LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for September 16, 2019

The fate of the new main branch of the library will be decided for the 93rd and final* time. 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 September 16, 2019”

RECAP: Ward 2 Town Hall Featured a Lot of Library Talk

Councillors James Gordon and Rodrigo Goller held a town hall at Brant Ave Public School Saturday afternoon, and although the original goal was to talk about the 2020 budget and Ward 2 issues, many came out for a dress rehearsal of Monday’s sure to be contentious meeting about the Baker District Redevelopment and the new main library. Continue reading “RECAP: Ward 2 Town Hall Featured a Lot of Library Talk”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the September 16 Meeting?

This special meeting of City Council will focus on the Baker District Redevelopment, which includes the new branch of the Guelph Public Library. Back in July, a staff report suggested that they need to cut millions of dollars from the budget for this project, and that it was already going over budget. So what does the situation looking like now two-months later? Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the September 16 Meeting?”

GUELPH POLITICAST #179 – Guelph Stuff (Bernier, Library, and Council)

August is almost here, which typically means a slower pace of news coverage in Guelph since city council is taking the month off. To look at it another way, it’s the perfect time to stop, and take stock of the year so far before we dive into a very busy fall that has a federal election, and a lengthy budget season. You know what? It’s time for Guelph Stuff. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #179 – Guelph Stuff (Bernier, Library, and Council)”

Library Discussion on the Back-Burner with New Staff Report

Monday’s City Council meeting was shaping up to be a clash between library lovers and City of Guelph staff making an argument to cut the size of the project, but the debate’s been postponed due to a new staff report that suggests the project could cost more than previously indicated.  Continue reading “Library Discussion on the Back-Burner with New Staff Report”

Councillors Giving Up Their Board Game Dreams for Council Work

Although Mark MacKinnon and Rodrigo Goller are well-known as two of Guelph’s 12 city councillors, they’re slightly less well-known as the proprietors of one of Downtown Guelph’s two board game cafes, The Boardroom. As it turns out though, life around the horseshoe means less time for fun and games. Continue reading “Councillors Giving Up Their Board Game Dreams for Council Work”

City Looking for Feedback on New Community Buses and Latest Baker Update

The City of Guelph sometimes needs your help, and these are two of those occasions. If you’ve got thoughts about transit or Baker Street, then this is your chance to contribute. Continue reading “City Looking for Feedback on New Community Buses and Latest Baker Update”

FLASHBACK: The Last Stand of a Family Thrift Store

There are many people invested in the Baker Street redevelopment, a plan to revitalize what’s presently an underutilized section of the downtown core. A new main branch of the Guelph Public Library will be there, along with new commercial and residential opportunities, but if it’s seemed a long time in waiting for these changes, you’re right. Continue reading “FLASHBACK: The Last Stand of a Family Thrift Store”