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Welcome to the original website for Royal City Rag.

Royal City Rag started in Guelph in August 2005 as a Tuesday morning mixed music and spoken word (politics and current affairs) show. After a brief stint in the Wednesday 6-7 p.m. slot we found our way to our current home on Saturday mornings from 8-10 a.m.

And now… we’ve split into two different radio shows!

The musical side of Royal City Rag is now known as Folk Roots Radio. We’re still on the air on Saturdays, from 8-10 a.m. on CFRU 93.3fm.

Folk Roots Radio
If folk, roots, country and blues are your thing you’ll find them all on Folk Roots Radio. Grab your favourite morning brew and settle down for two hours of music and more to start your Saturday! If you are a musician and you want to play live in the studio, get in touch. We’d love to hear from you.

To contact us:  jan@folkrootsradio.com.

Our current affairs and politics output is now part of Beyond the Ballot Box. Beyond the Ballot Box takes place on Thursdays from 5-7 p.m. on CFRU 93.3fm.

Beyond the Ballot Box
Beyond the Ballot Box is your home for politics and current affairs. You can find us on CFRU 93.3fm in Guelph every Thursday evening from 5-7 p.m. Join us for The Gang of Four roundtable as we humorously tackle the big political stories of the week. Stay with us for one on one interviews and our sister show Accessibility Matters or join us for The Guelph Hour, a roundtable discussion featuring a special guest, dedicated to the Royal City. Beyond the Ballot Box is produced by Jan Hall and hosted by Jan Hall with Oliver Rockside.

Politics and current affairs: jan@beyondtheballotbox.ca.

We’re keeping this website as a resource so feel free to visit and check out the archive.

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Coming Up... A Long Winter's Nap

Royal City Rag will be taking a much needed rest this winter. CFRU’s Migrant Matters will be filling our time slot on December 11 and 18. Thanks to Mary-Carl for helping us out.

We’re expecting to be back on the air on January 8.

In the meantime, please take advantage of our archive.

Don’t forget to support local business and Guelph’s great artisans this holiday season!

Happy Holidays everyone.

Jan Andrea Hall

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Royal City Rag on December 4 will have a distinctly seasonal theme and lots of guests.

John Huston As Charles Dickens

Charlie Cares from Ground Floor Music will be joining us during the first hour to chat about “A Christmas Carol”,  a dramatic tour de force featuring John Huston portraying Charles Dickens as he tells his classic yuletide tale. The show takes place at St. James The Apostle Anglican Church in Guelph on December 7.

A Christmas Carol… As Told By Charles Dickens
St. James The Apostle Anglican Church, 86 Glasgow St. N., Guelph, ON
Tuesday, December 7 at 8.00 p.m. (doors open at 7.30 p.m.)
Tickets: $20 at the door/$18 in advance from Ground Floor Music, 13 Quebec St., Guelph, ON, 519-827-1444 info@groundfloormusic.ca

Later in the hour we’ll be touching base with Marie Zimmerman, Exectutive Director of the Hillside Festival as the first tickets for Hillside Inside go on sale. Hillside Inside takes place February 4-5 2011 at a variety of downtown venues. Artists announced so far include summer 2010 favourites Sarah Harmer, Matt Andersen and Shane Koyczan. Tickets go on sale this coming Saturday, December 4, 2010 at 9.00 a.m. from Hillside ticket outlets Ground Floor Music in Guelph, Encore Records in Kitchener and Soundscapes in Toronto as well as online via TicketPro.

In the second hour of the show Simon Irving, Artistic Director of the Guelph Symphony Orchestra will be joining us to chat about the GSO’s seasonal concerts. “Christmas Choral Fantasy” with the Grand River Chorus, takes place on Sunday December 12 2010 at 3 p.m. at River Run Centre with conductor David Bourque. The Christmas offering is a blend of classics and festive seasonal music. Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, with the Grand River Chorus and Amy Wark (piano) is the major work, together with the dazzling opening chorus from Bach’s “Christmas Oratorio”, and Brahms’ “Christmas Day”. There will be lots of carols and opportunities for audience sing-along and the King George School choir will add to the festivities. Delightful music for the season, with something for everyone!

The GSO complete their seasonal offerings with “Dreams of Vienna” on New Year’s Day, Saturday January 1, 2011 at 3 p.m. at River Run Centre with conductor candidate Michael Newnham.  This annual GSO Viennese-style musical feast is now a popular Guelph New Year’s Day tradition. Two terrific soloists give double the pleasure! – Guelph’s own soprano Donna Ellen Trifunovich, now resident in Vienna with the State Opera, and mezzo Julie Nesrallah, of CBC fame. These duelling divas will be a lot of fun! And the orchestra plays waltzes, marches and polkas, complete with elegant dancers gliding over the stage.

Wassail!

To wrap up the show Rick and Judy Avery from local acoustic group Relative Harmony will join us to play live in the studio. Relative Harmony will be taking part in “Wassail!”- a celebration of old-fashioned Christmas and solstice traditions taking place at Harcourt Memorial United Church on December 4 at 7.30 p.m. Wassail! has been charming audiences in London Ontario for over twenty years. The show features traditional songs and carols sung, elegant English dances and rollicking Morris dancing accompanied by live music, a mummers’ play as well as seasonal readings from Jane Austen and Thomas Hardy.  Advance tickets can be purchased from Ground Floor Music on Quebec Street for $18.00, Students and seniors $13.00.

And wrapping up that seasonal theme, don’t forget that the Guelph Youth Singers annual concert, This Frosty Tide, takes place at St. George’s Anglican Church on December 4 at 7.30 p.m. Traditional carols in beautiful choral arrangements will mix with songs of frosty winter. Guest soprano soloists, Marion Samuel-Stevens and Sandra Tucker, will add to the concert with solos including Mozart’s “Exultate Jubilate,” Adolph Adams’ classic, “O Holy Night” and Pietro Yon’s “Gesu Bambino”–the last two accompanied by beautiful children’s voices.

This Frosty Tide
St. George’s Anglican Church
Saturday, December 4 at 7.30 p.m.
Tickets: River Run Centre box office, 519-763-3000.
Adults $25 / Students & Seniors $19/eyeGO.org

Remember if you don’t catch Royal City Rag live, you can always pick it up later that day via the CFRU archive or on this website a day or so later.

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Guelph M.P. Frank Valeriote

Royal City Rag will be back on CFRU 93.3fm this coming weekend with a busy show featuring a follow up interview with Guelph M.P. Frank Valeriote (complete with his Movember moustache) and a visit from The Working Week‘s Scotty Hertz to update us on the Wood’s Site/Downtown redevelopment plan and the 2nd Canadian Labour International Film Festival taking place at the Guelph and District Labour Council, 141 Woolwich Street, (Matrix Building, Woolwich and Eramosa) on November 28 at 2.00 p.m.

Later in the show we’ll chat by phone with Linda Beaupre Conductor and Artistic Director of the Guelph Youth Singers about their annual seasonal concert This Frosty Tide at St. George’s Anglican Church on December 4 at 7.30 p.m.

As usual we’ll wrap it all up with some great music. It promises to be a great show; you won’t want to miss it!

Remember if you don’t catch Royal City Rag live, you can always pick it up later that day via the CFRU archive or on this website a day or so later.

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We’re taking a break from Royal City Rag this weekend for a well-earned rest. CFRU’s Migrant Matters will be filling our time slot this week. Thanks to Mary-Carl for helping us out.

We’ll be back on the air again November 27 when Guelph MP Frank Valeriote, complete with his Movember mustache, will be our guest.

In the meantime, please take advantage of our archive. We’ll be kickstarting the blog again next week and expect to be back on the air next weekend.

Until then, have a great week!

Cheers,
Jan Andrea Hall

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We have a busy, recreation-based, Royal City Rag planned for CFRU 99.3fm this Saturday morning, November 13 between 8-10 a.m.

In the first hour, we’ll be talking to Jack Frimeth about the Reel Paddling Film Festival. The Centre Wellington DHS Aboriginal Program presents the 5th Annual Reel Paddling Film Festival at the E.L. Fox Auditorium (JF Ross CVI), 22 Meyer Dr., on Saturday, November 13, 2010 at 7.30 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m). Tickets: Advance from the Bookshelf – $10/ Door – $15.

With 37 inspiring paddling films short-listed for the World Tour, including the nine festival category winners, audiences can expect to see hairy whitewater action, sea kayakers exploring remote coastlines, coast-to-coast canoe expeditions, international river travel films, motivating environmental documentaries, grueling kayak fishing battles and hilarious short films capturing the lighter side of paddling life. The Guelph show will also include a segment devoted to family paddling as well as an hour long environmental segment focusing on waterways that are soon to be dammed.

Later in the hour, Carin Headrick from Guelph Barrier Free Committees will be joining us again with an update on the activities of the accessibility focused committee. One of their current projects is to find out what recreational activities are available to help people with disabilities participate in recreationwithin the community. Since the focus  of the committees is activities that are not run by the city, they are interested in recreation provided by gyms, churches and clubs, etc.

They plan to survey people with disabilities to find out what recreational activities they would like to get involved in. Are you looking for sledge hockey? What about wheelchair basketball, Goalball or curling?  They are also interested in knowing what barriers people with disabilities have encountered in participating in sports and other recreational activities. Feedback can be sent to headrick2001@rogers.com.

Company Blonde

In the second hour, we’ll be discussing the first Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival‘s first performance of the season, a free one-hour performance on November 16, 2010 at 12.00 noon in the University Centre courtyard at the University of Guelph featuring Toronto’s Company Blonde.

Company Blonde specializes in creating dance works that are accessible to audiences of all ages blending comedy and theatre with classical modern dance.  Company Blonde strives to tell stories and share experiences that speak to our community and our culture, while always keeping the audience at the forefront of their work.

