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Guelph Politico is locally sourced and dedicated to covering the political and cultural scene in the City of Guelph. Est. 2008.

Friday, February 17, 2017

The "Made in Guelph" Electoral Reform Solution Workshopped

In the basement of St Andrew's Presbyterian Church, as the music from the rehearsal organ echoed nearby, about two dozen people gathered to parse the so-called "Guelph Model", an electoral reform proposal that's meant the thread the eye of several different needles in order to meet a whole lot of different expectations. But does it work?

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for February 15, 2017


The future of Guelph Hydro will begin to be decided at tonight's Special City Council as Shareholder of Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc. Meeting. You can click here for the amended agenda from City Hall, and you can click here to read Politico's preview of tonight's meeting. For the complete blow-by-blow of tonight's council meeting, you can follow me on Twitter, or follow along below via Storify.

MANGEZ! Dine Safe Guide for February 1-15, 2017

Twice-monthly, Guelph Politico posts the latest inspection results from the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health Unit inspection of local restaurants, hotels, cafes, grocery stores and other businesses that handle food. We call it "Mangez!", and this column highlights the latest inspections done by WDGPH, and the results they've posted.

GUELPH POLITICAST #67 - The Voices of Electoral Reform

Two protests in two weeks. Guelph hasn't been this riled up about something since the anti-Walmart days! But the passionate demands of Guelphites for electoral reform seems to have not been silenced by the apparent disinterest of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to keep his campaign promises. In fact, the PM's dismissal of the issues seems to have created a new urgency.

Monday, February 13, 2017

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for February 13, 2017



Guelph City Council tackles its first full planning meeting of the year tonight with the contentious development of a 12-storey apartment building on Yarmouth front and centre. You can click here for the amended agenda from City Hall, and you can click here to read Politico's preview of tonight's meeting. For the complete blow-by-blow of tonight's council meeting, you can follow me on Twitter, or follow along below via Storify.

Niska Rd Bridge is Closing Indefinitely; City Cites "Safety Concerns"

Enjoy driving over the Niska Rd Bailey bridge while you can, because at the end of the month you'll be able to drive across it no more! In an announcement today, the City of Guelph's own engineers are saying that there are safety concerns about the bridge's abutments due to high spring water flows and heavy rainfall. As a result, the bridge will be closed on February 28 whether you walk, ride or drive. 

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Protest Closes Cork Street and Pushes MP for Electoral Reform

Justin Trudeau may be over electoral reform, but nearly 30 communities across Canada today wanted the prime minister to know that they've not forgotten a promise he supposedly made over 1800 times. Here in Guelph, which has taken the idea of reform to heart, well over 200 people showed up in front of the constituency office of MP Lloyd Longfield to keep pushing him to push the issue in the House of Commons.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Amorosi Fired in Fallout of Email Release Snafu

The swinging door at City Hall doth swing again as Deputy CAO of Corporate Services Mark Amorosi has taken the fall for the accidental release of over 50,000 confidential emails to legal council representing a former employee suing the City of Guelph.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

City Council Preview - What's on the Agenda for the February 15 Meeting?


After months of consultation online, by phone, and in person, Guelph Hydro is read to present whether they're going to buy, sell, merge, or stay exactly the same. It turns out that focus is on options two and three.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

City Council Preview - What's on the Agenda for the February 13 Meeting?


The first official planning meeting of the year will deal with matters both big (12-storeys big), and small (some light clerical work).