Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Guelph Humane Society needs a new home

lazy glance...
lazy glance... by Derek

After 45 years at 500 Wellington Street the Guelph Humane Society (GHS) needs a new home. The current facility is on municipal land which the City will be using to expand the Waste Water Treatment Plant to address Guelph's growing population. In order to continue to support our community and help stray and unwanted animals GHS is on the lookout for a new space.

How you can help

  1. VOTE. Support GHS by voting for their "idea" in the Aviva Community Fund. If GHS receives enough votes they're eligible for some funding. So far, they've made it to Round 2. Share the link with your friends and encourage them to vote too! 
  2. DONATE. GHS relies solely on donations and community support to help thousands of animals each year - they don't receive any City or government funding. Donations are accepted online at canadahelps.org. You can specify what you'd like your donation to be used for, eg. new facility, or to help animals in need.


The Guelph Humane Society has been sheltering and caring for animals in Guelph and Wellington County since 1893. Each year the GHS cares for approximately 3000 animals in need, providing animal sheltering and adoption services, veterinary care and a progressive spay/neuter program. The Society also boasts strong humane education programs that impact thousands of children and youth annually. (Source: Guelph Humane Society)

For more information 

Contact Guelph Humane Society.

Read the Guelph Mercury article by Vik Kirsch.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Mobile Studio Recordings on New Horizons Oct 27, 2014

This week's episode of the program intended to focus on issues relating to Senior's brings you a long form interview with leaders of an interesting organization called SOAR that has about 40 members.  I like how the show's co-host grilled the guests on whether they had ever tuned in to our radio show!  I hope you will listen back in the archive at CFRU.ca (New Horizons airs on Monday mornings).

These photos were taken as I produced some segments from the mobile studio at Evergreen Community Senior's Centre, that once again focus on the activity group of the Guelph Wellington Senior's Association (which currently has about 2700 members).

Nellie Jagt, The Craft Club at Evergreen (photo Ross Knechtel)

Chris Fraser, The Book Nook at Evergreen (photo Ross Knechtel)

Friday, October 24, 2014

Nature Heals Photo Exhibit opens November 9th

Focus on Nature is pleased to announce the opening of a very special photography exhibit commissioned by The Foundation of Guelph General Hospital as a tribute to recently retired Guelph General Hospital President and CEO Richard Ernst.

The exhibit of 60 of the best photographs by young nature photographers in the Focus on Nature program will be displayed at Flo Studio, 260 Waterloo Avenue in Guelph from November 9 to December 9, 2014An opening reception with many of the photographers in attendance will be held on Sunday, November 9 from 2pm to 5pm. Please RSVP if you'd like to attend. 

During the exhibit, Flo Studio, home of Trina Koster Photography, will have the following hours available for public visits. Other times may be available by calling ahead: 519-767-2948.

Tuesday: 11am - 12:30pm
Wednesday: 11am - 6pm
Thursday: 10am - 12pm
Friday:  10am - 12pm

After the public exhibit the photographs will be hung throughout the hospital to forever brighten the lives of patients, visitors and staff alike.

“Thanks to the Hospital Foundation and many donors, there are 60 very proud young photographers who have discovered that their art can make a difference in other people's lives,” said Simon Bell, Focus on Nature’s Executive Director, “Exposure to nature, even in a well-composed photograph, enhances a sense of wellbeing and can promote healing.”

“I'm so pleased that these beautiful images will soon be on the walls of Guelph General Hospital ” said Suzanne Bone, CEO of The Foundation of Guelph General Hospital, “The special project was funded entirely by donations from our physicians and midwives, and will be a lasting tribute to Richard Ernst.”

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Autumn hues - photos by Peter Kelly

Fall Camouflage 6 Trunks Transition Point Three Leaves Turned Maple
Autumn's my favourite season. I love the cool fresh air and the amazing show of colour. Hope you enjoy these photos by Peter Kelly as much as I do!

- Kim

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Beautiful bokeh: photos by Krista Kruger

14/365 - Arboretum Abstract Monarch Autumn Woods 6/365 - Even The Darkest Moments My Gasoline

The term bokeh is derived from a Japanese word meaning blurred or hazy, and it's used to describe the aesthetic quality of the out-of-focus areas of a photo. 

Krista Kruger masterfully uses the technique to capture autumn and a variety of other subjects in dreamy, mysterious ways. Subdued tones add to the visual appeal.

To see more examples of Krista's beautiful bokeh photography have a look through her Helios 44-2 set on flickr.


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Ross Coulter, all photos Ross Knechtel.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Today's New Horizons episode provides a holiday to the regular hosts.  I produced a 56 min audio program that features the music of Drew McIvor, as well as many recordings made at Evergreen Centre.

The show kicks off with a Raise Your Voice plea for donations to CFRU, with seniors making the actual media, and suggesting visits to the RYV website.

Ross Coulter is essentially the voice of this particular program, bringing us interviews with members of the GWSA, starting with Doreen Pellen, who speaks about Line Dancing Club and other General Dances hosted at the centre, including the next one that is open to all ages, November 14th.  You'll also hear an interview with Toni Crowther, a GWSA board member, and member of many other clubs.  She also explains the current display from the Advocacy Committee, in regards to the upcoming Municipal Election.

Toni Crowther
Doreen Pellen

1:52, 3:38, Drew McIvor 45's & 33's, Porchlight, indie?, 2014?
11:38, 4:02, Drew McIvor, A Little Respect
34:03, 3:46, Drew McIvor - featuring Coco Love Alcorn, Go Freely, Porchlight

Barb discusses the upcoming Peer Learning sessions for GWSA members.

Then there is an interview with Don from the Sentinel, the GWSA's internal magazine.

Don Hillman

There's also a a bit of dead air, before a reminder about the upcoming Spookerama event!!!  I hope you'll give the show a listen...

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Brilliant in black and white: photos by Andrew Beveridge

Amerikale skip rushed hiway 24 pair

If you're ever looking for photography inspiration, head on over to Andrew Beveridge's flickr stream. This isn't the first time I've shared his photos on Blog Guelph and I doubt it'll be the last. His photos are phenomenal.


Monday, October 06, 2014

New Horizons #12 - Spookerama at the Mobile Studio

So you know about CFRU's mobile studio right? On the New Horizons show today, we aired a segment recorded at Evergreen Senior's Community Centre, home of the GWSA. With more than 2,500 members, the Guelph Wellington Seniors Association is one of the largest organizations of its kind in Canada, with a straightforward mission...  "To empower older adults to be active, to be involved and to age successfully."

The piece was about an upcoming event called Spookarama.  The bid-euchre tournament event takes place at Evergreen, on October 25 at noon.  All are welcome to attend, and costumes are encouraged!
all photos by Ross Knechtel

The photos of our taping were taken by a photographer who posts his work here.  You can listen to the 9 min segment that aired on CFRU October 6, 2014 here:

For more great Guelph photos, try these links:

Downtown Guelph, University of Guelph, The Guelph Hillside Festival or The Guelph Lake Conservation Area.

On the other hand, you may be curious about what the City of Guelph looked like last October or maybe Spring.

Indeed you may be the type that would love to wade through our deep and refreshing archives. There are over 5,000 terrific Guelph photos, taken by a growing tribe of fantastic photographers, currently available for your viewing pleasure. Check out the Blog Guelph archives located 'back up there' and appropriately titled: Blog Guelph Archives.