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April 2017
Welcome to the Windsor Update.

This e-newsletter is provided by the Corporation of the City of Windsor.  Our hope is to share a selection of stories that Windsorites either need to know, should know, or might just like to know about in our community.

In each issue, we’ll update you about events and schedules, meetings and announcements, and more. We’ll profile plans we’re working on and offer a variety of opportunities to share your own feedback.

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

Help Prevent Future Basement Flooding

The City of Windsor is asking residents to take just 10 minutes and fill out an important online survey.

A short Basement Flooding Survey has been created to learn more about the details and contributing factors surrounding recent basement flooding events, including the September 29, 2016 flood where nearly 3,000 callers reported incidences of flooding to 311 during the event and the days following.

“We highly encourage all residents to participate, even those with no previous history of basement flooding,” said City Engineer Mark Winterton. “The information provided will help the City deliver the most effective flood mitigation program and will be used to inform capital program decisions.”

This survey should take approximately10 minutes to complete and will be available until the end of April.

Online responses are preferred, but hard copies can be obtained by contacting 311.

City Welcomes New Fire Chief Stephen Laforet

A Change of Command Ceremony was held March 31, 2017, during which Windsor Fire and Rescue Services Chief Bruce Montone was relieved of duty by Chief Stephen Laforet. Best wishes to both our outgoing and incoming fire chiefs!

Memorial Cup Opening Events Announced

When the 2017 Mastercard Memorial Cup comes to Windsor this May, there will be just as much activity in the community as there is on the ice.

​The celebration will officially kick off May 18th at 3:15pm with the “Opening Banquet”, presented by Collins Barrow, at the St. Clair Centre For The Arts; featuring former Ottawa 67's goalie and current Toronto Maple Leafs broadcaster Jim Ralph, along with Masters of Ceremony John Fairley (St. Clair College) and Windsor Spitfires legend Adam Graves, who led the team to the 1988 Mastercard Memorial Cup championship final.

Also in attendance will be players, coaches and officials representing the four participating teams, representatives from the Canadian Hockey League, sponsors and community organizers. 

Tables of ten are available by calling 519-254-5000 ext. 250 or

Following the banquet, the community is invited to a free celebration: “Witness The Legacy: The Memorial Cup Arrival”. The historic trophy will arrive along the Detroit River from Sarnia on board the Canadian Coast Guard patrol vessel Private Robertson V.C before docking at

Dieppe Gardens at 6:00pm. The Cup will be off-loaded at 6:30pm.

Accompanied by military personnel, the Memorial Cup will be paraded from Dieppe Park up Ouellette Avenue to the Essex County War Memorial in City Hall Square for a special ceremony and will then be available for viewing in the lobby of City Hall from 7:45pm to 9:00pm.

“It’s exciting to announce events like this as we get closer to actually hosting the 2017

Mastercard Memorial Cup”, noted Event Chair John Savage. “Everything is coming together in our quest to make this a most memorable experience and to showcase our great City of Windsor and surrounding area.”

More information on opening celebrations and other community events will be announced at a news conference scheduled for April 19th at 11:30am at the WFCU Centre, with details to follow.

Windsor125 Public Art Installation: Call to Artists

The City of Windsor, with generous funding from the Canadian Department of Heritage; Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program is inviting Windsor artists to participate in creating a public art installation.

The City of Windsor is seeking to commission an artist or artist-led team to create a permanent new creation to be integrated onto the 2 facades of the transformer casing in the parking lot of 401 Riverside Drive. The commissioned artist(s) will be expected to complete the project by June 23, 2017. Artists may apply for one or both of the locations with the deadline remaining firm.

Artwork must focus on the celebration of the City of Windsor’s 125th Birthday – commemorating the date in 1892 when assent was given to the incorporation of the City of Windsor – to help our community celebrate 125 years in an interesting and unique way. The final created work will commemorate the date in a way that becomes a permanent part of the stories that are told to the public for generations to come.

“This is another great opportunity to celebrate Windsor’s 125th birthday through our local artists’ interpretations of our stories,” said Mayor Drew Dilkens. “We are extremely grateful to the Federal Government for the overwhelming support towards this legacy project in the heart of our cultural hub.”

The competition is open to artists living in the City of Windsor, Ontario. Applications may be made by individual artists or a group of artist collaborators (all artist collaborators must be residents of the City of Windsor).

Budget for the project is Short Wall: $7,350 or Longer Wall: $14,650. Total budget for the public art project is $22,000.

Important Dates 

  • Deadline for Submission: April 21 2017 - 3pm
  • Winning project announcement: May 20 2017
  • Project Installation Deadline: June 23 2017
  • Project unveiling: July 1 2017
Further details on the program objectives, application process, eligibility requirements and deadlines, are available online on our Windsor 125 Public Art Project page.
Join us for an eggs-tra special Adventure Bay weekend, April 14-17, 2017. Guests visiting Adventure Family Water Park Presented by WFCU Credit Union on Friday and Saturday can pop their name in a draw for an Adventure Bay themed Easter basket. And on Monday, watch for a pop-up aquatic Easter egg hunt shortly after 11:00 a.m.!

Enjoy these special holiday attractions, as well as all the rides and slides you know and love!

Easter Weekend Hours:
• Friday, April 14: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
• Saturday, April 15: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
• Easter Sunday, April 16: Closed
• Easter Monday, April 17: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

For details on attractions, hours, admission and more,
visit or call 519-974-AQUA (2782).

Museum Windsor - What is this?

Original tiles from the Detroit-Windsor tunnel. These porcelain enamelled steel tiles, forming the Union Jack flags, marked the border crossing from 1930-1963. There were approximately 250, 000 white porcelain tiles in the tunnel when it opened. The tiles can be seen on display at the Chimczuk Museum. Gift of Windsor Tunnel Commission.  1993.31.1-.77
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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The new Activity Guide is here! Check it out 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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