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December 2017
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Bright Lights Windsor Begins with Tree Lighting

The lights are up, the weather is wintry, and the inaugural night of Bright Lights Windsor is just about here.

Jackson Park will be ready for families and friends to kick off their holiday season at 6:30 tonight.

“It’s a chance to begin a new holiday season tradition,” said Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens. “The bright lights are about warmth, peace and togetherness, and what better time of year could there be to pause and enjoy our families and friends than now, as the often hectic holiday season approaches?”

Along with the lights, there will be horse and carriage rides, choirs and musicians, hot chocolate and snack vendors—all there to help families create memories.

Bright Lights Windsor will run from December 8, 2017 to January 7, 2018 and admission is free each night.

The opening ceremony with Mayor Dilkens begins at 6:30 tonight.

Bright Lights Windsor at Jackson Park

Friday, December 8, 2017
Opening Ceremonies begin at 6:30 p.m. sharp

To learn more about Bright Lights Windsor, including information on parking and how to become a volunteer, call 311 or visit www.BrightLightsWindsor.catoday!

Parking App Service Coming to Windsor

The City of Windsor is moving forward with a Pay for Parking App service for both metered street parking and City-run surface lots.

Signs will be located on City of Windsor parking meters and pay units directing interested users to log on to through their smart phone. Once there, users will be able to download the Pay for Parking App and then pay for parking at the click of a button.

The company providing the app is Passport Parking Inc, and its Canadian arm is called Passport Canada, though please note it has nothing to do with actual citizenship/travel passports. It’s a parking app service that will be changing its name in the New Year due to the confusion the name causes with the federal government’s official passport operation.

“The name is a bit confusing right now, but the service is great,” said Parking Compliance and Enforcement Supervisor Bill Kralovensky. “It’s a well established app elsewhere in Canada and the United States; I’ve used their ‘Park Detroit’ version and it works beautifully.”

Once the app is downloaded, it can be used in any of the other cities that also use the app, including Toronto, Vancouver, Detroit, Boston and Chicago.

The new app will not replace coin operations in Windsor, so drivers who wish to use coins rather than the app that links to their credit card will still be able to do so.

“It’s another option and one that we feel is more in keeping with the times,” said Kralovensky.  “Everyone seems to have a smart phone these days, but not everyone has change in their pocket.”

The new service will begin in Windsor on December 18, 2017, but the app is downloadable now.

For more information, visit the Parking App page at

Summer Student Lottery Applications Online

The Human Resources Department is pleased to announce that applications for the 2018 Summer Student Lottery Programs are currently available on the City’s website.

To ensure that hiring is fair and equitable, the selection of students to be considered is based on a secured computer program that randomly draws applications for order of consideration.

This summer employment program is a City Council approved initiative, subject to budget approval and in compliance with applicable Union Collective Agreements. The program will provide eligible post-secondary students with the opportunity to gain valuable work experience while earning an income.

Applications must be completed and submitted only online by no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, February 2, 2018.

For complete details regarding these positions, please visit the Employment Opportunities page at

Capri Pizzeria Recreation Complex Unveiled in South Windsor

The City of Windsor is partnering with long time local business owners of Capri Pizzeria in renaming the South Windsor Recreation Complex as the Capri Pizzeria Recreation Complex.

“The partnership with Capri, like the other naming rights and sponsorships that we have, will help City staff enhance and improve what’s offered in the way of programming, events and facility upgrades”, said Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens.  “This is a wonderful facility, the third busiest in the City, and now we have a great local company to partner with at it”.

Capri’s was the winning bid in a request for proposals process that amounts to a 10-year agreement that includes a cash donation and product allowance in exchange for naming rights and signage to the building.

The owners of Capri Pizzeria are Kevin Kalaydjian, Sue Kalaydjian and Jim Koumoutsidis. “We think this partnership is a natural,” said the group.  “While all ten of our franchise operations are within the Windsor-Essex region, our home location and history has deep roots in South Windsor. As a local business, we are proud to be heavily involved in the communities we service and look forward to a long association at the Capri Pizzeria Recreation Complex.”

Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy Program Reminder

The City of Windsor is reminding residents that there is a fast-track option for getting to work on basement flooding prevention initiatives.

Due to the overwhelming number of applications received under the traditional subsidy program, there is a backlog in processing traditional (non-fast track) requests for pre-inspection, between 6 and 8 months currently. Because the fast track option doesn’t require a pre-inspection by a City inspector, the wait time to get work done under the program can be significantly reduced. Under fast track, a licensed plumber must perform a pre-conditions assessment before a Building Permit can be issued. Eligibility for the subsidy is determined after the work has been done when a Building Inspector inspects the work performed under the permit.

 “There are only a handful of city inspectors available to tackle the thousands of requests,” said City Engineer Mark Winterton. “We’re adding more, but it takes time, and in the meantime residents do have the option of enlisting one of the numerous licensed plumbers in the area to do a pre-condition assessment and submit the pre-condition assessment form and other required information to the City’s Building Department to obtain a permit. Then the work can proceed almost immediately.”

Full details on the Basement Flooding Subsidy program as well as tips for safeguarding your home against flooding can be found through a main marquee on the City of Windsor website.

In 2017, over 1,000 subsidy applicants have chosen the fast-track option, while approximately 3,700 have applied for the traditional program.​​

Museum Windsor - What is this?

The Norton Palmer Hotel, situated on the corner of Park and Pelissier, opened on December 17, 1927. With 250 rooms (more were added later) and 12 storeys, it was to become Windsor's tallest building of the day. 

The hotel, which took a mere nine months to build, was named after Charles W. Norton, a veteran Detroit hotel proprietor and Perry C. Palmer, its treasurer and resident manager. The Norton Palmer closed in 1974 and later demolished.  The site is now occupied by Victoria Park Place.
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