There were good news stories, bad news stories, and some very bad news stories. Progress was made in some quarters, and there was regression in others. It was the best of times, and it was the worst of times. It was a long 12 months in some ways, but they all seemed to pass by very, very quickly in the grand scheme of things, so what is there left to say about the year 2022? We’re going to find out!
So there were two elections this year, but both sets of elections were stymied with much lower voter turnout than our worst case scenarios had envisioned. And speaking of worst case, how about that Bill 23? It was announced the day after the municipal election, and probably caused worse hangovers than any of the celebrating done by the election’s winners – or losers – the night before.
Remember when we had another lockdown first thing in January? That was quickly added to the justification for the Freedom Convoy, and support for that was pretty strong locally. Those protests would peter out by the spring, but some people would try to turn their anti-mandate activism or other far-right ideology into electoral candidacy in the fall. In the end 2022 created a lot of concern for members of the community who are part of marginalized groups.
All of this is just the tip of the iceberg on this week’s edition of the podcast as Open Source’s Guelph co-host Scotty Hertz joins us to offer some last words about this election year, and some opening thoughts about the new council term. We will also talk about why the homelessness issue became easier to see in the last year, plus cyber attacks, healthcare issues, local hate crimes, and the changing of the guard at various Guelph organizations in the last several months.
So let’s talk about 2022 one more time on this week’s edition of the Guelph Politicast!
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