To wrap up the show, we’ll have a studio visit from singer-songwriter Kevin Morse and storyteller Brad Woods. Kevin has a CD release show at The Roxy in Acton on November 27 that will also feature some stories from Brad.

And, as a special treat… we’ll also be giving away 3-pairs of tickets to twenty-two year-old Toronto singer and multi-instrumentalist Lights‘ all-ages show (with Windsor based folk-pop act Michou), at Cowboys Bar. 166 Wyndham St  in Guelph on November 26.

Phew! Promises to be a great show. You won’t want to miss it!

Royal City Rag, Saturdays 8-10 a.m. on CFRU93.3fm in Guelph. Remember if you don’t catch Royal City Rag live, you can always pick it up later that day via the CFRU archive or here, on the blog, a day or so later.

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It’s that time of year of year again. CFRU’s funding drive “Raise Your Voice” runs from October 23 to October 31.

CFRU 93.3fm is a Campus and Community Radio Station that broadcasts 75 different shows in multiple languages 24 hours a day, 365 days a week.  With a hefty volunteer base that includes students, business owners and a variety of citizens who donate their time to make the station run smoothly, CFRU has been on the FM dial for thirty years.

As Guelph’s alternative media source, CFRU proudly plays local and Canadian music, as well as genres of music that tend to stay far away from Billboard charts.  The station itself is located on the second floor of the University Centre at the University of Guelph.

CFRU receives most of its funding through student levies and fundraising activities, such as the “Raise Your Voice” drive.  It does not operate like typical commercial radio programs where corporations use their stations as sources for advertising revenue.  Instead, CFRU is limited by the CRTC as to how many advertisements can be played, leaving more broadcast time for great music and unique shows.

As with every funding campaign, CFRU has a specific purpose in mind for the money raised.  The station’s monetary goal for 2010 is $15 000, and will be aimed at getting more equipment, updating the CFRU website, and building the station’s capacity for spoken word content.  Specifically, CFRU requires a user-friendly production board that will give volunteers the opportunity to be involved in the technical aspects of the station with ease.

Why Should You Support CFRU?

  • The station gets NO corporate funding.
  • All our programmers are volunteers.
  • We do not bombard you with silly ads!
  • The station supports independent bands and labels, local and Canadian musicians and artists.

How To Pledge

Call us at 519-837-CFRU (2378) to announce your pledge between October 23-31 or e-mail us at info@royalcityrag.ca and we’ll set it all up for you.

How To Pay Your Pledge

When you pledge you will also receive Thank You gifts from us (see the incentive scale below).

You can donate to CFRU by CHEQUE, PAYPAL (via the www.cfru.ca website) or CASH.

PLEASE NOTE: We cannot accept payment by credit card although you can use your credit card for PAYPAL. As we are not a registered charity we cannot give out tax receipts.

How To Donate By CHEQUE

  • Make your cheque out to “CFRU FM”
  • DROP IT BY THE STATION: You can come by the station to give it to us. We are located on the second floor, of the University Centre, just off Gordon Road, north of Stone road in Guelph. The station is open to visitors from 9 a.m. till 7.00 p.m. each weekday.
  • MAIL THE CHEQUE: You can mail the cheque to: CFRU 93.3FM, U.C Level 2, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1. If you have a favorite show or, shows you wish to pledge the money to specifically, be sure to let us know which shows you are supporting. Please note: if you wish to have your gift(s) mailed to you, there will be shipping charges.

How To Donate By PAYPAL

  • Follow the PayPal link located on the front page of CFRU homepage at www.cfru.ca.

How To Donate By CASH

  • You can come by the station to give it to us. We are located on the second floor, of the University Center, just off Gordon Road, north of Stone road in Guelph. The station is open to visitors from 9 a.m. till 7.00 p.m. each weekday.

Incentives: This Is What You Get When You Donate To CFRU

  • $5.00 Sticker (new design!) and a button
  • $25 – $49 CFRU Membership and a CD of your choice
  • $50 – $89 CFRU Membership, CFRU t-shirt (NEW DESIGN!), choice of a CD
  • $90 – $124 CFRU Membership,CFRU hoodie (NEW DESIGN!), choice of 2 CDS
  • $125 – $250 CFRU Membership, Choice of Hoodie or t-shirt, choice of 4 CDs  and special prizes!!!

If you love what we do on Royal City Rag, we’d love to hear from you. Pledge your support for Guelph’s audio alternative today. Catch the special  “Raise Your Voice” Royal City Rag shows on CFRU 93.3fm on October 23 and October 30 from 8-10 a.m.

Real voices, real people, real coverage, real community, CFRU 93.3fm.

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CFRU 93.3fm’s annual funding drive runs from October 23-31. That means that this year we have two special Royal City Rag shows.

If you like what we do on Royal City Rag please consider offering us your financial support. Anything you can spare will be appreciated.

We have some very special gifts to give you as a thank you for your continued support for this radio show and station.

Incentives: This Is What You Get When You Donate To CFRU

  • $5.00 Sticker (new design!) and a button
  • $25 – $49 CFRU Membership and a CD of your choice
  • $50 – $89 CFRU Membership, CFRU t-shirt (NEW DESIGN!), choice of a CD
  • $90 – $124 CFRU Membership,CFRU hoodie (NEW DESIGN!), choice of 2 CDS
  • $125 – $250 CFRU Membership, Choice of Hoodie or t-shirt, choice of 4 CDs  and special prizes!!!

We also have special one-offs to tempt you with…

For a Pledge of $30:

Canadian Railroad Trilogy by Gordon Lightfoot
A new hardcover children’s book, featuring the lyrics of Gordon Lightfoot’s epic song Canadian Railroad Trilogy, with  illustrations by renowned writer/artist Ian Wallace. This new book is a true work of art from start to finish, and pays appropriate tribute to one of the most brilliant songs ever written. With stunning pastels each carefully conceived to illustrate a small section of the song, the book will be a treasured addition to the library of anyone with a love of art, music or history. By delicately combining the lyrics of Lightfoot’s song with the artistry of Ian Wallace, the book will also help foster a love of all three: music, writing and history. In addition to the lyrics and illustrations, the book also includes the sheet music, making it the complete package. The sheet music is treble clef and chord names, but is shown in F while the song is actually played in D with the capo on the 3rd fret – a small defect, because most guitar players would prefer to see the music written as it is played on guitar and with chord shapes, rather than just the notes transposed for piano. The book also includes illustrator’s notes, with interesting comments about his own reaction to the song and the history, and the inspiration for each of the illustrations.

For a Pledge of $30:

Coppermine by Keith Ross Leckie
Part epic adventure, part romance, and part true-crime thriller, Coppermine is a dramatic, compelling, character-driven story set in 1917 in the extremes of Canada’s far north and the boom town of Edmonton.The story begins when two missionaries disappear in the remote Arctic region known as the Coppermine. North West Mounted Police officer Jack Creed and Angituk, a young Copper Inuit interpreter, are sent on a year-long odyssey to investigate the fate of the lost priests. On the shores of the Arctic Ocean near the mouth of the Coppermine River, they discover their dismembered remains. Two Inuit hunters are tracked and apprehended, and the four begin an arduous journey to Edmonton, to bring the accused to justice.

Instructing the jury to “think like an Eskimo,” the defence counsel sets out to prove the Inuit acted in self-defence. They hear how the hunters believed the priests were possessed by demons about to kill them, and how, acting on this belief, they killed the men and ate their livers. The jury finds them not guilty. The hunters become celebrities, a parade is held for them, they visit a movie theatre and an amusement park, and become guests of honour at socialite dinners. They are given new suits, fine cigars, and champagne. But Rome is outraged that the murderers of its martyred priests will go free. As secrets of Jack Creed’s past in the trenches of Europe are revealed, Jack tries to save his two friends, and himself.

For a Pledge of $50:

Ponds Print Package (a $45 value)

Package includes:

  • 25 4 x 6 prints
  • 10 5×7 prints
  • 5  8×10 prints
  • 1  Burn to DVD
  • Why Should You Support CFRU?

    • The station gets NO corporate funding.
    • All our programmers are volunteers.
    • We do not bombard you with silly ads!
    • The station supports independent bands and labels, local and Canadian musicians and artists.

    How To Pledge

    Call us at 519-837-CFRU (2378) to announce your pledge between October 23-31 or e-mail us at info@royalcityrag.ca and we’ll set it all up for you.

    How To Pay Your Pledge

    You can donate to CFRU by CHEQUE, PAYPAL (via the www.cfru.ca website) or CASH.

    PLEASE NOTE: We cannot accept payment by credit card although you can use your credit card for PAYPAL. As we are not a registered charity we cannot give out tax receipts.

    How To Donate By CHEQUE

    • Make your cheque out to “CFRU FM”
    • DROP IT BY THE STATION: You can come by the station to give it to us. We are located on the second floor, of the University Centre, just off Gordon Road, north of Stone road in Guelph. The station is open to visitors from 9 a.m. till 7.00 p.m. each weekday.
    • MAIL THE CHEQUE: You can mail the cheque to: CFRU 93.3FM, U.C Level 2, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1. If you have a favorite show or, shows you wish to pledge the money to specifically, be sure to let us know which shows you are supporting. Please note: if you wish to have your gift(s) mailed to you, there will be shipping charges.

    How To Donate By PAYPAL

    • Follow the PayPal link located on the front page of CFRU homepage at www.cfru.ca.

    How To Donate By CASH

    • You can come by the station to give it to us. We are located on the second floor, of the University Center, just off Gordon Road, north of Stone road in Guelph. The station is open to visitors from 9 a.m. till 7.00 p.m. each weekday.

    If you love what we do on Royal City Rag, we’d love to hear from you. Pledge your support for Guelph’s audio alternative today. Catch the special  “Raise Your Voice” Royal City Rag shows on CFRU 93.3fm on October 23 and October 30 from 8-10 a.m.

    Real voices, real people, real coverage, real community, CFRU 93.3fm.

