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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.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

City Looking for Help Developing Policy with Affordable Housing Workshop


Sometimes a meeting isn't about what you think it's going to be about, and much of understanding the aims of a workshop on affordable housing Tuesday had to do with definitions. For instance, affordable housing isn't social housing; the latter being government run, and in the case of Guelph, it's run through the County of Wellington's offices. Many big terms were thrown around like "primary rental", and "secondary rental", and how the city tracks one but not the other, but both are part of the consideration of affordable housing, and what the City might do to create more of it in Guelph.

Monday, February 8, 2016

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for February 8, 2016



After the short but confusing council meeting two weeks ago, this week's city council meeting should be a little more straightforward as the mayor and council tackle a variety of zoning issues. 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.

Behind the Scenes, Tempers and Patience Wearing Thin at City Council



If it wasn't clear during last December's budget meeting that there's a growing schism around the horseshoe at Guelph's city hall, the signs may becoming even more clear after the city council meeting on January 25. What seemed on the surface to be a snafu about quorum could be a warning that council is even more deeply divided than they appear with all those 7-6 votes.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

This Week in Press Releases - February 1-5, 2016



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.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Council to Brainstorm How to Get Federal Infrastructure Dollars

Work on Gordon St., from Summer 2006.

It's an unusual week when there's two council meetings, but the second gathering of city council next week will be, itself, unusual. On Thursday, the members of city council will go through their list of capital projects to decide which should get the benefit of Federal infrastructure money. 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Family Day Will Mark Beginning of One Hour Holiday Transit Service



Back in December during budget deliberations, city council passed a motion to make stat holiday service run on a one-hour schedule for the 2016 calendar year. That schedule will go into effect for the first time on Family Day, February 15, and Guelph Transit is hustling to get the word out so that everyone can make the transition in time for the holiday a week from Monday.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

City Council Preview - What's on the Agenda for February 8's Meeting?


If you like applications to re-zone areas of the city to allow for new development, then this city council meeting is for you. Here's what's on the docket for the city council meeting on Monday February 8.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Is it the Hamilton Spector Presents The Guelph Mercury Now?


If you went to the Guelph Mercury website with longing this morning, you may have been surprised to see that there were new articles posted there. The pleasantness of that surprise was somewhat diminished though when it was revealed to you that those articles came courtesy of the Hamilton Spectator. So is this the fate of the Mercury now, to be an up-to-date pipe for other newspapers in the Metroland family still printing?

Sunday, January 31, 2016

The Politico Calendar for February 2016


Looking for something to do, or a way to engage or get engaged in the shortest month of the year? Here's the events, meetings, and information nights to keep an eye out for this February.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

This Week in Press Releases - January 23-29, 2016


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.