Schreiner Joins Chorus Demanding an End to Marineland

A recent media report about animals in distress due to poor water quality at one of Niagara Falls’ star attractions has put renewed pressure on Marineland. For the last several years, numerous environmental and animal rights advocates and groups have been demanding the park’s closure, and they now have a powerful political voice in their corner, the leader of the Ontario Green Party. Continue reading “Schreiner Joins Chorus Demanding an End to Marineland”

Ground Broken for New Youth Mental Health Centre, Plus New Funding

Even before the pandemic, services for area youth, especially mental health services, have been sorely lacking. A giant leap forward was initiated on Thursday with the ground-breaking for the new Centre for Children’s Mental Health and Developmental Services Building. When it opens in less than two years, it will be a hub over 30 service providers and be a magnet for over 9,000 local children, youths and their families. Continue reading “Ground Broken for New Youth Mental Health Centre, Plus New Funding”

Get Any Dose, Any Time, as Public Health Winds Down Vax Clinics in August

In nearly seven months, the local COVID-19 vaccination effort has gone from a desperate quest to get more doses to the appearance that this widespread vaccination effort is nearing completion. On Thursday, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health announced that they will start winding down their mass vaccination clinics next month, and if you’re planning on staying in a dorm this school year, you better get to one fast! Continue reading “Get Any Dose, Any Time, as Public Health Winds Down Vax Clinics in August”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for July 21, 2021

Before summer vacation, council will consider the Baker District Master Plan. 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: City Council Meeting for July 21, 2021”

City and Developer Reach a Potential Deal on 75 Dublin Appeal

An odyssey now nearly five years long, the file on a proposed residential building for seniors took a step closer to being closed during a case management conference at the Ontario Land Tribunal (OLT) this morning. A settlement between the City of Guelph and the developer, Rykur Holdings, will end one part of the appeal, and now all parties will see if they can resolve the other part. Continue reading “City and Developer Reach a Potential Deal on 75 Dublin Appeal”

GUELPH POLITICAST #283 – Still COVID [Summer Edition] with Dr. Mercer

It is time again for another in-depth look at the local pandemic picture: how are we doing, where are we going, and what can we expect next? We’re now almost 18 months into the pandemic, and while normal still sometimes seems far away, there is a perceptible feeling that the worst is over, and there are better days ahead. But are there really better days ahead? Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #283 – Still COVID [Summer Edition] with Dr. Mercer”

LIVE BLOG: Regular City Council Meeting for July 19, 2021

It’s the last regular council meeting before summer break, and there’s a lot of work to do. 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: Regular City Council Meeting for July 19, 2021”

LIVE BLOG: Special City Council Meeting for July 19, 2021

What fascinating details will be we discover in the service rationalization review? You can click here for the 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: Special City Council Meeting for July 19, 2021”

Federal Government Offers More Funding for Local Arts Event, Including Hillside

Under ordinary circumstances, the entire city would be a buzz about the impending start of the Hillside Festival out at Guelph Lake. Hillside is a major summer music event, and a major local cultural event, but you can’t have either of those things in a global pandemic. But what you can have is a virtual Hillside, and you will have it again this year, except this time it comes with a little bit more Federal funding. Continue reading “Federal Government Offers More Funding for Local Arts Event, Including Hillside”

Horwath Comes to Guelph in Campaign-Style Announcement

In a campaign-style announcement on Thursday morning, Official Opposition leader Andrea Horwath landed in Guelph with a couple of her NDP colleagues to talk about her party’s plan to promote the use of electric vehicles. The setting, next to some EV charging stations, was not subtle, and neither was the political message. In the home of Ontario’s first Green MPP, Horwath wanted to make the point that she’ll be better on the environment file. Continue reading “Horwath Comes to Guelph in Campaign-Style Announcement”