Guelph Politico’s Top 10 News Stories of 2018!

December means end of the year lists, and when you’re a Guelph news site, that means taking account of the last 12 months worth of stories and deciding which were the 10 most compelling. Here’s the year in news according the finest mind of Guelph Politico! Continue reading “Guelph Politico’s Top 10 News Stories of 2018!”

Public Invited to Open House to See the Baker District Plans (So Far…)

There’s a lot of big interested in the redevelopment of Baker Street, mostly because that’s where the big new main branch of the Guelph Public Library is going. Well, mark your calendars for a fortnight from now because the City, and its chosen developer, want to show you what they’ve done so far, and get your feedback. Continue reading “Public Invited to Open House to See the Baker District Plans (So Far…)”

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

If was about one year ago that council decided it was full speed ahead on Baker Street redevelopment, and over half-a-year since council approved a business plan for the a new main library. The next phase of both these actions happens Monday in a special meeting of city council. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the July 16 Meeting?”

Friends of the GPL Desperate for Space for Book Sale

Unless they have some very good luck very soon, there may be no 12th annual Friends of the Guelph Public Library used book sale. A lack of a space big enough to organize and hold the sale may scuttle the annual event unless an appropriate venue can be found in the very, very near future. Continue reading “Friends of the GPL Desperate for Space for Book Sale”

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”