Cambridge Archives and Records Centre
The Cambridge Archives and Records Centre forms part of the City of Cambridge Clerks Division along with Municipal Records Management and Freedom of Information Services. The Archives handles items dealing with the history of Cambridge and its founding municipalities, Municipal Records Management deals with how internal City documents are filed and stored and finally, Freedom of Information Services is charged with dealing with information requests as well as privacy concerns of the public with regards to city documents.
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The Cambridge Archives and Records Centre is located at 46 Dickson Street, 2nd Floor, Cambridge, Ontario We are open 8:30am -4:30pm Monday to Friday and can be contacted by e-mail at: email@example.com or by phone at (519) 740-4680, Ext. 4621 or 4633.
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|At a Glance|
|August 4, 2010||August 1990: About 30 Japanese musicians aged 8 to 18 began a four-day visit to Cambridge as part of the first goodwill mission of the Toyota International Association. |
August 1995: Cineplex Odeon Corp. announced that it would be building a new 20,000 sq. ft. cinema complex on Hespeler Road.
August 2000: The Grand River was named as a finalist for the worlds most prestigious river-management award, the 2000 Theiss Environmental Services Riverprize.
|July 28, 2010||1990: An eight-man crew took only 12 hours to demolish the Dorchester Hotel, a 142-year-old fixture on King Street. |
1995: A city environmental activist was getting grief from city officials after she built a garden in the boulevard in front of her house.
2000: Council voted to create a task force to review recommendations on council remuneration. The report recommended a modest bump in pay to bring the mayors salary to $50,000 and each councillors remuneration to $18,000 annually.
|July 21, 2010||1990 The fate of a 1,500-year-old aboriginal woman who was accidentally unearthed during the preliminary grading at a Townline Road building site remained uncertain. |
1995 Careless use of matches was blamed for the fire that resulted in the deaths of a five-year-old boy and his two and-a-half year-old sister.
2000 It was announced that gymnast Yvonne Tousek, then 20 and one of gymnastics oldest competitors was named to Canadas Olympic team for the Sydney, Australia summer games.
|July 12, 2010||1990 City officials announced the $600,000 gift from Toyota Motor Manufacturing Co. to renovate the old city hall on Dickson Street for the home for the municipal archives. |
1995 The new owners of the John Galt Mall announced a $46-million investment in the property to expand the 185,000 square-foot mall to 387,000 square-feet August 1996.
2000 A number of dignitaries, including the city's mayor, donned hard hats to partake in ground breaking ceremonies for the new arts centre.
|July 7, 2010||1990 A crowd estimated at 10,000 lined King Street and created pandemonium at the Riverside Park grandstand in support for sprinter Ben Johnson. |
1995 The Cambridge Kiwanis Boys Choir was about to embark on a tour of southern England and Wales to perform in Cathedrals.
2000 Cambridge council opted to join other municipalities across Waterloo Region in its bid to make the two-tier system of government that was in already in place work better.
|June 28, 2010||1990 Cambridge Family Crisis Shelter received a $900,000 grant from the provincial Ministry of Community and Social Services. |
1995 Cambridge YMCA and Cambridge Rotary Children's Centre announced that they would share a new $7.5-million facility on Hespeler Road.
2000 Heavy rains across the entire Grand River watershed resulted in a flood warning.
|June 23, 2010||1990 About 600 employees on the morning shift at the Toyota Motoring Manufacturing plant in the city stopped work to participate in a short ceremony to celebrate the completion of the 50,000th Corolla sedan. |
1995 Preston Metal and Roofing Products announced that the company would be closing its production facility after 45 years of operation in the city.
2000 A survey of small and medium-sized businesses conducted ranked the city dead last among 24 municipalities.
|June 16, 2010||1990 The Region of Waterloo was about to embark on a major new study of Cambridge's road needs. |
1995 Galt Collegiate Institute opened its newly created archives to the public in conjunction with the Heritage Cambridge downtown guided walking tours.
2000 A consultant working for the city unveiled an exciting final draft of their plans to revitalize the river in the downtown.
|May 26, 2010||1990 City hall officials recommended that the city reassess its weed-spraying program to determine whether it should reduce or eliminate the use of pesticides on city-owned property. |
1995 The City Green Strategy, was recognized with an environmental award from the Region of Waterloo for its efforts to enhance the quality of the environment.
2000 The Hespeler Horticultural Society celebrated its centennial by converting Bergey Hill, also known as the Five Points Corner at Franklin Boulevard and Edward Street, into a horticultural showpiece.
|May 20, 2010||1990: The Waterloo Region Separate School Board was given the go-ahead to build a new elementary school in Hespeler but there was a catch. |
1995: In a 6-1 vote, councils planning committee passed a recommendation that would allow the construction of an 110-unit condominium complex on land behind St. Lukes Place.
2000: Cambridge Memorial Hospital was to receive $3.6-million in provincial funds to put toward the cost of its future expansion.
|May 13, 2010||1990: City councils planning committee rejected a recommendation to preserve the 113 year old Galt Curling Club building on Queens Square by designating it a heritage property. |
1995: Officials from Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada unveiled plans for a new $600 million Corolla plant to be built adjacent to the original Cambridge manufacturing plant.
