, and watch mation about how you can support or get involved with Age sports, plays and movies. So we realFriendly Guelph, get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org or visit ly want to change our mind set to guelph.ca/agefriendly find ways to stand more as we go about our day. Think about when you could “stand instead of sit” and “walk instead of stand.” The good news is that there really are lots of benefits when we move more. You will actually get more done in your workday, feel better, be more productive and probably have less down time due to sickness.
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Have you ever wondered why you seem “fresher” and seem to think better after an exercise break? A growing body of evidence suggests we think and learn better when we walk or do another form of exercise. The reasons for this are not completely understood, but part of the reason exercise enhances cognition has to do with blood flow. Research shows that when we exercise, blood pressure and blood flow increase everywhere in the body, including the brain. More blood means more energy and oxygen–and that makes our brain perform better. Try it! In addition to your regular exercise routine–which hopefully includes 3-4 times a week at the gym or outside or wherever you exercise–add a 5-minute “fitness break” to every hour of your day. Sounds like a lot, but it’s not. Stand up, walk around, dance, bend, stretch, hop or skip–whatever feels good. Try it for a week and your body will thank you and convince you to keep going! Gail Moore, Certified Personal Trainer, owner of Fitnessafter50. (519) 827-7170 email@example.com.
The rewards of exploration, risk, and smart, hard work After a full school year of attending classes from September until June, who would choose to work eight hours a day for the month of July with no expectation of a paycheque? And why? Juliet Rodgers is a student of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic High School. She is enrolled in the Transportation Specialist High Skills Major program, and is seen below working on a car as part of her co-op experience. This past summer, she spent the month of July working at the Mr. Lube location on the corner of Willow Road and Silvercreek Avenue in Guelph, Ontario, and earned two high school credits in the process. Juliet is part of a growing trend in the region with more than 60 Guelph area students participating in the Summer School Co-op program. Several of these students were enrolled in SHSM programs at their home schools, and were dedicated enough to their own success to sacrifice the month of July from their summer break to work at a co-op placement and earn two credits towards their high school diploma. Area high schools offer Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) programs in a wide range of career sectors. SHSM programs allow students to take a defined package of courses that combine to create an area of focus for their studies– think of identifying a ‘major’ in a post-secondary program. There are several components of SHSM programs that make them valuable to students. SHSM students earn meaningful certifications that relate directly to their area of focus, such as WHMIS, first aid, fall-arrest, working at heights, etc. SHSM students can also experience reachahead opportunities such as facility/campus tours, as well as innovation, collaboration and entrepreneurship training sessions. Some of their other subject areas contextualize course content to fit with the SHSM sector of the student. For example, in a math class, a 3-4-5 triangle might be suggested for a construction SHSM student who might need to check the squareness of what they’re building, as a way of
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when she was offered part-time employment at Mr. Lube, contextualizing Pythagorean Theorem. once her placement had finished in August. As Juliet One of the key components of SHSM programs is the explains, “I was offered employment due to my quick opportunity and requirement for an experiential learning learning and performance shown during my placement component, otherwise known as co-op. Students go through some initial job search and readiness training, and time there.” Juliet’s summer school co-op placement at Mr. Lube was a learn invaluable interview skills during an in-class portion that takes place one night a week in the months of May and perfect example of how