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Welcome to the original website for Royal City Rag.

Royal City Rag started in Guelph in August 2005 as a Tuesday morning mixed music and spoken word (politics and current affairs) show. After a brief stint in the Wednesday 6-7 p.m. slot we found our way to our current home on Saturday mornings from 8-10 a.m.

And now… we’ve split into two different radio shows!

The musical side of Royal City Rag is now known as Folk Roots Radio. We’re still on the air on Saturdays, from 8-10 a.m. on CFRU 93.3fm.

Folk Roots Radio
If folk, roots, country and blues are your thing you’ll find them all on Folk Roots Radio. Grab your favourite morning brew and settle down for two hours of music and more to start your Saturday! If you are a musician and you want to play live in the studio, get in touch. We’d love to hear from you.

To contact us:  jan@folkrootsradio.com.

Our current affairs and politics output is now part of Beyond the Ballot Box. Beyond the Ballot Box takes place on Thursdays from 5-7 p.m. on CFRU 93.3fm.

Beyond the Ballot Box
Beyond the Ballot Box is your home for politics and current affairs. You can find us on CFRU 93.3fm in Guelph every Thursday evening from 5-7 p.m. Join us for The Gang of Four roundtable as we humorously tackle the big political stories of the week. Stay with us for one on one interviews and our sister show Accessibility Matters or join us for The Guelph Hour, a roundtable discussion featuring a special guest, dedicated to the Royal City. Beyond the Ballot Box is produced by Jan Hall and hosted by Jan Hall with Oliver Rockside.

Politics and current affairs: jan@beyondtheballotbox.ca.

We’re keeping this website as a resource so feel free to visit and check out the archive.

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Thanks for bearing with us during our enforced break.

We’re on the mend here at Royal City Rag Central but as this weekend is Move-In Day at the University, we’re taking another week off for recuperation.

We’ll be back on the air, September 11. Mayor Farbridge will again be our guest.

Please note that our planned end of term conversation with Ward 2 Councillor Ian Findlay has been rescheduled for September 18.

The good news is that Municipal Election 2010 in Guelph is finally hotting up; September 10 is the last day for candidates to declare.

Expect to see that urban blight, the election sign, slowly taking over the city after Labour Day!

CFRU 93.3fm’s Municipal Election Coverage is also taking shape. We’ll be on air every Tuesday mornings from 7-9 a.m. with Municipal Election Radio co-hosted by Royal City Rag’s Jan Hall, The Working Week’s Scotty Hertz and former host of Gen X for Gen Y, Oliver Rockside. Our election coverage kicks off on  September 14.

We’ll be discussing the election issues and covering the debates, as well as reporting on the races for Mayor and City Council. We’ll also be live from the River Run Centre on election night, October 25.

Royal City Rag and other CFRU 93.fm will also continue to provide election coverage as part of regular programming. Should be lots of fun. You won’t want to miss it!

So, in the meantime, please take advantage of our archive. We’ll be kickstarting the blog  again next week and expect to be back on the air next weekend. Until then, have a great week!

Cheers,
Jan Andrea Hall

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Unfortunately, due to illness, there will be no Royal City Rag on CFRU 93.3fm this weekend.

The planned end of term conversation with Ward 2 Councillor Ian Findlay will be rescheduled for a later date.

Although I may not be live on the air this weekend, rest assured, I’ll be back as soon as I am able.

In the meantime, technology is a beautiful thing; so please do check out our archive using the search function.

Cheers,
Jan Andrea Hall

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For those of you who like to wake up with Royal City Rag on a Saturday morning but find 7.00 a.m. just too early… we have good news.

We’re moving to 8-10 a.m. every Saturday morning with immediate effect.

Same great show, just more of a lie in for all of us!

As a special treat, this Saturday we’ll be on the air from 7-10 a.m., just to make the adjustment a little more bearable for everyone.

Royal City Rag, Saturdays 8-10 a.m. on CFRU93.3fm in Guelph. Remember if you don’t catch Royal City Rag live , you can always pick it up later that day via the CFRU archive or here, on the blog, a day or so later.

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Well, that is the sort of week I have had…

I’ll be taking a little time for recuperation this weekend.

I may not be live on the air but, rest assured, I’ll be back as soon as I am able.

Technology is a beautiful thing; so please do check out our archive.

Next Saturday morning I expect to be back in the studio; so until then, have a good week.

Cheers,
Jan Andrea Hall

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Royal City Rag will be (literally) broadcasting from the road this coming Saturday, March 27 between 8-9 a.m. 

We’ll be the first CFRU show to make use of the radio station’s new mobile studio as we travel by road from Guelph to St Jacob’s for a storytelling event.

Not only will the studio allow us to be location much more from now on but with this new technology we can actually broadcast on route while we’re driving along.

