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”

Councillors Want a Reconsideration on Whitelaw Development Vote

Two city councillors want their colleagues to take a second look at a proposed development on Whitelaw Road that was rejected by council just last month. Councillor Mark MacKinnon didn’t get a chance to vote for the project in council, but he and Councillor Dan Gibson are hoping that they might be able to convince a majority of council to change their mind and vote for it to. Continue reading “Councillors Want a Reconsideration on Whitelaw Development Vote”

GUELPH POLITICAST #204 – The 106 Beaumont Saga

There are signs that many people in our community want 2020 to be the year of housing. After a long, unsustainable hiatus on the development of supportive, social and affordable housing, all parties are eager to attack a problem that’s only ever getting worse. Sounds good, but do you remember what happened the last time everyone was eager for action on homelessness? Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #204 – The 106 Beaumont Saga”

Motion Sickness: How One Request for Info Pitted a Neighbourhood Against City Hall

Somewhere in William Winegard Public School, someone was rhythmically beating a drum. The slow tap of that drum was always there in the background, and it did nothing for the mood on the second floor, where, in the library, Ward 1 Councillor Dan Gibson was walking a fine line between outrage and need. Continue reading “Motion Sickness: How One Request for Info Pitted a Neighbourhood Against City Hall”

Guelph Politico’s Top 10 News Stories of 2018!

December means end of the year lists, and when you’re a Guelph news site, that means taking account of the last 12 months worth of stories and deciding which were the 10 most compelling. Here’s the year in news according the finest mind of Guelph Politico! Continue reading “Guelph Politico’s Top 10 News Stories of 2018!”

Issues, Concerns and Pop Culture Discussed at Ward 1 Forum

Ward 1’s eight candidates faced off Wednesday night at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. Reverend John Borthwick hosted the forum – not a debate – and asked the candidates about their plans, the issues from their fellow Ward 1 residents, and, surprisingly, their favourite pop culture artifact. Continue reading “Issues, Concerns and Pop Culture Discussed at Ward 1 Forum”

First Candidate Interviews Now Available in Open Sources Podcast!

For the next couple of weeks, the Open Sources Guelph election team (which is the same as the regular Open Sources team) are doing spot interviews with people running for city council on October 22’s municipal election.

We began last Thursday with incumbents Dan Gibson and James Gordon, and challengers Charlene Downey and Dominique O’Rourke.

Follow the link below, or search “Guelph Politicast” and download on iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play.

Open Sources Guelph

This week on Open Sources Guelph, we were all ready to hunker down and focus on our first batch of municipal election interviews, but no, Doug Ford had to go and break constitutional norms because he wasn’t going to be stopped by some un-elected judge! Or something. Anyway, we’ll talk about all this notwithstanding talk, and then we’ll get right into the interviews.

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RECAP: Gibson Hosts Update on the Driveway Width Enforcement Concerns

Driveway width. It’s been the political controversy of the year, and as council prepares to hear the matter of a suspension of certain provisions of bylaw enforcement, members of the Guelph community gathered this evening at the Victoria Road Recreation Centre to get an update. Ward 1 Councillor Dan Gibson hosted a town hall on the matter, and this is the recap.  Continue reading “RECAP: Gibson Hosts Update on the Driveway Width Enforcement Concerns”

CANDIDATE QUESTIONNAIRE – Dan Gibson for Ward 1 Councillor

Dan Gibson has become a well-known and outspoken presence around the council chamber in his first term as city councillor. Can he convince Ward 1 voters to give an encore in October? Continue reading “CANDIDATE QUESTIONNAIRE – Dan Gibson for Ward 1 Councillor”

Driveway Town Hall Had Sad Stories and Hard Feelings

Who would have guessed that the most contentious issue of this municipal election year might be the width of driveways in certain neighbourhoods? This topic gathered people from across the east end of the city, and from other parts of the Guelph to attend a town hall hosted by the mayor and the Ward 1 councillors. Continue reading “Driveway Town Hall Had Sad Stories and Hard Feelings”