GUELPH POLITICAST #268 – The State of Pandemic in the City

The State of the City is hosted annually by the Chamber of Commerce, a chance for businesses to network with each other, talk about what they’re doing, and then hear from the mayor about the latest selling points of the city from 1 Carden Street. This year, there was the usual positive spin, but the long shadow of COVID was everywhere, so what is the State of the City according to the mayor? Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #268 – The State of Pandemic in the City”

Guthrie Asks Guelph to “Be Kind” in State of the City Address

The annual State of the City speech by Guelph’s mayor is a chance for to tout the accomplishments of the last year, and promote policy initiatives and goals for the new year. This year, there was a lot for the City to overcome, and while Mayor Cam Guthrie did celebrate that survival success, his simple desire for 2021 is that Guelph’s residents stay the course, and not lose hope. Continue reading “Guthrie Asks Guelph to “Be Kind” in State of the City Address”

RECAP: Guthrie Finds the Good News from a Pandemic Year in State of the City

The State of the City address is an annual event hosted by the Guelph Chamber of Commerce. It’s part political with a speech from the mayor, and it’s part networking and promotion for Chamber members, a chance for everyone to get together face-to-face. But this is 2021. This year, the State of the City was a virtual affair, and Mayor Cam Guthrie was forced to work harder to find the good news Guelph stories. How did he do? Continue reading “RECAP: Guthrie Finds the Good News from a Pandemic Year in State of the City”

GUELPH POLITICAST #219 – Better Days

As we’re entering this third calendar month under a state of quarantine, we’re starting to  feel that it still might be a long time until we get back to what we consider normalcy. It might be a long time before we can sit comfortably again in a room filled with a few hundred people to hear the city’s mayor talk about a grand ambition for Guelph that has nothing to do with responding to a global pandemic. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #219 – Better Days”

GUELPH POLITICAST #209 – Inside the Mind of Cam Guthrie

What goes on inside the head of Guelph’s mayor? When did he start to becoming interested in politics? What influenced him along the way? What considerations does he take into account as he makes decisions? If you’ve ever wondered about these, or similar questions, then this is going to be a podcast you’re going to want to press play on! Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #209 – Inside the Mind of Cam Guthrie”

RECAP: Guthrie Discusses Social Issues & “Future Ready” Initiatives at State of the City

In an annual appointment on the local winter calendar, Mayor Cam Guthrie delivered his fifth “State of the City” address for the Guelph Chamber of Commerce. For the 2020 speech, Guthrie touted the City’s record on addressing social issues and poverty, fiscal discipline and advocacy, and how Guelph is “Future Ready.” Continue reading “RECAP: Guthrie Discusses Social Issues & “Future Ready” Initiatives at State of the City”

GUELPH POLITICAST #207 – What Can the Chamber Do For This Podcast?

Shakiba Shayani became the new President and CEO of the Guelph Chamber of Commerce on September 9, 2019, which was two days before the Federal election, during which the Chamber exerts tremendous influence as the organizers of the main local debate, and it was two months before the start of the annual municipal budget process, during which the Chamber President always presents. Talking about being thrown into the deep end. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #207 – What Can the Chamber Do For This Podcast?”

State of the City Redux: Guthrie Keeps Things Breezy at Breakfast Club

One week ago, Mayor Cam Guthrie delivered his annual State of the City address before the membership of the Guelph Chamber of Commerce. On Thursday morning, the mayor took the show down the road to Breezy Corners for the weekly breakfast meeting organized by Councillors Phil Allt and James Gordon. Continue reading “State of the City Redux: Guthrie Keeps Things Breezy at Breakfast Club”

LIVE BLOG: State of the City 2019

At the annual Chamber of Commerce event, Mayor Cam Guthrie will deliver live, from the Delta Hotel and Conference Centre on Stone Road in Guelph, the State of the City! Is the State of the City strong, or merely okay? Follow along here, or on Twitter, to find out. Continue reading “LIVE BLOG: State of the City 2019”

GUELPH POLITICAST #111 – The State of the City 2018

Shall we play a game? Mayor Cam Guthrie thought it was a good idea last Friday when he revealed his annual State of the City address in the form of a Monopoly-style board game in order to tout a year, and indeed a term, of many accomplishments. It may have been persuasive for the crowd in attendance, but can you be persuaded? Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #111 – The State of the City 2018”