The City Reveals the ‘Final Four’ in Ward Map Redrawing Madness

It’s taken months of research, hours of collecting residents’ feedback, and at least one council meeting with no firm decision, but the City of Guelph is one step closer to a redrawn ward map system. City staff are now presenting the final four options to the general public for one last round of consultation before council makes the final, final decision. Continue reading “The City Reveals the ‘Final Four’ in Ward Map Redrawing Madness”

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”

City Staff Starting Ward Boundary Review (Plus Feedback for Procedural Bylaw)

Back in November, Guelph City Council reached the conclusion that they need to get more feedback about the future of council composition. Fortunately, there was a second phase of input for the project, and it’s finally here: the ward boundary review. City of Guelph staff are now looking for feedback on where the new wards should be, and they’re also hoping that there might now be consensus on how many councillors that those wards should have. Continue reading “City Staff Starting Ward Boundary Review (Plus Feedback for Procedural Bylaw)”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for November 5, 2020

In this meeting of council, the councillors will have a hand in deciding their own potential political futures. You can click here for the agenda from City Hall, and you can click here for the Politico preview. For the complete blow-by-blow of today’s council meeting, you can follow along on Twitter, or follow the tweets below. You can also watch the City’s own live-stream of the meeting here. Continue reading “LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for November 5, 2020”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the November 5 Meeting?

It’s been a long time coming (perhaps too long in some quarters), but council will begin the debate about what it might look like in the future with a special Thursday council meeting specifically dedicated to the topic. Has the time come to say goodbye to our even dozen, part-time city councillor system? It may be depending on how city council themselves end up feeling about the recommendations. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the November 5 Meeting?”

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”

Is This What Guelph’s Wards Could Look Like? (Should Look Like?)

Guelph’s city council decided not to go forward with a review of Ward boundaries and representation last year due to budget concerns, but with the Royal City is growing by leaps and bounds. Do the old ward boundaries still make sense? Perhaps not, and one industrious Guelphite took it upon himself to prove it. Continue reading “Is This What Guelph’s Wards Could Look Like? (Should Look Like?)”

What Does the New Ward 5/6 Boundary Look Like?

It was kind of buried in the consent agenda of last week’s city council meeting, but if you live in certain portions of Zaduk Place, Paddison Court, or Sweeney Drive, you might not be in the same ward in 2018 that you are right now. The boundary will now head north at Zaduk Place off Kortright Road East and continue to MacAlister Boulevard to Victoria Road South, but what does that look like, and where can you register your concern if you don’t like it? Continue reading “What Does the New Ward 5/6 Boundary Look Like?”