2000: A coroners inquest into the drowning deaths of Const. Dave Nicholson and Mark Gage at the Grand River dam at Parkhill Road two years earlier previously got underway.
|May 7, 2010||1990: The Times announced the creation of the 1990 Good Neighbour Awards, a new awards program that would recognize outstanding contributions by individuals, groups and corporations to environmental awareness. |
1995: The city was joining forces with a number of partners to see what could be done to improve traffic problems and make the downtown core area more attractive.
2000: An operational overview of Cambridge Memorial Hospital concluded that he hospital was very efficiently run and needed another $10.8 million to meet the health care needs of the community.
|April 21, 2010||1990: Despite objections from one city councillor, the city's administration committee was asking council to bail out the floundering Cambridge recycling program. |
1995: Cambridge was to be one of the busiest communities in the country in commemorating the 50th anniversary of VE-Day.
2000: The Cambridge intermediate A Rivulettes women's hockey team captured the provincial championship in a tournament held in Mississauga.
|April 14, 2010||1990: The Museum Corporation of Cambridge released its long awaited feasibility study for the development of a museum in Cambridge. |
1995: Following nearly a year of negotiations with regulatory bodies, the City of Cambridge was to begin work on a $475,000 facelift in Soper Park.
2000: The Cambridge Turbos defeated Quebec 3-2 in an exciting final to claim the women's under-22 Canadian ringette championship held in British Columbia.
|April 7, 2010||1990: The fate of the Dorchester Hotel was sealed when the city Planning and Development Committee turned down an application to designate the Preston landmark as a heritage building. |
1995: The United Kingdom Club was ready to take the city to court if necessary to rectify its standing within Cambridge's International Village.
2000: Officials at Cambridge's Toyota manufacturing facility announced another investment of $650-million.
|March 31, 2010||1990: The Preston Springs Gardens Retirement Home had been placed in receivership. |
1995: The school board was about to spend $17-million to either build a new high school to replace St. Benedict High School or to overhaul the city's first Catholic high school.
2000: Community groups that made use of facilities in the regions schools would now have to pay as they play.
|March 24, 2010||1990: A skirmish in the battle for Blair resulted in a marginal victory for the developers, as the city's planning and development committee backed off the legally tenuous development freeze proposed for the hamlet. |
1995: City ice users were fully supportive of recommendations to spend $8.3-million to renovate and upgrade the Galt Arena Gardens and to provide an addition onto the Hespeler Memorial Arena.
2000: The date to submit bids to purchase the 913 acres available at Cruickston Park was drawing near with only one offer to purchase in hand.
|March 18, 2010||1990: One of the city oldest commercial landmarks was about to undergo what many believed would be its final metamorphosis. |
1995: Temperatures had reached a balmy 18 C but had stopped short of the record of 21 C set for the date in 1990.
2000: School councils in the region joined forces to fight back against the threat of cuts of education that loomed year after year.
|March 10, 2010||1990: The city's administration committee recommended that the city archives move to the old city hall on Dickson Street. |
1995: The city had adopted a new get-tough approach to companies not paying their municipal business taxes.
2000: Cambridge council set the years operating budget at $34.5 million.
|February 24, 2010||1990: Site plans were approved by the city planning committee for a $70-million mega mall to be built on land east of Hespeler Road between Pinebush Road and Highway 401. |
1995: It was possible that Waterloo Regions francophone students might soon have a French language high school in Cambridge.
2000: The city was about to strike a special subcommittee to develop a bylaw governing the use of municipal cemeteries.
|February 3 2010||1990: It was reported that the Galt Curling Club facility on Queens Square had been sold to the City of Cambridge. |
1995: After a debate that had ebbed and flowed over 20 years Cambridge city council had finally come to a decision regarding the location of the new municipal offices.
2000: It was announced that the publisher of the city Portuguese language newspaper was about to write the history of Cambridge's Portuguese Club.
|January 21, 2010||1990: The Cambridge Memorial Hospital announced that it would be spending more than $10-million on renovations. |
1995: The spring thaw seemed to have come two months early - Officials were claiming that they had not seen anything to compare with these conditions in over 20 years.
2000: One councillor claimed that the city mayor, in supporting the regional initiative, has sold us out but council is still fighting to save the city.
|January 13, 2010||1990: In South Galt and Branchton two subdivisions containing a total of 500 new homes were being proposed. |
1995: Controversy was brewing over the potential future use of the former Krebs Restaurant on Hespeler Road.
2000: The hospital was so busy that it was put on overwhelmed status.
|December 9, 2009||1989: A proposal by the city's planning committee to ban the use of crossbows and long bows near built-up areas of the city. |
1994: The city had repurchased the former Capitol Theatre building on Water Street.
1999: A report to city council from the city planning department indicated that Cambridge's economy was diversified, strong and growing.
|December 2, 2009||1989: The former Galt Hospital and, more recently, the Eventide Home, was headed for demolition as city council rejected a last-ditch effort by local heritage groups to preserve it. |
1994: Cambridge council said farewell, for the time being at least, to three long-time councillors.
1999: A citizens lobby group called Renaissance Canada Inc. threatened to press criminal charges against the seven public school board trustees who voted against a motion to ban the sex education play Live, Onstage, Uncensored.
|November 16, 2009||1989: The Preston Springs Retirement Home was purchased by Tender Loving Care Centres of Newmarket and was about to receive a $525,000 facelift. |
1994: The Inglis plant on Pinebush Road reached its final downhill run when the company announced that production at the local factory would be phased out by the second quarter of 1995.
