GUELPH POLITICAST #216 – Seriously, Keep Your Rent

One week ago was rent day for people everywhere, and many of those people were not able to submit those rent cheques because the COVID-19 quarantine has meant no money in the bank. April 1 was the first hurdle in what might be a months long dilemma for Canada’s renters. We could be on lockdown for the foreseeable future, so what happens when the rent cheques stop entirely? Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #216 – Seriously, Keep Your Rent”

Councillors Want a Reconsideration on Whitelaw Development Vote

Two city councillors want their colleagues to take a second look at a proposed development on Whitelaw Road that was rejected by council just last month. Councillor Mark MacKinnon didn’t get a chance to vote for the project in council, but he and Councillor Dan Gibson are hoping that they might be able to convince a majority of council to change their mind and vote for it to. Continue reading “Councillors Want a Reconsideration on Whitelaw Development Vote”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the May 27 Meeting?

As May comes to an end, City Council will hear about potential new affordable housing developments, an update on the Swimming Pool and Hot Tub Bylaw, and a special resolution that should generate a lot of discussion. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the May 27 Meeting?”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for September 10, 2018

Big developments, new heritage properties, and affordable housing join the bylaw suspension proposal on tonight’s council meeting agenda, the last one before the election. 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 tonight’s council meeting, you can follow me on Twitter, or follow the tweets below. Continue reading “LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for September 10, 2018”

GUELPH POLITICAST #135 – On Development, Part I: “The Big Picture”

Is the rapid state of development making Guelph lose its character? This is a question more and more people have this election year as plans for bigger and bigger residential buildings keep coming to city council. Meanwhile, Clair-Maltby lies in wait in the south end for an official plan. So how do we know we’re developing right? Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #135 – On Development, Part I: “The Big Picture””

Committee of the Whole Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the November 7 Meetings?

Monday is going to be a very long day for Committe-of-the-Whole, with both a regular meeting in the afternoon, and a special meeting beginning at 7 pm. So what’s all on the agenda? Continue reading “Committee of the Whole Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the November 7 Meetings?”

GUELPH POLITICAST #29 – Sebastian Silva/ Joan Jylanne/ Lloyd Longfield

On this edition of the Guelph Politicast, we experiment with the form by have three separate short interviews: robocall investigation enthusiast Sebastian Silva, senior policy planner with the City of Guelph’s Joan Jylanne, and Guelph Member of Parliament Lloyd Longfield. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #29 – Sebastian Silva/ Joan Jylanne/ Lloyd Longfield”

City Looking for Help Developing Policy with Affordable Housing Workshop

Sometimes a meeting isn’t about what you think it’s going to be about, and much of understanding the aims of a workshop on affordable housing Tuesday had to do with definitions. For instance, affordable housing isn’t social housing; the latter being government run, and in the case of Guelph, it’s run through the County of Wellington’s offices. Many big terms were thrown around like “primary rental”, and “secondary rental”, and how the city tracks one but not the other, but both are part of the consideration of affordable housing, and what the City might do to create more of it in Guelph. Continue reading “City Looking for Help Developing Policy with Affordable Housing Workshop”