Today's date: Monday April 23, 2018
column width padding column width padding
The Wellington Advertiser Masthead Logo

We Cover The County...
40,251 Audited Circulation

WEEKLY POLL   |   Community News   |   EQUINE   |   Schools & Buses

Facebook Slug
WA 50th Banner
column width padding column width padding

Focusing on common goal

by Dave Adsett

There is no question that it takes two to tango.

After a decade of spatting and five-plus years without a representative at its table, Guelph Mayor Cam Guthrie has made the first move in bettering relations with Wellington County and its social services committee.

This news is baby steps in repairing a relationship that didn’t have to sour as it had.

By virtue of legislation, the county handles the social services role for Guelph and Wellington County. Due to population and assessment realities, Guelph always had higher needs and higher costs. In the end the squabble seemed to be about who had the most say.

Stretching back more than a decade, the city seemed to adopt the approach that it was getting hosed. Kate Quarrie was mayor at the time and we vividly recall that particular city council as always trying to avoid paying its way, whether it was the county home for the aged or associated costs with running the social services system. Some may have viewed this as a hard-nosed way of bargaining to gain a better deal, but it really amounted to a harmful distraction.

The anxiety of that period, coupled with changing senior staff at city hall, spilled over into the next term of council when Karen Farbridge became mayor again. Farbridge had previously been a fair, thoughtful person during her first term on the joint social services committee, but she seemed to adopt the anti-county stance of her predecessor and things just got markedly worse.

It was a disturbing day when Guelph walked away from its neighbour, leaving the county to shoulder the burden of administering effective, fair-minded services to city residents as well as its own.

While much of the activity is prescribed by the province, there are choices to be made in terms of services levels and optional programming, whether that entails affordable housing, child care and so on. We think the county did an admirable job rising above the sometimes petty nature of regional politics to deliver the quality of service Guelph residents expected and deserved.

Guthrie will receive a warm welcome and the opportunity to correct a period of silliness that we are glad may be coming to an end.

Neighbours need to work together. Politicians need to set aside their proclivities for always being right, whether they are or not.

But, most importantly, there needs to be teamwork and a common goal to serve the people such a committee is charged to serve.


January 20, 2017


Tell Us What You Think

Login to submit a comment

Comments appearing on this website are the opinion of the comment writer and do not represent the opinion of the Wellington Advertiser. Comments that attack other individuals or are offensive, unsubstantiated or otherwise inappropriate will be removed. You must register or log in in order to post a comment. For more information, read our detailed Comment Policy and Guidelines.




Wellington North Guide 2017-2018

Buzz: current record does not exist


Barrie Hopkins
Barrie Hopkins
Barrie Hopkins
Barrie Hopkins
Bruce Whitestone
Ray Wiseman
Ray Wiseman
Ray Wiseman
Stephen Thorning
Stephen Thorning


Dave Adsett: When youre done ...

Digital Publications

 •  Browse Our Publications
 •  Highland Games 2015 Pictorial Book
 •  Acton Fall Fair
 •  Canada 150 Special Edition
 •  Community Guide
 •  Business Leader
 •  The Community News
 •  Drayton Fair Book
 •  Digital Flyers
 •  Erin Fall Fair
 •  Estate and Funeral Planning
 •  Fergus Fall Fair
 •  Groves Foundation
 •  Guelph Township Horticultural Society
 •  Fergus Scottish Festival
 •  Inside Wellington Archives
 •  Lions Club Home & Leisure Show
 •  Mapleton Community Guide
 •  Minding Our Business Archives
 •  NEXANS Celebrating 50 Years in Fergus
 •  Purebred Sheep Breeders of Ontario
 •  70th anniversary of D-Day Feature
 •  Equine
 •  Wellington County Plowing Match
 •  Wellington North Guide
 •  Wellington OPP Annual Reports
 •  Wellington Weddings
 •  Wellington Advertiser - Newspaper Week

column width padding column width padding column width padding

The Wellington Advertiser





Digital Publications


Twitter Logo

Free Press News Network Logo