1999: The message conveyed to a public forum called to discuss $236.3 million in new and updated health care programs and services planned for the region's hospitals.
|November 11, 2009||1989: About 300 delegates from across Canada packed Monsignor Doyle School on Myers Road for a three-day series of workshops sponsored by the Canadian Youth Pro-Life Organization. |
1994: A great debate centering on pure volunteering was raging at YMCAs across the country.
1999: The attempts by the Hespeler Heritage Railway Station Association to purchase and restore the old Canadian National railway station on Guelph Avenue officially came to an end.
|November 4, 2009||1989: It was announced that J.M. Schneider Ltd. was to purchase 21 acres of land in the new 180-acre Cambridge Business Park. |
1994: Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc. was to invest $60-million in a new plant that was to create 1,200 jobs in the community.
1999: It was reported that construction on the $4.8-million expansion of the Hespeler Arena was proceeding on schedule.
|October 28, 2009||1989: The City of Cambridge, under the direction of the Bernice Adams Cultural Advisory Committee, published the city's first Directory of Artists. |
1994: Cambridge MPP Mike Farnan returned to Premier Bob Rae cabinet when he was sworn in as the provinces new transport minister.
1999: The city's first Spirit Walk, sponsored by Heritage Cambridge, attracted approximately 600 participants to hear the stories of some of the city's more interesting ancestors.
|October 21, 2009||1989: Plans for a new subdivision that would skirt Devils Creek pond in west Galt were met with a barrage of opposition from area residents. |
1994: The Cambridge Archives board was seeking candidates for election to the new Cambridge Hall of Fame.
1999: The countdown to millennium babies had begun at Cambridge Memorial Hospital where staff was making plans to attend to any babies born at the hospital on January 1, 2000.
|October 13, 2009||1989: Inspectors were ready to ticket trespassers who used the CPR bridge as a shortcut to get to GCI from the west side of the city. |
1994: With the municipal election just a month away, the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce was making plans to ensure that the concerns of local business owners were heard before the vote was counted
1999: City council was considering a proposal to allocate $167,000 over the next three years to improve traffic flow and to slow traffic speeding through west Galt subdivisions.
|October 8, 2009||1989: Plans were unveiled for a new $7-million commercial/retail development at the northwest corner of the Preston Parkway and Shantz Hill Road. |
1994: Councillor Rick Cowsill jumped into the mayors race against incumbent Jane Brewer.
1999: Cambridge's planned $2-million arts centre got a new name, a new look and a boost in the pocketbook.
|October 1, 2009||1989: Keep Conestoga in Cambridge was working to convince anyone who would listen that Conestoga Colleges facility at 1305 Bishop St. should remain open. |
1994: As many as 500 people turned out despite the rain to witness the three-hour ceremony that saw the Grand River and its tributaries join the ranks of 17 rivers across Canada that were part of the Canadian Heritage River System.
1999: The Region of Waterloo began construction on the $1.34-million Can-Amera Parkway.
|September 24, 2009||1989: Simcoe-Fox Developments, a Toronto based firm that had purchased the former Capitol Theatre on Water Street South from the city a year previously, decided that the old movie house was worth a shot at renovation. |
1994: Jeannie Homes of Cambridge opened its sales offices to pre-sell homes in the company's planned new development on the site of the former Wellington Square project in the downtown core.
1999: With just two serviced lots left in the Cambridge Business Park, city council authorized the acquisition of 220 acres of raw land behind the Toyota plant.
|September 17, 2009||1989: The 1989 United Way fundraising campaign began officially as the campaign chairperson asked council to endorse a goal of $1 million, 19 per cent higher than the amount raised the previous year. |
1994: The city's economic development advisory committee recommended that a 60,000-squarefoot municipal administration building be built on Cambridge Street at a cost of $9.1 million.
1999: Supply issues were the cause of a significant delay in the reopening of the W. G. Johnson Centre in Hespeler. The facility was undergoing $900,000 overhaul that had been going smoothly until July when orders for steel failed to appear.
|September 4, 2009||1989: Information Cambridge, a program of the Cambridge Volunteer Bureau, opened its phone lines to the public. |
1994: Junior kindergarten was to be introduced at two local public schools when schools opened.
1999: The Region of Waterloo was one of four regions in Ontario that the Ministry would like to see immediately bring forward local government restructuring proposals.
|August 25, 2009||1989: A local businessman stepped in to create an indoor skateboarding facility to accommodate up to 40 skaters at a time. |
1994: The city landed its second major land sale. In July the city had sold 5.5 acres of land on Turnbull Court to Work Wear Corporation for $438,000.
1999: Members of the Gmelin family remained at their burned out flower shop while they waited for investigators to determine the cause of the fire that destroyed the family business. Damage was estimated at between $500,000 and $750,000.
|August 13, 2009||1989: The abortion issue, already a divisive question in the community, was about to receive a new player in the form of Citizens for Choice. |
1994: Amass bone marrow testing clinic was to be held at the Hespeler Legion in hopes of finding a donor for a local seven-year-old girl, Amanda Clements, who was suffering from leukemia. Members of the local community had raised about $20,000 in the previous few weeks to help pay for the expensive tests and in the end more than 1,000 people showed up to be tested.
