Committee of the Whole Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the October 4 Meeting?

October’s Committee of the Whole Meeting will undoubtedly carry a hint of familiarity for careful council watchers. Remember that property owner that wanted some trees gone? They’re back, and so is the City’s quest to bring under-performing real estate assets under control, and a couple of key pieces of bookkeeping. Plus, Committee will consider its first every petition policy. Continue reading “Committee of the Whole Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the October 4 Meeting?”

Museum Planning Truth & Reconciliation Day Activities and Culture Days

Next week, the City of Guelph, it’s people, and people in communities across Canada will mark the first ever National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. We might have already heard about a number of activities being hosted by the Rotary Club of Guelph, but the City is also planning some events through the Guelph Civic Museum. Continue reading “Museum Planning Truth & Reconciliation Day Activities and Culture Days”

Guelph Libraries Want to End Fines in 2022

We’ve all at some point suffered the humiliation and judgement of paying overdue fees at the public library, but the Guelph Public Library Board of Directors have an idea: What if you don’t have to pay overdue fees any more? That beautiful dream might become a reality in January if the City of Guelph endorses the budget just approved by the library board. No more library fines starting New Year’s Day 2022. Continue reading “Guelph Libraries Want to End Fines in 2022”

LIVE BLOG: Committee of the Whole Meeting for September 22, 2021

We start to enter the final phase of the Clair-Maltby Secondary Plan’s development. You can click here for the amended agendas from City Hall, and you can click here for the Politico preview. For the complete blow-by-blow of today’s council meeting, you can follow along on Twitter, or follow the tweets below. You can also watch the City’s own live-stream of the meeting here. Continue reading “LIVE BLOG: Committee of the Whole Meeting for September 22, 2021”

GUELPH POLITICAST #290 – Election Night in Guelph 2021!

It came and went, and now it’s over. The 2021 Federal Election belongs to the ages now, history was made with Canada’s pandemic election, and the decision of the Canadian people was that the government they elected in 2019 is the government they want to remain in charge, at least for now. All of this unfolded in four hours of completely unrehearsed radio madness on your campus and community radio station. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #290 – Election Night in Guelph 2021!”

Guelph Joins Nation-wide Trend of Voting for the Status Quo

After 36 days of campaigning and promises, Canadians, as a nation, seemed to have one singular thought: The government is working exactly the way we want. On Monday, Canadians went to the polls and voted for a government that looked very much like the government that was dissolved on August 16, and Guelph and area kept up with that trend returning many incumbents back to their seats in Ottawa. Continue reading “Guelph Joins Nation-wide Trend of Voting for the Status Quo”

U of G, Campus Police, and GPS All Warning People About (Non-COVID) Safety Issues on Campus

Heading into September, the big safety concern for the University of Guelph campus was around COVID-19, but news breaking from both the Guelph Police Service and campus police over the weekend warned students about another, sadly familiar, safety concern. The police in the city, and on campus, as well as the U of G admin are warning people to keep an eye on their drinks because “suspicious substances” are also flowing. Continue reading “U of G, Campus Police, and GPS All Warning People About (Non-COVID) Safety Issues on Campus”

Events Planned for Guelph’s First National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 30 will mark the first ever National Day for Truth and Reconciliation across Canada, and here in Guelph. The Rotary Club of Guelph, and their Indigenous
Awareness Committee, are preparing a variety of different events and activities to help Guelphites mark this important day, from movies, to special guests speakers and even a free book if you want it. Get ready to mark National Day for Truth and Reconciliation all week long! Continue reading “Events Planned for Guelph’s First National Day for Truth and Reconciliation”

City of Guelph Lays Out Vaccine Certification Rules at City Facilities

Ontario’s new vaccine certification program starts on Wednesday, but businesses aren’t the only ones who will now have to make sure those coming into their space are fully vaccinated. On Wednesday, the City of Guelph will take part in the new vaccine certificate program as people enter City facilities. Yes, to get into some City of Guelph programs and buildings next week, you will need to show your vaccinated. Continue reading “City of Guelph Lays Out Vaccine Certification Rules at City Facilities”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the September 27 Meeting?

September’s city council meeting schedule wraps up with what might be a brief virtual gathering, at least for the open session. Council will revisit the agenda from the Committee of the Whole meeting (if anybody is interested in revisiting any of those items), and they will also name the five members of a committee handling some very important, and delicate, council business. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the September 27 Meeting?”