The City Reveals the ‘Final Four’ in Ward Map Redrawing Madness

It’s taken months of research, hours of collecting residents’ feedback, and at least one council meeting with no firm decision, but the City of Guelph is one step closer to a redrawn ward map system. City staff are now presenting the final four options to the general public for one last round of consultation before council makes the final, final decision. Continue reading “The City Reveals the ‘Final Four’ in Ward Map Redrawing Madness”

RECAP: Consultants Lay Out First Principles in Ward Boundary Review

The first round of public feedback on the ward boundary portion of the Council Composition and Employment Status review is currently in progress. On Wednesday evening, members of the consultant team hired for the review along with City Clerk Stephen O’Brien led viewers through the principles they’re using to redraw the map, and answered residents questions as the next phase of this study gets underway. Continue reading “RECAP: Consultants Lay Out First Principles in Ward Boundary Review”

City Staff Starting Ward Boundary Review (Plus Feedback for Procedural Bylaw)

Back in November, Guelph City Council reached the conclusion that they need to get more feedback about the future of council composition. Fortunately, there was a second phase of input for the project, and it’s finally here: the ward boundary review. City of Guelph staff are now looking for feedback on where the new wards should be, and they’re also hoping that there might now be consensus on how many councillors that those wards should have. Continue reading “City Staff Starting Ward Boundary Review (Plus Feedback for Procedural Bylaw)”

This Month at Council PART 1: Assets, Transit Growth and Council Composition

There are so many council meetings this month, we have to split the usual monthly recap into two parts. In this first half, we cover what happened at a very technocratic Committee of the Whole meeting, the non-decision at a special meeting on council composition, a straightforward planning meeting, and a transit growth workshop. Soon the budget will begin, but for now, here’s the recap. Continue reading “This Month at Council PART 1: Assets, Transit Growth and Council Composition”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for November 5, 2020

In this meeting of council, the councillors will have a hand in deciding their own potential political futures. You can click here for the 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 5, 2020”

Citizen Groups’ Poll on Council Make-Up: Keep 2 Councillors Per Ward

At a special council meeting on Thursday night, Guelph City Council will vote on their own make-up for the 2022-26 term. The staff recommendation is to change council composition to eight full-time councillors, one from each of eight new wards, plus the mayor, but two electoral reform advocacy groups want to pump the brakes on the council make-up in the wake of their own poll that confirms voters want the status quo. Continue reading “Citizen Groups’ Poll on Council Make-Up: Keep 2 Councillors Per Ward”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the November 5 Meeting?

It’s been a long time coming (perhaps too long in some quarters), but council will begin the debate about what it might look like in the future with a special Thursday council meeting specifically dedicated to the topic. Has the time come to say goodbye to our even dozen, part-time city councillor system? It may be depending on how city council themselves end up feeling about the recommendations. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the November 5 Meeting?”

CITY PAGES: The Museum, Feedback, and Money For Small Businesses

The City of Guelph puts out a lot of information on a weekly basis, and while it all ends up on the City’s website somewhere, wouldn’t it be easier to just scroll through it all on one easy-to-read article on Guelph Politico here…? Continue reading “CITY PAGES: The Museum, Feedback, and Money For Small Businesses”

GUELPH POLITICAST #232 – Behind the Scenes of the Remote Council

City council is one of those things that has more less operated the same way for decades, You’ve got your elected officials, and the relevant City staff around the big central table, media covers the goings on from their appointed desk, and there’s a gallery full of spectators and supplemental staff who will take part in the meeting when called upon. It’s simple, and it’s how things have always been done… at least until COVID-19. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #232 – Behind the Scenes of the Remote Council”

10 Questions About Guelph Politics in 2020?

We sure covered a lot of news in 2019, but 2020 is an all-new year with all new challenges and opportunities. Although the future is uncertain, and we’re technically not in the prediction business, we can make some educated guesses about what stories might make the Top 10 in the coming year, and here are some possible suggestions… Continue reading “10 Questions About Guelph Politics in 2020?”