Greyhound’s Canadian Operations the Latest COVID Casualty

In a big hit to interregional transit in Ontario and Quebec on Thursday, Greyhound announced that they were ceasing all Canadian operations effective immediately. The private bus operator is saying that they can’t afford to continue with what remains of their Canadian service, completing a rollback that began in western Canada over two years ago, and permanently affecting transit service to and from Guelph. Continue reading “Greyhound’s Canadian Operations the Latest COVID Casualty”

Ford Intends to Have the “Most Normal July and August as Possible”

Premier Doug Ford appeared in front of cameras for the first time in almost two weeks to announce that restrictions on outdoor recreation facilities will be lifted on June 2, but he then blamed snow birds, the Federal government, and people with private jets for the present predicament. Ford explained that Ontario has to say the course to have the “most normal July and August as possible,” but there are still conditions. Continue reading “Ford Intends to Have the “Most Normal July and August as Possible””

GUELPH POLITICAST #272 – The Pandemic Arts

These days, more and more people have used the pandemic to discover new creative resources, while professional artists have struggled to earn a living without access to the live venues and events from which they usually collect the majority of their income. From new programs to virtual events, it’s been a long, hard road for the Guelph Arts Council for the last 15 months, and it’s not over yet. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #272 – The Pandemic Arts”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for May 10, 2021

It’s going to be a long night at city council with some big planning matters on the agenda. 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 May 10, 2021”

Chamber Making COVID Tests Available to Small Businesses

A formal re-opening of the economy may still be weeks away, but for businesses that have had to remain open, or are looking to re-open in the future, will have an easier time of it with a new program from the Guelph Chamber of Commerce and Innovation Guelph. Starting today, the Chamber is making COVID-19 rapid test screening available to Guelph’s small and medium-sized businesses as part of a Federal and Provincial joint program. Continue reading “Chamber Making COVID Tests Available to Small Businesses”

Anti-Lockdown Protests Week #4: No Speeches, No Interviews, Lots of Yelling!

For a month now, a small group of people have been gathering in Market Square every SAturday to protest Ontario’s COVID response. It’s impossible to distill the beliefs of everyone there into a simple sentence or paragraph, but there was one thing abundantly clear at the most recent gathering: Whatever welcome members of the local media had at these gatherings, it has more or less expired. Continue reading “Anti-Lockdown Protests Week #4: No Speeches, No Interviews, Lots of Yelling!”

Community Health Boss Seeking Provincial Liberal Nomination

This time next year, we will be in the middle of the Provincial election, Guelph MPP Mike Schreiner will be defending his seat, and Premier Doug Ford will be protecting his government majority. Any plan to upset Ford’s desire for a second term will probably pass through the Guelph riding, which means this is going to be a very competitive riding when the writ is drawn up, and it got a little more competitive today. Continue reading “Community Health Boss Seeking Provincial Liberal Nomination”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the May 17 Meeting?

Remember last year when city council had that all-day meeting that started at 9 o’clock in the morning where they had a presentation that covered the entire budget and not just have a series of smaller meetings over several nights? Get used to that because the multi-year budget process is here to stay, and at this special workshop meeting of city council, the horseshoe will hear about how its going to improve this year. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the May 17 Meeting?”

New COVID Outbreak in Guelph General Hits Two Wings

It’s not exactly the news you want to post as the region continues to struggle to get COVID-19 under control, but the Guelph General Hospital announced on Wednesday night that they’re now dealing with another outbreak in two of their wings. Four patients and one staff member have been hit by the virus, as Guelph’s Hospital stands as the only institution in Wellington, Dufferin, and Guelph now dealing with a COVID outbreak. Continue reading “New COVID Outbreak in Guelph General Hits Two Wings”

GUELPH POLITICAST #271 – A Political Unsolved Mystery

In May 2, 2011, it was the 41st general federal election. That was the day that Stephen Harper won his first and only majority government, and while that did shake up the normal political order, it was not the only thing that happened that day to reverberate in Canadian political culture. Remember Pierre Poutine? Remember Robocalls? Well this is the day for a little political unsolved mystery. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #271 – A Political Unsolved Mystery”