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September 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

Rogers Hometown Hockey is Coming to Windsor

The City of Windsor will play host to broadcasting legend Ron MacLean and the Rogers Hometown Hockey tour this November at the riverfront’s Festival Plaza.

Windsor will host two days of hockey celebrations: Saturday, November 19 from noon to 6pm and Sunday November 20, from noon to 10pm, with a special Sportsnet Broadcast at 7pm Sunday featuring MacLean and co-host Tara Slone.

“Hockey is part of the very fabric of our community,” said Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens. “Whether its moms and dads bundling up the little ones for an early morning practice, families and friends cozying up on a winter night to watch the big game, or our beloved Spitfires growing into the next superstars before our very eyes—hockey is part of who we are in Windsor, and we’re very proud to help celebrate the game with Rogers and bring this free festival to fans across the region.”

Windsor is one of a series of communities taking part in the weekly tour stops during the 2016-2017 NHL Season.  The family-friendly weekend tells the stories of local upcoming talent and alumni, and provides an inviting atmosphere for the community to come together to show their passion for the game and ultimately celebrate the game that has been woven tightly into our great Canadian culture.

More details on the event will be released as the weekend approaches. 

Check Out The Latest Skating Schedule 

Visit for prices, cancellations, and more information regarding public skating within Windsor. 

Open Streets Part Deux: Rediscover the Streets

One of Windsor’s most popular events of the year is back. Following a hugely successful debut in July, Open Streets Windsor, the largest free recreation program in the city's history returns on Sunday, September 18, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

If you weren’t among the 10,000 people who experienced Open Streets in July, don’t worry: for our second event, a designated route that stretches all the way from Sandwich to Ford City will once again be closed to traffic and open to people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to enjoy.

Windsor is now proudly part of an international Open Streets movement. With our July and September events, we join over 100 North American cities that have temporarily closed their streets and transformed them into paved parks that allow people to use them for a host of healthy and fun activities like walking, cycling, yoga, dancing, music, fitness and more. And it’s free!

The Open Streets Windsor route spans approximately 8 kilometres and will connect business areas and residential neighbourhoods along Sandwich Street, University Avenue, Aylmer Avenue, Wyandotte Street East and Drouillard Road.   

For the latest updates on activities, volunteer opportunities, road closures and more, call 311 or visit Open Streets Windsor.

FINA Swimming Volunteer Information Night

Learn everything you need to know about being a part of the Worlds in Windsor.

This Thursday, September 15, 2016 7:00-­8:00pm WFCU Centre, Ontario Room
Deadline for Volunteer Applications: September 22, 2016.

Approximately 600 positions are available in sport operations, venue operations, protocol, hospitality, communications, transportation and more. With over 1,000 athletes coming from more than 170 countries, Windsor will need to be ready to welcome the world! Volunteers from all over the globe have been signing up since late 2015, looking for coveted positions at this once‐in­‐a­‐life‐time event.

Hundreds are already in our database and many have committed through partnering organizations. This is Windsor-­‐Essex’s last chance to participate.

If you would like to attend the information night (event detail, shift requirements, uniform, etc), RSVP by Wednesday September 14, 2016 to Feel free to bring a friend!

For more information, please visit our website

Doors Open Windsor Is Back

Engage your inner Sherlock Holmes this September with the return of Doors Open Windsor for two amazing days on Saturday, September 24th, 2016 and Sunday, September 25th, 2016!

Doors Open Windsor is an initiative to open up buildings that would not normally be accessible to the public. All access to buildings during this event isfree of charge. Enjoy the differences in architecture, places of worship and workplaces of over 30 different buildings. This celebration of our built heritage comes around only every two years, so get your walking shoes ready, and mark off Saturday, September 24th and Sunday, September 25th, 2016 on your calendars.

The first Doors Open Day took place in France in 1984 and has since spread to all 48 signatory states of the European Cultural Convention where it is now known as "European Heritage Days." Today, there are events throughout Europe, Australia, South America and across North America.

The Ontario Heritage Trust held its first Doors Open in Toronto, Ontario in 2002 to promote heritage tourism and build awareness and pride in community heritage treasures. Through this program, architecturally significant buildings and other structures in more than forty Ontario communities threw their doors open for free tours, allowing the public to experience their beauty and history. Windsor was a participant during the first Ontario wide event in 2002 and last held a Doors Open event in 2014 when the community supported the event with more than 6300 unique site visits.

For more information, please visit

2016 Ward Meetings Schedule

Ward 9Councillor Hilary Payne
Roseland Public School
620 Cabana Road East
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Ward 5Councillor Ed Sleiman
Constable John Atkinson Memorial
Community Centre
4270 Alice Street
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Ward 2Councillor John Elliott
Mackenzie Hall
3277 Sandwich Street West
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Ward 4
Councillor Chris Holt
Caboto Club – Windsor Hall
2175 Parent Avenue
Thursday, October 20, 2016
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Ward 7Councillor Irek Kusmierczyk
Forest Glade Arena – Siro Martinello Auditorium
3205 Forest Glade Drive
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Ward 3Councillor Rino Bortolin
400 City Hall Square East
4th Floor Multi-Purpose Room
Thursday, October 27, 2016
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Ward 6Councillor Jo-Anne Gignac
The WFCU Centre – Collavino Hall
8787 McHugh Street
Thursday, November 10, 2016
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Ward 10Councillor Paul Borrelli
Fogolar Furlan Windsor – Dante Costa Hall
1800 North Service Road (E.C. Row)
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Ward 1Councillor Fred Francis
Roseland Golf & Curling Club
455 Kennedy Drive West
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Ward 8
Councillor Bill Marra
St. Theresa Church Hall
1991 Norman Road
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
6:30pm – 8:30pm

Museum Windsor - What is this?

Hat owned by Colonel Henry Raymond “Remi” Casgrain, of the 21st Regiment Essex Fusiliers. Col. Casgrain (1857-1932) served as a surgeon during the First World War. The hat was later recovered from the demolition of the family home at 291 Pitt Street West and donated to Museum Windsor.

This hat, along with many other fascinating artifacts, can be seen at the François Baby House as part of the upcoming exhibit “The Vault Exposed.”  The exhibit, will showcase some of the museum’s unseen artifacts, including our wide-ranging firearms collection. It opens September 24th in conjunction with Doors Open Windsor.

For more information, please visit
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