We’ll be travelling in a specially equipped school bus with CFRU 93.3fm and Royal City Rag emblazoned on the side. We’ll be hard to miss so do look out for us as we travel down Victoria Road, through downtown, and out via Edinburgh Road North and Woodlawn Road to Hwy 7.

Joining us on this historic excursion will be storytellers Sya Van Guest and Brad Woods and singer-songwriter Sam Turton

In the first hour we’ll have our usual mix of cool music, events listing and an interview with the organisers of Roots of Change: Storytelling for Social Change taking place at Ed Video, 40 Baker St, Downtown Guelph on April 1.

It all promises to be lots of fun. You won’t want to miss it!

Royal City Rag, Saturdays 7-9 a.m. on CFRU93.3fm, Guelph’s Campus-Community Radio Station.

Remember if you don’t catch Royal City Rag live on CFRU93.3fm, you can pick it up later that day via the CFRU archive or here, on the blog, the next day.

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Jan Andrea Hall

Karen Farbridge, Backstabbing And Her Bid For Re-election
Jan Andrea Hall, Royal City Rag

Since Mayor Karen Farbridge announced her bid for re-election this past Thursday, February 24, one or two of her supporters have publicly alluded to the fact that the Mayor has been “stabbed in the back” by erstwhile supporters during her current term.

They believe that, as many progressive Guelphites worked hard to get her re-elected in 2006, after a fairly dysfunctional term under Mayor Quarrie, we should not only be happy to have her back, but keep quiet and remain supportive, regardless of the decisions her council and administration choose to make.

Unfortunately not everyone can do that, and, for that reason, are shunted off into the “backstabbing” group of the disaffected.

I count myself in that category even though I am as progressive as they come.

As far as I’m concerned, Farbridge’s administration has been found wanting on all the ‘big decision items’ of the past three years… the upgrades to the Hanlon Expressway, the proposed Hanlon Creek Business Park and the Strategic Urban Forestry Master Plan (otherwise known as the urgent need for a much stronger protective by-law).

I call them the big decision items because they will have a huge effect on this city, for years to come. Progressive Guelphites choked over the previous council’s decision to support the Commercial Policy Review setting up four large shopping centre ‘nodes’ around the city. Yet, the Hanlon Expressway and Hanlon Creek Business Park decisions will have far more impact over the coming years.

Farbridge’s supporters may say that these are done deals; the Hanlon Expressway upgrades being ordained by the province through the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (colloquially known as the Ministry for Roads) and the Hanlon Creek Business Park (HCBP) by previous administrations.

But would it have hurt to question whether the right decisions were made or whether these proposed projects could have been improved upon, especially in the case of the HCBP, where the city is the primary developer?

Where was the leadership to resolve citizen environmental group concerns about Hanlon Creek?

Hanlon Creek Downstream In The Spring (Photo: Bob Gordon)

That Farbridge chose to remain silent at the Guelph Civic League convened public meeting in March about Hanlon Creek at Norfolk Street United Church suggests that she may not be cut out for high office in Guelph. Instead of offering a few words of welcome she instead chose to sit at the back with body language suggesting that she really wished she was somewhere else entirely.

The fact that council barely emitted a whimper with respect to the assumptions underlying the provincial growth plan Places To Grow, and the need for Guelph to grow from 105,000 to a whopping 165,000 people by 2031 raises questions about a serious deficit of leadership at City Hall.

The bullying tactics that have been employed to stifle opposition to the Hanlon Creek Business Park, including this week’s SLAPP suit, also raises questions about the direction the city is moving in. So much for community consultation.

We have now been waiting nineteen years for a new protective tree by-law. Farbridge talked about this as a priority in 2003 (more on this in a future commentary)yet we are still waiting. And in the meantime, we continue to lose our tree canopy.

Add to that, the fact that the City had a Transparency and Accountability Committee meet for two years to, amongst other things, discuss the important (but under the Municipal Act, currently discretionary) positions of Lobbyist Registrar, Auditor General, Ombudsmen and Integrity Commissioner only for the City’s Governance Committee to recommend against proceeding with these checks and balances until after the next election. This only raises further concerns about how truly accountable and transparent the current administration wants to be.

Is Mayor Farbridge the right Mayor for Guelph?

I went into the last municipal election in 2006 with high hopes that clearly haven’t been met. Farbridge is clearly strong on process (perhaps too strong?) but is she capable of taking the big decisions and making a stand.

I hope that if her re-election is successful she will turn back to her progressive roots and move in a truly sustainable direction. Enough of the spin and green-washing, please.

People need to consider what is best for Guelph for the next four years and beyond when they go to vote.

Mayor Farbridge may like the idea of being Guelph’s Hazel McCallion, but do we really have to look like Mississauga too?

Jan Andrea Hall
janhall@royalcityrag.ca

Royal City Rag will continue to focus on what is important for the common good as we move forward with the election. We will not shy from bringing forward issues. Expect many more commentaries on the record of the current council and hopes for the next council as we move towards the election.

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