Guthrie Calls Emergency Meeting to Save the Dining District

Mayor Cam Guthrie called an emergency meeting of city council for Monday at 6 pm to discuss extending the end date for the Downtown Dining District. The district is currently schedule to close on Monday, but an open letter from the people running expanded patio service there threatened immediate job losses if they’re not allowed to continue for a few more weeks. Continue reading “Guthrie Calls Emergency Meeting to Save the Dining District”

CITY PAGES: Bike Month, New Park, and Dining District Extended

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: Bike Month, New Park, and Dining District Extended”

Downtown Dining District Now a Regular Thing Till Labour Day

After a successful inaugural weekend, the first downtown dining district is now set to be a permanent thing through to the Labour Day long weekend. Many people enjoyed the closed down streets at the intersection of Wyndham and Macdonell last Saturday and Sunday, and after looking at the results, this dining district will be a regular feature for the rest of the summer. Continue reading “Downtown Dining District Now a Regular Thing Till Labour Day”

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”

City of Guelph Offers Expanded Options for Patios and Curbside Pick-Up

Friday marked the beginning of Ontario’s Stage 2 economic re-opening in Guelph and other select areas. For area restaurants and bars that means being allowed to serve more than take-out, but only if they have a patio for people to dine al fresco. Because of that condition, and because not everyone has a patio ready to go, the City of Guelph wants to make it easier for people to dine outdoors and set up their ad hoc patios. Continue reading “City of Guelph Offers Expanded Options for Patios and Curbside Pick-Up”

GUELPH POLITICAST #225 – Black Lives Matter!

Saturday’s Guelph Solidarity Protest to Support Black Lives Matter drew 5,000 people to downtown Guelph to demonstrate against systemic racism and police brutality. For Guelph’s predominately white citizenry, it was a time to listen, and to show support, and in that spirit, this week’s episode of the podcast will feature very little commentary from the host, and will be almost entirely dedicated to those voices that were raised last weekend. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #225 – Black Lives Matter!”

Mayor’s Task Force Looking for Help While the City of Guelph Looks Ahead

For nearly two months, like every other community in much of the world, Guelph has been battling the effects of COVID-19. As the pandemic lockdown continues to roll on, the City of Guelph is trying to ensure its people that everything that can be done, is being done, and they are looking at how the regular business of the City will change as the pandemic remains with us. Continue reading “Mayor’s Task Force Looking for Help While the City of Guelph Looks Ahead”

If Grocery Stores Are Essential, Why Can’t We Open the Farmer’s Market?

The Government of Ontario is ordering that all non-essential business be closed by midnight on Tuesday, and the province’s grocery stores will not be considered among the “non-essential.” But what about farmers’ markets? One concerned citizen is pushing the City of Guelph to re-open the weekly market in Guelph, but City staff says that there are practical considerations that make that impossible. Continue reading “If Grocery Stores Are Essential, Why Can’t We Open the Farmer’s Market?”

Guelph Police Adding Downtown Resource Officers

For months now there’s been a general discussion about the safety of people downtown, and it’s a discussion that got real earlier this year with two separate homicides happening within a block of each other in the span of a month. Sensing a need for a greater police presence in the core, the Guelph Police Service will be unveiling a six-month pilot project to have four additional full-time uniformed officers on the streets. Continue reading “Guelph Police Adding Downtown Resource Officers”

CITY PAGES: Art Approved, Water Day, and Baker District Open House

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: Art Approved, Water Day, and Baker District Open House”