dedicated students can take risks in non-traditional pathways, engage in specialized programs, June. In July, these students are connected with area businesses/employers to earn co-op placement hours. In Juliet’s maintain options in their home school timetables and gain valuable work experience in an area of interest. Students case, she worked 8 hours a day, 5 days a week at Mr. Lube. who are interested in discovering their strengths and applyThe fact that this is offered in summer school means ing them as they discern their passion and career pathways that it keeps course choices open for students during the are encouraged to check with their school student sucschool year. cess/guidance departments for information about their “I chose to take summer school co-op because I wanted school’s experiential learning opportunities. some work experience before I chose my career pathway, but did not have space in my school “I wanted some work experience before I chose my career pathway…” schedule… My placement reinforced my - Juliet Rodgers, OLOL Transportation SHSM student. (supplied photo) interest in the automotive industry.” said Rodgers. The true value of the co-op experience is that it allows students to try out a workplace and a career pathway, and connects dedicated, interested students with like-minded employers who understand the value of investing time and effort in the future workforce. SHSM programs tend to gather students based on their areas of interests, and is openly encouraging of students who want to pursue non-traditional pathways. Juliet has begun to build her network of contacts within the Auto Service Industry, and has forged relationships with co-workers and supervisors that will serve her well as she progresses on her pathway. One of the potential benefits of participation in a co-op program was realized by Juliet
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Over $113,000 in grants to local charities announced! The Grants Committee at The Guelph Community Foundation (GCF) is pleased to announce the 2017 Community Grants Program recipients and the Musagetes Fund grant recipients. “Our purpose as a Foundation is to support local charities who are working hard to create programs and activities that make Guelph a better place”, says Cyndy Moffat Forsyth, Chair of the Grants Committee at GCF. “We love the idea that hard working people have invested philanthropically with GCF so that every year we can grant to these grassroots efforts that support, build and encourage people to feel connected”, Forsyth said. The GCF Community Grants program has approved grants to 25 organizations, totalling $67,020 as follows: Action Read Community Literacy Centre: Diversity Action Project; Bereaved Families of Ontario – Midwestern Region: Living with Loss in Guelph; Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Wellington: One to One Match Program; Child Witness Centre: 2018 Guelph & Wellington Youth Symposium; Elora Centre for the Arts: Together in the Gallery: Seniors and Youth Connecting through Art; Facilitation Wellington Dufferin: Caring for Yourself, Caring for Each Other; Family & Children’s Services of
Guelph & Wellington County: Education Support and Transition program; Focus on Nature: Natural Wonders Exhibition; Guelph Community Health Centre: Community Food Market Expansion: Fruit Dividends for Early Years; Guelph Symphony Orchestra: Choir program; GW Seniors Association: GWSA CSS Outreach “Summer Rose Days”; GW Women in Crisis: Beauty for Ashes Program; Hope Spring Cancer Support Centre: Better Sleep for Cancer Patients, Caregivers and Families; Scientists in School: Bringing Hands-on Science to The Guelph Public Libraries; Sexual Health Options, Resources & Education Centre: SHORE Centre Guelph Expansion; Shelldale Better Beginnings, Better Futures: Royal Lead Youth Program; Start 2 Finish Canada: Running & Reading Guelph; Strong Start Charitable Organization: Letters, Sounds and Words program in Wellington County; Sunrise Therapeutic Riding Centre: Building Brighter Futures Arena Accessibility Project; Tetra Society of North America: Assistive Device Program in Guelph; The Life Centre: Agape Café program; Torchlight: Diversity is Strength: Supporting Newcomers in our Community; Wellington County Learning Centre: A Rural Web of Support for People Living in Poverty; Wyndham House: Community Engagement; YMCA YWCA of Guelph: SHARKs (Safe Healthy Aquatic Recreation for Kids).