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    Ian Reid On Royal City Rag

    Rockwood singer-songwriter Ian Reid will be our special guest on CFRU 93.3fm’s Royal City Rag this Saturday, October 23 during our second hour (9-10 a.m.).  Ian will bringing in his guitar and ukelele to help us kick off CFRU’s annual fundraiser, Raise Your Voice.

    CFRU 93.3fm is a Campus and Community Radio Station that broadcasts 75 different shows in multiple languages 24 hours a day, 365 days a week.  With a hefty volunteer base that includes students, business owners and a variety of citizens who donate their time to make the station run smoothly, CFRU has been on the FM dial for thirty years.

    As Guelph’s alternative media source, CFRU proudly plays local and Canadian music, as well as genres of music that tend to stay far away from Billboard charts.  The station itself is located on the second floor of the University Centre at the University of Guelph.

    CFRU receives most of its funding through student levies and fundraising activities, such as the “Raise Your Voice” drive.  It does not operate like typical commercial radio programs where corporations use their stations as sources for advertising revenue.  Instead, CFRU is limited by the CRTC as to how many advertisements can be played, leaving more broadcast time for great music and unique shows.

    As with every funding campaign, CFRU has a specific purpose in mind for the money raised.  The station’s monetary goal for 2010 is $15 000, and will be aimed at getting more equipment, updating the CFRU website, and building the station’s capacity for spoken word content.  Specifically, CFRU requires a user-friendly production board that will give volunteers the opportunity to be involved in the technical aspects of the station with ease.

    Why Should You Support CFRU?

    • The station gets NO corporate funding.
    • All our programmers are volunteers.
    • We do not bombard you with silly ads!
    • The station supports independent bands and labels, local and Canadian musicians and artists.

    How To Pledge

    Call us at 519-837-CFRU (2378) to announce your pledge between October 23-31 or e-mail us at info@royalcityrag.ca and we’ll set it all up for you.

    Ian Reid Live

    You can catch Ian Reid live locally on the following dates:

    • Thursday, October 21 – Foster Parents Appreciation Gala, Ariss Valley Golf Course, 5700 Highway 86, Ariss, ON 5 p.m.
    • Friday, November 19 –  Lighting of the Christmas Tree, St. George’s Square, Guelph, ON 6-8 p.m.

    Learn more about Ian Reid at www.ianreid.ca.

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    As we’re sure you know, Municipal Election Day — Monday, October 25 — is less than a week away. Guelph Urban Forest Friends sent a questionnaire to each of the candidates, and asked them to reply by Monday, October 18.

    Not all have answered, but we hope you will take a look at the responses before you cast your vote. You might also consider why a candidate might fail to respond to questions about how they value our trees. You can see samples of some of the comments below.

    To see all of the responses, go to guffguelph.ca and click on “Election 2010” on the top menu.

    The names of the candidates who responded are highlighted. If you click on the name, you will see the responses of that candidate.

    Candidates who responded to the questions were:

    Mayor:  Scott L. Nightingale

    Ward 1: Bob Bell, Karolyne Pickett, Gary Walton, Linda Murphy
    Ward 3: Craig Chamberlain, Mark Enchin
    Ward 4: Cam Guthrie, Mike Salisbury
    Ward 5: Leanne Piper

    Candidates who did not answer the questions but sent in general comments were: Karen Farbridge, Ian Findlay, Karl Wettstein and David Birtwistle.

    We hope candidates’ answers will help voters understand their views on funding for initiatives to maintain our urban forest and to educate the public on the many benefits of trees.

    There is also excellent information for voters on issues such as growth, trees, taxes and development, etc. at:

    www.voteguelph.ca
    www.guelphcivicleague.ca

    Sample responses:

    “I will support requiring the evaluation of the ecological value of trees that developers (whether private or the municipality itself) are proposing to remove”

    “How far in your pocket or in your backyard do you want your City Council?”

    “New developments and infrastructure replacement should be designed and built with shade as a mandatory requirement.”

    “I tend to lean more towards property rights of the individual than for government interfering with trees on that person’s property.”

    “We need to add protection for trees as part of our building permit process.”

    “Our public trees are assets and long term investments.”

    Royal City Rag, Saturdays 8-10 a.m. on CFRU93.3fm in Guelph. Remember if you don’t catch Royal City Rag live, you can always pick it up later that day via the CFRU archive or here, on the blog, a day or so later.

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    We’ll be continuing our municipal election coverage during the second hour of Royal City Rag (9-10 a.m.) on October 16.

    Community activist Laura Murr will be joining us for the second of our issues based discussions, this one focused around “The Real Cost Of Growth”, an issue that is barely getting a mention in a campaign clogged by discussions of fiscal accountability and candidates trying to out do each other with rash promises of zero tax increases and tax moratoriums.

    Few people seem to understand that growth, especially residential growth costs the city money because of infrastructure costs, and few seem to realize that the cost of that growth will be born by the current taxpayer base. The city will grow, and the current city residents will pay for it through higher taxes.

    Guelph is scheduled for a development boom under the provincial growth plan, Places To Grow, with a population increase from 115,000 to a staggering 165,000 by 2031. All these people will need somewhere to live, never mind work. Say hello to some large scale residential development and extensive infill.

    Places to Grow mandates intensification within current limits which is is a good thing to curb sprawl but it is important to realize that infill development costs FOUR times as much as green field development. The taxpayers of Guelph will have to pay for this smart growth even if city services are drastically curtailed to make tax increases palatable.

    Some interesting facts about Guelph:

    Population growth

    • From 2001 to 2008, Guelph population went from 106,170 to 119,909
    • From 2001 to 2006, Guelph’s population growth was 8.3% – the average Ontario growth was 5.7 %
    • From 2006 to 2008 , Guelph’s population grew by 4.3% – the Ontario Average was 2.3%
    • In total Guelph grew  by 12.9% from 2001 to 2008  –  the Ontario Average was 9.3%

    Numbers are taken from the BMA Management Study Municipal Study 2008

    Land Area

    • Guelph Land area is 87 square KM.
    • Guelph population density per square km = 1,355 persons. In the BMA report this is considered to be high density.
    • Guelph has a higher population density than Hamilton, Whitby, Oshawa, Burlington,Oakville, Markham

    Consultant CN Watson has indicated that growth will cost between a 4.5 to 5.0% increase in property taxes each year in order to pay for the so called soft services in the Capital Budget required by new residents and businesses. This amount is not recoverable through development charges.

    “While I do not have the specific statistics you are looking for readily available, the Council has taken the position to recover the costs of growth from development charges, to the extent permitted by the Development Charges Act.  There were some losses of revenue through phase-in strategies before recovering full rates, to help developers transition, and through a few exemptions to promote certain types of growth.  There are also certain costs like waste management that are impacted by growth, but are not recoverable through the Development Charges Act.”
    – Margaret Neubauer, CFO/City Treasurer (by e-mail)

    Want to understand more about the real cost of growth? Then tune in tomorrow. It should be a fascinating discussion.

    As always we’ll wrap it all up with some great music. You won’t want to miss it!

    Royal City Rag, Saturdays 8-10 a.m. on CFRU93.3fm in Guelph. Remember if you don’t catch Royal City Rag live, you can always pick it up later that day via the CFRU archive or here, on the blog, a day or so later.

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    Royal City Rag on Saturday October 9 should be known as the show we weren’t supposed to get as we thought we were going to be pre-empted for the annual 24 Hours of Spanish Programming on CFRU 93.3fm. The good news is that the 24 Hours of Spanish Programming goes ahead from 6.00 p.m. on Saturday so we are no longer pre-empted.

    In the first hour (8-9 a.m.) we’ll be focusing on the Guelph Studio Tour and dusting off some interviews from 2008 with blacksmith Graeme Sheffield, painter and printmaker Margaret Peter and painter Josef Kratochvil. The Guelph studio tour takes place from October 15-17. For more information on the studio tour visit www.guelphstudiotour.ca.

    In the second hour (9-10 a.m.) we’ll be heading back on the municipal election beat with the first of two issues-based discussions, this one focusing on water, trees, the natural heritage strategy, public-private partnerships (P3s) as well as the Canada European Union Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA).

    Sounds like a lot to squeeze in, but this is information you need to have before you head to the polls on October 25. To help us navigate through all this, we’re pleased to welcome back to the show, Norah Chaloner (from the Council of Canadians, Guelph Chapter and Guelph Urban Forest Friends)  and Judy Martin (Sierra Club and Guelph Urban Forest Friends).

    As always we’ll wrap it all up with some great music. You won’t want to miss it!

    Royal City Rag, Saturdays 8-10 a.m. on CFRU93.3fm in Guelph. Remember if you don’t catch Royal City Rag live, you can always pick it up later that day via the CFRU archive or here, on the blog, a day or so later.

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    We’re going back on the municipal election beat during the first hour of Royal City Rag on October 2. Erinn White, President of the Guelph Labour Council will be joining us to chat about the role of labour council within the city as well as politcal endorsements and contributions. It should be a very interesting interview.

    Later on in the first hour we’ll be talking about Blog-o-gate, the scandal that is currently afflicting the Karen Farbridge Re-election Campaign. If you don’t know about this, you really need to check out www.voteguelph.ca and read this post about Dirty Campaign Tactics.  It seems her campaign manager, former city councillor Cathy Downer, has been found to be not only posting anonymously on the Guelph Mercury city council blog 59 Carden St but doing so under FIVE different aliases.

    Not only was she using these five different identities (Mark, Patty, Bob, ‘Hide & Seek’ and ‘Real Facts’) but, believe it or not, she even had a couple of them contradict each other on blog postings to increase the effect of the point that she was making.

    As Downer has already admitted to using the five aliases to post anonymously on the Mercury blog leaves this matter in no doubt. The question is what do we do about it?

    Is it a serious issue, or, as Downer has claimed,  just someone posting anonymously on a blog that doesn’t really have any rules?

