Category Archives: City Issues

PD: A Wise Investment

I can’t think of a single profession that doesn’t benefit from professional development.  I want my doctor to learn the latest research on prescription medication or a new diagnostic tool.  Teachers need to be on top of new curriculum, and … Continue reading

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Tips, Snitches or Ombuds?

Due to a previously scheduled commitment, I was not able to attend Monday’s Council meeting.  Chris from the Merc asked the next day how I would have voted on the subject of a city hall “tip line” for residents or … Continue reading

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Change to Delegation Registration

Recently, Council approved a change to the registration deadline for oral and written delegations to Council from Monday at 12 noon to Friday at 9:00 am. There has been some feedback from the community that this change might stifle public participation in … Continue reading

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I Love By-Laws – Part 2

Part One click here. The 1850 – 1880s must have been an interesting time in Guelph.  The transformation from a town of 3,000 to a city of over 10,000 came with significant financial, social and cultural change.   Guelph was given … Continue reading

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I Love By-laws!

But not the way you think! By-laws are simply functional rules by which citizens of a municipality govern themselves and behave as a community. They are wide-ranging and in most cases cover everyday governance matters, such as street names, sidewalk … Continue reading

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Beyond the Ballot Box

I had the pleasure of discussing municipal issues with Jan Hall and Adam Donaldson on CFRU 93.3 Beyond the Ballot Box this week. Click here to listen to the interview.  The interview starts at the 8:20 minute mark. If you … Continue reading

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Carden Street Response

Like most residents of Guelph, including downtown merchants, I am very much looking forward to the opening of Market Square and the new transit hub.    The long term vision for this new civic space will benefit the community for generations … Continue reading

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Chamber of Commerce – Candidate Questionnaire – Leanne Piper

Chamber of Commerce Candidate Questionnaire Question: Ignoring the current traffic problems caused by the construction, do you feel Guelph is on the right track with its current transportation plan (The Hanlon, Grid System, Public Transit and the new transportation Hub)? … Continue reading

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ECHO Weekly – Candidate Questionnaire – Leanne Piper

ECHO Weekly Candidate Questionnaire 1) Why did you want to run again for city council? Guelph is on a forward momentum path.  We are poised to be national leaders on a number of fronts – water conservation, wastewater, community energy, … Continue reading

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Guelph Wellington Seniors Association – Candidate Questionnaire – Leanne Piper

Guelph Wellington Seniors Association 1. What issues do seniors in your Ward have? Seniors in Ward 5 face the same issues that many wards have. Seniors contribute substantially to our community – as volunteers, neighbours, mentors, and as customers of … Continue reading

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