This Month at Council: Clair-Maltby, Lafarge, and an Emergency Meeting

Everything was proceeding normally for this month at council. We had the Committee of the Whole, we had the planning meeting, and then we had COVID, and all the best laid plans fell apart. Since at this point it seems unlikely that we’ll get another council meeting before May, this might be the monthly recap of council you will get for a while. Continue reading “This Month at Council: Clair-Maltby, Lafarge, and an Emergency Meeting”

This Month at Council: Dog Parks and Skyscrappers

February was the cruelest month if you’re a fan of leash-free dog park facilities in Guelph. City Council began the month by cancelling a previously approved plan for fenced-in, leash-free dog facilities in area parks, and ended the month by swiftly undoing that move. In between, there was some concern about how high Guelph is building. Continue reading “This Month at Council: Dog Parks and Skyscrappers”

This Month at Council: Our Energy, Carbon Tax, and Two New Apartment Projects

Council began 2020 slowly, but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t anything of consequence discussed. From a new program to retrofit homes, to a potential concern with an Official Plan Amendment, and two new interesting apartment developments, here’s a look what happened in January around the horseshoe. Continue reading “This Month at Council: Our Energy, Carbon Tax, and Two New Apartment Projects”

This Month at Council: Budget Complete and Other Unfinished Business

Guelph City Council finished the year by passing one of the toughest budgets of the last several years, and by looking ahead to new tech changes at City Hall in the new year. At the same time, there were still a few contentious planning matters left to tie off. Here’s the look back at December around the horseshoe. Continue reading “This Month at Council: Budget Complete and Other Unfinished Business”

This Month at Council: Troubles on Gordon, Social Housing Debate, and Mostly the Budget

November was a busy month at city council with some very long debates about housing and the 2020 budget. From harm reduction housing to the allocation of five new buses to the passage of the 2020 Capital Budget, let’s look back at the very long month in the council chambers. Continue reading “This Month at Council: Troubles on Gordon, Social Housing Debate, and Mostly the Budget”

This Month at Council: Budget Begins, Real Estate, and the Shortest Meeting Ever!

This month saw an increase in the time spent in the council chambers as the 2020 budget process got underway with two presentations. In other areas there was some high drama about a high-rise, and some questions about an elaborate new city building project in a marathon Election Night meeting of council. For everything else, here’s the council recap for October. Continue reading “This Month at Council: Budget Begins, Real Estate, and the Shortest Meeting Ever!”

POST-VIEW: What Happened at the City Council Meeting on October 21?

In a special third Monday meeting, that also happened to take place on Election Day, city council decided about taking the next steps to building a combined operations campus on Dunlop Road. It’s okay, it’s only a $200 million decision! You can read the Politico preview for this meeting here, see the amended agenda here, and you can read the complete recap below. Continue reading “POST-VIEW: What Happened at the City Council Meeting on October 21?”

This Month at Council: Procedural Changes, Libraries Saved, and Pool Mourning

City Council came back from the summer break with a very busy agenda that included the long-awaited Strategic Plan, some controversial changes to the Procedural Bylaw, and the early closure of the pool at Centennial C.V.I. And there was one more thing, what was that? Oh yeah, the Baker District Redevelopment and the new main library! Continue reading “This Month at Council: Procedural Changes, Libraries Saved, and Pool Mourning”

Committee of the Whole Post-view: What Happened at the March 5 Meeting?

It was a packed meeting of presentations and updates for smaller than ordinary Committee-of-the-Whole meeting. You can revisit the Guelph Politico preview of the meeting here, and you can follow the complete live blog here. Continue reading “Committee of the Whole Post-view: What Happened at the March 5 Meeting?”

Committee-of-the-Whole Post-view: What Happened at the January 15 Meeting?

It was a contentious and surprisingly lengthy first meeting of the Committee-of-the-Whole for 2018 as topics from Governance and Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise were debated. This is the first of what will be a series of “Post-views” by Politico for council meetings, a recap of the meeting in the similar format of the regular preview post for each meeting. Continue reading “Committee-of-the-Whole Post-view: What Happened at the January 15 Meeting?”