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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.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

A Brief History of Hillside (With a Chance of Doom)



The year was 1984. A generation of young people were given the eternal answer to "Who you gonna call?", Cirque du Soleil redefined just how far you can make certain body parts bend, and John Turner began an epic three-month ride as Prime Minister of Canada. Meanwhile, here in Guelph, a small community music festival was launched that more than three decades later endures as a summer destination that's synonymous with the Royal City.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

City Pushing to Eliminate the Last Lead Pipes in Guelph


If you've seen these black signs pop up around your neighbourhood, it's no cause for concern, unless you've gotten a postcard-size version of it in your mailbox, in which case the City of Guelph wants to hear from you. The City of Guelph is targeting a few hundred houses that remain untested for lead pipes in the hopes of finally closing the book on that infrastructure misstep.

Monday, July 18, 2016

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for July 11, 2016



This is the last city council meeting before the summer break, so let's make it a good one. 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.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

City Council Preview - What's on the Agenda for the July 18 Meeting?


It's all been leading to this... The epic midseason finale of Guelph City Council! After Monday night's meeting, council goes on its traditional midsummer break, so that means there's lots and lots of business to take care of before school let's out for (the rest of) summer - so to speak. 

Friday, July 15, 2016

MANGEZ! Dine Safe Guide for July 1-15, 2016



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.

City of Guelph Has Official Statement on Nice Attack


Last night's deadly attack in Nice on revelers celebrated Bastille Day got the whole world's attention, including members of Guelph's City Hall. 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

What's the Deal with the Multi-use Pathway on Woodlawn?



In a follow-up to last week's Guelph Politicast about biking in Guelph, I though it might be a good time to share a bit of critical, need to know information should you happen to be on your bike, on Woodlawn Road, and are interested in using the Multi-use Pathway, or MUP if you like.

Monday, July 11, 2016

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for July 11, 2016



Food trucks, affordable housing, and planning matters are all on the agenda for tonight's 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.

Friday, July 8, 2016

GUELPH POLITICAST #43 - Bicycling in Guelph


Once we get to driving age, a great many of us forget the joy and exhilaration that comes from getting out and about on one's bicycle. Over the last several years, many municipalities, including Guelph, have been busily trying to make their communities more bike-friendly in the hopes of maybe getting people to catch that spirit once more (much to the chagrin of those that think that the road's for cars only). But is Guelph bike friendly enough? This week we talk to some experts.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

City Council Preview - What's on the Agenda for the July 11 Meeting?


Sure, it's summer, but considering the following agenda it looks like city council isn't taking a break (that's next month). Reports on affordable housing and food trucks will be heard, along with the usual planning, developing and rezoning matters heard at the first meeting of every month.