CoW: WDG Public Health is Outpacing Ontario and Canada on Vaccine Rollout

At Monday’s Committee of the Whole meeting members of city council will receive another update about the region’s COVID-19 response, and that includes vaccine distribution. While there’s been a lot of talk about issues with supply, Committee will hear that Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph is actually doing better than Ontario and Canada at getting shots into arms. Continue reading “CoW: WDG Public Health is Outpacing Ontario and Canada on Vaccine Rollout”

Longfield Announces $76,000 in New Funding for Black Heritage Society

The weekend marks the end of February, which also means the end of Black Heritage Month. Marking the occasion, Guelph MP Lloyd Longfield announced two new grants for the Guelph Black Heritage Society, money that will help GBHS improve their Heritage Hall headquarters on Essex Street, and other funds that will help the group expand their virtual programming. Continue reading “Longfield Announces $76,000 in New Funding for Black Heritage Society”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the March 8 Meeting?

It’s another busy planning meeting for city council with this time only three statutory planning meetings, plus an additional bit of city planning. If you like supportive housing, high density, and the layout of employment lands in the eastern end of the city, then this is a good meeting for you, and you will definitely want to tune in, or follow along with the tweets. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the March 8 Meeting?”

RECAP: COVID, Housing, and Environment Are Major Concerns from Schreiner Town Hall

The above picture is from the good old days when Guelph MPP Mike Schreiner could have a town hall with people in person. On Wednesday evening, Schreiner took part in a wide-ranging town hall discussion by phone, and his office pegs the number of participants at around 4,400 people, which would be hard to do in-person under “normal” circumstances.   Continue reading “RECAP: COVID, Housing, and Environment Are Major Concerns from Schreiner Town Hall”

GUELPH POLITICAST #262 – The View From the GRCA Board

It’s a difficult time for conservation authorities across Ontario. Pandemic? Yeah, that’s part of it. Conservation authorities can’t take part in their usual programming, and they’ve lost normally dependable funds because of that, plus there are all the new precautions they have to take in areas of their parks that are open. But that’s just the beginning of the current headaches for conservation authorities. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #262 – The View From the GRCA Board”

Aisha Jahangir Returns as NDP Candidate for TBD Election

There’s a Federal Election coming, but we don’t know when. It could be anytime because that is the nature of a minority government, and even in a pandemic, the possibility exists that the government will fall at any moment, even by its own hand. When that happens, local political parties will need candidates, and the Guelph NDP now has there’s. As a bonus, she already has experience running as a Federal candidate. Continue reading “Aisha Jahangir Returns as NDP Candidate for TBD Election”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for February 22, 2021

There’s not much to do this week but approve Committee of the Whole reports. 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 February 22, 2021”

Committee of the Whole Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the March 1 Meeting?

March begins with a Committee of the Whole meeting, and there’s going to be a lot of work to cover at this first council meeting of the month. There’s going to be a lot of reports from Governance to consider, plus a big report about this summer’s patio program, and the quarterly update about the City and Public Health’s COVID-19 response. In terms of council work, March is coming in like a lion! Continue reading “Committee of the Whole Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the March 1 Meeting?”

RECAP: Staff Lays Out the Potential Future for York/Elizabeth

The Ward has seen lot of changes over the years and decades, but the City of Guelph is looking towards at least one more change in the years to come. On Thursday night, City planning staff hosted a virtual town hall to give residents a run down about all the work that they’ve done so far with the new land use plan for this complicated area in Ward 1, and are inviting people to offer feedback for at least one more week. Continue reading “RECAP: Staff Lays Out the Potential Future for York/Elizabeth”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for February 17, 2021

Tonight, we will talk about mail-in ballots. 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 February 17, 2021”