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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.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

GUELPH POLITICAST #130 - Reviewing the Service Review

Is our waste collection and processing the best it can possibly be? That was the simple question at the heart of the Service Review of the City of Guelph's Solid Waste Department. Solid Waste was the first of three pilot Service Review projects approved by city council, an immense months long project that yielded 11 recommendations.This is the rest of the story.

Monday, June 18, 2018

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for June 14, 2018

You can click here and here for the agendas from City Hall, and you can click here for the Politico preview. For the complete blow-by-blow of tonight's council meeting, you can follow me on Twitter, or follow the tweets below.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Friends of the GPL Desperate for Space for Book Sale.


Unless they have some very good luck very soon, there may be no 12th annual Friends of the Guelph Public Library used book sale. A lack of a space big enough to organize and hold the sale may scuttle the annual event unless an appropriate venue can be found in the very, very near future.

MANGEZ! Dine Safe Guide for June 1-15, 2018

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, June 15, 2018

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

For the regular city council meeting this month, we've got the next council's paycheques, board appointments, a notice of motion, and the last kick of the can for the second phase of Clair-Maltby on the agenda. 

Thursday, June 14, 2018

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for June 14, 2018

This special meeting of city council is all about the Clair-Maltby Secondary Plan. You can click here for the amended agenda from City Hall, and you can click here for the Politico preview. For the complete blow-by-blow of tonight's council meeting, you can follow me on Twitter, or follow the tweets below.

City Council Preview - What's on the Agenda for the June 18 Meeting?

If it's June, it's time for Guelph City Council to act as shareholder of both Guelph Junction Railway, and Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc. The audits and general reports for both organizations will be discussed in two back-to-back meetings on Monday.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

GUELPH POLITICAST #129 - Xicotencatl Lopez

In as much as the murders of Colten Bushie and Tina Fontaine were shocking, it was somehow even more shocking when those murders went unavenged as both perpetrators were found not-guilty of second degree murder. It's enough to make you wonder why more Indigenous youth aren't angrier and more active. Well, this is a podcast about one who is.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Proposed South End Rec Centre Needs 150 Square Feet and $59 Million

Progress on the South End Rec Centre looks surprisingly speedy as city council was given an information report last Friday detailing the broad strokes, and some initial designs, for the City of Guelph's next great recreational and community meeting place. It's going to have a footprint of 150,000 square feet, and it will cost $59,130,204, but there's still a lot of work to do before shovels are put in the ground.

Monday, June 11, 2018

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for June 11, 2018

This month's planning meeting of City Council features some demolitions, a proposed Official Plan amendment, and a revised plan for a very big south end development. You can click here for the amended agenda from City Hall, and you can click here for the Politico preview. For the complete blow-by-blow of tonight's council meeting, you can follow me on Twitter, or follow the tweets below.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Schreiner Makes History in Competitive Guelph Race

Guelph made Ontario political history last night by electing the province's first Green Party Member of Provincial Parliament. Mike Schreiner's victory came after what looked like a very tight race in the riding, but in the end, Schreiner won his seat in what can only be described as a "blow out" result for the Green Party of Ontario leader.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

City Council Preview - What's on the Agenda for the June 14 Meeting?

If you're one of the people that was upset with what the City of Guelph was cooking for the Clair-Maltby Secondary Plan, then you may like what they're cooking now. As we close Phase 2, it seems that public criticism has been taken in stride as we get ready to move to Phase 3.

Letters from the Candidates

As Ontarians across the province race to the cast their ballots, some of the candidates running in the riding of Guelph have offered some final thoughts/last pitches before the votes are counted.

Driveway Town Hall Had Sad Stories and Hard Feelings

Who would have guessed that the most contentious issue of this municipal election year might be the width of driveways in certain neighbourhoods? This topic gathered people from across the east end of the city, and from other parts of the Guelph to attend a town hall hosted by the mayor and the Ward 1 councillors.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

GUELPH POLITICAST #128 - Guelph Wellington Oral Health Action Committee

The saying goes, "let a smile be your umbrella," but there are a whole lot of people out there for whom their smile is a source of grief, and not a source of relief. Before we go into Election Day, let's hear from some people talking about one of the election issues that has not gotten a lot of press, but is nonetheless factored into every major party platform in someway: dental care.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Horwath Hopes Hattrick Does the Trick in Guelph

Making her third stop in Guelph in six weeks, NDP leader Andrea Horwath seems to banking a lot of faith in Guelph turning out orange on Election Day. With 48 hours to go, Horwath rallied more than 75 people behind the Boathouse on Gordon Street to make every moment count to make Aggie Mlynarz the MPP for the Royal City.

"Journalist" from "Online" Disrupts Horwath Event

A man claiming to be a journalist injected himself into the Andrea Horwath campaign event today at the Boathouse on Gordon Street. After heckling Horwath during her prepared comments, the man said he was a reporter for "online" and asked the NDP leader about her party's stand on Ontario becoming a sanctuary province.