1999: The parking lot on the south side of Dickson Street between Water and Ainslie streets was about to receive a $90,000 makeover that would tie in with improvements made on Main Street the previous summer.
|August 4, 2009||1989: Seventeen members of the Cambridge boys under-14 travel soccer team were to travel to England to participate in that country's Sotonia International Youth Tournament. |
1994: The on-again, off-again Wellington Square project was about to be launched again. The site was to be developed into condominiums and it was anticipated that as many as 100 units might eventually be built on the site.
1999: Years of hard work and endless training paid off for Cambridge's Yvonne Tousek in the form of three gold medals at the Pan-Am Games held in Winnipeg.
|July 23, 2009||1989: Savage Shoe the once thriving shoe manufacturer finally closed its doors. Over the past few years, the company had seen its work force dwindle from 5,000 employees to several hundred. |
1994: The new 18-kilometre hiking and biking trail between Cambridge and Paris was officially opened.
1999: The Cambridge Centre for the Arts building project got a major boost when Automated Tooling Systems Co. (ATS) pledged $20,000 over five years towards the creation of the arts centre. This sum was in addition to the $200,000 that Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Canada had donated earlier.
|July 9, 2009||1989: Anear drowning emphasized the danger of swimming near the dams built across Mill Creek in Soper Park. |
1994: A major hurdle was cleared in the four-year-long battle to protect a wooded area in south Cambridge from residential development but environmentalists proclaimed the victory a bittersweet one.
1999: The Waterloo Catholic District School Board announced plans to build three new elementary schools in Cambridge over the next five years.
|June 25, 2009||1989: Fed up with ever increasing taxes, including those imposed in the most recent federal budget, a local resident called upon his fellow citizens to refrain from purchasing cigarettes, alcohol and gasoline. |
1994: Chuck Yates resigned from the Waterloo Regional Separate School Board following 31 years of service, beginning with the Preston Separate School Board in 1963.
1999: Municipal councils in Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo flatly rejected many of the recommendations for regional reform that had been proposed by the regions eight mayors.
|June 18, 2009||1989: Cambridge council delayed a decision to build a Grand River observatory lookout so that concerns of downtown citizens could be addressed. |
1994: After two years of discussions, a fundraising campaign was underway to resurrect the Gore Centennial Fountain on Queens Square.
1999: The city was reported to be the manufacturing hub of the region with 11 per cent of the city's businesses involved in manufacturing compared to 7 per cent of the businesses in the remainder of the region. During the previous year the city had sold 42 acres of industrial land dramatically outpacing every other community within Canadas Technology Triangle.
|June 12, 2009||1989: The average bungalow in the city was selling for $144,900 while a two storey home sold, on average, for $207,000. |
1994: A request by city ice user groups that the city build a seventh arena in the city to accommodate the ever increasing ice needs of their members was answered with a review of how city ice surfaces were then being used and a promise to try to find more ice time in existing facilities.
1999: Progressive Conservative MPP Gerry Martiniuk was re-elected to a second term in what was described as a landslide victory.
|May 26, 2009||1989: Butler Metal Products, a company that employed 700 people in Cambridge and Delhi, Ont., was sold for $34 million to a group of five senior plant managers and the Quebec Equity Capital Corporation. |
1994: The City of Cambridge was to continue its efforts to eliminate pesticide spraying on city property as city council accepted the final report of the pesticide task force review.
1999: Cambridge Tourism launched the Grand River Express, a new horse-drawn trolley service that directly connected points of interest in the old Galt core.
|May 7, 2009||1989: A former chairperson of the city's Museum and Archives Board, along with nine interested Cambridge residents, had formed a non-profit corporation designed to raise funds for a third study related to developing a destination museum in Cambridge. |
1994: Waterloo Regional Police put the investigation of the 1987 murder of a Cambridge woman back on the front burner and were asking for assistance from the public.
1999: It was estimated that the market attracted 150,000 shoppers a year to the downtown.
|April 23, 2009||989 - Arson was responsible for a $2-million blaze. |
1994 - The city prepared to dip into $8.3 million.
1999 - Cambridge Arts Guild as it attempted to raise money for the $2-million arts centre.
|April 2, 2009||1989: Silknit site apartment project was effectively finished. |
1994: Council was looking at how the business of the city was being conducted. Wedges N Woods Inc. presented a proposal to build a $750,000 premiere golf facility on an 18-acre site off Hespeler Road.
1999: Womens Crisis Services of Cambridge and North Dumfries to sever its ties with the United Way.
|March 26, 2009||1989: Cambridge taxpayers were to face only a small 2.07 per cent increase in the taxes; Firefighters take possession of four new fire trucks. |
1994: Exploring the possibility of creating a Cambridge Hall of Fame.
1999: Trillium Air was scheduled to offer passenger service between the region and Ottawa beginning on May 1.
|March 18, 2009||1989: City of Cambridge firefighters wanted wage parity The Ministry of the Environment was to conduct tests at the site of the Kanmet foundry. |
1994: City council voted to spend an additional $15,000 to gather further information in its quest to get the Devils Creek truck sewer line environmental study completed.
