Guelph

Canada’s registered political parties are such scurrilous creatures that they must be kept well away from the green and pleasant world of municipal politics. This is certainly the impression you would take away from our recent election. A lot of people expressed joy and relief because they weren’t involved. Political parties couldn’t participate in the election even if they wanted to. It would be against the law. Cities in Ontario exist at the pleasure of the provincial government. The premier of the province is pretty much the mayor emeritus of every county, region, city, town and village in Ontario. As we witnessed recently in Toronto,Read More →

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 →