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July 2019

Council Minutes


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Transit Windsor Tunnel Service Returning to Regular Schedule with Nightly Tunnel Closures Ending

The Detroit-Windsor Tunnel LLC announced today that nightly closures for renovations will end this week, and the tunnel will return to its normal 24/7 operation on July 19, 2019. The tunnel will remain open until mid-August, after which it will close for only one night per week through September 30, 2019.

This means that Transit Windsor service through the tunnel will return to regular hours as well starting July 19, 2019. For details on rates and hours visit transitwindsor.ca.

City’s International Relations Committee hosts delegation from Sister City Saltillo, Mexico, and 3rd Annual Children’s Art Exhibition

The City of Windsor and the International Relations Committee (IRC) are hosting a delegation from Saltillo, Mexico this week in conjunction with the 3rd Annual Children’s Art Exhibition at Windsor City Hall.  

Windsor’s sister city relationship with Saltillo began on July 25, 1994. The delegation arrives in Windsor this month to commemorate our milestone 25th anniversary and celebrate a union of cross-cultural exchanges that have been shared since our relationship was established.

Delegates attended Windsor City Hall on Monday, July 15, 2019 and met with Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens, members of the IRC, and community representatives. While here, they signed a symbolic agreement re-committing to the existing twin city bond between our two communities, and had an opportunity to explore an art exhibition celebrating cultural diversity.

“By re-confirming our Sister City bond, we commemorate our partnership of international solidarity and moral support,” said Mayor Drew Dilkens. “Our two communities remain committed to increasing our knowledge through an exchange of history, culture, arts, science and technology.”

This relationship allows both communities to create opportunities for growth of our education, tourism, commercial and industrial sectors through ongoing cross-cultural visits and exchanges. This increases the bonds of friendship, eases the exchange of goods, products, services and information, and promotes all that our communities have to offer one another.

Children’s Art on Display

As part of the visit from the Saltillo delegation, the IRC is hosting the 3rd Annual Children’s Art Exhibition, on display in the lobby of Windsor City Hall from July 15 to 23, 2019. Local children between the ages of 6 and 12 years of age were invited to create works of art on the theme of “Why I love my City.” Selected entries are on display, alongside art created by children in our twin cities, including Saltillo, Mexico; Fujisawa, Japan; Gunsan, South Korea; and Changchun, China. Windsor artwork will also be displayed in the city hall buildings of our twin cities.

“Such important and unique projects connect international communities and allow for discussion about each city’s similarities and differences,” said Councillor Fred Francis, Chair of the IRC. “The goal is to strengthen the City of Windsor’s connections with our twin cities through the inspiration and artwork of our community’s many creative children.

About Saltillo, Mexico

Saltillo, the capital city in the state of Coahuila in Northern Mexico, is an old colonial city with a rich history combined with modern industries and rapid development. Known for many things, the city has been called “Las Atenas de Mexico” (the Athens of Mexico) because of the important cultural and educational centre it has provided, and “La Ciudad del Clima Ideal” (the City of Perfect Climate) due to the balanced weather it receives year-round. Saltillo is considered a must-visit location due to its industrial, agricultural and commercial activities, as well as its architectural heritage and tourist attractions.

Our two communities recognized that our people share qualities that unite us in the social, cultural, commercial and industrial fields. Windsor, an International Gateway between Canada and the US, and Canada’s fourth most diverse community, has a proud history of Mexican and Latino residents living in the area. Spanish is one of the top five languages that area residents identify as their mother tongue.

About the International Relations Committee

The International Relations Committee (IRC) is composed of 8 members, including members of Windsor City Council and local citizens, who aim to promote the international interests and image of the City of Windsor. The goals and objectives of the IRC are to support the efforts of the Mayor and Council in the enhancement of Windsor’s international image; to promote and enhance our relationship with our twin cities; and to support international education, cultural, sport and economic initiatives. 

30 Metre Buffer Imposed along Windsor Shoreline

Th​​e Windsor Port Authority has authorized a temporary 30 day buffer zone of 30 metres for all motorized watercraft moving along the Windsor shoreline of the Detroit River.  This means no motorized watercraft can operate within 30 metres of shore unless docking. 

“Historic high water levels have forced us to take extraordinary action to prevent on-shore damage to property along our waterfront” said Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens.  “Water levels are expected to continue to rise through August which means the situation is likely to get worse before it gets better”.

The 30 metre zone takes effect immediately.

“We are dealing with historic high waters’ crisis, not a shipping issue.  But still, by imposing a 30 metre ban we are asking all pleasure craft to be good neighbours and stay away from the shoreline property owners that are dealing with significant pressures”.

