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March 2016
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.

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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

One last thought...


It’s been a busy ten years for me at the City of Windsor, with the last six-and-a-half years as Chief Administrative Officer.  Along the way, there were highs and lows of course, just as there are in all aspects of life.  I learned something from all of those experiences, but I think the biggest thing that I take with me, from all the lessons learned, is an appreciation for the passion, dedication and tireless commitment that City staff at all levels bring to work each day.  Quite simply, the desire of our civil service to make our workplace and our community amazing places is inspiring.
 
In reflecting back over the past ten years, I am reminded of just some of the many projects we worked on together including the downtown transit terminal, the WFCU Centre, WDTC and YQG incorporation, our efforts to buy the Detroit half of the tunnel, new buses, the WIATC, the Chimczuk Museum, library renewal, infrastructure stimulus projects including the RTB, RINC projects, College Avenue bridge, the MRO facility, a cargo village and a solar farm, paying down debt and building up reserves, budgets with no tax levy increases (is there any other kind?), technology advancements,  the economic downturn, a new tunnel plaza, a plan for a new city hall,  labour disruption and labour settlements, a long range forestry plan, Agenda.NET™, asset management, succession planning, a multitude of audits (and auditors), hundreds of council reports and contracts, border work, basement flooding remedies, fake ice, master plans, helping our neighbours through a tornado and an ice storm, new provincial housing funds, managing emergencies, polar vortex ice and snow, ward meetings, corporate action plans, community strategic plans and now a new 20-year vision looking forward.  Through all of these projects, our dedicated staff have also maintained the roads, traffic lights, trails, sidewalks and parks; provided recreation programs; treated our wastewater; managed the transfer station; and cared for our vulnerable and elderly citizens.  Together, we have certainly accomplished a lot, and I am privileged to share the pride of these accomplishments with all City staff. 
 
I sincerely thank Mayor Dilkens, former Mayor Francis and all members of City Council, past and present, for their faith in me and for providing me with the opportunity to lead this wonderful administration.  None of our accomplishments would have been possible without their ideas, their commitment to residents and their support of staff.
 
With ideas and hopes for my next opportunity as President and CEO of the EnWin Group of Companies, I look forward to working with the staff and management there.  I leave my role at the Corporation of the City of Windsor, with the knowledge that staff are in good hands with Onorio Colucci as the incoming CAO.  With OC’s many years of experience, his wisdom and his humour, the city’s future is very bright!   
 
It has been my privilege and pleasure to serve the City of Windsor, and I thank all city managers and staff and the residents of the City of Windsor for their support these past few years.

Helga Reidel,
Chief Administrative Officer

Introducing Youcan the Toucan!

Congratulations to 7-year old Kamilla Merrow, a student from Sacred Heart Catholic Elementary School in LaSalle. She’s the winner of the Name the Mascot Contest for Adventure Bay Family Water Park Presented by WFCU, thanks to her winning entry of Youcan the Toucan!

Kamilla herself best summed up the new name on her entry form, explaining, “Youcan swims, Youcan slides, Youcan floats and Youcan has fun and YOU CAN TOO!”

There was some great competition from fans of all ages across the region. The contest, which was held earlier this year, received over 200 entries. Adventure Bay asked for “a name that’s catchy, memorable and fun—a name captures the spirit of everything Adventure Bay,” and after a tough judging process, Youcan emerged as the best from an excellent crop of potential names.

As the grand prize winner, Kamilla receives a one-year pass to Adventure Bay, and she was treated to a free Subway lunch with her class at Sacred Heart (with a grateful Youcan in attendance as well).

Adventure Bay thanks everybody who participated and made this contest such a success. And of course, Youcan thanks you too!

To learn more about Adventure Bay, visit www.adventurebay.ca or call 519-974-AQUA (2782).

Windsor Employment Rate Makes Strong Gains 

The latest figures from Statistics Canada show Windsor’s jobless rate dropped to 7.7% in February, down substantially from 9.3 percent in January.
 
