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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

GUELPH POLITICAST #108 - Gibson and MacKinnon on Being a Councillor

Gibson and MacKinnon at the 2014 swearing in of council.
Not to alarm you guys, but there's a municipal election in October. There is certainly anticipation for this event in local democracy, and there's already a working list out there about who on the present council is running and who is still just a maybe. But let's forget the horse race for a moment, and talk about the job itself. More than that let's talk about what the job looks like after doing it for the last three years.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

MANGEZ! Dine Safe Guide for January 1-15, 20178

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, January 15, 2018

More Transit Drama as GM Spicer Quits and Heads to Halifax

Two-days shy of exactly 14-months after the announcement of his hire, Guelph Transit GM Mike Spicer has announced that he will be leaving not just the City of Guelph, but the Province of Ontario.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

This Week in Press Releases - January 8-12, 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.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Guelph Labour Activists Help Stand Up to Tim Hortons "Bullies"


It was a rainy night in Guelph. Cold too. So getting some two dozen protestors out at dinner time to wave flags and hoist signs to support workers who earn minimum wage was going to be a challenge, but not a challenge that Guelphites weren't willing to overcome.

GUELPH POLITICAST #107 - Best of OSG: Budget and Hydro


So I think many of us feel like the last month went by in a blur, there were a lot of big issues, big discussions, and a lot of consequential decisions made by council. So before diving into a new year with new issues and new decisions, let's revisit what happened in the tired and true format of the clip show.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

A Contentious Town Hall About a New Library with People that Want a New Library


This evening, things got heated - but not as heated as they were at the afternoon session apparently - at a town hall about the business case for a new main branch of the Guelph Public Library. The two meetings today were meant to update the public about the pending developments for the construction of the new main branch, but it frequently descended into an inquisition as to whether or not the City and Library are being open and transparent enough about the process.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Gordon Invites Guelphites to Make the LEAP

The new year is the perfect time to start new commitments, and try new things, and Ward 2 City Councillor James Gordon seems to be taking that to heart by starting a Guelph branch of LEAP, and he hopes you will join him.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Committee of the Whole Preview - What's on the Agenda for the January 15 Meeting?

It's back to business as usual (or unusual as the case may be) at city council. The first Committee-of-the-Whole meeting of the year will deal with the city's stock of religious lands, sign bylaws, and promotional expenses. 

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Keeping Tabs on Lloyd

Travelling down to city council every week to keep tabs on the members of our local government is easy, but what about keeping tabs on Guelph's Member of Parliament from a few hundred kilometres away? It's tricky, but not impossible thanks to online tools. So if you feel like keeping tabs on Lloyd, that is to say, if you want to know what our MP, Lloyd Longfield, is up to in the House of Commons, here's how you can do it.