GUELPH POLITICAST #172 – The Clash Over Clair-Maltby

Clair-Maltby is hundreds of acres of mostly untouched greenspace in Guelph’s south end. For some, it represents millions of dollars in potential real estate profit, and for others, it represents a chance to develop in an environmentally responsible way that avoids the natural instinct to sprawl. These ideals clashed before City Council this past Monday. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #172 – The Clash Over Clair-Maltby”

GUELPH POLITICAST #171 – Guelph Stuff (Climate Emergency, #GuelphProud, Polls)

It’s been a while, but every now and then on the podcast, we like to take a minute, or 30, and talk about the issues happening Guelph, and give them some context in the bigger political picture. What are people talking about, how will it affect their lives, and what are the angles they’re not thinking about? In other words, we’re going to talk about “Guelph Stuff”. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #171 – Guelph Stuff (Climate Emergency, #GuelphProud, Polls)”

GUELPH POLITICAST #170 – Kayla Weiler, Outgoing VP of the CSA

It’s the end of April, and that means it’s the end of the main school year. If you’re a student that works on campus, that also means its turnover time; you’re either entering a new position, or your leaving a position you invested a whole year in. Kayla Weiler is in the latter category. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #170 – Kayla Weiler, Outgoing VP of the CSA”

GUELPH POLITICAST #169 – Robin Gerus, GM of Guelph Transit

On the best of days, the city’s transit system is a tough thing to manage, and in Guelph all transit matters come to the desk of General Manager Robin Gerus. On this week’s second installment of a Politicast transit double-bill, we actually go to that desk and ask Gerus directly about the present concerns and challenges of Guelph Transit. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #169 – Robin Gerus, GM of Guelph Transit”

GUELPH POLITICAST #168 – The Transit Pass with TAAG

The Service Review was delivered, council took its recommendations seriously, and the new spending it proposed was passed in the annual budget process. So everything worked out, right? Not so fast, because the work of improving transit is ongoing, and there’s a group in town is keeping a watchful eye on the situation as it develops. It’s time for the Transit Pass! Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #168 – The Transit Pass with TAAG”

GUELPH POLITICAST #167 – On Development Part II: The Official Plan

If you want to talk about development in Guelph, or any municipality in Ontario for that matter, you have to start with the Official Plan. Every decision concerning what can be built, where it can be built, how it can be built, and what services it needs stems from a 403-page, living document that you’ve probably never read. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #167 – On Development Part II: The Official Plan”

GUELPH POLITICAST #166 – Mirali Almaula, The Ontarion

Nobody in the press likes being story, but the student press lately has very much been part of the story. The state of the media today is the story as we’ve seen with papers closing start-ups coming and going, and layoffs affecting the entire sector. The landscape is changing, and it’s changing rapidly, and not even the student media is immune from the shift. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #166 – Mirali Almaula, The Ontarion”

GUELPH POLITICAST #165 – Fraud Prevention Month

March is Fraud Prevention Month. Hold you applause. If you made it without being accosted by someone trying to con you, count your blessings, but don’t let your guard down! Scammers are out for your money, and your personal information, all 12 months of the year, and some people want us more prepared for that eventuality. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #165 – Fraud Prevention Month”

GUELPH POLITICAST #164 – The Rookies (OSG Interviews)

Today, students and community groups on campuses across Ontario will go on strike to protest the Ontario government’s Student Choice Initiative, which could defund in part, or entirely, a lot of different campus clubs, services, and yes, media. One such impacted group would be CFRU, the community radio station that operates out of the University of Guelph. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #164 – The Rookies (OSG Interviews)”

GUELPH POLITICAST #163 – Evan Ferrari, eMERGE Guelph

We could start this with the usual preamble about extreme weather, the 12-year deadline from the U.N. Panel on Climate Change report, or the enigma of climate change denial, but let’s take a moment to explore these issues on a more immediate level. And here in Guelph, it seems, we seem to really know how to tackle the problem in an effective way. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #163 – Evan Ferrari, eMERGE Guelph”