After 15 months of work, the Victoria Road Recreation Centre was officially re-opened today with the assistance of City of Guelph staff, the current Mayor Cam Guthrie, and past Mayor Norm Jary. Hundreds of area residents came out to hear the speeches, see the ribbon cutting, and check out the facilities, and now, you can too.
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Friday, June 23, 2017
June is Parks and Recreation month in Ontario, and Guelph is marking the occasion with a variety of activities at its various open spaces and indoor facilities. For the last year though, the City has been one rec facility short though, but not for too much longer.
Thursday, June 22, 2017
Guelph marked another National Aboriginal Day on Wednesday bringing First Nations dance, music, culture and food to Downtown Guelph in front of City Hall for all to see. A few hundred people gathered on Carden Street to see a wide swath of Indigenous traditions brought to life, a reminder that as we strive for truth and reconciliation, there's still a culture trying to thrive.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Next Wednesday, we will have our second special council meeting of the month to talk about various Guelph subsidiaries including Guelph Junction Railway, Guelph Hydro, and the always controversial Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc.
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Much of the action at the East End Library Branch's block party to celebrate Canada 150 was, naturally, outdoors, but there was something interesting happening inside too: Eight short films about Guelph by eight local filmmakers. Covering a wide variety of topics, the shorts each show a side of Guelph - known and unknown - that highlighted the reasons why the Royal City is the place that it is.
Friday, June 16, 2017
At the next council meeting, Guelph's councillors will review this month's committee decisions, appoint some people to boards, and look at expanding the borders of the City's Downtown core.
Thursday, June 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, June 13, 2017
The next phase of Guelph Hydro's future will be decided on this night! 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.
Monday, June 12, 2017
Get ready to plan at this month's planing meeting of council. 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.
"If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich." John F. Kennedy said that, and it seems a fitting reminder that our tremendous financial inequality in modern society is far from sustainable. Someone said a long time ago that you will always have the poor among you, but that doesn't mean that we have to prove him right. Though as he sit here in the year 2017, the poor is still among us, and we seem no closer to a solution.
Thursday, June 8, 2017
When we last left the council discussion about what to do with Guelph Hydro, the Strategies and Options Committee (SOC) was given permission to pursue the potential of merging with similar sized utilities in our area. This special council-as-shareholders meeting of the Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc. will present the results of that work so far and the potential next phases going forward.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
There's more than just planning scheduled for this month's planning meeting. Motions on fees, and the structure of Heritage Guelph also come forward in this, the first of two city council meetings next week.
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Financial statements, splash pads, and the transit realignment are all on the docket 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.
Monday, June 5, 2017
There was a bit of controversy today with the Guelph150 banners, one of the entries being labelled taboo because the memory of the crime it references is still fresh in the heads of many Guelphites. But there's still lots of Guelph History to learn from this interesting and informative Downtown Guelph Business Association promotion, and this is only 10 of them...
Saturday, June 3, 2017
About 20 people joined Peter Julian for breakfast, maybe lunch, at Breezy Corners in Downtown Guelph today. Julian follows Charlie Angus and Niki Ashton as the third leadership candidate for the NDP to make a campaign stop in Guelph, and he made a pitch to the city's strong activist spirit to lend him their support for a grassroots-driven party that hearkens back to the New Democrats own origins.
Friday, June 2, 2017
You may recall the this past school year was marked with a particular sadness on the University of Guelph campus. Several students took their own lives over the course of the fall and winter semesters, leaving a campus community in mourning and searching for answers. How could so many, feel so lost and alone, and see no other alternative for themselves but to take their own lives?