CANDIDATE QUESTIONNAIRE – Michelle Bowman, Ward 1 Councillor

“I became an environmental ecologist to help solve social-environmental problems. At this stage in my career, I can make a bigger impact in politics than in science. Our overall goal is to improve the wellbeing of Guelphites with the resources and influence available to us. My training and experience in multifaceted problem solving will help the city make objective and balanced decisions.” Continue reading “CANDIDATE QUESTIONNAIRE – Michelle Bowman, Ward 1 Councillor”

Mac’s Back – For Real – With Lots of Questions

After flicking his campaign website off and on earlier this week, it seems that Ward 1 council candidate Thai Mac is now all the way back in just two weeks after saying that he was unofficially pulling out. In his latest statement, Mac made a lot of accusations about an unnamed Ward 1 candidate, and added that he’s talked to local LGBTQ+ advocacy groups about how he can do better in the future. Continue reading “Mac’s Back – For Real – With Lots of Questions”

Mac’s Back, Or Is He? Questions Remain About Candidate’s Unofficial Status

On Tuesday, Ward 1 voters were suddenly wondering if they had a new candidate on the ballot. Or make that an old candidate on the ballot. As previously reported, council candidate Thai Mac left the 2022 election race a few weeks ago after some social media posts of questionable taste started to get passed around, even though he will technically remain on the ballot. So is Mac still looking for your vote? Continue reading “Mac’s Back, Or Is He? Questions Remain About Candidate’s Unofficial Status”

GUELPH POLITICAST #339 – Too Beautiful to Fail

For 20 years, the fate of the old Ontario Reformatory Lands have been a matter of some question, and the answer to that question is complicated by the tangled web of ownership. As successive governments have worked to untangle that web, all that residents and history buffs have been able to do is plan, advocate and educate, but what happens now that we’re so close to revealing the final fate of the OR Lands? Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #339 – Too Beautiful to Fail”

Pressure Over Posts Prompts Mac to Leave Ward 1 Race

Someone once said, “The internet is forever,” and that truism is top of mind for many potential election candidates at all levels of government. Not for the first time in the annals of political campaign – but perhaps for the first time in the context of a Guelph municipal election – a candidate has pulled their name from consideration even though, in this case, they’ll still be technically on the ballot. Continue reading “Pressure Over Posts Prompts Mac to Leave Ward 1 Race”

CANDIDATE QUESTIONNAIRE – Erin Caton, Ward 1 Councillor

“Since moving to Guelph, I have run into a variety of issues like missing sidewalks, unsafe trail crossings, poor cycling infrastructure, dangerous driving and more. As a seasoned project manager, I am a problem solver and I really enjoy helping people.” Continue reading “CANDIDATE QUESTIONNAIRE – Erin Caton, Ward 1 Councillor”

CANDIDATE QUESTIONNAIRE – Dan Gibson, Ward 1 Councillor

“Having served on city council for the past 8 years, I am committed to continue advocating for equitable City investment in the east end of our City (Parks, Trails, Road Improvements), as well as transparent, accountable and financially responsible local government.” Continue reading “CANDIDATE QUESTIONNAIRE – Dan Gibson, Ward 1 Councillor”

CANDIDATE QUESTIONNAIRE – Chidi Nwene, Ward 1 Councillor

“My reason for running is very simple. Living in Guelph for many years, I have witnessed the demography of our city change and the population of its people diversify. Our city still produces homogeneous councils, this in some cases threatens the legitimacy of their decision making. I strongly see the need for diversity in our city council, in order to reflect the people of our community. “ Continue reading “CANDIDATE QUESTIONNAIRE – Chidi Nwene, Ward 1 Councillor”

Municipal Election Nominations Update Week #11

It’s election season here in Guelph! The nominations are open for this fall’s Municipal Election, and interested residents are filing their papers to run for positions as mayor, for city council and for a spot on one of the local school boards. Each week, this space will break down who’s new to the race, who’s running again, and where we’re still waiting for someone to show an interest! Continue reading “Municipal Election Nominations Update Week #11”

RECAP: Staff Lays Out the Potential Future for York/Elizabeth

The Ward has seen lot of changes over the years and decades, but the City of Guelph is looking towards at least one more change in the years to come. On Thursday night, City planning staff hosted a virtual town hall to give residents a run down about all the work that they’ve done so far with the new land use plan for this complicated area in Ward 1, and are inviting people to offer feedback for at least one more week. Continue reading “RECAP: Staff Lays Out the Potential Future for York/Elizabeth”