This Week at Council: New Strategic Plan Process Begins, and the 2023 Budget Confirmation

This was a very busy week at city council with three meetings, one of which was a super-long meeting indeed. Obviously, that long meeting concerned the confirmation vote for the 2023 budget, which saw council trying to balance community need with a hopefully smaller tax burden for the public. This balance was also kind of reinforced by another meeting this week, which looked at creating the next Strategic Plan. Continue reading “This Week at Council: New Strategic Plan Process Begins, and the 2023 Budget Confirmation”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for January 24, 2023

A brief meeting that’s one of two on this Tuesday. 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 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 January 24, 2023”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the January 24 Meeting?

Not much to see for this regular meeting of city council, at least not much that you haven’t already seen. Council will revisit the new appoints they approved to Committee of the Whole, decide whether to let one of their colleagues ascend to a higher body (if elected), and will also have an in-camera conversation about the CAO’s performance objectives for the year. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the January 24 Meeting?”

This Week at Council: Funding the Mission and Service Improvements

It feels like we were only just getting started, but Guelph city council wrapped up for the year after taking care of a couple of key pieces of business. Just in time for Christmas, there was some good news for people who want to see more aid for those who are unhoused downtown, and there was also some good news for people who like to complain to City staff with an exciting and interactive new way to make you voice heard! Continue reading “This Week at Council: Funding the Mission and Service Improvements”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for December 13, 2022

One more meeting before Christmas break! 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 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 December 13, 2022”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the December 13 Meeting?

It seems like we had just barely got started, but the year at city council comes to an end with one last meeting for 2022. This meeting. On the agenda presently are three items, an endorsement, a request for funds, and an update about the City of Guelph’s efforts to be more customer friendly. Let’s tackle the issues one last time before a nice holiday break! Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the December 13 Meeting?”

This Month at Council Part 2: New Ward Maps and Accessible Voting

In the second half of June, much of the business of city council focused on itself. There were back-to-back meetings about the new ward maps and council composition, and then, at the end of the month, it was a triple header with shareholder meetings for Guelph holding corporations and a complex series of actions at the regular council meeting. Here’s the rest of the council recap for the month. Continue reading “This Month at Council Part 2: New Ward Maps and Accessible Voting”

LIVE BLOG: City Council as Shareholder Meeting for June 28, 2021

This is about the business of Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc., and Guelph Junction Railway. You can click here and 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 as Shareholder Meeting for June 28, 2021”

GUELPH POLITICAST #279 – Now We’re All Working for 2050

We’ve heard a lot about the City of Guelph’s intention to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. That is the corporate goal of the City of Guelph, and while it’s a laudible, City Hall doesn’t generate power. So isn’t there a key partner they need to bring on board to reach net zero by 2050? Like the company that provides all our electricity? Well, there was recently some good news on that account. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #279 – Now We’re All Working for 2050”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the June 28 Shareholder Meeting?

An annual tradition at the end of June, Guelph City Council gets to spend a couple of hours not sitting as itself, but sitting as the shareholder of two municipally-owned companies, Guelph Junction Railway, and Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc. What kind of year has it been for both companies, substantively and financially? Let’s find out… Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the June 28 Shareholder Meeting?”