There are signs that many people in our community want 2020 to be the year of housing. After a long, unsustainable hiatus on the development of supportive, social and affordable housing, all parties are eager to attack a problem that’s only ever getting worse. Sounds good, but do you remember what happened the last time everyone was eager for action on homelessness? Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #204 – The 106 Beaumont Saga”
Although the vote to direct City of Guelph to look at developing the land at 106 Beaumont did not go his way, Ward 2 Councillor Rodrigo Goller has no regrets about his advocacy on the file. This past Thursday on Open Sources Guelph, Goller talked about the hectic last month at council, fighting for housing, and the fight to come at Tuesday’s budget meeting. Continue reading “Goller Defends Motion on Supportive Housing on OSG”
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”
Ward 2 Councillors James Gordon and Rodrigo Goller joined a couple of dozen of their constituents on Saturday afternoon to do a deep dive and some Q&A on the 2020 Guelph Budget. You can follow the tweets or watch the video from the live stream below: Continue reading “RECAP: Ward 2 Town Hall Goes Deep in Budget Discussions”
Councillors James Gordon and Rodrigo Goller held a town hall at Brant Ave Public School Saturday afternoon, and although the original goal was to talk about the 2020 budget and Ward 2 issues, many came out for a dress rehearsal of Monday’s sure to be contentious meeting about the Baker District Redevelopment and the new main library. Continue reading “RECAP: Ward 2 Town Hall Featured a Lot of Library Talk”
After a couple of months with its “For Sale” sign out, the Boardroom Cafe, which is (was?) owned by City Councillors Mark MacKinnon and Rodrigo Goller, seems to have found a buyer. If you know about the the Toronto-based Snakes & Lattes, then you will likely be pleased to know that they’re going to be opening up a branch location right here in the Royal City. Continue reading “Snakes & Lattes Taking Over Board Game Cafe From Two Councillors”
Although Mark MacKinnon and Rodrigo Goller are well-known as two of Guelph’s 12 city councillors, they’re slightly less well-known as the proprietors of one of Downtown Guelph’s two board game cafes, The Boardroom. As it turns out though, life around the horseshoe means less time for fun and games. Continue reading “Councillors Giving Up Their Board Game Dreams for Council Work”
Today, students and community groups on campuses across Ontario will go on strike to protest the Ontario government’s Student Choice Initiative, which could defund in part, or entirely, a lot of different campus clubs, services, and yes, media. One such impacted group would be CFRU, the community radio station that operates out of the University of Guelph. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #164 – The Rookies (OSG Interviews)”
Ward 2 Councillors Rodrigo Goller and James Gordon held the first of at least three scheduled town halls they’re planning for 2019 on Saturday, and decided to take a new approach to community input. Continue reading “Ward 2 Councillors Take New Approach for Town Hall”
Election Day is Monday! And if you live in Ward 1, Ward 2 or Ward 6, and you’re having a tough time making up your mind on who to vote for, perhaps this bonus episode of Open Sources Guelph will show you the way.
The episode that aired today, and that you can now hear online, featured interviews with council challengers Mark Gernon, Jamie Killingsworth, Rodrigo Goller, Jonathan Knowles, and Usha Arora.
Follow the link below, or search “Guelph Politicast” and download on iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play.
This week we get an Open Sources before Open Sources. In this special, additional hour of the show this week, Open Sources Guelph will wrap up our one-on-one interviews with council candidates before getting into our last interview of the election season, which will be live from the studio.
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