ELECTION RESULTS: Resounding Re-Election for Guthrie, 5 New Councillors

The results of the 2022 Guelph Municipal Election were predictable in some ways, but really quite surprising in others. Among the especially notable surprises is that while nine incumbents were running for re-election, only eight of them are coming back to the council table in the new term. As for those five new councillors, who are they exactly? Let’s go through the returns below! Continue reading “ELECTION RESULTS: Resounding Re-Election for Guthrie, 5 New Councillors”

Wards 4, 5 and 6 Candidates Get Their Turn to Talk About SDG Goals

On Wednesday, 10C Shared Space’s SDG Cities office held the second of two in-person campaign events. The anti-debate (so to speak) has a chance for candidates from Wards 4, 5 and 6 to meet and exchange ideas about how Guelph city council could best achieve the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, like environmental protection and social equity. So what were some of the ideas generated by this motley crew? Continue reading “Wards 4, 5 and 6 Candidates Get Their Turn to Talk About SDG Goals”

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”