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Public meeting examines nuisance bylaw

People can voice their opinions at a public meeting Saturday morning on the city’s draft public nuisance bylaw, which among other things puts limits on protests and rallies in Guelph.
The town hall meeting will be held in the big front lobby at city hall, the Galleria, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on Nov. 24.
The draft public nuisance bylaw, which would curb protests on city-owned property and also give the city more power over bothersome parties on private property, was approved in principle by city council in September. City staff are now getting public feedback before taking the bylaw back to council. The city says the purpose of the bylaw is to provide city bylaw enforcement officers and Guelph Police with “tools to address minor, unwanted behaviour or activities on city-owned property and, in certain limited cases, private land, without laying criminal charges.”
Saturday’s meeting is described as a chance to learn more about the development of a new public nuisance bylaw, ask questions, voice concerns or support, and provide comments.
Bus tickets and child care are available for people who register in advance for the meeting Saturday, the city says. To register, contact Beth Bergevin at 519-822-1260, ext. 2042, or beth.bergevin@guelph.ca.
People can also send the city their comments by Dec. 7 in a variety of ways. These are by email at public-input@guelph.ca; by voicemail by calling 519-822-1260, ext. 2422; by fax at 519-822-1751; or by mailing comments to: Public nuisance bylaw comments, City Hall, 1 Carden Street, Guelph, ON, N1H 3A1.

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