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November 2020

Council Minutes


For a quick overview of Council discussions and decisions from each Council meeting please check out the Council Minutes on our website.
 
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Re-imagined Remembrance Day Program

The City of Windsor has a proud tradition of gathering with local veterans throughout the year to pay respects to those who have fallen in military service, as well as the men and women who continue to serve today.

A live Remembrance Day ceremony honouring our veterans and their sacrifices is important, especially during the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. However, as with so many other commemorations during the current COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to safely gather together as we once did.

The City of Windsor has partnered with the Windsor Veterans Memorial Services Committee, local military representatives, Windsor Police Service and performing artists to re-imagine a Remembrance Day program that follows public health guidelines while providing a meaningful opportunity to remember our heroes.

We Remember Their Stories
Between Monday, October 26, and Monday, November 9, Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens is asking local veterans and their families to record videos reflecting on their service, their stories, their comrades and Remembrance Day. The videos will be shared across social media as they are submitted in the days leading up to November 11, 2020. The videos can be recorded by phone, in landscape/horizontal format, and submitted to the Mayor’s Office via email at mayoro@citywindsor.ca.

“Lest We Forget” Remembrance Day Virtual Concert
On Friday, November 6, 2020, at 7:00 p.m., the Windsor Classic Chorale (WCC) will broadcast their virtual concert “Lest We Forget” to honour the sacrifices made by our Canadian soldiers in war. The WCC has created a program consisting of “Armistice 1918” by Carnahan, “Requiem” by Hella Johnson, “In Remembrance” by Daley and “After the War” originally sung in the movie Passchendaele and arranged for choir by Mark Sirrett. Along with the choral music, there will be readings and images from around Windsor-Essex commemorating our fallen soldiers. This concert will be broadcast via the Windsor Classic Chorale YouTube channel.

Remembrance Day Service
On Wednesday, November 11, 2020, at 11:00 a.m., representatives of the Windsor Veterans Memorial Services Committee (WVMSC), pre-registered wreath bearers and government officials will attend the cenotaph in Windsor for a small ceremony, observing all public health restrictions for in-person gatherings. Spectators are asked not to attend due to the limited space and requirement to physically distance. The service will be broadcast live on YourTV and via Facebook Live on the City of Windsor’s Facebook page, making the ceremony available for all residents to safely experience from their homes. YourTV will also rebroadcast the ceremony at 4 p.m. and 9 p.m.. Organizations and individuals wishing to lay a wreath this year must pre-register with Ms. Bonnie Burian, Secretary of the WVMSC by phone at 519-251-9779 or by email at bburian@cogeco.ca. Please note that you may be requested to lay your wreath personally on site after 1:00 p.m. on November 11. 

Innovative Tranby Project Sees $3.65 Million Invested to Fight Flooding and Build Resilience

The City of Windsor is making significant investments in Tranby Park and Tranby Avenue. A new multi-phase improvement project aims to reduce the level of surface flooding in the area while building up resilience through new storm sewer infrastructure within the community.

Over the last four years, east-Windsor has experienced many severe and extreme rainstorm events. Although infrastructure has functioned as designed, these events have still resulted in flooding of roads, basements, businesses and the hospital, as well as ponds which have spilled onto adjacent properties. Tranby Park and Tranby Avenue, part of the Riverside area hardest hit by these events, was identified as a priority location for improvements and flood mitigation efforts in the $4.9 billion Sewer Master Plan and in the Climate Change Adaptation Plan.

City Council invested $58-million for multi-phase improvements, and the federal government came to the table in 2018 with support through Phase 1 of the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund, investing $32-million over ten years for flood protection initiatives in Windsor.

Improvements to date include the following:

  • Installation of new water main by Windsor Utilities Commission
  • Reconstruction of Tranby Avenue from Parkview Avenue to Isabelle Place
  • New storm water detention features and low-impact developments, including a dry pond and state-of-the-art water storage facilities under the parking lot and under the road
  • Drainage improvements which incrementally decreases the risk of basement flooding
  • New multi-use trail along the road and in the park
  • Ditches filled in from Matthew Brady to Isabelle Place
  • Installation of a new wetland themed playground
  • Improved drainage for the existing baseball diamonds
  • Planting of a butterfly garden/pollinator area, and dozens of native trees
For more information on Windsor’s Sewer Master Plan, visit weatheringthestorm.ca. For information on construction and detours, contact 311 or see the City of Windsor construction and detours database and map or the new investment map now available in the Building Windsor’s Future section of citywindsor.ca.

