Thursday, April 15, 2010

Mayor's Awards, Dead Bodies and Curry Killed

Want to see a dead body?

So I was minding my own business last week, stopping by Ed Video Media Arts Centre to run an errand when I ran into the Guelph Mercury’s Scott Tracey in the lobby of 40 Baker Street. He was trying to snap a picture of some city workers doing road work on Baker, filling a sinkhole at the side of the road. Or so it seemed. Because what began as a simple picture of road work turned into one of those stories.

The worker we talked to was quite frank about what brought him there. The sinkhole in question could have been from a body. Not a fresh body, mind you, but one that was buried there before the existence of Baker Street at the turn of the 20th century. There was no confirmation at press time, that the woe of the Baker Street sinkhole is, in fact, the body of some poor soul left behind when the occupants of the former cemetery behind Knox on Quebec St were moved to Woodlawn, but we’re left to wonder. More news as it develops.

Deadline for Mayor’s Award Noms Soon

Know somebody that deserves an award of such prominence it’s named in honour of the highest political office in our land? Well, your opportunity to shower them in adulation is soon closing. The deadline to nominate someone for the 2010 Mayor’s Awards is Friday April 23. The criterion for nomination is simple: making a difference in our city. This can mean any number of positive actions, including volunteering, fundraising, coaching, or showing leadership in our community. Know someone that fits that bill? Send an e-mail with a letter describing your nominee’s contributions, along with contact information for yourself and your nominee, to Winners will be announced at the Guelph Awards of Excellence gala on June 24.

Road construction kills Curry

If you’re a fan of the downtown institution Curry in a Hurry, then tomorrow is your last chance to partake its delicious curry goodness. The restaurant will be closing on Friday April 16 because, you guessed it sports fans, revenue is down after last summer’s construction along Norfolk. Between road repairs being conducted by the city and Bell Canada fibre optic upgrades that necessitated further road construction, Curry in a Hurry spent about eight months last year being difficult to access for customers. “I had people call and then wouldn’t pick up their order because they couldn’t find their way into the restaurant,” said owner Sarah Dewbury. “Unfortunately, we often have to dig when we do work of this nature,” Bell Canada spokesperson Julie Smithers said in a Mercury article. “We always look to minimize any impact on local businesses.” Mission: failed. Dewbury says that there’s a possibility that she may continue to be a distributor of fine curry dishes as a delivery-based business, but she’s still unsure. RIP: Curry in a Hurry, 1997-2010

Money for DT Businesses to improve externals

Ten downtown business owners are going to get a $10,000 bonus from the city to improve their external appearance of their buildings downtown, so long as they kick in a matching $10,000 for the enterprise. The decision was approved by council last week, and included another $25,000 for up to five feasibility studies to estimate how much it might cost to restore other buildings in the core to their former glory. The plan is similar to one enacted in Kitchener in an effort to revitalize that city’s downtown area. However, not all were impressed with the plan. "I think the downtown has more problems than a lack of awnings," said Coun. Christine Billings. She was one of three councillors to vote against the plan. Results of the projects are expected to be delivered to council by year’s end.

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