Thursday, June 3, 2010

Meds, Temple, & Trains

Get the Meds Out

If your reading this on Thursday (and why wouldn’t you? The new Echo comes out on Thursday and you’ve been dying to read it naturally), then you have two more days to get to your local pharmacy to safely dispose of your old medication thanks to Safe Communities on the Grand and the City of Guelph. “This medication clean-out event is intended to provide safe, convenient ways for people to get rid of old medications,” said a City press release. “It’s also intended to reduce environmental pollutants that result from society’s use of medications, trace amounts of which can end up in the world’s water supply.”

According the press release, residents can empty their old or unused pills from their containers and place them in a plastic bag, then empty the bag into disposal containers at one of the following pharmacies: Guelph Medical Pharmacy, Royal City Pharmacy IDA, Westmount Pharmacy, Prime Care Pharmacy, Campus Drugmart, Surrey Prescriptions, and the Shoppers Drugmart at Stone Road Mall. But remember to leave the packaging and all liquid medications at home, they are not accepted.

The City also wants to remind people that that they can safely dispose of prescription and over-the-counter medications free of charge at the City’s Household Hazardous Waste Depot, year round. The Depot is located at 110 Dunlop Drive and is open 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, 1 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday, and 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Staff says Temple’s a go

Just before press time came news that city staff had delivered their report on the zoning bylaw amendment that would allow a Sikh temple to be built on Claire Rd. (Readers might remember the hubbub made about the issue earlier this year). According to staff, the re-zoning is A-OK with a couple of amendments including the planting buffer trees along the west side of the property and ensuring parking lot lights are turned off overnight. Of the more contentious issues, like the size of the temple itself, looks to stay the same. The recommendation will be brought before council on June 7th.

Do the Locomotion

Save the date - June 15th - if you want to see a big old steam-powered locomotive be hoisted by crane on to a flatbed truck and transported a few hundred metres away to its new resting place. "This week we’ll start building the new concrete pad and tracks," said Andrew Janes, Project Manager in a City press release last Thursday. "We’ll build a temporary bridge over the tracks, and move the train itself in June."

The relocation of locomotive 6167 is the first step in turning the stretch of Carden between the train station and the bus terminal into the new intermodal transit terminal. The next step, later this summer, will be the “removal” of the Greyhound station to make room for a new bus platform that will accommodate both Guelph Transit and regional bus services. The VIA rail station will then be renovated to house the administrative offices of VIA, Guelph and GO Transit. Construction on the $8 million facility is expected to be finished by March 2011.

There’s a new Transit Schedule

In case you haven’t noticed already, Guelph Transit is currently on a summer reduced-frequency schedule (and just in time for Environment Week). Buses are now running routes every half hour Monday through Sunday effective as of last Sunday. From the City of Guelph website: “Routes operating out of St. George’s Square arrive in the Square at 15 minutes to the hour and 15 minutes after the hour, Monday to Saturday from 5:45 a.m. to 12:15 a.m., and Sunday from 9:15 a.m. to 6:15 p.m.” The website also reminds everyone that there will be no buses brought to you at all on Sundays during the month of August. The regular schedule will become active again on September 5. For more details and new schedules and times go to the Guelph Transit website at

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