Steve Salmons, President and CEO, Windsor Port Authority

A postcard educating boaters of the 30 metre ban will be handed out at boating locations across the city and by the Windsor Police Marine Unit.  Social media and traditional media will also be counted on to help spread the word as quickly as possible.

The Windsor Police Marine Unit will be tasked with enforcing the 30 metre zone but education is the focus.

The 30 metre ban is the latest effort by the City of Windsor aimed at protecting properties from the extreme water levels.  A free sandbag program remains in place for a section of homes along the north side of Riverside Drive.

Details on the sandbag program and more can be found on the City of Windsor website.​​​​

Firefighter Application Online

The Human Resources Department is pleased to announce that applications for the 2019/2020 Firefighter Recruitment are currently available on the City’s website.

The City of Windsor will accept applications for the 2019/2020 Firefighter Recruitment from Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. (noon) until no later than 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. No late applications will be accepted.

To be considered for the Firefighter Recruitment with the City of Windsor’s Fire & Rescue Services Department, the minimum requirements are as follows:

  • At time of application, an applicant must be eighteen years of age or older.
  • At time of application, an applicant must be legally entitled to work in Canada.
  • At time of application, an applicant must possess an Ontario Secondary School Graduation Diploma or Ontario Ministry of Education equivalency.
  • At time of hire, an applicant must provide proof of a current, valid and lawful Class “D” driver’s licence with “Z” endorsement in accordance with the Highway Traffic Act, for the purposes of operating a City of Windsor vehicle and provide a driver’s abstract as a condition of employment.

To find the on-line application, please visit www.citywindsor.ca, search term “firefighter”. The City of Windsor only accepts applications for the Firefighter Recruitment on-line.  For those applicants who do not have access to a computer, please note, computer access is available at your local library. Applicants that do not have a valid e-mail address may attend the Human Resources Department, located at 400 City Hall Square East, Suite 408 to complete an application, which will be entered on-line, and the applicant’s receipt will be issued at that time.

For complete details regarding these positions and how to apply, please visit our website at www.citywindsor.caEmployment Opportunities.

Council Seeks Applicants for Development Charges Task Force

City Council is seeking interested persons to serve on a task force for updating the Development Charges Background Study and the Development Charges By-law. 

Terms of reference for the Development Charges Task Force are attached. Deadline for submitting applications is extended to Thursday, August 1, 2019.​​

Transit Service Begins Between Windsor and Leamington

The new Leamington to Windsor Transit service,LTW Transit - Route 42, began operation today. The new transit route travels from Leamington to Windsor (St. Clair College), with stops in Kingsville and Essex, Monday through Saturday.

For the LTW Transit inaugural mid-day run, Leamington’s Mayor Hilda MacDonald boarded the bus in Leamington, picking up Kingsville Mayor Nelson Santos and Essex Mayor Larry Snively at their respective LTW Transit stops in Kingsville and Essex. They continued along Route 42 and met up with Windsor’s Mayor Drew Dilkens at the LTW Transit stop at St. Clair College.

LTW Transit is a four-year pilot project undertaken by the Municipality of Leamington in partnership with Transit Windsor, with financial support from the Ministry of Transportation. Strong transit ridership and a successful outcome at the end of the pilot project could lead to the permanent continuation of regional transit and the potential expansion of the service. 

“Leamington is very proud to deliver a program that provides safe and reliable public transportation, while strengthening ties between communities and providing better access to employment, education, healthcare and social services.” said Mayor Hilda MacDonald.

“As leaders, we all have a responsibility to make our region as accessible as possible for the residents of all ages,” said Mayor Drew Dilkens. “This community to community public transit connection is an important move in that direction.”

"I'm confident that county-based students will be thrilled with this new transportation option," said St. Clair President Patti France. "For many, it will eliminate the expense of buying a car, for others it will solve the scheduling difficulties associated with borrowing a family car. At the most fundamental level – a method of getting from Point A to Point B – it makes access to postsecondary education so much more convenient and affordable. The college commends all of the county and city agencies which have launched this initiative."​​

​​​For more information visit TransitWindsor.ca.​

Museum Windsor - What is this?

On August 1, 1834 Emancipation Day was established when the Slavery Abolition Act came into effect ending slavery in the British Empire, including Canada.

Emancipation Day celebrations in Windsor used to be held at Jackson Park and included a parade, Miss Sepia contest, and food! This photograph, taken by local photograph Fred Lazurek, show cooks barbecuing ribs during Windsor's Emancipation celebration on August 4, 1957.

P18204-Photo Courtesy of Shannon Osmer.
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