This is the last episode of the podcast for 2021, and in the spirit of the season we’re going to access our memories from the last 12 months. This was a long hard year, nothing went the way it was supposed to, and it threw a lot of roadblocks in our way, but now, at the end of the year, we will take stock of all that’s happened, and how it might affect us in the new year.
Where do we begin talking about the news in 2021, and what’s the number one story of the past year? Is there anyway that it isn’t COVID-19? Guelph may be one of the most vaccinated communities in the country, but we’ve been feeling the heat from a new COVID variant these last few weeks and we’re ending the year with the same feeling that we had at the beginning of the year: Will this ever be over?
But the pandemic was not the only story this year. Social justice issues were still in the news with multiple marches in the summer. There was also a Federal Election this year, not that it changed much of anything. Housing was a big issue, we finally sold the Guelph Innovation District lands, and then there was that one-week period where Guelph City Council couldn’t decide if they actually approved the action they thought they did.
Richard Vivian, the city hall reporter at Guelph Today, joins us this week to review this year of Guelph Stuff. We will discuss what the number one news story of the year is, and how we practically come full circle in fighting COVID. We will also talk about what’s coming in the new year, including election talk and whether, at this point, Cam Guthrie is mayor for life. And finally, we will remember some of the local political leaders we lost in 2021, and if we have any new year’s resolutions.
So let’s talk about a year in Guelph Stuff on this week’s Guelph Politicast!
You can check out Richard Vivians’ news and politics coverage over on GuelphToday.com, and you can check out some year end insights here on Guelph Politico, and in this past Saturday’s Market Squared column on Guelph Today as well.
Also, when you subscribe to the Guelph Politicast channel and you will also get an episode of Open Sources Guelph every Monday, and an episode of End Credits every Friday.