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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.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

GUELPH POLITICAST #126 - Martin Bauman, Canadian Mental Health Association

Mental health has been one of the most talked about issues of the current election, and it's understandable. Over the last few years, the stigma around mental health issues has been receding, and people have been able to share more openly, which has been a good thing. The problem is that the healthcare system is showing the strain.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

RECAP: The Chamber of Commerce Provincial Candidates Debate

A political debate that generated so much interest, they were literally turning people away at the door! In front of a packed house at the Council Chambers of City Hall, the four major party candidates squared off in a debate hosted by Kithio Mwanzia and the Guelph Chamber of Commerce. The blow-by-blow is recounted in full below...

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Filmmaker's Idea Diverts Lots of Move Out "Garbage"


On an episode of the Guelph Politicast back in April, filmmaker Kalev Jaason talked about his documentary Diverted, and his attempt to prevent large quantities of reusable items left on the curb by students leaving town from ending up in the landfill. His efforts have not been in vein, as 25 different local organizations have become the beneficiaries of the diversion tactics of Jaason and a team of volunteers.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Mooney Running as Independent After Alliance Ditches Local EDA

Thomas Mooney has found himself embroiled in more party politics, which is kind of the opposite of his message, as he has parted ways from the Alliance Party of Ontario after the provincial party has seemed to cut ties with five of its Electoral District Associations (EDA), including Guelph.

GUELPH POLITICAST #125 - Kithio Mwanzia on Debate Prep

Guelph's provincial candidates will get together again on Tuesday to face-off in another debate. Well, four of them are. The four major party candidates will be grilled before a live audience, and a TV one, and the one doing the grilling is Kithio Mwanzia, the President and CEO of the Guelph Chamber of Commerce. Today though, he's the one being grilled.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

MANGEZ! Dine Safe Guide for May 1-15, 2018

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 #124 - Debate Debrief with Scotty Hertz

You know you have a packed house when you actually have to make the house bigger! That's what happened last Thursday at the All Candidates Debate hosted by the Guelph Wellington Coalition for Social Justice. There's been a lot of arm chair quarterbacking from social media pundits, but now it's time for the semi-amateur official community radio pundits to have their say.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Notes From the Guelph Wellington Coalition for Social Justice Debate

Whether they had an appetite for change, or an appetite for politics, over 400 people flooded the Italian Canadian Club for the first Guelph debate of the 2018 Provincial Election. Standing room only gave way to organizers embiggening the room for more seats, as seven of the eight announced candidates sparred on a bunch of issues in a 150-minute set. Here's what we learned...

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

GUELPH POLITICAST #123 - Canadian Federation of Students Ontario

The provincial election has finally begun! It doesn't feel like it, but the campaign is just now getting underway as we count down to the election on June 7. If you're looking for interviews with the local candidate, those will be heard on Open Sources Guelph starting next week. For the next few weeks on the Guelph Politicast, we're going to talk about the issues!

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

The Provincial Election Has More or Less Begun

Although we know it's been coming for months (if not years), Premier Kathleen Wynne made the move today to finally drop the writ and let the election for the 42nd Ontario legislature begin.

Monday, May 7, 2018

LIVE BLOG: Committee of the Whole for May 7, 2018

Today, it's all about parking, power and pennies as Corporate Services and Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise have their turn at Committee of the Whole. You can click here for the amended agenda from City Hall, and you can click here for the Politico preview. For the complete blow-by-blow of today's committee meeting, you can follow me on Twitter, or follow the tweets below.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

MTO Approves That Daily Bus From and To Owen Sound

If you religiously listen to the Guelph Politicast (and why wouldn't you), then you will recall March's episode on Regional Transit, which included an interview with Chris Hughes, Manager of Contract Services for the City of Owen Sound. Hughes talked about a proposed daily bus to Guelph from Owen Sound sponsored by some start up money from the Ministry of Transportation Ontario. Follow-up: the MTO has approved it.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Mix of Old and New Faces Mark First Week of 2018 Camapign

As the first week of the 2018 Municipal election comes to a close, we already have a very busy race with with a baker's dozen of excited nominees ready to prove they're ready to serve on City Council or the local school board. Some of these names you'll already know, and not just the incumbents.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

City Council Preview - What's on the Agenda for the May 14 Meeting?


Special events permits, alternatives for the Commercial Policy review, and a high-rise tower project returning smaller are all part of the agenda for this month's planning meeting. 

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

GUELPH POLITICAST #122 - Smart Cities Challenge

It sounds a bit like a reality show. Infrastructure Canada is challenging municipalities, regional governments and First Nations communities from coast to coast to coast to use innovation, data, and technology to address one of the pressing issues of the 21st century. Guelph chose food, and this is a podcast about it.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Guthrie and 4 New Faces Are the First Ones in the 2018 Race


Mayor Cam Guthrie was the first person this morning to file his election papers, but he wasn't the last as the first day of nominations opened for the 2018 Municipal campaign. Guthrie and four first-time candidates did not let the electoral moss grow under them as at least one of this year's elections has official begun.

