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August 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

2016 AMO Conference Brings 1,700 Delegates to Windsor-Essex

Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens and members of City Council are joining more than 1,700 participants at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario's (AMO) 2016 Conference at Caesars Windsor from August 14 to 17, 2016.
Some of the great topics at the four-day event include:
  • The Fiscal Future of Ontario’s Municipal Governments
  • Infrastructure Funding
  • Nanos Research Polling Results on Municipal Services
  • Asset Management and Long-Term Sustainability
  • Marijuana Legalization
  • Climate Change and Green Infrastructure
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Police Modernization
  • Attracting newcomers
A complete program list is available online at

Ontario’s Premier, Minister of Municipal Affairs and both opposition leaders are featured speakers and several additional provincial ministers are participating in the conference as well.

For 117 years, Ontario’s largest municipal conference has brought together municipal, provincial and federal officials to work collectively to overcome municipal challenges and plan for the future.​

Construction Begins on Windsor’s Newest Fire Hall

Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens and Fire Chief Bruce Montone addressed guests attending recently at a groundbreaking for a new state-of-the-art Fire Hall and Emergency Operations Centre.

The energy efficient, state-of-the-art facility will provide enhanced fire services to residents in South Windsor and the surrounding area.  At the same time, 3,500 of the structure’s 13,000 square feet will be dedicated to a new Emergency Operations Centre (EOC).

“I congratulate Windsor City Council both past and present for demonstrating a real commitment to continuous improvement and for providing momentum to additional long-term infrastructure plans that will help to better protect and service our citizens for generations to come.” said Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens.

Windsor’s Fire Chief, Bruce Montone says the new 6.5 million dollar facility is a welcome addition to Windsor Fire and Rescue Services.  “The new Station 6 will better serve South Windsor while the Emergency Operations Centre will improve our emergency management for the entire city.”

Loaring Construction has begun work on the new building. Construction is expected to be complete by August of 2017.

Learn more about emergency preparedness at

Cultural Summit 2016

The City of Windsor Cultural Affairs team will be hosting a Cultural Summit at the Chimczuk Museum (401 Riverside Drive West) on Wednesday, August 17 from 5:30-7:30pm, including a visual presentation at 6:15pm. 

Cultural Affairs invites all to come and explore the wide variety of culture in our city and learn how we can work together to make this community even more awesome.

  • Meet and greet grant recipients of the Arts, Culture and Heritage Fund, and learn about their successes, challenges and more.
  • Explore the new Chimczuk Museum.
  • Learn about the past achievements and future goals of the Culture team.
  • Start the conversation on the next phase for the Municipal Cultural Master Plan.

To learn more about Cultural Affairs in Windsor, call 311 or visit the Culture pages at


Open Streets Windsor will once again create a world-class program that connects our diverse neighbourhoods and the people across our community on September 18, 2016. Thanks to everyone who came out to be part of the excitement during our first event on July 17!

From 9am to 1pm on Sunday, September 17, an 8-kilometre route along Sandwich Street, University Avenue West, Wyandotte Street East and Drouillard Road will be temporarily opened to people but closed to cars.

Help wanted!
If you would like to become a supporting activity partner, please complete our Activity Registration Form online at This is a great way to broaden the audience for the service(s) you, your agency, organization, or business offers. 

In order to be considered, Open Street activities must:
  • Be participatory
  • Be able to engage large audiences
  • Focus on health, physical activity, arts, or culture
  • Be feasible
  • Be accessible for people of all ages and abilities
  • Not involve alcohol, horses, or inflatables (e.g. bouncing castle)
If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity but are finding terms of participation challenging, please contact for help with developing a creative way to participate in Open Streets.  You can also speak with event organizers in person at an Open Streets planning session taking place on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 from 3pm – 7pm at the Windsor International Aquatic and Training Centre Presented by WFCU Credit Union located at 401 Pitt Street West. 

Open Streets is looking for volunteers as well. We are looking for volunteers who are fun, friendly and excited about making a difference! For more information, as well as necessary forms to register as a volunteer, visit the Open Streets Windsor page at

Contact us at:

Help us build excitement in the weeks leading up to the event and spread the word about how things are going on the day of through your favourite social media channels. Use the hash tag #OSWindsor to share your thoughts, images and videos on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and join Open Streets Windsor 2016 event page on Facebook today!

Museum Windsor - What is this?

Image of Lt. Joseph G. Shepley and his wife Willa. Joseph Gore Shepley was born in 1889 in Amherstburg. After attending the University of Toronto engineering school he signed up to serve with the Canadian Expeditionary Forces (April 4th, 1918). Before departing, he married Willa Hill on June 13th 1918 and in July he boarded a ship in Halifax bound to England for training. While still in England, he developed a severe case of influenza and pneumonia, and he died on Oct 26th 1918. Sixteen days later was Armistice Day (November 11th), and the beginning of the end of the First World War.
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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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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