GUELPH POLITICAST #357 – The New Kids on the Block Part 2

Next week, council will have their meeting to confirm the 2023 budget, which, on the surface, seems like a relatively ordinary and straightforward procedure, but it may be a pretty big hint at the challenges that are coming for the members of city council, old and new alike. In terms of the new, and the challenges they’ve already been facing, this seems like a good time to get to know a few more of the new council players. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #357 – The New Kids on the Block Part 2”

RECAP: Accessibility Committee Completes December Agenda, Talks Playgrounds and Elections

Back in December, the Accessibility Advisory Committee got an early jump on most of the City’s local boards and advisory committees by holding a pre-Christmas meeting that ended up going past the two hours set aside for the meeting. So instead of waiting until February to finish the agenda, the executive decision was made to hold a special meeting in January, and here’s how it all unfolded! Continue reading “RECAP: Accessibility Committee Completes December Agenda, Talks Playgrounds and Elections”

GUELPH POLITICAST #356 – The New Kids on the Block Part 1

On Open Sources Guelph we talk to all members of city council regularly, so it seemed fitting to kick off this new council term last fall by talking first to the five new councillors. For the next couple of weeks on this podcast, we’re going to collect those initial interviews starting with the new reps from the odd number wards in Guelph as we get to know the new players at the council table. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #356 – The New Kids on the Block Part 1”

GUELPH POLITICAST #355 – …The Rest of the Year at City Council

Here’s the first episode of the podcast for the year, and what are we talking about? Stuff that happened in the year that just ended! Before we let 2022 go for good, we’re going to go around the horseshoe, the one in the council chambers at 1 Carden Street, one more time. There weren’t that many council meetings between September and December, but that doesn’t mean nothing interesting happened. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #355 – …The Rest of the Year at City Council”

RECAP: First AAC Meeting of the Term is “To Be Continued…” in January

At the first meeting of the new Accessibility Advisory Committee this term, things were so busy that they had to declare that the meeting would be continued at a special meeting of the committee that will take place in January. The entire two hour meeting was all about committee orientation, so the other two items will have to get an airing next month. In the meantime, you can see the preview of the meeting here, and find links to the Twitter coverage below. Continue reading “RECAP: First AAC Meeting of the Term is “To Be Continued…” in January”

MEETING PREVIEW: Accessibility Advisory Committee for December 20, 2022

In the last official City of Guelph committee function of 2022, the Accessibility Advisory Committee will meet for the first time this term to talk about a couple of pressing issues and do some orientation. After all the pressure to be as accessible as possible in this year’s local election, staff will talk about their results, and the committee will also hear from different staff members about a matter of play. Continue reading “MEETING PREVIEW: Accessibility Advisory Committee for December 20, 2022”

Top 10 Guelph News Stories for 2022

What a year! Perhaps you don’t need to be told, but from this side of the computer it was a very busy news year indeed. For the last 11-and-a-half months it’s felt like not a day’s gone by without some major breaking news, or another new development in long-term stories as our community absorbed one challenge after another. From new maps to new councils, and from election changes to changing issues, let’s count off the Top 10 Guelph news stories for 2022! Continue reading “Top 10 Guelph News Stories for 2022”

GUELPH POLITICAST #349 – What’s Next? Part 3: The Candidates

While the 13 members of the new city council will have the next four years to refine their ideas about the issues facing Guelph, it feels like we just forget the people who also ran for office just as soon as the results are called. In 2022, nearly 40 people felt like they had the right stuff to be one of Guelph’s civic leaders, so we’re dedicating this episode to the people that didn’t win. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #349 – What’s Next? Part 3: The Candidates”

GUELPH POLITICAST #348 – What’s Next? Part 2: The Next Election

Last week, we covered the transition from the previous council to the new, and this week, we look far-ish into the future to the next election, the one in October 2026. You will hear in this podcast that planning for the next election begins almost immediately after the one that’s just completed, because there are a lot of complicated questions that need to be answered before the time comes to vote again. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #348 – What’s Next? Part 2: The Next Election”

GUELPH POLITICAST #347 – What’s Next? Part 1: The Transition

On November 15, five new city councillors are going to formally take their seat around the horseshoe, and they’re five people bringing a variety of skills and experiences to the table. Joining them are eight experienced councillors, so how do all these ingredients gel to immediately form a cohesive unit that will tackle some of the biggest challenges our local government has faced. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #347 – What’s Next? Part 1: The Transition”