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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, 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.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

LIVE BLOG: Committee of the Whole for June 6, 2017

Financial statements, splash pads, and the transit realignment are all on the docket for this month's committee meeting. 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, June 5, 2017

10 Interesting Factoids From Guelph150


There was a bit of controversy today with the Guelph150 banners, one of the entries being labelled taboo because the memory of the crime it references is still fresh in the heads of many Guelphites. But there's still lots of Guelph History to learn from this interesting and informative Downtown Guelph Business Association promotion, and this is only 10 of them...

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Peter Julian the Latest NDP Leadership Candidate to Make Royal City Stop

About 20 people joined Peter Julian for breakfast, maybe lunch, at Breezy Corners in Downtown Guelph today. Julian follows Charlie Angus and Niki Ashton as the third leadership candidate for the NDP to make a campaign stop in Guelph, and he made a pitch to the city's strong activist spirit to lend him their support for a grassroots-driven party that hearkens back to the New Democrats own origins.

Friday, June 2, 2017

GUELPH POLITICAST #81 - Kristina Virro, Nutritionist and Psychotherapist-in-Training

You may recall the this past school year was marked with a particular sadness on the University of Guelph campus. Several students took their own lives over the course of the fall and winter semesters, leaving a campus community in mourning and searching for answers. How could so many, feel so lost and alone, and see no other alternative for themselves but to take their own lives?

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Garden of Grace: A Soft Open With Hard Opinions

Jakki Jeffs was sweeping grass and dirt off the stone path in the Garden of Grace. Alone. Today was supposed to be the official unveiling of the Garden of Grace, a memorial park on the lands of the Basilica of Our Lady meant for people mourning the loss of a child to abortion or miscarriage, but with a group of over a dozen people demonstrating on the street below, Jeffs cancelled the opening event. Why? The matter's gotten too political.

MANGEZ! Dine Safe Guide for May 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.

Monday, May 29, 2017

The Politico Calendar for June 2017


June marks the official beginning of summer, but this June it also seems to mark the beginning of Canada 150 celebrations being held by numerous organizations and groups throughout the month. All that, plus the usual meetings, committees and gatherings in this month's Politico Calendar. 

Friday, May 26, 2017

Committee of the Whole Preview - What's on the Agenda for the June 6 Meeting?


In spite of the unintentional best efforts of city council this week, Committee-of-the-Whole will proceed with its June meeting with a jam-packed agenda including updates on audits and budgets, moving to a low carbon City Hall, and the official presentation of the proposed realignment of Transit routes to council this September.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

GUELPH POLITICAST #80 - Danna Evans, General Manager of Culture, Tourism & Community Investment

Is Guelph a tourism destination? That's debatable. Certainly many Guelphites would argue that there are reasons that people who don't live in Guelph should visit Guelph. Great festivals, a cool downtown, a big church you can see from everywhere... the Royal City is where it's at, and this week, I talk to the person in charge of making sure you know all about it.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for May 23, 2017


A short meeting to follow the long weekend. 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, May 21, 2017

CSA Makes International News for Its Musical Selection


Normally, the distribution of the student bus pass is not controversial for the University of Guelph's Central Student Association, but then they did the unthinkable by including a top hit from 1972 in their music playlist while handing out the stickers to summer students. A walk on the wild side, indeed.

Friday, May 19, 2017

High Speed Rail Coming to Guelph, and Heading on to Windsor


Toronto to Windsor in under two hours? That's the promise in this morning's announcement that high speed rail is coming to southern Ontario and the Golden Horseshoe by 2031 at a cost of just over $20 billion. But can it be done in the timeline proposed and for the amount of money suggested, or is the Province of Ontario reaching beyond its grasp?

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Rogers Update: They're Not Going Anywhere

Last week, I posted about some concerning social media posts concerning Rogers Guelph, that a program that promotes many events and programs in the City was cancelled and that the Rogers studio on Silvercreek Pkwy was closing. In what will surely be a relief to many, I got an official word from Rogers that our Guelph facilities aren't going anywhere.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

GUELPH POLITICAST #79 - Hans Zegerius, Petrie Photographer

Underneath that big green tarp near the corner of Wyndham and Macdonell is a world of mystery. The Petrie Building has been a subject of intrigue, speculation and regret for years, if not decades, and it's facelift is opening up that world as the Trycathlen partners proceed with the renovation and restoration of the Petrie, and one man has been there to capture the transformation as it's unfolded.

Monday, May 15, 2017

MANGEZ! Dine Safe Guide for May 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.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

City Council Preview - What's on the Agenda for the May 23 Meeting?


The agenda for the regular council meeting this month seems kind of light, which is good because in May it's taking place after the long weekend.

Friday, May 12, 2017

GUELPH POLITICAST #78 - Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis

Premier Kathleen Wynne meets with advocates at Women in Crisis in Sept. 2015
May is Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Ontario. Isn't it sad that sexual assault is still such a scourge in society at this point in our history that we have to have a while month to raise awareness about it? I think we can all agree on that, but so long as the need is there in our area, there will be the Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis, now helping women in our area for over 40 years.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

What's Going On With Guelph's Rogers Channel?


What's going on with Guelph's Rogers Channel? That's a question I started asking myself yesterday when I found a tweet from Inside Guelph, a talk show that airs weekdays on Rogers Cable 20. Or rather it did. The mysterious tweet, which has since been deleted, implied that not only was the Royal City's local human interest show been cancelled, but that the entire Rogers community access operation was closing.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

GUELPH POLITICAST #77 - The 2Rivers Festival

Water is very important to Guelph, and to prove it we have a two-month long festival dedicated to the awesomeness of our city being here at the intersection of two rivers. Hence, the 2Rivers Festival, which is now running through the rest of the month and on into June, and will now be discussed on this week's edition of the Guelph Politicast.