    We’ll have a lot more to say about this on the show tomorow and on CFRU 93.3fm’s Municipal Election Radio on Tuesday from 7-9 a.m.

    For more on CFRU 93.3fm’s Municipal Election Programming, visit www.voteguelph.ca.

    In the second hour, we’ll be previewing the Guelph Studio Tour with local jewellery designer and crafter Michelle Miller, potter Iris Dorton and painters Michelle LeBlanc and Larry Lawrence. The Guelph studio tour takes place from October 15-17. For more information on the studio tour visit www.guelphstudiotour.ca.

    As usual we’ll wrap it up with some fun music. You won’t want to miss it!

    Royal City Rag, Saturdays 8-10 a.m. on CFRU93.3fm in Guelph. Remember if you don’t catch Royal City Rag live, you can always pick it up later that day via the CFRU archive or here, on the blog, a day or so later.

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    Coming Soon... The new Guelph Artisans shop

    Guelph Artisans have a new home downtown – and back in Old Quebec Street Mall which suggests that the management company have had a bit of a rethink on the wisdom of not renewing their lease.

    This is great news for the Artisan Shop, The Guelph Creative Arts Association and the mall.

    Effect October 1 you’ll be able to find the new Guelph Artisans shop towards the front of the mall –  a far better location to showcase the talented artists that exist in Guelph and the surrounding area.

    Congratulations to all concerned in getting this deal done!

    For more on Guelph Artisans and the Guelph Creative Arts Association, contact gcaa@guelpharts.ca

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    We’re pleased to welcome Chef Instructor Chris Jess back to CFRU 93.3fm during our first hour on Saturday September 25.

    One of the visionaries behind Centre Wellington High School’s culinary program, Food School, Chris is also a champion of the Slow Food movement, a philosophy that focuses on growing your own food and sourcing other ingredients you need from other local producers.

    Chef Chris Jess

    Chris was responsible for a wonderful radio show on CFRU 93.3fm, Food In Your Face. It will be great to have him back on CFRU. You can still check out Food In Your face on twitter here.

    Later in the show we’ll be replaying an interview with Ray Mitchell. Mayoral candidate Ray joined us on Tuesday’s Municipal Election Radio (7-9 a.m. on CFRU 93.3fm) on September 21 for an interview regarding his reasons for running for council and platform.

    Ray may not be everyone’s idea of a mayoral candidate but he did step up to the plate, and is making an effort to raise issues that do need an airing. You may also not agree with everything he says but like all of the candidates in this election he deserves an opportunity to make his case. It was a good interview, and if you missed it, you should definitely check it out. For more on the municipal election campaign visit www.voteguelph.ca.

    The three other mayoral candidates have been lined up for interviews on Municipal Election Radio (Tuesdays 7-9 a.m. on CFRU 93.3fm;  Scott Nightingale is scheduled for September 28 (8-9 a.m), David Birtwistle will be with us on October 5 (8-9 a.m. ) and Karen Farbridge will be our guest on October 12 (8-9 a.m.).

    As usual, is should be a fun show. As always we’ll wrap it up with some fun music. You won’t want to miss it!

    Royal City Rag, Saturdays 8-10 a.m. on CFRU93.3fm in Guelph. Remember if you don’t catch Royal City Rag live, you can always pick it up later that day via the CFRU archive or here, on the blog, a day or so later.

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    Councillor Ian Findlay

    We are pleased to welcome Ward 2 councillor Ian Findlay to CFRU93.3fm‘s Royal City Rag this coming Saturday, September 14. Councillor Findlay will be joining us during our first hour, 8-9 a.m.

    As part of our pre-election coverage, we invited all of the current city council, including the Mayor, to join us on the show for an end of term report. An opportunity for council to discuss the main issues they see facing the city, it also gives us a chance to ask some important questions of them. Check out our previous interviews with Councillor Lise Burcher, Councillor Leanne Piper, Councillor Maggie Laidlaw and Mayor Karen Farbridge. This interview was originally planned for August 28, but had to be rescheduled because of circumstances beyond our control.

    In the second hour, we will be giving over the full hour to election coverage.  We’ll be talking to Prof Rob MacDermid from York University about Funding of City Politics. Rob MacDermid is an Associate Professor of Political Science at York University and a member of the boards of the Centre for Social Justice and Vote Toronto. He researches and writes about political parties, election campaigns and political finance at all levels.

    As part of CFRU 93.3fm’s election coverage we are asking all candidates whether they are willing to report contributions to their campaign before the election takes place on October 25.

    The current Ontario Municipal Election Guidelines require only that all donations greater than $100 are recorded and reported in a financial statement, however that information is only made public long after the election has taken place. We do not believe that this is in the public interest. To ensure election transparency, we believe the information on who is donating to individual campaigns should be available to the public before they go to the polls.

    You won’t want to miss this interview.

    Later in the hour, we’ll be talking to Andrew Noble from the Canadian Cancer Society about why cancer prevention should be part of the municipal election discourse.

    A full show… and hopefully still lots of fun! As always, we’ll wrap it all up with some great music.

    Royal City Rag, Saturdays 8-10 a.m. on CFRU93.3fm in Guelph. Remember if you don’t catch Royal City Rag live, you can always pick it up later that day via the CFRU archive or here, on the blog, a day or so later.

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    CFRU 93.3fm’s dedicated municipal election radio show, aptly called Municipal Election Radio, take places every Tuesday morning from 7-9 a.m. starting September 14.

    The show, co-hosted by Royal City Rag’s Jan Hall, The Working Week’s Scotty Hertz and former host of Gen X for Gen Y, Oliver Rockside will discuss the election issues, profile candidates, cover the debates, as well as report from the campaign trail. We will also be live from the River Run Centre on election night, October 25.

    Voteguelph.ca will be the online home for all of CFRU93.3fm’s municipal election coverage. On our website you will find all the audio from our radio shows including information on candidates, discussion of issues, debates, news and interviewsfrom the campaign trail as well as information on our Campaign for Municipal Election Financial Transparency. 

    Municipal Election Radio, Tuesdays 7-9 a.m. on CFRU93.3fm in Guelph. Remember if you don’t catch Municipal Election Radio live, you can always pick it up later that day via the CFRU archive or on www.voteguelph.ca a day or so later.

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    The Cool Communities Residential Shade Tree Planting Program encourages homeowners in Guelph, Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge to plant native trees and shrubs for energy conservation.

    Shade trees planted on the southern and western sides of a home can save 25–40%, and reduce peak energy demand in summer by up to 30%, according to a study by the University of California Berkeley. By planting a tree, homeowners also improve their neighbourhoods by cleaning the air, decreasing pollution, attracting pollinators, and increasing biodiversity.

    The project is being coodinated by Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests (LEAF), an award-winning, Toronto-based urban forest non-profit organization well known for its successful Backyard Tree Planting Program. LEAF has been working in close cooperation with local municipalities and green organizations to get the project off the ground.

    Guelph urban forest advocates, Guelph Urban Forest Friends (GUFF) are pleased to support this program as it promotes their goal to improve the health, integrity and area of Guelph’s urban forest.

    This project also supports The City of Guelph’s Community Energy Plan. “Guelph will reduce the magnitude of the summer electrical peak by at least 40% by 2031 to avoid the need for investment in new electrical infrastructure to serve the growth of the city.”

    The project is supported by the Ontario Power Authority’s Conservation Fund, which funds new and innovative electricity conservation projects, the City of Guelph and Guelph Urban Forest Friends. For more energy conservation initiatives, visit www.everykilowattcounts.ca. For more information on the Cool Communities project, including a list of participating nurseries, visit www.yourleaf.org/coolcommunities.

    The program runs from September 18-26 2010. To take advantage of the discount, and save up to $100, please visit one of the participating nurseries. Don’t forget to visit the Cool Communities booth to pick up free educational materials about tree selection, strategic planting for energy conservation. Planting and care instructions are also included.

    Four Easy Steps to Getting Your Rebates:

    1. Visit a local participating nursery during the promotional dates
    2. Visit the Cool Communities booth inside the nursery and use the Tree Selection Tool and other Guides to help you choose appropriate species for your yard
    3. Fill out the short survey located at the Cool Communities booth
    4. Bring your survey and purchases to the cashier to receive your rebates!

    Rebate Values:

    • $20 off trees regularly priced $99.99 or greater
    • $5 off shrubs regularly priced $19.99 or greater
    • $2 off shrubs regularly priced under $19.99

    Kitchener
    Grand Valley Garden Village
    Sheridan Nurseries

    Guelph
    Royal City Nursery
    Brock Road Nursery

    Visit the LEAF website for more infomation.

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    Thanks for bearing with us during our enforced break.

    We’re on the mend here at Royal City Rag Central but as this weekend is Move-In Day at the University, we’re taking another week off for recuperation.

    We’ll be back on the air, September 11. Mayor Farbridge will again be our guest.

    Please note that our planned end of term conversation with Ward 2 Councillor Ian Findlay has been rescheduled for September 18.

    The good news is that Municipal Election 2010 in Guelph is finally hotting up; September 10 is the last day for candidates to declare.

    Expect to see that urban blight, the election sign, slowly taking over the city after Labour Day!

    CFRU 93.3fm’s Municipal Election Coverage is also taking shape. We’ll be on air every Tuesday mornings from 7-9 a.m. with Municipal Election Radio co-hosted by Royal City Rag’s Jan Hall, The Working Week’s Scotty Hertz and former host of Gen X for Gen Y, Oliver Rockside. Our election coverage kicks off on  September 14.

    We’ll be discussing the election issues and covering the debates, as well as reporting on the races for Mayor and City Council. We’ll also be live from the River Run Centre on election night, October 25.

    Royal City Rag and other CFRU 93.fm will also continue to provide election coverage as part of regular programming. Should be lots of fun. You won’t want to miss it!

