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Indeed it is, Tony L !! Merry Christmas. :)
Toggle Commented 8 hours ago on Separating church and state at 59 Carden St.
Can people please try to contain their comments to the specific topics? This topic is about the Niska Road situation, not the other proposed, infill development downtown. This Niska Road discussion is not about parked cars or mandated spaces, it is about unnecessarily widening a road, building a new bridge, and installing a new traffic light at Downey/Niska to temporarily facilitate some commuters who wish to cut through neighbourhoods rather than use existing arterial roads actually designed for such traffic. By any account, the costs, financial and otherwise, far outweigh the benefits. Niska road is not a nimby situation. It is about a decision to spend millions of dollars on a temporary fix to a mild inconvenience. And besides, by the time anything actually gets done here, access to Downey Road from the Hanlon will likely have already been shut down and any new bridge on Niska will become just another costly and unused white elephant.
Once the Hanlon interchange at Stone Rd and overpass at Downey/Kortright are complete, it would be senseless to have widened Niska to facilitate commuter traffic en route to #24. I drive along Downey Rd most mornings, and I would guesstimate that 80% of all cars that turn on to Niska have just come from the Hanlon. In a few years, those cars will be unable to do that because they will be unable to exit the Hanlon at Downey Rd. They will be forced to leave the Hanlon at Stone Rd. Rather than forcing those people to double back through residential areas to get down to Downey/Niska, it would make much more sense to continue Stone Rd westward and build a new bridge over the river there. That area just west of the "end" of Stone Rd is already designated as roadway, have a look. It's already clearcut, triple-wide, all the way down to the river. Of course that would require slashing thru forest on the west side of the river and that would be equally senseless. So, maybe let's just not build any new bridges, and make people drive to Wellington and get onto #24 there ... you know, like the official City and Provincial plans dictate ... and prevent people from cutting thru residential neighbourhoods to save five minutes.
Overall, I think this is good. Glad to see that the company decided to stay in Guelph. I didnt know they were seriously considering leaving town and in talks with other municipalities. But it's in the old business park on the east side of the Hanlon, not the new Hanlon Creek Business Park on the west side. So presumably, no new building will be constructed, and no construction jobs will be created (one of the central reasons for the new business park). Currently, RWDI is spread out across several buildings and spaces on Woodlawn, so consolidation into one space is an obvious move towards greater structural efficiency. It's unfortunate they did not see fit to build a new building in the new park. That would have been much better for the City. 200 new jobs is fantastic but I would take that number with a grain of salt. Like most engineering consulting firms, it has a revolving front door when it comes to staff retention. People come and go there all the time. And many don't live in town. Overall though, good news. Hats off to Peter Cartwright and Mayor Farbridge for negotiating the deal.
psssst, Greg, the election is over. ... besides, Guthrie wasn't the mayoral candidate who cheated this year ...
I wonder what Cathy Downer would have to say.
stephen, I was referring to the costly Urbacon and related lawsuits resulting from poor decisions by the boneheads on Carden St. I wasn't referring to lawsuits over uncleared sidewalks. perhaps my point was unclear. besides, as others have asked, why do you feel compelled to argue with everyone here?
Toggle Commented Nov 27, 2014 on To plow or not to plow at 59 Carden St.
I'd like to congratulate Craig for his gracious behaviour during all of this. Whether he was elected or not, he showed a great deal of class and I hope he considers running again.
Toggle Commented Nov 26, 2014 on Hofland wins in Ward 3 at 59 Carden St.
Hmmmm, the sidewalks in my area are cleared pretty well. Of course they are not perfect, it's silly to expect that. But I would suggest that if the City stopped plowing and left it up to residents, it would become a winter-long nightmare in front of many houses and folks would be demanding the City start plowing again. Let's not get into this silly debate over nickel and dimeing various City expenses when tens of millions of dollars are wasted by the boneheads on Carden St. Frankly, I'd much rather my property taxes go towards plowing sidewalks and streets than paying lawyers to fight this or that lawsuit ... or needing to hire new staff to deal with all the folks calling in to complain about their neighbours neglecting their front sidewalks.
Toggle Commented Nov 26, 2014 on To plow or not to plow at 59 Carden St.
LOL @ Bruce ... nothing. My criticism of Laird is well established and longstanding. I am glad to see Laird go because of the way I think she has mismanaged waste in this city. Perhaps you are unaware Bruce, but when the new compost facility came on line, there were noxious emissions that stunk up the area. As was widely reported, Laird insisted the odours were coming from other sources. It wasn't until the Ministry of the Environment came in, confirmed what everyone except Laird seemed to know (or was willing to admit), that indeed the plant was emitting noxious odours, and ordered the City to clean up its act, that Laird finally accepted responsibility. That, coupled with an uncooperative attitude towards local residents who for years insisted on further water quality and environmental testing at that and the former Subbor sites, signalled to many folks in town that she had become seemingly secretive and unaccountable. To this day, nobody really knows what sort of toxic soup lays beneath that site. That Karen Farbridge was voted out of office by a majority of the people of Guelph and now that Janet Laird has been a victim of corporate restructuring, isn't because they are women, Bruce. It is because they made mistakes, and their arrogant and dismissive attitude towards the public when questioned about those mistakes.
