LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for December 1, 2020

Budget day is here! 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 December 1, 2020”

The City of Guelph is Preparing to Enter Red Level

On Friday, Guelph and its public health affiliated neighbours managed to avoid going into level Red-Control, the final condition before being forced to return to lockdown. But the numbers are not in our favour, and the City of Guelph announced Monday that they do not intend to be caught off-guard if its announced that we’re being moved into red. In other words, enjoy some indoor recreation and fitness facilities while you can. Continue reading “The City of Guelph is Preparing to Enter Red Level”

New Numbers and Asks: Some Notes Before Budget Day

On Tuesday, Guelph City Council will meet to pass the 2021 budget and the multi-year budget forecast, or they will try and be forced to meet again on Thursday to see if they can pass a budget then. Not much has changed since the initial budget presentation on November 17, but there has been some tweaking in the last few weeks, and some significant requests made by local groups. Here are some things to be aware of before Tuesday’s meeting. Continue reading “New Numbers and Asks: Some Notes Before Budget Day”

Committee of the Whole Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the December 7 Meeting?

The final Committee of the Whole meeting of 2020 appropriately deals with matters of the future. Waste collection, government priorities for the new year, and the City’s real estates assets are three of the four areas of discussions along with the latest on Guelph’s COVID-19 response. Continue reading “Committee of the Whole Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the December 7 Meeting?”

This Month at Council PART 2: Budget, New Committee Assignments, and Fighting Systemic Racism

This second half of a very busy month at council mostly focused on budget business, with the day-long presentation of the 2021 City of Guelph budget, and the evening-long presentation from various public delegates. Along with the budget there was some discussion about eliminating systemic racism, some new board appointments, and the conundrum about provincial changes to conservation authorities. Continue reading “This Month at Council PART 2: Budget, New Committee Assignments, and Fighting Systemic Racism”

RECAP: The City of Guelph Shares Growth Scenarios at Town Hall

The next part of public engagement on the City of Guelph’s growth strategy unfolded on Thursday night as staff and their appointed consultants talked about what kind of growth scenarios there might be in the Royal City’s future. Can we grow fast? Should we grow slow? Should we try and squeeze more people in select areas of town, or spread out that growth? If you’re looking for answers, consult the recap below. Continue reading “RECAP: The City of Guelph Shares Growth Scenarios at Town Hall”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for November 25, 2020

Over 30 different delegations have signed up to take part in this year’s budget feedback period. 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 25, 2020”

RECAP: Cobey Faces Tough Questions on Community Safety at Ward 1 Town Hall

From safety concerns downtown to property theft and damage in the far east end of the city, there were a lot of police issues discussed at Tuesday’s town hall meeting held by Ward 1 Councillors Dan Gibson and Bob Bell. From the impacts of COVID-19, to changes in Guelph’s crime severity index, to calls to “Defund the Police”, Police Chief Gord Cobey fielded a lot of questions, and offered a lot of answers. This is the recap… Continue reading “RECAP: Cobey Faces Tough Questions on Community Safety at Ward 1 Town Hall”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for November 23, 2020

Council meets to discuss some new appointments to local boards and committees. 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 23, 2020”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the December 1 Meeting?

The 2021 Guelph Budget will be finalized in this final (or second-to-last) council meeting on the subject. The road to this day has been shorter than past years, so will the road to making a final decision on the part of council be just as short? How much wiggle room are members of council going to look for in this very unusual budget year? What will the final impact look like? To be determined… Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the December 1 Meeting?”