Tag Archives: Misadventures

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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57 of 600

I have been following the Guelph Mercury’s coverage of the trial in the dispute between the City of Guelph and Urbacon. Recently, the court heard that 57 of Urbacon’s requests for information from the architect were considered “unnecessary”. That’s 57 … Continue reading

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One for the next list of 99

 A response from Guelph CAO Ann Pappert was published in yesterday’s Mercury, regarding the Bradshaw video misadventure, along with a field goal of an editorial on it today — alluding to the inescapable question… when will Council weigh in and … Continue reading

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Unexplainable photo of driver

You may recall my previous posts describing the quick destruction Zippy The Squirrel Warrior wreaked on our new roll-out green bin. The photo to the left has been the subject of some recent controversy and banter and the background to … Continue reading

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A fantastic post on ** fantastic ** waste diversion

Scott Tracey’s 59 Carden St. blog has a fantastic post and comment thread regarding the City’s collection of sorted waste materials. There have been a few comments previously posted on 59 Carden St. about the City collecting waste materials in a manner that suggests waste diversion in some … Continue reading

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Setting Guelph apart

Lucky for us, we have distinguished our city, with two mentions in Maclean’s magazine – see the article, Part I, Part II, Part III. We made the list for wasting taxpayer dollars in notably stupid fashion, twice. Mention of the … Continue reading

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Sound familiar?

Just a quick post to share a quote by Czech presidential candidate Vladimir Franz, as reported by The Associated Press and picked up by the Toronto Star: “The (political) system is so enchanted with itself that it’s lost the ability … Continue reading

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They’re coming…

A quick post to say that my neighbour recently mentioned to me that the squirrels have started chewing on their green bin, even though it was left unlatched. I guess our squirrels are “hope for the best, plan for the … Continue reading

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Round Two and Five-Eighths

Or, “How a 500 gram squirrel chewed a hole in a side of my new green bin.” [Self-select the title featuring your preferred system of measurement.] Well, the neighbourhood squirrel did exactly what I was expecting. The smart thing. That … Continue reading

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