April 28, 2008



I decided to start a blog to encourage more dialogue about civic affairs in the community. One of the goals of our Strategic Plan is to have the highest per capita municipal election voter turnout of any city in Ontario. Participation in municipal elections is usually very low – much lower than provincial and federal elections. When people are asked why they do not vote in municipal elections, the main reason given is apathy followed by a lack of understanding of the issues. This has always surprised me given how important municipal government is to our day to day lives.

I am hoping this blog will be a great way to share information and ideas, get residents’ feedback about City matters, and generally de-mystify City Hall.

I encourage you to get involved in the discussion. For the ground rules on posting comments, please see the “About the Blog” page.

It’s important to note that the opinions I express on this blog are mine, and don’t represent the positions of the City of Guelph or Guelph City Council.


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3 Comments on “Welcome”

  1. Shawn Armstrong Says:

    Mayor Farbridge
    Great looking Blog and thanks for oppportunity to contribute to such a great City!

  2. John Steins Says:

    Your Worship, congratulations on your mayoral blog! I’ve been running mine for some time and have received positive feedback from my constituents although I have run afoul time to time by voicing my personal opinion that was interpreted as being that of council’s. I’m glad you’ve clarified that in your posting.

    Bit of a slippery slope, but well worth it. Nothing like being able to check the blog to see what your mayor is up to!

    John Steins
    Mayor of Dawson City, Yukon

  3. Kyle Mackie Says:

    Thanks for starting this up, Ms. Mayor. Looking forward to checking it regularly. Now, if only I could convince the councilors in Ward 3 to do something similar…

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