RECAP: Wellington County Social Services Committee Meeting – September 14, 2022

After an emergency meeting in July, the Social Services Committee of Wellington County held their regular September meeting in their usual place, the Guthrie Room at the Administrative Building. Topics included more funding to provide more service through Royal City Mission, the continued offloading crunch at Guelph General Hospital and developments around $10/day childcare in the region. Let’s dive into the recap… Continue reading “RECAP: Wellington County Social Services Committee Meeting – September 14, 2022”

This Month at Council: Official Plan, Zoning and Homelessness

July means the end of council business for the summer, but in this election year it also kind of means the end of business for the rest of this term. With the exception of a couple of meetings in September, and one in November, this is it for the current incarnation of council and what a way to leave things with a new Official Plan Amendment, a major benchmark in the Comprehensive Zoning Bylaw review, and emergency motions about homelessness downtown. Here’s the recap! Continue reading “This Month at Council: Official Plan, Zoning and Homelessness”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for July 18, 2022

It’s the mid-season finale for city council, and it’s going to be a busy one! 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 July 18, 2022”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the July 18 Meeting?

Enjoy it while it lasts, because this is the last city council meeting before everyone breaks for summer vacation (and the AMO conference in August). On the agenda are the reports from committee, including a new council meeting calendar for 2023, plus the final passage of key policy items, an update about supportive housing in the city, and maybe, a surprise labour relations motion (?). Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the July 18 Meeting?”

LIVE BLOG: Committee of the Whole Meeting for July 4, 2022

It’s the last Committee of the Whole meeting before the start of summer vacation! 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: Committee of the Whole Meeting for July 4, 2022”

Committee of the Whole Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the July 4 Meeting?

In the last Committee of the Whole meeting of this term, there will be a variety of different reports to chew on from a surprising development with council’s regular schedule next term to a slate of new motions from the mayor to fight issues around mental health and homelessness. There will also be some staff recognitions, a closed meeting, and maybe a few surprises(?). Can confirm two out of three of those anyway. Continue reading “Committee of the Whole Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the July 4 Meeting?”

CITY PAGES: Mental Health, Scams, and New LGBTQ+ Support Line

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: Mental Health, Scams, and New LGBTQ+ Support Line”

This Month at Council Part 1: Trails Master Plan and the Reformatory Lands

The first two city council meetings of the month covered a lot of ground. At Committee of the Whole there were complex debates about the Trails Master Plan and executing the goals of infrastructure renewal, and then, at the planning meeting, it was all about saving the old Guelph Reformatory lands. Here’s the first half of the monthly recap of council business for this sixth month of the year 2021. Continue reading “This Month at Council Part 1: Trails Master Plan and the Reformatory Lands”

LIVE BLOG: Committee of the Whole Meeting for June 7, 2021

Get ready for a busy Committee of the Whole meeting. 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: Committee of the Whole Meeting for June 7, 2021”

GUELPH POLITICAST #276 – Paramedics and the Pandemic

We’ve kind of forgotten about paramedics, haven’t we? We’ve venerated the doctors and nurses in our hospitals, hailed the overworked and underpaid staff at long-term care homes, and made celebrities out of medical officers of health. In those terms, our paramedics have been the forgotten spoke in the wheel of healthcare this pandemic, so it’s a good thing that they have a whole week dedicated to their work. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #276 – Paramedics and the Pandemic”