Seven Days...

Like the ghost from The Ring, the final countdown begins.

Welcome to the Guelph Politico Tip Sheet, a twice-a-week newsletter meant to “tip” you off about some of the important stuff going on in the Royal City. It arrives directly in your inbox on Tuesdays and Fridays.

A swastika was spray painted on the side of the building on Macdonell St. Saturday, and the Guelph Police Service is calling it a hate crime. The incident happened sometime overnight on October 10, and members of the community tried to cover it up with messages of positivity and hope before the graffiti was cleaned up. The police are still investigating, and it’s important to note that this is the second incident of swastika graffiti that’s appeared in Guelph in the last week.

Speaking of threats, it felt like there was a serious shift in the discourse over the weekend when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appeared at a Mississauga campaign event on Saturday wearing a bulletproof vest under his suit, and with a very noticeable increase in RCMP security, due to an unspecified threat that also delayed the PM’s appearance by 90 minutes. It’s not the first time that Trudeau’s life has come under specific threat, there was some controversy last year when t-shirts featuring a noose around a tree with the words, “Come West Trudeau” started being sold online. Andrew Scheer and Jagmeet Singh both condemned the threats to Trudeau’s life and safety.

Voter turnout from the four days of advanced polling over the Thanksgiving weekend seems to indicate an increase over 2015. According to Elections Canada, turnout was up 25 per cent during the first two days of advanced polling, two million people cast ballots versus 1.6 million in 2015. In the last election, nearly 21 per cent of all votes were made during early voting, which indicates that early voting is becoming an even more vital part of the election process. Election Day proper is Monday October 21, polls will be open in Guelph from 8:30 am to 8:30 pm.

All-Candidates events this week: Tuesday night, there will be a debate in the Monsignor Noon Parish Hall at the Basilica of Our Lady at 7:30 pm. Then, on Thursday night, independent candidate Kornelis Klevering will be hosting his own all-candidates forum at the Royal City Mission at 50 Quebec St at 7 pm.

Remember, there’s an election coming. For all the latest coverage of the 2019 Federal Election from the Guelph angle, you can go directly to that Politico page by clicking here.

Also in the News…

The Transit Action Alliance of Guelph will be holding their first transit summit and town hall on Saturday November 9 at 12 pm. Speakers will include City of Guelph transportation planner Jennifer Juste, transit blogger Sean Marshall, and Terry Johnson of Transport Action Canada. Get your tickets on Eventbrite here.

Check out the OSG appearance by the Green Party’s Steve Dyck, and independent Kornelis Klevering here. You can also dip into the politics of Wellington-Halton Hills with the latest edition of the Wellington-Halton Hills Politicast and this week’s featured guest, Liberal candidate Dr. Lesley Barron. You can listen to that podcast here.

University of Guelph plant agriculture prof David Wolyn was honored with the U of G’s annual Innovation of the Year award for, and let’s quote this right, “his leadership in the breeding and development of asparagus varieties that have become the most popular kinds grown in North America and that are fast gaining favour in Europe and Asia.” Congratulations to Prof. Wolyn for somehow making asparagus better…

Wellington-Halton Hills Green Party candidate Ralph Martin is launching his new book, Food Security: From Excess to Enough, tonight at the Shepherd’s Crook at 86 Main St. S. in Georgetown. Learn more about the book here.

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The Guelph Police Service is warning the community that fraudsters are calling people, claiming to be from the Canadian Revenue Agency, while the call display says they’re the “Guelph Police Service.” During these calls, the fraudsters tell people that they owe back taxes, and that they need to pay up immediately via either an iTunes card, gift card or electronic wire transfer. This is important: CRA will not call you to demand payment like this, and they will certainly now accept payment in any of the forms mentioned about (or Bitcoin either), which a lot of scammers demand. The police are recommending that if you get this call, hang up, and get in touch with the CRA.

Forest Street will be closed to all but local traffic from Edinburgh to Maple starting on October 23 to install new sewer and water pipes, and to repave the road. Full details here.

An amusing faux pas on Twitter Sunday courtesy of Pope Francis, who tweeted about the canonization of the new group of saints, by using the hashtag #Saints. While the Pope might obviously think that such a hashtag would be used only in the event of talking about the most important Catholic heroes and martyrs, the #Saints hashtag has a much more everyday function for fans of the New Orleans-based NFL team.

For the record, the Saints beat the Jaguars 13-6.

October 16 – Planning Meeting. The planning meeting will take place a couple of days late, but at the usual time of 6:30 pm. You can read the full Politico preview here, and then follow me on Twitter @adamadonaldson on Wednesday.