    So, in the meantime, please take advantage of our archive. We’ll be kickstarting the blog  again next week and expect to be back on the air next weekend. Until then, have a great week!

    Cheers,
    Jan Andrea Hall

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    Unfortunately, due to illness, there will be no Royal City Rag on CFRU 93.3fm this weekend.

    The planned end of term conversation with Ward 2 Councillor Ian Findlay will be rescheduled for a later date.

    Although I may not be live on the air this weekend, rest assured, I’ll be back as soon as I am able.

    In the meantime, technology is a beautiful thing; so please do check out our archive using the search function.

    Cheers,
    Jan Andrea Hall

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    Councillor Karl Wettstein

    We’re continuing our end of term reports from city council on CFRU93.3fm‘s Royal City Rag this coming Saturday, August 21. This week, we’ll be focusing on the south end of Guelph as we welcome Ward 6 councillor Karl Wettstein into the studio during our first hour, 8-9 a.m.

    As part of our pre-election coverage, we have invited all of the current city council, including the Mayor, to join us on the show for an end of term report. An opportunity for council to discuss the main issues they see facing the city, it also gives us a chance to ask some important questions of them. Check out our previous interviews with Councillor Lise Burcher, Councillor Leanne Piper, Councillor Maggie Laidlaw, Councillor Vicki Beard and Mayor Karen Farbridge.

    Royal City Rag, Saturdays 8-10 a.m. on CFRU93.3fm in Guelph. Remember if you don’t catch Royal City Rag live, you can always pick it up later that day via the CFRU archive or here, on the blog, a day or so later.

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    Councillor Vicki Beard

    We are pleased to welcome Ward 2 councillor Vicki Beard to CFRU93.3fm‘s Royal City Rag this coming Saturday, August 14. Councillor Beard will be joining us during our first hour, 8-9 a.m.

    As part of our pre-election coverage, we have invited all of the current city council, including the Mayor, to join us on the show for an end of term report. An opportunity for council to discuss the main issues they see facing the city, it also gives us a chance to ask some important questions of them. Check out our previous interviews with Councillor Lise Burcher, Councillor Leanne Piper, Councillor Maggie Laidlaw and Mayor Karen Farbridge.

    Guelph Downtown - Planning For Growth?

    In the second hour, Kent Hakull will be joining us in the studio. Kent  is a graduate student in Planning at the University of Waterloo. For his thesis work, Kent decided to focus on Guelph as an urban growth centre, and, in particular, on how planned growth under the provincial growth plan Places to Grow will impact Guelph’s downtown. He is also interested in how citizens and planners values and attitudes to growth and development differ.

    …I am curious to research citizen and planner values concerning the physical and social dimensions of public space/realm (Downtown Guelph, Ontario, Canada), and how public space is valued in the City of Guelph’s forthcoming Downtown Secondary Plan. There is much to be said about public spaces. There is much to be said about Urban Growth Centres. There is much to be said about urban equity.

    What is valued? How do we plan? For whom are we planning? What role do public spaces play?

    What is happening in Guelph is naturally part of a larger transformation.  This summer I’m conducting interviews to learn what is difficult about implementing Smart Growth, Places to Grow and Active Transportation. Many of the concerns raised in Guelph at the public meetings are echoed around the Greater Golden Horseshoe. The issues are real and relevant, and to me it is a matter of understanding what is going on, what are the challenges, and, based on this, address the issues and recommend a path forward. If I look at Guelph, as a case, I may offer a unique insight to further improve the policies directing cities in their effort to balance population growth, economic uncertainty, environmental pressures and socio-cultural sensitivity.

    It should be a fascinating conversation. You won’t want to miss it.

    You can check out Kent’s blog regarding his studies here.

    As always, we’ll wrap it all up with some great music.

    Royal City Rag, Saturdays 8-10 a.m. on CFRU93.3fm in Guelph. Remember if you don’t catch Royal City Rag live, you can always pick it up later that day via the CFRU archive or here, on the blog, a day or so later.

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    Councillor Laidlaw

    We are pleased to welcome passionate Ward 3 councillor Maggie Laidlaw to CFRU93.3fm‘s Royal City Rag this coming Saturday, August 7. Councillor Laidlaw will be joining us during our second hour, 9-10 a.m.

    As part of our pre-election coverage, we have invited all of the current city council, including the mayor, to join us on the show for an end of term report. An opportunity for council to discuss the main issues they see facing the city, it also gives us a chance to ask some important questions of them. Check out our previous interviews with Councillor Lise Burcher, Councillor Leanne Piper and Mayor Karen Farbridge.

    It should be a fascinating conversation. You won’t want to miss it.

    In the first hour, we’ll be on the music festival beat, wrapping up Hillside 2010 and focusing on two other local music festivals, the Fresh Water Jamboree on August 7 and the Sunlight Music Festival on August 14.

    The Fresh Water Jamboree is a free music festival at the Riverside Park Bandshell that run from noon till 11.00 p.m. on August 7. The festival, now in its third year, was established to help raise awareness about  the importance of  “fresh water”  not just in Wellington County, but also across Canada and throughout the world. The day-long event will feature musical performances by Sam Turton, Peter Slack, Carmela, Mike Sharp and many more. A presentation about  the importance of fresh water by Wellington Waterwatchers, with support from The City of Guelph, will take place at 7.00 p.m. Food and refreshments will also be available.

    A week later, on August 14, the 2nd Annual Sunlight Music Festival takes place, also at the Riverside Park Bandshell, and again, from Noon till 11.00 p.m., rain or shine. A free festival, the Sunlight Music Festival is also solar powered. As it is also a fundraiser for Guelph Wellington Women in Crisis, donations are encouraged. The festival headlined by Danny Michel, also features Lynzie Kent, Rusty Waters and The Broken Troubadours, Ian Reid, Jesse Parent, Christen Zuch, Lime Parade, Doug Clayfield, Richard Laviolette and the Oilspills, Stereola and closing act, Sapphire City.

    As always, rest assured, we’ll wrap it all up with some great music.

    Royal City Rag, Saturdays 8-10 a.m. on CFRU93.3fm in Guelph. Remember if you don’t catch Royal City Rag live, you can always pick it up later that day via the CFRU archive or here, on the blog, a day or so later.

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    After a weekend off to attend Hillside, Royal City Rag will be back on CFRU93.3fm this coming Saturday, July 31.

    We are pleased to welcome Mayor Karen Farbridge to the show during our second hour, 9-10 a.m.

    As part of our pre-election coverage, we have invited all of the current city council, including the mayor,  to join us on the show for an end of term report. This is an opportunity for council to discuss the main issues they see facing the city, talk about the successes of the current term as well as their hopes for the future. It will also give us a chance to ask some questions of them.

    Questions for Mayor Farbridge can be sent to info@royalcityrag.ca. We can’t promise we’ll be able to fit them all in, but we’ll do our best.

    It should be a fascinating conversation. You won’t want to miss it.

    As always we’ll wrap it all up with some great music.

    Royal City Rag, Saturdays 8-10 a.m. on CFRU93.3fm in Guelph. Remember if you don’t catch Royal City Rag live, you can always pick it up later that day via the CFRU archive or here, on the blog, a day or so later.

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    Royal City Rag will be on tour with Guelph MP Frank Valeriote and Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff on Monday.

    We’ll be using the Liberal Express rather than the Royal City Rag Fan bus!

    We’re due to visit the The Elliot Community retirement home on Metcalfe Street at 9.30 a.m. and then we’ll be off to St. Joseph’s Hospital on Westmount Road for a tour, lunch and a roundtable discussion on Canadian health care.

    We’ll also be joining in ‘the scrum’ on the bus – we’ll hopefully have a chance for a soundbite or two.

    I guess we must be becoming a bit mainstream… We’ll try and keep our credibility intact by asking a difficult question or two.

    Expect a full report on our return.

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    There will be no Royal City Rag on CFRU93.3fm this Saturday, July 24. We’ll be at Hillside, armed with camera and recorder. We’ll endevour to bring a little bit of the festival back for you!

    Come by and say “Hello” if you see us!

    The Sun Shines On Hillside 2008

    If you are still trying to get a ticket, Friday and Sunday passes are available at Hillside ticket outlets Ground Floor Music in Guelph, Encore Records in Kitchener and Soundscapes in Toronto as well as online via TicketPro.

    There are also still weekend passes for seniors available at a reduced rate of just $49.50!

    Although weekend passes for everyone else are sold out you may be able to track one down via Kijiji or Craigslist.

    Ticket prices are:

    • Friday – $49 + HST
    • Sunday $99 + HST
    • Seniors $99 + HST however, the first 500 seniors to purchase a weekend pass will receive a half price rate of $49.50 + HST

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    We are pleased to welcome our culture vulture Marie Zimmerman back to Royal City Rag for our monthly chat on Saturday July 17 between 8-9 a.m.

    Marie is currently executive director of the Hillside Festival. As the festival is just a week away and the schedule has just been announced we’ll be  talking about some of the artists you can expect to enjoy.

    If you are still trying to track down a ticket, Friday and Sunday passes are still available at Hillside ticket outlets Ground Floor Music in Guelph, Encore Records in Kitchener and Soundscapes in Toronto as well as online via TicketPro. The first 500 seniors can get weekend passes for just $49.50!

    Although weekend passes are long gone you may be able to track one down via Kijiji or Craigslist.

    We’ll also find time to plug one or two of the other arts related events including Art on the Street taking place in downtown Guelph on Saturday (July 17) from 10 a.m. till 6.00 pm. A free street fest that provides fun for all the family!

    Art on the street turns the spotlight on some of the fabulous talent within the local visual arts community. Over 70 artists will showcase their works in temporary, open-air studios which will line both sides of Quebec Street.

    Changes for 2010 include a new partnership between the Downtown Guelph Business Association and Guelph Arts Council to host this year’s event, and the generous presence of Guelph School of Art in the children’s area.