LIVE BLOG: Committee of the Whole for June 5, 2018

This month's Committee of the Whole meeting will try and not break any kinds of records for length. You can click here for the amended agenda from City Hall, and you can click here for the Politico preview. For the complete blow-by-blow of today's committee meeting, you can follow me on Twitter, or follow the tweets below.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Cram Session: Watch the Debates and Listen to the Q&As for #ONelxn

Now some of you have voted already, but if the polls are correct, then there's still a whole lot of you out there who are not sure, or may be interested in voting for someone else. If you need some help making that bog decision, Guelph Politico has gathered video, audio, and articles that tell you the thoughts of all the candidates on a host of issues.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

City Council Preview - What's on the Agenda for the June 11 Meeting?

It will be a busy planning meeting this month with deadlines due for some developments, a new Official Plan amendment, and the return of a monster development in the south end.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Wynne Admits She Won't Be Premier After Thursday

In a surprising moment, in an election filled with surprising moments, the current Premier of the Province of Ontario confessed that her days in the office are numbered, and that she's unlikely to emerge the victor of Thursday's vote. Instead, Kathleen Wynne wants you to send a minority message to the New Democrats and Progressive Conservatives.

Friday, June 1, 2018

VIDEO: Schreiner Promises a Guaranteed Basic Income for Ontario

Mike Schreiner said that it was clear from Wednesday's all candidates meeting at HOPE House that not enough is being done to support people that live in poverty. So on Thursday afternoon, Schreiner played his campaign card to do more be promising to increase social assistance with a guaranteed basic income.

Guelph-Wellington's a Smart City, as Pitch Passes First Round of Competition

In April, the City of Guelph and Wellington County revealed their submission for the Federal Government's Smart City Challenge: the creation of the Canada's first circular food economy. As luck would have it, the selection committee liked what Guelph and Wellington are offering, and now we're off to round two.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

The Politico Calendar for June 2018

Voting is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of political and cultural events happening in Guelph this June. Here's the monthly calendar of Royal City affairs.

MANGEZ! Dine Safe Guide for May 16-31, 2018

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.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

GUELPH POLITICAST #127 - The OGRA Sessions

It was a major conference of municipal leaders, influencers, and business people. Appearing live on stage where politicians from the three major parties, including the interim leader of the Official Opposition, and the Premier of Ontario. Only one person could interview them on the issues that matter, and get straight answers, and somehow, that person was me.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Ferraro Has Regrets and Other Notes from the Three Willows All Candidates Meet

Normally, Tuesdays at Three Willows Church in the summer means a dinner from the bounty of local food trucks, but this Tuesday it was local politics on the menu. The four major party candidates squeezed another event into a busy week of appearances to do a little Q&A with area residents.

Monday, May 28, 2018

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for May 28, 2018

The final Solid Waste Service Review, a vote on the #3 bus, and a very special announcement on regional transit from Mayor Guthrie are on the docket tonight. You can click here for the amended agenda from City Hall, and you can click here for the Politico preview. For the complete blow-by-blow of tonight's council meeting, you can follow me on Twitter, or follow the tweets below.

Horwath Enjoys First Place and a Beer at Brothers Brewery Campaign Stop

Nothing like a cold beer on a hot day, especially when you've got frontrunner status in a contentious provincial election race! Ontario New Democrat leader Andrea Horwath rolled up to Brothers Brewery for a lunch time meet and greet following a contentious leaders debate Sunday night, and despite her success so far, Horwath's message was there's still a lot of work to be done.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Schreiner Ahead in a Very Close Guelph Race

They say that every vote counts, but that may be especially true for Guelph voters in this election if one very specific poll is to be believed. Earlier this week, the Toronto Star suggested that Guelph should vote for Mike Schreiner, and it seems that Guelphites might actually be listening.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Committee of the Whole Preview - What's on the Agenda for the June 5 Meeting?

This month's Committee meeting will try and not reach an epic length time while dealing with issues held over from May, along with financial updates, a new customer service strategy, a service review update, and a motion to make Guelph officially bee friendly. 

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

GUELPH POLITICAST #126 - Martin Bauman, Canadian Mental Health Association

Mental health has been one of the most talked about issues of the current election, and it's understandable. Over the last few years, the stigma around mental health issues has been receding, and people have been able to share more openly, which has been a good thing. The problem is that the healthcare system is showing the strain.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

RECAP: The Chamber of Commerce Provincial Candidates Debate

A political debate that generated so much interest, they were literally turning people away at the door! In front of a packed house at the Council Chambers of City Hall, the four major party candidates squared off in a debate hosted by Kithio Mwanzia and the Guelph Chamber of Commerce. The blow-by-blow is recounted in full below...

