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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.

Monday, August 21, 2017

City Council Recap: What Happened from April and May 2017?


In case you're more of a reader than a listener, or maybe you just want to reference back to something quickly, over the next three weeks, Guelph Politico will post a recap of the first seven months of 2017 at city council in three parts. This second part covers April and May...

Saturday, August 19, 2017

This Week in Press Releases - August 14-18, 2017


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, August 16, 2017

GUELPH POLITICAST #92 - Robert Routledge, U of G Student Life

Brace yourselves, Back to School is coming. In about three weeks, the summertime quiet of Guelph will give way to the hustle and bustle from a suddenly swelled student population as 20,000 undergrads come to the city to continue their education or initiate it, and Student Life will be there to help welcome them.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

RECAP: Mayor Guthrie Facebook Town Hall - August 15


This evening, Mayor Cam Guthrie held a town hall on the Facebook group "Guelph This & That" live from his hotel room in Ottawa. The 90-minute Q&A covered a wide variety of topics, so in case you missed it, just want the highlights, or are not a part of the "This & That" group, here's the blow-by-low of what the mayor discussed, and what questions were asked. 

MANGEZ! Dine Safe Guide for August 1-15, 2017


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, August 14, 2017

City Council Recap: What Happened from January to March 2017?


In case you're more of a reader than a listener, or maybe you just want to reference back to something quickly, over the next three weeks, Guelph Politico will post a recap of the first seven months of 2017 at city council in three parts. This first part covers January through March...

Thursday, August 10, 2017

PC Nominee Drops Out Over Party Politics



Last month, Green Party Mike Schreiner became the first person to be made a candidate for Guelph's seat in the 2018 provincial election, but now the local Progressive Conservative party is making news. Not for putting forward a candidate, but for loosing one.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

GUELPH POLITICAST #91 - The Open Sources Guelph 2017 Interviews

This week on the Guelph Politicast, we're doing a bottle episode for another show entirely. If you don't listen to Open Sources Guelph (and why wouldn't you, you can find it on the same podcast channel as the Guelph Politicast), this is your chance to get a taste of what we offer every Thursday at 5 pm on CFRU.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Lafarge Protestors Want Developers to be Good Neighbours


On Friday, several residents and activists teamed-up to stop work for the day at the Lafarge site in the city's west end. After years of threatened development and negotiations, the land owners were taking the plunge and cutting down nearly 2,000 trees for a project to be named later, but it was was not to be on this day. Why? The neighbourhood wants the developer to be more neighbourly.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Residents and Activists Stop Chainsaws for the Day at Lafarge

Thursday night, a group called Friends of the Howitt Creek sent out a press release to all local media, the City of Guelph, and the developers of the Lafarge site to let them know there would be no trees cut down on Friday. They were going to protest...

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

GUELPH POLITICAST #90 - The Year at Council So Far...


You don't really know how busy seven months of council look like until you write out all the highlights in a single script and record them for a podcast, but that's what we've done for this week's podcast.

Monday, July 31, 2017

MANGEZ! Dine Safe Guide for July 16-31, 2017


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.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Schreiner Proclaimed Green Party Candidate for Guelph for Spring Election

In an utterly unsurprising result, Green Party of Ontario leader Mike Schreiner was acclaimed by unanimous vote as the Green candidate for Guelph in next spring's provincial election. Schreiner becomes the first candidate of any party to be named in advanced of next year's campaign, and from the sounds of the Green Party gathering at Riverside Park Sunday, they intend to make a dent in the province's political culture when the votes are counted June 7.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

This Week in Press Releases - July 24-28, 2017

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.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Any Day Now! A Decade of Waiting for Lafarge Development to Start



It was interesting to see the Lafarge site come back into the news this month. For the most part, nothing has really been happening with it in a good long while, but even in the days before Guelph Politico I had my journalistic eye on it, and given recent developments, I thought a dip into the archives might be advised.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

GUELPH POLITICAST #89 - Dr. Hugh Whiteley, "Emeritus Council Delegate"


City council wrapped up this week as the traditional summer break began, and it wound to a close without a distinctive voice... But at least until you'll be able to hear it on this week's podcast.