    To see a list of this year’s artists, visit downtownguelph.com.

    In the second hour of the show  (9-10 a.m.) we are pleased to welcome Ward 5 Councillor Leanne Piper to Royal City Rag.

    As part of our pre-election coverage, Royal City Rag has invited all of the current city council, including Mayor Karen Farbridge, to join us on the show for an end of term report. This is an opportunity for council to discuss the main issues they see facing the city, talk about the successes of the current term as well as their hopes for the future. It will also give us a chance to ask some questions of them.

    It should be a fascinating conversation. You won’t want to miss it.

    As always we’ll wrap it all up with some great music.

    Royal City Rag, Saturdays 8-10 a.m. on CFRU93.3fm in Guelph. Remember if you don’t catch Royal City Rag live, you can always pick it up later that day via the CFRU archive or here, on the blog, a day or so later.

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    Ever wanted to be in radio? CFRU 93.3fm, Guelph’s Campus Community radio station is looking for new volunteers!

    You can get involved by e-mailing CFRU 93.3fm’s volunteer coordinator at volunteer@cfru.ca or by calling 519-824-4120 ext. 58341. You can also sign up in person at CFRU 93.3fm’s studios on the second floor of the University Centre at the University of Guelph.

    CFRU 93.3fm  features perspectives , genres and communities that are often ignored by the mainstream media.

    CFRU 93.3fm is always looking for new program proposals, and for volunteers to help behind the scenes!

    Check out www.cfru.ca for more information.


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    CFRU93.3fm’s Royal City Rag will be heading out on the municipal beat once again on July 10.

    It’s hard to believe that the current city council’s four year term is nearing an end. It seems no time at all since the 2006 municipal election, and yet, here we are gearing up for another one.

    As part of our pre-election coverage, Royal City Rag has invited all of the current city council, including Mayor Karen Farbridge to join us on the show for an end of term report. This will be an opportunity for council to discuss the main issues they see facing the city, talk about the successes of the current term as well as their hopes for the future. It will also give us a chance to ask some questions of them.

    This Saturday morning we are pleased to welcome Ward 5 Councillor Lise Burcher to the show during the second hour (9-10 a.m.). Should be a fascinating discussion. You won’t want to miss it.

    In the first hour of the show (8-9 a.m.), Judy Martin from Sierra Club Canada will be joining us again with an update on some important environmental issues affecting the city.

    Sounds like a great show. As always, we’ll wrap it all up with some great music.

    Royal City Rag, Saturdays 8-10 a.m. on CFRU93.3fm in Guelph. Remember if you don’t catch Royal City Rag live, you can always pick it up later that day via the CFRU archive or here, on the blog, a day or so later.

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    CFRU 93.3fm’s Royal City Rag on July 3 will focus on two serious issues in relation to growth and development.

    In the first hour (8-9 a.m.) we’ll be focusing on Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation lawsuits or SLAPPs. According to Wikipedia, SLAPPs are “intended to censor, intimidate and silence critics’ by burdening them with the cost of a legal defense until they abandon their criticism or opposition.”

    SLAPPs are often used to stifle community resistance to controversial development projects. This was recently seen in Guelph when the City of Guelph and their development partner, Belmont Equity Partners brought a $5 million lawsuit against five individuals involved in the peaceful occupation of the environmentally sensitive Hanlon Creek for 17 days last summer.

    Louisette Lanteigne, an environmental activist from Waterloo, has experienced a SLAPP suit first hand. Louisette, who specializes in issues related to planning and groundwater protection, will speak to her personal experience as a $2 million SLAPP suit defendant, talk about what you can do to protect yourself from being SLAPPed and what you should do and not do when you are SLAPPED.

    Using the Environmental Bill of Rights, Louisette secured a review of the Waterloo Moraine in an effort to secure a Waterloo Moraine Protection Act. More recently she completed an Ontario Municipal Board process that secured new studies to protect groundwater and surface water features in regards to three subdivision proposals. Her work has been reviewed by various ministry officials and is now being used to help establish new provincial and federal water policy initiatives.

    Louisette never planned on being an activist but became one after witnessing numerous environmental and labour law infringements in her own subdivision over 10 years ago. She tried to go to provincial government ministries for help but ended up getting sued for 2 million dollars! That is when she learned what a SLAPP lawsuit is all about.

    According to environmental protection organization Environmental Defence, SLAPPs are a growing threat to meaningful participation in issues of public interest in Ontario and significantly affect the ability of communities to protest development in environmentally sensitive areas.

    Although SLAPP suits are not uncommon in Ontario, 50 per cent of American States, and most recently Quebec have passed anti-SLAPP legislation.

    Environmental Defence is working with partners Ecojustice and Canadian Environmental Law Association to finally put a stop to SLAPPs in Ontario.

    As well as pushing for new legislation, their campaign has encouraged more than 70 community groups to write to Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty requesting an end to SLAPP suits.

    They have also produced a petition to stop SLAPPs that you can sign HERE.

    Interestingly, Environmental Defence have managed to get approximately 70 municipalities to pass a resolution asking the Province to pass anti-SLAPP legislation. Unfortunately green Guelph has not yet joined that group!

    Downtown's Big Dreams... 16 Floor Condos on the WC Woods Site

    In the second hour of the show (9-10 a.m.) we’ll be following up on the proposed high-rise condo development planned for the WC Woods site 1 at the corner of Arthur Street South and Elizabeth St.

    In February 2010, Kilmer Brownfield Equity Fund acquired the 9-acre site and is planning to redevelop the site with a mix of high-rise, mid-rise and townhouse residential units.

    The site is important to the City of Guelph as it supports its plan to revitalize the downtown area while still meeting the objectives of Ontario’s Places To Grow Smart Growth intensification initiatives. The site (in Ward 1) but now also included within Guelph’s Community Improvement Plan (CIP) area is eligible for various financial incentives to assist in its redevelopment.

    Kilmer’s plans for the site will include brownfield remediation and site-planning before selling the site to one or more developers.

    The local community only caught wind of the extent of the residential development proposal when the city started to move forward with the Downtown Secondary Plan in March this year.

    Since then several community meetings have taken place including a community workshop at the Sacred Heart Gym,  98 Alice St. this past Tuesday June 29.

    Although the city indicated that they were willing to listen to the community regarding plans for the site, the Guelph Mercury, in an article bluntly titled “Get Ready For High-Rise Developments,  Consultant Tells Weary Neighbours”,  reported that Tim Smith from city consultants Urban Strategies told the community at the end of the last meeting… that the Arthur Street site is zoned for approximately 500 to 550 units.

    “While the final number remains unknown”, the consultant said, “that’s the ballpark.”

    Smith told those gathered for the session at Sacred Heart School that is the number required to meet provincially-mandated growth targets “but also to make the project feasible” for the landowner.

    The Guelph Mercury also reported… it is zoned for high-density residential, but currently has a restriction capping buildings on the site to six storeys. Residents became alarmed earlier this year when a draft of the Downtown Secondary Plan contained a conceptual drawing depicting a series of high-rise buildings on the site.

    David de Groot, an urban designer and manager of the Downtown Secondary Plan project, noted if buildings are built higher it allows more green space to be created at street level.

    De Groot said the Downtown Secondary Plan should be completed by the end of July, but another public session will be organized in late August or early September to discuss the “built form” to be located on the site.

    Scotty Hertz of CFRU 93.3fm’s The Working Week has been following the development proposal and will be joining us in the studio to give us his personal perspective. Scotty doesn’t pull his punches. Should be a great discussion!

    As usual we’ll wrap it all up with a great mix of cool music. A great way to start your Saturday. You won’t want to miss it!

    Royal City Rag, Saturdays 8-10 a.m. on CFRU93.3fm in Guelph. Remember if you don’t catch Royal City Rag live, you can always pick it up later that day via the CFRU archive or here, on the blog, a day or so later.

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    Royal City Rag on June 26 will be back on the city beat. In the first hour we are going to play an excerpt from a great presentation by Liz Benneian.

    Liz Benneian (Photo: Alternativesjournal.ca)

    Liz Benneian is the President of Oakvillegreen and a very effective advocate for environmental protection, sustainable planning and building resilient communities.

    Liz was in Guelph on April 10 for a talk hosted by the Guelph Chapter of the Council of Canadians entitled “Organizing to Win!”.

    She is an inspiring speaker. Her presentation should be required listening for all community activists, especially prior to advocating on a particular issue before city council.

    Later in the show we will be playing an interview with Karen Farbridge from February 2006. The interview is interesting as it was recorded while Karen was still teaching at the university, and prior to her decision to run again for Mayor. Its a good interview and definitely worth another listen. As we are moving towards another municipal election the time is right to give it another airing.

    We’ll have more to say about the upcoming election on the show tomorrow. You won’t want to miss it. As usual we’ll wrap it up with some great music.

    Royal City Rag, Saturdays 8-10 a.m. on CFRU93.3fm in Guelph. Remember if you don’t catch Royal City Rag live, you can always pick it up later that day via the CFRU archive or here, on the blog, a day or so later.

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    We’ll be spending CFRU’s Royal City Rag on June 19 with the arts.

    In the first hour, Simon Irving, artistic director of the Guelph Symphony Orchestra will be joining us to discuss the orchestra’s upcoming season.

    The orchestra also presents its 7th Music in the Park outdoor concert on Sunday, June 27 at the Riverside Park Bandshell, beginning at 3 p.m.

    The concert, featuring a selection of light classics for the entire family, is entitled “An Afternoon at the Proms”. Expect to hear a varied selection of  the English music you might hear at a Prom concert in London. That means, everything from Elgar to the Beatles.

    Visit the Guelph Symphony Orchestra website, www.guelphorchestra.ca for more information about upcoming performances

    In the second hour, we’ll be joined by our culture vulture Marie Zimmerman for our regular monthly chat about the Guelph art scene. This month we’ll be focusing on the possibility of Guelph having its own Artscape, the new Guelph Civic Square and the upcoming Art on the Street on July 17.

