LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for May 28, 2018

The final Solid Waste Service Review, a vote on the #3 bus, and a very special announcement on regional transit from Mayor Guthrie are on the docket tonight. You can click here for the amended agenda from City Hall, and you can click here for the Politico preview. For the complete blow-by-blow of tonight’s council meeting, you can follow me on Twitter, or follow the tweets below. Continue reading “LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for May 28, 2018”

Committee of the Whole Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the June 5 Meeting?

This month’s Committee meeting will try and not reach an epic length time while dealing with issues held over from May, along with financial updates, a new customer service strategy, a service review update, and a motion to make Guelph officially bee friendly. Continue reading “Committee of the Whole Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the June 5 Meeting?”

Solid Waste Review Report Delayed… Again

If you diligently watch the City Council calendar, or even Politico’s own monthly calendar of events, then you will recall that there was supposed to be a special council meeting this coming Monday. This meeting was supposed to deliver the final report of the Solid Waste Service Review, but as of today, no agenda for the meeting, or a final report, have been delivered. That’s because, as it turns out, the meeting is not going to happen. Continue reading “Solid Waste Review Report Delayed… Again”

Monday Morning Massacre at the MRF

A lot of people showed up for work at the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) this morning, and found out that they may not have a job there for too much longer. In all, 18 employees of the MRF will no longer be working there as the City of Guelph tries to streamline the operation in advanced of the completed service review coming back to council. Continue reading “Monday Morning Massacre at the MRF”

Top 10 Guelph Political Stories of 2017

It’s the end of the year, and that means that it’s time for lists. Lists and more lists. Top 10s on every conceivable subject. Guelph Politico also likes to do lists this time of year, and the subject we chose is the Top 10 Guelph Political Stories of the Year. From retirements to mergers, from reviews stalled and reviews achieved, and from one renovation project nearing completion to another finally making it on the books, it was another busy year in the Royal City. Let’s countdown the hits in order… Continue reading “Top 10 Guelph Political Stories of 2017”

GUELPH POLITICAST #97 – Trying to Privatize Toronto’s Garbage

Last week, city council heard from an interim report on the first service review being conducted by staff. The result of that investigation into Solid Waste Resources was that the service is almost entirely on par in terms of delivering service for money as many of the municipalities that are compatible to Guelph. There was just that one thing though… Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #97 – Trying to Privatize Toronto’s Garbage”

Follow-Up: CUPE Still Preparing For a Fight on Private Waste Collection

Monday’s special council meeting brought the first report of the City’s first service review, and members of Guelph’s labour community were spoiling for a fight over privatization. The topic didn’t come up too often in conversation around the horseshoe, but the president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 241 isn’t letting his guard down. Continue reading “Follow-Up: CUPE Still Preparing For a Fight on Private Waste Collection”

Review Says Solid Waste is “Competitive” on 5 Out of 6 Categories

The week began with concern that the City of Guelph was about to lower the boom on its employees at Solid Waste, but the interim report of the service review on that department says that, for the most part, Solid Waste is delivering its services “in-line and competitive” with other municipalities. At least, that’s how they’re doing on five out of six categories the review explored anyway. Continue reading “Review Says Solid Waste is “Competitive” on 5 Out of 6 Categories”

“Dark Clouds” Loom on an Otherwise Sunny Labour Day Picnic

Members of the CUPE (Canadian Union of Public Employees) Local 241 couldn’t enjoy their Labour Day as much as they would have liked, for they’re concerned that some members might be looking at their last Labour Day as employees of the City of Guelph. Continue reading ““Dark Clouds” Loom on an Otherwise Sunny Labour Day Picnic”