The rain may have ruined your weekend fun and activities, but it did have the positive effect of reversing our outside water use slide into drought like levels. Yes, the Royal City is back and blue! But, you know, still use that water wisely.
Friday, June 19, 2015
Friday, June 12, 2015
In a move that's sure to be a hit with everyone that thinks Downtown Guelph already caters too much to the hippie/dippy side of the War on Cars, the City of Guelph has decided to cordon off a portion of Macdonell St. at it's western end, right in the middle of the road, and make it a tourist trap. Say what? Yeah, like say have you ever wanted that perfect shot of the religious establishment formally known as the Church of Our Lady, right there front and centre? Well, for a summer test trial, the City is going to give shutterbugs of all stripes, local and foreign, the perfect vantage point. Right in the middle of a busy downtown intersection. If this isn't the biggest thing to hit downtown since pissoirs I'll eat my hat.
Thursday, June 11, 2015
With the legislative year winding down, many MPs are enjoying (or dreading) their last days in office. Over 50 Members of Parliament from all parties have decided that they will not run for re-election in this coming fall's Federal campaign, and one of those politicians is Guelph's own Frank Valeriote. For many residents of the city and riding of Guelph, Valeriote is considered a great and influential public servant, one that's been open, available, and responsive to the people he represents. As much as politicos look forward to an open horse race here in October, Valeriote will be missed. And if you read his final remarks in the House of Commons below, you can tell that he's going to miss it too.
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
The final piece of the electoral puzzle, at least so far as the major party candidates are concerned, fell into place last night when former Environmental Commissioner of Ontario Gord Miller was acclaimed as the Green Party of Canada candidate for the Guelph riding in this fall's Federal Election. Miller was running unopposed, so his victory was a foregone conclusion, but the meeting was still an occasion because of the presence of not just one, but two Green Party leaders, Ontario leader Mike Schreiner and federal leader Elizabeth May.
Friday, June 5, 2015
Although he presently has no competition and it seems likely that his name is going to be on the ballot when Guelphites vote in this fall's Federal Election, former Environmental Commissioner of Ontario Gord Miller will make his nomination for the Green Party official in a meeting this coming Monday night.
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Although I'm not sure how successful it is at actually getting people out of their cars and on to city buses, it's worth pointing out just the same that tomorrow is Clean Air Day. All day long, folks will be able to ride Guelph Transit for free across the Royal City, an act of faith that you'll be so impressed with the ease and comfort of your journey that you might be convinced to take it more often and pay for the privilege. The bus is always full on Clean Air Day, but I'm unsure just how much of that increased ridership has to do with the (lack of) price tag, and how much of it is people experimenting with the system. Still, do yourself a favour and do the air a favour, and for a day tomorrow, just leave the car at home.
Monday, June 1, 2015
It's been on the books for, well, ever, and it was a promise made by the provincial Liberals in the 2011 election campaign (that's two campaigns ago for those keeping score at home), but now it looks like the expansion of Highway 7 between Guelph and Kitchener is set to begin sometime later this month.
It's been a long time since we've gotten a warning like this. But the incredibly dry conditions of the last month have caught up to us here in Guelph and the City has now moved out outside water use level to Yellow 1, meaning that greater restrictions over the use of water have now gone into effect. Lawn watering is now tied to a strict schedule, and you best leave the Slip 'n' Slide put away if it gets hot again. When it comes to water now, we don't have a drop to spare.
Friday, May 29, 2015
In a non-upset, unsurprising move, the Guelph Electoral District Association (EDA) of the Conservative Party of Canada has announced that Gloria Kovach has been acclaimed as the party's candidate for the Guelph riding in the upcoming Federal Election. The Conservatives are the last major party in the Royal City to announced their candidate for the election, which is expected to be called this fall for October 19.
Thursday, May 28, 2015
In local plant news, it seems that some of the tress along Carden Street have been suffering from a bit too much water. Despite the persistent dryness during this past month of May, it seems that too much watering has caused the death of several trees along Carden Street. The cause of that is a matter being further examined by the city, in the meantime though, the trees will be removed and replaced starting sometime in the immediate future.