Monthly Archives: September 2012

Time to put things right, Mayor Farbridge

It was recently reported that Guelph’s CAO Anne Pappert used the word, “regressive” in describing the outcome for the city in pursuing a lower tax increase (up to 3%) — as directed by council — than the 8.5% increase staff has signalled would be necessary to maintain services … Continue reading

Posted in Accountability, Our money, their legacy, Wellbeing? | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Time to put things right, Mayor Farbridge

Am I seeing that right?!

Smoke and mirrors. Here is how Guelph councillors voted on an “unfriendly amendment” to Councillor Bell’s late night bar motion, after a lot of discussion, which included comments by Councillor Burcher. The “unfriendly amendment” was moved by Councillor Burcher; the following is how council members voted on it: September … Continue reading

Posted in Accountability | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on Am I seeing that right?!

Storytime

All too often, seems like I am hearing a narrative — that often doesn’t clear the bar, sometimes transparently so — when Guelph Mayor Farbridge comments to Council. It kinda reminds me of storytime with my daughter, only, we don’t read stuff to her that would … Continue reading

Posted in Accountability | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off on Storytime

One of Rob’s best

Councillor Bob Bell has it right — again. Councillor Bell on the matter of a bar seat levy, as reported in one of the best articles I’ve read by Guelph Mercury reporter Rob Flanagan: “Over the years, the costs to maintain order in … Continue reading

Posted in Accountability | Tagged | Comments Off on One of Rob’s best

Referendum, sort of

The decision for Iqaluit ratepayers in their upcoming referendum on whether or not to proceed with a $40M aquatic centre now seems to be a referendum on how to pay for it. That is unfortunate. I wonder how the next council … Continue reading

Posted in Accountability | Comments Off on Referendum, sort of

Hey, I wanted to say that!

Sorry for the delay in posting here over the last few weeks. Thanks for still checking in! One of Scott Tracey’s strongest columns appeared today. Also, don’t miss the Editorial in today’s Guelph Mercury. CAO Anne Pappert crossed an important line … Continue reading

Posted in Our money, their legacy | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off on Hey, I wanted to say that!

Put it to a referendum in 2014

You likely recall my “It was already over” post. Just to pick up on that, I’ve long been uncomfortable with the “let’s push it through now while we have the numbers on Council” approach to priority setting that seemed to drive spending during the … Continue reading

Posted in Our money, their legacy | Tagged , , , , , , | Comments Off on Put it to a referendum in 2014