Also coming up at City Council:

October 21 – Special Council Meeting on Standard Assets/Facility Needs Assessment. Council will be asked to begin the process of preparing and planning a new City of Guelph campus on Dunlop Road that will become the location for a number of City services looking for new space, or a new home. Read the Politico preview here.

October 23 – The first meeting for the 2020 Budget. Presentation and Public Delegations for the Capital Budget and Forecast. This agenda is posted on the City’s website.

If you want to delegate on any of the items, at either of these meetings, you have until 10 am on Friday October 18 to get in touch with the Clerk’s Office. Here’s how.

October 28 – Regular meeting of council.

October 30 – Budget Meeting, Public Delegations for Non-tax Supported Operating Budget.

November 4 – Committee of the Whole.

Are you a senior? Do you know a senior? Why not get some lunch and learn with MPP Mike Schreiner. The event will take place in the Oak Room of the Victoria Road Recreation Centre from 11:30 am to 1 pm.

Curious about electric cars? The annual eMERGE EV Show will take place this weekend at Old Quebec Street from 4 to 8 pm on Saturday, and from 10 am to 3 pm on Sunday. Find more info here.

The annual Guelph Book Bash, not to be confused with the annual Book Sale (which is next weekend), will take place on Sunday October 19 from 2 to 4 pm at Harcourt Memorial Church at 87 Dean Ave. Come out and meet some great local writers and publishers!

Committee alerts! Heritage Guelph meets Tuesday at 12 pm, and the Transit Advisory Committee will meet Thursday at 5:30 pm.

Coming up this week on the GuelphPoliticast, we’ll play the speakers from last week’s World Mental Health Day forum at City Hall called, “Preventing Suicide: Let’s talk about it.” The speakers dealt with their own harrowing and emotional experiences, and offer lessons about talking better, and with less stigma, about suicide.

Get the latest edition of the GuelphPoliticast on Wednesday.

Also on Wednesday, tune in to CFRU at 2 pm for another episode of End Credits. This week, Peter Salmon co-hosts as we’re reviewing the new action flick Gemini Man starring Will Smith. We’re also talking about the latest criticisms of Marvel movies, a possible Joker sequel, and Peter’s Top 5 of 1999.

Then, Thursday at 5 pm on CFRU, it’s another all-new edition of Open Sources Guelph. Scotty Hertz and I will do our last interview of the current election cycle with the incumbent Liberal candidate Lloyd Longfield. In the second half of the show, we’ll talk about the election that was, and what the deciding factors will be going into Election Day.

Listen to all these shows any time by subscribing to the Guelph Politicast channel on your favourite podcast app at iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, and Spotify.

The first October edition of Mangez!, the Politico Dine Safe guide, will be posted this week.

CFRU will be going live on Election Night for coverage of the cross-country races, and a focus on the results in our immediate area with insight and analysis from myself and Scotty Hertz. Tune in from 7 pm to midnight on CFRU 93.3 fm or cfru.ca!!!

And finally, feel free to reach out to be by email at adamadonaldson [at] gmail [dot] com, or find me on Facebook, Twitter, and, of course, GuelphPolitico.ca!

Talking Turkey Before Thanksgiving

Who needs a holiday?

Welcome to the Guelph Politico Tip Sheet, a twice-a-week newsletter meant to “tip” you off about some of the important stuff going on in the Royal City. It arrives directly in your inbox on Tuesdays and Fridays.

It’s been back-to-back debate nights in the city. On Wednesday night, the five-major party candidates met at Guelph City Hall for the regular Chamber of Commerce debate, the first moderated by the Chamber’s new President and CEO Shakiba Shayani. The questions were the usual assortment of business issues, economic development, tax policy, and inequality, but there were also questions about climate change and mental health as well.

The real drama wasn’t on the debate stage, but in the gallery. Independent candidate Kornelis Klevering was removed by Guelph Police officers before the debate began for handing out information about an all-candidates meeting he’s planning for Thursday. Klevering called it typical of the Chamber’s anti-democratic attitude Thursday afternoon on Open Sources Guelph.

Meanwhile, just outside the doors to the council chambers, about half-a-dozen people were barred entry even though they arrived just a few minutes after the debate began. In a follow-up email, City Clerk Stephen O’Brien said that there was a miscommunication that was addressed about half-an-hour after the debate began, and it was a mistake that the doors were locked at 6 pm sharp. I’ll write all this up in the next couple of days.

If you happened to miss the Guelph Chamber debate, for any reason, you can watch the whole thing online right now courtesy of Rogers.

