Ford Again Says Teachers in it For Money and Union Power; Teachers Disagree

A day after the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF) held another one-day strike, and on the same week that his government is facing labour strife will all teachers unions province-wide, Premier Doug Ford told the media this morning that it’s still about the money, and it’s still about the union throwing its weight around. Continue reading “Ford Again Says Teachers in it For Money and Union Power; Teachers Disagree”

MANGEZ! Dine Safe Guide for January 1-15, 2020

Twice-monthly, 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 January 1-15, 2020”

Striking Teachers Defiant as Government Tries to Win Parents

For the first time since early December, teachers of the Upper Grand School Board and the Wellington Catholic District School Board took part in a one-day strike organized by the Ontario Secondary School Teacher’s Federation (OSSTF). But as teachers marched, the Minister of Education appealed to parents by announcing that if the strikes continue, the Government of Ontario will pick up the tab for childcare. Continue reading “Striking Teachers Defiant as Government Tries to Win Parents”

GUELPH POLITICAST #205 – Got Organic?

We’re coming up on the annual Organic Conference at the University of Guelph, a tradition that’s been around for nearly 40 years, long before “going organic” was a thing. Make no mistake: organic is big business now, a method of food production and farming that in Canada alone is worth $5.4 billion. In Guelph though, the annual Organic Conference is where this trend gets back to its roots. Pun intended. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #205 – Got Organic?”

LIVE BLOG: Committee of the Whole Meeting for January 13, 2020

And we’re back to your regularly scheduled city council meetings. 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: Committee of the Whole Meeting for January 13, 2020”

Guelph Activists Shutdown Intersection to Support Wet’suwet’en Chiefs

A leisurely drive downtown on Sunday afternoon might have caused some frustration if you wanted to pass through the corner of Wyndham and Macdonell during the noon hour. A group of about 40 activists were demonstrating in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs, who, on their ancestral territory in British Columbia right now, are running out of time to stop the development of a natural gas pipeline. Continue reading “Guelph Activists Shutdown Intersection to Support Wet’suwet’en Chiefs”

Ontario’s Education Showdown Gets More Intense as One-Day Strike Hits Guelph

The Upper Grand District School Board and the Wellington Catholic District School Board are getting their time to strike this coming Wednesday in the latest round of job action from the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF). Guelph’s two prevailing school boards are among the 16 listed as part of the OSSTF’s latest attempt to resolve their impasse in negotiations with the Province. Continue reading “Ontario’s Education Showdown Gets More Intense as One-Day Strike Hits Guelph”

GUELPH POLITICAST #204 – The 106 Beaumont Saga

There are signs that many people in our community want 2020 to be the year of housing. After a long, unsustainable hiatus on the development of supportive, social and affordable housing, all parties are eager to attack a problem that’s only ever getting worse. Sounds good, but do you remember what happened the last time everyone was eager for action on homelessness? Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #204 – The 106 Beaumont Saga”

Committee of the Whole Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the January 13 Meeting?

After a month-long holiday break, city council is getting together again. Kicking off the new year, and the new decade, council will gather for the first time as Committee of the Whole to hear about items from the Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise agenda, with an emphasis on energy savings initiatives. Continue reading “Committee of the Whole Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the January 13 Meeting?”

GUELPH POLITICAST #203 – The Transit Pass with TAAG

It’s been an interesting year for transit and transit enthusiasts in the Royal City. A lot has stayed the same, there’s been some signs of changes coming, and there’s even been a few changes made, but what about the bigger picture? Are we more confident about the exciting transit future of Guelph, or are we more pessimistic? Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #203 – The Transit Pass with TAAG”