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January 2020

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Bright Lights Insider Wrap-Up 2019

Bright Lights Windsor dazzled thousands throughout the holidays once again this year, the third year for the event, and this time with a strengthened focus on inclusivity ensuring that families and friends could share the experience like never before.

“From the start, Bright Lights Windsor has been all about celebrating Windsor’s diversity and ensuring that the whole community can share the experience,” said Mayor Drew Dilkens. “Each year, our organizers find new ways to help us spread the holiday spirit and open this amazing event to more and more people. Thank you to everyone who visited and to all of the staff, volunteers and sponsors who helped make it such a success.”

Thanks to a number of enhanced services and new ways to enjoy the displays and entertainment at Jackson Park, the community packed our pathways and offered rave reviews. Our new sensory friendly “silent nights” on Mondays were a hit, as were our Sunday Strolls that opened the park to daytime visitors on Sunday mornings.

We estimate that close to 100,000 visitors took in the Bright Lights from December 6 to January 7, keeping pace with our impressive attendance in 2018.

Our newly renovated washroom building and expanded offerings in the WE Made It: Holiday Market ensured that accommodations and amenities were readily available throughout the Bright Lights season. One happy visitor on social media praised the event, saying, “It’s been great to see Bright Lights develop over the past few years, especially the addition of the WE Made It Market! Well done, Windsor ... thanks for helping the holidays be a little brighter for all!”

Everyone’s favourite photo op continued to resonate across social media channels too. Lineups at our various photo-friendly fixtures continued right up to the final nights. Some snapped selfies, while some enjoyed the generosity of the next people in line, who gladly offered to help out so the whole group could get into the picture. A quick search for #BrightLightsWindsor on social media proves that once again, everybody wants to see and be seen at Jackson Park during the holidays.

Visitor comments arrived by the hundreds on social media, showing appreciation for the displays, as well as the staff and volunteers who help make it all happen. Here are just a few:

“Excellent job. Everyone in Windsor should be proud.”

“My autistic son loved the sensory friendly experience. We all thought it was great!!! If you offer sensory friendly nights next year we'll be there!”

“Another great holiday season for Bright Lights Windsor!”

“Another Magical visit!”                                        

“The staff and the volunteers who run this most excellent festival are to be commended! You all knocked it outta the park this year (pun absolutely intended LOL)”

City and Contract Crews Ready to Deal with Snow

Should significant winter weather hit, City of Windsor Public Works crews and contractors will be ready to deal with it and want you to be as well.

As is the case each year, City staff monitor weather forecasts and begin salting, when required, to help ensure roads remain as safe as possible. Plowing starts once the snowfall accumulation reaches five centimetres, and an average route takes from three to six hours to complete once the snow has stopped falling, depending on the time of day and traffic conditions. Once the main roads are clear, and only if more than 10 centimetres of snow have fallen, trucks will then move into residential areas.

Motorists are asked to be patient when travelling behind a plow and give operators plenty of room. Plows typically operate at up to 40 kilometres per hour. Following too close to a snowplow can lead to poor visibility, and vehicles risk being hit by thrown snow, salt or rocks. 

Residents and property owners are reminded that clearing of sidewalks abutting their property is their responsibility. Please be sure to remove snow completely from your sidewalk to ensure that people with mobility issues are able to pass through freely.

As well, under the Highway Traffic Act and City of Windsor by-laws, it is prohibited to shovel snow back onto the street while clearing sidewalks and driveways, as this creates unsafe road conditions for motorists. All sidewalks in commercial areas are to be cleared within four hours after the snowfall ends and within twelve hours in residential areas.

These are just a few of the important winter reminders from Public Works. To learn more about Windsor’s snow removal operations, visit or call 311.

Just a reminder, the City’s Snow Angels volunteer snow removal program is still looking for volunteers. 

Dog Licence Renewal Made Easy

The City of Windsor is making it easier for pet owners to renew a dog licence.

The deadline for a licence renewal this year is January 31, 2020, and with our new online service you can apply from the comfort of home and have your information saved for next time.

Check out our dog licensing page in the E-Services section of the City of Windsor website. Read through steps 1 and 2 to familiarize yourself with our dog licensing needs and requirements, and then in step 3 you’ll find a link called MyWindsor, which offers the opportunity to create a personal account.

Why take advantage of a MyWindsor account?

  • You can purchase your licence without having to leave home.
  • You can make a secure payment with Visa or Mastercard and now Debit Visa or Mastercard Debit.
  • Future renewals will be streamlined.
  • You can access previous MyWindsor applications at any time.
  • And, we’re working on electronic deadline reminders (coming soon).

Don’t want to create an account? No problem: you can still purchase your licence online without creating a MyWindsor account, and your tag will be mailed to you.

For more information on dog licences please visit the Dog Licences page of our website , or call 311.

Dougall Ave & Ouellette Pl Intersection Improvements

Museum Windsor - What is this?

Wall of an old milk house originally located behind the Parent-Janisse house, Riverside Dr. East. This milk house is built in the early French-Canadian “pièce-sur-pièce” method of construction (18th century style) in which square beams with tenons at both ends, fit horizontally into grooved posts, which form the structure of the building.  Gift of Riverside Construction 1972.27.31
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