Smart Cities Office Gets $5 Million Boost to Spread the Innovation

Innovation pays. At least that seems to be lesson from Friday morning’s announcement with Guelph’s Member of Parliament, the Mayor of Guelph, the Chief Administrative Officer, the Warden for Wellington County and the Smart Cities office. The Federal government opened its wallet this morning to give the Smart Cities office at additional $5 million to further their efforts to build a circular food economy and fund new sustainability initiatives. Continue reading “Smart Cities Office Gets $5 Million Boost to Spread the Innovation”

Sale of Parkview Motel Finalized, All That’s Left is Rezoning

Grace Gardens took another step closer to becoming a reality today with the announcement from the County of Wellington that the Welcome In Drop In Centre has completed the purchase of the Parkview Motel on Woolwich Street for its conversion to social housing. The next step will be in Guelph’s virtual council chambers on Monday when councillors will vote on whether to approve the rezoning and proceed with the establishment of supportive housing. Continue reading “Sale of Parkview Motel Finalized, All That’s Left is Rezoning”

Despite the Pandemic, Guelph and Area Adds 500 More to “Sunshine List”

Despite the economic issues stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, local Guelph and area governments and agencies added more than 500 more names to the so-called “Sunshine List” in 2020. The yearly disclosure of the government workers in the province making 100,000 or more was boosted largely by medical fields, but the number of employees on the list in almost all agencies went up. Continue reading “Despite the Pandemic, Guelph and Area Adds 500 More to “Sunshine List””

CITY PAGES: Bike Parking, Art Donations, and Crime Stoppers

The City of Guelph puts out a lot of information on a weekly basis, and while it all ends up on the City’s website somewhere, wouldn’t it be easier to just scroll through it all on one easy-to-read article on Guelph Politico here…? Continue reading “CITY PAGES: Bike Parking, Art Donations, and Crime Stoppers”

Wellington County Gets $750,000 to Help the Most Vulnerable Through Pandemic

One of the biggest issues with a stay-at-home order is that you have to have a home to stay at. For that reason, the Government of Canada announced last month that they were offering $157.5 million in funding to address the needs of the homeless during the COVID-19 crisis, and the County of Wellington will be getting $720,000 of that money to look after the short-term needs of our area’s most vulnerable. Continue reading “Wellington County Gets $750,000 to Help the Most Vulnerable Through Pandemic”

Guelph and Wellington Close All Facilities to the Public

After inching towards the decision for the last few days, both the City of Guelph and the County of Wellington have made the move to close all municipal facilities to the public. While select services will continue, no one from the general public will be allowed to enter any City building or any County facility. Continue reading “Guelph and Wellington Close All Facilities to the Public”

Transit Announces Free Buses & Reduced Service to Fight COVID-19

Although the buses are still running, Guelph Transit has announced that they’re taking steps to protect drivers and passengers while still keeping up transit services in the midst of the continuing battle against the spread of COVID-19.As of March 18, changes will be coming to how you ride Transit, but it will also be coming with a greatly reduced price tag. Continue reading “Transit Announces Free Buses & Reduced Service to Fight COVID-19”

Hidden Quarry Gets Approval from LPAT After Long Legal Fight

The Local Planning and Appeals Tribunal’s (LPAT) has given the go ahead for James Dick Construction Ltd. (JDCL) to proceed with the the extraction of stone and gravel at a 39-hectare property just south of Rockwood. Eight years after it first came up in the public consciousness, the so-called “Hidden Quarry” has the greenlight to open for business. Continue reading “Hidden Quarry Gets Approval from LPAT After Long Legal Fight”

GUELPH POLITICAST #198 – What’s in a Youth Wellness Hub?

Early this month at Committee of the Whole, there was a presentation on the idea of a youth wellness hub, which has attracted the interest and participation of over 40 different groups in Guelph and Wellington County. Such a big project deserves a particularly thorough discussion, and that’s what this week’s podcast is all about. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #198 – What’s in a Youth Wellness Hub?”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the November 20 Meeting?

The final presentation for the 2020 Budget features a lot of the local services that people engage with daily in Guelph, including the police, the library, and the local public health unit. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the November 20 Meeting?”