This Month at Council: Tech Trouble, Bridge Debate, Water Plan Updates

If nothing else this month, Guelph is now officially a bird city, and we now sleep under the wings of our official bird, the Black-capped Chickadee, which was chosen by popular demand. At least that part went right because this month council had its first serious tech-glitch of these post-pandemic times. But most everything else was business as usual, so let’s review the business of June’s council meetings. Continue reading “This Month at Council: Tech Trouble, Bridge Debate, Water Plan Updates”

GMHI Sells the Last Assets of District Energy to Toronto Green Tech Firm

A long cause of corporate consternation at Guelph City Hall was official resolved on Monday when the shareholder of Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc., aka city council, passed a motion to sell the downtown node of District Energy to Toronto-based Cascara Energy. The move is being considered a victory for corporate oversight and stewardship, while also being held up as an example of the City’s commitment to get to net-zero emissions. Continue reading “GMHI Sells the Last Assets of District Energy to Toronto Green Tech Firm”

LIVE BLOG: City Council as Shareholder Meetings for June 27, 2022

To kick off a busy night at city council, the horseshoe will get an update about Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc. and Guelph Junction Railway. You can click here and here for the amended agenda 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 as Shareholder Meetings for June 27, 2022”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the June 27 Shareholder Meetings?

If it’s the end of June, then it’s time for what is, in essence, the annual general meetings for the two corporations that the City of Guelph is the sole shareholder of. At this meeting, we will learn about what kind of year it’s been for Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc. and Guelph Junction Railway. They are going to be parts one and two of a long triple header night in the council chambers. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the June 27 Shareholder Meetings?”

This Month at Council Part 2: New Ward Maps and Accessible Voting

In the second half of June, much of the business of city council focused on itself. There were back-to-back meetings about the new ward maps and council composition, and then, at the end of the month, it was a triple header with shareholder meetings for Guelph holding corporations and a complex series of actions at the regular council meeting. Here’s the rest of the council recap for the month. Continue reading “This Month at Council Part 2: New Ward Maps and Accessible Voting”

LIVE BLOG: City Council as Shareholder Meeting for June 28, 2021

This is about the business of Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc., and Guelph Junction Railway. You can click here and 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 as Shareholder Meeting for June 28, 2021”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the June 28 Shareholder Meeting?

An annual tradition at the end of June, Guelph City Council gets to spend a couple of hours not sitting as itself, but sitting as the shareholder of two municipally-owned companies, Guelph Junction Railway, and Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc. What kind of year has it been for both companies, substantively and financially? Let’s find out… Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the June 28 Shareholder Meeting?”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for May 31, 2021

Let’s recap the stuff from Committee of the Whole! You can click here for the amended agenda 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 May 31, 2021”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the May 31 Meeting?

It’s the end of the month, and that means it’s time for the regular council meeting. Unless someone pulls an item from the consent agenda, it looks like most of the action from the meeting will be in closed session, and it’s technically not even council business. Here’s the agenda for the surprisingly brief last council meeting on the last day of the month. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the May 31 Meeting?”

The Month at Council: No Tower, COVID Update, and a Budget for the Future

This was a jam-packed July at city council even while everyone was physically distant. Along with the usual meetings, there was a shareholder meeting for two City-held companies, and a workshop on multiyear budgeting, which added a lot on the plates of councillors who already saw full slates on a myriad of different issues. Here’s the recap of this past month’s activities in the virtual horseshoe. Continue reading “The Month at Council: No Tower, COVID Update, and a Budget for the Future”