Alan Pickersgill

With less than two weeks left until the City Council election we see some ballot box issues crystallizing. These are the issues that candidates hope will be front of mind when you stand at the ballot box on October 22. Let’s look at some of them. Experience Should this be a deciding factor in our choice of Mayor? Experience on Council is important, but so is real life experience outside city hall. Managing the city is not in the Mayor’s job description. The Mayor chairs meetings and leads the governance process. City Council hires a Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) to manage the city. The CAORead More →

In 2016 Cam Guthrie gave some advice to students. People who experience racism or extreme prejudice, he said, should never play the victim card. He would know. As an English-speaking white male with a background in insurance sales, racism would have touched his life in countless ways, wouldn’t it? This wisdom was shared in an interview with the campus newspaper The Ontarion after completing his first year in the mayor’s office. Now, three years later, he ought to take a long look at himself. He is busily playing the victim card as he runs for re-election. He played it a couple of times at theRead More →

SlateGate Confirmed The two candidates for Guelph mayor had their first debate last Wednesday. Cam Guthrie confirmed something originally revealed in my blog column on September 17 when he answered a question from the audience. Local radio station CJOY has an audio file of the meeting. “Hopefully,” Guthrie said, “after October 22 we will have 13 like-minded people who put Guelph first.” The question was about him campaigning with candidates who are challenging incumbent councillors who have not always agreed with him. These are Bob Bell, James Gordon, Phil Allt, June Hofland, and Mike Salisbury. Guthrie and ward 1 councillor Dan Gibson put together aRead More →

There are a few dog-whistle issues bubbling in October’s municipal election. One that doesn’t want to go away is on-line Internet voting. This is something that was tested during advance voting in the 2014 election and then rejected in a city council meeting in 2017. Mayor Cam Guthrie’s re-election platform contains a pledge to bring back internet voting for the 2022 election. What he fails to say is that all by himself he does not have the power or the authority to do this. It was a council decision to stay away from on-line voting until it is proven secure. It has to be aRead More →