Mercer Tells Board of Health We’re Likely to Remain Orange

The increasing number of cases of COVID-19 all over the place has people on edge, including the people that sit on the local Board of Health. On Wednesday, in their final meeting of the year, the Board heard from Medical Officer of Health Dr. Nicola Mercer who said that the dangers are real, but for those concerned about another lockdown, it’s her learned opinion that this region will stay orange. For now. Continue reading “Mercer Tells Board of Health We’re Likely to Remain Orange”

The City of Guelph is Preparing to Enter Red Level

On Friday, Guelph and its public health affiliated neighbours managed to avoid going into level Red-Control, the final condition before being forced to return to lockdown. But the numbers are not in our favour, and the City of Guelph announced Monday that they do not intend to be caught off-guard if its announced that we’re being moved into red. In other words, enjoy some indoor recreation and fitness facilities while you can. Continue reading “The City of Guelph is Preparing to Enter Red Level”

New Numbers and Asks: Some Notes Before Budget Day

On Tuesday, Guelph City Council will meet to pass the 2021 budget and the multi-year budget forecast, or they will try and be forced to meet again on Thursday to see if they can pass a budget then. Not much has changed since the initial budget presentation on November 17, but there has been some tweaking in the last few weeks, and some significant requests made by local groups. Here are some things to be aware of before Tuesday’s meeting. Continue reading “New Numbers and Asks: Some Notes Before Budget Day”

Shoes Sub for People in COVID Friendly Climate Protest

Exactly one year ago, a group of young people gathered in St. George’s Square to protest Canada’s lack of climate action, and to demand better from all levels of government. Since then, holding a protest with hundreds of people has gotten more difficult, and so has the job of getting attention for climate changes issues. Activists are forced to be more creative than ever, and that’s why if you passed by City Hall at lunch hour on Friday you saw rows and rows of shoes. Continue reading “Shoes Sub for People in COVID Friendly Climate Protest”

RECAP: The City of Guelph Shares Growth Scenarios at Town Hall

The next part of public engagement on the City of Guelph’s growth strategy unfolded on Thursday night as staff and their appointed consultants talked about what kind of growth scenarios there might be in the Royal City’s future. Can we grow fast? Should we grow slow? Should we try and squeeze more people in select areas of town, or spread out that growth? If you’re looking for answers, consult the recap below. Continue reading “RECAP: The City of Guelph Shares Growth Scenarios at Town Hall”

RECAP: Cobey Faces Tough Questions on Community Safety at Ward 1 Town Hall

From safety concerns downtown to property theft and damage in the far east end of the city, there were a lot of police issues discussed at Tuesday’s town hall meeting held by Ward 1 Councillors Dan Gibson and Bob Bell. From the impacts of COVID-19, to changes in Guelph’s crime severity index, to calls to “Defund the Police”, Police Chief Gord Cobey fielded a lot of questions, and offered a lot of answers. This is the recap… Continue reading “RECAP: Cobey Faces Tough Questions on Community Safety at Ward 1 Town Hall”

RECAP: Ward 5 Councillors Hold a Pleasant Saturday Chat on the Budget

The Ward 5 Councillors interrupted your pleasant Saturday to hold the latest town hall meeting on matters concerning the 2021 budget. Once again, members of the City of Guelph staff joined the conversation as people asked about going deeper on the budget numbers, how to navigate the new budget website, and what the financial impact of the 2021 budget might look like for your household. Continue reading “RECAP: Ward 5 Councillors Hold a Pleasant Saturday Chat on the Budget”

RECAP: Mayor & Ward 4 Councillors Talk Policing & Budget at Town Hall

It’s a known fact that Mayor Cam Guthrie got his start in politics as one of the councillors for Ward 4, and on Thursday night he virtually returned to his stomping groups with current Ward 4 Councillors Mike Salisbury and Christiner Billings. A cast of thousands (sort of) also joined Guthrie, Salisbury and Billings to talk about the 2021 Budget and issues of policing in Guelph in the second in a series of pre-budget virtual town halls. Continue reading “RECAP: Mayor & Ward 4 Councillors Talk Policing & Budget at Town Hall”

RECAP: Ward 2 Warms Up a Week of Public Feedback on the Budget

It was not the biggest of virtual crowds on Wednesday night, but it likely provided a nice warm up for a whole week of public events and town halls about this year’s budget. Here’s the recap of the Ward 2 virtual town hall about the 2021 Guelph Budget including questions about trails, prioritizing infrastructure, and the appearance of increasing the police budget, no matter how slightly, in this of all years. Continue reading “RECAP: Ward 2 Warms Up a Week of Public Feedback on the Budget”

Dr. Mercer Says Stop COVID By Watching What Your’re Doing at Home

Did you know that we’re in a second wave of COVID-19? The numbers from across Ontario certainly show we are, and, as predicted, it seems like this second wave is worse than the first. With the numbers quickly adding up in our area, and the fact that we were moved into level orange on Monday with much of the rest of the GTHA, Medical Officer of Health Dr. Nicola Mercer is asking all residents to step up to get that curve re-flattened. Continue reading “Dr. Mercer Says Stop COVID By Watching What Your’re Doing at Home”