CANDIDATE QUESTIONNAIRE – Cathy Downer, Ward 5 Councillor

“Guelph faces many challenges – climate change, impacts of growth, pandemic recovery, care for vulnerable people…and the list could go on. As a Guelph City Councillor I have taken a leadership role on many issues with positive outcomes. I want to continue with this important work with the support of Ward 5 residents.”
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Municipal Election Nominations Update Week #6

It’s election season here in Guelph! The nominations are open for this fall’s Municipal Election, and interested residents are filing their papers to run for positions as mayor, for city council and for a spot on one of the local school boards. Each week, this space will break down who’s new to the race, who’s running again, and where we’re still waiting for someone to show an interest! Continue reading “Municipal Election Nominations Update Week #6”

RECAP: Ward 5 Councillors Talk About Planning Stuff at Town Hall

It feels like it’s been a while since we’ve had a nice, friendly town hall with a pair of the ward councillors. If you’ve been missing that interaction, Tuesday night was the perfect night for a little back and forth between council reps and constituents, especially if you live in Ward 5, are interested in Ward 5, or are interested in city planning matters. In their latest town hall, Councillors Leanne Caron and Cathy Downer hosted the City of Guelph’s general manager of planning, Krista Walkey. Here’s the recap. Continue reading “RECAP: Ward 5 Councillors Talk About Planning Stuff at Town Hall”

RECAP: Ward 5 Town Hall Covers Traffic, Train and Drive Thru Concerns

The above picture is from a time when these sorts of town halls happened in-person, but not for the first time, this town hall was held on Zoom. On Wednesday night, Ward 5 Councillors Leanne Caron and Cathy Downer talked to constituents about traffic issues in the ward and other updates including recent developments and the ward boundary review. Check out the recap of the live coverage below. Continue reading “RECAP: Ward 5 Town Hall Covers Traffic, Train and Drive Thru Concerns”

Downer Talks About Patio Debate on Open Sources

It’s was April Fool’s Day, but there were some serious issues to discuss on last Thursday’s episode of Open Sources Guelph. Ward 5 City Councillor Cathy Downer appeared on the show to talk about one of the most contentious issues to come to council in all her years around the horseshoe, in-person or virtual, the downtown dining district. Patios were the big part of the conversation, but there were not the only part. Continue reading “Downer Talks About Patio Debate on Open Sources”

RECAP: Ward 5 Councillors Hold a Pleasant Saturday Chat on the Budget

The Ward 5 Councillors interrupted your pleasant Saturday to hold the latest town hall meeting on matters concerning the 2021 budget. Once again, members of the City of Guelph staff joined the conversation as people asked about going deeper on the budget numbers, how to navigate the new budget website, and what the financial impact of the 2021 budget might look like for your household. Continue reading “RECAP: Ward 5 Councillors Hold a Pleasant Saturday Chat on the Budget”

RECAP: Ward 5 Town Hall Covers Police and Library Matters

For the second time in the COVID-era, a pair of Guelph City Councillors held a virtual town hall via Zoom. Ward 5 Councillors Leanne Caron and Cathy Downer organized a gathering of around 30 people Thursday night to cover matters of law and order with members of the Guelph Police Service, and matters of the Guelph Public Library with the CEO and Board members. Below is the recap. Continue reading “RECAP: Ward 5 Town Hall Covers Police and Library Matters”

RECAP: Dolime, Bylaw, and Budget Were all Discussed at Ward 5 Town Hall

Ward 5 Councillors Leanne Piper and Cathy Downer gathered over 40 of their constituents at Mary Phelan Catholic School on a rainy Thursday night for a town hall. Several things were discussed including the Dolime Quarry deal, the comprehensive zoning bylaw review, and yes, the 2020 Municipal Budget. Here’s the recap. Continue reading “RECAP: Dolime, Bylaw, and Budget Were all Discussed at Ward 5 Town Hall”

RECAP: Zoning, Library, and Transit Discussed at Ward 5 Town Hall

On Thursday night, several Ward 5 residents came out to take part in a town hall organized by Councillors Cathy Downer and Leanne Piper. The topics included an overview of the Comprehensive Zoning Bylaw Review, an update about the Baker District Redevelopment, and the new main library branch, and some Q&A. This is the recap. Continue reading “RECAP: Zoning, Library, and Transit Discussed at Ward 5 Town Hall”

Five More Council Candidates Talk to Open Sources

The Open Sources Guelph interviews with council candidates continue this week with five new segments from five new people who are running again, or for the first time, for Guelph City Council.

On last Thursday’s episode we heard from Alex Green, Cathy Downer, Steve Petric, Eli Ridder, and Anshu Khurana, and now you can hear from them too by downloading the podcast version of the show.

Follow the link below, or search “Guelph Politicast” and download on iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play.

Open Sources Guelph

It’s nearly a month till Election Day, which means there’s a lot of ground to cover in the next 30-some odd days. This week on Open Sources Guelph, you join our candidate interview series already in progress as we go into the field again to talk to those that seek the endorsement of the people so that they might become official city councillors.

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