GUELPH POLITICAST #159 – Guelph Stuff (Parkland, DCs, Transit and Students)

Contentious meetings about development charges and parkland, demands for improved transit, a fight between students and the provincial government about post-secondary funding. Discussions about issues this contentious demands a couple of straight shooters respected on all sides. It’s time for another “Guelph Stuff!”

This week on the podcast, we’re joined again by Guelph Politico contributor Eli Ridder as we tackle some recent news items from the Royal City. We call this free-flowing discussion of Guelph topics, “Guelph Stuff,” and we try to do it on a semi-monthly basis. (The last one was pod #153 on December 29 FYI.)

The first topic this month is money matters. Both the Development Charges update and the Parkland Dedication Bylaw update came forward last month at city council, and both generated significant interest from citizens. How did the meetings play out and were people satisfied by the outcomes?

Then, there’s the matter of the Guelph Transit Service Review. The review was long in the works, and there were many promises made in its name in terms of resolve the transit service’s many issues, but the results that came back though were hardly surprising. Where will the transit debate go now, and what does one councillor’s “failure” with the transit challenge tell us about the bus service in Guelph?

And finally, the Ontario government has caused a kind of kerfuffle with post-secondary students in this province with proposed changes to OSAP, tuition cuts, and opt-outs of certain student fees. Since Eli is a current post-secondary student, the University of Guelph-Humber to be precise, he will provide valuable insight into how students are being affect by the changes, and the protest of said changes.

So let’s dig into some “Guelph Stuff” on this week’s edition of the Guelph Politicast!

Stay tuned for more coverage of the fight for post-secondary funding, and all the latest Guelph news here on Guelph Politico. “Guelph Stuff” will return sometime next month.

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