MANGEZ! Dine Safe Guide for September 16-30, 2017

Twice-monthly, Guelph Politico posts the latest inspection results from the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health Unit inspection of local restaurants, hotels, cafes, grocery stores and other businesses that handle food. We call it “Mangez!”, and this column highlights the latest inspections done by WDGPH, and the results they’ve posted. Continue reading “MANGEZ! Dine Safe Guide for September 16-30, 2017”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the October 5 Meeting?

The strange case of the future of Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc continues next Thursday with a special, albeit closed, meeting of the shareholders of Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc., AKA: city council.

Here’s what’s on the agenda:

C-GMHI-2017.3 Strategies and Options Committee –Recommendation on Potential Mergers

Section 239 (2)(f) of the Municipal Act related to advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege, including communications necessary for that purpose.

C-GMHI-2017.4 Project Governance and Budget: Negotiating Team

Section 239 (2)(f) of the Municipal Act related to advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege, including communications necessary for that purpose.

Do not look for any hard and fast details to come out of the closed session; the argument likely being that the details of whatever’s going on is far too sensitive right now, and in a purely theoretical state.

What’s clear though is that 1) the Strategies and Options Committee has a merger option (or options) that they’d like to present to council, and 2) this is far enough along that they’re looking to create an official team of negotiators. Who will take on that effort? At the last meeting on this matter, councillors were barred from sitting on the GHESI board until this process is complete, so will councillors be allowed to take part in the negotiations? Will members of the SOC?

More important than that, will there be some kind of public announcement after the closed meeting? The next special meeting of the GMHI board will not be held until December 13, so hopefully.

This Week in Press Releases – September 18-22, 2017

Every week, the City of Guelph and other groups send out notices to announce new events, imperatives, and information that you need to know. Here is this week in press releases. Continue reading “This Week in Press Releases – September 18-22, 2017”

Follow-Up: CUPE Still Preparing For a Fight on Private Waste Collection

Monday’s special council meeting brought the first report of the City’s first service review, and members of Guelph’s labour community were spoiling for a fight over privatization. The topic didn’t come up too often in conversation around the horseshoe, but the president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 241 isn’t letting his guard down. Continue reading “Follow-Up: CUPE Still Preparing For a Fight on Private Waste Collection”

GUELPH POLITICAST #96 – June Hofland on the Lafarge Site

What was once an oasis from urban sprawl, a developed piece of land that nature had reclaimed from a century of industry, is once again a big empty field ready for construction. For over a decade, the area residents that enjoyed this natural space, and its tress and trails, have been dreading this moment, and the journey is far from over. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #96 – June Hofland on the Lafarge Site”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for September 18, 2017

The first report from the first service review comes to council for discussion tonight. You can click here for the agenda from City Hall, and you can click here to read Politico’s preview of tonight’s meeting. For the complete blow-by-blow of tonight’s council meeting, you can follow me on Twitter, or follow along below via Storify. Continue reading “LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for September 18, 2017”

Scientology Coming to Guelph?

If certain sources are to be believed, the answer is yes. Edward Pickersgill, who runs a mobile version of the Out of Poverty Centre just outside its old headquarters at 40 Baker Street, says that the Church of Scientology has rented the entire building, and they’re moving in. Continue reading “Scientology Coming to Guelph?”

MANGEZ! Dine Safe Guide for September 1-15, 2017

Twice-monthly, Guelph Politico posts the latest inspection results from the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health Unit inspection of local restaurants, hotels, cafes, grocery stores and other businesses that handle food. We call it “Mangez!”, and this column highlights the latest inspections done by WDGPH, and the results they’ve posted. Continue reading “MANGEZ! Dine Safe Guide for September 1-15, 2017”