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”

Public Health Unveils Next Phase of Vaccine Rollout Plan

Many areas of Ontario, including Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph, re-opened from the state of emergency on Tuesday. On that same day, Public Health unveiled its plan for a regional vaccine clinics, approved by Ontario’s COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force, that will go into effect once additional vaccine resources become available. For most people in the region, this is the plan that will get them their jabs. Continue reading “Public Health Unveils Next Phase of Vaccine Rollout Plan”

GUELPH POLITICAST #261 – The Impossible Return of Con-G

From 2009 to 2014, a group of University of Guelph students who were fans of gaming, comics, anime and other geeky things organized a yearly winter convention designed to bring people together and share their passions. It was perfect in its way, but all good things must come to an end, but sometimes they come back, and they come back at the most surprising times. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #261 – The Impossible Return of Con-G”

Belleville’s Transit Manger Touts On-Demand Transit Experience

On-demand transit is coming to Guelph this spring, and that may sound scary for people who take transit because they’re not generally predisposed to accepting change. On Tuesday night, the Transit Action Alliance of Guelph (TAAG) hosted a webinar with Paul Buck, the Manager of Transit Operations for the City Belleville. His town has instituted a transit on-demand option, and he thinks it works pretty well. Continue reading “Belleville’s Transit Manger Touts On-Demand Transit Experience”