GUELPH POLITICAST #229 – Black Votes Matter!

This is where the hard work of changing the system, and combating systemic racism, begins. For almost two months there have been marches, demonstrations and meetings all designed to promote the cause, but if we’re going to tear down the system, and build something more equitable, it’s going to be a more long term fight. So how do we begin? Why don’t we begin with this podcast? Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #229 – Black Votes Matter!”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for July 13, 2020

In this month’s planning meeting, council will hear about changes to accessory apartments, and might refuse a high density development. 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: City Council Meeting for July 13, 2020”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the July 22 Meeting?

Even though it’s about a month later than usual, city council will sit for its annual shareholder meeting of both Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc. and Guelph Junction Railroad, two high valuable City assets with new financial documents to oversee and ratify. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the July 22 Meeting?”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the July 20 Meeting?

The regular council meeting for July is typically the last one of the summer, but in the COVID-era, it’s just another gathering of city council on a week we’re blessed with not just one, but two council meetings. For this one, council will talk about paramedic performance, the external audit, and a new community plan for road safety at all levels. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the July 20 Meeting?”

Council Preview Update: What Else is on the Agenda for the July 15 Meeting?

On Wednesday, Guelph’s city council will sit again as the supervisors of the local government response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and now we have the latest published details of the impact caused by these circumstances. And while there’s nothing really flashy like a new patio program, there is an understanding that we’ll be living with the impact from COVID long after the summer is over. Continue reading “Council Preview Update: What Else is on the Agenda for the July 15 Meeting?”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the July 15 Meeting?

The monthly meeting of city council to consider the local response to COVID-19 is almost upon us again. Last month, we got the re-opening of some City facilities and an all-new patio bylaw. What might we get out of this month’s meeting? That’s still to be determined… Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the July 15 Meeting?”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the July 13 Meeting?

July’s planning meeting of city council will have three big items on the agenda including a heritage designation, a report on new planning policy to get feedback, and a decision on what might be the most controversial planning application to come before council in some time. Will it be another swift night around the virtual horseshoe, or are things going to get complicated? Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the July 13 Meeting?”

Guelph Announces First Downtown Dining District for this Weekend

As approved by Guelph City Council last month, the City of Guelph will open the proverbial door for the first downtown dining district this weekend. The intersection at Wyndham and Macdonell Streets will be closed to allow restaurants to extend their patios into the streets for the weekend in what the City is calling a “pilot” to assess the viability of these districts before more of them are approved. Continue reading “Guelph Announces First Downtown Dining District for this Weekend”

The Month at Council: Growth and Patios!

Things got back to a certain kind of regularity at Guelph City Council this past month with a proper schedule of meetings that covering planning, COVID-19, and the ordinary business of city council. So let’s recap this busy June that saw debates over growth, establishing more patios, and the appointment of new people to board and committees. Continue reading “The Month at Council: Growth and Patios!”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for June 29, 2020

There are just a few things for council to settle before the start of July. 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: City Council Meeting for June 29, 2020”