City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the June 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 June 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”

Contractor on Guelph Police HQ Renos Fired After Months of Delay

In news that’s giving City Hall watchers serious flashbacks involving the word “Urbacon”, the general contractor working on the $34 million renovation of the Guelph Police Service headquarters has been removed from the project. The City of Guelph assures us though that this is not the same as the 2010 debacle that resulted in millions of dollars being paid out to the contractor who was fired from the 1 Carden Street construction project a decade ago. Continue reading “Contractor on Guelph Police HQ Renos Fired After Months of Delay”

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”

Police Investigating a Cough Attack at Market Square

Since Guelph started Stage 2 of Ontario’s economic re-opening plan, there have been a couple of disturbing incidents involving people coughing on employees in area stores. Now the trend has extended to re-opened City amenities with the report of an incident at Market Square from the weekend that someone intentionally coughed on a City of Guelph employee at the wading pool on Sunday. Continue reading “Police Investigating a Cough Attack at Market Square”

City of Guelph Receives $100,000 for Tourism-Based Economic Recovery

There’s really no measurement for which industry has been hit the worst because of COVID-19, but not being able to leave your home the last couple of months has meant not only could you not go anywhere in town, but you really couldn’t go anywhere in anyone else’s town either. The Federal government is looking to do their part to help encourage tourism again as areas continue to re-open in the weeks to come, and Guelph is a recipient of some of that new funding. Continue reading “City of Guelph Receives $100,000 for Tourism-Based Economic Recovery”

City Hires a New Chief Planner to Carry Out Heavy Agenda

The Chief Planner is a pretty big hole to fill in the roster of City Hall senior staff, especially when there’s so much planning to do, even in the midst of a global pandemic. Well, that important position is no longer vacant as the City of Guelph announced Friday that they’ve filled the substantial shoes of the City’s now retired Chief Planner. Continue reading “City Hires a New Chief Planner to Carry Out Heavy Agenda”

GUELPH POLITICAST #227 – Guelph Stuff (BLM, COVID-19, and Tabbara)

There’s been a lot of news in Guelph lately, maybe too much news, so we’re all going to take a minute, or 60, on this week’s podcast to bring some analysis and a recap of all the happenings in this sorted little ‘burb called the Royal City. It’s time for another entry in the great Guelph Stuff punditry franchise. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #227 – Guelph Stuff (BLM, COVID-19, and Tabbara)”

The City of Guelph Sets Dates on Re-Opening Some Facilities

Earlier this week at the COVID-19 response meeting of city council, senior staff discussed the plans to start the re-opening of City facilities in the weeks to come. On Friday, a list of dates were released and you can now mark your calendar for when you can start enjoying splash pads, pools, and even public washrooms again across Guelph again. Continue reading “The City of Guelph Sets Dates on Re-Opening Some Facilities”