Monday, April 30, 2018

MANGEZ! Dine Safe Guide for April 16-30, 2018

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, April 29, 2018

The Politico Calendar for May 2018

With two elections coming in May, this calendar is by no means exhaustive, but if you're looking to start planning your next 30-some odd days of political and cultural events, then this is a good place to start.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Committee of the Whole Preview - What's on the Agenda for the May 7 Meeting?

At this month's Committee of the Whole, the Community Energy Initiative gets an update, the Parking Master Plan and Red Light Cameras will be discussed, surpluses will be allocated to various funds, and we'll try again to review the present committee structure without blowing it up.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

This Week in Guelph Beer News

We don't often talk about beer here on Guelph Politico, but sometimes circumstances warrant the stretching of this site's normal beat, and here we are, about to talk about beer. And for local beer lovers, this is going to be a good news/bad news situation.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

GUELPH POLITICAST #121 - What Happened in Syria?

7 years, 1 month, 1 week, and 3 days. That's how long the Syrian Civil War has been raging. Most of us understand that there's a crisis there, but do we understand the extend of that crisis? Do we understand who the players are? Do we know why they're fighting? Is there anything that we can do in Canada to address such a huge international crisis?

Monday, April 23, 2018

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for April 23, 2018

Unfinished business from Committee including election signs and the taxi bylaw are on the agenda tonight. You can click here for the amended agenda from City Hall, and you can click here for the Politico preview. For the complete blow-by-blow of tonight's council meeting, you can follow me on Twitter, or follow the tweets below.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Suzuki, May, and Cast of Thousands Rally to Support Schreiner


It was an afternoon of song and dance, spoken word, fiery political rhetoric, and hope that Guelph's future, in the short term, will be Green. The campaign for Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner held what was billed as the "largest political rally in Guelph history" Saturday at the Hanlon Convention Centre.

Mlynarz is the NDP Candidate for Guelph

Agnieszka (Aggie) Mlynarz is the New Democratic candidate for Guelph in the 2018 Provincial Election. Mlynarz edged out two competitors to take on Liberal Sly Castaldi, PC Ray Ferraro, Alliance Party candidate Thomas Mooney, and Green Party leader Mike Schreinerin the June 7 contest.

Ray Ferraro Acclaimed as PC Candidate in Guelph

It what was already a busy political day in Guelph when an announcement from Progressive Conservative headquarters offered one more surprise: Ray Ferraro is one of 11 candidates acclaimed across Ontario today to complete their province-wide slate.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Things We Learned at the Ward 5 Town Hall

Although not the same draw it was back in the fall after Homecoming, a Ward 5 town hall last night at St. Michael Catholic School brought over 40 people out to hear from their city councillors and city staff about the progress made in preventing another excess of partying, and to hear about student housing issues.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Q&A with Alliance Party of Ontario Candidate Thomas Mooney


He made news last summer by deciding not to run, but now he's running for an upstart party that's aiming to be an alternative to voters across the entire spectrum fed up with politics as usual. The Alliance Party of Ontario wants to bring provincial politics back to the grassroots, and their local candidate is Thomas Mooney, a man that knows all about standing up for what he believes in. A few weeks ago, Mooney took part in a Q&A with Guelph Politico... 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for April 18, 2018

At this meeting, the fate of the Rykur development plan for 75 Dublin St. N. will (hopefully but not likely) be settled once and for all. You can click here for the amended agenda from City Hall, and you can click here for the Politico preview. For the complete blow-by-blow of tonight's council meeting, you can follow me on Twitter, or follow the tweets below.

GUELPH POLITICAST #120 - Clerk O'Brien on Election Rules

The news is full of election stories, and politicos everywhere are eagerly counting down to the beginning of the campaign. That's the provincial story, of course, but there's more than one election this year. We're going to focus on the municipal one for this week's podcast, and if you're thinking about running, or thinking about supporting someone that's running, this one's for you.

Monday, April 16, 2018

MANGEZ! Dine Safe Guide for April 1-15, 2018

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, April 15, 2018

This Week in Press Releases - April 9-13, 2018

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.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

City Council Preview - What's on the Agenda for the April 23 Meeting?

After a couple of very long meetings this month of April, things wrap up with a few new committee appointments and review of left over issues from Committee before election season begins! 

Friday, April 13, 2018

Leaders Debate? Schreiner Says He'll Be There With "Grassroots Demand"

Despite a grassroots effort, a Change.org petition, and the seal of approval from the Premier herself, a consortium of broadcasters announced yesterday that Green Party leader, and Guelph MPP candidate, Mike Schreiner will not be taking part in the main televised leadership debate on May 27. Schreiner, himself, is not impressed.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Solid Waste Review Report Delayed... Again

If you diligently watch the City Council calendar, or even Politico's own monthly calendar of events, then you will recall that there was supposed to be a special council meeting this coming Monday. This meeting was supposed to deliver the final report of the Solid Waste Service Review, but as of today, no agenda for the meeting, or a final report, have been delivered. That's because, as it turns out, the meeting is not going to happen.

