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August 2018
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Council Minutes

For a quick overview of Council discussions and decisions from each Council meeting please check out the Council Minutes on our website.
Upcoming City Council Meetings Launched

Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens along with City staff from Recreation, Culture, Parks and Facilities have officially launched

The new online system replaces the 20-year-old reconnect system and provides a vastly improved customer service experience. is a new and improved software system that will make it faster and easier for residents to search and sign-up for the programs and activities that interest them”, said Mayor Dilkens.  “It’s an improved technology that will make it easier for residents to live healthy active lives”.

In a few easy steps, residents can create an online account from any device at any time.  Users will spend less time looking for activities as they can now search by keyword, age, location, day and time.

The new site is mobile friendly for registrations, allows for the creation of wish lists and the ability to pay using our secure online shopping cart functionality. Users can also save payment information making future transactions quicker.

“We want everyone to go to and create their account”, said Recreation Executive Director Ray Mensour. “It’s simple and easy and as a bonus everyone will be automatically entered into a draw to win a family 4 pack of Adventure Bay tickets”.

The launch of coincides with the release of the Fall Activity Guide, which will be available in community centres and online.  Registration for the Fall programming opens September 4, 2018 and the program sessions begin on September 17, 2018​.​

Seminole Library Branch Renovations

Annual Maintenance Closure, Seasonal Hours and Exciting Fall Programming at Adventure Bay

With September’s return, students will be digging in at school, while Adventure Bay Family Water Park Presented by WFCU Credit Union will be making some annual end-of-summer adjustments. Here are some key dates to remember for the first week back to school and beyond:

Labour Day, Monday, September 3: Open 10am to 4pm. School’s out ... for one more day! Send your summer vacation packing with a splash.

Temporary Closure for Park Maintenance, September 4-12: Adventure Bay will be closed from Tuesday, September 4 until Wednesday, September 12 for our annual comprehensive maintenance. Note: This closure does not affect the Windsor International Aquatic and Training Centre (natatorium/fitness centre) portion of the facility.

Fall Hours Begin Thursday, September 13: Fall hours kick in on Thursday, September 13. See the most up-to-date schedule of water park hours at

Exciting Fall Programs! We have a host of registered and drop-in options to choose from. Highlights include:

  • Learn to Snorkel - perfect for families going away on holidays, or for anyone looking to master the basics
  • River Resistance Aquafit - Harness the power of water and learn to manipulate the liquid gym to improve fitness or add another dimension to your existing exercise routine.
  • Wave Babies Aqua Fit - for parents and tots—unique swim class for parents and tots, 6-18 months—great combination of fitness and fun for everyone
  • Go with the Flow(Rider) - on the FlowRider surf simulator, including instruction

Academic Year Membership: Our short-term Academic Year Membership runs from September 13, 2018 to June 28, 2019 for just $96.00 for customers over 42 inches or $69.00 for customers under 42 inches. (Note: kids under 2 years old are free.)

For full details on programs and registration, see the fall Activity Guide, or visit beginning September 4.

For up-to-date water park prices and hours, visit or call 519-974-AQUA (2782).

New Deputy Fire Chief for Windsor

Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens, Chief Administrative Officer Onorio Colucci and Fire Chief Stephen Laforet are pleased to announce the city’s newest Deputy Fire Chief, effective immediately. 

Deputy Chief Jamie Waffle joined Windsor fire in 1997 and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Windsor.

Deputy Chief Waffle has served in several positions throughout his career including Training Officer, Acting Captain, Chief Training Officer, Acting District Chief and Acting Assistant Chief.  He has recently completed his certificate in Fire Service Leadership from Dalhousie University and is currently working on his certificate in Fire Service Administration. 

As head of Windsor’s Training and Fire Rescue divisions, Deputy Chief Waffle will oversee emergency operations and the development of staff.​​

Streetcar 351 Update

Museum Windsor - What is this?

British American Brewery uniform was used by the donor’s uncle, Joseph Hunter, who worked for “Carling Brewers” (which was originally called “British American Brewery”).

Louis Griesinger of Detroit built a small brewery and residence in 1883 at the corner of Riverside Drive West and Bruce Avenue.  He named it the British American Brewing Company.  He learned the brewing business in Cincinnati and called one of his beers “Cincinnati Cream.”  By 1900, the Brewery had expanded to include most of the block.  Annual production in 1913 was 20, 000 barrels.

The brewery was bought by E.P. Taylor in 1930 and used the names “Bradings Brewery,” “Canadian Breweries,” and finally “Carlings.”  This brewery closed in 1969 and part of the building was converted into the Art Gallery of Windsor, which later housed the temporary “Windsor Casino.”  It has since been completely demolished and a new Art Gallery of Windsor erected in its place.

Gift of Marina McCarthy in the name of Joseph Hunter.  2001.15.2.2
Pedestrian Crossover (PXO) Opens in Walkerville
The City of Windsor conducts surveys as a means of soliciting ideas and opinions from residents so we can better serve the community as a whole.  Check back often to see if a new survey is ready for your input.

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Check out the latest Activity Guide online at or visit one of our many Customer Care Centres to pick up a copy. Register for adult, parent & tot, pre-school, and youth classes today!
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