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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.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

VIDEO: Victoria Rd Rec Centre Re-Opens for Business

After 15 months of work, the Victoria Road Recreation Centre was officially re-opened today with the assistance of City of Guelph staff, the current Mayor Cam Guthrie, and past Mayor Norm Jary. Hundreds of area residents came out to hear the speeches, see the ribbon cutting, and check out the facilities, and now, you can too.

Friday, June 23, 2017

GUELPH POLITICAST #84 - Heather Flaherty, GM of Parks & Recreation

June is Parks and Recreation month in Ontario, and Guelph is marking the occasion with a variety of activities at its various open spaces and indoor facilities. For the last year though, the City has been one rec facility short though, but not for too much longer.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

GUELPH POLITICAST #83 - Live (ish) From National Aboriginal Day


Guelph marked another National Aboriginal Day on Wednesday bringing First Nations dance, music, culture and food to Downtown Guelph in front of City Hall for all to see. A few hundred people gathered on Carden Street to see a wide swath of Indigenous traditions brought to life, a reminder that as we strive for truth and reconciliation, there's still a culture trying to thrive.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

City Council Preview - What's on the Agenda for the June 28 Meeting?

Next Wednesday, we will have our second special council meeting of the month to talk about various Guelph subsidiaries including Guelph Junction Railway, Guelph Hydro, and the always controversial Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc. 

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Guelph Library Premieres 8 Short Films About Guelph


Much of the action at the East End Library Branch's block party to celebrate Canada 150 was, naturally, outdoors, but there was something interesting happening inside too: Eight short films about Guelph by eight local filmmakers. Covering a wide variety of topics, the shorts each show a side of Guelph - known and unknown - that highlighted the reasons why the Royal City is the place that it is. 

Friday, June 16, 2017

City Council Preview - What's on the Agenda for the June 26 Meeting?

At the next council meeting, Guelph's councillors will review this month's committee decisions, appoint some people to boards, and look at expanding the borders of the City's Downtown core.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

MANGEZ! Dine Safe Guide for June 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.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for June 13, 2017


The next phase of Guelph Hydro's future will be decided on this night! 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.

Monday, June 12, 2017

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for June 12, 2017


Get ready to plan at this month's planing meeting of council. 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.

GUELPH POLITICAST #82 - Linda Terry, Social Planning Council of Cambridge and North Dumfries


"If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich." John F. Kennedy said that, and it seems a fitting reminder that our tremendous financial inequality in modern society is far from sustainable. Someone said a long time ago that you will always have the poor among you, but that doesn't mean that we have to prove him right. Though as he sit here in the year 2017, the poor is still among us, and we seem no closer to a solution.