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?”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for May 31, 2021

Let’s recap the stuff from Committee of the Whole! 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 May 31, 2021”

CITY PAGES: Victoria Day, Official Plan Feedback, and Parking News

The City of Guelph puts out a lot of information on a weekly basis, and while it all ends up on the City’s website somewhere, wouldn’t it be easier to just scroll through it all on one easy-to-read article on Guelph Politico here…? Continue reading “CITY PAGES: Victoria Day, Official Plan Feedback, and Parking News”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the May 31 Meeting?

It’s the end of the month, and that means it’s time for the regular council meeting. Unless someone pulls an item from the consent agenda, it looks like most of the action from the meeting will be in closed session, and it’s technically not even council business. Here’s the agenda for the surprisingly brief last council meeting on the last day of the month. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the May 31 Meeting?”

Guelph Announces New Money from the Province and Alectra, Plus Budget News

Last week, the Government of Ontario announced further financial aid for cities for the 2021 fiscal year. The funds are desperately needed as we enter the second year of the pandemic, and the Provincial government wants to be seen as proactive as they get ready to deliver their next budget. So where is the money going to go, and who else just gave the City of Guelph a big cheque? Continue reading “Guelph Announces New Money from the Province and Alectra, Plus Budget News”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the July 22 Meeting?

Even though it’s about a month later than usual, city council will sit for its annual shareholder meeting of both Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc. and Guelph Junction Railroad, two high valuable City assets with new financial documents to oversee and ratify. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the July 22 Meeting?”

The Top 10 Guelph News Stories of the Decade

In a few days, the second decade of the the 21st century will be in the history books, and we’ll be back again in the Roaring ’20s. Before leaving all this behind, let’s take one look back at the decade, and rate the 10 biggest political news stories that happened in and around the Royal City for the last 10 years. Continue reading “The Top 10 Guelph News Stories of the Decade”