Doug Ford’s promise to not touch the Greenbelt was turned into a hip-hop beat, and it led a couple of hundred people milling about in the Boathouse parking lot over the covered bridge York Road Park. And they kept coming. Guelph joined the province-wide series of protests happening around Ontario this weekend, another loud choir of voices who are against recent changes the Ontario government’s made to planning rules. Continue reading “Guelphites Join Province-Wide Protest of Planning Changes”
The results of the 2022 Guelph Municipal Election were predictable in some ways, but really quite surprising in others. Among the especially notable surprises is that while nine incumbents were running for re-election, only eight of them are coming back to the council table in the new term. As for those five new councillors, who are they exactly? Let’s go through the returns below! Continue reading “ELECTION RESULTS: Resounding Re-Election for Guthrie, 5 New Councillors”
Housing issues, police funding versus social services, the new main library, transit and the state of local democracy were all topics of conversation at Thursday night’s virtual debate. A consortium or different Guelph groups and organizations organized the debates in all six wards, and they all took place at the same time, so the focus of this recap is the middle-most ward, Ward 3. How did the five candidates find consensus? Read on. Continue reading “RECAP: Ward 3 Candidates Find Common Ground in Virtual Debate”
At 10C Shared Space today there was a candidate forum that tried to put the emphasis on sharing in lieu of debating. About a dozen of the candidates running in Wards 1, 2 and 3 came out in front of a live studio audience for the first to two council candidate forums to discuss the Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs, as outlined by the U.N., and how we can incorporate those goals into the solutions for the challenges facing Guelph. Continue reading “Collaborative Problem Solving the Goal with Candidate Panel at 10C”
“I love Guelph and wish to continue playing a role in improving life here for all.” Continue reading “CANDIDATE QUESTIONNAIRE – Phil Allt, Ward 3 Councillor”
It’s election season here in Guelph! The nominations are open for this fall’s Municipal Election, and interested residents are filing their papers to run for positions as mayor, for city council and for a spot on one of the local school boards. Each week, this space will break down who’s new to the race, who’s running again, and where we’re still waiting for someone to show an interest! Continue reading “Municipal Election Nominations Update Week #9”
Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health has announced its first case of Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19, on Monday morning. It is not in Guelph, but it’s the first instance of the disease in the area that’s covered by our local public health authority. Meanwhile, closures and other new developments continue to happen quickly in Guelph, as in many corners of Canada and the world. Continue reading “WDG Public Health Gets First COVID-19 Case, and Updated Closures”
The annual Guelph Budget is complete for another year, and it was a tough one for all involved as there were a number of pressure points including infrastructure, transit expansion, and the demand for more police resources. How tough was it? Ward 3 Councillor Phil Allt came on Open Sources Guelph last Thursday to talk about it. Continue reading “Allt Has Good Feelings About the Budget in Open Sources Interview”
Somewhere in William Winegard Public School, someone was rhythmically beating a drum. The slow tap of that drum was always there in the background, and it did nothing for the mood on the second floor, where, in the library, Ward 1 Councillor Dan Gibson was walking a fine line between outrage and need. Continue reading “Motion Sickness: How One Request for Info Pitted a Neighbourhood Against City Hall”
Before we sit down with the mayoral candidates for the next few weeks, we hear from five more of your city council candidates.
Last Thursday’s episode featured discussions with Phil Allt, Patrick Sheridan, Mike Salisbury, Matt Saunders, and Stacy Cooper. If you missed the live show on CFRU, you can now hear the podcast version of the show.
Follow the link below, or search “Guelph Politicast” and download on iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play.