The GCF Musagetes Fund program approved grants to 6 organizations, totalling $46,000 as follows: The Art Gallery of Guelph: Encounters Multicultural project; The Elora Festival & Singers: Circle of Song Therapeutic Choir; Guelph Black Heritage Society: Heritage Hall Theatre Project; Guelph Jazz Festival: Alumni Project; Inter Arts Matrix: Anthozoa May Your Spirit Be Well Project; Silence: The Crossings Project. With the two initiatives combined, The Guelph Community Foundation has granted $113,020 to 31 community organizations this Fall. A special thanks to our grants committee members, investors, fund holders and community supporters. “We look forward to sharing the stories of grant impact with the community later this year as the programs unfold”, says Forsyth. The Guelph Community Foundation’s office is located at 46 Cork Street East in Guelph. For more information about The Foundation, and how you can invest for community impact please visit www.guelphcf.ca
The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada, the first equine sanctuary accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries in Canada The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS), the only globally recognized organization providing standards for identifying legitimate animal sanctuaries, awarded Accredited status to The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada as of September 28, 2017. Accreditation signifies that The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada meets GFAS’s rigorous and peer-reviewed equine care standards which are confirmed by a comprehensive site visit. Accreditation also signifies adherence to standards addressing the sustainability of the organization, ethical principles, finances, staffing, education outreach, security and safety and other operational aspects. “We are very proud to announce the recent Accreditation of The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada, the
first GFAS Accredited equine sanctuary facility in Canada,” said Valerie Taylor, GFAS Director of Accreditation – Equine. “The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada really provides a model for other equine sanctuaries to aspire to. The exemplary life-long care provided to equines residing at The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada, coupled with the organization’s solid business practices and willingness to educate and involve the community on equine issues demonstrates their commitment to the responsible stewardship of all animals.” “The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada (DSC) is thrilled to become accredited with the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries. This prestigious honor is reflective of the highest standard of care that the DSC practices with, and promotes for donkeys and donkey hybrids. Accreditation supports our deep commitment to the welfare of animals and we’re proud to be part of the GFAS community. We eagerly look forward to many years of collaboration with GFAS and its other members and stakeholders “said Lesley Bayne, Executive Director of The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada. The GFAS Equine Accreditation Program is made possible by a generous grant from The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals® and the Kenneth Scott Charitable Trust. About The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada (DSC) is a registered Canadian charity that, since 1992, has been a refuge for
donkeys. Our mission is to provide a lifelong home to donkeys, mules and hinnies that are unwanted, neglected or abused, or whose owners can no longer care for them; and to promote the responsible stewardship of all animals through humane education. We envision a world in which the dignity and worth of all creatures are recognized and respected. The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada is located at 6981 Concession 4, Puslinch, ON, N0B 2J0, Canada. If you would like more information, please contact our office at 1-519-836-1697 or visit our website at www.thedonkeysanctuary.ca.
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Guelph Arts Council coming events and award opportunities Guelph Arts Council, the School of Fine Art & Music (SOFAM), and Art Gallery of Guelph present Opportunity Knocks: Visual Arts & Music Save the date for Thursday, November 9 from 6 to 9 pm as the Guelph Arts Council, the School of Fine Art & Music (SOFAM), and Art Gallery of Guelph present Opportunity Knocks: Visual Arts & Music, a professional development program for artists and musicians. This evening of conversation with experienced arts managers and artists at the Art Gallery of Guelph will help you put your best foot forward in finding and responding to creative opportunities. The evening includes a panel discussion, concurrent break-out sessions for visual artists and musicians, and networking. $15 for GAC members, $25 for non-members. Supported through the Guelph Young Artist Mentorship Project by Ontario150. All ages and experience levels welcome! Please contact email@example.com to purchase a ticket. Guelph Arts Council Announces Call for Doors Open Guelph 2018 Site Submissions Guelph Arts Council is excited to announce a call for site proposals for Doors Open Guelph 2018. Doors Open is a celebration of Guelph's finest buildings, creative spaces,
and historically or architecturally relevant sites. Presented annually by Guelph Arts Council since 2002, the program showcases Guelph’s hidden gems, as well as our community’s architecture, heritage, creativity, and innovation. The 2018 event takes place on Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 10 am to 4 pm. The deadline for submissions is Monday, October 30, 2017. Sites will be assessed on their architectural, cultural, historical or social significance; innovative design or technology; and capacity to contribute to a successful event.
