City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the November 23 Meeting?

Perhaps because of the all the work that needs to be done around the budget at the same time this week, the month’s regular council meeting will be a symphony of rubber stamps as the horseshoe approves decisions made at Committee of the Whole, plus the usual midterm review of committee and board appointments. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the November 23 Meeting?”

This Month at Council PART 1: Assets, Transit Growth and Council Composition

There are so many council meetings this month, we have to split the usual monthly recap into two parts. In this first half, we cover what happened at a very technocratic Committee of the Whole meeting, the non-decision at a special meeting on council composition, a straightforward planning meeting, and a transit growth workshop. Soon the budget will begin, but for now, here’s the recap. Continue reading “This Month at Council PART 1: Assets, Transit Growth and Council Composition”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for November 10, 2020

Another council workshop that will this time look to the future of Guelph Transit. 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 November 10, 2020”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for November 9, 2020

This month’s planning meeting has a decision, and the kick for the Official Plan review. 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 November 9, 2020”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the November 17 Meeting?

It’s finally here, Budget Season! It’s the most wonderful time of the year if you like levies, estimates, and forecasts, and this year is doubly special with an entirely new format for the budget. From transit, to capital, to outside boards and services like the police and the library, staff will layout all the budget details in one action-packed and lengthy all-day council meeting. Bring a lunch! Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the November 17 Meeting?”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the November 16 Meeting?

Back in June, 5,000 people gathered in front of Guelph City Hall to show their support for a more equal and just society. Five months later, the people that work inside City Hall (or are temporarily working remotely from home) will be meeting to look at how they can reflect those values, and try to strive towards solutions, in the latest in a series of council workshops. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the November 16 Meeting?”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the November 10 Meeting?

The pandemic caught us right in the middle of some big changes being made to Guelph Transit, so it seems like an appropriate time to sit down, look at transit, and consider the current status for those best lain plans and their future. In another special meeting of council, matters of transit are considered in this latest workshop and it’s special Tuesday at 2 pm start time. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the November 10 Meeting?”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for November 5, 2020

In this meeting of council, the councillors will have a hand in deciding their own potential political futures. 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 November 5, 2020”

Citizen Groups’ Poll on Council Make-Up: Keep 2 Councillors Per Ward

At a special council meeting on Thursday night, Guelph City Council will vote on their own make-up for the 2022-26 term. The staff recommendation is to change council composition to eight full-time councillors, one from each of eight new wards, plus the mayor, but two electoral reform advocacy groups want to pump the brakes on the council make-up in the wake of their own poll that confirms voters want the status quo. Continue reading “Citizen Groups’ Poll on Council Make-Up: Keep 2 Councillors Per Ward”

Eastview Park the First Choice for New Fenced-In Dog Park

Remember before COVID when the biggest issue in front of council was the removal or the retaining of two leash-free, fenced-in dog parks in the city? At the time, council asked staff to look at other sites that might serve as future dog parks outside of residential areas, and they have delivered a report that should come as no surprise to anyone. The best candidate? Eastview Park. Continue reading “Eastview Park the First Choice for New Fenced-In Dog Park”