Category Archives: Accountability

Wartime memories

The following excerpts about WWI wartime life (1914 – 1918) near the Welland Canal are from an autobiography by Frances Cairns (nee Pidduck), my maternal grandmother. “Lou” is my grandfather, Louis Cairns. Lest We Forget the sacrifices made on our … Continue reading

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Delegation to Council

The following is the text from one delegate’s representation to council last night, Ms. April Dickin, regarding the Wilson Farm Park farmhouse. It’s worth a read. Madam Mayor Farbridge and Councillors of the City of Guelph: Thank you very much … Continue reading

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Mitchell Farmhouse 2.0 ?

A question I considered asking in my column in this past Friday’s Guelph Mercury was how much of the energy around the fate of the Wilson farmhouse now is actually about the demolition of the Mitchell farmhouse — how much … Continue reading

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Wilson farmhouse

The Wilson farmhouse, today: Look at it. It is in the air. Where have you seen that before? In greenfield developments, where the developer has carved around some house during regrading — until it’s moved? It’s now a former farmhouse … Continue reading

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Guelph’s Farmers’ Market

The Guelph Farmers’ Market is back in its Gordon Street location. There were a few would-be market-goers passing the house this morning, on their way to Exhibition Arena, where the market has been this summer while improvements were made to … Continue reading

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Long White Beard

Waiting on the OMB Board’s decision regarding Abode Varsity Living’s applications reminds me of the “Long White Beard” Saturday Night Live bit — the hearing concluded October 3rd, 2012. The applications, (which are listed as Adobe (sic) Varsity Living in … Continue reading

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Keep your handbills… But please complete another survey, and Tweet and Like something for us*

* Or, “Worried about your temporary structures? You’re kinda missing the bigger picture.**” **Or, “It’s actually about getting your data, stupid (not that I think you’re stupid).” Given the community’s response to those aspects of the City of Guelph’s draft … Continue reading

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Twister coming to Guelph?

The application of the ill-considered nuisance by-law recently considered by Council and referred back to committee would have had the effect of creating a municipality with restrictions and requirements around public activities that would have been the civil liberties version … Continue reading

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How to embarrass a city council, badly

One approach: Take a draft by-law initially intended to address the issue of “nuisance parties”, an issue that is especially challenging in two wards, and turn it an impractical omnibus by-law requiring a permit to exercise Charter Rights in the … Continue reading

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Calling bullcrap

Good for the Guelph Tribune with their editorial and cartoon that called bullcrap on the spin staff offered for restricting temporary structures such as tents on City property, as part of the proposed and highly controversial nuisance by-law: The rationale … Continue reading

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