experience or become engaged in the arts in Guelph or Wellington County. Local youth are particularly encouraged to apply. Guelph Arts Council’s Youth Fund was established through the financial success of Youth in Performance presentations that GAC sponsored between 1980 and 1990. Additions to the fund were made over the years, and in 2005 Guelph Arts Council turned over the capital of the fund to The Guelph Community Foundation to create the GAC Youth Opportunities Fund. Since 2009, with revenue generated by the fund, GAC has supported arts Guelph Arts Council Announces Deadline for Youth opportunities for youth. Opportunities Award The amount of the award(s) varies annually. For 2017, Guelph Arts Council is pleased to announce the deadline $500 will be awarded. Decisions will be made by the GAC for the Youth Opportunities Award, which is made possible Youth Awards Panel and awards announced by the end of through the GAC Youth Opportunities Fund at The Guelph the year. Community Foundation. The application deadline is For more information about the Youth Opportunities Wednesday, November 15, 2017, at 4:00 pm (paper applica- Award and Guelph Arts Council, please visit guelpharts.ca, tion) or 11:59 pm (online application). The award’s terms phone 519-836-3280, email firstname.lastname@example.org, of reference and application instructions are posted at or drop by 10C Shared Space, 42 Carden Street. guelpharts.ca/gac-awards-bursaries. Local artists, not-for-profit groups, and youth are eligible to apply for programs that initiate, enhance or expand opportunities for children and youth under age 25 to
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Open Night at Silence! Silence: Guelph’s Portal For Adventurous New Sound Events is pleased to announce its new Open Night series. Open Jam is held on the 1st Wednesday of every month and Silence welcomes all musicians and skill levels. Open Mic is held on the 3rd Wednesday, and open to all media such as poetry, music, dance–anything is possible! The cost is pay-what-you-can. Sign up is 6-6:30 pm, and performances from 7-9 pm. Musicians, artists of all kinds and spectators are welcome! Special guests are featured at Open Night events. On November 1 at Open Jam, special guests will be c u Next Tuesday. The band consists of Christine Mills (guitar, violin, vocals), Sally Ludwig (vocals, percussion), Sarah Feige (drums, guitar), Pam Loughran (violin, percussion) and Nathan Dyck (bass, vocals). Lead guitarist of c u Next Tuesday, Christine Mills, says, “Open Jam is something a little different and I really hope it’ll be an ongoing success at Silence. It’s more participatory; it encourages spontaneous collaboration, improvisation and connec-
tion among musicians. It happens through a fluid, continuously morphing group of performers on-stage as some people join in and others leave, which I think is a wonderful format.” Open Nights are a great way to try out new material, or perform in front of an audience for the first time. Open Jam attendees are encouraged to play together in new combinations and challenge themselves in genre and style. It is a very low-pressure atmosphere and a great way for people to meet and play with other musicians. Christine adds, “The first open jam was the most fun I’ve had in ages, and I really appreciated that the theme of the evening was the Blues.” On November 15, Open Mic is featuring Greg Rhyno, whose debut novel To Me You Seem Giant will be available from NeWest Press in September 2017. His writing has appeared in PRISM International, Vocamus Press, and is forthcoming in Riddle Fence. In addition, he has toured and recorded with such rock n’ roll outfits as the Parkas, Phasers on Stun, and Wild Hearses.
