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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, January 18, 2017

GUELPH POLITICAST #64 - The Allt Brothers


It's arguably the most important meeting of the year for any city councillor, the night when council votes on the city budget for the coming year. What could possibly more important that the immediate financial future of the city for one of the politicians that oversees it? Well, Phil Allt couldn't make the budget night vote last month, and he had a very excellent excuse: he was saving his brother's life.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

FACEBOOK LIVE: Committee-of-the-Whole Post Game - January 17, 2017



It's a Politico first! Check out the Facebook Live recap of yesterday's Committee-of-the-Whole meeting. 

Monday, January 16, 2017

Guelph's Going to Protest Trump Too



You may have heard about the more than 200,000 people that are heading to Washington D.C. this weekend to protest incoming President Donald Trump. You may have read about the quartet of Guelph women who are going to join them. But if you can't make the trip yourself, or even go to a solidarity march just down the road in Toronto at Queen's Park, then there's good news. The Royal City's going to show their anti-Trump colours too.

LIVE BLOG: Committee of the Whole for January 16, 2017


It's back to business as unusual at City Hall today with the first Committee-of-the-Whole meeting of 2017. You can click here for the amended agenda from City Hall, and you can click here to read Politico's preview of today's meeting. For the complete blow-by-blow of today's committee meeting, you can follow me on Twitter, or follow along below via Storify.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

MANGEZ! Dine Safe Guide for January 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.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Committee of the Whole Preview - What's on the Agenda for the January 16 Meeting?

It's back to business as the Committee-of-the-Whole meets for its January confab with issues ranging from a staff presentation on infrastructure to sign bylaw variances, and an update on District Energy.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

GUELPH POLITICAST #63 - Electoral Reform Redux


It was a little over six months ago that I sat down with Steve Dyck and Ken MacKay of Fair Vote Canada's Guelph branch to talk about electoral reform, it's various options, and what form it might take when the Trudeau government came back with its options this past December. Those were the days.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Three Hydro Open Houses Want Feedback About the Future



Energy and electricity is a hot button issue, and as you no doubt have heard, the City of Guelph is looking at ways to change up or change out the way hydro services are delivered in the Royal City. If giving your opinions to staff in person is more your speed, check out the following notice of three open houses to get feedback about possible changes to Guelph Hydro. 

Monday, January 9, 2017

Parking Frustrations an "Ongoing Battle" at West End Rec Centre



If you've been on the bus going through the West End Rec Centre loop lately, or are maybe just an eagle-eyed traffic water in the neighbourhood, you might have seen that there's a lot of people just not obeying the posted rules for parking and one-way access there. If it ticks you off to see people park in a loading zone, or head in the opposite direction of the one-way, you're not alone, but sadly there's not much Rec Centre staff can do about it. 

Friday, January 6, 2017

Why Shouldn't Guelph Get an IMDb Page?

Scene from the movie 'Blindness'

If city council is looking for priorities in this new year, then perhaps they can follow Toronto's lead. A recommendation from the City of Toronto's Economic Development Committee earlier this week (that sadly wasn't discussed due to quorum issues) floated the idea that T-dot should have its own IMDb page, administered by the City, to promote film and TV production in Toronto. Well, if it's good enough for Toronto, I say it's good enough for Guelph too.