GUELPH POLITICAST #Repeat – Hey, Remember the Freedom Convoy?

The “official” end of the Freedom Convoy protests in Ottawa was Wednesday February 23, but it was a long road to get there, and it wasn’t really the end. Although the COVID-19 mandates that sparked the convoy have long since lifted, the anger and disinformation generated by the movement are still with us, and so is the fallout the Federal government’s call to use the Emergencies Act. Let’s look back at how it started… Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #Repeat – Hey, Remember the Freedom Convoy?”

Competing Vision for Cities on Day Two of the AMO Conference

Day two of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario conference brought two big speakers with some different ideas about the needs of cities. In one slot was the man currently serving in the post of the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, and in the other was the man who’s currently the only elected opposition leader in the Ontario legislature, and they offered very different visions indeed. Continue reading “Competing Vision for Cities on Day Two of the AMO Conference”

(Finally) Cam Guthrie Has Competition in the Mayor’s Race

It’s been the persistent question since the start of the 2022 Municipal election in May: IS there anyone in Guelph willing to challenge Cam Guthrie in the mayoral race? It turns out, in this last week of the campaign, there is. If you’re looking for something completely different in a mayor, you may have found your best option in the “local non-binary communist” who just threw his hat in the ring. Continue reading “(Finally) Cam Guthrie Has Competition in the Mayor’s Race”

MANGEZ! Dine Safe Guide for August 1-15, 2022

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 August 1-15, 2022”

Upbeat Ford Addresses AMO and Ontario Mayors at Annual Conference

They tell you to open with a joke, and that’s what Premier Doug Ford did as one of the first speakers at this year’s Association of Municipalities of Ontario conference in Ottawa on Monday. Ford made light of his viral encounter with a bee at a media availability on Friday, and then dug into substance by assuring Ontario’s municipal leaders that the challenges they’re facing are manageable. Continue reading “Upbeat Ford Addresses AMO and Ontario Mayors at Annual Conference”

Municipal Election Nominations Update Week #15

It’s election season here in Guelph! The nominations are open for this fall’s Municipal Election, and interested residents are filing their papers to run for positions as mayor, for city council and for a spot on one of the local school boards. Each week, this space will break down who’s new to the race, who’s running again, and where we’re still waiting for someone to show an interest! Continue reading “Municipal Election Nominations Update Week #15”

CITY PAGES: OR Lands Group, Parks and Rec Feedback and Rabies!

The City of Guelph, and it’s various partners and agencies, put out a lot of information on a weekly basis, and while it all ends up on the City’s website somewhere, wouldn’t it be easier to just scroll through it all on one easy-to-read article on Guelph Politico here…? Continue reading “CITY PAGES: OR Lands Group, Parks and Rec Feedback and Rabies!”

POLICE NOTES: Stolen Trucks, Spitting Incident and More Indecency

There are 145,000 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 going 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: Stolen Trucks, Spitting Incident and More Indecency”

New Powers for “Strong Mayors” Coming in Toronto and Ottawa

The question is how the Provincial government can act quickly to get new housing stock built in Ontario, and the answer, apparently, is to create strong mayors. This hypothesis will be put to the test first in Toronto and Ottawa with the Strong Mayors, Building Homes Act, a new piece of legislation introduced today by Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark. Continue reading “New Powers for “Strong Mayors” Coming in Toronto and Ottawa”

GUELPH POLITICAST #336 – Story Time

We’ve talked about a lot of heavy stuff on the podcast this year – the pandemic, sexual violence, trans healthcare, mental health and reconciliation all to name a few. So before we take a summer break* it felt like we needed a safe space, somewhere serene where we can get back to nature and just talk like two people. In other words, we just need someone to tell us a story. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #336 – Story Time”