GUELPH POLITICAST #348 – What’s Next? Part 2: The Next Election

Last week, we covered the transition from the previous council to the new, and this week, we look far-ish into the future to the next election, the one in October 2026. You will hear in this podcast that planning for the next election begins almost immediately after the one that’s just completed, because there are a lot of complicated questions that need to be answered before the time comes to vote again. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #348 – What’s Next? Part 2: The Next Election”

GUELPH POLITICAST #347 – What’s Next? Part 1: The Transition

On November 15, five new city councillors are going to formally take their seat around the horseshoe, and they’re five people bringing a variety of skills and experiences to the table. Joining them are eight experienced councillors, so how do all these ingredients gel to immediately form a cohesive unit that will tackle some of the biggest challenges our local government has faced. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #347 – What’s Next? Part 1: The Transition”

At Least One Appeal Filed Over Guelph’s New Ward Boundary Map

Back in June, after 30 years and months of debate, Guelph City Council approved an adjusted six-ward map that will go into effect for the 2022 Municipal Election. But now there’s a wrinkle in the form of an appeal, one Guelph resident has applied to the Ontario Land Tribunal (OLT) to contest the new ward boundary map, which might delay it’s implementation before next year’s local election. Continue reading “At Least One Appeal Filed Over Guelph’s New Ward Boundary Map”

RECAP: Consultants Lay Out First Principles in Ward Boundary Review

The first round of public feedback on the ward boundary portion of the Council Composition and Employment Status review is currently in progress. On Wednesday evening, members of the consultant team hired for the review along with City Clerk Stephen O’Brien led viewers through the principles they’re using to redraw the map, and answered residents questions as the next phase of this study gets underway. Continue reading “RECAP: Consultants Lay Out First Principles in Ward Boundary Review”

GUELPH POLITICAST #232 – Behind the Scenes of the Remote Council

City council is one of those things that has more less operated the same way for decades, You’ve got your elected officials, and the relevant City staff around the big central table, media covers the goings on from their appointed desk, and there’s a gallery full of spectators and supplemental staff who will take part in the meeting when called upon. It’s simple, and it’s how things have always been done… at least until COVID-19. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #232 – Behind the Scenes of the Remote Council”

Mayor Guthrie Sets Emergency Meeting of Council for Monday

Mayor Cam Guthrie has called for an emergency session of City Council to take place Monday March 23 at 6 pm. The move follows the passage of the Municipal Emergency Act yesterday by the Ontario government, which allows municipal councils to carry on business electronically while authorities are continuing to recommend social distancing and the avoidance of large gatherings. Continue reading “Mayor Guthrie Sets Emergency Meeting of Council for Monday”

Concerns About Access Follow Guelph Chamber Debate

When it comes to local campaign, the major event of any race is the debate hosted by the Chamber of Commerce. But the Chamber is under fire from a couple of different corners after this past Wednesday’s debate, from accusations of not allowing access, to being undemocratic, to not being able to watch the debate live on Rogers. Continue reading “Concerns About Access Follow Guelph Chamber Debate”

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”