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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.

Friday, August 26, 2016

GUELPH POLITICAST #48 - Food Trucks in Guelph

Can you smell what the trucks are cooking? Guelphites certainly have been this summer as the City has experimented with new rules and regulations for the roll out (pun intended) of food trucks in the Royal City. In years gone by, the most you can expect in terms of "meals on wheels" was a hot dog cart; I myself have found memories of the chip wagon strategically situated between my house and my high school in Georgetown, but as we've seen this summer, the food truck business is incredibly more diverse than we might have once thought possible.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

OPEN SOURCES GUELPH BEAT #8 - City Councillor Mark MacKinnon (Ward 6)

Summer is winding down, and so are a lot of summer vacations, which means it will soon be time to get back to business as usual (or unusual as the case may be) at City Hall. Before that happens though, we look backwards one more time and the last city councillor to grace the CFRU studios for their 30 minutes of fame on Open Sources Guelph, Ward 6 Councillor Mark MacKinnon.
MacKinnon appeared on the July 14 edition of Open Sources, and is the fifth member of Guelph's city council to visit the show so far, but he is the first member of council we've had in who dabbles in board game publishing. That's one of many interesting factoids about MacKinnon, whose day job is in the more ordinary arena of real estate, but his part-time job as a city councillor makes MacKinnon a triple threat around the horseshoe.
Representing Guelph's "Deep South", MacKinnon is front and centre for a lot of difficult issues, perhaps none more so right now than the fate of the Niska Road bride, which remains a high contentious debate despite the fact that council voted to demolish it and build a two-lane bridge almost a year ago now. (We got a listener question about that one.) We also talked to MacKinnon about the things that never happened, like the service review he was pushing for last fall in the budget, and the ward boundary review that was also not supported in this year's budget. We also talked about non-Ward 6 issues like downtown redevelopment. 
So let's flashback to the July 14 edition of Open Sources Guelph and our guest Mark MacKinnon.

You can get in touch with Councillor MacKinnon through his office line at 519-822-1260 x 2296 or by email at mark.mackinnon@guelph.ca. You can also follow him on Twitter @Ward6Mark, and read his blog by clicking here.
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Saturday, August 20, 2016

S&P Gives Guelph AA+ for the Fourth Year in a Row

In an announcement that should chill out voices of concern about the City of Guelph's financial outlook, Standards and Poor's (S&P) Global Ratings agency has given our fair city a AA+ rating with a stable outlook for the fourth year in a row.

Friday, August 19, 2016

GUELPH POLITICAST #47 - Stephen O'Brien, City Clerk

The subtitle for this week's episode might well be "How does city council work?" Or at least, how does something transform from being an idea or suggestion into a new by-law or policy. Change is always inevitable, and there's a fairly significant change coming to the way council is conducted next month, the switch over from a standing committee model to a Committee-of-the-Whole one. So I thought, "Why not combine the ideas?"

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

OPEN SOURCES GUELPH BEAT #7 - City Councillor James Gordon (Ward 2)

Many city councillors manage two careers, but usually one of those careers takes them out of the spotlight. This is not the case with Ward 2 City Councillor James Gordon, who is a city councillor by day, and a singer/songwriter by night. Or maybe that's reversed. Or maybe they sometimes both take place at night. In any event, Gordon spends both career in the spotlight, and he recently took the hot seat on an episode of Open Sources Guelph a few weeks ago.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

MANGEZ! Dine Safe Guide for August 1-15, 2016

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.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Nightlife and Safe Semester a "Evolution of the Process" Says Guelph Police

Following up on last week's Guelph Politicast podcast, I sought out the perspective of someone that represents one of the most important members of the Nightlife Task Force, the Guelph Police Service. Garry Male, an inspector with the Guelph Police Service, has been a part of the Nightlife Task Force off and on for five years, and he thinks that as compared to how things used to be handled downtown on bar nights, there's been a big improvement over the last several years.

Friday, August 12, 2016

GUELPH POLITICAST #46 - Nightlife Task Force

It's coming! Or rather, They're coming! Back to School time will soon be upon us, and along with heading back to the books, the classes, the seminars, the study sessions, and the seemingly never-ending stream of projects, essays, and reports, the students of the University of Guelph will soon be coming back... to party! That may be an over-generalization, but it's also true that Downtown Guelph is going to get very busy again on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. This is where the Nightlife Task Force comes into play.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

OPEN SOURCES GUELPH BEAT #6 - Guelph Police Chief Jeff DeRuyter

What began as an experiment to get the city's politicians on the show, has expanded into other areas. Like policing. In an effort to expose out listeners to the myriad of voices that make a difference to our lives in Guelph everyday, back in June we invited the police chief onto Open Sources Guelph, which might have marked the first time the police was intentionally invited into CFRU.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Nestle Gives $460K to UofG to Study the Groundwater it Wants to Take

In the kind of academic/corporate partnership that should give most people pause, the University of Guelph announced today that it has been given a $460,000 donation by Nestle Waters Canada to "conduct leading-edge groundwater research in Wellington County."