    Should be a great show. As always we’ll wrap the whole thing up with some great music. You won’t want to miss it!

    Royal City Rag, Saturdays 8-10 a.m. on CFRU93.3fm in Guelph. Remember if you don’t catch Royal City Rag live , you can always pick it up later that day via the CFRU archive or here, on the blog, a day or so later.

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    In the first hour of CFRU’s Royal City Rag on June 12 (8-9 a.m.) we’ll focus on the City of Guelph’s plans for downtown growth.

    The City of Guelph has scheduled another community meeting at the Italian Canadian Club on June 17 to discuss the proposed Downtown Guelph growth plan, and more specifically the proposed condo development planned for the WC Woods site 1.

    In February 2010, Kilmer Brownfield Equity Fund acquired the 9-acre site and is planning to redevelop the site with a mix of high-rise, mid-rise and townhouse residential units.

    Downtown's Big Dreams... 16 Floor Condos on the WC Woods Site

    The site is important to the City of Guelph as it supports its plan to revitalize the downtown area while still meeting the objectives of Ontario’s Places To Grow Smart Growth intensification initiatives. The site (in Ward 1) but now also included with Guelph’s Community Improvement Plan (CIP) area is eligible for various financial incentives to assist in its redevelopment.

    Kilmer’s plans for the site will include brownfield remediation and site-planning before selling the site to a builder.

    Maria Pazzano’s family have lived on Arthur Street South opposite the Wood’s plant for over 50 years. Maria will join us in the studio with Daisy Fedyna to discuss the plans for the condo development and the potential impact on her neighborhood.

    The City has recently stated that it will not finalise plans for the Downtown Secondary Plan until after the municipal election in October however it is still very important for community members to make their voices heard regarding the proposals for this site.

    Few people in Guelph seem to understand how much growth the city is expected to absorb over the coming years. By 2031, under Places To Grow, Guelph’s population will grow from 105,000 to a staggering 165,000. Places to Grow mandates intensification within current limits which is why the downtown is particularly targeted for growth.

    The city claims that this huge amount of growth will be sustainable. Unfortunately we will have to wait until the growth has taken place to know whether they were right or not.

    As the pace of change is likely to be rapid, it is important to have your say now.

    Thursday, June 17 from 6.30-8.30 p.m.
    Italian Canadian Club
    135 Ferguson St.

    About the Downtown Secondary Plan
    The City of Guelph is preparing a new Secondary Plan for downtown Guelph as shown on the map. The area is a provincially designated Urban Growth Centre and includes lands in the Ward neighbourhood. The Plan will govern residential and commercial development, natural and heritage conservation, and the city’s transportation and energy systems in downtown Guelph.

    You can view the components of the downtown secondary plan HERE.

    For more information:
    David de Groot, Urban Designer
    Community Design and Development Services
    T 519-837-5616 x 2358
    E david.degroot@guelph.ca
    guelph.ca/downtownplan

    As a complete change of pace, in the second hour of the show we’ll be catching up with horticultural therapist Lea Tran on activities at the Guelph Enabling Garden.

    They have a lot of interesting events coming up including:

    • June 14 from 7-8  p.m. Flower Pressing Workshop with Marilyn Swaby – Make your own pretty and professional greeting cards.
    • June 15 from 7-8 p.m. Organic Gardening with Cathy Hanson – Learn about soil testing and how to grow healthy food and bodies!
    • June 17 from 10-11 a.m. Kids Garden Workshop – There’s will also be another children’s workshop on Thursday July 15.
    • June 23 at 6.30 p.m. Knit Knite – Bring your knitting or crocheting projects and a mug for fresh garden tea.
    • July 2 from 10.30 – 11.30 a.m.  Tea and Tales with Guelph Guild of Storytellers. A very popular event last year. Please bring your own cup and lawn chair if you can (there are extras available for those who forget). Iced tea will be served.  Continues on Friday mornings until August 27.

    Should be a full show. As always we’ll wrap the whole thing up with some great music. You won’t want to miss it!

    Royal City Rag, Saturdays 8-10 a.m. on CFRU93.3fm in Guelph. Remember if you don’t catch Royal City Rag live , you can always pick it up later that day via the CFRU archive or here, on the blog, a day or so later.

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    There will be a musical start to Royal City Rag on June 5; University of Guelph Emeritus Professor, musician, creator of the Guelph Guitar Doug Larson, will be joining us in the first hour (8-9 a.m.) with Thomas Aldridge, owner of Manhattans to talk about M.A.S.H. Mondays, a new collaboration between Manhattans Music Club and the Hillside Festival. Doug will also be playing the Guelph Guitar live for us in the studio.

    M.A.S.H. (Music, Art, Science, & History) Mondays will feature interviews and performance from special guests while in conversation with Professor Larson about their many interests.

    The shows will be held at Manhattans, 951 Gordon St., Guelph and run from 8.30 – 10.30 p.m. The shows start on Sept. 13, 2010 to be followed on the first Monday of every month (Oct.4, Nov.1, Dec.6, Jan.10, Feb.7, Mar.7, Apr.4).

    Guests lined up for the series include:

    • Craig Norris(host of CBC R3-30, lead singer of the Kramdens)
    • Mike Ford:(musical historian, Canada in Song / Moxy Früvous)
    • Bob McDonald:(host CBC’s Quirks and Quarks)
    • Samir Baijal:(artistic director, Hillside Festival / musician)
    • Alan Wildeman: (President, University of Windsor)
    • Jay Ingram: (host, Daily Planet, best selling author)
    • Mark Stutman & Matty Cooper: (instrument builder and teacher)

    Large Elm Tree

    In the second hour, Judy Martin from the Sierra Club Canada and Norah Chaloner from Guelph Urban Forest Friends will join us to talk about the City of Guelph’s proposed new tree bylaw as well provide some follow-up on the city’s Natural Heritage Strategy and Official Plan deliberations.

    Guelph Urban Forest Friends have been advocating for our urban trees, including a stronger protective tree bylaw and a separate urban forestry department with a certified forester to more effectively manage tree maintenance and coordinate public education on the value of our mature trees.

    Guelph citizens have now been waiting for a new stronger protective tree bylaw for more than 19 years. In the meantime we continue to lose canopy. Guelph’s urban forest canopy sits at 25%, while the desired level  is 40%.

    Unfortunately the 1986 tree bylaw (view) said it was an offence to injure or destroy any living tree in the City of Guelph but did very little to actually protect them.

    The new draft bylaw (view the draft) still needs public input to make sure that it is truly protective.

    The City of Guelph has held one workshop  (June 3) and has another planned (June 8) to provide input on proposed changes.

    The June 8 workshop take place at City Hall, 1 Carden St. in Meeting Room C from 7–9 p.m. Following a presentation, participants will have an opportunity to discuss issues and provide feedback.

    About the draft Tree Bylaw
    In addition to regulating trees 10 centimetres at breast height on lots larger than 0.2 hectares (0.5 acres), the updated draft bylaw proposes to regulate damage or removal of larger trees on smaller properties; trees 20 centimetres in diameter at breast height on lots less than 0.2 hectares (0.5 acres). The updated draft also includes a permit process, a list of exemptions, entry and inspection powers, enforcement measures and increased fines.

    View the draft Tree By-law

    Even if you can’t attend the sessions, you can still comment. Comments will be received until June 18.

    Suzanne Young, Environmental Planner
    519-837-5616 x 2356
    suzanne.young@guelph.ca

    Jessica McEachren, Environmental Planner
    519-837-5616 x 2563
    jessica.mceachren@guelph.ca

    For more on Guelph Urban Forest Friends, please visit www.guffguelph.ca.

    As always we’ll wrap the whole thing up with some great music. Should be fun. You won’t want to miss it!

    Royal City Rag, Saturdays 8-10 a.m. on CFRU93.3fm in Guelph. Remember if you don’t catch Royal City Rag live , you can always pick it up later that day via the CFRU archive or here, on the blog, a day or so later.

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    We have a 3-hour Royal City rag planned for May 29. This will be our last show starting at 7.00 a.m. before we move to our new, more-civilised 8-10 a.m. Saturday slot.

    In the first hour we will be joined by our good friends Chris and Sally from Transition Guelph.

    Among other things we’ll be chatting about Canadian Environment Week (May 30 – June 5), Saturday’s ecomarket at Stone Road Mall and the Council of Canadians townhall meeting on Growth, Gravel and Groundwater and the threats facing our community that takes place at Harcourt Memorial United Church, 87 Dean Ave, Guelph, ON on June 3 a 7 p.m.

    An expert panel featuring members from Gravel Watch, Grand River Environmental Network, FORCE (Friends of Rural Communities and the Environment), CARRA (Cranberry Area Ratepayers and Residents Association),  North Dufferin Agriculture and Community Taskforce (opposing the giant quarry above Luther Marsh, at the top of Grand River headwaters) as well as local hydrologist Hugh Whiteley will discuss the impact of quarries, pipelines, roads and new development on the future sustainability of both our city and the Grand River watershed.

    In the second hour, we’ll be reconvening the renowned Royal City Rag Culture Vultures when Marie Zimmerman and Daniel Poulin return to the show to discuss the upcoming Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival.

    This year the festival runs from June 3-6 at locations throughout our lovely city. On the Stage A, B & C (formerly the Main Stage Series) and Youth Moves will be held at the River Run Centre. In the Park (formerly the Site-Specific Series) will be taking place at Exhibition Park and On the Street (formerly the Noon-time Series) in St. George’s Square. The four days of dance will feature youth performers, local artists as well as acclaimed national performers from across Canada.

    In the third hour (9-10 a.m.) we will be welcoming Jay Lefler, co-founder of Spark of Brilliance into the studio.

