Committee of the Whole Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the July 4 Meeting?

In the last Committee of the Whole meeting of this term, there will be a variety of different reports to chew on from a surprising development with council’s regular schedule next term to a slate of new motions from the mayor to fight issues around mental health and homelessness. There will also be some staff recognitions, a closed meeting, and maybe a few surprises(?). Can confirm two out of three of those anyway.

NOTE #1: Delegates will be able to appear at this meeting via telephone, but you do have to register with the clerks office before 10 am on Thursday June 30 (this is a day earlier than usual because next Friday is a holiday). You can also submit written delegations and correspondences for agenda items.

NOTE #2: The meeting will be the open to the public, but if you would like to follow it from home, you will still be able to live-stream the meeting on the City of Guelph’s website here.


Grand River Conservation Authority Service Agreement Land Evaluation – Municipalities have been in the process of renegotiating service agreements with their area conservation authorities after the Provincial government change the functioning and requirements for those authorities. This will likely be an update about the process.


1) Donna Tremblay, Program Manager, Operations; Lindsay Cline, Legislative Services Supervisor/Clerk, Municipality of North Perth; Kelly Guthrie, Community Engagement Coordinator, Strategic Communication and Community Engagement; Tracy Suerich, Community Engagement Coordinator, Strategic Communication and Community Engagement; Katie Duncan, Communications Officer, Strategic Communication and Community Engagement; Dylan McMahon, Manager, Legislative Services/Deputy City Clerk; Ashley Bertolo, Marketing and Procurement Coordinator, Environmental Services; and Stephen O’Brien, General Manager City Clerk’s Office/City Clerk all receive the Silver in the Government Relations Program category for the Council Composition and Ward Boundary Review at the Canadian Public Relations Society Pinnacle Awards.

2) The same team also received the Leadership Academy Supervisors and Managers Program Recognition for Cohort #1.

3) Lori Terpstra, Program Manager, Continuous Improvement Office; Natalie Aubin, Continuous Improvement Specialist, Continuous Improvement Office; Juan da Silva, Council and Committee Coordinator, Legislative Services; and Trista Di Lullo, Council and Committee Coordinator, Committee of Adjustment/Secretary-Treasurer were recognized by the Commenting Process for Planning Applications, for consideration at the International Team Excellence Awards (ITEA).

2023 Council and Committee Meeting Schedule – This is pretty straightforward, but there’s a twist! When the new council sits this coming November, meetings will move to Tuesdays at 10 am. According to the report from the clerks office 35 per cent of meetings in 2020 and 48 per cent of meetings in 2021 adjourned later than 9 pm, and that affects the ability of all participants to make good decisions.

\But how will this effect delegations? The clerks say that the evening meetings defer to people with 9-to-5 jobs, and are impediments to people who work in the late afternoon and evenings. Plus, with the hybrid options for council delegations, it’s easier for people to participate anytime from anywhere. See the 2022-2023 council calendar here.

Terms of Reference, Transit Advisory Committee – Some administrative changes have been made to the terms of reference for this committee to bring it more in line with the City of Guelph’s Strategic Plans and updated committee policies. The Transit Advisory Committee itself approved the new terms at their May meeting.

Paramedic Service Response Performance 2021 and Performance Plan 2023 – While Guelph Wellington Paramedic Services met or exceeded targets in three out of six categories set last year by council, they were one to three points off in two categories, and in the instances of sudden cardiac arrest their actual compliance rate is 52 per cent versus the 65 per cent set by council.

According to the report, the fault falls on offload delays at hospital, which accounted for more than 4,900 hours of delays as they’re forced to care for patients while waiting to admit them at the hospital. The targets will remain unchanged as staff anticipate that the service will face more of the same pressures in 2023.

Urgent Issues Related to Homelessness, Mental Health and Addictions – Mayor Cam Guthrie will bring a slate of motions forward on matters of homelessness, mental health and addiction, including that council advocate for the Ontario government to raise Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program social assistance rates, to endorse the Ontario’s Big City Mayors call for an emergency meeting with the Province, and to add a new advisory group on downtown issues to the Mayor’s Taskforce on Homelessness and Community Safety.  There are also three motions directed to the County of Wellington for quarterly updates, to identify gaps in the shelter system, and to respond to community service providers about urgent needs.

See the complete agenda on the City of Guelph website here

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