If you liked trees and tax policy, then this was the Committee of the Whole meeting for you! The packed agenda saw just about every service areas get some time in the spotlight from the internal audit plan, to potential new rules for short-term rentals, to a new plan to finally get the South End Community Centre built. The big item though, naturally, was the plan to increase the city’s tree canopy. Continue reading “This Week at Council: Trees, Short-Term Rentals, and Rec Centre Back On”
Author: Adam A. Donaldson
POLICE NOTES: Snow Crashes, Man Found, and Indecent Act Arrest
There are 145,000 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 going 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: Snow Crashes, Man Found, and Indecent Act Arrest”
City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the March 22 Meeting?
How do we strengthen Guelph’s economy and bring back some of those sweet tourism dollars? This is a question that’s preoccupied the economic development offices at City Hall lately, and now city council will be brought up to speed on the progress to re-commit to the expansion of Guelph’s economy and how best we might be able to attract visitors to the city in this very special council workshop. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the March 22 Meeting?”
City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the March 21 Meeting?
After March Break, council will sit down for this month’s relatively thin planning meeting with two items on the agenda. One is about approving a plan for a seniors’ residence in the south end, but the major one concerns a pretty big piece of land. What are council’s thoughts about the work done so far on the Heritage Conservation District plan for the Ontario Reformatory Lands? We’re going to find out! Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the March 21 Meeting?”
RECAP: Committee of Adjustment Split on Turning One Property into Three
Everything at this month’s Committee of Adjustment meeting was proceeding relatively smoothly until we landed at the matter of 26 Forest Street. This project would see one house torn down and the lot it sits on split into three portions for three new homes, but that was easier said that done. How did it all turn out? Well, you will have to scroll down and consult the recap to find out… Continue reading “RECAP: Committee of Adjustment Split on Turning One Property into Three”
RECAP: Social Services Catches Up on Various Files After Missing Feb. Meeting
There was no Social Services Committee at Wellington County in February, so there was quite a bit to catch up on for March. Almost all matters of the committee got a moment in the spotlight from the ongoing issues with offload delays the hospital to the ongoing efforts to keep up with the County’s social services demands. There was a lot of information, so let’s recap what happened at the meeting with the links provided below… Continue reading “RECAP: Social Services Catches Up on Various Files After Missing Feb. Meeting”
GUELPH POLITICAST #363 – The Future of Our Food Future
It was about this time back in 2019 that Guelph and Wellington County were announced as the winners of the Smart Cities Challenge. The challenge was to develop a circular food economy that was going to reduce food waste, promote sustainable food development, and increase access to nutritious food and produce. By many metrics, the project has been a success, so what happens when the funds run out this year? Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #363 – The Future of Our Food Future”
MEETING PREVIEW: Transit Advisory Committee Meeting for March 16, 2023
Hopefully there will be no March Break for the Transit Advisory Committee. Unfortunately, the committee was unable to reach quorum at the February meeting out at the Watson Road Transit office, but back at City Hall it might be easier to bring everyone in to catch up on the work missed in February and take care of business for March. This is what’s on the agenda for the March TAC meeting… Continue reading “MEETING PREVIEW: Transit Advisory Committee Meeting for March 16, 2023”
LIVE BLOG: Committee of the Whole Meeting for March 7, 2023
Strap in for what might look like a long one! 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: Committee of the Whole Meeting for March 7, 2023”
This Week at Council: Campus Redux, Elliott Expansion, and The Pledge!
It was a very busy agenda to end February at city council. Along with the potential construction of the operations campus, the likely construction of new space at the Elliott, and the annual (albeit thin) report from the Integrity Commissioner, the big item of the night was The Pledge. Council had to endorse the Government of Ontario’s goal of building 18,000 homes by the year 2031, but they had some serious caveats. Here’s the recap… Continue reading “This Week at Council: Campus Redux, Elliott Expansion, and The Pledge!”