The New “Gone Guelph”: Businesses Lost to the COVID Pandemic

Guelph artist in residence Jenny Mitchell has for years produced a series of shirts and merch called “Gone Guelph“, a time capsule of beloved Royal City businesses and institutions that are no longer with us. Memorable or not, Guelph has lost a lot of businesses to the COVID-19 pandemic this year, and this post on Guelph Politico has been set up to memorialize them. Continue reading “The New “Gone Guelph”: Businesses Lost to the COVID Pandemic”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for September 21, 2020

It’s an emergency council meeting! You can click here for the amended agenda 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: City Council Meeting for September 21, 2020”

CITY PAGES: Re-Openings, Board Openings, and Emergency Funds

The City of Guelph puts out a lot of information on a weekly basis, and while it all ends up on the City’s website somewhere, wouldn’t it be easier to just scroll through it all on one easy-to-read article on Guelph Politico here…? Continue reading “CITY PAGES: Re-Openings, Board Openings, and Emergency Funds”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the September 28 Meeting?

This month of September should wrap up with precious little controversy at city council as we once again revisit items from Committee of the Whole, get an update on the implementation of the Strategic Plan, and discuss a couple of motions from other councillors about on-street parking and help for community groups. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the September 28 Meeting?”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the September 21 Meeting?

This Monday was supposed to be an off-night for city council, but at almost literally the eleventh hour, Mayor Cam Guthrie will bring council together to decide if there will be an immediate future for the Downtown Dining District after Monday night. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the September 21 Meeting?”

Guthrie Calls Emergency Meeting to Save the Dining District

Mayor Cam Guthrie called an emergency meeting of city council for Monday at 6 pm to discuss extending the end date for the Downtown Dining District. The district is currently schedule to close on Monday, but an open letter from the people running expanded patio service there threatened immediate job losses if they’re not allowed to continue for a few more weeks. Continue reading “Guthrie Calls Emergency Meeting to Save the Dining District”

RECAP: Many, Many Questions About Supportive Housing at Ward 2 Town Hall

The news that Parkview Motel might be turned into supportive housing was the subject for the entire two-hour town hall hosted by Ward 2 Councillors James Gordon and Rodrigo Goller on Thursday evening. Drop In Centre executive director Gail Hoekstra and a series of special guests took questions from the NIMBYs, YIMBYs, and everyone in between. Here’s the recap… Continue reading “RECAP: Many, Many Questions About Supportive Housing at Ward 2 Town Hall”

AGG and Guelph Museums Get Federal Money for BIPOC Programming

Two local cultural institutions are getting a big assist from the Federal government. In a virtual announcement today, Guelph Member of Parliament Lloyd Longfield announced on behalf of Minister of Canadian Heritage Steven Guilbeault that the Art Gallery of Guelph and the Guelph Civic Museum will receive $100,000 from the Federal government. The funds will help support BIPOC programing, and assist with their safe re-opening. Continue reading “AGG and Guelph Museums Get Federal Money for BIPOC Programming”

Ford Still Fighting to Stop Release of Mandate Letters

The Progressive Conservatives were elected by Ontarians over two years, which puts us more than halfway through their mandate. Things have changed a lot in those last two years, but the one thing that hasn’t changed is that the PC government under Premier Doug Ford doesn’t want you to see the mandate letters issued back in June 2018. Continue reading “Ford Still Fighting to Stop Release of Mandate Letters”

GUELPH POLITICAST #238 – The Future of Parkview

At the August 24 city council meeting, money from the affordable housing reserve was given to the St. Joseph’s Housing Corporation to help complete a project to provide 65 affordable units to seniors. As a delegate at that meeting, the executive director of the Drop In Centre announced that her non-profit was working on a deal of its own for supportive housing, and that became the story. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #238 – The Future of Parkview”