    Spark of Brilliance is a community-based initiative that promotes healing and recovery for people coping with mental health challenges. Creative art programs and services are designed to enhance quality of life for participants, inspire independent thinking and grow self-esteem. Spark programs empower individuals and families with the skills they need help make meaningful contributions to their community.

    Spark of Brilliance is bringing the work of four talented artists to Guelph community space, 10 Carden in an exhibition entitled “Power To The Arts”. This exhibition will demonstrate a broad range of artistic expressions in oil, ink, collage, mosaic, and mixed media. Artists Barb Cohen, Lisa Cosier, Marcey Gray and Jay Lefler hope to raise awareness of how their personal experiences with mental health issues have been overcome. They also want the community to understand how recovery can happen through connecting with the creative spirit.

    This special event takes place on Monday, May 31 from 7 to 9 p.m. Local singer-songwriter D Eve Archer will entertain and refreshments will be served.

    As always we’ll wrap the whole thing up with some great music. Should be fun. You won’t want to miss it!

    Royal City Rag, Saturdays 8-10 a.m. on CFRU93.3fm in Guelph. Remember if you don’t catch Royal City Rag live , you can always pick it up later that day via the CFRU archive or here, on the blog, a day or so later.

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    For those of you who like to wake up with Royal City Rag on a Saturday morning but find 7.00 a.m. just too early… we have good news.

    We’re moving to 8-10 a.m. every Saturday morning with immediate effect.

    Same great show, just more of a lie in for all of us!

    As a special treat, this Saturday we’ll be on the air from 7-10 a.m., just to make the adjustment a little more bearable for everyone.

    Royal City Rag, Saturdays 8-10 a.m. on CFRU93.3fm in Guelph. Remember if you don’t catch Royal City Rag live , you can always pick it up later that day via the CFRU archive or here, on the blog, a day or so later.

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    Guelph Youth Singers (Photo: Guelph Youth Singers)

    We’re pleased to welcome Linda Beaupre, Artistic  Director of the award-winning Guelph Youth Singers to Royal City Rag on May 22.

    The four choirs of Guelph Youth Singers present their annual spring concert, Whistle While You Work, a light-hearted exploration of work and leisure on June 5 at The River Run Centre. The concert will feature a variety of selections designed to showcase their outstanding singing talent.  Songs of carpenters, clowns, goatherds, sailors, and pirates will mix with artsong and madrigal.  Special highlights will be a choreographed set of cowboy songs (think hats!)  and the senior choristers presenting Manhattan Transfer’s “Operator.”

    Founded in 1991, Guelph Youth Singers have reached national prominence through provincial and national awards, most recently winning two first place awards in the 2009 Canadian Federation of Music Festivals at the national level.

    The annual spring concert is the major event of the spring season for Guelph Youth Singers, and will follow a tour in late May by Choir III to Whistler, BC where they will be hosted by the Whistler Children’s Chorus.

    GYS is always looking for new choristers who love to sing.  Choristers enjoy the chance to learn to sing well, to read music, to do drama workshops, to perform…and to enjoy the company of other talented youth.  Guelph Youth Singers is seeking new members for its award-winning choirs I, II and III. Guelph Youth Singers is holding auditions in May and June for entry in September 2010.

    In the second hour of the show, Carin Headrick from Guelph Barrier Free Committees will be joining us to discuss National Access Awareness Week.

    With the introduction of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), businesses and non-profit organizations are being faced with the task of complying with a new set of legal obligations.

    The Committee will be handing out resource packages at Stone Road Mall on Thursday, May 27 between 10.00 a.m. and 7.00 p.m. by the “Chapters entrance”.

    The resource package will help businesses develop their own Customer Service policy, and representatives of the Guelph Barrier Free Committees will also be available to answer questions and concerns related to the AODA and the changes that organizations will be facing in the near future.

    Community members will have the opportunity to try out one of the City of Guelph’s low-floor buses.  There will also be an opportunity to learn about the activities of the Barrier Free Committees, and speak to representatives from community organizations about services and support available.

    Sounds like a great show. As always there will be a fare share of cool music to start your day. You won’t want to miss it!

    Royal City Rag, Saturdays 7-9 a.m. on CFRU93.3fm in Guelph. Remember if you don’t catch Royal City Rag live , you can always pick it up later that day via the CFRU archive or here, on the blog, a day or so later.

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    Royal City Rag will be back on CFRU 93.3fm this coming Saturday, May 8 from 7-9 a.m.

    In the first hour we will be welcoming Rob Case from Guelph International Resource Centre (GIRC) back to the show. GIRC have their first Rain Barrel Sale of the season, this Saturday May 8 from 10.00 a.m. – Noon at Planet Bean Cafe, Grange Plaza (259 Grange Road East, Guelph).

    GIRC rain barrels are durable, locally made from used food import barrels and available in three colours. They are easy to maintain, repair and customize.  A 220 litre rain barrel is only $60 (while supplies last, Visa and Mastercard accepted). To guarantee availability, pre-order yours now HERE.

    Proceeds from the rain barrel sale support the GIRC’s other initiatives, including the Guelph Festival of Moving Media taking place in November.

    Staff from The Elora Centre for Environmental Excellence will also be on hand at Planet Bean from 10.00 a.m. till 4.00 p.m. to provide FREE home energy advice. Non-perishable food items will also be graciously accepted for the Grange Hill East Neighbourhood Group’s food cupboard.

    There will be two other opportunities purchase a GIRC rain barrel:

    • Saturday May 15, 2010; 10:00-1:00 p.m.; at the West End Recreation Centre
    • Wednesday May 19, 2010; 5:00-8:00 p.m.; at the Stone Store, 14 Commercial Street, Guelph

    In the second hour of the show we’ll welcome back to Royal City Rag our culture vulture, Marie Zimmerman (currently executive director of the Hillside Festival), for a relaxed chat about the arts focusing on three of the main summer festivals the area has to offer; The Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival (June 3-6), Hillside Festival (July 23-25) and Eden Mills Writers Festival (September 19).

    As usual we’ll wrap up the whole show with some great music. You won’t want to miss it!

    Royal City Rag, Saturdays 7-9 a.m. on CFRU93.3fm, Guelph’s Campus-Community Radio Station.

    Remember if you don’t catch Royal City Rag live on CFRU93.3fm, you can pick it up later that day via the CFRU archive or here, on the blog, the next day.

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    There will be no Royal City Rag on May 1. I’ll be taking an enforced lie-in as the University of Guelph conduct their annual campus-wide power shutdown.

    I’ll be powering down too. The hardship of it all…

    I’ll  be back on May 8 with a fun new show. In the meantime, check out our archive of shows and events listings.

    Enjoy your May Day weekend!

    Jan Andrea Hall

    Royal City Rag, Saturdays 7-9 a.m. on CFRU93.3fm, Guelph’s Campus-Community Radio Station.

    Remember if you don’t catch Royal City Rag live on CFRU93.3fm, you can pick it up later that day via the CFRU archive or here, on the blog, the next day.

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    We have a busy Royal City Rag planned for April 24.

    Tina Clarke (Photo: Transition US)

    In the first hour we’ll welcome back into the studio Sally Ludwig and Chris Mills from Transition Guelph to talk about some upcoming activities including the presentation by U.S.-based community advocate Tina Clarke on Community Resilience and Social Equity in Changing Times taking place on Monday April 26, 7.00 p.m. at Harcourt Memorial United Church. Suggested donation: $10 waged, $5 unwaged.

    Sponsored by Transition Guelph with Harcourt Justice and Outreach Committee, Kairos Guelph, and Midwestern Ontario Regional Green Jobs Strategy, the presentation will focus on how Guelph can respond to the triple challenge of rising energy prices, climate change disruptions and economic instability while also improving social justice?

    This is a very important question and a serious issue especially when you also consider that Guelph under, the provincial growth plan Places to Grow, will also have to contend with a massive increase in population as it goes from 105, 000 to 165,000 by 2031.

    Tina will outline the problems and suggest some useful strategies to cope with these threats as well as provide real word examples of successful community implementation.

    Sounds like it will be a great presentation. We have some huge issues to deal with if we are to have a sustainable future.

    Check out Transition Guelph’s amazingly informative website at www.transitionguelph.org if you haven’t already done so.

    In the second hour, community heritage activist Susan Ratcliffe will be joining us to chat about both Doors Open Guelph and Jane’s Walk.

    Doors Open Guelph takes place this Saturday, April 24. Between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., several of Guelph’s finest buildings, many of which are not normally open to the public, will open their doors for free public tours.  Guided tours will be available at each site, led by knowledgeable tour guides who will talk about the site’s history and important architectural features. Guides will also pass on some of the interesting stories associated with each site.

    Check out all the sites on the tour HERE.

    For more information about the sites and tips on how best to plan and enjoy the day, pick up a Doors Open Guelph 2010 brochure at various locations around the City (e.g Visitor Information Centre, Guelph Public Library, Guelph Civic Museum) or visit the Doors Open Guelph website at www.guelpharts.ca/doorsopenguelph; or contact Guelph Arts Council by telephone at (519) 836-3280, or e-mail gac@sentex.net.

    Jane’s Walk takes place on the weekend of May 1 – 2. Created by the Centre for City Ecology (CCE), Jane’s Walk celebrates the legacy and ideas of urban activist and writer Jane Jacobs by putting citizens in touch with their environment and each other.

    There are currently 12 Jane’s Walks planned for Guelph. These free guided walks led by community members take place throughout the day beginning at 10 a.m. Check out the Jane’s Walks for Guelph HERE.

    As usual we’ll wrap up the whole show with some great music. You won’t want to miss it!

    Royal City Rag, Saturdays 7-9 a.m. on CFRU93.3fm, Guelph’s Campus-Community Radio Station.

    Remember if you don’t catch Royal City Rag live on CFRU93.3fm, you can pick it up later that day via the CFRU archive or here, on the blog, the next day.

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