Now! There is a new citizens’ movement for change in the city

Posted August 26, 2013

By Gerry Barker

Citizens from all over the City of Guelph tell me there is a need for common sense, responsible financial management in our civic government.

A recent survey asked residents if they are better off today in Guelph than they were six years ago. The responses revealed widespread discontent. This was not a complex or expensive survey. It contained a simple question and asked for a direct answer.

Over the past seven years, as a columnist with the Mercury and now as the editor of, I have repeatedly pointed out that spending by the Farbridge regime is out of control and has created serious, long-term liabilities for Guelph taxpayers.

Today, I’m letting you know that several Guelph citizens and I have banded together to build an organization to seek change in October 2014. The name of this organization is “GrassRoots Guelph”. GRG’s goal is to encourage citizens to vote for change in the 2014 election. It will achieve this goal by informing people about what is happening in City Hall, exchanging views, and participating in the entire 2014 election process.

Remember, if you don’t participate, you don’t count.

Voting is a serious and important task that should reflect the will of the people, not the will of the minority that has held power for the past two terms of Guelph’s municipal politics.

The record of this minority is clear. Debt and operating costs, including employee salaries and benefits, have soared. In six years, five individuals have headed city financial management. Together with others in City administration, they have created a deficit of continuity in the systems that control the corporation’s spending and revenues.

You are invited to join GrassRoots Guelph, the one city-wide organization that will represent the interests of the majority of Guelph taxpayers, and not the special interests.

To join, send your name, address, telephone number and email address to: We will put you on our mailing list and keep you informed frequently about the initiatives that are already underway and new initiatives that will be undertaken over the next few months. You will also be regularly kept up to date through the GrassRoots Guelph newsletter.

GrassRoots Guelph is an incorporated organization that is:
* non-partisan and non-profit
* dedicated to encouraging Guelph residents to vote in 2014 for restoring common sense and financial responsibility in our city government.

Join and participate. Let’s work together to achieve a better Guelph.


Filed under Between the Lines

3 responses to “Now! There is a new citizens’ movement for change in the city

  1. David Birtwistle

    Please advise how,if I send you the personal information you’ve requested,that that data will be closely controlled and not shared with anyone other than the “directors” of GrassRootsGuelph and that any newsletter sent to me by email/twitter/etc will be sent in a confidential Good luck/bonne chance

    • David Birtwistle: All personal member information is stored in a secure database. It is exclusively used only for GrassRoots Guelph communication with it’s members.

  2. boomer

    I’m concerned about privacy issues here too Gerry, thank you for your responce to David.

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