This Month at Council Part 2: New Ward Maps and Accessible Voting

In the second half of June, much of the business of city council focused on itself. There were back-to-back meetings about the new ward maps and council composition, and then, at the end of the month, it was a triple header with shareholder meetings for Guelph holding corporations and a complex series of actions at the regular council meeting. Here’s the rest of the council recap for the month. Continue reading “This Month at Council Part 2: New Ward Maps and Accessible Voting”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for June 23, 2021

Tonight, decisions will be made!! 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: City Council Meeting for June 23, 2021”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for June 21, 2021

What’s city council going to look like in 2022 and beyond? Let’s start with the delegates! 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: City Council Meeting for June 21, 2021”

OP-ED: Democracy Guelph Still Not Dissuaded from Supporting 12-Person Council

For the past 30 years or so Guelph has had 12 part-time city councillors. During that time the population of Guelph has increased from roughly 88,000 to 135,000, an almost 50 per cent increase. As such the demands on the 12 councillors have increased significantly and any councillor will tell you it is no longer a part-time commitment that is required to do the job properly. It is expected (and legislatively required by the province) that Guelph grows another 50 per cent to about 200,000 by 2050. These facts among others required the City to conduct a Council Review. Continue reading “OP-ED: Democracy Guelph Still Not Dissuaded from Supporting 12-Person Council”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the June 21 Meeting?

Guelph City Council meets again to talk about themselves, and this time they will have to make a decision. Back in November, council deferred on a final decision about their future make-up so that the consultants could get more input from the community, but the time has come to redraw the map and decide how many people are going to be around the new horseshoe come 2022. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the June 21 Meeting?”

The City Reveals the ‘Final Four’ in Ward Map Redrawing Madness

It’s taken months of research, hours of collecting residents’ feedback, and at least one council meeting with no firm decision, but the City of Guelph is one step closer to a redrawn ward map system. City staff are now presenting the final four options to the general public for one last round of consultation before council makes the final, final decision. Continue reading “The City Reveals the ‘Final Four’ in Ward Map Redrawing Madness”

This Month at Council: Investing, Parkview, and Mail-In Ballots

It’s the end of another month of city council meetings, and there was a lot of ground covered with a couple of big meetings. We took one step closed to getting some supportive housing in the city, we got at least one firm decision about what the 2022 election will look like, and there was some interestingly wonkish discussion about investing policy. All in a month’s work. Continue reading “This Month at Council: Investing, Parkview, and Mail-In Ballots”

How Do You Want to Vote? The City of Guelph Wants to Know

Last week, Guelph city council met to talk about its future composition; how many councillors will be representing the people of Guelph, and from how many wards? This week, the City of Guelph would like feedback from you about how we’re going to vote in 2022. How do you feel about mail-in ballots, internet voting, or good old in-person Scantron sheets? City staff want to know! Continue reading “How Do You Want to Vote? The City of Guelph Wants to Know”

GUELPH POLITICAST #232 – Behind the Scenes of the Remote Council

City council is one of those things that has more less operated the same way for decades, You’ve got your elected officials, and the relevant City staff around the big central table, media covers the goings on from their appointed desk, and there’s a gallery full of spectators and supplemental staff who will take part in the meeting when called upon. It’s simple, and it’s how things have always been done… at least until COVID-19. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #232 – Behind the Scenes of the Remote Council”

GUELPH POLITICAST #229 – Black Votes Matter!

This is where the hard work of changing the system, and combating systemic racism, begins. For almost two months there have been marches, demonstrations and meetings all designed to promote the cause, but if we’re going to tear down the system, and build something more equitable, it’s going to be a more long term fight. So how do we begin? Why don’t we begin with this podcast? Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #229 – Black Votes Matter!”