Monday, July 24, 2017

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for July 24, 2017


This is the last city council meeting before summer vacation, so you definitely don't want to miss it. 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, July 23, 2017

Neighbourhood Mourns for the Loss of Greenspace

It was a regular, summer evening on the property known colloquially as the "Lafarge lands", named for the company that once had a gravel pit on the site. Joggers hustled by down the pathways, kids on bikes peddled along the relatively safety of the dead end street, and there was even someone on a skateboard that went sailing by. Sadly, this scene of community activity might represent the last call of such serenity in this reclaimed stretch of natural wilderness in the inner city.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

GUELPH POLITICAST #88 - Steve Kraft, CEO of Guelph Public Library


A lot of people probably remember a row between then-Toronto Councillor Doug Ford and vaunted Canadian author Margaret Atwood over supporting libraries, and not closing branches in order to save the City money. Well, six years later Ford is out of council and Atwood is more popular than every because of The Handmaid's Tale TV series. You know what else is more popular than ever?

Monday, July 17, 2017

Forget Baker Street! Co-operators Moving Forward with New South End HQ

A few hours before a council meeting that would discuss the potential redevelopment of the Bakers St. parking lot for a new 200,000 square foot headquarters for the Co-operators, the insurers have reached an agreement with the City of Guelph to develop a new main building in the south end in time for a 2023 move in.

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

A week from today brings the final council meeting before the August break, and while it isn't the biggest agenda of the year so far, it will have items concerning closed meetings, light pollution, and item that couldn't come forward last week at the planning meeting. 

Saturday, July 15, 2017

MANGEZ! Dine Safe Guide for July 1-15, 2017


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, July 14, 2017

The Annotated Market Squared Column About the "Upside Down" of Guelph


Back in May, I posted a fairly consequential column to GuelphToday.com. Called "We need to talk about Guelph", this piece took on a life of its own and started a really positive and intricate discussion about the tremendous need in our community. When the column was shared on the "Overheard at Guelph" Facebook page, someone said that they had wished that links had been included to some of the things discussed, and I thought, "Hey, I can do that..."

Thursday, July 13, 2017

City Council Preview - What's on the Agenda for the July 17 Meeting?



City council is hourly trying to get things wrapped up before the August break, and this coming Monday they'll have to act upon some urgent new business that will affect the fate of the downtown core into the immediate future. That might have been over the top, but if you read on you'll see it's a pretty big deal. 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

GUELPH POLITICAST #87 - Holly Mastrogiacomo, Guelph's #TamponTuesday


When you think about the essentials, the things that you need on a daily basis, what do you think about? Food, shelter, and clothing are obviously the big three, and once you've got those maybe you start thinking about other essentials: a tooth brush, toilet paper, and if you're of the female persuasion, you're probably also thinking about tampons...

Monday, July 10, 2017

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for July 10, 2017


It's will be a very busy planning meeting before the summer break, with the public meeting for three very contentious new projects. 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.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Celebrating Celebrations of Guelph (The Text Version)

Last week on the Guelph Politicast, I told a story of how the Royal City marked it’s 100th, 150th, and 175th anniversaries. For a half-hour podcast, it was a rather exhaustive trip down memory lane, reaching all the way back to Guelph’s founding in 1827 and coming back around to the 21st century. But if you’d rather take a more leisurely stroll through these remembrances, or maybe you just bristle at the sound of my voice, then you can now scroll freely though the text of that podcast.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Guelph Police Want Doodad to Enforce New Traffic Rules

Would you be surprised to learn that there's been a new law on the books since January that drivers have to give biker rider's a one metre buffer, from the tip of the handlebars to the edge of the passenger side mirror? It's true, but you might be hard pressed to find someone on the road that knows about it, and you might be harder pressed to think of a way that the Guelph Police Service can enforce it. Until now...

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

GUELPH POLITICAST #86 - C.J. Smith, This Crazy Train

Surely, you've gotten on a train or a bus and been aghast at the bad behaviour of some of the people you were riding with: muddy feet on the seats, somebody crowding the entrance or exit, using empty seats as bag racks... People can be rude, but that doesn't mean you have to put up with it, right? That's what C.J. Smith thought in 2010 when she started "This Crazy Train".

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

LIVE BLOG: Committee of the Whole for July 4, 2017

It's the last committee meeting before summer break, and it's stocked with infrastructure stuff. You can click here for the amended agenda from City Hall, and you can click here to read Politico's preview of today's meeting. For the complete blow-by-blow of today's committee meeting, you can follow me on Twitter, or follow along below via Storify.

Monday, July 3, 2017

City Council Preview - What's on the Agenda for the July 10 Meeting?


The last planning meeting before a summer break will bring a number of potentially controversial developments to council, and some decidedly less controversial rezoning decisions. 

Saturday, July 1, 2017

How Guelph Marked 100 Years of Canada

One glance at the front page reminds you instantly of the tumultuousness of the 1960s, even if everything going on Guelph seemed as normal as it ever was. In the days before Canada's centennial,  page one of the Guelph Mercury was filled with stories of a world on the brink. From the death of screen legends, to Cold War posturing, to racial tensions in the United States, was it any wonder that the Mercury was asking if this would be the Queen's last State visit?