Silence hosted its first Open Jam in September with a great turnout! (supplied photo)
Silence is located at 46 Essex Street in Guelph. Street parking is readily available. Silence provides P.A., piano, drum kit, mics, bongos, a bass amp and 2 guitar amps, however musicians are encouraged to bring
Annual Children’s Foundation Gala honours some of Guelph’s finest The Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington (CFGW) recognized some of its strongest community champions at the annual Around the World Gala, loyally presented by Dan Burnham and The Co-operators Insurance. Dan’s agency is one of these champions: Dan Burnham and the Co-operators Insurance was recipient of the Sponsor of the Year Award at the Gala in 2012. The Children’s Foundation relies heavily on the strength and support of its community: “We’ve had tremendous growth in our programs over the last several years,” says Glenna Banda, Executive Director of the Children’s Foundation. “As we grow and are able to reach more children and families in need, we find even more families turning to us. We literally could not continue to have this impact without the dedication and support of our donors, volunteers and community members.” The annual Around the World Gala featured three recognition awards to thank and honour individuals who have made a particular contribution supporting the work of the Children’s Foundation, empowering children and youth to reach their full potential. Sandra Weafer Community Champion of the Year–Nellie & Lennie Diakiw Nellie and Lennie Diakiw organize the
annual Diakiw Invitation Golf Tournament in support of the Children’s Foundation Adopt-A-Family Program. The event brings friends together for a fun day of golf and over the past six years, the tournament has raised more than $40,000 for Adopt-AFamily, making the wishes of more than 200 local kids come true. Adopt-A-Family holds a special place in the Diakiws’ hearts: they strongly believe in the spirit of the season and want to help bring joy to those that need it. Sponsor of the Year–Cargill Cargill is a strong supporter of many of the Children’s Foundation programs: they have been a consistent supporter of Food & Friends, helping provide healthy nutrition to hungry kids through student nutrition programs; their employees loyally support Adopt-A-Family and two years ago, Cargill established the $2,500 Cargill Scholarship to support youth entering trades or agriculture. Through Cargill Cares, an employee committee dedicated to making a difference in local lives, Cargill has had an incredible impact. “What we really want to do is to give back to the community,” says Craig Thomson, a Cargill Cares committee member.
Mary Carlin Volunteer of the Year– Michael Douglas The Volunteer of the Year Award is renamed to honour beloved longtime volunteer, Mary Carlin. Mary was instrumental in the establishment of the Children’s Foundation Adopt-A-Family Program and in many of its milestones since. Mary was a dedicated volunteer and an Honourary Member of the Board of Directors. Thousands of children have been touched by Mary’s caring heart and volunteerism. Michael Douglas is the definition of dedication. Michael first volunteered with the Children’s Foundation at Trees for Tots 2015 and was quickly drawn in and decided to become more involved. He says volunteering is a highlight in his life, “Each time I see a child, youth or family benefitting, I am filled with a sense of pride and satisfaction.” With Trees for Tots 2016, Michael became a tour de force, putting in countless hours to help prepare for the annual Christmas tree pick-up. An exemplary volunteer, Michael is also a strong advocate for the Foundation, finding new relationships among community members. For more information about the Children’s Foundation programs and how to get involved, visit www.childrensfoundation.org.
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2017 Taste of Guelph an enormous success On September 17, a sell out crowd came out to enjoy one of this community’s most beloved events–all in support of St. Joseph’s Health Centre Foundation. Over 650 guests enjoyed samplings from 50 of our region’s nest local restaurants, caterers, food trucks, vintners and brewers as they attempted to outdo each other with an assortment of unique and delicious offerings. “We are so grateful to our Presenting Sponsor Linamar, all of our generous sponsors, guests and of course, our remarkable local establishments that made Taste of Guelph 2017 such an enormous success” shared Sera Filice-Armenio, CEO of St. Joseph’s Health Centre Foundation Guelph. “This year was the most successful Taste of Guelph ever, raising over $125,000. Proceeds from Taste will be used to purchase medical equipment that our patients and residents need as they face signi cant health challenges.” Taste of Guelph enhances St. Joseph’s ability to provide the compassionate care for which we are known. As Dan Cremasco, Chair of St. Joseph’s Board of Trustees told the crowd “Whether it be a mother who is managing complex injuries from a car accident, a grandfather who is recovering from a stroke or a grandmother in need of palliative care in her nal days, your support today will make a difference in someone’s life.“ Save the date for Taste 2018–Sunday, September 16, 2018. For photos from the event, please visit www.tasteofguelph.com
