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”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the February 10 Meeting?

It should be night of potential NIMBY fireworks at this month’s planning meeting as council renders a decision on one controversial development, and hears the planning application for a *really* controversial new project. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the February 10 Meeting?”

Guelph Activists Shutdown Intersection to Support Wet’suwet’en Chiefs

A leisurely drive downtown on Sunday afternoon might have caused some frustration if you wanted to pass through the corner of Wyndham and Macdonell during the noon hour. A group of about 40 activists were demonstrating in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs, who, on their ancestral territory in British Columbia right now, are running out of time to stop the development of a natural gas pipeline. Continue reading “Guelph Activists Shutdown Intersection to Support Wet’suwet’en Chiefs”

Songs and Pageantry Promote Climate Action in Latest Strike

The Fridays For Future Climate strikes have become a familiar site in Downtown Guelph over the last year, but they seem to have lost none of their enthusiasm. Over the lunch hour on a cold November day, nearly 200 people filled St. George’s Square to carry signs, dress in costumes, sing songs, and die-in to promote more climate action. Continue reading “Songs and Pageantry Promote Climate Action in Latest Strike”