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May 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.

The Windsor Update joins our website, municipal Facebook page, Twitter account, and YouTube channel as some of the ways we’re engaging with you and communicating the great things happening in our city. We encourage you to create your own direct connection by signing up, “friending,” “following” and “liking” each of these opportunities for engagement.

The Windsor Update will be a monthly publication to start, but with room to grow.

Thanks for your interest in our community, and please feel free to let us know what you think of our newsletter!

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

FINA Swimming Championships Coming to Windsor

As host city for the 13th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m), Windsor will proudly follow previous host cities such as Moscow, Shanghai, Manchester and Dubai in welcoming the best swimmers from around the globe -  including stars from the Rio Olympics.

Almost 1,000 athletes from more than 170 countries are expected to contest the 46 gold medals and over $1million in prize money – right here in Windsor at the WFCU Arena on the same ice pad where the Spits play!

To help ensure that the local community has a chance to “feel the power”, The City of Windsor is proud to offer an advance discounted ticket purchasing opportunity for Windsor-Essex residents.

As a Windsor-Essex resident, we are pleased to offer you a 20% discount and the opportunity to purchase the best seats in the house before they go on public sale on July 1st. With your discount, tickets start at only $9!

To take advantage of your discount opportunity, visit by June 30th and use the promo code WINDSORWORLDS in the Ticket Section. For more information or for group sales, please email us at or call us at 519-255-6100, Ext. 6002

Windsor to Host 2017 MasterCard Memorial Cup

The Ontario Hockey League has announced, on behalf of the 2017 MasterCard Memorial Cup Site Selection Committee, that the Windsor Spitfires Hockey Club will host the 2017 MasterCard Memorial Cup.

The Spitfires were considered following a formal bid presentation on April 18, 2016, to the Site Selection Committee comprised of five leaders in the sports industry including Paul Beeston (Former Toronto Blue Jays President & CEO), Colin Campbell (NHL Executive Vice President & Director of Hockey Operations), Jim Gregory (NHL Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations), Gord Kirke (OHL Legal Counsel), and Scott Moore (President, Sportsnet & NHL Properties).

“The city of Windsor and Essex County is home to some of the most passionate fans in the entire Canadian Hockey League,” said OHL Commissioner David Branch. “It is only fitting that an event of this magnitude be hosted in a world class facility like the WFCU Centre in a community that embodies dedication and over 40 years of rich history in junior hockey.  We are extremely proud to award the Spitfires the opportunity to host the 2017 MasterCard Memorial Cup and look forward to showcasing our league and the CHL’s best major junior players and teams in Windsor next May.”

The 99th edition of the MasterCard Memorial Cup will take place May 18-28, 2017, at Windsor’s WFCU Centre, featuring the host Spitfires along with the champions of the Ontario Hockey League, the Western Hockey League, and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Information regarding ticket packages and other local initiatives for the 2017 MasterCard Memorial Cup will be announced by the Host Committee in the coming weeks.  The best opportunity to secure priority access event tickets is to become a Windsor Spitfires season ticket holder.  For details please visit

For more information, please visit or sign up to receive updates at

Open Streets Windsor is creating a world-class program that will connect our diverse neighbourhoods and people across our community on Sunday, July 17 and Sunday, September 18, 2016. An 8km route along Sandwich Street, University Avenue West, Wyandotte Street East and Drouillard Road will be temporarily opened to people but closed to cars.
If you would like to become a supporting activity partner, please visit us for a brainstorming and planning session in your neighbourhood:
Sandwich Community Hub
•Tuesday, May 17, 5:30-6:30pm
Mackenzie Hall, 3277 Sandwich St.
Downtown and Wyandotte Community Hubs
•Wednesday, May 18, 5:30-6:30pm
Windsor Water World, 400 Wyandotte St. E.
Walkerville and Ford City Community Hubs
•Thursday, May 19, 5:30-6:30pm
Gino and Liz Marcus Community Complex, 1168 Drouillard Rd.
Or, if you’re unable to attend, you can also complete our Expression of Interest Form online at
Great way to broaden the audience for the service(s) you, your agency, organization, or business offers. 
Proposals for supporting activities will be considered based on the following:
  • Healthy Focus
  • Participatory nature of activity
  • Ability to engage large audiences
  • Feasibility
  • Accessibility for people of all ages and abilities
  • How easily participation in this activity can be evaluated
Contact us at:
Look for updates on Facebook and Twitter, #OSWindsor

Sports Fields Status

City Sports Fields are enjoyed by thousands each summer and that’s why it’s important we keep them as clean and healthy as possible.
Using the available garbage bins will help keep them clean and being mindful of weather impacts, like excess rain, will help keep them healthy.

We always rely on your best judgement. If the field conditions are questionable (i.e. the safety of the players is compromised or the field is at risk of being damaged), please do not play on them. It will be the responsibility of the leagues to pay for any damage caused, and there is an applicable "Unauthorized Use of Field" fine that will be charged to the league. Thank you for your cooperation.

For questions about specific sport field allocations, please call Jim Golab, Seasonal and Sport Facilitator, at 519-253-2300 ext. 2714.

For updates on Sports Fields follow us on twitter.

For information on municipal services, call 311 or visit

Mayor's Walk 2016

Mayor’s Riverfront Walk
EVERYONE is invited to join in. Walkers meet at Assumption Park. The Walk begins at 10:30AM en route to Riverfront Festival Plaza. Parking is FREE.

Live Entertainment
“Bigg Wiggle” performs LIVE from 11AM to 2PM. Hosted by AM800 CKLW and Caesars Windsor.

Children’s Activities
Paint the Monster Mural with local Optimist Clubs. Enjoy inflatable obstacle course and slides, and meet Youcan the Toucan, the new mascot from Adventure Bay Family Water Park presented by WFCU Credit Union.
There’s So Much To See And Do...
  • See the 2016 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix Show Car
  • Visit the A-Team and the Traveling Trailer
  • FREE FOOD, water, and Tim Hortons coffee
  • Bring a water bottle and fill up at the Hydration Station
  • in motion Healthy Kids Community Challenge
  • Get your delicious cupcake to celebrate our 124th Birthday

Museum Windsor... What is this?

Lead, hollow cast toy soldiers made by the Barclay Company in New Jersey, circa 1930s.  Originally sold for a nickel at stores such as Kresge’s, & Woolworth’s, they were often referred to as dimestore soldiers.

These soldiers were owned by Donald Grandchamp, born in 1928 and raised on Lillian St in Windsor. 
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.

Have you heard about our amazing 311 service? 

Click here for more information!
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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