The second debate Thursday night was hosted by the Muslim Society of Guelph, and it featured just four of the main party candidates. People’s Party candidate Mark Paralovos was not invited to participate despite a request for clarity on the Society’s Facebook page on Thursday and given that some of the topics included immigration and Bill 21, his exclusion may not have been that surprising.

In terms of more general controversy, Ward 6 Councillor Mark MacKinnon posted an open letter to all the Federal Election candidates that they need to be a little more cautious with the placement of their signs:

So what does all this add up to on the second-to-last weekend of campaigning before Election Day? The Guelph Mercury Tribune reported that a poll conducted by iPolitics and Mainstreet Research shows Liberal incumbent Lloyd Longfield leading with 44.1 per cent, while Steve Dyck of the Green Party and Dr. Ashish Sachan of the Conservative Party are tracking in a close race for second at 23.3 per cent and 21.9 per cent respectfully.

Remember, there’s an election coming. For all the latest coverage of the 2019 Federal Election from the Guelph angle, you can go directly to that Politico page by clicking here.

Also in the News…

Mayor Cam Guthrie hosted the 20th annual World Mental Health Day forum and information fair at Guelph City Hall. Emotional and candid stories were shared about suicide and suicide prevention, which was this year’s topic due to the fact that this is still a heavily stigmatized area of mental health. You can read the highlights here.

Wilson Street and the new Market Parkade will officially be opened in a ceremony on October 26 from 10 am to 2 pm, but people should be able to use the new vehicle and bike parking, along with the new pedestrian bridge, starting on October 22.

Skyjack on Woodlawn Road was fined $45,000 for an offense that took place on August 22, 2018 when a worker was critically injured after falling from a boom truck. The Government of Ontario says that Skyjack “as an employer neither provided a suitable and safe platform upon which the worker could carry out the work nor did it take other measures to protect the worker from the danger of falling.”

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A Toronto restaurant owned by Syrian immigrants will remain open thanks to support from the community and Paramount Fine Foods CEO Mohamad Fakih. The restaurant became the target of death threats and abuse after the son of owner Husam Al-Soufi took part in a protest of an event at Mohawk College featuring People’s Party leader Maxime Bernier.

The Ontario government announced this morning nearly $40 million in new funding for mental health initiatives directed at students. The news comes just a few days after a mother in Hamilton watched helplessly as her teenage son was stabbed to death outside of Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School. The boy had allegedly been bullied since the second day of school this year, and his mother has blamed the school for doing nothing to come to his aid, according to the Canadian Press.

Metrolinx will be doing some work on the tracks at Yorkshire overnights from 10 pm to 5 am for four nights starting on October 18 and ending on October 21. Remember too that the Hanlon will be closed for a week starting Monday between Speedvale and Woodlawn.

Guelph’s Jim Estill was profiled as part of the BBC’s weekly “The Boss” series, the latest accolade for the CEO of the home appliance manufacturer Danby, who has been lauded from all corners for his personal commitment to sponsor 89 Syrian families.

October 16 – Planning Meeting. This may be a special Wednesday meeting because of the Thanksgiving holiday, but this is an otherwise ordinary Planning Meeting. There’s a final decision report on a big apartment development, an extension request for a big subdivision, a request to endorse the construction of a new house in a heritage area, and the City’s response to changes in Provincial policy. You can read the full Politico preview here.

Also coming up at City Council:

October 21 – Special Council Meeting on Standard Assets/Facility Needs Assessment.

October 23 – The first meeting for the 2020 Budget. Presentation and Public Delegations for the Capital Budget and Forecast.

If you want to delegate on any of the items in these two meetings, you have until 10 am on Friday October 18 to get in touch with the Clerk’s Office. Here’s how.

October 28 – Regular meeting of council.

October 30 – Budget Meeting, Public Delegations for Non-tax Supported Operating Budget.

November 4 – Committee of the Whole.

Advanced polls are happening this weekend from Friday to Monday. To find out where and when, consult your voter information card, or consult the Elections Canada website here.

James Gordon’s Emergency Climate Musical will make its Guelph debut one week from tonight at the Royal City Evangelical Missionary Church. Get your tickets here.

Countdown to the Friends of the Guelph Public Library’s Giant Book Sale. It’s two weeks from today!

Sure, it’s Thanksgiving this weekend, but next weekend is the 15th annual Decolonizing Thanksgiving Dinner at the Guelph Youth Music Centre. Details here.

If you missed any of this weeks shows, you can listen to them all, right now or any time, by subscribing to the Guelph Politicast channel on your favourite podcast app at iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, and Spotify.

