RECAP: The Ward 6 Town Hall Overcomes Technical Difficulties

Wednesday night’s town hall with the Ward 6 city councillors will  probably go down in history based more on the technological hiccups suffered than the number of issues discussed, but the difficulties also showed the dedication of a small group of citizens who wanted to talk about the budget, and Ward 6 business. Check out the recap below. Continue reading “RECAP: The Ward 6 Town Hall Overcomes Technical Difficulties”

Schreiner Re-Introduces Private Members Legislation

It seems like only yesterday (but it was actually February 2019) when Guelph MPP and Green Party of Ontario leader Mike Schreiner introduced his first private members bill. The Paris Galt Moraine Conservation Act made it past second reading, but when Premier Doug Ford prorogued the legislature this past summer, all bills in the works were cancelled. In fact, he’s daring the Ontario government to pass it. Continue reading “Schreiner Re-Introduces Private Members Legislation”

GUELPH POLITICAST #299 – How ARCH Goes Beyond the “A”

Despite the wealth of healthcare resources in our city, there’s one group that has been dedicated to helping those who have fallen through the cracks for more than three decades now, and their business has continued to boom because of the COVID-19 pandemic. So here, on the eve of this year’s World AIDS Day, we’ll look at how HIV is only where ARCH’s story begins. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #299 – How ARCH Goes Beyond the “A””

RECAP: City of Guelph Exec Team Answers Budget Questions in Town Hall

In a little over a week, city council will be asked to make some pretty big decisions about the 2022 and 2023 Guelph Budget. On Tuesday night, the chief administrative officer, his three deputies, and the City’s treasurer got together on stage at the River Run Centre for a live virtual town hall to answer people’s question about this difficult and multifaceted budget. So what were people interested in talking about? The recap is below. Continue reading “RECAP: City of Guelph Exec Team Answers Budget Questions in Town Hall”

Kid Doses of COVID Vaccine Have Landed at Public Health

It’s the moment many people have been waiting for, the arrival of the child-sized doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines. In a quick media statement Tuesday evening, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health announced that they’ve received their first doses of the vaccine meant for kids, and they will start giving them out on Thursday. That’s a good thing because there are a lot of eager people waiting to get their kids a shot. Continue reading “Kid Doses of COVID Vaccine Have Landed at Public Health”

Guelph Police Warn of Another Bitcoin Scam Going Around

Bitcoin. All the cool criminals are using it. Again, the Guelph Police Service are warning members of the public to beware of scams where people are posing as government agencies and demanding payment with cryptocurrency, specifically Bitcoin. Sadly, it’s not the first time this year that someone’s lost a lot of money from a scam like this, but police want it to be the last. Continue reading “Guelph Police Warn of Another Bitcoin Scam Going Around”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for November 22, 2021

There’s some unfinished business on trailers and voting methods. 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: City Council Meeting for November 22, 2021”

A Tale of Two Protests: Saturday Marches for Indigenous Rights and Freedom (!)

It was a grey and chilly Saturday afternoon, the downtown streets had the usual kinds of people milling about grabbing a bit or doing a bit of shopping, but the real action was political this weekend. At noon, it was the supporters of the First Nations land defenders in the Wet’suwet’en territory, and then later it was time for the Guelph Freedom Rally, one of the largest local gatherings yet for the COVID-19 skeptical. Continue reading “A Tale of Two Protests: Saturday Marches for Indigenous Rights and Freedom (!)”

POLICE NOTES: Taxi Ride, Twice Impounded, and Is This Your Stuff?

There are 137,000 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 gong 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: Taxi Ride, Twice Impounded, and Is This Your Stuff?”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the December 2 Meeting?

This is the moment council’s either been waiting for or dreading depending on their priorities. December begins with the final decision for the 2022-2023 Guelph budget, the first multiyear budget and the last budget before the next election. There’s a lot of hard work ahead, and it’s probably going to be a long meeting for council as they try to add everything up. Here’s what they’re up against… Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the December 2 Meeting?”