Broken. Public. Trust.


The bottom line for Ward 3 Guelph citizens:

Urbacon fiasco = broken public trust.


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The best-engaged ward in the city? Not yet.

Thank you for all of the positive comments about our election signs! It really is encouraging. We’re proud of our signs, just as we are proud of our ward!

It’s time for a new style of politics in Ward 3. I’ve met many of you and you’ve told me that you’re ready for new energy in Ward 3 and at City Hall.

I want Ward 3 to be the best-engaged ward in the city. Hey, why not? As I mentioned in my previous post, better engagement leads to better questions and therefore better decision-making — decisions that impact on you, your family, your business or your employer, so let’s get talking.

Enough is enough, you deserve better action with your money.

2723I was recently asked where is the best engagement is currently happening in Guelph. It was a great question and when it comes down to it, it’s actually about all of us striving to be better, it’s about the challenge of being the best, and what that means for Ward 3, but also, what this challenge to other wards could mean for the city as a whole. We all win.

Please contact me at if you’d like to meet with me, or if you’d like a lawn sign.

Also, we’re working very hard with this campaign. Please help us bring better representation to Ward 3 and better value for your tax dollars — please donate to the campaign!



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Why Ward 3 is moving on

cham-2 cropped 2I was door knocking this afternoon on Tiffany Street, and happened upon incumbent Maggie Laidlaw installing lawn signs. As I walked past Ms. Laidlaw I heard her say something to me but I couldn’t make it out and asked what she said.

The dialogue follows:

Maggie Laidlaw: “You better be careful because one of these days one of your lies is going to catch up with you.”

Me: “Oh? What lies would those be?”

Maggie Laidlaw: “All of them.”

Ms. Laidlaw then walked away from me.

I was able to confirm with her a few minutes later exactly what she’d said and that I could quote her on it. We were in agreement that she said that. When again asked what lies I have been telling, Ms. Laidlaw’s response was for me to wait until the all-candidates debate.

Oh well.

Enough is enough. No one deserves that from a city councillor.

I’m posting about this because I want it to be known that I’m not worried about the truthfulness of anything I have said. Those who know me know my integrity, honesty and goodness.

Also, I’m posting about this because it’s actually about some big stuff — how we want our politics to look like in Guelph. In my opinion, Ms. Laidlaw’s comments typify a style of politics that has not been good for the civic life of this community.

If elected as your Ward 3 councillor, I will work hard to foster a culture of politics which is respectful of divergent opinion. With a political culture that is open to dialogue, with better engagement, we will have better questions, which means we will be able to make better decisions — all of which I am absolutely clear is essential to Guelph being truly affordable, sustainable and in a position to make good and positive choices about its future.

Thanks everyone for the support!


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The Guelph Factor

cham-2 cropped 2Ward 3 candidates were tweeted yesterday on whether the Guelph Factor is fact or fiction.

To me, yes, without question, the Guelph Factor is real.

Guelph Factor: Fact.

As I tweeted previously, I’ve heard first-hand accounts of it during my run to be elected as a Ward 3 councillor. My tweet (along with the tweet to candidates, I’m guessing) was in response to a recent comment by a Ward 3 incumbent that the Guelph Factor was a “myth”.

I am surprised that a councillor would make that claim — and I will leave it to you to make your own conclusions about it.

We need to move forward from the two responses that seem to come forward regarding the Guelph Factor from the Ward 3 incumbents — roughly:

1. The Guelph Factor doesn’t exist, it’s a myth
2. The Guelph Factor doesn’t exist but if it does exist it’s a good thing

How about, instead;

1. The Guelph Factor exists, and it’s unproductive to suggest that it doesn’t. And it’s bad for Guelph.

For all of the reasons why we care about our city and for all that we should hope for it, including attracting future private-sector investment without having to over “incentivize” it, we have to address the Guelph Factor.

To that end, I think change is required, change that extends beyond operational changes by staff, as important as that is.

Addressing the Guelph Factor will require change on council as well.

Please support the campaign to elect me as your councillor, to bring balance to council decisions and priorities, better engagement and better value for your tax dollars.

Please vote for me and also, please donate to the campaign and take a lawn sign!

And… Thank you for the support everyone!


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Are you on the Voters’ List?

registerAre you on the Voters’ List?

Through the City of Guelph’s website you can:

  • Confirm if you are on the Voters’ List (click here)
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Online voting and advance polls in Guelph

Vote now key on computer keyboardAdvanced internet voting will be available from Tuesday, October 7, 2014, midnight (12 a.m.) to Friday, October 24, 2014, 11:59 p.m.

For more information regarding internet voting, click here.

From the City of Guelph’s website:

Residents can vote early at any location within the city.

All advanced voting locations will offer accessible devices for voting: hand held touch pad, paddles, and sip and puff.

Date & Time: 
October 15 and 16, 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
October 17 and 18, 11 a.m.–8 p.m.
October 19, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

Guelph City Hall, 1 Carden Street, Room 112
Evergreen Seniors Community Centre, 683 Woolwich Street
Stone Road Mall, 435 Stone Road West, 2nd Floor, Unit R2

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Time for renewal on Guelph city council

cham-2 cropped 2I’ve been meeting many of you, and I thank you for that!

Thank you as well for your comments on what matters to you, and for your take on Guelph city council and how well you are represented on it.

I am someone who engages and listens. It’s not an election platform, it’s who I am.

I consider it my job to do the same if elected as your Ward 3 councillor on October 27th, to engage you and represent you and your aspirations and concerns at City Hall.

We’ve gotten away from that style of politics in Guelph. Through my example, I will bring us back to it.

That is my agenda.

It takes balance. I will bring that.

Many of you have mentioned your concerns around affordability. You love your city, but you want to be able to afford to live in it.

Affordability of city services is something I have been talking about since 2010. Now others are talking about it. I’ve noticed your City Hall is now talking about it as well.

That’s a good thing, and I’m glad for it!


Paying bills 2First, because affordability to me ties into fairness and sustainability.

Second, because asking questions about the decisions that are being made, how the City is being run and how our tax dollars are spent, and what an acceptable tax increase would be has for some time now — and even until fairly recently — brought a certain risk with it.

I’ve worked hard to shift that and make it OK for you and others to ask these questions without being portrayed as some kind of “regressive” bad guy.

Which is to say, I’m the real deal.

Paying bills 3I’m the real deal when it comes to asking questions for you, and more, I’m the real deal when it comes to standing up for you and your right to say what you want to say.

It’s time for a better style of politics in Guelph — we need a better way of discussing the issues — and that means it’s time for renewal on Guelph city council.

I am someone who can bring that, and it would be a privilege to do so on your behalf.

Please support the campaign to elect me as Councillor for Ward 3, and thank you to everyone who has provided help and good wishes.

Gratefully; Craig

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Our signs!

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How do I get on the Voters’ List?

Are you recorded as an eligible elector (voter) in the 2014 municipal and school board elections? is a new online service available to eligible electors.

voter look upVisit to confirm if you are on the “Preliminary List of Electors”, which is used to prepare the Voters’ List of electors used in the upcoming municipal and school board elections.

If you’ve moved in the last several years, you may need to update your info on to ensure you are eligible to vote in the election where you now occupy or own property.

You can also change or update your school support for electoral purposes and add names to your property address.

Updating this information will help ensure that the Voters’ Lists are accurate and up-to-date in preparing for the municipal and school board elections this fall.

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