There will be a special edition of the podcast this weekend, a new episode in the very exclusive, extra limited series, the Wellington-Halton Hills Politicast. On this episode, we’ll be joined by Dr Lesley Barron, the Liberal candidate in that riding. Why does she think she has a chance to unseat the incumbent Michael Chong? Tune in on Saturday and listen.

I’ve got a lot of catching up to do this weekend, so I’ll just say Happy Thanksgiving.

And finally, feel free to reach out to be by email at adamadonaldson [at] gmail [dot] com, or find me on Facebook, Twitter, and, of course, GuelphPolitico.ca!

Great and Unmatched Wisdom

Oh sure, it's weird when I say it!

Welcome to the Guelph Politico Tip Sheet, a twice-a-week newsletter meant to “tip” you off about some of the important stuff going on in the Royal City. It arrives directly in your inbox on Tuesdays and Fridays.

The official English-language leader’s debate was last night, and I did some live tweeting while watching it, and working on today’s newsletter. The “too long; didn’t read” of it? It probably didn’t change anyone’s mind, so it was a lot of sound and fury where none of the party leaders where on their best, most cordial behavior. On the bright side, I did enjoy Bloc leader Yves-François Blanchet being gangster.

Closer to home…

Did Conservative leader Andrew Scheer stop by Guelph and not tell anyone? It certainly seems like it.

Meanwhile, People’s Party candidate Mark Paralovos seemed to be bounced from Twitter for unknown reasons (and not for the first time).

Green Party candidate Steve Dyck got name-checked in new article on PressProgress, and probably not the way he would like. The article talks about Green Party candidates who’ve flirted in the past with 9/11 trutherism, which Dyck apologized for a few weeks ago in a Guelph Mercury Tribune article. Meanwhile, the federal Green Party has filed a complaint with the National NewsMedia Council over alleged misleading reporting on another story. PressProgress, of course, is tied to the Broadbent Institute, which was founded by former NDP leader Ed Broadbent.

And finally, several election signs belonging to Christian Heritage Party candidate Gordon Truscott were spray-painted with swastikas some time overnight Monday in the area of Edinburgh Road between Speedvale Avenue and Woodlawn Road, according to GuelphToday.com.

Less than two weeks to go till E-Day, and advanced polls start this weekend.

Remember, there’s an election coming. For all the latest coverage of the 2019 Federal Election from the Guelph angle, you can go directly to that Politico page by clicking here.

Also in the News…

Crisis averted! Life at Ontario schools was back to normal today as CUPE workers and the Government of Ontario reached an 11th hour deal on Sunday night. Politico has the details here, but before you celebrate peace in our time, the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) was holding a strike vote with its 78,000 members yesterday.

The Retail Council of Canada is pushing Ontario’s Minister of the Environment Jeff Yurek to step in with a province-wide ban on single-use plastics, but it’s not for altruistic reasons.

Kitchener and area climate strikers took part in an Extinction Rebellion-organized demonstration that blocked traffic at the roundabout at Bridge Street and Lancaster Street, which slowed access to the very busy bridge there. About a dozen people shut down local traffic for an hour at 8 am Monday morning in solidarity with similar protests in Halifax, Toronto, and Vancouver.

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Ward 1 Councillor Dan Gibson celebrates his birthday on Wednesday! And you can check out the first episode of the Dan Gibson-hosted Royal City Stories featuring Bryan McNeill below:

Listen to the OSG interviews with Gordon Truscott and Mark Paralovos now.

One week until this…

October 7 – Committee of the Whole.

Servicing Policy for Properties Located Outside of Guelph Municipal Boundary – Mayor Cam Guthrie asked if there was any possibility of appeal for property owners if the City finds that a service agreement is not to the mutual advantage of everyone involved. Staff took that away as a note.

Natural Heritage Advisory Committee Terms of Reference – What should have been a simple consent item became a procedural donnybrook when delegate Susan Watson expressed concerns that the terms of the NHAC were undemocratic given that the two committees that it is replacing – the Environmental Advisory Committee and the River Systems Advisory Committee – both allow delegations, and the new NHAC does not.

Staff made the argument that the NHAC is not designed to be a committee in a similar fashion to the previous committees, as it will be more of a “focus group” that will offer feedback on big ideas, but not make any actual recommendations to council on any specific proposal. Councillor Leanne Piper tried to offer an amendment to make delegates part of the NHAC terms of reference, but it failed. Piper had three more amendments that made some changes to language in the terms for clarity, and staff will work with Piper on this before bringing forward the final terms at this month’s regular council meeting.

Before the final vote, Guthrie took the chance to unload some frustration about the way the debate was phrased. He said that he’s tired of council and staff being accused of diminishing democracy, and taking nefarious actions behind the backs of citizens.

