In spite of the unintentional best efforts of city council this week, Committee-of-the-Whole will proceed with its June meeting with a jam-packed agenda including updates on audits and budgets, moving to a low carbon City Hall, and the official presentation of the proposed realignment of Transit routes to council this September.
Friday, May 26, 2017
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Is Guelph a tourism destination? That's debatable. Certainly many Guelphites would argue that there are reasons that people who don't live in Guelph should visit Guelph. Great festivals, a cool downtown, a big church you can see from everywhere... the Royal City is where it's at, and this week, I talk to the person in charge of making sure you know all about it.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Sunday, May 21, 2017
Normally, the distribution of the student bus pass is not controversial for the University of Guelph's Central Student Association, but then they did the unthinkable by including a top hit from 1972 in their music playlist while handing out the stickers to summer students. A walk on the wild side, indeed.
Friday, May 19, 2017
Toronto to Windsor in under two hours? That's the promise in this morning's announcement that high speed rail is coming to southern Ontario and the Golden Horseshoe by 2031 at a cost of just over $20 billion. But can it be done in the timeline proposed and for the amount of money suggested, or is the Province of Ontario reaching beyond its grasp?
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Last week, I posted about some concerning social media posts concerning Rogers Guelph, that a program that promotes many events and programs in the City was cancelled and that the Rogers studio on Silvercreek Pkwy was closing. In what will surely be a relief to many, I got an official word from Rogers that our Guelph facilities aren't going anywhere.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Underneath that big green tarp near the corner of Wyndham and Macdonell is a world of mystery. The Petrie Building has been a subject of intrigue, speculation and regret for years, if not decades, and it's facelift is opening up that world as the Trycathlen partners proceed with the renovation and restoration of the Petrie, and one man has been there to capture the transformation as it's unfolded.
Monday, May 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.
Sunday, May 14, 2017
The agenda for the regular council meeting this month seems kind of light, which is good because in May it's taking place after the long weekend.
Friday, May 12, 2017
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Thursday, May 11, 2017
What's going on with Guelph's Rogers Channel? That's a question I started asking myself yesterday when I found a tweet from Inside Guelph, a talk show that airs weekdays on Rogers Cable 20. Or rather it did. The mysterious tweet, which has since been deleted, implied that not only was the Royal City's local human interest show been cancelled, but that the entire Rogers community access operation was closing.
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Water is very important to Guelph, and to prove it we have a two-month long festival dedicated to the awesomeness of our city being here at the intersection of two rivers. Hence, the 2Rivers Festival, which is now running through the rest of the month and on into June, and will now be discussed on this week's edition of the Guelph Politicast.
Monday, May 8, 2017
A heritage update, street reconstruction, affordable housing, and building standards are all on the docket for the agenda of this 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.
Sunday, May 7, 2017
Niki Ashton came to Guelph Sunday evening. The Churchill—Keewatinook Aski became the latest NDP Member of Parliament to pass through Guelph lately, and the second NDP leadership candidate to visit the Royal City in the last couple of weeks. Ashton's message Sunday evening at the Red Papaya in Old Quebec Street was that the best way forward for the national New Democrats was to be themselves.
Saturday, May 6, 2017
"Speed River Flood Termed Worst in 20 Years." screamed the headline on the front of the Mercury on Saturday March 20, 1948. The last great flood of its kind happened in the Spring of 1929, but between the floods there was a World War and a Great Depression, so when the water under the Allan's Dam reached the six-foot level, there was definitely a sense of deja vu.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Monday's planning meeting will be a fantastic four issues long with discussion about heritage buildings, reconstruction of an east end road, affordable housing, and design standards.
Monday, May 1, 2017
You don't normally get dozens of people at a Committee-of-the-Whole meeting, let alone an hour before hand, but that's the power of the time capsule. Discovered by construction crews working on the renovations of the Victoria Road Recreation Centre, city staff, with the help of Mayor Cam Guthrie and members of council, opened the capsule today and reclaimed the treasures buried in 1974.
If it's the first Monday of the month, then it's time for Committee-of-the-Whole. 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.