Hundreds Come Out to Support Guelph Muslim Community at Vigil

Hundreds and hundreds of people came out to support Guelph’s Muslim community by talking part in a walk and vigil on Thursday. In the aftermath of the death of four family members in London, and the injury of one other, all in an apparent hate-driven attack, Muslims across Canada have expressed shock, but not surprise, as the ugly face of Islamophobia has claimed more lives and left local leaders demanding action. Continue reading “Hundreds Come Out to Support Guelph Muslim Community at Vigil”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the June 21 Meeting?

Guelph City Council meets again to talk about themselves, and this time they will have to make a decision. Back in November, council deferred on a final decision about their future make-up so that the consultants could get more input from the community, but the time has come to redraw the map and decide how many people are going to be around the new horseshoe come 2022. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the June 21 Meeting?”

GUELPH POLITICAST #277 – The Transit Pass with TAAG

We used to have these quarterly check ups about transit issues, but the pandemic hit last March, and suddenly transit service was limited. Buses are still running on a reduced schedule, but now the City of Guelph is looking to the future, first with the Transportation Master Plan, and now with the review of a new 10-year plan for transit expansion. But how is all this sitting with transit fans? Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #277 – The Transit Pass with TAAG”

Guelph Muslim Society Organizing Walk to Support London Attack Victims

The Guelph Muslim Society is planning a symbolic walk on Thursday night in honour of four members of a London family who were killed while out on a walk of their own on Sunday evening. The attack in London has been universally recognized as a hate-driven and Islamophobic in nature, so Guelph’s Muslims will be leading a vigil and walk later this week to focus local grief and sadness. Continue reading “Guelph Muslim Society Organizing Walk to Support London Attack Victims”

LIVE BLOG: Committee of the Whole Meeting for June 7, 2021

Get ready for a busy Committee of the Whole meeting. You can click here for the amended agenda from City Hall, and you can click here for the Politico preview. For the complete blow-by-blow of today’s council meeting, you can follow along on Twitter, or follow the tweets below. You can also watch the City’s own live-stream of the meeting here. Continue reading “LIVE BLOG: Committee of the Whole Meeting for June 7, 2021”

Community Responds to Pride Flag Ripped Down at Guelph School

It’s Pride Month, and that means 30 days of celebration and recognition for the members of our community who identify as LGBTQ+. So the rainbow flags are flying on flag poles all around town, but it seems like there are people in Guelph who cannot actually take any pride in Pride. In fact, some delinquent person or persons tore the Pride flag right off the pole of an area school over the weekend. Continue reading “Community Responds to Pride Flag Ripped Down at Guelph School”

Guelph CHC Rolling Out Mobile Low-Barrier Vaccine Clinics

Despite the enormous efforts being made to vaccinate everyone in the region, it’s not always easy for people to drop everything and show up at an appointed time and place to get a shot. Considering that many of these people are the ones who are most in need of a vaccine shot – people with health and mobility issues, and essential workers – it’s even more important they get one. Don’t worry, help may be coming to a neighbourhood near you. Continue reading “Guelph CHC Rolling Out Mobile Low-Barrier Vaccine Clinics”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the June 14 Meeting?

June’s planning meeting has two relatively small items, and one pretty big item. Heritage is the theme, more specifically protecting heritage and in this case the location is the old Reformatory lands on York Road. In a move that’s been years in the making, city council will be considering formal heritage designations for the property, but not for every building that currently sits on that land. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the June 14 Meeting?”

Longfield and Schreiner Offer Statements on Residential Schools

One week ago, news broke that a mass grave was discovered on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School. The grave contained the remains of 215 young people, some of them as young as 3 years old, and it prompted a new wave of shock and outrage, along with a call for our political leaders to take immediate steps to address systemic racism against Indigenous people. Are Guelph politicians hearing the call? Continue reading “Longfield and Schreiner Offer Statements on Residential Schools”

City Moves to Absorb Quarry Site, and Ask for MZO to Do It

It’s not going to be a lazy summer at Guelph City Council as the next several weeks they, along with the Township of Guelph/Eramosa and the County of Wellington, will determine the fate of an issue that ties all three governments together. Guelph is ready to absorb the site of the Dolime Quarry and make it a part of the city proper, but there’s an obstacle course of meetings they have to run through to make it happen. Continue reading “City Moves to Absorb Quarry Site, and Ask for MZO to Do It”