Residents Win! Metrolinx No Longer Looking to Build TPS in Margaret Greene

Last summer, residents in the communities around Margaret Greene Park strained outdoor gathering limitations to tell City of Guelph officials and a couple of comms professionals from Metrolinx to share their outrage. It was a hot summer day, and nearly six months later on a cold winter’s day, Metrolinx has announced that the park is safe. They will not be placing a traction power station behind the park after all. Continue reading “Residents Win! Metrolinx No Longer Looking to Build TPS in Margaret Greene”

RECAP: Mayor & Ward 4 Councillors Talk Policing & Budget at Town Hall

It’s a known fact that Mayor Cam Guthrie got his start in politics as one of the councillors for Ward 4, and on Thursday night he virtually returned to his stomping groups with current Ward 4 Councillors Mike Salisbury and Christiner Billings. A cast of thousands (sort of) also joined Guthrie, Salisbury and Billings to talk about the 2021 Budget and issues of policing in Guelph in the second in a series of pre-budget virtual town halls. Continue reading “RECAP: Mayor & Ward 4 Councillors Talk Policing & Budget at Town Hall”

Police Board Follows Mayor’s Lead on Tackling Better Community Relations

Considering the moment, it’s understandable why a lot of eyes were on the Guelph Police Services Board meeting on Thursday. Mayor Cam Guthrie brought a series of motions to this meeting with the hope that they might answer community demands for more transparency and accountability to the community from Guelph Police, and, for the most part, everyone at the meeting agreed that these changes needed to be made. Continue reading “Police Board Follows Mayor’s Lead on Tackling Better Community Relations”

RECAP: Ward 4 Town Hall Rounds Out Direct Feedback on Budget ’20

The last town hall of the budget season unfolded Tuesday night at the West End Rec Centre as Ward 4 Councillors  Christine Billings and Mike Salisbury  answered constituent questions about the 2020 budget, and then talked to some west side concerns. You can read the live tweets below, or, if you don’t care for reading, you can watch the original live stream. Continue reading “RECAP: Ward 4 Town Hall Rounds Out Direct Feedback on Budget ’20”

FLASHBACK: The Last Stand of a Family Thrift Store

There are many people invested in the Baker Street redevelopment, a plan to revitalize what’s presently an underutilized section of the downtown core. A new main branch of the Guelph Public Library will be there, along with new commercial and residential opportunities, but if it’s seemed a long time in waiting for these changes, you’re right. Continue reading “FLASHBACK: The Last Stand of a Family Thrift Store”

CANDIDATE QUESTIONNAIRE – Christine Billings for Ward 4 Councillor

After a four-year hiatus, Christine Billings returned to council as one of two new representatives for Ward 4, and now she’s asking for four more. Continue reading “CANDIDATE QUESTIONNAIRE – Christine Billings for Ward 4 Councillor”

ELECTION 2018: Billings In, Van Hellemond Out

In the final hours of nominations for the 2018 Municipal Election, there was at least one surprise. While Christine Billings finally made official her intention to run for re-election, Andy Van Hellemond withdrew his name for consideration for one of the Ward 2 council seats. Continue reading “ELECTION 2018: Billings In, Van Hellemond Out”

ELECTION UPDATE: No Mayoral Competition Yet, and 3 Incumbents Yet to Announce

It’s now less than two weeks till nominations close for 2018 municipal election candidates, so it seems like a good time to review the field, and look at the trends. Will the mayor run unchallenged? Might the entire council we have now be re-elected? And who might stand in the way of making that happening? Continue reading “ELECTION UPDATE: No Mayoral Competition Yet, and 3 Incumbents Yet to Announce”