Planning Our Future: Growth Plan Conformity Project Initiation – The City is undertaking a provincially mandate review to see if we’re going to meet our “Places to Grow” targets, and many of the questions had to do with the effects of Bill 108 on raising the money to cover the most of that growth. Staff will be brining forth an interim report in 2020 that will outline the impact of those changes, and the new regulations for the Community Benefit Charges should be coming any time now…

Comprehensive Zoning By-law Review Discussion Paper and Guelph Parking Standards Review Discussion Paper – The discussion papers were discussed in terms of the directions they offered, especially the desire on the part of people to see more leeway on accessory apartments and tiny houses. November will see a series of meetings that will discuss the directions and get feedback on where to go next.

October 16 – Planning Meeting. This may be a special Wednesday meeting because of the Thanksgiving holiday, but this is an otherwise ordinary Planning Meeting. There’s a final decision report on a big apartment development, an extension request for a big subdivision, a request to endorse the construction of a new house in a heritage area, and the City’s response to changes in Provincial policy. You can read the full Politico preview here.

If you want to delegate on any of the items, you have until 10 am on Friday October 11 to get in touch with the Clerk’s Office. Here’s how.

Also coming up at City Council:

October 21 – Special Council Meeting on Standard Assets/Facility Needs Assessment

October 23 – The first meeting for the 2020 Budget. Presentation and Public Delegations for the Capital Budget and Forecast.

October 28 – Regular meeting of council.

October 30 – Budget Meeting, Public Delegations for Non-tax Supported Operating Budget.

November 4 – Committee of the Whole.

This Wednesday is the Guelph Chamber of Commerce debate at Guelph City Hall at 6 pm. (Get their early if you want a seat.) Also, since that debate only includes the five major party candidates, independent candidate Kornelis Klevering is organizing his own all-candidates debate at the Royal City Mission at 50 Quebec St. at 7 pm.

City Hall will mark the 20th annual World Mental Health Day with Mayor Cam Guthrie hosting three speakers to talk about this year’s theme, “Preventing Suicide: Let’s talk about it.” The event takes place Thursday from 1 to 3 pm, and you can get your tickets here.

The fall session of Living Better on Less will begin on Tuesday October 22 at 10 am, and will run every Tuesday morning until December 10 at the Church of the Apostles at 86 Glasgow St N. To learn more, go to livingbetteronless.ca, or email livingbetteronlessguelph@gmail.com.

Coming up this week on the GuelphPoliticast, we talk about an issue that should be getting a lot of press, but isn’t because of black face, citizenship, and who’s an insurance broker or not. Dr. Wendy Cukier of the Coalition for Gun Control will talk about her fight on the issue, and the wrong ways the gun control debate is portrayed in Canada.

Get the latest edition of the GuelphPoliticast on Wednesday.

Also on Wednesday, tune in to CFRU at 2 pm for another episode of End Credits. This week, Tim Phillips co-hosts as we’re reviewing the highly-controversial new film, Joker, and we’re also talking about trademark law, new trailers, and we’ll kick-off our 25 for ’99 series with Tim’s Top 5 picks for the best movies of 1999 (the best year for movies?).

Then, Thursday at 5 pm on CFRU, it’s another all-new edition of Open Sources Guelph. Scotty Hertz and I will have back-to-back candidates again, as we’ll welcome back to the show independent candidate Kornelis Klevering, and Green Party candidate Steve Dyck.

Listen to all these shows any time by subscribing to the Guelph Politicast channel on your favourite podcast app at iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, and Spotify.

Another edition of the Wellington-Halton Hills Politicast is coming this weekend.

Who is Michael Wassilyn, the 9th person running to be Guelph’s Member of Parliament? I’m meeting him tomorrow.

There’s a long weekend coming up! You should check out what city services will be impacted.

And finally, feel free to reach out to be by email at adamadonaldson [at] gmail [dot] com, or find me on Facebook, Twitter, and, of course, GuelphPolitico.ca!

The Debate About Debates Debate

Can't we all just get along and fight about policy?

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Another Thursday, another debate night in Guelph. Not only that, another debate night that Conservative candidate Ashish Sachan didn’t take part in. The venue this time was Centennial C.V.I. and the topic was Climate Change and the Environment. Lloyd Longfield, Aisha Jahangir, Steve Dyck, and Mark Paralovos took part, and Juanita Burnett and Kornelis Klevering were in attendance.

Was there a death blow? Not really. Both Jahangir and Longfield used their “wild card” questions to go after Dyck on Green policy, perhaps as an expression of frustration that the Greens are given deference on climate change issues. Dyck, meanwhile, used his wild card to hold Longfield to account for the Liberals inaction on the issue since they’ve been in government. Paralovos held his own, at least until he decided to be critical of Greta Thunberg and the crowd turned on him pretty quick.