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Error’s & Omission’s Insurance you’ve lost the memory cards that have all of the wedding photos from the previous day. The common recourse would be for the bride and groom to file a lawsuit against the photographer for losing the pictures from their special day. A stand-alone commercial general liability will not cover professionals for the examples stated above. Error’s & Omission’s Liability is designed to protect individuals, companies, and their employees against claims made by their clients for inadequate work or negligent actions. The coverage often covers both court costs and any settlements up to the amount specified in the policy. Denis Le Courtois, RIB (Ont.), Commercial Insurance Sales, Sutherland Insurance, www.sutherlandinsurance.com 519-822-0160
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Let’s talk about Professional Liability. Also known as Error’s & Omission’s Insurance. Did you know if you own a business that offers a professional service such as Designing & Building, Photography, Consulting or Web Design your current policy may not suffice for losses arising from your Errors & Omissions? For example, let’s say you’re an architect and you designed a building for a construction company. The construction company builds the aforementioned building and two months down the road it collapses due to a design flaw. You as the architect (the professional) are responsible for that flaw and in turn the collapse. Another example is you’re a photographer, and you’ve been hired to photograph a wedding. You show up on the big day and do the job you’ve been hired to do. At the end of the ceremony and reception, you wrap up and head home. The next day you realized
the scenario that the government provided the owner of a CCPC could pay less tax than an employee if the owner of a CCPC paid dividends to family members. The use of the word unfair seems to put small business owners in a poor light. The government should perhaps look at this from an equity view point. Is it equitable? I believe it is because who has to pledge or mortgage their home in order to secure financing for the business? Does the employee? Absolutely not! But the owner of a CCPC does and the prospect of losing your home in a down turn economy is quite possible. With regards to passive income, the investing of surplus cash inside a corporation, the government is neglecting to tell its taxpayers that the rate that is charged on passive income within a CCPC in Ontario is 50.15%. Mr. Longfield did indicate that this proposal could likely be amended or dropped from the upcoming legislation. With regards to the third point it sounded like it could severely hamper the transfer of a family farm or other business to the children of the shareholder. I think the government is fishing for tuna with a minnow net. This proposed legislation does not deal with the true problem which is uncontrolled Government spending.
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On September 13th I had the honour of attending the round table at the Guelph Chamber of Commerce with the Honourable Lloyd Longfield, Member of Parliament for the City of Guelph and various members of the Chamber representing, Financial Planners, Small Business Owners, Lawyers and Accountants. It was an amazing selection of local talent. Mr. Longfield presented the Government of Canada’s proposed changes to the Income Tax Act focusing on three key points. The first is the elimination of the ability of small corporations to sprinkle income to family shareholders. The second was to heavily tax investment income held within a corporation and the third was to eliminate income tax reduction through a series of Capital transactions that would generate Capital Gains instead of regular forms of taxable income. The Minister of Finance, The Honourable Bill Morneau has labeled Canadian Controlled Private Corporations (CCPCs) as the tax cheat using tax loopholes to pay an unfair amount of tax. The government seems to be “pitting” employees against employers in what has been referred to as class warfare against small business. The discussion around the table was a lack of consideration for the nonmonetary contributions of spouses and other family members in a CCPC or family farm situation. Is there a tax advantage to a CCPC through income splitting by way of dividends? Most definitely. I did the math and yes under
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alcoholic beverage retailers have an opportunity to offer and promote a great product and support community initiatives at the same time. “Rotary Local Lager”, is available for sale now at the Brewery (950 Woodlawn Road W. Guelph) and will be rolled out across the province(See www.wellingtonbrewery.ca for purchase locations.) Funds generated from the initiative will support Rotary community programs and initiatives of the participating clubs and a portion of the net proceeds is destined to support Rotary International sponsored water filtration projects around the world. “This is a very significant development for Rotary, especially those here in Ontario, as Toronto will be playing host to 50,000 Rotarians from around the world attending the Rotary International Convention in the summer of 2018” says Marty Fairbairn, President of the Rotary Club of Guelph.
