RECAP: The Ward 6 Town Hall Overcomes Technical Difficulties

Wednesday night’s town hall with the Ward 6 city councillors will  probably go down in history based more on the technological hiccups suffered than the number of issues discussed, but the difficulties also showed the dedication of a small group of citizens who wanted to talk about the budget, and Ward 6 business. Check out the recap below. Continue reading “RECAP: The Ward 6 Town Hall Overcomes Technical Difficulties”

RECAP: Ward 6 Councillors Talk Virtually About South End Concerns

On Thursday night, the Ward 6 city councillors hosted a virtual town hall after a very busy month around the digital horseshoe. The post-pandemic world in Guelph, future budget concerns, upcoming changes to policy and development, and even a small dive into the world of conspiracy theories was all part of this special, from home edition constituency meeting! Continue reading “RECAP: Ward 6 Councillors Talk Virtually About South End Concerns”

Budget and South End Matters Discussed at Ward 6 Town Hall

Thursday night, the two Ward 6 Councillors, Mark MacKinnon and Dominique O’Rourke,  held their first town hall of the new term to discuss the progress on the budget, and some of the upcoming changes to Guelph’s southern most jurisdiction. Below, you can watch the live stream or recap the live blog via Twitter. Continue reading “Budget and South End Matters Discussed at Ward 6 Town Hall”

Karl Wettstein Offers Some Final Thoughts on Council Career on Open Sources

Tonight, the 2014-18 council meets for the final time before the turnover on December 3. One of the two people that will not be on the new council is Karl Wettstein, and before departing the council chamber one last time, the outgoing Ward 6 councillor stopped by CFRU!

Before calling it a political career, Wettstein stopped by to chat with the Open Sources Guelph gang to talk about his time on council, what experiences he’s taking with him, and what lessons he hopes to leave behind. That’s in the back half of the show though, for the first half we talk about the latest troubles in the White House and Queen’s Park.

You can listen to the show by following the link below, and you can also download Open Sources Guelph on the Guelph Politicast network via iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, and Spotify on whatever mobile device you listen to podcasts on.

Open Sources Guelph

This week, Open Sources Guelph is awash in galling behaviour. In the United States, the President decided to skip the opportunity to remember veterans so he could pout and rage tweet in his hotel room, and in Ontario’s capital building you still never know who might be a scandal waiting to happen. It’s a bummer to be sure, and one that’s compounded this week as we say goodbye to a regular guest as he retires from the political stage.

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Listen to O’Rourke’s First Sit Down Interview with Open Sources!

The new city council, which, admittedly, is mostly the old city council, will take their seats around the horseshoe in just a few weeks. As the two new councillors get ready to take up their positions, one of them came by CFRU last Thursday for the first of what will likely be many little chats.

On the last edition of Open Sources Guelph, we were joined in studio by Dominique O’Rourke, the incoming City Councillor for Ward 6. O’Rourke talked about her decisive victory, her plans as a councillor, and how she intends to balance all the prioritites – hers and the City’s – in her first few months of office.

Follow the link below, or search “Guelph Politicast” and download on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, and Spotify.

Open Sources Guelph

After taking a couple of weeks off from election talk, we’re back at it this week on Open Sources Guelph! In fact, we’ve missed elections so much, we’re importing coverage. First, we’ll get a delivery from the U.S. as the highly contentious midterm elections have wrapped up for another four years. Meanwhile, people in Calgary are having an election, but in this one you can’t ignore the issues because it’s a plebiscite! Back home, we will welcome to the show our first post-election interview with a new city councillor.

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James Kerr’s Not in the Running for UGDSB Trustee (Though Still on the Ballot)

In the quest to get all complete Candidate Questionnaires back before the beginning of advanced polls this weekend, there’s more news about candidates not running for office even though people will still be able to vote for them. Continue reading “James Kerr’s Not in the Running for UGDSB Trustee (Though Still on the Ballot)”

Burcher Withdraws From Ward 6 Race Though Still on the Ballot

In what’s been something of a trend this election, Council Candidate Lise Burcher has said that though she’s still on the ballot, she’s technically not in the running for one of Ward 6’s two council seats in next month’s municipal election. Continue reading “Burcher Withdraws From Ward 6 Race Though Still on the Ballot”