Committee of the Whole Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the February 1 Meeting?

February’s Committee of the Whole meeting brings only a couple of items to council for consideration, one from the Corporate Services file, and one from the Audit Committee. This committee meeting is going to be all about money matters, investing and auditing, plus there will be a few members of staff who will get their moment in the spotlight for recent accomplishments. Continue reading “Committee of the Whole Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the February 1 Meeting?”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for January 18, 2021

Council is having a workshop to educate itself on planning matters and procedure. You can click here for the agenda from City Hall, and you can click here for the Politico preview. For the complete blow-by-blow of today’s council meeting, you can follow along on Twitter, or follow the tweets below. You can also watch the City’s own live-stream of the meeting here. Continue reading “LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for January 18, 2021”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the January 25 Regular Meeting?

In the first of two back-to-back meetings, city council will ratify almost all of what they passed at Committee of the Whole, make a couple of new appointments to local boards, and an epic closed meeting session. It should be a brief warm-up for a significantly longer meeting that will happen after this. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the January 25 Regular Meeting?”

LIVE BLOG: Committee of the Whole Meeting for January 11, 2021

Welcome to the first city council meeting of 2021! You can click here for the amended agenda from City Hall, and you can click here for the Politico preview. For the complete blow-by-blow of today’s council meeting, you can follow along on Twitter, or follow the tweets below. You can also watch the City’s own live-stream of the meeting here. Continue reading “LIVE BLOG: Committee of the Whole Meeting for January 11, 2021”

Guelph Says Goodbye to Their Favourite Mayor, Norm Jary

Politicians are often loved more after they leave office, but few politicians enjoyed decades of popularity, both in office and out of it, the way that Norm Jary did. On Friday night, the former mayor, city councillor, radio man, and all-around good guy Jary passed away at the age of 91. He now belongs to the ages you might say, but for many Guelphites he will always belong in their hearts. Continue reading “Guelph Says Goodbye to Their Favourite Mayor, Norm Jary”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the January 18 Meeting?

Normally, the second Tuesday of the month is reserved for the monthly planning meeting of city council, but this month, the second Tuesday will feature a workshop that should hopefully help council make better planning decisions. This week, council will hear about the planning processes and the potential impacts in a couple of key areas that frequently come up in the course of planning meetings. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the January 18 Meeting?”

GUELPH POLITICAST #255 – An End to Demolition By Neglect

The last council meeting of 2020 dealt heavily with the protection of heritage, including one particular case of the Old Crawley farmhouse. Perhaps the fall of the Preston Springs Hotel in Cambridge over the holidays portends a similar fate for valuable heritage buildings in Guelph, but one thing is certain: If we care about our heritage buildings and features, time is running out to save them. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #255 – An End to Demolition By Neglect”

Committee of the Whole Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the January 11 Meeting?

This is the first city council meeting of 2021, and it will feature a look into the future, a look into the present, and a look into the past. On the agenda is the work plan from council’s one employee, a handful of sign variances, and a delayed look at a plan for Guelph’s heritage. Plus, there’s a new group that council wants Guelph to be a member of. Continue reading “Committee of the Whole Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the January 11 Meeting?”

GUELPH POLITICAST #252 – Christmas With Cam

Looking back at 2020, one recalls the loft aspirations for the year that Mayor Cam Guthrie articulated at his annual State of the City speech. That was the first week of February. Less than six weeks later, the world was closed and Guthrie had to lead the city through what might be the most complicated and multifaceted crisis that Guelph has ever faced in its 193-year history. So how did it go? Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #252 – Christmas With Cam”

Top 10 (Non-COVID, Non-Social Justice) Guelph News Stories of 2020

Before we literally and figuratively blow up 2020 (as depicted above), let us take a minute to remember some of the major news stories in Guelph over the last 12 months. Leaving behind the pandemic and the renewed call for social equality (both of which will be covered separately in their own pieces), let us consider the news that made this year one for the eternal annals of the City of Guelph. Continue reading “Top 10 (Non-COVID, Non-Social Justice) Guelph News Stories of 2020”