Monday, May 8, 2017

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for May 8, 2017


A heritage update, street reconstruction, affordable housing, and building standards are all on the docket for the agenda of this planning meeting. 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, May 7, 2017

Niki Ashton Promotes Pride for Being Left in Guelph

Niki Ashton came to Guelph Sunday evening. The Churchill—Keewatinook Aski became the latest NDP Member of Parliament to pass through Guelph lately, and the second NDP leadership candidate to visit the Royal City in the last couple of weeks. Ashton's message Sunday evening at the Red Papaya in Old Quebec Street was that the best way forward for the national New Democrats was to be themselves.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Sometimes It Floods in Guelph



"Speed River Flood Termed Worst in 20 Years." screamed the headline on the front of the Mercury on Saturday March 20, 1948. The last great flood of its kind happened in the Spring of 1929, but between the floods there was a World War and a Great Depression, so when the water under the Allan's Dam reached the six-foot level, there was definitely a sense of deja vu.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

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



Monday's planning meeting will be a fantastic four issues long with discussion about heritage buildings, reconstruction of an east end road, affordable housing, and design standards. 

Monday, May 1, 2017

VIDEO: Mayor and Council Reclaim History with Time Capsule Opening

You don't normally get dozens of people at a Committee-of-the-Whole meeting, let alone an hour before hand, but that's the power of the time capsule. Discovered by construction crews working on the renovations of the Victoria Road Recreation Centre, city staff, with the help of Mayor Cam Guthrie and members of council, opened the capsule today and reclaimed the treasures buried in 1974.

LIVE BLOG: Committee of the Whole for May 1, 2017

If it's the first Monday of the month, then it's time for Committee-of-the-Whole. 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.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

The Politico Calendar for May 2017


May is almost like the start of a whole other season here in Guelph; the University is out for summer, the days are getting noticeably longer and warmer, and the Royal City is as busy as ever. Here's the Calendar for May. 

Friday, April 28, 2017

MANGEZ! Dine Safe Guide for April 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, April 27, 2017

Committee of the Whole Preview - What's on the Agenda for the May 1 Meeting?


May's Committee-of-the-Whole meeting will be a packed one, but not with anything too terrible controversial. A lot of budget touch-ups, some new speed limits, and the updates to new and ongoing programs are all on the docket.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

GUELPH POLITICAST #76 - Charlie Angus in the Green Room with a Story

This time next month, the federal Conservative leadership race will be concluded, and we will know who the new leader of the Opposition is going to be. But when that race is over, there's still one more left to go, the competition for the leadership of the NDP, and there's a 1-in-5 chance that Charlie Angus will get the job.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

VIDEO: Justin Trudeau at Linamar. He Sees Stuff, Talks to People

The prime minister coming to town is big news, but does Justin Trudeau make any news when he comes to Guelph other than the fact that he was here? Today, as it was this time last year, the answer is no, but he made the day of a lot of the working folk at Linamar's Innovation Centre in a tour of the plant floor that saw no press questions, and no PM answers (not that we would be able to hear ourselves anyway). We do, however, have the following video of his visit.

Monday, April 24, 2017

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for April 24, 2017


It will be a very busy night at city council complete with the pivotal debate on internet voting in the 2018 municipal election. 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, April 22, 2017

Let's Tour Doors Open Guelph!


It's time again for the annual celebration of local heritage by going behind the scenes in some of Guelph's many famous and historically relevant buildings with Doors Open Guelph. Guelph Politico is taking part by trying to see how many sites I can visit during the day with 15 different stops spread out across the City.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

VIDEO: Behind the Scenes of the Petrie Building Renovations



This Saturday is Doors Open Guelph, the annual behind-the-scenes tour of all the places you'd like to see but don't normally have access to. One of the pit stops in this year's edition is the Petrie Building, which is a chance for the public to see the long and hotly anticipated renovation of the much neglected downtown Guelph heritage building. Due to circumstances, only the second floor will be open to visitors Saturday, but back in February members of city council, staff, and the media were given a behind the scenes tour of the work in progress, and now you can take that tour too...

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

VIDEO: Guelph Central Station is Complete with Ribbon Cutting

It's been a long, long road since ground was first broken on Guelph Central Station with the demolition of the old Greyhound Bus Terminal (2011), but the hub is now complete with the official ribbon cutting marking the end of renovations at the historic train station. In a ceremony this morning, Mayor Cam Guthrie, members of council, MP Lloyd Longfield, MPP Liz Sandals, and representatives from VIA Rail, Metrolinx, Greyhound and Guelph Transit re-opened the train station, ready to serve the future.

GUELPH POLITICAST #75 - Volunteer Centre of Guelph/Wellington

Guelph's status as a volunteer friendly community is almost as renown as our environmental stewardship and our musical devotion. April is that time of year to remind us of who helps make a community, and that is the people who give up their own free time to give back to that community, and who better to share that point of view that the people of the Volunteer Centre of Guelph/Wellington?

Monday, April 17, 2017

How Can You Help Out on Earth Day in Guelph?


This coming Saturday is Earth Day, so there is going to be a lot of activity around the Royal City to mark the occasion. Here's an overview of events in the Guelph area including clean-ups, tree planting, crafts and a film screening. 

Saturday, April 15, 2017

MANGEZ! Dine Safe Guide for April 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.