Municipal Election Nominations Update Week #2

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 #2”

FedDev Minister Brings Millions of New Investment to Guelph and Wellington

The Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) spent the day in Guelph on Friday with nearly $13 million to burn in her pocket. Two stops on her public schedule delivered money for a new green technology innovation fund, and money to help improve area tourist attractions including Guelph’s biggest and most famous park. Continue reading “FedDev Minister Brings Millions of New Investment to Guelph and Wellington”

RECAP: Questions and More Questions about 65 Delhi Project

On Tuesday night, Ward 2 City Councillors Rodrigo Goller and James Gordon hosted their latest virtual town hall with a specific focus on Wellington County’s proposed transitional housing project at 65 Delhi Street. County staff were on hand to present information and talk about the many challenges and advantages of the project, as well as offering answers to questions posed from some very curious local residents. Let’s got to the recap… Continue reading “RECAP: Questions and More Questions about 65 Delhi Project”

RECAP: Ward 2 Warms Up a Week of Public Feedback on the Budget

It was not the biggest of virtual crowds on Wednesday night, but it likely provided a nice warm up for a whole week of public events and town halls about this year’s budget. Here’s the recap of the Ward 2 virtual town hall about the 2021 Guelph Budget including questions about trails, prioritizing infrastructure, and the appearance of increasing the police budget, no matter how slightly, in this of all years. Continue reading “RECAP: Ward 2 Warms Up a Week of Public Feedback on the Budget”

RECAP: Many, Many Questions About Supportive Housing at Ward 2 Town Hall

The news that Parkview Motel might be turned into supportive housing was the subject for the entire two-hour town hall hosted by Ward 2 Councillors James Gordon and Rodrigo Goller on Thursday evening. Drop In Centre executive director Gail Hoekstra and a series of special guests took questions from the NIMBYs, YIMBYs, and everyone in between. Here’s the recap… Continue reading “RECAP: Many, Many Questions About Supportive Housing at Ward 2 Town Hall”

RECAP: Cobey Promises Change in Ward 2 Town Hall on Policing

Before the start of the pandemic, there was a town hall scheduled by the Ward 2 City Councillors Rodrigo Goller and James Gordon to talk about safety and policing in Guelph with Police Chief Gord Cobey. COVID-19 cancelled that in-person meeting at the Evergreen Seniors’ Centre, but a couple of months later, the virtual version of that same town hall seemed even more well-timed as about 40 people wanted to talk about issues of racism. Continue reading “RECAP: Cobey Promises Change in Ward 2 Town Hall on Policing”

RECAP: Ward 2 Town Hall Covers PACE, and Previews Future Struggles

On Saturday, Ward 2 City Councillors Rodrigo Goller and James Gordon held one of their bimonthly town halls at the Evergreen Seniors Centre. Much of the meeting covered the work being done by Our Energy Guelph, including the PACE program, but there were hints about what might be coming at Monday’s planning meeting, and at the end of the month concerning dog parks. Watch the video, or recap the town hall below: Continue reading “RECAP: Ward 2 Town Hall Covers PACE, and Previews Future Struggles”

GUELPH POLITICAST #204 – The 106 Beaumont Saga

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”

Goller Defends Motion on Supportive Housing on OSG

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”

Motion Sickness: How One Request for Info Pitted a Neighbourhood Against City Hall

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”