urban development

“We’ll never swerve, We’ll steadfast be, We’ll have our rights, We will be free. They are unworthy of freedom who expect it from other hands than their own.” As we walked back to Annie’s flat from Bellgrove railway station in the Bridgeton district of Glasgow, we stumbled onto a unique monument. It commemorates the working men and women who built Calton, a district nestled between Bridgeton and the Clyde. It was a dreary wet day, the first real rain the city had had in a couple of weeks. The two of us had spent the afternoon in Dumbarton, exploring the castle that defended against hostileRead More →

Remarks to the Guelph City Council special meeting on the new main library, 13 February 2018. Thank you, Mayor Guthrie and Councillors and staff for the recommendation to endorse the New Main Library Business Case as developed by KPMG and adopted last month by the Guelph Public Library Board. It is very encouraging to see this level of support at this juncture. I hope we are still in this position after the election in October Sometimes it seems like whenever there is a change in city council, or in the upper echelons of city management, or even in the assignment of staff to the BakerRead More →

Note: The Friends of the Guelph Public Library is still searching for a location to hold the 2018 book sale. If you can help, leave a message for Virginia Gillham in the comment section. (26 October 2016) – For ten years, the Friends of the Guelph Public Library has been raising money for our best friend, the Guelph Public Library. We haven’t stopped yet, and don’t intend to. So far we are over half a million dollars to the good. All of it has come from selling books, most of them at two or three dollars each. For the first one in 2007 we rentedRead More →

This column was published in the Guelph Mercury in February 2005. They were planning a two-sided view of development in Guelph, but couldn’t find someone to speak in favour of uncontrolled growth. They were all too busy doing it to bother defending it. At an all-candidates meeting during the last municipal election campaign, we were asked if we favoured the creation of a green belt around Guelph. Of course, most did. Even those successful candidates who have spent the last year and a half saying yes to every development proposal brought before council. I remember thinking at the time that it doesn’t make much senseRead More →