1999: Cambridge council had just voted down a motion to accelerate the completion of the Hespeler arena expansion.
|March 12, 2009||1989 - In an effort to come up with a method of providing more affordable housing in the area, Waterloo Region's committee of chief building officials presented the idea of permitting higher density in new subdivisions. |
1994 - The city's planning and development committee was trying to find a compromise between allowing hunting within city limits and protecting public safety.
1999 - The new owners of Cafe 13 in the downtown core "lost everything" when the popular eatery officially closed.
|March 3, 2009||1989: After more than 60 years at the same Main Street location, Law Photography was being forced to relocate |
1994: While some of those in attendance maintained that the Galt Arena should be upgraded and renovated to the tune of $4.3 million over 10 years, others maintained that a "facility attractive to business and industry" with seating greater than 1,500 was needed.
1999: Officials at Cambridge Memorial Hospital had seen no new influenza cases since the previous week and were hoping that the most recent outbreak had run its course.
|February 26, 2009||1989: The city purchased 185 acres from the province for $4.4 million to become the new Cambridge Industrial Park. |
1994: The city's Local Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee were looking at the possible designation of the Galt arena as a local heritage site.
1999: The saga of the former Grandview School was in its final stages as the city's architectural conservation advisory committee.
|February 19, 2009||1989 - George Heggie resigned as the official starter of the Cambridge Skating Races after 57 years on the job. |
It was reported that it was becoming increasingly difficult for first time home buyers in the city to realize their dream of owning their own home.
1994 - It was nearly seven years in the making, but the Riverbank Development Committee had finally completed its vision statement for future riverbank green space development along the river system in the city.
1999 - Cambridge physician involved in efforts to bring new doctors to the city indicated that it would probably take more than financial incentives to solve the doctor shortage.
|February 10, 2009||1989 - Cambridge was in the midst of one of the largest periods of growth experienced in the last 100 years. |
1994 - It was reported that the Region of Waterloo was to receive more than $3.5 million from the provincial government for two projects designed to protect and enhance Cambridge's drinking water supply.
1999 - City council approved the twinning of Hespeler Arena as part of its $19.1 million capital budget.
|February 3, 2009||1989 - Described as "an abysmal failure", the downtown ad-hoc parking committee was disbanded |
1994 - local doctors were to decide for themselves when they would take time off to meet the funding cuts imposed by the province's "social contract": doctors could earn only 95 per cent of what they had earned over the last two years
1999 - Steve Stavro, the owner of the Knob Hill Farms property at the corner of Hespeler and Pinebush Roads was prepared to offer the site and premises of the giant food store available for "conversion into a world class trade/convention centre and hotel." All that were needed were investors.
|January 23, 2009||1989: Junior kindergarten was about to become part of Catholic education GRCA considered shutting down Cambridge's Shade's Mills Conservation. |
1994: Daytime high temperatures of -19 degrees C broke the previous record.
1999: Cambridge had endured a significant snowfall.
|December 16, 2008||1988: CMH was one of 11 hospitals to be investigated by the Ministry of Health for improperly transferring money into fund raising foundations. |
1993: The Grant and Blackwell store on Water Street North was closing its doors for good with a sell-off of its comp $ 500,000 inventory.
1998: MPP Gerry Martiniuk introduced a private member's bill that would give the government greater authority over the distribution of family physicians.
|December 9, 2008||1988: Tim Drennan was in the early stages of renovating McDougall Cottage. The first Canadian-built Toyota car rolled off the assembly line. |
1993: Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc. announced plans to construct a 50,000-square-foot addition to its Fountain Street plant.
1998: Provincial Minister of Health Elizabeth Witmer announced that the regions four hospitals were to receive millions of dollars in capital funding.
|December 2, 2008||1988: CMH plan was a four-year budget designed to ease a $3-million deficit that had been projected for the 1988-89 fiscal year. Hospital officials had stated that they could save $107,000 per year by eliminating its outpatient lab services. |
1993: It was reported that the then 71-year-old Galt Arena had just about reached the end of a long and illustrious life as a functional building and city officials were looking at what to do next.
1998: A Hespeler resident died in a fire following a stand-off with police at his Queen Street home.
|November 27, 2008||1988: Jane Brewer became Cambridge's new mayor in an election that was described as a vote for continuity |
1993: Cambridge's bid to obtain GO train service for the city was not doing particularly well
1998: The Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank and the Food Bank of Waterloo Region announced a parting of the ways
|November 20, 2008||1988: Heritage Cambridge announced that it had sold the McDougall |
Cottage at 89 Grand Ave. S.
1993: MPP Mike Farnan announced the approval of a $15.8 million redevelopment project at the Cambridge Memorial Hospital.
1998: A new 80-bed long term care centre was to be built in the city at a cost of $6.1 million.
|November 13, 2008||1988 - City council awarded the contract to build the new Hespeler arena and adjacent sports field to Ariss Construction of Guelph. |
1993 - Cambridge city council invited planning staff from school boards to a public information session to clear the air on the issue of overcrowding in Cambridge schools.
1998 - Plans were in place at the Cambridge Memorial Hospital to provide at least a minimum level of service in the event of a possible strike.
|November 4, 2008||1988 - It was announced that the former Capitol Theatre building on Water Street South was to be demolished. |
1993 - In the federal election the Liberal "red tide" swept the Progressive Conservative Party led by Kim Campbell.
