New Council Term Comes with Live Streaming!

Ward 6 Councillor Mark MacKinnon will be starting off the new term being watched by the cameras that he insisted be funded. The City of Guelph confirmed today that the inaugural meeting of city council Monday will be the first to be live-streamed by the City of Guelph itself.  Continue reading “New Council Term Comes with Live Streaming!”

A Living Wage for Guelph-Wellington is Now $16.90

The Ontario government just cancelled the planned minimum wage increase to $15 an hour in January, but now, at least for workers in Guelph and Wellington County, it seems like they’re failing even further behind. According to a new report by the Guelph & Wellington Task Force for Poverty Elimination, a living wage in our area is now $16.90 per hour. Continue reading “A Living Wage for Guelph-Wellington is Now $16.90”

Read Mayor Guthrie’s Farewell (Till December 3) Address

Last night, the 2014-2018 term of Guelph City Council finished, and at the end of the meeting, Mayor Cam Guthrie paid tribute to the two members of City Council who will not be returning for the next term on December 3. Continue reading “Read Mayor Guthrie’s Farewell (Till December 3) Address”

Karl Wettstein Offers Some Final Thoughts on Council Career on Open Sources

Tonight, the 2014-18 council meets for the final time before the turnover on December 3. One of the two people that will not be on the new council is Karl Wettstein, and before departing the council chamber one last time, the outgoing Ward 6 councillor stopped by CFRU!

Before calling it a political career, Wettstein stopped by to chat with the Open Sources Guelph gang to talk about his time on council, what experiences he’s taking with him, and what lessons he hopes to leave behind. That’s in the back half of the show though, for the first half we talk about the latest troubles in the White House and Queen’s Park.

You can listen to the show by following the link below, and you can also download Open Sources Guelph on the Guelph Politicast network via iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, and Spotify on whatever mobile device you listen to podcasts on.

Open Sources Guelph

This week, Open Sources Guelph is awash in galling behaviour. In the United States, the President decided to skip the opportunity to remember veterans so he could pout and rage tweet in his hotel room, and in Ontario’s capital building you still never know who might be a scandal waiting to happen. It’s a bummer to be sure, and one that’s compounded this week as we say goodbye to a regular guest as he retires from the political stage.

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Public Invited to Open House to See the Baker District Plans (So Far…)

There’s a lot of big interested in the redevelopment of Baker Street, mostly because that’s where the big new main branch of the Guelph Public Library is going. Well, mark your calendars for a fortnight from now because the City, and its chosen developer, want to show you what they’ve done so far, and get your feedback. Continue reading “Public Invited to Open House to See the Baker District Plans (So Far…)”

Listen to O’Rourke’s First Sit Down Interview with Open Sources!

The new city council, which, admittedly, is mostly the old city council, will take their seats around the horseshoe in just a few weeks. As the two new councillors get ready to take up their positions, one of them came by CFRU last Thursday for the first of what will likely be many little chats.

On the last edition of Open Sources Guelph, we were joined in studio by Dominique O’Rourke, the incoming City Councillor for Ward 6. O’Rourke talked about her decisive victory, her plans as a councillor, and how she intends to balance all the prioritites – hers and the City’s – in her first few months of office.

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Open Sources Guelph

After taking a couple of weeks off from election talk, we’re back at it this week on Open Sources Guelph! In fact, we’ve missed elections so much, we’re importing coverage. First, we’ll get a delivery from the U.S. as the highly contentious midterm elections have wrapped up for another four years. Meanwhile, people in Calgary are having an election, but in this one you can’t ignore the issues because it’s a plebiscite! Back home, we will welcome to the show our first post-election interview with a new city councillor.

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Guelph’s Rona Spared as Lowe’s Shutters 31 Stores in Canada

More tough times for the big box retail market today as the home improvement giant Lowe’s announced that they were closing 31 locations – including 27 Rona stores – in Canada by the end of February. The Guelph location on Dawson Road, however, is not one of them. Continue reading “Guelph’s Rona Spared as Lowe’s Shutters 31 Stores in Canada”

Election Follow-Up Discussion on Open Sources

You thought the election was over? Sorry, we have to have one last say on the matter from this week’s Open Sources Guelph, which you can now download on the Guelph Politicast channel.

The first segment of last Thursday’s show focuses on the results of the municipal election in Guelph, and around Ontario. But stay tuned to the rest of the show as we discuss legal cannabis, the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, and what’s in store for the next election in 2019.

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Open Sources Guelph

Finally, we’re getting back to normal on this week’s edition of Open Sources Guelph, and by “normal”, we mean in Trump adjusted terms. The big man will come up in a tertiary way on today’s show, but he will not be our focus. Instead, we’ll be looking at the fallout of the Municipal Election race here in Guelph and other places, the ongoing controversy over the apparent murder of a journalist in Turkey, the lack of controversy from Canada legalizing pot, and we’ll look ahead to the next election. (Naturally.)

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