Findlay resigns from Library Site Selection Committee

Mr. Norm McLeod, It is with great regret that I notify you that effective immediately, I will be resigning my Councillor position on the Downtown Library Site Selection Committee. I will be maintaining my position on the Guelph Public Library Board. However, I will be excusing myself on any decisions relating to the location of a new Downtown Library site to avoid any potential conflict of interest.

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Ian Findlay Campaign 2006 Expense Report

Name of office for which candidate sought election: Councillor Ward name or number: 2 My spending limit: $14,104.90 Surplus or deficit from previous election: 0 Total contributions received: $6,269.00 My total campaign expenses that were subject to the spending limit: $6,174.55 My total campaign expenses that were not subject to the spending limit: $408.92 Total of all campaign expenses: $6,583.47

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“Tyrannical” Pesticide By-law

I am outraged at the direction the city council is taking on the pesticide bylaw. The proposed bylaw is tyrannical and capricious, and I’m sick of the approach. The process being used is far worse than the bylaw. We had a huge public debate on this last time, and this time it is just being shoved down our throats the same way as the other cockamamie ill conceived nonsense that has been the signature of our city. How is that […]

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Westminister Market Site Plan feedback

If you haven’t heard of it before, you will hear a lot about it in the future. It’s called the Commercial Policy Review (CPR) and it was approved by Guelph City Council in 2005. It is a blue print for four massive retail power centres (big box clusters) in the four corners of the City of Guelph. Although approved in principle, the site plans for each proposal are still to be approved by Guelph City Council.

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For Whose Eyes Only? We say yours.

The City of Guelph Incentives Study was the final report by urbanMetrics, a Toronto based market, economic and strategic planning consulting firm. It was prepared for the Guelph Economic Development Department in December 2005 and has not been released to the public. Executive Summary highlights include a blueprint for the City to increase tax revenue from the industrial base and residential development in the Downtown. In essence, how can the City of Guelph make more money.

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City Hall – One Stop Shopping

For many years, it has been difficult to navigate’s one way through the corridors of Guelph’s City Hall. If you wanted to open a new business, you’d have to figure out who you needed to talk to, then try and find them. Then try and find the next person. Then the next. Many attempts to make Guelph “Open for Business” were tried. Most were less than successful. Now the Community Design and Development Services (Planning Department) have announced that they […]

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The Full Monty on the New City Hall

The current Mayor and City Council are preparing to consult the public on what should be done with the court yard in front of the New City Hall. Could the space be a public art gallery, naturalized gardens, buskers venue or a public skating rink? You will have an opportunity to provide input. There is considerable interest in this space being accessible, enjoyable and affordable. As we move through the process, some financial clarifications are in order. Below is a spreadsheet outlining […]

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