GUELPH POLITICAST #119 – Move Out Madness

It’s April, and you know what that means! No, we’ve already had Easter. And April Fools’ Day. Sure, Earth Day is next weekend, but we’re here today to talk about Move Out Madness, the annual scramble by University of Guelph to pack up their Guelph lives and head home for summer jobs or vacations. This is easier said than done. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #119 – Move Out Madness”

GUELPH POLITICAST #118 – Mapping the Ward, An Update

The Ward. It’s so ubiquitous to the city that you don’t even need to identify it by its full name. It’s just the Ward. In the (not literal) shadow of downtown, the Ward is one of the oldest parts of Guelph, and it’s seen a lot of changes over the decades, but perhaps none so pronounced as what’s happening now. The question: might there be some resentment about that from long-time residents? Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #118 – Mapping the Ward, An Update”

GUELPH POLITICAST #117 – Regional Transit

If you don’t have a car in Guelph, how do you get to Cambridge? Well, you can get the Greyhound to Kitchener at one of the few times a day it departs and then transfer to Grand River Transit at Sportsworld Drive. You can also take the GO Bus to the Aberfoyle “Park and Ride”, wait an hour and get the bus to Kitchener from there. Either way, you could probably walk to Cambridge faster… Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #117 – Regional Transit”

GUELPH POLITICAST #116 – A St. Patrick’s Day Special

Things were going pretty well. It wasn’t perfect, but it seemed like Town and Gown had found a way to perfectly co-exist inside the City of Guelph thanks to the diligence of City Hall, the police, the university, and student groups. And then Homecoming happened… Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #116 – A St. Patrick’s Day Special”

GUELPH POLITICAST #115 – The Vital Signs Report

What does our community look like? If you’re asked that question, then you surely think of the very literal picture of Guelph in your head, probably Downtown Guelph and the various landmarks of our city core. But less literally, what does our city look like? What kind of people live here? How many live here? What do they do? And are they happy and healthy in Guelph and Wellington County? Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #115 – The Vital Signs Report”

GUELPH POLITICAST #114 – Voices of First Nations in Protest

In the recently released Vital Signs report (more about that on the next Politicast), statistics revealed that 6,500 people in Guelph and Wellington County identified as First Nations. That’s about three per cent of the population, which isn’t huge, but is far from insignificant. We don’t always see them, but our First Nations friends have certainly been making themselves heard lately. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #114 – Voices of First Nations in Protest”

GUELPH POLITICAST #113 – The Guelph-Wellington Women’s Campaign School

According to the United Nations, the make-up of any government requires 30 per cent representation by women in order to assure that the concerns of women are well reflected. In Guelph, four of the 13 members of our city council are women, which puts us at just over that 30 per cent mark. That’s good, but we can be doing better.  Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #113 – The Guelph-Wellington Women’s Campaign School”

GUELPH POLITICAST #112 – Dr. Francesco Leri, Addiction Specialist

The University of Guelph posted on its website: “Looking for an Expert on the Impact of Opioids on Learning and Memory? U of G Is The Place,” and I thought, “Well, I’m not *looking* for such an expert, but if the University is offering…” A couple of emails later, and you’re on your way to learning about the latest research into how the brain gets hooked on drugs, and not just drugs, but any sort of addictive behaviour. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #112 – Dr. Francesco Leri, Addiction Specialist”

GUELPH POLITICAST #111 – The State of the City 2018

Shall we play a game? Mayor Cam Guthrie thought it was a good idea last Friday when he revealed his annual State of the City address in the form of a Monopoly-style board game in order to tout a year, and indeed a term, of many accomplishments. It may have been persuasive for the crowd in attendance, but can you be persuaded? Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #111 – The State of the City 2018”

GUELPH POLITICAST #110 – Thomas Gofton, Founder of GenreCon

This is a serious time, and there are serious issues to discuss, but there comes a moment when you just have to walk away from the news, put on a costume, and talk about the finer points of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, or the last adventures of Doctor Who or the starship Discovery. Don’t pretend you don’t know what any of that means! Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #110 – Thomas Gofton, Founder of GenreCon”