You can read the full debate recap here.

Meanwhile, another debate that was supposed to happen Wednesday night was cancelled 24 hours before hand. The CSA and CUPE 1334 had organized an all-candidates meeting in the courtyard of the University Centre to take place Wednesday night, but it was cancelled either because the University administration pressured the CSA to invite the People’s Party candidate, or because the People’s Party candidate threatened to protest for not being invited. Denials have been issued across the board by everyone though. Read the Politico piece here, and check out this additional reporting from Eli Ridder at the Avro Posthere.

Meanwhile, the final list of candidates has been released from Elections Canada. This is how the ballot will look like when early voting starts next weekend, and there’s a ninth name you may have never heard of.

Remember, there’s an election coming. For all the latest coverage of the 2019 Federal Election from the Guelph angle, you can go directly to that Politico page by clicking here.

Also in the News…

The Guelph Police Service has released the final numbers from Homecoming weekend. Police responded to over 200 calls, issued over 100 summons for a variety offenses including jay walking, public urination, and having open alcohol in public. There were also 10 arrests for public intoxication, and two impaired drives stopped out of around 2,000 vehicles. The full cost of the Police effort is not yet known, but it will be brought to the Police Services Board at a future meeting.

In other Police news, a 46-year-old man was stopped downtown in the afternoon on Tuesday because he was walking around with a crossbow. It’s cool though, it turned out that he had just bought it.

The City of Guelph announced Tuesday that they have reached a deal with the owner of the Dolime quarry, just outside the city boundaries in the west end, to close the quarry, remediate the site, develop it as a residential neighbourhood and annex the 230 acres into the City proper. In this “solution,” the City will also take ownership of the water on the property, which will come under the management of Guelph Water Services. The City is now looking for public feedback, and you can get all the ins-and-outs of the story on Politico here.

That escalated quickly. Educational support workers represented by CUPE started work to rule in the Province this past Monday, but now it looks like they’ll be going on strike this coming Monday. In the event of a strike, Upper Grand District School Board schools will remain open, but ESL programs will be discontinued, all community use of school facilities will be cancelled, and there could be a withdrawal of various support services. Same goes for the Wellington Catholic District School Board too. Stay tuned…

Niska Road is finally open again! (No trucks though!!)

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The Guelph Film Festival has announced the slate of films it will be screening at this year’s festival. Farming, drag queens, Indigenous issues, and water are all topics covered by the various films, and there’s at least one world premiere in the form of Sovereign Soil, which is a Canadian film about farmers in the Yukon. Other activities in the festival will include a doc-making symposium sponsored by Ed Video and a virtual reality experience at the main Guelph Public Library. Check out the program so far here.

According to the Canadian Press, shares in Guelph-based auto parts manufacturer Linamar fell 13 per cent, or $5.47 per share, on the Toronto Stock Exchange Wednesday thanks in no small part to the ongoing General Motors strike in the United States. Linamar says it’s losing about $1 million a day as delays in production continue because of striking workers at GM plants in the U.S. Auto workers have been on strike in that country since September 16.

This year’s Halloween episode of The Simpsons is literally their 666th episode.

The power of forgiveness on display this week on a Houston courtroom.

October 7 – Committee of the Whole.  Guelph’s Committee of the Whole will be meeting Monday at 2 pm, and the live blog will be up and running. Tune into the Twitter feed @adamadonaldson to follow the meeting as it unfolds or see the live-blog page on Guelph Politico when it’s posted on the day. To see what’s coming up at the meeting, check out the Politico preview of the meeting here.

October 16 – Planning Meeting. This may be a special Wednesday meeting because of the Thanksgiving holiday, but this is an otherwise ordinary Planning Meeting. There’s a final decision report on a big apartment development, an extension request for a big subdivision, a request to endorse the construction of a new house in a heritage area, and the City’s response to changes in Provincial policy. You can read the full Politico preview here.

If you want to delegate on any of the items, you have until 10 am on Friday October 11 to get in touch with the Clerk’s Office. Here’s how.

Also coming up at City Council:

October 21 – Special Council Meeting on Standard Assets/Facility Needs Assessment

October 23 – The first meeting for the 2020 Budget. Presentation and Public Delegations for the Capital Budget and Forecast.

October 28 – Regular meeting of council.

October 30 – Budget Meeting, Public Delegations for Non-tax Supported Operating Budget.

National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations Parry Bellegarde will be speaking at the University of Guelph Wednesday to discuss advancing Canada’s participation in the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Bellegarde will be speaking in Room 200 of Alexander Hall at 7 pm.

