POLICE NOTES: Vaccination Update, School Threat, and RIDE Start

There are 137,000 stories in the Royal City, and this is some of them. Looking at a week’s worth of media releases from the Guelph Police Service, there’s a lot gong on in our little city crime-wise speaking, so let’s run down some of the charges, issues, and requests for information from the Guelph Police Service over the last seven days. Continue reading “POLICE NOTES: Vaccination Update, School Threat, and RIDE Start”

Ontario Authorizes Booster Shots for People Age 50-Plus

With Omicron nipping at our heels, the Government of Ontario announced on Thursday that eligibility for third shots, the booster dose, of the COVID-19 vaccine for people age 50 and over will be starting on Monday December 13. While the full effects of the new variant, both in terms of severity and contagiousness, are not yet known, the Chief Medical Officer of Health is recommending boosters to help build immunity just in case. Continue reading “Ontario Authorizes Booster Shots for People Age 50-Plus”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for December 2, 2021

It’s decision day for the 2022-2023 Guelph Budget! You can click here for the amended agendas 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 December 2, 2021”

GUELPH POLITICAST #300 – Guelph Politico

For the 300th episode of the Guelph Politicast, there were some grand plans afoot. How about a live show?! With special guests!! Each one more surprising than the last! But who would you invite? How live can you be in the nth stage of a global pandemic? What’s the difference between a virtual event and just another Zoom meeting anyway? Well then, forget it! For episode #300, Guelph Politico turns the microphone on itself! Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #300 – Guelph Politico”

RECAP: Ward 4 Reps and GNSC Head Get Last Word Before Budget Night

Less than 48 hours before the final decisions about the 2022 and 2023 budget have to be made, the Councillors from Ward 4 got the last word with their “Community Conversation.” Much of the conservation centred around the Guelph Neighbourhood Support Coalition and the work being done by their associates in the west end, but a pretty good picture was painted about the need for some of that funding. Shall we go over the recap? Continue reading “RECAP: Ward 4 Reps and GNSC Head Get Last Word Before Budget Night”

Teen Arrested for Threatening a School Shooting (UPDATED)

The idea of school shootings are all too common place in modern times, even if they’re just a threat, but the threat of a school shooting here in Guelph? That’s enough just as an idea to create real concern. This was the case on Tuesday morning with the news from Guelph Police Service that they’ve taken a teen into custody in connection to a threatening message written on the wall of a bathroom at a Guelph school. Continue reading “Teen Arrested for Threatening a School Shooting (UPDATED)”

As Ontario Crosses 10K COVID Deaths, New Report Shows Bigger Medical Impact

More than 4,000 people in Canada have died because of the effects of the pandemic on the normal delivery of healthcare in Canada. This grim news comes on the same day that Ontario has crossed the dark milestone of 10,000 deaths due to COVID-19, and in the background of the growing concern about the Omicron variant. Even without a new variant though, the Canadian Medical Association is making it clear we’ve got healthcare issues. Continue reading “As Ontario Crosses 10K COVID Deaths, New Report Shows Bigger Medical Impact”

MANGEZ! Dine Safe Guide for November 1-30, 2021

Every month, Guelph Politico posts the latest inspection results from the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health Unit inspection of local restaurants, hotels, cafes, grocery stores and other businesses that handle food. We call it “Mangez!”, and this column highlights the latest inspections done by WDGPH, and the results they’ve posted. Continue reading “MANGEZ! Dine Safe Guide for November 1-30, 2021”

Local Mental Health is Looking for Help on Giving Tuesday

You may have heard about the mental health toll on people because of the COVID-19 pandemic. You may also know that outside of the pandemic there have been concerns for years about how we’ve been unable to keep pace with the demand for more mental health assistance. The first problem has been feeding the second, so for this year’s Giving Tuesday, local mental health agencies are asking you to help them. Continue reading “Local Mental Health is Looking for Help on Giving Tuesday”

After 2 Cases Found, Moore Says Ontario is Ready for Omicron

Less than 24 hours after announcing that the first two cases of the Omicron variant here in Ontario, Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore took to the media studio at Queen’s Park to talk about it. Since the announcement of the discovery of Omicron last week, the uncertainty has prompted a nearly thousand point dip in the Dow Jones, and a new round of travel restrictions, but Moore wants us all to stay cool. Continue reading “After 2 Cases Found, Moore Says Ontario is Ready for Omicron”