“We’re Okay.” Treasurer Confident that Guelph Can Weather the COVID Challenge

On Thursday night, city council will meeting its second special session in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic, and a big portion of the conversation is going to be about the City of Guelph’s financial picture in the near and long term. According to the City’s Treasurer and General Manager of Finance, she’s confident that Guelph’s balance books are in good shape to ride out the storm. Continue reading ““We’re Okay.” Treasurer Confident that Guelph Can Weather the COVID Challenge”

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

In the City of Guelph’s second ever emergency council meeting of the pandemic era (and last because there will be a name change later), the socially distant city council and senior staff will look at their actions so far, and the next phase of of the City’s technical and fiscal response to COVID-19, which needs to be council approved. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the April 16 Meeting?”

Second Emergency Council Meeting is Called for Next Thursday

This past Monday would have been the monthly Committee of the Whole meeting at the council chambers of City Hall, and this past Wednesday there was a special meeting of council on the schedule. Four previously scheduled council meetings have been cancelled as we’ve been locked down thanks to COVID-19, but a second emergency meeting has now been scheduled for next Thursday. Continue reading “Second Emergency Council Meeting is Called for Next Thursday”

This Month at Council: Clair-Maltby, Lafarge, and an Emergency Meeting

Everything was proceeding normally for this month at council. We had the Committee of the Whole, we had the planning meeting, and then we had COVID, and all the best laid plans fell apart. Since at this point it seems unlikely that we’ll get another council meeting before May, this might be the monthly recap of council you will get for a while. Continue reading “This Month at Council: Clair-Maltby, Lafarge, and an Emergency Meeting”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for March 23, 2020

For the first time, we’re going to live blog an emergency meeting of city council. 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 March 23, 2020”

Amended Council Agenda Promises Fiscal Relief With (Maybe) a $6 Million Cost

The City Clerk’s office has released a consolidated agenda for Monday’s emergency city council meeting, which includes more details about what emergency action that city council is considering in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some local fiscal stimulus is being planned, and according to City staff, the emergency measures could come with a $4 to $6 million price tag. Continue reading “Amended Council Agenda Promises Fiscal Relief With (Maybe) a $6 Million Cost”

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

Even in the midst of a public health crisis, the gears of municipal politics still must move. With new authority granted by the Government of Ontario, city council will be meeting for the first time since the state of emergency was declared in the province, and they will gather in-person and electronically to discuss the immediate concerns of the City. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the March 23 Meeting?”

Mayor Guthrie Sets Emergency Meeting of Council for Monday

Mayor Cam Guthrie has called for an emergency session of City Council to take place Monday March 23 at 6 pm. The move follows the passage of the Municipal Emergency Act yesterday by the Ontario government, which allows municipal councils to carry on business electronically while authorities are continuing to recommend social distancing and the avoidance of large gatherings. Continue reading “Mayor Guthrie Sets Emergency Meeting of Council for Monday”

Guthrie Talks About the Challenges of COVID-19 on CFRU

City Hall is closed, and city council is on hold as Guelph self-isolates in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. Although there’s still yet to be a confirmed outbreak in the Royal City, elected officials and City staff are doing everything they can to protect Guelph from feeling the worse effects of the global pandemic. So how’s it going? Mayor Cam Guthrie recently offered some insights on CFRU. Continue reading “Guthrie Talks About the Challenges of COVID-19 on CFRU”

Ford Declares State of Emergency for the Province of Ontario

It was an early morning for the Queen’s Park reporters as Premier Doug Ford declared an emergency in the province under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. The move follows the latest advice from Ontario’s Medical Officer of Health who last night recommended that that Ontarians avoid large gatherings of 50 people or more, and close down any place where 50 or more people are likely to get together. Continue reading “Ford Declares State of Emergency for the Province of Ontario”