Toggle Commented Nov 19, 2014 on Reorganization at Guelph City Hall at 59 Carden St.
Christmas came early. I am very pleased to see Janet Laird gone!
Toggle Commented Nov 18, 2014 on Reorganization at Guelph City Hall at 59 Carden St.
Stephen, there are many areas in town where the trees are so plentiful it is impossible to mulch all the leaves with a lawnmower. I have several very large, 60+ year old trees and even though I mow/mulch long after the grass stops growing, I simply cannot keep up and have no choice but to rake them to the curb. If I were to quantify the amounts, my yard easily receives 40 extra-large yardwaste bags of leaves, I mulch at least 25 bags worth, and rake the other 15 to the curb. Besides, it's almost impossible to mow/mulch wet leaves, they need to be raked. No responsible property owner should just leave them all there to rot over the winter. Your comment might hold true in new neighbourhoods with few trees, but in older ones, there is an absolute need for leaf removal. I'll gladly bag them up if that's what the City wants instead of raking to the curb, but for many, this issue is more about volume than desire to be environmentally conscious and/or attitude.
I quite like the new space and appreciate the effort made to preserve the beautiful, old stone facade. The pool/rink has already become a focal point downtown. It's an inviting space that is being well used and one that is indeed worthy of this award. Im anxious to hear more about Susan Ratcliffe's fundraising efforts to help save another downtown landmark, the Petrie Building.
Toggle Commented Nov 17, 2014 on Market Square wins another award at 59 Carden St.
TM, I would suggest that if you think the value of a library is measured by its square footage, then it is you caught in a time warp.
This is unfortunate. I actually use the calendar and find it has a lot of useful information.
I would agree that most folks are concerned about costs, and rightfully so. But the discussion should focus on much more than just costs, or how to build cheaper. The entire process will necessarily have to include a very critical look at what the actual purpose of the new library is supposed to be, and what sorts of services it is intended to provide, and who will likely use it. The old style library as a repository of reading materials is outdated and inefficient. Library staff seem to understand this, and I am confident they will move towards a library that will become a modern, useful, smart facility. Modern, public meeting spaces and city-wide, wireless access to electronic materials, for example, should trump purchase of hard copy books and construction of hallowed hallways and steel bookcases. The folks who actually work in the library seem to understand the reality of the evolution. I fear that those in the city's administrative wings, however, who may be considering the project as a little mega-project that will spur economic activity in the core, revitalize the downtown, and eventually serve as a community focal point may be getting us all in over our collective heads. Build it for what it should be, in and of itself. Looking beyond the project itself is problematic, especially here in Guelph where we tend to be a little more idealistic than we should. Fundamentally, the project faces one large barrier, though. The downtown location is inconvenient for a large proportion of city residents. If the facility is to serve the whole city, it's raison d'etre will need to be critically reassessed, or else it might result in just another over-budget, wrongly purposed, white elephant.
Wow, that really is despicable. Apologies to Marilyn for doubting her and to the candidate herself. Marilyn is absolutely right, this candidate did have the courage to run and should be very proud of that. Thank you for the references, Andy and S.E.
Ah, and therein lies the rub, Fred ... "what is perceived as sexist behaviour". Exactly what "behaviour" are you referring to? When pressed to provide evidence of this campaign of misogyny and bullying, all they could show was a doll in Ray's window. A poster here did suggest unknown feces on an election sign was evidence of misogyny, as was widespread opposition to the former mayor. Nonsense, neither her ouster nor the mystery poop had anything to do with the former mayor's sex. As much as anyone can cry and shout that martians are attacking the earth - and I think we can all agree that would be bad - it doesn't make it true. So, please Fred, if the allegations are true, provide the evidence to support it. That's all people are asking for. Prove your case. The former mayor was simply unable to do so, looked foolish, and has now divided the community. To be clear, sexist behaviour is unacceptable. But frankly, the former mayor and her supporters' unsubstantiated allegations of widespread misogyny have done a great deal of harm to our community. Surely you do not believe that the 63% of Guelph who did not vote for Farbridge hate women, or do you Fred?
Marilyn, do you know what was written on the sign and whose sign it was? Please share. I certainly do not condone such behaviour either, but "belittled as a political failure and criticized personally and professionally" leaves open for a great deal of interpretation. Maybe it is indeed particularly disturbing, maybe not. I am sure I am not the only person interested in exactly what it said so we can judge for ourselves ... especially in light of the intentional campaign of distortion waged by the former mayor and her supporters, including unsubstantiated claims of misogyny and bullying, and most importantly, the former mayor's own anonymous attack ad on her opponent in the press.