The Rotary Club of Guelph and the Rotary Club of Peterborough launched “Rotary Local Lager”–a major fundraising initiative developed in collaboration with Wellington Brewery. 100 plus guests including Rotarians from across Ontario, Local Politicians, Brewery Team mates and Media were on hand August 30th to taste the goods, enjoy the appetizers, hear the story, and tour the brewery. The Rotary International sanctioned initiative (a world first) builds on a very successful pilot developed by the Rotary Club of Peterborough in 2016. The project provides the opportunity for development of an on-going funding source for participating Rotary clubs across Ontario to support their community initiatives. It also represents a win-win proposition for beer enthusiasts. They get to experience the “great taste” of the “crisp refreshing blonde lager” and support Rotary community projects at the same time. Likewise, local restaurants, pubs, events and
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Insurance products offered by the Life companies in Canada provide a stable anchor to one’s overall investment and estate planning strategy. The use of the various types of insurance plans and products that are available can have a significant financial impact on our life from the day we are born to the time of our ultimate passing. There are many Canadians who either don’t have enough insurance or who may have none at all. In this article I intend to provide a brief comment on how life insurance can be utilized at various life levels. Obviously in making a decision on the purchase of any life product one must consult with a licenced agent to determine the needs and amounts required for a specific product but what I want to provide here is an outline of how life insurance can be considered at various times in the life cycle. At birth parents can take advantage of the fact that the cost of child insurance will never be cheaper. As well, the child policy guarantees the
Grey clouds looming Canada did well in Q3 thanks to a strong finish. After trending gradually lower since February, a strong move in September has the TSX near its all-time high. It all sounds great, but there is a grey cloud. Strong economic growth has pushed bond yields higher. The 10-year Canada government bond yield has risen from 1.4% in early June to 2.1% at the end of September. This pushed bond returns, as measured by the FTSE TMX Bond Universe, down during the quarter. And with such good news globally, the U.S. dollar was under selling pressure and the Canadian loonie took flight. The U.S. dollar is often viewed as a safe haven currency while the loonie is seen as a risk-on cur-
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City receives $115,400 from Ontario government The City of Guelph has received grants totalling $115,400 from the Ministry of Seniors Affairs. The grants will help offset day-to-day operating and maintenance costs at the Evergreen Seniors Community Centre and West End Community Centre. In addition, two special grants, totalling $30,000, will cover items not funded by the maintenance and operating grants. At the Evergreen Seniors Community Centre, the $15,000 special grant will pay for promo-
tional signs for the Guelph-Wellington Seniors Association travel group, seating for the front lobby, chairs for the boardroom, fitness quipment for strength training and balance, brochure printing costs, training equipment, and First Aid certification training for volunteers. The $15,000 special grant for the West End Community Centre will pay for fitness equipment for strength training and balance, staff and volunteer training, promotion of seniors programs
and services, computer and wireless microphone, and a special event to celebrate seniors. The two community centres, which provide social and recreational programs to promote wellness for Guelph’s older adults, are designated by the province as Elderly Persons Centres (EPC). There are 263 provincially-funded EPCs in Ontario. www.guelph.ca
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Groundbreaking ceremony for Mirexus Biotechnologies Inc. in the Hanlon Creek Business Park Mirexus Biotechnologies Inc. broke ground on their new facility in September, two months after purchasing a 4.3 acre parcel of land in phase one of the Hanlon Creek Business Park. The new facility will be located directly at the corner of Downey Road and Hanlon Creek Boulevard, producing a cutting edge corn-based biomaterial, PhytoSpherix®. The product is an ingredient used in the personal care and cosmetic industries. “Mirexus chose Guelph as the prime location to establish their facility and we’re pleased they chose the Hanlon Creek Business Park to make their mark in our community,” says Barbara Maly, Manager, Economic Development. “Meeting the aggressive timelines of this project is a perfect example of how we’re making it easier for business to do business with the City.” Mirexus Biotechnologies Inc. is part of Guelph’s globally recognized agri-innovation cluster which is home to over 350 agri-food and agri-biotechnology companies and associations. Staying local and true to their beginnings has been a focus of Mirexus, as research for their technology started at the University of Guelph. They’re working with local contractors such as Ramar Contractors Inc. (Guelph) and IFAB Engineering Partners LP (Cambridge) throughout the project. Having partners within a close proximity has helped streamline the process to get the shovel in the ground sooner. The company plans to be fully operational by June 2018. “We have an accelerated timeline to bring the factory on line and we have been pressing the whole way,” says Trevor Jones, Vice President of Engineering at Mirexus Biotechnologies Inc.
