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”

RECAP: Ward 2 Town Hall Goes Deep in Budget Discussions

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”

RECAP: Ward 2 Town Hall Featured a Lot of Library Talk

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”

Snakes & Lattes Taking Over Board Game Cafe From Two Councillors

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”

Councillors Giving Up Their Board Game Dreams for Council Work

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”

GUELPH POLITICAST #164 – The Rookies (OSG Interviews)

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)”