This Week at Council: New Strategic Plan Process Begins, and the 2023 Budget Confirmation

This was a very busy week at city council with three meetings, one of which was a super-long meeting indeed. Obviously, that long meeting concerned the confirmation vote for the 2023 budget, which saw council trying to balance community need with a hopefully smaller tax burden for the public. This balance was also kind of reinforced by another meeting this week, which looked at creating the next Strategic Plan. Continue reading “This Week at Council: New Strategic Plan Process Begins, and the 2023 Budget Confirmation”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for January 24, 2023

A brief meeting that’s one of two on this Tuesday. 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 today’s council meeting, you can follow along on Twitter, or follow the tweets below. You can also watch the City’s own live-stream of the meeting here. Continue reading “LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for January 24, 2023”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the January 24 Meeting?

Not much to see for this regular meeting of city council, at least not much that you haven’t already seen. Council will revisit the new appoints they approved to Committee of the Whole, decide whether to let one of their colleagues ascend to a higher body (if elected), and will also have an in-camera conversation about the CAO’s performance objectives for the year. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the January 24 Meeting?”

RECAP: Social Services Gets A Look at the Future of 65 Delhi Street

January’s Social Service committee meeting at the County of Wellington covered a lot of ground, but the most ground was saved for a sneak peak at the redevelopment of 65 Delhi Street into Guelph’s latest transition and supportive housing project. Along with that, the committee also heard about the paramedic response to last month’s winter storm, changes coming in the 2023 budget, and childcare user fees! Continue reading “RECAP: Social Services Gets A Look at the Future of 65 Delhi Street”

MEETING PREVIEW: County Social Services Meeting for January 11, 2023

This month’s Social Services Committee meeting at Wellington County, the first for 2023, looks to be very informative indeed. There will be an update about a key housing project, some 2023 budget talk, an update about the changing costs of childcare, and a report about last month’s holiday winter storm. A big agenda for the initial meeting of the year, and the first post-election turnover. Continue reading “MEETING PREVIEW: County Social Services Meeting for January 11, 2023”

This Week at Council: Funding the Mission and Service Improvements

It feels like we were only just getting started, but Guelph city council wrapped up for the year after taking care of a couple of key pieces of business. Just in time for Christmas, there was some good news for people who want to see more aid for those who are unhoused downtown, and there was also some good news for people who like to complain to City staff with an exciting and interactive new way to make you voice heard! Continue reading “This Week at Council: Funding the Mission and Service Improvements”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for December 13, 2022

One more meeting before Christmas break! 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 today’s council meeting, you can follow along on Twitter, or follow the tweets below. You can also watch the City’s own live-stream of the meeting here. Continue reading “LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for December 13, 2022”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the December 13 Meeting?

It seems like we had just barely got started, but the year at city council comes to an end with one last meeting for 2022. This meeting. On the agenda presently are three items, an endorsement, a request for funds, and an update about the City of Guelph’s efforts to be more customer friendly. Let’s tackle the issues one last time before a nice holiday break! Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the December 13 Meeting?”

RECAP: Wellington County Social Services Committee Meeting – September 14, 2022

After an emergency meeting in July, the Social Services Committee of Wellington County held their regular September meeting in their usual place, the Guthrie Room at the Administrative Building. Topics included more funding to provide more service through Royal City Mission, the continued offloading crunch at Guelph General Hospital and developments around $10/day childcare in the region. Let’s dive into the recap… Continue reading “RECAP: Wellington County Social Services Committee Meeting – September 14, 2022”

GUELPH POLITICAST #334 – Moving the Needle Downtown

When you think about helping Guelph’s most vulnerable downtown, you think of Chalmers. They’ve been doing it for decades, and they’ve continued to do it though good economic times and bad. While the politicians look for policy and funding remedies, the good people at Chalmers are on the frontlines of the issue every day, so how do they see issues of poverty, homelessness, and mental health as they currently stand downtown? Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #334 – Moving the Needle Downtown”