New Council Term Comes with Live Streaming!

Ward 6 Councillor Mark MacKinnon will be starting off the new term being watched by the cameras that he insisted be funded. The City of Guelph confirmed today that the inaugural meeting of city council Monday will be the first to be live-streamed by the City of Guelph itself.  Continue reading “New Council Term Comes with Live Streaming!”

GUELPH POLITICAST #120 – Clerk O’Brien on Election Rules

The news is full of election stories, and politicos everywhere are eagerly counting down to the beginning of the campaign. That’s the provincial story, of course, but there’s more than one election this year. We’re going to focus on the municipal one for this week’s podcast, and if you’re thinking about running, or thinking about supporting someone that’s running, this one’s for you.  Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #120 – Clerk O’Brien on Election Rules”

GUELPH POLITICAST #47 – Stephen O’Brien, City Clerk

The subtitle for this week’s episode might well be “How does city council work?” Or at least, how does something transform from being an idea or suggestion into a new by-law or policy. Change is always inevitable, and there’s a fairly significant change coming to the way council is conducted next month, the switch over from a standing committee model to a Committee-of-the-Whole one. So I thought, “Why not combine the ideas?” Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #47 – Stephen O’Brien, City Clerk”

Ontario Gov Looking at Changes to Municipal Elections

Even as the provincial government tries to scramble to reform their own fundraising activities, they will be considering changes to how municipal elections will be run in 2018. Queen’s Park has announced today proposed changes to the Municipal Elections Act (MEA), that will, if passed, “modernize municipal elections and provide the option of using ranked ballots in future municipal elections.” Continue reading “Ontario Gov Looking at Changes to Municipal Elections”

PRESS RELEASE – City of Guelph Invites You to Learn to Vote Online

Despite my personal opinion about the somewhat audacious idea of bringing online voting to the hometown of the robocall, the City of Guelph is moving full steam ahead with it in this year’s municipal election. If you’re at all interested in learning more about the nuts and bolts of the computer-assisted democracy, then city hall is having a tutorial next week and you’re invited to bring your favourite device along to see how it’s all going to work. Continue reading “PRESS RELEASE – City of Guelph Invites You to Learn to Vote Online”