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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.

Monday, July 24, 2017

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for July 24, 2017


This is the last city council meeting before summer vacation, so you definitely don't want to miss it. 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, July 23, 2017

Neighbourhood Mourns for the Loss of Greenspace

It was a regular, summer evening on the property known colloquially as the "Lafarge lands", named for the company that once had a gravel pit on the site. Joggers hustled by down the pathways, kids on bikes peddled along the relatively safety of the dead end street, and there was even someone on a skateboard that went sailing by. Sadly, this scene of community activity might represent the last call of such serenity in this reclaimed stretch of natural wilderness in the inner city.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

GUELPH POLITICAST #88 - Steve Kraft, CEO of Guelph Public Library


A lot of people probably remember a row between then-Toronto Councillor Doug Ford and vaunted Canadian author Margaret Atwood over supporting libraries, and not closing branches in order to save the City money. Well, six years later Ford is out of council and Atwood is more popular than every because of The Handmaid's Tale TV series. You know what else is more popular than ever?

Monday, July 17, 2017

Forget Baker Street! Co-operators Moving Forward with New South End HQ

A few hours before a council meeting that would discuss the potential redevelopment of the Bakers St. parking lot for a new 200,000 square foot headquarters for the Co-operators, the insurers have reached an agreement with the City of Guelph to develop a new main building in the south end in time for a 2023 move in.

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

A week from today brings the final council meeting before the August break, and while it isn't the biggest agenda of the year so far, it will have items concerning closed meetings, light pollution, and item that couldn't come forward last week at the planning meeting. 

Saturday, July 15, 2017

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

The Annotated Market Squared Column About the "Upside Down" of Guelph


Back in May, I posted a fairly consequential column to GuelphToday.com. Called "We need to talk about Guelph", this piece took on a life of its own and started a really positive and intricate discussion about the tremendous need in our community. When the column was shared on the "Overheard at Guelph" Facebook page, someone said that they had wished that links had been included to some of the things discussed, and I thought, "Hey, I can do that..."

Thursday, July 13, 2017

City Council Preview - What's on the Agenda for the July 17 Meeting?



City council is hourly trying to get things wrapped up before the August break, and this coming Monday they'll have to act upon some urgent new business that will affect the fate of the downtown core into the immediate future. That might have been over the top, but if you read on you'll see it's a pretty big deal. 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

GUELPH POLITICAST #87 - Holly Mastrogiacomo, Guelph's #TamponTuesday


When you think about the essentials, the things that you need on a daily basis, what do you think about? Food, shelter, and clothing are obviously the big three, and once you've got those maybe you start thinking about other essentials: a tooth brush, toilet paper, and if you're of the female persuasion, you're probably also thinking about tampons...

Monday, July 10, 2017

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for July 10, 2017


It's will be a very busy planning meeting before the summer break, with the public meeting for three very contentious new projects. 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, July 8, 2017

Celebrating Celebrations of Guelph (The Text Version)

Last week on the Guelph Politicast, I told a story of how the Royal City marked it’s 100th, 150th, and 175th anniversaries. For a half-hour podcast, it was a rather exhaustive trip down memory lane, reaching all the way back to Guelph’s founding in 1827 and coming back around to the 21st century. But if you’d rather take a more leisurely stroll through these remembrances, or maybe you just bristle at the sound of my voice, then you can now scroll freely though the text of that podcast.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Guelph Police Want Doodad to Enforce New Traffic Rules

Would you be surprised to learn that there's been a new law on the books since January that drivers have to give biker rider's a one metre buffer, from the tip of the handlebars to the edge of the passenger side mirror? It's true, but you might be hard pressed to find someone on the road that knows about it, and you might be harder pressed to think of a way that the Guelph Police Service can enforce it. Until now...

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

GUELPH POLITICAST #86 - C.J. Smith, This Crazy Train

Surely, you've gotten on a train or a bus and been aghast at the bad behaviour of some of the people you were riding with: muddy feet on the seats, somebody crowding the entrance or exit, using empty seats as bag racks... People can be rude, but that doesn't mean you have to put up with it, right? That's what C.J. Smith thought in 2010 when she started "This Crazy Train".

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

LIVE BLOG: Committee of the Whole for July 4, 2017

It's the last committee meeting before summer break, and it's stocked with infrastructure stuff. 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, July 3, 2017

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


The last planning meeting before a summer break will bring a number of potentially controversial developments to council, and some decidedly less controversial rezoning decisions. 

Saturday, July 1, 2017

How Guelph Marked 100 Years of Canada

One glance at the front page reminds you instantly of the tumultuousness of the 1960s, even if everything going on Guelph seemed as normal as it ever was. In the days before Canada's centennial,  page one of the Guelph Mercury was filled with stories of a world on the brink. From the death of screen legends, to Cold War posturing, to racial tensions in the United States, was it any wonder that the Mercury was asking if this would be the Queen's last State visit?