Lack of Students Will Seriously Impact Transit Funding, and Service

In a closed session at Wednesday’s council meeting on the COVID-19 response, council will hear information about the University of Guelph universal student bus pass, and the options they’ll need to consider if students don’t return to school for in-person classes in the fall. Less than eight weeks before the start of the school year, there are still a lot of unknowns about this important source of funding for Guelph’s transit system, and what happens if the City can’t collect. Continue reading “Lack of Students Will Seriously Impact Transit Funding, and Service”

Ontario Regions Enter Stage 3 This Week, Guelph Included

Just over a month after Guelph, and many regions in Ontario, entered Stage 2 of the economic re-opening, several areas in the province have been given the go ahead to now move to Stage 3, including the municipalities covered by Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health. As of Friday at 12:01 am, two-dozens regions in the province will get the closest we’ve been to normal since March. Continue reading “Ontario Regions Enter Stage 3 This Week, Guelph Included”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for July 13, 2020

In this month’s planning meeting, council will hear about changes to accessory apartments, and might refuse a high density development. 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 July 13, 2020”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the July 22 Meeting?

Even though it’s about a month later than usual, city council will sit for its annual shareholder meeting of both Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc. and Guelph Junction Railroad, two high valuable City assets with new financial documents to oversee and ratify. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the July 22 Meeting?”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the July 20 Meeting?

The regular council meeting for July is typically the last one of the summer, but in the COVID-era, it’s just another gathering of city council on a week we’re blessed with not just one, but two council meetings. For this one, council will talk about paramedic performance, the external audit, and a new community plan for road safety at all levels. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the July 20 Meeting?”

Council Preview Update: What Else is on the Agenda for the July 15 Meeting?

On Wednesday, Guelph’s city council will sit again as the supervisors of the local government response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and now we have the latest published details of the impact caused by these circumstances. And while there’s nothing really flashy like a new patio program, there is an understanding that we’ll be living with the impact from COVID long after the summer is over. Continue reading “Council Preview Update: What Else is on the Agenda for the July 15 Meeting?”

City of Guelph and GRCA Both Send Out Water Warnings

It’s already been a long hot summer, even if you haven’t noticed while being under quarantine, and because of all the hot and dry weather lately, both the City of Guelph and the Grand River Conservation Authority are taking action to enact water preservation measures. In Guelph, that means taking things up to level 1 yellow, and for the GRCA that means telling everyone in the watershed to take it easy. Continue reading “City of Guelph and GRCA Both Send Out Water Warnings”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the July 15 Meeting?

The monthly meeting of city council to consider the local response to COVID-19 is almost upon us again. Last month, we got the re-opening of some City facilities and an all-new patio bylaw. What might we get out of this month’s meeting? That’s still to be determined… Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the July 15 Meeting?”

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