Guelph Speaks takes some time off during the holidays

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 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





Filed under Between the Lines

8 responses to “Guelph Speaks takes some time off during the holidays


    Gerry & Barb:You both deserve a well-earned break(perhaps you might consider holidaying with the Aga Khan?) Merry Christmas and Happy New Year along with all GUELPH SPEAKS participants/viewers/etc.

  2. John McCuaig

    Thanks for being ‘ the voice’ of the working poor in this great city. We are wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year! Enjoy.

  3. Will Costigan

    Merry Christmas Gerry. All the best to you and your family. Keep up the great wirk in 2018. Always enjoy readibg your posts.


  4. Gerry and Barbara, yes thank you for being the voice of the working poor. I am ‘richer’ for being able to read your essays, and, meet Guelph Speaks participants. Your idea to, “…use the posts to write a book about the management of Guelph including the people responsible from 2006 to present day.”, is an excellent idea. I am happy to share with you my experiences as a former City employee. Maybe one of Santa’s elves will drop a USB stick containing undisclosed important information in your stocking, similar to the one Bruce Poole received! I know the Aga Khan would appreciate your company over the Holidays 🙂 I wish you and your family a peaceful and fun Christmas. Mary Heyens, Guelph.

  5. bostoncollie

    Thanks Gerry for helping to keep the Citzens of Guelph informed. With Journalism in Guelph down to a pamphlet holding a bunch of flyers, your insights are invaluable. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  6. Bruce

    All the best Gerry and Barbara, for a great Christmas and an even better 2018.
    Looking forward to more of your posts and your hyper-vigilance in keeping to the fire the feet of everyone at 1 Carden Street.
    To all the visitors and commenters of Guelph Speaks, a very Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!


      For those supporters of GUELPH SPEAKS the following quotes from GORDON CHONG’s article “Times they are a changin’, in today’s “THE SUNDAY SUN”, underscores the impact and importance of blogs by responsible/caring/civic-minded individuals such as Gerry Barker: “…Many suspect the print media will be consolidated with a few large organizations dominating the market.However,news and opinion will be needed more than ever to ensure politicians and quasi-politicians are honest and held accountable…”

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