The Chamber of Commerce debate with the five main party candidates will take place Wednesday at Guelph City Hall. The debate starts at 6 pm, but get their early because the gallery only holds 200.

City Hall will mark the 20th annual World Mental Health Day with Mayor Cam Guthrie hosting three speakers to talk about this year’s theme, “Preventing Suicide: Let’s talk about it.” The event takes place Thursday from 1 to 3 pm, and you can get your tickets here.

If you missed any of this weeks shows, you can listen to them all, right now or any time, by subscribing to the Guelph Politicast channel on your favourite podcast app at iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, and Spotify.

There is an all-candidates debate today at the Village by the Arboretum. It’s not open to the public outside of the residents of the Village, but we’ll see if we can cover it anyway…

How are Guelph’s Food Banks fairing as we countdown to Thanksgiving? I’ll probably look into that…

Be careful with your stunts to promote climate action. You don’t want to spray the wrong person with beet juice because you can’t control the firehose….

And finally, feel free to reach out to be by email at adamadonaldson [at] gmail [dot] com, or find me on Facebook, Twitter, and, of course, GuelphPolitico.ca!

The Hunt for Thread October

There's so much to talk about on this first day of the tenth month...

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Homecoming was celebrated on the weekend, and though there were no major emergency situations, there was still a lot for Guelph Police and other services to handle. In all, about 7,000 people were part of the festivities held on Chancellors Way, which ate up a big portion of police resources to manage, to say nothing of other areas. In terms of the numbers, GPS stopped 2,000 vehicles in roadside stops, tested 25 people, issued three 3-day suspensions, and arrested one person for “operating a conveyance over the legal limit.” The complete statistical picture is still being compiled, but let’s just say there was a lot of work for volunteers to do on Sunday morning. (See below.)

Speaking of developing crises, support staff represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees in Ontario public schools are now working to rule after talks with the Ontario government fell apart on the weekend. Minister of Education Stephen Lecce says that he’s disappointed with CUPE’s decision, but the move has seemed inevitable since the school year began. CUPE represents about 286 members in the Upper Grand District School Board, according to the Guelph Mercury Tribune,including 187 custodians, 46 maintenance employees and 53 ESL positions. In a statement, Guelph MPP Mike Schreiner said, “I urge the Ford government to focus on improving education during negotiations instead of pinching pennies.” More to come…

The Federal Election is coming in 20 days, and this week, the campaign will be debate heavy. On Thursday, there will be the 100 Debates About the Environment debate at Centennial C.V.I., and on Friday, there will be the debate at the Village by the Arboretum (which is only open to residents in the village). There will also be a panel discussion with the Federal candidates in the University Centre Courtyard on Wednesday at 6:30 pm.

I highlight the UC one last because apparently there’s been some controversy about one of the debate’s potential participants. There seemed to be some debate on Facebook today about whether or not People’s Party candidate Mark Paralovos would be taking part, or whether he had been invited to attend at all. There were also allegations that the University administration was pressuring the Central Student Association, who’s co-sponsoring the debate with CUPE 1334, to invite Paralovos to take part in the debate. For his part, Paralovos said in a video on his YouTube channel today that he will be there, but as an invited participant, or as a gate crasher? I guess we’ll find out…

Elsewhere, NDP candidate Aisha Jahangir has announced that her campaign office will be closed on Fridays as an act of solidarity with those taking part in the “Fridays for Future” protests for climate action for the duration of the campaign. And speaking of Jahangir, you can check out her appearance last Thursday on Open Sources Guelph.

Remember, there’s an election coming. For all the latest coverage of the 2019 Federal Election from the Guelph angle, you can go directly to that Politico page by clicking here.

Also in the News…

Check out the touching, emotional and inspirational testimonials from Friday’s #StoptheStigma rally at City Hall.

Guelph’s own Beer Baron John Sleeman will kick off the countdown to the first annual Guelph Games Masters Multi-sport festival tonight at the Springmill Distillery at 43 Arthur St S at 5 pm. The festival will take place June 25-28 next year, and Sleeman is the brand ambassador.

The City of Guelph would also like your feedback on proposed regulations for smoking, and the consumption of alcohol, and yes, the smoking part includes cannabis and vaping. Take a few minutes to take the survey by clicking here.

Starting today, new films released in theatres will be using ratings issued by the British Columbia film classification board after the Ford government announced last week that they were dissolving the Ontario Film Authority as of October 1. Why? The OFA has been losing money as a result of fewer films being released, so more cost-effective options are being sought. In the meantime though, movies still need ratings! Read the CBC story here.

