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”

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”

GUELPH POLITICAST #342 – A Conversation About Systemic Ableism

There was a Guelph man named Matthew Wozenilek who passed away in 2016. He was well-known for his “Stop Ableism” campaign, a one-man effort to make Guelph more accessible one fight at a time, including a case against Elections Canada at the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. The awareness raised did make people more mindful of barriers to physical accessibility. So we all lived happily ever after, right? Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #342 – A Conversation About Systemic Ableism”

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?”

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?”

Accessibility Committee Wants a Better Option Than Vote from Home for 2022

At Monday’s city council meeting the topic of the 2022 Municipal Election will come up again, but this time, it’s not about maps or the number of councillors. This Monday, the topic is voting itself, or rather making sure that everyone in town is able to vote in the next election regardless of any issues with accessibility they might be facing. As it stands right now, the barriers that some people are still facing are quite profound. Continue reading “Accessibility Committee Wants a Better Option Than Vote from Home for 2022”