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The first hour of CFRU’s Royal City Rag on June 12 (8-9 a.m.) was dedicated to 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.

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

Listen to Hour 1:

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

We started off hour 2 of Royal City Rag with an interview from 2006 with downtown resident Jennifer Sumner regarding Places To Grow and plans for downtown growth. Jennifer raised some very important issues regarding the myths of growth. If anything, this interview is more pertinent now than it was at the time.

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.

Listen to Jennifer Sumner’s comments on Growth and Places to Grow:

As a complete change contrast, in the last quarter of the show we caught up with horticultural therapist Lea Tran on activities at the Guelph Enabling Garden.

The Enabling garden has a lot of interesting events coming up this summer 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.

Listen to Hour 2:

Music:
Ryan Bingham, The Weary Kind from Crazy Heart Original Soundtrack
Laura Marling, Rambling Man from I Speak Because I Can
Alex Glasgow, Mary Baker City Mix from Songs of Alex Glasgow Vol 1 and 2
Sam Turton, I’m Gonna Go Downtown (Demo)
Pretenders, My City Was Gone from Learning To Crawl
Philip Glass, Koyaanisqatsi from Koyannisqatsi: Life In The Balance
Cat Stevens, Where Do The Children Play from Tea For The Tillerman
Talking Heads, Nothing But Flowers from Naked

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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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Guelph Enabling Garden

Guelph’s Third Annual Community Seed Exchange takes place at the Evergreen Seniors Centre on Saturday February 27  from 1.00 – 5.30 p.m.

A Pay What You Can event, the venue is fully accessible. Proceeds go to support great community gardening projects in our city!

The more people who attend (to trade, buy, and/or learn and teach about seeds) the richer our community will be.

Visit www.enablinggarden.org for more information.

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Due to poor weather, the seed saving workshop originally scheduled for September 22 has been rescheduled for October 1 at 6.00 p.m.

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It was another jam-packed Royal City Rag on September 19. During the first hour we talked to Lea Tran, Horticultural Therapist at the Guelph Enabling Garden about their fall workshops. We also played a series of short interviews recorded at the Eden Mills Writers Festival in 2006. Unfortunately Bob Gordon was unable to be on the show to provide another update on the ever-evolving Hanlon Creek Business Park situation. We hope to have Bob back on the show next week. Expect to hear and read a lot more about this issue on Royal City Rag over the coming weeks.

We devoted the whole of the second hour to the Eden Mills Writers Festival which takes place this coming Sunday, September 20. Local authors Andrew Hood and Mary Swan joined us live in the studio with added colour commentary from Eden Mills Writers Festival Artistic Director and Royal City Rag contributor, Marie Zimmerman.

Music:
Andrew McPherson, In Your Sea from Lefty Singer
Bill Garrett and Sue Lothrop, Never No More from Red Shoes
Ken Whiteley, Peace Peace Peace from Afghanistan On Guard For Thee
Lambchop, National Talk Like A Pirate Day from OH (Ohio)
Rita Chiarelli Loving You Is Killing Me from Uptown Goes Downtown

Listen to the show:
Part 1

Part 2

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colmusic ad web72There’s a little bit of bubble and a lot of squeak on Royal City Rag this week!

During the first hour we’ll be talking to Lea Tran, Horticultural Therapist at the Guelph Enabling Garden about their fall workshops. We’ll also catch up with Bob Gordon for another update on the ever-evolving Hanlon Creek Business Park situation. Finally, in the first hour, we’ll check in with Magee McGuire at the Guelph Farmers Market.

This week, we’re devoting the whole of the second hour to the Eden Mills Writers Festival which takes place this coming Sunday, September 20. Local authors Andrew Hood and Mary Swan will be joining us live in the studio with added colour commentary from Eden Mills Writers Festival Artistic Director and Royal City Rag contributor, Marie Zimmerman.

Gwynne Dyer The Mess They MadeDon’t forget that Gwenne Dyer will be in Guelph this Saturday to give a special talk entitled “After Iraq…?”.

He’ll also be chatting with fellow author and broadcaster Ray Robertson. This pre-festival session takes place in the Bookshelf cinema at 12 noon.  A reception and book-signing will follow.

Tickets cost $10 and as a special deal you can pay $15 and get the Gwynne Dyer talk plus admission to the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival on Sunday. Tickets will be available at the door.

Yet another busy Royal City Rag.

Join us Saturdays 7-9 a.m. on CFRU 93.3fm or after the fact via this website or CFRU archive. A great way to start your Saturday!

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This sounds like a fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon. Make sure you don’t get the herb tea and compost tea mixed up!

Come join us at Guelph’s first Compost Tea Party!

This will be the last event at the Guelph Enabling Garden for the season.

When: Saturday October 18th, 2 p.m.

Where: The Guelph Enabling Garden, Riverside Park

Why: To learn all about vermi-composting (kitchen composting with worms).

Nikki Hammond from The Worm Factory will be our guest speaker. We’ll also be talking a bit about outdoor composting in the winter and the benefits of compost tea for plants.

Come and look forward to the tea that will be served (to people), made with herbs harvested from the Garden!

As always, all events at the Garden are free (but we’ll accept donations).

visit www.enablinggarden.org for more details and directions.

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