RECAP: Small But Inquisitive Group Grills Councillors at Ward 6 Town Hall

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”

Bye Bye Bailey Bridge! (Video and Photos)

It was a day long in the making, the dismantling of the Bailey Bridge that has served the people in the area of the Niska Road for more than four decades. But this no demolition. Like it’s wartime origins, the bridge once again became a tool of the Canadian Forces, this time for training purposes, as soldiers from St. Thomas and Waterloo detachments took part in removing the Bailey Bridge from its Niska Road home. Continue reading “Bye Bye Bailey Bridge! (Video and Photos)”

This Week in Press Releases – March 5-9, 2018

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 5-9, 2018”

This Week in Press Releases – February 5-9, 2018

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 – February 5-9, 2018”

Environment Ministry Gives Thumbs Up to Niska Development

After nearly a month of being closed to traffic for safety, the Niska Rd bridge is now one step closer to its much needed renovation. The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change today has decided that further environmental assessments are unnecessary, and that the process for reconstruction of Niska Rd. and the replacement of old Bailey Bridge can now proceed. Continue reading “Environment Ministry Gives Thumbs Up to Niska Development”

Niska Rd Bridge is Closing Indefinitely; City Cites “Safety Concerns”

Enjoy driving over the Niska Rd Bailey bridge while you can, because at the end of the month you’ll be able to drive across it no more! In an announcement today, the City of Guelph’s own engineers are saying that there are safety concerns about the bridge’s abutments due to high spring water flows and heavy rainfall. As a result, the bridge will be closed on February 28 whether you walk, ride or drive. Continue reading “Niska Rd Bridge is Closing Indefinitely; City Cites “Safety Concerns””

Niska Road Bridge Debate Continues with Official City Response to EA Part II

After a six-hour meeting on the subject last December, a decision was made that even the Mayor admitted would mean that “some people may be going home not liking the result.” Still, even by a vote of 9-4, the council endorsement of the new two lane Niska Rd. Bridge and other improvements to the western portion of the road was not the end of the story. As the Environmental Assessment at the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change moves on to part II, the city has posted its responses to the concerns raised by local residents. Continue reading “Niska Road Bridge Debate Continues with Official City Response to EA Part II”

This Week in Press Releases – February 8-12, 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 – February 8-12, 2016”

Coucil Goes Late to Approve a 2-Lane Bridge on Niska Road

It was in some respect an issue more contentious than the budget itself, a packed house came out Thursday to see a staff report on the fate of the one-lane Bailey Bridge on Niska Rd., hear public delegations, and listen to council’s debate and decision on the matter. Sometime after midnight, despite an overwhelming number of people in attendance representing the status quo, the fate of the bridge was sealed: Niska Rd.’s route over the Speed River will now be two-way. Continue reading “Coucil Goes Late to Approve a 2-Lane Bridge on Niska Road”

Green Party Enters the Niska Road Debate

Development and construction is always a contentious issue in Guelph, but the fate of the bridge on Niska Road and what it might be replaced with has proven to fairly controversial. Shall the bridge be updated to accommodate modern traffic patterns, or is the bridge, as it is now, what’s best for the area? Into this debate, a new political voice has emerged. Continue reading “Green Party Enters the Niska Road Debate”