An Access to Information Request by the Canadian Press revealed that Canada Post has racked up $1 million in parking fines on an annual bases, and has paid out nearly $7.5 million in parking fines nationwide over the last decade. Canada Post blames the congestion in downtown cores, and the rising demand for parcel pick-ups and deliveries.

“Forever” was not long enough for Forever 21. All 44 Canadian locations, including the one at Stone Road Mall, will close forever later this year, according to the CBC.

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Construction alert! A portion of the Hanlon north of Speedvale will be closed off to traffic on the week of October 14 to upgrade four rail crossings. The work is expected to take a week.

City of Guelph crews are starting the replacement of conventional streetlights with brand new, energy efficient LED lights.

As of this writing, 183 people have signed a Change.org petition to push for Guelph Transit buses to start earlier on Sunday morning. Wanna sign? Click here.

The Politico Calendar for October is out now.

The latest edition Politico’s dine safe guide, Mangez!, is also out now.

Note: There was no council meeting last night as it was a rare fifth Monday of the month.

October 7 – Committee of the Whole. The Politico preview of the meeting is now posted, and it looks like this months meeting is meant for those who like it out in the weeds.

Along with sign bylaw variances, a couple of staff recognitions and a presentation from Innovation Guelph, Committee will also discuss the terms of reference for the new Natural Heritage Advisory Committee, which is replacing the Environmental Advisory Committee and the River Systems Advisory Committee, and new policy for servicing properties outside of Guelph’s municipal boundaries.

There will be two big topics of discussion though. The first will be the City’s response to the report A Place to Grow: The Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, which asks the City to review its policies and plans to meet the (slightly) increased Places to Grow targets. The second is a discussion paper on the Comprehensive Zoning Bylaw review, which covers the public feedback so far, and what directions that creates for staff as they move forward with the rest of the review, which is still a couple of years away from completion.

If you want to delegate on any of the items, you have until 10 am on Friday October 4 to get in touch with the Clerk’s Office. Here’s how.

Also coming up at City Council:

October 16 – Planning Meeting. Special Wednesday meeting because of Thanksgiving. The agenda should still be released this Thursday.

October 23 – The first meeting for the 2020 Budget. Presentation and Public Delegations for the Capital Budget and Forecast.

October 28 – Regular Council Meeting.

Maude Barlow is in town tonight to support her book, Whose Water Is It, Anyway?: Taking Water Protection into Public Hands, and you can listen to her recent appearance on the Guelph Politicast here.

James Gordon is bringing his Emergency Climate Musical home to Guelph on October 18 at Royal City Church. Tickets are $25 and are available now at 10C and Eventbrite. The performance is in support of Wellington Water Watchers, which Gordon is a co-founder of.

The Holy Smokes Music Festival starts this Thursday! Schedule and tickets can be found here.

The CIBC Run for the Cure is this weekend, starting Sunday at 8 am, in St. George’s Square.

Coming up this week on the GuelphPoliticast, Scotty Hertz will be doing double duty as the we do some local punditry about how the election looks in the riding of Guelph, and who has the advantages and disadvantages coming out of the social justice debate last week.

Get the latest edition of the GuelphPoliticast on Wednesday.

Also on Wednesday, tune in to CFRU at 2 pm for another episode of End Credits. This week, Candice Lepage co-hosts as we’re reviewing the feature spin-off Between Two Ferns: The Movie. We’ll also talk about the controversy around Joker, 25 years of Friends, the head of Marvel making a Star Wars movie, and the return the original Jurassic Park stars in Jurassic World 3.

Then, Thursday at 5 pm on CFRU, it’s another all-new edition of Open Sources Guelph. Scotty Hertz and I will talk to Christian Heritage Party candidate Gordon Truscott and People’s Party candidate Mark Paralovos.

ICYMI, you can also download now the first edition of the Wellington-Halton Hills Politicast with Green Party candidate Ralph Martin.

Listen to all these shows any time by subscribing to the Guelph Politicast channel on your favourite podcast app at iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, and Spotify.

This morning (Tuesday), the City has gathered media to City Hall to give an update on the Dolime Quarry, the Mayor, City staff, staff from the Township of Guelph-Eramosa, and reps for River Valley Developments (who owns the quarry) will all be in attendance.

The cyber security piece is still coming.

On Friday, I did a car interview with former Liberal MPP and present Ontario Liberal leadership candidate Steven Del Duca. That will also be coming soon.

And finally, feel free to reach out to be by email at adamadonaldson [at] gmail [dot] com, or find me on Facebook, Twitter, and, of course, GuelphPolitico.ca!

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