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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, April 22, 2017

Let's Tour Doors Open Guelph!


It's time again for the annual celebration of local heritage by going behind the scenes in some of Guelph's many famous and historically relevant buildings with Doors Open Guelph. Guelph Politico is taking part by trying to see how many sites I can visit during the day with 15 different stops spread out across the City.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

VIDEO: Behind the Scenes of the Petrie Building Renovations



This Saturday is Doors Open Guelph, the annual behind-the-scenes tour of all the places you'd like to see but don't normally have access to. One of the pit stops in this year's edition is the Petrie Building, which is a chance for the public to see the long and hotly anticipated renovation of the much neglected downtown Guelph heritage building. Due to circumstances, only the second floor will be open to visitors Saturday, but back in February members of city council, staff, and the media were given a behind the scenes tour of the work in progress, and now you can take that tour too...

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

VIDEO: Guelph Central Station is Complete with Ribbon Cutting

It's been a long, long road since ground was first broken on Guelph Central Station with the demolition of the old Greyhound Bus Terminal (2011), but the hub is now complete with the official ribbon cutting marking the end of renovations at the historic train station. In a ceremony this morning, Mayor Cam Guthrie, members of council, MP Lloyd Longfield, MPP Liz Sandals, and representatives from VIA Rail, Metrolinx, Greyhound and Guelph Transit re-opened the train station, ready to serve the future.

GUELPH POLITICAST #75 - Volunteer Centre of Guelph/Wellington

Guelph's status as a volunteer friendly community is almost as renown as our environmental stewardship and our musical devotion. April is that time of year to remind us of who helps make a community, and that is the people who give up their own free time to give back to that community, and who better to share that point of view that the people of the Volunteer Centre of Guelph/Wellington?

Monday, April 17, 2017

How Can You Help Out on Earth Day in Guelph?


This coming Saturday is Earth Day, so there is going to be a lot of activity around the Royal City to mark the occasion. Here's an overview of events in the Guelph area including clean-ups, tree planting, crafts and a film screening. 

Saturday, April 15, 2017

MANGEZ! Dine Safe Guide for April 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.

Friday, April 14, 2017

City Council Preview - What's on the Agenda for the April 24 Meeting?


On this month's council meeting agenda, there's the integrity commissioner's report, nominations for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, and... Oh, who are we kidding?! The online voting debate is the one we're all going to watching...

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

VIDEO: How to City Council?

It came up incidentally at the planning meeting this past Monday: how do you find out about city council agenda items, and how can you delegate if you want to have a say? Good questions, and the answers themselves are pretty easy to get if you know where to look. So if you're looking at how to delegate to city council, find the upcoming meeting agendas, or just want to be more civic minded, please enjoy the below instructional video...

Monday, April 10, 2017

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for April 10, 2017


It looks like a relatively brief agenda for the monthly planning meeting. 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, April 8, 2017

How the Guelph Mercury Covered Vimy Ridge

The attack began Easter Monday, April 9, 1917. By the time it was over, Canada had secured its place in history as an army, as a nation, and as a people, and we've come to understand that deeply in the last 100 years. But I wondered: how was the battle seen at the time, how was it read and understood by the people of Guelph through their daily newspaper? To the microfiche!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Money for HOPE House Among New Funding for Ontario Non-Profits


A lot of people in Guelph are going to get a lot of help thanks to new funding for Lakeside HOPE House delivered Guelph MPP Liz Sandals today. In an announcement at HOPE House's downtown location today, Sandals pledged $150,000 over three years to "enhance the financial stability of those that need their help."

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

GUELPH POLITICAST #74 - The Central Student Association

Today is the last day for University of Guelph students to vote in a run-off election for next year's President of the Central Student Association. It's no small position, but getting undergrad students to vote for the person representing them to the university admin, the provincial and federal governments, and on all matter of student issues is no small feat itself. Fortunately, next year's slate of Vice-Presidents is already in place.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

City Council Preview - What's on the Agenda for the April 10 Meeting?

It will be a relatively light planning meeting on Monday with two matters of development and two new Notices of Motion.

Monday, April 3, 2017

LIVE BLOG: Committee of the Whole for April 3, 2017


Chickens, taxes and voting are all on the agenda for this month's committee meeting. 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.

Friday, March 31, 2017

The Politico Calendar for April 2017



This month you've got Easter, and Earth Day, and some kind of gathering on the 20th, but there's so much more than that to do in this fourth month of the year.

Nathan Cullen Rallies Ideas to Push for Electoral Reform in Guelph

Nathan Cullen is traveling across the country to rally support for electoral reform, and with that as a goal, bringing his message to Guelph was the closest thing to a layup in modern politics. Nearly 100 people came to the Guelph Civic Museum Friday night to hear Cullen's message, and if you couldn't make it, now you can hear it too. 

