Ford Government Relents, Puts Some Cuts to Municipalities On Hold

After weeks of advocacy and protest from mayors and city councils across Ontario, Premier Doug Ford announced this morning that cuts to childcare, public health and ambulance services funding will be stopped, at least until the end of the current fiscal year. Continue reading “Ford Government Relents, Puts Some Cuts to Municipalities On Hold”

LUMCO Still Mad After Meeting with Minister Clark

A meeting of the Large Urban Mayor’s Caucus of Ontario (LUMCO) with Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark today in Guelph seems to have lead to nowhere in term of answering LUMCO’s concerns about funding cuts. At least that’s the impression from a LUMCO statement signed by its chair, Guelph Mayor, Cam Guthrie. Continue reading “LUMCO Still Mad After Meeting with Minister Clark”

Guthrie Continues LUMCO Advocacy in Toronto

Mayor Cam Guthrie’s role as the chair of the Large Urban Mayor’s Caucus of Ontario (LUMCO) took him to Toronto Tuesday, where he stood in the press room of City Hall next to Mayor John Tory to continue the pushback against Provincial funding cuts. Continue reading “Guthrie Continues LUMCO Advocacy in Toronto”

Students Call for More Climate Action in Latest City Hall Protest

A couple of high school students rallied in front of City Hall on Friday afternoon after walking out of their classrooms to call on council to declare a climate emergency and initiate the actions to back it up. Continue reading “Students Call for More Climate Action in Latest City Hall Protest”

LUMCO Has Had it With “Downloading by Stealth”

Recent moves by the Provincial government to cut budgets for things like legal aid, library services, and conservation authorities, along with the proposed amalgamation of ambulance services and local health networks, is “downloading by stealth” according to a joint statement released by the Large Urban Mayor’s Caucus of Ontario (LUMCO). Continue reading “LUMCO Has Had it With “Downloading by Stealth””

Guthrie Doesn’t Make Friends With Tory Retweets

Mayor Cam Guthrie has received some backlash for posts on Twitter endorsing statements made by provincial and federal Conservative officials this week, including a response from an elected school board trustee. Continue reading “Guthrie Doesn’t Make Friends With Tory Retweets”

GUELPH POLITICAST #161 – The State of the City 2019

The State of our City remains strong, but there’s room for improvement. That’s the “too long; didn’t read” version of this year’s State of the City address. There’s been a lot of discussion and analysis about Guthrie’s fifth State of the City, but as with past speeches in the last few years, the Guelph Politicast is giving you the chance to hear from the mayor directly. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #161 – The State of the City 2019”

Guthrie Welcomes LUMCO and Finds Some Common Ground

The first meeting of the Large Urban Mayors’ Caucus of Ontario (LUMCO), with Guelph’s Mayor Cam Guthrie as the chair, took place on Friday. Although the meeting was closed to the public and the media, the mayor did take a few minutes to answer media questions after the meeting about what’s on LUMCO’s plate this term. Continue reading “Guthrie Welcomes LUMCO and Finds Some Common Ground”

State of the City Redux: Guthrie Keeps Things Breezy at Breakfast Club

One week ago, Mayor Cam Guthrie delivered his annual State of the City address before the membership of the Guelph Chamber of Commerce. On Thursday morning, the mayor took the show down the road to Breezy Corners for the weekly breakfast meeting organized by Councillors Phil Allt and James Gordon. Continue reading “State of the City Redux: Guthrie Keeps Things Breezy at Breakfast Club”