I wonder what the former mayor's supporters think now that she was so soundly defeated. Do they still think that, despite a lack of evidence, there was a conservative and misogynistic campaign against Farbridge because she is a woman ... or have they come to their senses and accepted the idea that the former mayor lost because the majority of people in town were just tired of the wasteful spending, costly mistakes, and unaccountability that came to dominate the Farbridge administration near its end? Perhaps some of the former mayor's supporters indeed knew this during the campaign - they seem like intelligent folks - and that the allegations of political bullying and misogyny were little more than a desperate, political 'hail mary' pass. And perhaps they simply continued to dutifully play their roles of good little political workers, all the while knowing they were spreading dangerous distortions. I have to further wonder about Sean Yo, Farbridge's campaign manager. Does she regret bringing him on board now? Does she now understand that whatever chance she may have still had to win near the end, was forfeited by the strategic blunder of levelling such silly, paranoid accusations ... and especially the headline grabbing, anonymous, attack ad? Where, oh where, have all the Farbridge supporters gone? Certainly, Farbridge has done a lot of good for Guelph over the years, but her campaign this year brought dishonour to our city.
Hats off to everyone who worked so hard to make this election possible, including city staff and technical consultants, polling station volunteers and ALL of the candidates and their spirited supporters. I was particularly struck by how many people voted online, as well as how quickly results were posted on election night. Yes, of course, there were issues and mistakes do seem to have been made, just like with any other election. And hopefully, we will learn from them. Overall, well done, Guelph. I look forward to seeing what this new mix of elected leaders will accomplish. Re: Ward 3 recount. Yes, I also hope the City does undertake a recount and investigates reports that some people were prevented from voting because of inaccuracies in the voters list. I trust current Council will do the right thing and support calls for a recount.
LOL @ Susan Watson. No, Susan, I do not know of any examples of feces being smeared all over the signs of male candidates. Not sure why you think I would know that, you seem to know a lot more about it than anyone else here. As much as you want to find it unbelievable, I do not really pay much attention to the sex of the candidates when I see their signs. And I think most folks in town feel the same way. Perhaps you should have the feces of unknown origin that you discovered tested for DNA. I am confident we can count on you to get to the bottom of this coordinated campaign of misogyny and bullying. Im sure the police look forward to continuing to work with you on this very important case of the "unknown feces".
Steve, come on now. The Mayor alleged a campaign of misogyny and bullying and claimed a conservative conspiracy against her. When pressed for actual examples, she could only point to a wooden artist doll in Ray's window that has since been proven to be little more than common, albeit in poor taste, political statement - the screwing of the taxpayer and small business owner, and disillusionment with the political process as a whole. The Mayor has failed to provide any evidence of a conservative conspiracy. The Mayor has failed to provide any evidence of bullying. The Mayor has failed to provide any evidence of misogyny. The Mayor's supporters have insanely alleged that any and all criticism of her performance in office is based on her sex. They have suckered well-intentioned individuals and groups to blindly lead the charge of righting wrongs that never existed in the first place. Karen Farbridge's poor leadership and bad decisions have wasted a great deal of money while in office, she has broken her promise of transparency and accountability, and now seems to be desperately screaming she has been wronged to anyone who will listen. It was embarrassing to read one incredibly ignorant post that suggested Ray's doll is somehow responsible for women being called sluts. And it is equally disturbing that a women's group has been conned into defending a bad mayor simply because she is a woman. The whole thing is patently ridiculous, and you know it. If anyone has been wronged here, it is Ray and he has every right to defend himself against the baseless, politically-motivated charges levelled by this increasingly dirty Farbridge campaign team. Come on now.
Shame on Karen Farbridge for dishonouring the entire City of Guelph. There truly seems to be no limit to the depths she will sink to. And now the rest of Canada knows that too. It completely escapes me how so many otherwise intelligent folks in town can continue to support this sort of person and her most dirty campaign. I have to wonder if any of her supporters can hold their heads up high and honestly say she ran an honourable campaign. This win-at-all costs philosophy of Karen Farbridge is truly a dark moment in the history of our city and it will take years to mend, regardless of who is elected.
What if Ray's point is that it is Farbridge who has been screwing "Joe Taxpayer" and "Jane Small Downtown Business Owner" for years now? What if his point is that it doesn't matter who we vote in as mayor because we get screwed anyway? That's very common political satire ... see http://lh5.ggpht.com/_yfPF9F-UMX0/TQTEibjHzYI/AAAAAAAAJ-U/nVnGvwh7ABE/american-voter-sm_thumb%5B6%5D.png?imgmax=800 http://www.teapartytribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Screwed-2013.jpg By the way, Sean Yo, the good folks of Guelph are still waiting for all of the other occurrences of this supposed campaign of misogyny and bullying. Because if Ray's little artist doll is the only case, which so far it seems to be, then this is much ado about nothing and little more than yet one more divisive political distraction by an outgoing Mayor's dirty campaign team.
Toggle Commented Oct 21, 2014 on Press release from Team Farbridge at 59 Carden St.