GUELPH POLITICAST #341 – Election Economics

This week, the Guelph Chamber of Commerce posts the recorded Q&As they’ve done with the candidates running in each of Guelph’s six wards, and the mayor’s race, deviating from the live format they’ve done in years past. But today, it’s the Chamber’s CEO and President turn to answer the questions as we dive into the election issues at the intersection of government, business and community. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #341 – Election Economics”

To Debate or Not Debate? Ward 6 Candidates Ask the Question

There’s been a lot of questions about the lack of formal public debates in this election, but know it seems like there’s a question of who gets to debate. In the wake of the controversy around a certain Ward 1 candidate and their on-again, off-again campaign, at least one person running in Ward 6 has said that his appearance at the candidate forums that start next week at 10C is a proverbial bridge too far. Continue reading “To Debate or Not Debate? Ward 6 Candidates Ask the Question”

Mac’s Back – For Real – With Lots of Questions

After flicking his campaign website off and on earlier this week, it seems that Ward 1 council candidate Thai Mac is now all the way back in just two weeks after saying that he was unofficially pulling out. In his latest statement, Mac made a lot of accusations about an unnamed Ward 1 candidate, and added that he’s talked to local LGBTQ+ advocacy groups about how he can do better in the future. Continue reading “Mac’s Back – For Real – With Lots of Questions”

Finally! Some Election Deba… Er, Public Forums!!

The lack of live – in-person or otherwise – candidate debates, Q&As or forums in this municipal campaign has been a subject of local conversation. Well someone might have heard the complaints because there’s now a pair of forums for the local council candidates running in all six of Guelph’s wards over two weeks early next month. Sign up now for what might be the hottest tickets in town. Continue reading “Finally! Some Election Deba… Er, Public Forums!!”

Mac’s Back, Or Is He? Questions Remain About Candidate’s Unofficial Status

On Tuesday, Ward 1 voters were suddenly wondering if they had a new candidate on the ballot. Or make that an old candidate on the ballot. As previously reported, council candidate Thai Mac left the 2022 election race a few weeks ago after some social media posts of questionable taste started to get passed around, even though he will technically remain on the ballot. So is Mac still looking for your vote? Continue reading “Mac’s Back, Or Is He? Questions Remain About Candidate’s Unofficial Status”

CANDIDATE QUESTIONNAIRE – Laurie Whyte for Ward 2/3/4 Upper Grand District School Board Trustee

“I have developed strong, respectful working relationships with senior administrators, present trustees, school administrators, teachers and other education workers. I have proven my willingness and ability to collaborate with others to jointly identify programs to help all students and have an understanding of the structure through which the Board of Trustees’ must operate.” Continue reading “CANDIDATE QUESTIONNAIRE – Laurie Whyte for Ward 2/3/4 Upper Grand District School Board Trustee”

CANDIDATE QUESTIONNAIRE – Cathy Downer, Ward 5 Councillor

“Guelph faces many challenges – climate change, impacts of growth, pandemic recovery, care for vulnerable people…and the list could go on. As a Guelph City Councillor I have taken a leadership role on many issues with positive outcomes. I want to continue with this important work with the support of Ward 5 residents.”
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CANDIDATE QUESTIONNAIRE – Morgan Dandie, Ward 2 Councillor

“Since moving here, I have become involved in many aspects of the community, and now I want to be a Councillor for Ward 2 in order to provide service to the greatest number of people at the level of government closest to their day-to-day life. I believe I have the ability to to understand nuances of issues to address these seemingly different groups and collaborate to create a greater sense of community connection.” Continue reading “CANDIDATE QUESTIONNAIRE – Morgan Dandie, Ward 2 Councillor”

CANDIDATE QUESTIONNAIRE – Elia Morrison, Ward 2 Councillor

“I am running because while Guelph is an amazing place to live, we have a long way to go to ensure that we are a city that is equitable and affordable for everyone. As a city we have been unwilling to make the bold choices that will lead us to a greener, more affordable, and inclusive future – a future that I hope to help move us towards.” Continue reading “CANDIDATE QUESTIONNAIRE – Elia Morrison, Ward 2 Councillor”

This Month at Council: Planning Decisions, Help for Straws, and “Strong Mayors” Rebuttal

As scheduled, Guelph City Council returned from summer break, but this September there were a couple of caveats. First, there are renovations underway in the council chambers so the two meetings were 100 per cent virtual once again. Also, these were the only two meetings before the October 24 election, and you might think that there wouldn’t be a lot of action but there were some very big decisions made indeed. Let’s look at them. Continue reading “This Month at Council: Planning Decisions, Help for Straws, and “Strong Mayors” Rebuttal”