City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the May 11 Meeting?

For the first time in nearly a month, Guelph’s city council will once again meet digitally, and it will likely come with the promise of more frequent meetings in the weeks to come. For this meeting though, we’ve got COVID updates, a deferred vote, and a motion to create more active transportation in town, at least on a temporary basis. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the May 11 Meeting?”

The Month at Council: Mostly COVID-19 Stuff, and Only One Meeting

For the second time in the COVID-19 era, city council sat for what is now being called a special meeting. The mayor and senior staff were socially distant in the council chambers while the members of council called in from home in what was the one and only council meeting for the month of April on Thursday April 16. Continue reading “The Month at Council: Mostly COVID-19 Stuff, and Only One Meeting”

LUMCO Looks for Help to Cover COVID-19 Costs

It’s a well-known secret that the COVID-19 pandemic is causing all kinds of complications on the bottom line of businesses and individuals, but it’s also causing streams of red ink for Canada’s cities too. The mayor’s of Ontario’s 29 biggest cities, the Large Urban Mayors’ Caucus of Ontario (LUMCO), are raising the alarm after a meeting today that they need higher levels of government to give them extra help to manage the fiscal blow from coronavirus. Continue reading “LUMCO Looks for Help to Cover COVID-19 Costs”

Guelph Museums Wants Your COVID-19 Remembrances and Stuff

There’s been a lot of discussion about the historic moment we’re living in, but is anyone keeping track of that history and preserving it? As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Guelph Museums is asking residents for any artifacts people might have that captures the experience. Whether it’s something digital like a photograph, or something physical like a homemade mask, the Museum might be interested in collecting it from you. Continue reading “Guelph Museums Wants Your COVID-19 Remembrances and Stuff”

Like Everything Else, the National Day of Mourning is Going Digital

April 28 is the National Day of Mourning, a day where people are invited to remember those who were killed, or seriously injured on the job. Usually this involves people getting together to remember and memorialize, but this year, because of COVID-19, it’s forced a change of the usual plans for the occasion. This year, like with so many other events, the National Day of Mourning will be virtual. Continue reading “Like Everything Else, the National Day of Mourning is Going Digital”

Community Gardens are Now Essential in Ontario

May is usually the time where the weather is nice enough for people to finally start their gardening without fear of a late season snow fall, or frost. Of course, these are not usual times, and the idea of a community garden made the government a bit weary in these days when we’re supposed to socially distance ourselves. That is until now. Continue reading “Community Gardens are Now Essential in Ontario”

Next Council Meeting Set for May 11, New Council Meeting Schedule to Follow

Yesterday, the City of Guelph announced that their buildings would be closed so long as the state of emergency is in effect. One lingering question from that news release is the status of future city council meetings, which were only cancelled up till the end of May, and now we know that there will soon be another future special council meeting, and there is the promise of more meetings to come after that. Continue reading “Next Council Meeting Set for May 11, New Council Meeting Schedule to Follow”

GUELPH POLITICAST #218 – COVID Administrative Officer

From time to time, the Guelph Politicast likes to do a sit down with a member of City of Guelph staff to talk about their job in detail with all its day-to-day demands, challenges and rewards. This podcast is in the mode of one of those past explainers, but with a COVID-19 twist because what is possibly affecting City business more these days than the global pandemic? Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #218 – COVID Administrative Officer”

City Will Stay Closed till the End of the State of Emergency

The City of Guelph had been looking to reopen its facilities and get back to some sense of normalcy at the beginning of May, but as we itch closer to the end of April that plan was starting to seem less likely to come to fruition. On Tuesday, the City confirmed that facilities will remain closed until the state of emergency is lifted,  and they will only open on the best advice of public health and the Province. Continue reading “City Will Stay Closed till the End of the State of Emergency”

City of Guelph Puts Some Full-Time Staff on Emergency Leave

Over 200 more City of Guelph employees are out of a job because of COVID-19. In an announcement made Friday afternoon, the City is temporarily putting 127 full-time employees on declared emergency leave temporarily. On top of that, most of the library’s staff is also being put on temporary leave, which all told means that about half to the City’s staff is now out of work because of the pandemic. Continue reading “City of Guelph Puts Some Full-Time Staff on Emergency Leave”