Last night, the 2014-2018 term of Guelph City Council finished, and at the end of the meeting, Mayor Cam Guthrie paid tribute to the two members of City Council who will not be returning for the next term on December 3. Continue reading “Read Mayor Guthrie’s Farewell (Till December 3) Address”
Tonight, the 2014-18 council meets for the final time before the turnover on December 3. One of the two people that will not be on the new council is Karl Wettstein, and before departing the council chamber one last time, the outgoing Ward 6 councillor stopped by CFRU!
Before calling it a political career, Wettstein stopped by to chat with the Open Sources Guelph gang to talk about his time on council, what experiences he’s taking with him, and what lessons he hopes to leave behind. That’s in the back half of the show though, for the first half we talk about the latest troubles in the White House and Queen’s Park.
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This week, Open Sources Guelph is awash in galling behaviour. In the United States, the President decided to skip the opportunity to remember veterans so he could pout and rage tweet in his hotel room, and in Ontario’s capital building you still never know who might be a scandal waiting to happen. It’s a bummer to be sure, and one that’s compounded this week as we say goodbye to a regular guest as he retires from the political stage.
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Outgoing Ward 6 City Councillor Karl Wettstein wrote the following as a Letter to the Editor for the Guelph Mercury-Tribune, and he asked if he could share it with Guelph Politico as well… Continue reading “OP-ED: Election Observations from a Retiring Councillor”
As the nomination period races to a close, at least one city councillor will not be standing for re-election on October 22. Ward 6 Councillor Karl Wettstein has opted to take his leave of council at the end of November as opposed to trying for re-election for another term. Continue reading “Wettstein Chooses Retirement Instead of Re-Election”
It’s now less than two weeks till nominations close for 2018 municipal election candidates, so it seems like a good time to review the field, and look at the trends. Will the mayor run unchallenged? Might the entire council we have now be re-elected? And who might stand in the way of making that happening? Continue reading “ELECTION UPDATE: No Mayoral Competition Yet, and 3 Incumbents Yet to Announce”
It’s sometimes hard to get people to think about municipal politics on a warm summer night, let alone come out for a town hall, but a small group of Ward 6 constituents came out to the Clair Road Emergency Services Centre to hear from Councillors Mark MacKinnon and Karl Wettstein on a myriad of topics. Here’s what we all talked about. Continue reading “RECAP: Small But Inquisitive Group Grills Councillors at Ward 6 Town Hall”
It will be a relatively light planning meeting on Monday with two matters of development and two new Notices of Motion. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the April 10 Meeting?”
The year started off with council already contentious about the budget process. Mayor Guthrie had announced his intention to bring a motion to the January 19 council meeting that would state that the city government should set itself the goal of not raising taxes anymore than the rate of inflation for the coming fiscal year. Of the seven councillors out of 12 that responded to the Guelph Tribune‘s request for comment, four were against the motion and three were against. Although the motion has since been delayed, some feel as though the mayor was going too far too soon. Continue reading “Budget 2015 Update – Opening Moves”
Karl Wettstein has been a city concillor in Ward 6 for 11 years, and while some people might look at over a decade of public service as a job well done, Wettstein is looking to bank four more. Continue reading “Karl Wettstein (Ward 6) – Candidate Questionnaire”