Guelph Location for Cannabis Store Announced on Stone(r) Rd

Guelph wasn't the first on the list to get a legal cannabis store, but we are one of the first to get a location for ours. The LCBO, and its legal post subsidiary the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS), announced Wednesday where four of the government pot shops will open this summer. Appropriately enough, the Royal City's OCS will open nestled near a number of snack-friendly locations in the plaza across from, appropriately enough, Stone Road Mall.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

GUELPH POLITICAST #119 - Move Out Madness

It's April, and you know what that means! No, we've already had Easter. And April Fools' Day. Sure, Earth Day is next weekend, but we're here today to talk about Move Out Madness, the annual scramble by University of Guelph to pack up their Guelph lives and head home for summer jobs or vacations. This is easier said than done.

Monday, April 9, 2018

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for April 9, 2018

It's a packed schedule for this month's planing meeting. You can click here for the amended agenda from City Hall, and you can click here for the Politico preview. For the complete blow-by-blow of tonight's council meeting, you can follow me on Twitter, or follow the tweets below.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Dorgo Makes a Case for Himself as PC Nominee

Steven Dorgo is at his most animated when talking about the possibilities of Diyode, Guelph's "do-it-yourself" community workshop. Dorgo says life is about more than you're job, it's about unwinding from that work stress, indulging your creative instincts, and using your hands to make stuff. It's something he thinks that the present provincial government hasn't taken into account, which is one of the reasons why he wants to run for office... as the PC candidate.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

City Council Preview - What's on the Agenda for the April 18 Meeting?

Many eyes have been looking for this final decision on the part of staff: the approval or disapproval of the resubmitted plan for 75 Dublin Street North. So is the City of Guelph finally ready to get behind the project 17 months after turning it down in the first place? 

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

LIVE BLOG: Committee of the Whole for April 3, 2018

You can click here for the amended agenda from City Hall, and you can click here for the Politico preview. For the complete blow-by-blow of tonight's council meeting, you can follow me on Twitter, or follow the tweets below.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

City Council Preview - What's on the Agenda for the April 9 Meeting?

It's an astoundingly busy planning meeting this month as programs and manuals come back for review, and several new rezoning applications hold their statutory public hearing.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

The Politico Calendar for April 2018

It's just a month now until we start two different elections, but until then there's more than a few political and cultural events in the Royal City to keep you occupied.

Friday, March 30, 2018

MANGEZ! Dine Safe Guide for March 16-31, 2018

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 28, 2018

GUELPH POLITICAST #118 - Mapping the Ward, An Update

The Ward. It's so ubiquitous to the city that you don't even need to identify it by its full name. It's just the Ward. In the (not literal) shadow of downtown, the Ward is one of the oldest parts of Guelph, and it's seen a lot of changes over the decades, but perhaps none so pronounced as what's happening now. The question: might there be some resentment about that from long-time residents?

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Former PC Nominee Mooney Becomes Ontario Alliance Candidate

Famously last summer, Thomas Mooney decided that he couldn't run for the local candidacy of the Progressive Conservative Party due to the old leadership of Patrick Brown. It turns out, even under new leadership, he doesn't want to be the face of the PCs in Guelph and has instead found a new party to run for. Quite literally.

Monday, March 26, 2018

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for March 26, 2018

Council finishes some unfinished business from the last month before beginning a busy April. You can click here for the amended agenda from City Hall, and you can click here for the Politico preview. For the complete blow-by-blow of tonight's council meeting, you can follow me on Twitter, or follow the tweets below.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Guelph Politico Moderates [Almost] All Candidates Panel

In a vexing turn of events, Guelph Politico was invited to moderate an all-candidates meeting at the University of Guelph-Humber on Friday in advance of the provincial election. The topics were largely educational in nature, but might we be here looking to the future and what the tenure and tone of the debate will look like once the writ is dropped?

Saturday, March 24, 2018

This Week in Press Releases - March 19-23, 2018

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.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

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

Public Services and Corporate Services will both have items before this month's committee, and that includes some high profile items like the election signs bylaw, updates to the taxi bylaw, and the introduction to the process for the transit service review.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

GUELPH POLITICAST #117 - Regional Transit

If you don't have a car in Guelph, how do you get to Cambridge? Well, you can get the Greyhound to Kitchener at one of the few times a day it departs and then transfer to Grand River Transit at Sportsworld Drive. You can also take the GO Bus to the Aberfoyle "Park and Ride", wait an hour and get the bus to Kitchener from there. Either way, you could probably walk to Cambridge faster...