Jumpstart Commits to Miracle Park

The City of Windsor and Farrow Riverside Miracle Park Organizers are celebrating a funding windfall thanks to Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities.

Back in February of this year, the City in partnership with the Riverside Minor Baseball Association applied for a Jumpstart Accessibility Grant in hopes of securing financial support for some of the inclusive elements being installed at the Miracle Park within the Riverside Baseball Park. 

Local officials have since learned that the application has been approved, and Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities is providing 354,000 dollars!

“Through Jumpstart’s Inclusive Play Project, the Charity is always looking for opportunities to help improve accessibility and inclusivity for kids across Canada,” said Scott Fraser, President, Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities. “The Miracle Park Project embodies Jumpstart’s pursuit of inclusive play, with added features and improvements sure to expand the park’s impact beyond Windsor and the surrounding community for years to come.”

The Riverside Minor Baseball Association has raised over 2 million dollars in private funding to help bring the dream of the Farrow Riverside Miracle Park to fruition and are further committed to contributing an additional 200,000 dollars to this project. 

This spring, the City made upgrades totalling 1.5 million dollars to the existing on-site washroom facility with a complete remodel that included fully accessible washrooms and change rooms, and the City will spend another 150,000 dollars with Jumpstart to complete more work in the park.

“Partnerships, like the kind offered by Jumpstart and the Riverside Minor Baseball Association help to bring the community together to re-imagine our recreation spaces for the next generation of children and youth. For parents in Riverside, Miracle Park is providing safe and accessible play structures with new sporting facilities to become available in early 2021,” said Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens.

The Jumpstart Accessibility Grant will help pay for:

  • New pour in place rubber surfacing on the Miracle Diamond
  • A new multi-use wellness track around the park
  • 3 fully accessible baseball themed workout stations
  • New bleachers with shade sails at the Miracle Diamond
  • New accessible dugouts with player’s benches
  • 4 covered accessible picnic tables
  • 3 years of Miracle League Association membership fees

“Riverside Minor Baseball is honoured, excited and proud to partner with Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities and the City of Windsor in this grant award to provide opportunities for those with physical and cognitive challenges. The creation of the Park and Sport Field will be transformational and not just for the kids involved. We are changing the fabric of the community. We will be learning to see these players as kids with different abilities. It is an education for the entire community and then a lot of fun for the kids. The Jumpstart Grant will also allow us to concentrate our fundraising efforts to support our financial commitment to the other elements in the Farrow Riverside Miracle Park and the operation of the Miracle League of Riverside Baseball”, said Co-Chair’s Rick Farrow and Bill Kell.

The Riverside Baseball Park is Windsor’s accessible and inclusive destination park with a fully accessible playground and the Farrow Riverside Miracle Park and Baseball Diamond that is expected to have a grand opening in spring 2021.

For more information on the Farrow Riverside Miracle Park visit farrowriversidemiraclepark.com

For more information on Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities visit jumpstart.canadiantire.ca

City Launches Investment Map

The City of Windsor is making it easier for residents to understand some of the many investments being made in our community each year.

A new investment map is now available in the Building Windsor’s Future section of the City website. 

The new tool shares information on projects ranging from neighbourhood sidewalk improvements to master plans that impact the entire city, and all of it is conveniently mapped out so users can see exactly where the investment is located.

“We take great pride in the number and variety of investments undertaken in our community each year,” said Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens. “This web portal and the mapping you see are our latest efforts to provide information on many of those investments. And while these are by no means all of the investments laid out in the City’s annual capital budget or all of the assets funded, we hope you’ll find it an easy way to explore some of the great work being done in our community.”

Key investment categories targeted for the launch of the new mapping tool include parks, facilities, art, culture and sidewalks. With just a few clicks, users can search the entire city or zoom in on their neighbourhood. Filters can be applied to focus on specific categories, or the map can be viewed without filters to include the entire investment picture.

More elements will be added to the mapping tool in the future, and the database will be updated over time to give a snapshot of some of the important investments undertaken.

For more information on City of Windsor projects and services, visit citywindsor.ca or contact 311.

Museum Windsor - What is this?

A gold engraved ring with the inscription, “Mrs. Eliza Stratton Obit. 5 Feb 1821” on inner surface of the band. It was found on the grounds of Maryvale Vocational School, the former site of the John Prince Home. Mourning jewellery such as this was presented to the family of a deceased person as a memoriam.

Gift of Sister Mary Margaret MaryVale Vocational School. 1970.16
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