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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.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

City Council Preview - What's on the Agenda for the May 30 Meeting?


In another special meeting of council this month (and the last), the mayor and councillors will hear back on pending infrastructure projects: Guelph's share of all that investment money that the Federal government announced earlier this year, and creating a stop in the Royal City for the high speed rail line coming sometime in the next 20 years.

Friday, May 27, 2016

This Week in Press Releases - May 23-28, 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.

GUELPH POLITICAST #39 - Kornelis Klevering and Robocalls


In so much as people wanted someone found and prosecuted for committing the robocall fraud perpetuated against Guelph and other ridings on May 2, 2011, there was also the matter of principle. How could we be sure that the person elected was the right person elected if so many people got a call that told them to go some place where they couldn't vote? Did they all make it to their actual polling stating? How many decided to not to vote at all? It was a Charter issue. Everyone that can vote, should vote, and when the robocall story broke in 2012, that's the angle that Kornelis Klevering decided to pursue.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

In Surprise Announcement, CAO Pappert Will Not Renew Contract with the City



In bit of shocking news out of City Hall this afternoon, Chief Administrative Officer Ann Pappert has announced that she will not be renewing her contract with the City of Guelph, which is set to expire this coming October. The renewal of the CAO's contract has been subject of much discussion behind the doors of closed council meetings for many months, but now Guelph's mayor and council will have to turn their attention to finding someone to fill Pappert's soon to be vacated seat.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Appeals in the Sona Case Denied, the Man Himself is Now in Jail



In the Ontario Court of Appeal last Wednesday, Michael Sona arrived with one of three roads in front of him, more jail, less jail or the same amount of jail he was sentence to back in November. Ultimately, the three judge panel chose door number three, but does that mean the case is over, and what about the unanswered questions that linger still?

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

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



Hope everyone on council enjoyed the long weekend, because it looks like tonight's council meeting might be a long one. A lot of items are up for discussion, but none more promising or potentially contentious as the launching of the Guelph Energy Efficiency Retrofit Strategy (GEERS). There will be a number of delegations to there to discuss that particular topic, but there's so much to talk about this week as various committee work comes to council for approval and feedback.

Friday, May 20, 2016

GUELPH POLITICAST #38 - Colin Oaks, Project Biologist for Trout Unlimited Canada


The months of May and June mark that time of year when we tend to spend less time in the house and more time outside. The weather is right in the Goldilocks zone: not too hot and not too cool, it's less cloudy and more sunny, and long walks by, let's say the river, are much more enjoyable. So not coincidentally, May and June also mark the 2Rivers Festival here in the Royal City.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Sona and Crown Appeal Sentence Today in Toronto


We may have put a whole other election between us and it, but the robocall scandal returns to the foreground today when the parties arrive at Osgood Hall to appeal the sentence of Michael Sona. The Tory staffer has tried and convicted of  "preventing or endeavouring to prevent an elector from voting" back in 2014, but according to his appeal, Sona's been either punished too harshly, or, according to Crown, his nine month prison sentence is too light.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Special Meeting Will Discuss Lack of Return on Investment in District Energy, Plus LIVE BLOG!


City Hall will tackle the always contentious energy file in a special meeting tonight at 6 pm. Two reports are on the agenda: the Financial History of the GMHI Group of Companies and Current Issues, and the GMHI 2016 Restated Budget, and the former will reveal that the City may have to write down $8.7 million in investment into the District Energy assets in Hanlon Creek Business Park and downtown Guelph.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

MANGEZ! Dine Safe Guide for May 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.