First Candidate Interviews Now Available in Open Sources Podcast!

For the next couple of weeks, the Open Sources Guelph election team (which is the same as the regular Open Sources team) are doing spot interviews with people running for city council on October 22’s municipal election.

We began last Thursday with incumbents Dan Gibson and James Gordon, and challengers Charlene Downey and Dominique O’Rourke.

Follow the link below, or search “Guelph Politicast” and download on iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play.

Open Sources Guelph

This week on Open Sources Guelph, we were all ready to hunker down and focus on our first batch of municipal election interviews, but no, Doug Ford had to go and break constitutional norms because he wasn’t going to be stopped by some un-elected judge! Or something. Anyway, we’ll talk about all this notwithstanding talk, and then we’ll get right into the interviews.

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CANDIDATE QUESTIONNAIRE – James Gordon for Ward 2 Councillor

With Andy Van Hellemond taking his leave of council, that leaves James Gordon as the one incumbent for Ward 2 to stand for re-election. Can he make the case for voters to give him a second term instead of starting over with a clean slate? Continue reading “CANDIDATE QUESTIONNAIRE – James Gordon for Ward 2 Councillor”

Hydro Talk Energizes the Weekly Breezy Breakfast

It had been almost a year since I attended the first “Breezy Brothers” breakfast, a now weekly town hall at Breezy Corners, and what was once a single large table of concerned citizens had now turned into three. Perhaps it was the subject matter. With all the present concern about hydro, perhaps the timing worked out that the people were eager to hear from the CEO of Guelph Hydro Pankaj Sardana on a Thursday morning. Continue reading “Hydro Talk Energizes the Weekly Breezy Breakfast”

Horwath Hears Concerns About Local Water Taking

On the third floor of 10 Carden Street this afternoon, Guelph’s water advocates continued the push to protect area aquifers from water bottlers by meeting with Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath. For Horwath, the goal of the closed door meeting was to work with community members to draft a “broad water strategy” as opposed to a “knee jerk reaction.” Continue reading “Horwath Hears Concerns About Local Water Taking”

VIDEOS: Hundreds Support Gordon Motion, Outside and In City Hall

It was standing room only at city council last night as council debated a motion by Ward 2 Councillor James Gordon asking his fellow councillors on taking a stand against Nestle and their continued water taking at their Aberfoyle bottling plant. Now city council is often compared to a carnival, but there was no denying the carnival atmosphere prior to the meeting as hundreds of people gathered in front of City Hall to sing, speak and make noise, all to push council to support Gordon and his motion. Continue reading “VIDEOS: Hundreds Support Gordon Motion, Outside and In City Hall”

What’s the Deal with the Gordon/Gibson Twitter Kerfuffle?

After the previous meeting, a nice quiet productive meeting was on the books as council discussed matters of two planning applications and an endorsement of $5,000 in support for the victims of the wildfire in Fort McMurray and surrounding areas. And then Councillor James Gordon raised a point of order. Continue reading “What’s the Deal with the Gordon/Gibson Twitter Kerfuffle?”

Gordon and Allt Eat Success with First Breakfast Town Hall

Set in the middle of Breezy Corners on Macdonnell were four tables arranged together for a unique new civic engagement event. Ward 2 Councillor James Gordon and Ward 3 Councillor Phil Allt had put out an open invitation to the Guelph community: Thursdays at 8 am, come to Breezy Corners, have some breakfast, and talk about whatever you want to talk about politically. For this inaugural town hall, the councillors got around 20 people first thing in the morning for some frank political talk “over-easy.” Continue reading “Gordon and Allt Eat Success with First Breakfast Town Hall”

This Week in Press Releases – March 28-April 1, 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 – March 28-April 1, 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”