Stratford Wins (Not So) Coveted Code of Silence Award

Hypothetically speaking, no city government wants to win an award for “Outstanding Achievement in Government Secrecy”, but this year the dubious distinction goes to our nearby neighbour, Stratford. Although the City of Stratford’s efforts to secure a Ministerial Zoning Order (MZO) to build a controversial glass plant came to a swift end last year, the effect on trust in the local government seem to remain. Continue reading “Stratford Wins (Not So) Coveted Code of Silence Award”

GUELPH POLITICAST #263 – They Had Concerns

You may remember Xinyi, a Chinese glass manufacturer that wanted to try and build a plant just next door in Guelph/Eramosa Township. All but one of the township’s councillors rejected the proposal in the wake of wide-spread public outcry about the effect on the local environment, especially the water supply, and that seemed to be the end of that. It wasn’t. The story then moved to Stratford. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #263 – They Had Concerns”

Guelph Politico’s Top 10 News Stories of 2018!

December means end of the year lists, and when you’re a Guelph news site, that means taking account of the last 12 months worth of stories and deciding which were the 10 most compelling. Here’s the year in news according the finest mind of Guelph Politico! Continue reading “Guelph Politico’s Top 10 News Stories of 2018!”

Ford Meeting With Xinyi Executives Behind Closed Doors?

It was just over a week ago that Premier Doug Ford misplaced a rebuke against Guelph MPP Mike Schreiner for turning down the opportunity to host a Chinese glass plant in a riding he doesn’t represent. But now allegations have been made that Ford is meeting with Xinyi behind closed doors in order to find a way to get the glass plant built after all. Continue reading “Ford Meeting With Xinyi Executives Behind Closed Doors?”

Schreiner and Ford Tussle in Question Period

As the debate about using the notwithstanding clause to force changes to Toronto’s city council raged on Monday, a verbal tête-à-tête between Premier Doug Ford and Guelph MPP Mike Schreiner veered into some unanticipated local territory. Continue reading “Schreiner and Ford Tussle in Question Period”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for July 23, 2018

Plastic bags, police cars, and NAFTA are among the list of topics on this last council meeting bore summer break (and one of the last council meetings for this term). You can click here for the amended agenda from City Hall, and you can click here for the Politico preview. For the complete blow-by-blow of tonight’s council meeting, you can follow me on Twitter, or follow the tweets below. Continue reading “LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for July 23, 2018”

Xinyi, Police Cars and NAFTA Added to Monday’s Meeting Agenda

This Monday will be the last meeting of council before the traditional summer break, and while it looked to be mostly low key, with only the Plastic Free Guelph presentation being the main point of discussion, there are a couple of interesting additions on the amended agenda. Continue reading “Xinyi, Police Cars and NAFTA Added to Monday’s Meeting Agenda”