In October 2014, Cam Guthrie was given a promotion by the voters of Guelph from Ward 4 city councillor to mayor. His campaign message of limited tax increases and fiscal transparency resonated with people, and as a result he was handed a decisive victory over incumbent mayor Karen Farbridge. But winning an election in one thing, being the city’s chief representative, advocate and ambassador is another bailiwick entirely. Now, just over six months since his election win, Mayor Cam Guthrie will join Open Sources Guelph for an hour of frank (and hopefully fun) discussion about his last 100 some-odd days on the job, and the challenges facing him and Guelph’s city council for the next few years.
This Thursday, April 16, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss with Mayor Guthrie (although our discussion will not be limited to the below topics):
1) The Job So Far. How’s it being going? Is everyone on council getting along?
2) The Budget. Job well done, or a job not done well enough?
3) Privatizing Garbage Pick-Up. The pros. The cons. The savings?
4) Saving Skating. How hard was it to save a beloved, but unofficial, neighbourhood rink?
5) Transit Challenges. What does the mayor think of the proposed changes to Guelph Transit Routes and schedules?
6) Infrastructure Funding. Will Guelph benefit from new money from the feds and the province?
7) The City Council Band. With a singer/songwriter as councillor, a mayor that plays drums, and at least one other councillor known to play the guitar, is this concept inevitable?
Plus, we will ask the mayor the question you submitted to us through social media – e-mail, Facebook, Twitter and Reddit. It’s not too late by the way! If you want to submit a question to Mayor Guthrie, use one of the following:
- You can post the question to our Facebook fan page.
- You can tweet it to @admadonaldson or @scottyhertz
- You can send an e-mail to adamadonaldson[at]gmail[dot]com or scottyhertz[at]bellnet[dot]com.
- Or you can post the question in the comments section below.
Open Sources is live on CFRU 93.3 fm and cfru.ca at 5 pm on Thursday.