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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.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

The Politico Calendar for May 2016


It's May tomorrow, and you know what that means: no more students for four months! Just kidding, kids (mostly). For the rest of us you stick it out here in the Royal City, there's still a lot going on in  Guelph. Here's the Politico calendar for the fifth month of the year. 

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

Friday, April 29, 2016

GUELPH POLITICAST #36 - Brandon Kidd, Library Chair of Out on the Shelf


The end of April means the beginning of Pride. Guelph Pride. The annual event is meant to celebrate the Queer community in fun and inclusive ways as the push for universal acceptance continues to grow and be demanded of by both those who identify as LGBT and their allies. While no one in this country is trying to pass new laws about who can and who cannot use what bathrooms, don't think the struggle isn't still real, and one Guelph organization is pushing back 365 days a year.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Transit Changes to Routes and Schedules Have Begun



Keeping up with the changes to Guelph Transit can be tricky sometimes, but this is one of those occasions where we're dealing with a lot of information at once. The next few weeks are going to be hard on just about everyone taking the bus as routes and schedules are altered thanks to budget cuts, film shoots, road construction and the end of the school year.

Monday, April 25, 2016

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for April 25, 2016



This may be the most contentious Guelph City Council of the year yet with a lot of potentially dramatic issues on the table. 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.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

So What's the Deal with the Community Energy Initiative?



Monday's action-packed council meeting will include a presentation about updating the Community Energy Initiative, a plan created by various stakeholders in the Royal City to make Guelph more energy efficient from now on through 2031. The report coming to council though has come attached now with a bit of controversy thanks to some comments Mayor Cam Guthrie made at the Governance Committee earlier this month. So what is the CEI, and what so controversial about it?

Thursday, April 21, 2016

City Ambitions Are Huge for the Wilson Street Parkade



Did you know that Downtown Guelph has a parking problem? It's the worst kept secret in town, and the City's trying to move quickly to do something about it. Today, city hall hosted the first of four public meetings to get feedback about the features residents would like to see incorporated into the new six-storey parking structure that will sit upon the lot across the road from 1 Carden Street.

Ceremony Kicks Off 154 Weeks of Renovations Guelph Police Headquarters



Now surrounded by blue construction fencing, the headquarters for the Guelph Police Service looks very different today than it will three years from now. After months, and years, of debate and planning, the $34 million renovation official began with a ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony this morning in front of the building.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

City Council Preview - What's on the Agenda for April 25's Meeting?


This looks like it's going to be a late one. At least three contentious issues are on the docket for Monday's city council meeting including an Integrity Commissioner report, the end of the standing committee structure, and the renewal of the Community Energy Initiative. And that's only the beginning of the fun...

Monday, April 18, 2016

Niska Road Bridge Debate Continues with Official City Response to EA Part II


After a six-hour meeting on the subject last December, a decision was made that even the Mayor admitted would mean that "some people may be going home not liking the result." Still, even by a vote of 9-4, the council endorsement of the new two lane Niska Rd. Bridge and other improvements to the western portion of the road was not the end of the story. As the Environmental Assessment at the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change moves on to part II, the city has posted its responses to the concerns raised by local residents.