LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for June 29, 2020

There are just a few things for council to settle before the start of July. 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 June 29, 2020”

Police Investigating a Cough Attack at Market Square

Since Guelph started Stage 2 of Ontario’s economic re-opening plan, there have been a couple of disturbing incidents involving people coughing on employees in area stores. Now the trend has extended to re-opened City amenities with the report of an incident at Market Square from the weekend that someone intentionally coughed on a City of Guelph employee at the wading pool on Sunday. Continue reading “Police Investigating a Cough Attack at Market Square”

MANGEZ! Dine Safe Guide for March 16-June 30, 2020

It’s back! Typically, and 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 March 16-June 30, 2020”

RECAP: Cobey Promises Change in Ward 2 Town Hall on Policing

Before the start of the pandemic, there was a town hall scheduled by the Ward 2 City Councillors Rodrigo Goller and James Gordon to talk about safety and policing in Guelph with Police Chief Gord Cobey. COVID-19 cancelled that in-person meeting at the Evergreen Seniors’ Centre, but a couple of months later, the virtual version of that same town hall seemed even more well-timed as about 40 people wanted to talk about issues of racism. Continue reading “RECAP: Cobey Promises Change in Ward 2 Town Hall on Policing”

City of Guelph Receives $100,000 for Tourism-Based Economic Recovery

There’s really no measurement for which industry has been hit the worst because of COVID-19, but not being able to leave your home the last couple of months has meant not only could you not go anywhere in town, but you really couldn’t go anywhere in anyone else’s town either. The Federal government is looking to do their part to help encourage tourism again as areas continue to re-open in the weeks to come, and Guelph is a recipient of some of that new funding. Continue reading “City of Guelph Receives $100,000 for Tourism-Based Economic Recovery”

City Hires a New Chief Planner to Carry Out Heavy Agenda

The Chief Planner is a pretty big hole to fill in the roster of City Hall senior staff, especially when there’s so much planning to do, even in the midst of a global pandemic. Well, that important position is no longer vacant as the City of Guelph announced Friday that they’ve filled the substantial shoes of the City’s now retired Chief Planner. Continue reading “City Hires a New Chief Planner to Carry Out Heavy Agenda”

Guelph & District Labour Council Supports Call for More Money

For the last several weeks, various advocacy groups have been making the case that Canada’s municipalities desperately need bailout money from upper levels of government to avoid service cuts at the end of the year. In an open letter sent to Guelph Politico from the President of the Guelph & District Labour Council, that group is adding their voices to the call. Continue reading “Guelph & District Labour Council Supports Call for More Money”

GUELPH POLITICAST #227 – Guelph Stuff (BLM, COVID-19, and Tabbara)

There’s been a lot of news in Guelph lately, maybe too much news, so we’re all going to take a minute, or 60, on this week’s podcast to bring some analysis and a recap of all the happenings in this sorted little ‘burb called the Royal City. It’s time for another entry in the great Guelph Stuff punditry franchise. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #227 – Guelph Stuff (BLM, COVID-19, and Tabbara)”

School Board Endorses Police Presence Task Force Creation

A discussion held over from last week’s special meeting of the Upper Grand District School Board was no less easier to resolve seven days later. At Tuesday evening’s virtual meeting of the Board, the creation of a new task force to look at police presence in schools was debated, and so was the first attempt by the Board to due outreach on the subject with a proposed town hall that’s now going to take place in September. Continue reading “School Board Endorses Police Presence Task Force Creation”

The City of Guelph Sets Dates on Re-Opening Some Facilities

Earlier this week at the COVID-19 response meeting of city council, senior staff discussed the plans to start the re-opening of City facilities in the weeks to come. On Friday, a list of dates were released and you can now mark your calendar for when you can start enjoying splash pads, pools, and even public washrooms again across Guelph again. Continue reading “The City of Guelph Sets Dates on Re-Opening Some Facilities”