City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the November 20 Meeting?

The final presentation for the 2020 Budget features a lot of the local services that people engage with daily in Guelph, including the police, the library, and the local public health unit. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the November 20 Meeting?”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the November 18 Meeting?

This is the big one! We’ve been talking about the 2020 Budget for almost a month already, but the biggest, and most complicated, piece of the budget – the Tax Supported Operating Budget – has now been released, and it looks like it’s not going to provide city council with a lot of wiggle room. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the November 18 Meeting?”

Transit Town Hall Notes the Challenges, Celebrates the Opportunity

Several transit users, activists and city councillors took part in the first ever Transit Summit and Town Hall hosted by the Transit Action Alliance of Guelph (TAAG) on Saturday. The message, in a nutshell, was that there was a lot of work to do, and not a lot of time to get it done in. Continue reading “Transit Town Hall Notes the Challenges, Celebrates the Opportunity”

GUELPH POLITICAST #195 – Marshall on Transit

This weekend, the new Transit Action Alliance of Guelph (TAAG) will be holding their first annual Transit Summit and Town Hall. It will be a chance for the transit users and the transit curious to engage with City of Guelph employees and transportation advocates about how to make a transit-friendlier future. But why wait to get started?  Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #195 – Marshall on Transit”

After 12 Years, Elizabeth May Steps Down as Green Party Leader

In what may not be the most surprising news following the 2019 Federal Election, Green Party of Canada leader Elizabeth May has announced that she has stepped down as leader effective immediately, though she will still sit as the MP of Saanich-Gulf Islands, and House leader for the Greens. Continue reading “After 12 Years, Elizabeth May Steps Down as Green Party Leader”

LIVE BLOG: Committee of the Whole Meeting for November 4, 2019

The hospital, harm reduction housing, and new buses are all on the agenda. 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 November 4, 2019”

Schreiner Says First Year at Queen’s Park Proves One Person Can Make a Difference

The Green Party of Ontario is meeting this weekend for their annual convention in Scarborough, and though the party is still a bit disappointed in their Federal showing last month, Guelph MPP Mike Schreiner wanted to remind them that there’s still a lot to be proud of provincially. Continue reading “Schreiner Says First Year at Queen’s Park Proves One Person Can Make a Difference”

Downtown Friends Want More Done on Homelessness

Winter is coming. It’s a cheap joke and a reference to one of TV’s biggest hits, but to a group called Your Downtown Guelph Friends it’s a reminder that there are a lot of people who fear the winter months because they live on the street. On Saturday, the Keep Our Friends Warm Rally sought to made the idea loud and clear, that the City’s not doing enough to get people the shelter they need. Continue reading “Downtown Friends Want More Done on Homelessness”

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!”

The Politico Calendar for November 2019

It’s the start of November, and you know what that means: Christmas is almost here! Before we get inundated with all the Yuletide festivities and holiday carols, there’s still an awful lot of stuff to get through, and some of that is listed on this month’s Politico Calendar. Continue reading “The Politico Calendar for November 2019”