GUELPH POLITICAST #358 – The State of the City, A Year Ago

Every year, the Mayor of Guelph is invited to an event called the State of the City where he or she gives a speech to the members of the Chamber of Commerce about the current issues facing Guelph and how city council plans on addressing them. It once was said that to understand the future, you have to look to the past, so what was on the mayor’s mind last year when he talked to the Chamber? Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #358 – The State of the City, A Year Ago”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Workshop Meeting for January 24, 2023

Tuck in for another workshop about strategic planning. 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 Workshop Meeting for January 24, 2023”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for January 24, 2023

A brief meeting that’s one of two on this Tuesday. 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 January 24, 2023”

RECAP: Heritage Guelph Likes the OR Land Boundaries; Also Bill 23 Update

Heritage Guelph kicked off the new year with an update about a couple of key areas of concern: The Heritage Conservation District study of the Ontario Reformatory Lands, and an update about the post-Bill 23 workload for heritage staff. There was progress on both counts, especially with the HCD study which looks about ready to move on to the next phase, the phase where it comes to council! Continue reading “RECAP: Heritage Guelph Likes the OR Land Boundaries; Also Bill 23 Update”

MEETING PREVIEW: Grand River Conservation Board Meeting for January 27, 2023

The last local board or shared service committee meeting of the month is the Grand River Conservation Authority’s board meeting, and as usual there’s a lot of business to cover. This month there’s money matters with the 2023 budget, lingering concerns about the recent passage of Bill 23, and a debrief about the authority’s response to last month’s holiday winter storm. Continue reading “MEETING PREVIEW: Grand River Conservation Board Meeting for January 27, 2023”

POLICE NOTES: Sex Assaults, GPS Bust, and Snow Removal Scam

There are 145,000 stories in the Royal City, and this is some of them. Looking at a week’s worth of media releases from the Guelph Police Service, there’s a lot going on in our little city crime-wise speaking, so let’s run down some of the charges, issues, and requests for information from the Guelph Police Service over the last seven days. Continue reading “POLICE NOTES: Sex Assaults, GPS Bust, and Snow Removal Scam”

RECAP: Transit GM Gerus Tells Committee That EV Buses Will Soon Be Ready to Roll

At this point in January, you’re probably aware that each meeting of every committee is starting with some of the usual administration stuff that happens at the start of the term. However, there was a lot of meat served at this month’s gathering of the Transit Advisory Committee, and if you’re looking for some good transit news, chew on this: The first four electric buses are expected to arrive in Guelph over the next month… Continue reading “RECAP: Transit GM Gerus Tells Committee That EV Buses Will Soon Be Ready to Roll”

RECAP: Cobey Promises Lots of Data in Months to Come at Police Board Meeting

It was another short meeting of the Guelph Police Services Board this month, but Police Chief Gord Cobey promised busy times ahead as the service starts completing their annual reports now that 2022 is nearly a month into the rearview mirror. The board will be looking forward to all that information in February and March, but for January we did end up getting a new chair and vice-chair for the board. Continue reading “RECAP: Cobey Promises Lots of Data in Months to Come at Police Board Meeting”

MEETING PREVIEW: Guelph Police Services Board for January 19, 2023

The Guelph Police Services Board will get together this Thursday for the first meeting of 2023; most of the items are pretty straightforward and will be remanded to the consent agenda. In terms of business that’s under points for discussion, we will welcome the new chair and vice-chair, and we will also hear what the police chief has to say about the last 30 days! Continue reading “MEETING PREVIEW: Guelph Police Services Board for January 19, 2023”

GUELPH POLITICAST #357 – The New Kids on the Block Part 2

Next week, council will have their meeting to confirm the 2023 budget, which, on the surface, seems like a relatively ordinary and straightforward procedure, but it may be a pretty big hint at the challenges that are coming for the members of city council, old and new alike. In terms of the new, and the challenges they’ve already been facing, this seems like a good time to get to know a few more of the new council players. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #357 – The New Kids on the Block Part 2”