Friday, June 30, 2017

The Politico Calendar for July 2017

Summer vacation has commenced, but the political events and meetings in Guelph never end (except in August when they kind of take a break). Let the good times roll!

MANGEZ! Dine Safe Guide for June 16-30, 2017

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.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

GUELPH POLITICAST #85 - Celebrating Celebrations of Guelph

This week's Guelph Politicast kind of shakes up the format. Typically these are interviews with people, or clips of speeches either partial or whole, but on this pod I wanted to tell you a story, and that story is a tale of Guelph as we start the countdown to the Royal City's 200th birthday in just 10 years time.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for June 28, 2017


Tonight there are two special council meetings, as in shareholder meetings for Guelph Junction Railway and Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc. 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.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Committee of the Whole Preview - What's on the Agenda for the July 4 Meeting?


It's another busy committee meeting before City Hall takes its summer vacation in August. This month, infrastructure gets the lion's share of the attention with housing, stormwater and design all coming up for discussion along with the big question of what Guelph should do for its bicentennial 10 years hence. 

Monday, June 26, 2017

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for June 26, 2017


This month's regular city council meeting will deal with some committee appointments and downtown expansion. 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.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

VIDEO: Victoria Rd Rec Centre Re-Opens for Business

After 15 months of work, the Victoria Road Recreation Centre was officially re-opened today with the assistance of City of Guelph staff, the current Mayor Cam Guthrie, and past Mayor Norm Jary. Hundreds of area residents came out to hear the speeches, see the ribbon cutting, and check out the facilities, and now, you can too.

Friday, June 23, 2017

GUELPH POLITICAST #84 - Heather Flaherty, GM of Parks & Recreation

June is Parks and Recreation month in Ontario, and Guelph is marking the occasion with a variety of activities at its various open spaces and indoor facilities. For the last year though, the City has been one rec facility short though, but not for too much longer.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

GUELPH POLITICAST #83 - Live (ish) From National Aboriginal Day


Guelph marked another National Aboriginal Day on Wednesday bringing First Nations dance, music, culture and food to Downtown Guelph in front of City Hall for all to see. A few hundred people gathered on Carden Street to see a wide swath of Indigenous traditions brought to life, a reminder that as we strive for truth and reconciliation, there's still a culture trying to thrive.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

City Council Preview - What's on the Agenda for the June 28 Meeting?

Next Wednesday, we will have our second special council meeting of the month to talk about various Guelph subsidiaries including Guelph Junction Railway, Guelph Hydro, and the always controversial Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc. 

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Guelph Library Premieres 8 Short Films About Guelph


Much of the action at the East End Library Branch's block party to celebrate Canada 150 was, naturally, outdoors, but there was something interesting happening inside too: Eight short films about Guelph by eight local filmmakers. Covering a wide variety of topics, the shorts each show a side of Guelph - known and unknown - that highlighted the reasons why the Royal City is the place that it is. 

Friday, June 16, 2017

City Council Preview - What's on the Agenda for the June 26 Meeting?

At the next council meeting, Guelph's councillors will review this month's committee decisions, appoint some people to boards, and look at expanding the borders of the City's Downtown core.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

MANGEZ! Dine Safe Guide for June 1-15, 2017



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.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for June 13, 2017


The next phase of Guelph Hydro's future will be decided on this night! 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.

Monday, June 12, 2017

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for June 12, 2017


Get ready to plan at this month's planing meeting of council. 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.

GUELPH POLITICAST #82 - Linda Terry, Social Planning Council of Cambridge and North Dumfries


"If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich." John F. Kennedy said that, and it seems a fitting reminder that our tremendous financial inequality in modern society is far from sustainable. Someone said a long time ago that you will always have the poor among you, but that doesn't mean that we have to prove him right. Though as he sit here in the year 2017, the poor is still among us, and we seem no closer to a solution. 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

City Council Preview - What's on the Agenda for the June 13 Meeting?

When we last left the council discussion about what to do with Guelph Hydro, the Strategies and Options Committee (SOC) was given permission to pursue the potential of merging with similar sized utilities in our area. This special council-as-shareholders meeting of the Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc. will present the results of that work so far and the potential next phases going forward. 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

City Council Preview - What's on the Agenda for the June 12 Meeting?

There's more than just planning scheduled for this month's planning meeting. Motions on fees, and the structure of Heritage Guelph also come forward in this, the first of two city council meetings next week.