Park Grocery Besoms Guelph’s Latest Living Wage Employer

Park Grocery Deli & Bar is joining a unique fraternity in Guelph as one of nearly two dozen business that are classified as a Living Wage Employer, and is now only one of the few restaurants in Canada to declare themselves as such. Continue reading “Park Grocery Besoms Guelph’s Latest Living Wage Employer”

Councillors Giving Up Their Board Game Dreams for Council Work

Although Mark MacKinnon and Rodrigo Goller are well-known as two of Guelph’s 12 city councillors, they’re slightly less well-known as the proprietors of one of Downtown Guelph’s two board game cafes, The Boardroom. As it turns out though, life around the horseshoe means less time for fun and games. Continue reading “Councillors Giving Up Their Board Game Dreams for Council Work”

FLASHBACK: The Last Stand of a Family Thrift Store

There are many people invested in the Baker Street redevelopment, a plan to revitalize what’s presently an underutilized section of the downtown core. A new main branch of the Guelph Public Library will be there, along with new commercial and residential opportunities, but if it’s seemed a long time in waiting for these changes, you’re right. Continue reading “FLASHBACK: The Last Stand of a Family Thrift Store”

GUELPH POLITICAST #138 – Arthur Kerrey, Professional Graffiti Artist

Is graffiti an art form in its own right, or is it a nuisance, a sign of urban decay and increased crime? Depends on who you ask. For some people graffiti is gang-related, or done by hooligans that deface public property because they can. To others though it’s about frustrated artists looking for a canvas, and then they grow up to become successful artists. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #138 – Arthur Kerrey, Professional Graffiti Artist”

This Week in Press Releases – April 9-13, 2018

Every week, the City of Guelph and other groups send out notices to announce new events, imperatives, and information that you need to know. Here is this week in press releases. Continue reading “This Week in Press Releases – April 9-13, 2018”

City Celebrates First New Parkade in [Emphasis] 30 Years!

30 years. If today’s groundbreaking of the Wilson Street Parkade was a drinking game, the key phrase would be “30 years”. In remarks before the groundbreaking, Mayor Cam Guthrie, Chief Administrative Office Derrick Thomson, and executive director of the Downtown Guelph Business Association Marty Williams wanted to make sure everybody knows that this is the first new parkade in the city’s core in 30 years. Continue reading “City Celebrates First New Parkade in [Emphasis] 30 Years!”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for February 12, 2018

This month’s planning meeting will feature development priorities, the state of the city’s brownfields, and the redevelopment of the Uniroyal plant. 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 tonight’s council meeting, you can follow me on Twitter, or follow the tweets below. Continue reading “LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for February 12, 2018”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the February 12 Meeting?

It might be February, but this is the first planning meeting of the year as council will be asked to consider reports about he coming year of housing construction, the next several years of brownfield remediation, and the immediate future of one brownfield in particular. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the February 12 Meeting?”

Forget Baker Street! Co-operators Moving Forward with New South End HQ

A few hours before a council meeting that would discuss the potential redevelopment of the Bakers St. parking lot for a new 200,000 square foot headquarters for the Co-operators, the insurers have reached an agreement with the City of Guelph to develop a new main building in the south end in time for a 2023 move in. Continue reading “Forget Baker Street! Co-operators Moving Forward with New South End HQ”