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November 2017
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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

Remembrance Day Ceremony

Members of the community will come together and honour the men and women of the Canadian Military, past and present at the annual Remembrance Day Ceremony hosted by the HMCS Hunter at the Memorial Cenotaph in City Hall Square.

The ceremony will begin at 11 o’clock on Remembrance Day, November 11. Attendees are encouraged to arrive by 10:45 a.m.

Each November 11, Canadians pay tribute to the sacrifices of those who have served their country in the military in times of war and peace. All are welcome to join us in honouring their contributions to the freedoms we hold dear here in Windsor and across the country.

Learn more about Remembrance Day observances across Ontario.

Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy Program 

The City of Windsor makes improvements annually to the complex system of underground pipes, sewers and catch basins. However, these improvements alone cannot completely protect a home from basement flooding. With increasingly frequent and severe weather events related to climate change, it is essential that residents take the appropriate action to reduce the risk of basement flooding on their own private property.

What is the Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy Program?

The City is offering residents a financial subsidy to install a sump pump with sump pump overflow and/or backwater valve(s) and/or disconnect foundation drains from the floor drain.

Visit our Flooding page for more information on how to reduce basement flooding. 

Nightly Closures for Tunnel 

The Detroit-Windsor Tunnel has nightly closures to allow for renovations. 

The nightly closure schedule is as follows:

  • October 30 – November 22: The tunnel will be closed nightly from 8:00 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. Sunday to Thursday; the Tunnel Bus will end its service with the 7:00 p.m. round trip from Windsor and resume once the tunnel reopens the following morning.
  • November 23 – November 26: The tunnel will be open to traffic, and the Tunnel Bus and Special Events Bus will run their normal schedule.
  • November 27 – December 23: The tunnel will be closed nightly from 8:00 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. Sunday to Thursday; the Tunnel Bus will end its service with the 7:00 p.m. round trip from Windsor and resume once the tunnel reopens the following morning.
  • December 23 – January 1, 2018: The tunnel will be open to traffic and the Tunnel Bus and Special Events Bus will run their normal schedule.
  • January 2 to mid June 2018: The tunnel will be closed nightly from 8:00 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. Sunday to Thursday; the Tunnel Bus will end its service with the 7:00 p.m. round trip from Windsor and resume once the tunnel reopens the following morning.​

Sunday to Thursday tunnel bus service has the Tunnel being used to take passengers to any Special Event and the Ambassador Bridge being used for the return trip home. Canadian Customs at the Ambassador Bridge has the capacity to provide bus passenger processing.

Special Event transit service between Sunday and Thursday will continue for 30 minutes following games and concerts, and Transit Windsor strongly advises patrons to return to the dedicated pickup immediately following games and concerts to avoid having to find an alternate ride home to Canada.​

Friday and Saturday tunnel bus service is operating on the normal tunnel bus schedule as the tunnel is not under construction on Friday's and Saturdays.

Have Your Say on the Environment

​The City of Windsor is looking for your ideas and opinions on our environment. During the month of November, there will be six opportunities for you to meet with City staff to discuss the updated Environmental Master Plan (EMP). The Environmental Master Plan (EMP) was first developed in 2006 to provide a guidance document for the City of Windsor to address environmental issues. The draft 2017 EMP builds on the 2006 EMP with some notable changes and inclusions to address new environmental concerns. 

The updated five goals of the EMP are:
  • Improve Our Air Quality
  • Improve Our Water Quality
  • Responsible Land Use
  • Increase Resource Efficiency
  • Promote Awareness
We want this plan to reflect the concerns within the community. Please join us at one of our events and share your thoughts:
Ojibway Nature Centre
November 4, 2017
10am – 12pm

University of Windsor
CAW Centre
November 14, 2017
11am – 2pm
 
Optimist Community Centre
November 14, 2017
5pm – 7pm
WFCU Centre
November 16, 2017
5pm – 8pm
Windsor Public Library
Central Branch
November 28, 2017
11am – 2pm
St. Clair College
November 29, 2017
11am – 2pm

You can also visit www.windsorenvironmentalmasterplan.ca for more information and a copy of the draft plan.

Bike Rack Service for Transit Windsor Tunnel Bus

Transit Windsor will soon be offering bike rack service on the tunnel bus.

Starting October 31, 2017, bike racks will be operational on the tunnel busses crossing between Windsor and Detroit. 

The new service will provide cyclists with a safe and convenient way to explore what each city has to offer.

“With all the trails on both sides of the border, including our own beautiful riverfront, we’re sure this service will be a hit with cyclists,” said Transit Windsor Executive Director Pat Delmore.

The licence to carry bikes does come with some stipulations that riders will need to keep in mind:

  • All bicycles entering the United States or Canada must be accompanied by an owner or authorized individual.
  • Bicycles making entry to the United States or Canada will remain on the bus rack during the inspection process unless removal is requested by a Customs Officer.
  • Bicycle bags or pouches will be removed and brought into the customs office for inspection, unless the Customs Officer determines it is not feasible or prudent to do so.
  • The bicycles of individuals found to be inadmissible will be removed from the bicycle rack and remain with the owner or authorized individual until they return to the originating country.                                               

For further information on transit services, please visit www.transitwindsor.ca.    

Museum Windsor - What is this?

“Thumbs Up for Victory” World War II Coaster from the British American Brewing Company. It belonged to Bruce Irvine who was the owner of the Horseshoe Hotel at Howard and Cataraqui (where Aylmer and Glengarry join to form a horseshoe shape - hence the name of the hotel). 

The hotel was built circa 1885.  Bruce's parents, Margaret (nee Carriere) and William C. "Red," had taken over management of the hotel in 1913-1914 and later (probably before the end of the first World War) purchased the hotel. It was destroyed by fire in 1976.

Gift of Don and Emily Irvine, 1995.10.10.
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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