Feds Kicking in Nearly $10 Million for Guelph Transit Upgrades

March has been a big month for transit news in the Royal City, so it's apropos that it goes out like a lamb for city transit nerds with an announcement that the Federal government will be investing nearly $9.7 million in Guelph Transit improvements including new vehicles, new fair boxes, new shelters, and upgrades to traffic signalling.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

MANGEZ! Dine Safe Guide for March 16-31, 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.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Committee of the Whole Preview - What's on the Agenda for the April 3 Meeting?



April's Committee-of-the-Whole meeting will be a rich mix of animal bylaws, taxation math, and new methods of voting for the 2018 municipal election. So as far as committee meetings go, there's something for everyone it seems. 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

GUELPH POLITICAST #73 - Brad McInerney, Kazoofest

Kazoo, noun, "a small, simple musical instrument consisting of a hollow pipe with a hole in it, over which is a thin covering that vibrates and produces a buzzing sound when the player sings or hums into the pipe." For Guelphites that like local music and grassroots art though, Kazoo means something very different. It means the start of the local festival season, and maybe some of the best music you've never heard of.

Monday, March 27, 2017

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for March 27, 2017


Surplus assets, under-charges, an investigation of closed meetings, and whether or not Guelph will be a Sanctuary City are the matters before council this week. 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.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Media Questions, Transit Answers on the Realignment

On Friday morning, the City of Guelph officially began its charm offensive to get transit users ready for the new and amended schedules and routes being proposed for September. At a media brief, Transit General Manager Mike Spicer, Supervisor of Planning and Scheduling Nancy Button, and Route Performance and Scheduling Specialist Laura Catalano-Bragues answered questions about the initial phase of the realignment.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

FACEBOOK LIVE: Transit Changes Officially Announced and Follow-Up


So we got it out there a week early, but now Guelph Transit is officially looking for your feedback to the proposed routes and schedules for the realignment starting September 3. For those of you who took the time to post your reaction on Politico, Facebook, Reddit and Twitter, you're up!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

GUELPH POLITICAST #72 - Guelph's Spectacular Spider-Man

Who is Spider-Man? Depending on who you ask, they'll say Peter Parker. Or Miles Morales. Some might even say Dr. Octopus; there was a comic book story where he and Spider-Man swapped bodies you see. But in the Royal City, Spider-Man is Brandon Bott. He is Guelph's Spectacular Spider-Man!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Environment Ministry Gives Thumbs Up to Niska Development

After nearly a month of being closed to traffic for safety, the Niska Rd bridge is now one step closer to its much needed renovation. The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change today has decided that further environmental assessments are unnecessary, and that the process for reconstruction of Niska Rd. and the replacement of old Bailey Bridge can now proceed.

Monday, March 20, 2017

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for March 20, 2017


It should be relatively brief this Monday night as there are only a few items on the planning agenda. 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.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Longfield to Hold 2 Town Halls, and Debate an NDP Leader Candidate


Guelph MP Lloyd Longfield is going to have a busy couple of weeks with three big events, two informational, and one to engage in civil discourse with a colleague from across the aisle. If you like discussing the federal budget, electoral reform and/or mental health, then these are going to be good times ahead for you.

Friday, March 17, 2017

City Council Preview - What's on the Agenda for the March 27 Meeting?

An investigation, a 40-year-old problem, and a controversial motion all come to the floor in the second council meeting of the month for March.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

MANGEZ! Dine Safe Guide for March 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, March 14, 2017

Community Energy Manager Let Go as Part of "Minor Changes" to IDE

Saying goodbye is never easy, but the City of Guelph makes it look that way. Buried in a press release today about "minor changes" being made to Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise services is news that Rob Kerr, Manager of Community Energy, is no longer employed by the City.

Guelph Transit Looking at Schedule and Route Shake-Up for September

Guelph Transit has a plan to revitalize its system with new schedules, adjusted routes and new services to "match transit service levels with passenger loads." If implemented, the realignment will see some routes renamed, rescheduled or reorganized so that transit will no longer operate on a "pulse and wave" system, but will it be enough to get more people on the bus and get them where they're going in a timely and convenient matter?

Friday, March 10, 2017

CUPE Issues Swipe at U of G 48 Hours Before Deadine

If the students of the University of Guelph thought they dodged a labour disruption bullet a few weeks ago, it looks like their "March break" will be a forced break from routine if the university's trades and maintenance hit the picket lines. And 48 hours out from the deadline, thinks are looking bleak for a last minute deal.

City Council Preview - What's on the Agenda for the March 20 Meeting?


The typical planning meeting is delay one week because of March Break, but on February 20, council will gather for a significantly shorter agenda than Committee-of-the-Whole this week. Check out the agenda below. 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

GUELPH POLITICAST #71 - College Royal

Before there was a University of Guelph, there was College Royal, an annual open house that invites the city to campus to get a sampling of all the great learning, research and education that happens between College St and Stone Rd. It's the biggest university open house of its kind in North America, so would it surprise you to learn that it's undergrad students that put it all together every year?

