It's been a while since we've had an Open Sources Guelph Beat, but with all the the local discussion about what's going on at City Hall, it felt timely to add the thoughts of the local radio pundits into the mix. With discord at the council table, and discord at the local transit stops, now seems like a good time for some calm, clear-headed discussion. But instead, you get the two guys from Open Sources Guelph.
For this first edition of Open Sources Guelph Beat, Scotty Hertz and I address the following topics:
Closed Encounters of the Heard Kind. Dysfunction at city council was laid out for all to see Monday at Guelph’s City Hall, as the integrity commissioner came back with a report based on a complaint about leaked information from a closed session of council in January. The reported opened the floor to what even some members of council called an airing of their dirty laundry, as a packed house, there to talk about more pressing concerns, watched in [likely] horror. Could this have been avoided though? Is city council having too many closed meetings for comfort? And why did the supposedly epic debate over the Community Energy Initiative fizzle?
Bus-ted? Last December, city council approved a series of budget rollbacks to Guelph Transit service including one-hour service on stat holidays, but the cancellation of peak service for the summer has taken things up a notch. People are noting an uptick in missed transfers, and idling by drivers. Transit management says they told council that this would be the result, but some have speculated that the situation is being exacerbated by the the transit union, who are protesting cut hours. Why can’t Guelph make its Transit system work? We’ll also talk about the latest personality conflict amongst councillors.
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