Ontario Gov Pulls Controversial Bylaw Proposal from Bill 66

In what’s being perceived as a win for environmentalists, and those concerned about government power overriding public input, the Ontario government has announced that they’ve pulled the most controversial aspect of the Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act, or Bill 66. Continue reading “Ontario Gov Pulls Controversial Bylaw Proposal from Bill 66”

LIVE BLOG: Committee of the Whole Meeting for January 14, 2019

Today, Committee of the Whole will surely hear an earful on Bill 66 and the Parkland Dedication Bylaw update. You can click here for the amended agenda from City Hall, and you can click here (and here) for the Politico preview. For the complete blow-by-blow of today’s Committee meeting, you can follow me 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 January 14, 2019”

City Staff Have Concerns With Bill 66, and Want City Council to Endorse Them

The Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act, the now infamous Bill 66, will be a major point of debate when the Ontario Legislature returns next month. For City of Guelph staff though, the debate is over. They’re not fans. Continue reading “City Staff Have Concerns With Bill 66, and Want City Council to Endorse Them”

Committee of the Whole Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the January 14 Meeting?

Committee of the Whole meets for the first time since July, and for the first time of this new era of City Council, and the agenda includes big ticket items like red light cameras, the Parkland Dedication Bylaw, and council’s response to the Ontario government’s most controversial bit of legislation yet. Continue reading “Committee of the Whole Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the January 14 Meeting?”

GUELPH POLITICAST #151 – Tim Gray, Environmental Defence

It’s not news that the provincial government under Doug Ford can be controversial, but when the Ontario government introduced Bill 66 a few weeks ago it courted some major controversy as the worst fears of environmentalists were realized: developing the Greenbelt was on the table. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #151 – Tim Gray, Environmental Defence”

Guthrie Meets with Ford, But They Didn’t Discuss You Know What

Guelph Mayor Cam Guthrie met with Ontario’s Premier Doug Ford on Monday, where they talked jobs, affordable housing and transportation. What they did not talk about though, was the latest controversy involving Bill 66. Continue reading “Guthrie Meets with Ford, But They Didn’t Discuss You Know What”