City Announces How They’re Responding to New Provincial Restrictions

Almost 24 hours ago, the Government of Ontario announced a series of new restrictions on public gatherings, as well as capacity limits and new closures. On Monday night, the City of Guelph announced how they’re responding; which facilities are closing, which programs are cancelled, and what will be left for the so-called time-limited pause in the provincial re-opening? Continue reading “City Announces How They’re Responding to New Provincial Restrictions”

CITY PAGES: Holiday Stuff, Artists Wanted and Vaccine Proof Changes

The City of Guelph, and it’s various partners and agencies, put 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: Holiday Stuff, Artists Wanted and Vaccine Proof Changes”

Top 10 Guelph News Stories of 2021

If it’s December, then it’s time for end of the year lists, and what a year it was in the Royal City! We had a not-surprising surprise election, and we had to get ready for two more. Housing was a major issue, but so was the environment, and the year saw a lot of people get back into the habit of protesting. Transit made some news, so did downtown disgruntlement, and the Dolime Quarry, but what ended up number one? Let’s find out. Continue reading “Top 10 Guelph News Stories of 2021”

This Month at Council: Voting Methods, Route Review, and Zoning Bylaw Changes

November was a busy month around the virtual horseshoe, and that’s even before you factor in the business of the 2022-2023 Guelph budgets. We’ll deal with that in another recap post, but for now, you can re-live the debates around having a more accessible vote for next year’s election, some of the proposed changes to the comprehensive zoning bylaw, and some planned changes for Guelph Transit over the next 10 years. Continue reading “This Month at Council: Voting Methods, Route Review, and Zoning Bylaw Changes”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for November 15, 2021

A plan for Guelph Transit routes will be presented and debated. You can click 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 Meeting for November 15, 2021”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the November 15 Meeting?

November is a busy month at council, and this third week of the month is going to be the busiest in terms of council business. Of course, the biggest meeting of the year is the budget presentation, but just in time for comment is a new plan from Guelph Transit to expand their service over the next decade, which yes, will require some major new investments. So what might transit look like in 10 years time? Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the November 15 Meeting?”

U of G Students Approve New Deal on Student Bus Pass

Graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Guelph have voted in favour of getting back to normal in a very specific way for the next semester. The results of a mid-term referendum overwhelmingly endorsed a new contract between the Central Student Association, the Graduate Student Association, the City of Guelph and Guelph Transit to bring back the universal student bus pass (Upass) in January. Continue reading “U of G Students Approve New Deal on Student Bus Pass”

GUELPH POLITICAST #295 – Link the Watershed?

A group of transit workers and advocates have done the impossible, they’ve put on the table a regional transit plan that doesn’t involve Metrolinx, the Ministry of Transportation, or new private carriers. The need for regional connections is more pressing than ever since Greyhound stopped all Canadian service earlier this year, but is that finally about to change? Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #295 – Link the Watershed?”

City Touts Microtransit Success While Looking for Master Plan Feedback

More savings equals success. That’s the “too long; didn’t read” of an information report to council about the first four months of microtransit in Guelph. Mircotransit might be one part of future transportation plan for Guelph, which is coming back again to the pubic for input. The City is Guelph is asking for more assistance to help shape the Transportation Master Plan. Continue reading “City Touts Microtransit Success While Looking for Master Plan Feedback”

U of G Students Face Big Transit Issues in the Fall

Students returning to the University of Guelph in a couple of weeks will notice several changes, and one of them will be access to their universal student bus pass, better known as a UPass. To put this bluntly, there will be no UPass this fall because the contract to provide one through Guelph Transit expired earlier this year, which added another logistical difficult for the U of G’s student government as they get ready to welcome their peers back to campus. Continue reading “U of G Students Face Big Transit Issues in the Fall”