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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

VIDEOS: Hundreds Support Gordon Motion, Outside and In City Hall



It was standing room only at city council last night as council debated a motion by Ward 2 Councillor James Gordon asking his fellow councillors on taking a stand against Nestle and their continued water taking at their Aberfoyle bottling plant. Now city council is often compared to a carnival, but there was no denying the carnival atmosphere prior to the meeting as hundreds of people gathered in front of City Hall to sing, speak and make noise, all to push council to support Gordon and his motion.

Monday, September 26, 2016

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for September 26, 2016



Tonight's city council meeting will be proceeding by some additional action, and I don't just mean the closed meeting that starts at 5 pm. Nope, also starting at 5 pm Rally to Protect Water, so stay tuned for updates from that as well. As for when the meeting starts, 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, September 24, 2016

GUELPH POLITICAST #51 - Fred Dahms, Author of 'Conflict and Compromise'

Political books are nothing new, but a book about Guelph politics? That has the Guelph Polticast written all over it! Conflict and Compromise: Politics and Planning in Guelph 2000-2015 is the new book from Dr. Fred Dahms, and if you're looking for a good primer on how the City got from there to here on a wide variety of different issues, then you can't do much better. 

Friday, September 23, 2016

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


The normal politics of your end-of-the-month council meeting will be preceded this coming Monday by the Rally to Protect Water in front of City Hall, but there's still a lot of non-water matters for council's consideration and debate next week. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Make Guelph Great Again?!?!



Here in Canada, we like to look at the Presidential Election circus south of the border with a degree of smug self-satisfaction, but you never know, maybe people in Canada like what Trump's standing for, whatever it is. Some of them, may even go to the University of Guelph. 

Monday, September 19, 2016

Celebrate the Freedom of the City Parade this Saturday

Postcard from the Guelph Public Library Archives
The Canadian Forces 11th Field Regiment has a storied history in the Royal City, 150 years of history to be precise. Yes, the regiment turns 150 years old this year, and this calls for a parade and an open house. This Saturday!

Kingsley Coming to Guelph Too



Last week, you might have read about how Jean-Pierre Kingsley, former chief electoral officer of Elections Canada, will be at the Kitchener Library next Wednesday to talk about electoral reform. Well, if you don't want to drive 30 minutes up the road, good news! Kingsley will be in Guelph, one day earlier.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

When Terry Passed Through Town

From the Guelph Mercury Archives
Sandwiched between an article announcing that the new MacDonald-Stewart Art Centre would be opening in November, and pictures of the visiting Canadian Hearing Society's mobile van on page 3 of the July 17 edition of The Daily Mercury was a notice. A young man named Terry Fox was running his way across Canada in a "Marathon of Hope" in order to raise money and awareness for cancer research, and his long journey was to bring him to Guelph that coming Tuesday.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

This Week in Press Releases - September 12-16, 2016



Every week, the City of Guelph and other groups send out notices to announce new events, imperatives, and information that you need to know. Here is this week in press releases.

Friday, September 16, 2016

MANGEZ! Dine Safe Guide for September 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.