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

FACEBOOK LIVE: Committee-of-the-Whole Meeting Post Game - March 7, 2017



It was a very busy (6 and a half hours busy) Committee-of-the-Whole meeting yesterday. If you don't want to go over all the tweets that came out of the live-blog, why don't you watch this neat video courtesy of Facebook Live to get caught up? 

Is This What Guelph's Wards Could Look Like? (Should Look Like?)


Guelph's city council decided not to go forward with a review of Ward boundaries and representation last year due to budget concerns, but with the Royal City is growing by leaps and bounds. Do the old ward boundaries still make sense? Perhaps not, and one industrious Guelphite took it upon himself to prove it.

Monday, March 6, 2017

LIVE BLOG: Committee of the Whole for March 6, 2017


It's going to be an action-packed agenda for this month's committee. 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.

Friday, March 3, 2017

GUELPH POLITICAST #70 - Manuel Marques, Grievance Co-ordinator, CUPE 3913

Last weekend, the Canadian Union of Public Employees successfully negotiated an agreement with the University of Guelph and avoided a strike or lockout by the university's 2,500 teaching assistants and sessional lecturers. Not bad, right? Classes keep going, studies aren't interrupted and everybody's happy! Well, not everyone. 

3913 Rebuttal: Negotiations About Giving Power Back to Members Says Union Prez


Following up on today's new Guelph Politicast, I talked to the Canadian Union of Public Employees local 3913 about the negotiations with CUPE 1281 from their point of view, and what they're goals are so far as the difficulties in reaching an agreement.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Committee of the Whole Preview - What's on the Agenda for the March 6 Meeting?

March comes in like a lion for Committee-of-the-Whole as there are a lot of reports coming forward on the agenda for the meeting this coming Monday. Corporate Services and Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise Serves are the areas being covered.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

MANGEZ! Dine Safe Guide for February 16-28, 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.

GUELPH POLITICAST #69 - Laura Maclure of CUPE on Precarious Work

 
Earlier this month, when the Canadian job numbers for January were released, there was a lot of congratulating from all levels of government about the unexpected increase in the number of private sector jobs created in the first month of 2017. In all 48,000 people got new jobs, but what wasn't discussed as much was that less than a third of them got good paying full-time work, and this has been a trend for a long time now.

Monday, February 27, 2017

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for February 27, 2017


Filling some board vacancies and fostering commercial growth in the east end of the city are the items up for bids at this week's council meeting. 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.

The Politico Calendar for March 2017

March brings Spring, St Patrick's Day and March Break, but it also brings a lot of great political and cultural events to our city. Here's the rundown of all the events, gatherings and meetings for the third month of the year. 

Sunday, February 26, 2017

U of G: One Strike Averted, Another Pending

All signs pointed to dicey first day back from Reading Week for the students at the University of Guelph, but a deal was struck last night to keep teaching assistants and sessionals working on through the rest of the semester.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Electoral Reformers Try to Convince Longfield to Promote a Guelph-Made Proposal

Phase two of Democracy Guelph's charm offensive to get Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to put electoral reform back on the national menu began tonight at eBar by appealing to a necessary member of Trudeau's caucus, Guelph MP Lloyd Longfield. The official launch of Local Proportional Representation was meant to appeal beyond the audience of one though, it's a kick-off to a city-wide campaign to make push reform forward by convincing people that LPR is the best way to make it happen.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

GUELPH POLITICAST #68 - Ted Drewlo, The Coldest Night of the Year

This is probably not the type of weather you want when you're holding a fundraiser called "The Coldest Night of the Year," but on the other hand, if you want to rally people to come out and walk between two and ten kilometres to raise money for charity, this is maybe just the kind of weather you want.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

That's That! Poole Lawsuit Resolved, and Emails Returned

All's well that ends well is the message from City Hall today as the lawsuit brought by former chief building official Bruce Poole has been settled through a mediated resolution. What that means, or how much the City paid, has not been disclosed, but on the bright side, we got the emails back!

Monday, February 20, 2017

City Council Preview - What's on the Agenda for the February 27 Meeting?

February closes with a a meeting that looks to fill some board vacancies, accelerate commercial development in the east end, and look at the possibility of making Guelph a Sanctuary City. 

Friday, February 17, 2017

The "Made in Guelph" Electoral Reform Solution Workshopped

In the basement of St Andrew's Presbyterian Church, as the music from the rehearsal organ echoed nearby, about two dozen people gathered to parse the so-called "Guelph Model", an electoral reform proposal that's meant the thread the eye of several different needles in order to meet a whole lot of different expectations. But does it work?