Audit to Dig into Ward 6 Candidate’s Election Donations

One might think that coming in a distant fourth in the race to become one of two city councillors in Ward 6 would have been punishment enough, but a Guelph citizen is demanding an audit of Glen Tolhurst’s donations from the 2014 election be performed. Why? Two words: GrassRoots Guelph. Continue reading “Audit to Dig into Ward 6 Candidate’s Election Donations”

Guelph Citizen Digs Into Campaign Expenses

Doing their due diligence on the money front from last fall’s Municipal Election, Andy Best at the Guelph Citizen posted a breakdown of how much the current members of council spent in order to win their seats. For council candidates, the spending limit is between $16 to $18,000 depending on the ward they’re running in, while there’s a $82,000 limit for mayor. For the most part, the candidates didn’t get near their spending limits, but the numbers, as pointed out by the Citizen, do show some interesting trends. Continue reading “Guelph Citizen Digs Into Campaign Expenses”

GUELPH POLITICAST #20 – “Fireside Chat” with Phil Allt and James Gordon

October 27 marked a bold new venture for the City of Guelph with the election of seven new councillors and a brand new mayor. But campaigns are one thing, how does our city council, new and old members alike, intend to work together? That’s one of many questions I put to Ward 2 Councillor-Elect James Gordon and Ward 3 Councillor-Elect Phil Allt when we met recently for a series I’m calling “Fireside Chats,” the first of which forms the basis for this latest entry in the Guelph Politicast. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #20 – “Fireside Chat” with Phil Allt and James Gordon”

Greg Schirk (Ward 4) – Candidate Questionnaire

Like many candidates, Greg Schirk’s pride and dedication to the Royal City comes from spending most of his life as a Guelphite. He grew up in Guelph and then studied carpentry and broadcasting at Conestoga College. Career-wise, Schirk is a licensed glazier metal mechanic and has a successful career selling energy efficient window and door products to home owners and property managers. Continue reading “Greg Schirk (Ward 4) – Candidate Questionnaire”

An Artistic Critique of Guelph’s Election Signs

After all the talk of negativity, maybe what we need is levity. And since there are, apparently, a lot of people in the city interested in collecting signs, I was forced wonder if there was some artistic significance to them. So I decided to consult an expert. Scott McGovern, the programming director of Ed Video Media Arts Centre knows art, and he knows what he likes. He’s also politically astute, so when I reached out to Scott (who’s currently in Paris where is wife in an artist-in-residence), he was more than happy to lend his keen eye for colour and composition to the concept, and I present his insights below. Continue reading “An Artistic Critique of Guelph’s Election Signs”

Farbridge Campaign Takes Credit For Controversial Ad

It wasn’t exactly a “whodunnit?” on par with Agatha Christie, but when the Guelph Tribune appeared on doorsteps across the Royal City Thursday, one ad in particular caught their eye, and it was unknown who might have placed such a provocative bit of negative advertising. Continue reading “Farbridge Campaign Takes Credit For Controversial Ad”

A Quick Note About the Cam Guthrie Podcast

I mentioned this in the last episode of the Guelph Politicast, but in the wake of the incredible partisanship I’ve been seeing online, I thought it beared repeating. There will be a delay in the posting of the podcast interview with mayoral candidate Cam Guthrie. Continue reading “A Quick Note About the Cam Guthrie Podcast”

Bob Senechal (Ward 5) – Candidate Questionnaire

Active in politics for many years now, Bob Senechal hopes to now join city council and represent the people of Ward 5. If you know the name then you might remember the 2007 Provincial Election when Senechal ran locally for the Progress Conservatives under John Tory (who, as you may have heard, is also making a run at local politics). Continue reading “Bob Senechal (Ward 5) – Candidate Questionnaire”

Scott Butler (Ward 5) – Candidate Questionnaire

First time candidate Scott Butler joins an active and accomplished slate in Ward 5 as one of six candidates looking to represent the voters in and around the University of Guelph neighbourhood on city council. Continue reading “Scott Butler (Ward 5) – Candidate Questionnaire”