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About Mirexus Biotechnologies Inc. Mirexus Biotechnologies Inc. is a safe and natural biomaterials company based in Guelph, Ontario that is commercializing a novel nanotechnology, PhytoSpherix®. As a multifunctional additive, PhytoSpherix® can be used in a wide variety of markets ranging from cosmetics to nutraceuticals to biomedical applications in animal and human health. This technology was originally developed at the University of Guelph by Professor John Dutcher.
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September 2017–Taste of Guelph in support of St. Joseph’s Health Centre highlighting participating chefs, restaurants, caterers, vintners and brewers. (photo by Sarah Andrews Photography)
City of Guelph wins award of excellence for Mind Your Business enewsletter The City of Guelph economic development enewsletter, Mind Your Business (MYB), is the winner of the Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). “On behalf of the IEDC board of directors and Excellence in Economic Development Awards Advisory Committee, we extend congratulations to the City of Guelph. Not only did they work to provide a necessary service to their community–their participation in the awards program sheds light on their stellar projects which other communities can now use as a benchmark,” says Michael Langley, CEO of Greater MSP and 2017 IEDC Board Chair. Mind Your Business, a monthly enewsletter launched in January 2016, is a City of Guelph initiative that has helped bridged the gap between business stakeholders and local economic development organizations. The key driving feature of the newsletter is the integrated functionality for any organization or business to submit news. This has helped improve the City of Guelph’s relationship with
the business community by creating awareness of business-related activities that occur in the city and surrounding region. “We heard loud and clear from Guelph businesses that they wanted more communication from City of Guelph about topics that impact them. Not only about government matters, but about what’s going on in Guelph’s business environment and the good news stories that make this community such an amazing place to do business,” says Christine Chapman, Economic Development Officer. “The two-way communication with businesses is key; the more participation from our business community, the better the content we can share and the better the tool.” The audience is made up of local businesses, however, Guelph’s attractiveness on a national and international scale has seen the enewsletter take off outside of City borders extending as far as Australia and Japan. The tool has opened a new channel for multiple City departments and community partners to participate in communication with businesses where there wasn’t any before.
Paramedics and library staff raising funds to help save lives The Guelph-Wellington Paramedic Service (GWPS) Ride for Heart bike team and Guelph Public Library announced a joint fundraising initiative to help save lives in the community. Donation boxes have been set up at all library branches in Guelph for community members to donate to Heart & Stroke. Monies collected between now and May 31, 2018 will be used to purchase AEDs (automated external defibrillators) for Guelph and Wellington County. According to Heart & Stroke, every 13 minutes in Canada a person experiences cardiac arrest and up to 85 per cent occur in public spaces or homes. “For every minute that defibrillation is delayed the chance of survival drops by seven to 10 per cent. But when early CPR is used in combination with an AED the chance of surviving is doubled,” said Paul Boshart, an advanced care paramedic with GWPS.
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Steven Kraft, CEO of the Guelph Public Library, said he and his staff are pleased to partner with the paramedics on this initiative. “Donating to this initiative can help save a life and possibly the life of a friend, colleague, or family member. I am confident this fundraiser will be a success as Guelph is a generous and caring community.” Since 2014, the GWPS Ride for Heart bike team has raised $15,473 for Heart & Stroke and 11 AEDs have been placed in Guelph and Wellington County. Past recipients include Guelph Public Library, Jean Little Public School, The Maryborough Community Centre, University of Guelph, John McCrae Public School, John F. Ross Collegiate Vocational Institute, Arbor Family Medical Centre, Downey Road Family Medical Centre, Quebec Street Family Medical Centre, Drayton Family Medical Centre, and the City of Guelph.
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