“This is obviously encouraging news”, said Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens.  “City Council is working hard to continue improving our financial position, holding the line on taxes, and making a liveable community where residents want to live and investors want to create jobs.   The significant improvement in our employment rate this month is a strong indicator that our efforts are paying off.  I look forward to further improvements over the coming months.”
 
Statistics Canada reports the level of employment in the Windsor CMA increased by 2,000, from 154,600 people working in January to 156,600 in February, moving Windsor well away from having the highest unemployment rate in the Country.
 
Good things are happening in Windsor:
 

  • Windsor passed another Zero Percent Tax Increase along to ratepayers (eight straight years) 
  • Windsor offers incentives to business owners through a community improvement plan (CIP) program. 
  • Windsor is the host site this year for the International CARHA World Cup of Hockey, the Dive Canada World Series, and the FINA International Swimming Championships. 
  • Windsor opened the new $5.7 million dollar Chimczuk Museum in February.

Diving Canada and City Launch Windsor Diving Club

Diving Plongeon Canada (DPC), in collaboration with the City of Windsor, is extremely proud to announce that the Windsor Diving Club is officially up and running under the guidance of Olympian Ioana Marinescu.

“When DPC committed to hosting the World Series in Windsor for four years, establishing a local diving club was an essential part of the agreement,” said Mitch Geller. “Launching the local diving club in year three and hosting the World Series in an Olympic year makes us very proud and excited.”

Marinescu, who has been coaching in Ontario since 2003 also sees the Olympic year and the hosting of the FINA World Series in Windsor as the perfect opportunity to engage more people with the sport.

“Windsor really has the potential to become a strong diving community and we’re confident that the visibility offered by the upcoming World Series and Olympic Games will contribute to the growth of our club,” said the head coach. “Running a diving club in Windsor, in a venue where the world’s best divers compete, is very inspiring.”

The 2016 FINA/NVC Diving World Series will bring the excitement of the Olympic Games to the Windsor International Aquatic and Training Centre from April 15th to 17th. 

800 tickets each day are available for purchase online through www.windsorworldseries.com or at the WIATC Presented by WFCU. Daily tickets are priced from $10 to 20$.

Spay/Neuter Vouchers Return for 2016

The City of Windsor has launched its fifth Spay/Neuter Voucher Program for cats. This $50,000 program was approved by City Council in the 2016 Operating Budget.

In an effort to reduce the number of homeless cats and the number of cats euthanized in the city, 700 vouchers are being issued to sterilize cats. The vouchers are valued at $75 each (including HST). The initial release phase of 400 vouchers took place in early March and is now complete. A second phase of 300 vouchers will be available in May 2016.

Vouchers for owned cats are reserved for low-income families.  A declaration of income will be required, and a maximum of 2 vouchers per household will be issued. For feral cat caregivers, a maximum of 4 vouchers per household will be issued, with no income restrictions.  
Changes to the 2016 program include:

  • There will be no waiting list accommodation once all vouchers have been allocated;
  • The voucher expiry term of 90 days will not be extended;
  • Vouchers will not be transferable once issued;
  • Recipients of Phase 1 vouchers will not be eligible to apply in Phase 2.

Vouchers may be redeemed at any participating veterinary clinic. Recipients must call and book appointments for spay/neuter services in advance. 
Program details can be found on our Spay/Neuter Voucher Program for Cats web page or by calling 311.

South Windsor Recreation Complex Update

A 13,000 square foot expansion is underway to make room for a programming shift from the Oakwood Community Centre to the South Windsor Recreation Complex.

Mayor Drew Dilkens and Councillor Fred Francis kicked-off a construction update event by breaking into the pre-existing wall with sledge hammers. See the video, South Windsor Recreations Complex Construction Update.

The event provided an opportunity for a tour of the construction site and comments from Mayor Dilkens, Councillor Fred Francis and DeAngelis Construction.

Museum Windsor... What Is This?


Opening of the Hiram Walker Historical Museum in the Francois Baby House, now a part of Museum Windsor, on May 7th, 1958. 

On February 18, 2016, Museum Windsor celebrated the grand opening of their expanded location, the Chimczuk Museum, on the ground floor of 401 Riverside Dr. W. (the Art Gallery of Windsor is on the second and third floors).   

Take A Survey


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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