1998- The Christmas season was underway with the opening of the annual Trees of Caring fund raising campaign at the Cambridge Memorial Hospital.
|October 28, 2008||1988 - The Emergency Services and Public Safety Department (ESPSD) had its name changed back to the Cambridge Fire Department. |
1993 - The citizens' task force examining the Cambridge Area Transportation.
1998 - Kanmet foundry site on Margaret Street in Preston was gutted by flames.
|October 21, 2008||1988: Visitors came to bid farewell to the Hespeler Memorial Arena on Queen Street. |
1993: A federal election campaign was underway
1998: The Cambridge Santa Claus Parade was to be held in one of the downtown cores for the last time.
|October 16, 2008||1988: Rumours were running rampant within the Cambridge business community about the possibility of a Honda engine plant locating in the city. |
1993: It was Thanksgiving and what would the holiday be without a story about turkeys. It appeared that the wild turkey population in the area was flourishing following a 90-year hiatus.
1998: Regional police arrested four women, two of them from Cambridge, following an investigation of an illegal pyramid investment scam.
|October 10, 2008||1988 -Officials at Cambridge Memorial Hospital announced that over the previous five months the hospital had accumulated an unexpected saving of $88,000 between April and August by spending less on providing services to the community.||2008-10-10||PDF 32Kb|
|September 25, 2008||Fourth week of Sept. 1988 |
After serving as Cambridge's mayor for 12 of the city's first 16 years Claudette Millar announced that she would not run for re-election in the November municipal elections. Mayor Millar's withdrawal from the mayoralty contest left Cambridge councillor Bill Woods as the only announced candidate for the mayor's job. It was expected that Cambridge councillor Jane Brewer would announce her candidacy now that Millar had withdrawn.
|September 16, 2008||Although city staff had been instructed to keep a lid on the details of the project, Cambridge council had chosen one of several proposals for development of the former Capitol Theatre building on Water Street South.||2008-09-16||PDF 30Kb|
|September 9, 2008||City council approved a proposal from Freure Homes to construct a 50,000-square-foot shopping centre on Blair Road near the CPR tracks.||2008-09-09||PDF 32Kb|
|August 26, 2008||The Hespeler Memorial Auditorium was slated for demolition in October and organizers of the "Remember |
When" Hespeler Arena committee were planning a final bash to celebrate the arena's 43-year service to the
|August 21, 2008||The city's business development department was accepting new proposals for the use of the boarded up Capitol Theatre building on Water Street South||2008-08-22||PDF 34Kb|
|August 14, 2008||Representatives from the Local Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee (LACAC) and Thomasfield Homes were to meet to discuss various options and to possibly find an amicable solution to the controversy swirling around the designation of the Stirling Macgregor home||2008-08-14||PDF 33Kb|
|August 5, 2008||The lawn-watering ban that had been in place since May 30 in Kitchener-Waterloo and since June 20 in Cambridge was finally lifted||2008-08-05||PDF 35Kb|
|July 29, 2008||Preliminary discussions were being held between Can Am Golf Enterprises and the Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) about establishing a new $2.5-million golf course on part of the Puslinch Lake Conservation Area||2008-07-29||PDF 33Kb|
|July 22, 2008||City council wasted no time in getting a new Hespeler arena project underway||2008-07-22||PDF 31Kb|
|July 17, 2008||The Ontario Ministry of Health agreed to provide the financially strapped Cambridge Memorial Hospital(CMH) with a loan of $650,000 to help cover its normal operating expenses.||2008-07-17||PDF 34Kb|
|July 11, 2008||Two advisors from the Ontario Hospital Association arrived in the city to assist officials at the Cambridge Memorial Hospital in obtaining a balanced budget.||2008-07-11||PDF 34Kb|
|July 3, 2008||As yet no decision had been made by the Ministry of Health on whether or not Cambridge Memorial Hospital would receive the assistance of two advisors proposed by the hospital's board of directors to assist the hospital in arranging its finances in a manner acceptable to the ministry.||2008-07-03||PDF 35Kb|
|June 24, 2008||Support for Cambridge Memorial Hospital continued to grow as city residents got involved in the battle with the Ontario Ministry of Health.||2008-06-25||PDF 34Kb|
|June 17, 2008||Cambridge doctors launched a campaign urging the citizens of Cambridge to stand up for their hospital. The Cambridge Academy of Medicine urged Cambridge citizens to write letters to the Ministry of Health to pressure the ministry into dropping its case against the Cambridge Memorial Hospital.||2008-06-17||PDF 33Kb|
|June 10, 2008||The controversy over the finances of the Cambridge Memorial Hospital was beginning to heat up.||2008-06-10||PDF 33Kb|
|June 3, 2008||The Eventide Home closed its doors permanently after the last residents in the seniors' nursing home were relocated. The Salvation Army, owners of the home, had discussed a plan to build a new $6 million home beside the Eventide Home but had dropped the idea after it proved to be economically unfeasible.||2008-06-03||PDF 35Kb|
|May 29, 2008||City council passed a bylaw prohibiting the use of heavy equipment in new subdivisions on Sundays. The bylaw was to apply to all new subdivisions, as well as three subdivisions that were then nearing completion.||2008-05-29||PDF 33Kb|
|May 20, 2008||Encumbered by a $1.7 million operating budget deficit and facing a projected deficit of $3 million in 1988 the Cambridge Memorial Hospital was facing an investigation by the Ministry of Health. The investigation was initiated when local hospital officials floated the idea of charging user fees of up to $150 per admission to ease financial restraints.||2008-05-20||PDF 34Kb|
|May 13, 2008||Cambridge MP Chris Speyer announced "to a gasping group of Tories" that he would not be seeking re-election after completing his present term in the federal parliament.||2008-05-13||PDF 33Kb|
|May 8, 2008||Although it was agreed by all concerned that development of some kind was inevitable on the lands south of Myers Road, residents opposed to the subdivision plans presented by Southview Holdings were relieved when council rejected a plan for a townhouse block on the site. The plan for the subdivision south of Myers Road directly across from Christopher and Woodland Drives included 148 single-family lots, a school block, a storm management block and a multiple dwelling block.||2008-05-08||PDF 35Kb|
|April 29, 2008||Fifth week of April 1988 |
Details of the Grand River Rubber Ducky Regatta, a fundraiser operated by the music students at Southwood Secondary School, were announced. For the three weeks prior to the June event, Cambridge residents would be able to buy a place in the race of 10,000 yellow rubber ducks.
