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”

GUELPH POLITICAST #334 – Moving the Needle Downtown

When you think about helping Guelph’s most vulnerable downtown, you think of Chalmers. They’ve been doing it for decades, and they’ve continued to do it though good economic times and bad. While the politicians look for policy and funding remedies, the good people at Chalmers are on the frontlines of the issue every day, so how do they see issues of poverty, homelessness, and mental health as they currently stand downtown? Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #334 – Moving the Needle Downtown”

Over 200 Advocacy Groups Demand Immediate Increase to Social Assistance

A coalition of 230 social services and community groups have called on the Provincial government and Premier Doug Ford to double Ontario Works (OW) and Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) rates. In an open letter, the group says that current crises around poverty, homelessness and mental health can all be tied to years of under-funding in social services, and doubling the rates would be a good start to begin a redress. Continue reading “Over 200 Advocacy Groups Demand Immediate Increase to Social Assistance”

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”

RECAP: County Committee Supports Council Direction on Homelessness

Responding to a motion from Guelph City Council to hold an emergency meeting on homelessness in Downtown Guelph, the Wellington County’s social services committee gathered to address those concerns. The long meeting (by committee standards) saw members agree with Guelph’s leaders that more needs to done, and backed up council’s calls for action. How did we get here? Let’s recap the meeting… Continue reading “RECAP: County Committee Supports Council Direction on Homelessness”

County’s Social Services Committee to Hold Special Meeting on Thursday

Just a couple of days after Guelph City Council ratified a slate of motions meant to direct action on homelessness, mental health and addiction issues in Downtown Guelph, the City’s social services provider will gather the committee that oversees them for a special meeting. On Thursday, Wellington County’s social services committee, which includes Mayor Cam Guthrie as a member, will answer some of Guelph council’s questions. Continue reading “County’s Social Services Committee to Hold Special Meeting on Thursday”

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?”