By Gerry Barker
December 22, 2017
In the waning days of 2017 we are all busy preparing and sharing the Christmas and New Year’s holiday season.
Guelph Speaks (GS) is no different and will take time for needed computer maintenance and reflective down time.
It has been quite a year being capped December 10 with the merger of Guelph Hydro and Alectra Utilities. We still maintain that is the greatest giveaway of our most valued public and profitable asset ever experienced in the long 200-year history of our city.
As far as GS is concerned, the New Year will bring some interesting insights and news about the council approved deal that could change this path of consolidated absurdity.
This will be our last post until Tuesday, January 2 when we prepare posts commenting on events during the final year of the council’s mandate. The GS archives contain 922 posts that are available at guelphspeaks.ca since 2011 for information, a history of municipal affairs and perhaps some entertainment.
That totals 1,475, 200 words. It is the equivalent of 20 75,000-word novels.
I am thinking of using the posts to write a book about the management of Guelph including the people responsible from 2006 to present day. The time to organize the material is daunting but not impossible. I intend to turn over my archives to the Guelph public library’s reference department as a source of a very exciting time in our city’s history.
It is a running account of lies, secrecy, cover-ups, accomplishment and the personalities involved.
The New Year will bring a change in our city council. With the merger possibly closing next fall, the impact on the citizens, we predict, will galvanize the voters to express their objection of council’s past actions.
My wife, Barbara and I wish everyone a happy holiday and a healthy and prosperous New Year.
A special thanks to all those GS viewers who follow the blog, the only one in Guelph that challenges the administration and digs under the veneer of city-managed information to reveal the truth and the facts.
As usual, the blog remains open for comment regardless of the content taking a small vacation.
We’re back on the job Tuesday, January 2, 2018.
Best to all,
Gerry and Barbara Barker