This Month at Council: Race to Zero, Hotel Redo, and Downtown Drama

The year at city council ended with what actually might be some of their most intense debates. In December, there was a pretty fiery discussion about accelerating the City’s response to climate change, a new debate about whether a governance review is needed for the downtown business improvement area, and there was even some time for a public meeting on a rezoning and a brand new heritage designation. Let’s recap this last month of 2021 at council. Continue reading “This Month at Council: Race to Zero, Hotel Redo, and Downtown Drama”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for December 20, 2021

It’s the surprisingly busy last meeting of the year five days before Christmas. You can click here for the amended agendas 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 December 20, 2021”

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

A few days before Christmas, downtown at city hall, city council wrapped up the year, with one last Zoom call. Well, Cisco Webex to be precise. Before a much need holiday break, council will spend the last meeting of the year catching up on the business from Committee of the Whole and will consider a request from the Elliott Community. Merry Christmas, indeed! Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the December 20 Meeting?”

Top 10 Guelph News Stories of 2021

If it’s December, then it’s time for end of the year lists, and what a year it was in the Royal City! We had a not-surprising surprise election, and we had to get ready for two more. Housing was a major issue, but so was the environment, and the year saw a lot of people get back into the habit of protesting. Transit made some news, so did downtown disgruntlement, and the Dolime Quarry, but what ended up number one? Let’s find out. Continue reading “Top 10 Guelph News Stories of 2021”

LIVE BLOG: Committee of the Whole Meeting for December 6, 2021

Let the last Committee of the Whole of 2021 commence! You can click here for the amended agendas 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: Committee of the Whole Meeting for December 6, 2021”

CITY PAGES: Winter Stuff, Cycling Needs and Shop Local

The City of Guelph, and it’s various partners and agencies, put 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: Winter Stuff, Cycling Needs and Shop Local”

Committee of the Whole Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the December 6 Meeting?

It’s time for the last Committee of the Whole meeting of the year, and it’s a deceptively simple agenda with some pretty big issues. What can you look forward to? A COVID-19 update, some planning matters, next year’s main issues for the City, some downtown discussion, and a pretty big new motion about accelerating Guelph’s climate change commitments. Continue reading “Committee of the Whole Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the December 6 Meeting?”

GUELPH POLITICAST #298 – What About Your Friends?

There are a lot of groups and organizations in Guelph that are dedicated to helping the poor, the homeless and the disenfranchised, but there are maybe only one or two groups that are doing that work without the formal or financial backing of governments, non-profits or institutions. One of them is Your Downtown Guelph Friends, and they’re now crowdfunding for assistance, so what makes this group of young people so dedicated? Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #298 – What About Your Friends?”

OP-ED: A Thriving and Welcoming Downtown is Good Business

Guelph’s business community has begun the long and challenging process of rebuilding from the COVID-19 pandemic. For many businesses, rolling lockdowns and additional restrictions have caused significant hardships. Recovery will take time for all of us. Continue reading “OP-ED: A Thriving and Welcoming Downtown is Good Business”

This Month at Council PART 2: Workshops, Development Charges, and More Drama

For a time, the second half of the month at council was more dry and wonkish with special meetings and workshops about dry subject matter like Development Charges and the multi-year budget. Fortunately (or unfortunately depending on your point of view), council made up for some of the lost drama at the month’s regular council meeting, where they revisited the internal misunderstandings that stared the month. Here’s the second part of the recap. Continue reading “This Month at Council PART 2: Workshops, Development Charges, and More Drama”