|April 24, 2008||Fourth week of April 1988 |
Cadillac-Fairview Corp. and Fidra Realties Ltd. announced that Group Accor of Canada Inc. was to build a full service upscale hotel that would be about eight or nine storeys high and would contain about 200 rooms.
|April 15, 2008||Third week of April 1988 |
Waterloo Region initiated an automatic external defibrillation program designed to save heart attack victims as part of the region's health care system. Cambridge Memorial Hospital was chosen as the base hospital to direct and monitor the program. The hospital took delivery of three of the defibrillators while the Kitchener-Waterloo area received seven machines. Fifty-four ambulance care attendants had been trained and certified to operate the defibrillators
|April 8, 2008||Second week of April 1988: |
Council adopted five amendments to its bylaw to regulate signs in the city but it appeared unlikely that the changes would greatly reduce the number of requests council would receive from business and industry for amendments in the application of the bylaw.
|April 3, 2008||EVENTS FROM 20 YEARS AGO |
The Cambridge Memorial Hospital launched a public awareness campaign as it faced a fiscal year-end operating budget deficit of $1.6-million.
|March 25, 2008||Fourth week of March 1988: |
Twenty-seven months after Toyota announced that the company would be building its Canadian car assembly plant in Cambridge the servicing agreements on the 400-acre site, and another 400-acre site adjoining the Toyota property, were finally completed.
|March 18, 2008||Third week of March 1988: |
The city had asked the provincial Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) to investigate the possibility of stocking the Grand River with migratory trout and salmon to establish a sport fishery as part of its master plan for fisheries in the area. The MNR district biologist noted that while it was theoretically feasible to stock
|February 26, 2008||Fourth week of February 1988: |
Jack Etherton, dubbed "Mr. Theatre" for his longtime support of and work with the Galt Little Theatre, died of a heart attack. He was 64. The "Jack E. Awards" that recognize excellence in Galt Little Theatre productions were later created and named in his honour.
|February 21, 2008||Third week of February 1988: |
Cambridge Memorial Hospital was among 22 institutions in Ontario under investigation by the province.
|Archives - Fonds Description - Section A||City of Cambridge Archives Fonds Description||2012-10-03||PDF 412Kb|
|Archives - Fonds Description - Section B||City of Cambridge Archives Fonds Description||2012-10-02||PDF 492Kb|
|Archives - Fonds Description - Section C||City of Cambridge Archives Fonds Description||2012-10-01||PDF 425Kb|
|Archives - Fonds Description - Section D||City of Cambridge Archives Fonds Description||2012-09-28||PDF 381Kb|
|Archives - Fonds Description - Section E||City of Cambridge Archives Fonds Description||2012-09-27||PDF 266Kb|
|Archives - Fonds Description - Section F||City of Cambridge Archives Fonds Description||2012-09-26||PDF 386Kb|
|Archives - Fonds Description - Section G||City of Cambridge Archives Fonds Description||2012-09-25||PDF 328Kb|
|History on the Grand Program||The 2011 program for History on the Grand has been released.||2011-07-27||PDF 108Kb|
|History on the Grand Registration Form||Fill out the registration form to reserve a place at History on the Grand. Pre-registration is encouraged.||2011-07-27||PDF 183Kb|
|History on the Grand Site and Parking Map||The map parking map shows the location of Cambridge City Hall, 50 Dickson St. Cambridge, the site of History on the Grand 2011 and parking in the city hall area. Because of our active Farmers' Market parking in the Market lot between the Market building and historic city hall will not be available until after 1:00 PM. Participants are encouraged to park in the lot north of the new city hall at 50 Dickson St. or in the Beverly Street lot.||2011-04-07||PDF 455Kb|
|Freedom of Information Request Form||Access/Correction Request Form - Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy - (FOI)||2011-03-11||PDF 32Kb|
|City of Cambridge Municipal Freedom of Information Manual||The Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA) provides a means by which members of the public can obtain access to information in city files. It should be recognized that this is not an absolute right and there are times when the municipality may legitimately withhold information. MFIPPA also provides the right of any individual to see his/her own personal information and to correct it if necessary. This manual is designed to provide the general public with the information on the municipality's records system and the information needed to initiate a request for information, including their own personal information. It also provides information on related issues such as fees involved and the appeal process should your request be denied. The manual lays out the rights of citizens to request and the obligations of the municipality both to provide information whenever possible and to protect from unreasonable disclosure any personal information the city may hold. The manual also includes a list, arranged by department, of all the personal information banks created by city staff to administer various programs. Most often information is available for the asking. MFIPPA should be used only if verbal requests for information have not been successful||2011-03-10||PDF 1100Kb|
