GUELPH POLITICAST #306 – Taking the System Out of Systemic Racism

With all things COVID back on the front burner, it’s easy to temporarily forget everything that happened in the last few years around fighting systemic racism and embracing social justice. The City of Guelph is trying to make progress towards a more equitable and representative system seriously, but let’s ask the person who knows best: Is the City of Guelph making real progress on tackling issues of systemic racism? Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #306 – Taking the System Out of Systemic Racism”

Mayor Guthrie Talks to Open Sources About Another COVID Year

It’s almost the end to 2021, so it seems like a good time to talk with the mayor about what kind of year it’s been. The story of the year was COVID-19, again, and there was a lot of action at the City of Guelph from lockdowns to re-open strategies to vaccine rollouts, and a lot of information about all that stuff passed through the office of Cam Guthrie. Guelph’s Mayor appeared on the most recent edition of Open Sources Guelph to talk about it all. Continue reading “Mayor Guthrie Talks to Open Sources About Another COVID Year”

The New Ward Map? OLT Says Let it Be

The new 6-ward map of Guelph passed this summer is the map we’re going to use for the 2022 Municipal Election. This verdict came down Tuesday from the Ontario Land Tribunal (OLT), which dismissed an appeal of the new map approved by council this past June, with the Tribunal’s Vice-Chair saying that due diligence was done, and that the new map “achieves effective representation.” for the city. Continue reading “The New Ward Map? OLT Says Let it Be”

This Month at Council: Voting Methods, Route Review, and Zoning Bylaw Changes

November was a busy month around the virtual horseshoe, and that’s even before you factor in the business of the 2022-2023 Guelph budgets. We’ll deal with that in another recap post, but for now, you can re-live the debates around having a more accessible vote for next year’s election, some of the proposed changes to the comprehensive zoning bylaw, and some planned changes for Guelph Transit over the next 10 years. Continue reading “This Month at Council: Voting Methods, Route Review, and Zoning Bylaw Changes”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for November 22, 2021

There’s some unfinished business on trailers and voting methods. You can click here for the amended agendas 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 November 22, 2021”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the November 22 Meeting?

This month at city council will end by revisiting some greatest hits from November’s Committee of the Whole meeting. Get ready to hear some more about the effort to approve electronic ballot marking and the approval of temporary trailer parking exemptions, and if that’s not enough then there’s a long list of new council appointments to local boards and committees to get through. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the November 22 Meeting?”

RECAP: It’s Now Up to the OLT on Guelph’s New Ward Map

In the second day of hearings at the Ontario Land Tribunal, the City of Guelph presented its last witness and both parties made their final arguments. We now wait for a decision as to whether or not the OLT will uphold the map, ask for a change, or get rid of it altogether, and they have until the end of the year to render a decision in time for next year’s election. So how was day #2 of the hearing? Read on… Continue reading “RECAP: It’s Now Up to the OLT on Guelph’s New Ward Map”

RECAP: The OLT Hears Arguments Against the New Ward Boundaries

It was just a few months ago that Guelph City Council approved the new ward boundaries for the city starting in 2022. So that’s that, right? Actually, no. One Guelph resident filed an appeal with the Ontario Land Tribunal (OLT) on the basis that the new six-ward map does not offer fair representation to all Guelph residents, especially the ones in the south end. How does the OLT feel on the subject? Check out day one coverage below. Continue reading “RECAP: The OLT Hears Arguments Against the New Ward Boundaries”

LIVE BLOG: Committee of the Whole Meeting for November 1, 2021

This Committee meeting will start a very busy month around the virtual horseshoe. You can click here for the amended agendas 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 1, 2021”

Committee of the Whole Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the November 1 Meeting?

November will be a very busy month at city council, and it starts, as usual, with the Committee of the Whole meeting. This month’s business will cover the always controversial audit planning reprots, as well as customer service needs at the City, a new bylaw for trailers, and some pressing 2022 election matters. There will also be an update about the pending takeover of Guelph’s favourite Farmers’ Market by its favourite community hub. Continue reading “Committee of the Whole Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the November 1 Meeting?”