LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for February 13, 2018

Nerds! It’s time. The business case for the new main branch of the Guelph Public Library, and the next phase of Baker Street redevelopment will be voted on tonight. 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 tonight’s council meeting, you can follow me on Twitter, or follow the tweets below. Continue reading “LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for February 13, 2018”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the February 13 Meeting?

The next phase of developing a new main branch of the Guelph Public Library will begin the day before Valentine’s Day, when council will be asked to show so love to the business case presented by the Library’s Board of Directors. That, and the next phase of the over all redevelopment of Baker Street will be discussed at this special meeting of city council. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the February 13 Meeting?”

A Contentious Town Hall About a New Library with People that Want a New Library

This evening, things got heated – but not as heated as they were at the afternoon session apparently – at a town hall about the business case for a new main branch of the Guelph Public Library. The two meetings today were meant to update the public about the pending developments for the construction of the new main branch, but it frequently descended into an inquisition as to whether or not the City and Library are being open and transparent enough about the process. Continue reading “A Contentious Town Hall About a New Library with People that Want a New Library”

GUELPH POLITICAST #88 – Steve Kraft, CEO of Guelph Public Library

A lot of people probably remember a row between then-Toronto Councillor Doug Ford and vaunted Canadian author Margaret Atwood over supporting libraries, and not closing branches in order to save the City money. Well, six years later Ford is out of council and Atwood is more popular than every because of The Handmaid’s Tale TV series. You know what else is more popular than ever?  Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #88 – Steve Kraft, CEO of Guelph Public Library”

Guelph Library Premieres 8 Short Films About Guelph

Much of the action at the East End Library Branch’s block party to celebrate Canada 150 was, naturally, outdoors, but there was something interesting happening inside too: Eight short films about Guelph by eight local filmmakers. Covering a wide variety of topics, the shorts each show a side of Guelph – known and unknown – that highlighted the reasons why the Royal City is the place that it is. Continue reading “Guelph Library Premieres 8 Short Films About Guelph”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the November 16 Meeting?

This week’s installment of the 2017 #GuelphBudget will deal with all the services, programs and organizations that split costs between the City of Guelph and various other levels of government and revenue sources. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the November 16 Meeting?”

This Week in Press Releases – September 12-16, 2016

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 – September 12-16, 2016”

GUELPH POLITICAST #30 – James Gordon on Freedom to Read Week

Not the most well-known celebration to take place in February, but still no less important, the past few days have marked Freedom to Read Week both here in Guelph and across Canada. Walk into the main branch of the Guelph Public Library today, and you’ll see a Freedom to Read Week display, or you might, assuming that they’ve been able to keep the banned books on the shelves… Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #30 – James Gordon on Freedom to Read Week”