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Filmmaker's Idea Diverts Lots of Move Out "Garbage"


On an episode of the Guelph Politicast back in April, filmmaker Kalev Jaason talked about his documentary Diverted, and his attempt to prevent large quantities of reusable items left on the curb by students leaving town from ending up in the landfill. His efforts have not been in vein, as 25 different local organizations have become the beneficiaries of the diversion tactics of Jaason and a team of volunteers.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Mooney Running as Independent After Alliance Ditches Local EDA

Thomas Mooney has found himself embroiled in more party politics, which is kind of the opposite of his message, as he has parted ways from the Alliance Party of Ontario after the provincial party has seemed to cut ties with five of its Electoral District Associations (EDA), including Guelph.

GUELPH POLITICAST #125 - Kithio Mwanzia on Debate Prep

Guelph's provincial candidates will get together again on Tuesday to face-off in another debate. Well, four of them are. The four major party candidates will be grilled before a live audience, and a TV one, and the one doing the grilling is Kithio Mwanzia, the President and CEO of the Guelph Chamber of Commerce. Today though, he's the one being grilled.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

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

Matters of election oversight and the completed Service Review for Solid Waste form much of the agenda for the last council meeting of May. 

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

MANGEZ! Dine Safe Guide for May 1-15, 2018

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.

GUELPH POLITICAST #124 - Debate Debrief with Scotty Hertz

You know you have a packed house when you actually have to make the house bigger! That's what happened last Thursday at the All Candidates Debate hosted by the Guelph Wellington Coalition for Social Justice. There's been a lot of arm chair quarterbacking from social media pundits, but now it's time for the semi-amateur official community radio pundits to have their say.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Notes From the Guelph Wellington Coalition for Social Justice Debate

Whether they had an appetite for change, or an appetite for politics, over 400 people flooded the Italian Canadian Club for the first Guelph debate of the 2018 Provincial Election. Standing room only gave way to organizers embiggening the room for more seats, as seven of the eight announced candidates sparred on a bunch of issues in a 150-minute set. Here's what we learned...

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

GUELPH POLITICAST #123 - Canadian Federation of Students Ontario

The provincial election has finally begun! It doesn't feel like it, but the campaign is just now getting underway as we count down to the election on June 7. If you're looking for interviews with the local candidate, those will be heard on Open Sources Guelph starting next week. For the next few weeks on the Guelph Politicast, we're going to talk about the issues!

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

The Provincial Election Has More or Less Begun

Although we know it's been coming for months (if not years), Premier Kathleen Wynne made the move today to finally drop the writ and let the election for the 42nd Ontario legislature begin.

Monday, May 7, 2018

LIVE BLOG: Committee of the Whole for May 7, 2018

Today, it's all about parking, power and pennies as Corporate Services and Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise have their turn at Committee of the Whole. You can click here for the amended agenda from City Hall, and you can click here for the Politico preview. For the complete blow-by-blow of today's committee meeting, you can follow me on Twitter, or follow the tweets below.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

MTO Approves That Daily Bus From and To Owen Sound

If you religiously listen to the Guelph Politicast (and why wouldn't you), then you will recall March's episode on Regional Transit, which included an interview with Chris Hughes, Manager of Contract Services for the City of Owen Sound. Hughes talked about a proposed daily bus to Guelph from Owen Sound sponsored by some start up money from the Ministry of Transportation Ontario. Follow-up: the MTO has approved it.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Mix of Old and New Faces Mark First Week of 2018 Camapign

As the first week of the 2018 Municipal election comes to a close, we already have a very busy race with with a baker's dozen of excited nominees ready to prove they're ready to serve on City Council or the local school board. Some of these names you'll already know, and not just the incumbents.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

City Council Preview - What's on the Agenda for the May 14 Meeting?


Special events permits, alternatives for the Commercial Policy review, and a high-rise tower project returning smaller are all part of the agenda for this month's planning meeting. 

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

GUELPH POLITICAST #122 - Smart Cities Challenge

It sounds a bit like a reality show. Infrastructure Canada is challenging municipalities, regional governments and First Nations communities from coast to coast to coast to use innovation, data, and technology to address one of the pressing issues of the 21st century. Guelph chose food, and this is a podcast about it.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Guthrie and 4 New Faces Are the First Ones in the 2018 Race


Mayor Cam Guthrie was the first person this morning to file his election papers, but he wasn't the last as the first day of nominations opened for the 2018 Municipal campaign. Guthrie and four first-time candidates did not let the electoral moss grow under them as at least one of this year's elections has official begun.

Monday, April 30, 2018

MANGEZ! Dine Safe Guide for April 16-30, 2018

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, April 29, 2018

The Politico Calendar for May 2018

With two elections coming in May, this calendar is by no means exhaustive, but if you're looking to start planning your next 30-some odd days of political and cultural events, then this is a good place to start.