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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Guthrie and Stewart Pleased With AMO Meetings

As the annual Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) conference winds up for another year, delegates from most of Ontario’s 444 municipalities are taking stock of their time with provincial government officials, and among them are members of the Guelph team. In the waning hours of this year’s conference, Guelph Politico talked to Mayor Cam Guthrie and Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Scott Stewart about what was accomplished, and what the first AMO with the Ford government was like. Continue reading “Guthrie and Stewart Pleased With AMO Meetings”

GUELPH POLITICAST #133 – Cathy Downer on AMO

At city council this week, a resolution from the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) to support the North America Free Trade Agreement and stand with governments across Canada against Donald Trump’s aggression on trade was passed unanimously. You may be asking, “What good does that do?” You may also be asking, “What the heck is AMO again?” Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #133 – Cathy Downer on AMO”

Things We Learned at the Ward 5 Town Hall

Although not the same draw it was back in the fall after Homecoming, a Ward 5 town hall last night at St. Michael Catholic School brought over 40 people out to hear from their city councillors and city staff about the progress made in preventing another excess of partying, and to hear about student housing issues. Continue reading “Things We Learned at the Ward 5 Town Hall”