|Boileau||Paper presented to the 2009 Symposium||2010-08-03||PDF 1757Kb|
|Bowmanville Foundry History on the Grand 2009||Paper presented to the 2009 Symposium||2010-08-03||PDF 93Kb|
|Fittings Malleable History on the Grand 2009||Paper presented to the 2009 Symposium||2010-08-03||PDF 294Kb|
|Mills Sugar Beets||Paper presented to the 2009 Symposium||2010-08-03||PDF 40Kb|
|Nash Chambers at the Confluence of Two Rivers||Paper presented to the 2009 Symposium||2010-08-03||PDF 61Kb|
|Nothing Ventured||Paper presented to the 2009 Symposium||2010-08-03||PDF 161Kb|
|Quirk Paper for History on the Grand Conference||Paper presented to the 2009 Symposium||2010-08-03||PDF 43Kb|
|Rees Cambridge Talk||Paper presented to the 2009 Symposium||2010-08-03||PDF 19Kb|
|Suchan Lakefront Memories||Paper presented to the 2009 Symposium||2010-08-03||PDF 230Kb|
|Rees History Talk||Presented at the 2009 Symposium||2010-08-03||PDF 6743Kb|
|"Beyond Bricks and Mortar: Business History as Local History Through the use of Oral Interviews"||Oral history, to the uninitiated, sounds like a painful procedure a dentist might perform. In fact oral history is a way of doing history, a way of collecting evidence, of engaging with the past, and unique to oral history, a way to truly dialogue with historical figures.||2008-06-10||PDF 131Kb|
|Remembering Pilkington: Pleasures and Perils of Public History||Since it's publication by the Wellington County Historical Society in November |
of 2006, Remembering Pilkington Township: Lives, Loves and Labour enjoyed brisk
sales and positive feedback.
|The Kitchener Industrial Artifacts Project||The simultaneous demolition of the Seagram Distillery and Labatts Brewery complexes in the core of Waterloo not only removed a major portion of the city's industrial infrastructure, but also quite literally opened up a new horizon, creating an effect that was quite startling, especially for those who had lived in the city for some length of time.||2008-06-10||PDF 68Kb|
|The Grand River Naval Depot||In the early months of the War of 1812, British forces had control of Lake Erie, |
Lake Ontario, and the St. Lawrence River System.
|Airing Dirty Laundry: The Public Controversy Surrounding Church Union in Knox's (Galt) Presbyterian Church||On June 10, 1925 there occurred a massive split within the Presbyterian Church in Canada(PCC). On that date, the government of Canada legislated into existence The United Church of Canada(UCC), a new denomination created from the merger of three others: the Congregational Union of Canada, the Methodist Church and the PCC.||2008-06-10||PDF 208Kb|
|Bier to Bayerisch: Kitchener-Waterloo's Oktoberfest Inc.||"If you drink, you'll die. If you don't drink, you'll die. So drink!" was the motto emblazoned on Concordia Club's first posters advertising the 1967 festival's main draw: beer.||2008-06-10||PDF 183Kb|
|Public History Internship Reflective Essay||The purpose of this paper is to reflect on the practical applications of public history theory and how it related to the work I conducted for the Status of Designations Committee of the Historic Sites of Monuments Board of Canada(HSMBC).||2008-06-10||PDF 163Kb|
|A Natural History of Cambridge, Ontario||This paper reviews the major natural environmental factors that have been determinants of the character and settlement of Cambridge, Ontario.||2008-06-10||PDF 1759Kb|
|The Scottish-Canadian Community in Toronto: Class, Gender & Identity, 1871-1914||Surprisingly little work has been done on the Scottish immigrant community of |
Toronto and that groups' expressed identities during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries despite the existence of numerous Scottish ethnic associations and two Scottish-Canadian newspaper publications.
|New Perspectives: Approaching Public History with Artistic Licence||I became a historian because I wanted to tell stories from the past. This may |
sound overly simplistic (and it is), but it is also true. My desire to tell these stories was in response to a wider goal that most historians can relate to: namely how did we get here, and what does it mean to be here?
|Archives Collections September 2012||A PDF overview of the full archive collections list. The collections list is 30 pages in length and describes all the record groups used by the Archives along with the types of documents that can found in each record group.||2003-06-17||PDF 810Kb|
|Genealogical Resources||A PDF overview of the material useful for genealogy research located in the archives. The collections list is 4 pages in length and describes all the collections at the Archives that are useful for genealogists in the search for relatives who lived in Galt, Preston, Hespeler, Blair or Cambridge.||2003-06-17||PDF 29Kb|