After last fall's round of municipal elections in Ontario, Premier Kathleen Wynne promised to look into the idea of incorporating ranked ballots into the process for the 2018 vote. The idea generated a lot of interest, most prominently from Toronto Mayor John Tory, who recently pressed Wynne to move forward with legislation to approve a new ranked ballot system for Canada's biggest city. Never one to shy away from progressive thinking and new ideas, concerned Guelphites are now jumping on to the debate and are looking to make ranked ballots a reality for the Royal City in 2018.
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Thursday, April 9, 2015
Do you like parks? Do you like playgrounds? Who doesn't? And I know you kids who read this blog do. So the City of Guelph is looking for feedback concerning a new playground equipment being installed in four local parks. I don't have any kids, so I really have no skin in the game, but what I will say is that if it were me offering my input, I would lean more towards the sandlots and metal bars of my own playground days. Hey, it may not have been as safe, and I knocked out my two front teeth on a see-saw when I was five, but I survived. (Maybe that's why I shouldn't have a say...)
Sunday, April 5, 2015
April is shaping up to be the cruelest month for Prime Minister Stephen Harper: the Mike Duffy trial begins this week, the knives are already out for the federal budget coming April 21, and author Michael Harris will be hitting the road to talk about his takedown of the Harper years, Party of One. Fair Vote Guelph is bringing Harris to the Royal City on April 19, but Open Sources Guelph will have the reporter, columnist and author on the show later this week.
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
The local New Democrats were the first out of the gate last night in naming their candidate for this October's Federal Election. In the now-open riding of Guelph, the stakes will be high here for the implications of the national race along with choosing who will represent us, and the NDP are hoping Royal City voters are going to choose Andrew Seagram.
Sunday, March 29, 2015
It was a little over six months ago that Cam Guthrie was elected to be Mayor of the City of Guelph, but those first four months on the job haven’t been all getting settled, hand-shaking and memorizing the names of city hall staff. No, Mayor Guthrie had to get right down to work, and work with the new council, to put together a budget for 2015. No easy feat even if everyone on council has experience parsing those huge budget books, and no easy task when you’ve made a lot of promises about changing the way business is done at 1 Carden Street.
But with the budget battles behind him now, Cam Guthrie will now face an even more dangerous situation: one hour on live radio alone with Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson.
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Another shock to the retail system in Canada, and one that was quite sudden, but shoppers looking to go out and buy some computers, Blu-rays, video games or other electric what-nots at Future Shop were left disappointed. All Future Shop locations across Canada were closed this morning, about half of them will be closed forever, but the rest of them, including the Guelph location, will become Best Buys by this time next week.
Friday, March 27, 2015
Doing their due diligence on the money front from last fall's Municipal Election, Andy Best at the Guelph Citizen posted a breakdown of how much the current members of council spent in order to win their seats. For council candidates, the spending limit is between $16 to $18,000 depending on the ward they're running in, while there's a $82,000 limit for mayor. For the most part, the candidates didn't get near their spending limits, but the numbers, as pointed out by the Citizen, do show some interesting trends.
Thursday, March 19, 2015
Perhaps because of an abundance of preparation, or perhaps because the weather was so-so, or perhaps because it was a Tuesday, the results from St. Patrick's Day in Guelph was pretty good according to the Guelph Police Service.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
With the warm weather coming, seeing musicians out on the street with their guitars and instruments, playing along for whatever pocket money passersby may have are about to become a more frequent site. Good thing the police are on the job to stop folky covers of pop songs from interrupting people's day three-and-a-half minutes at a time.
Monday, March 16, 2015
Four years ago when the City of Guelph revamped the entire Guelph Tranist route and schedule system it did not go exactly according to plan. Adjustments were made, Transit tried to address the whole new set of problems created by the change with some degree of success, but a lot of transit riders will agree that it's far from smooth sailing riding the bus in the Royal City. Now, Tranist thinks they may have found some answers via a ridership survey taken earlier this year. Will these new routes and new schedules be the answer to Guelph's transit woes?