Guthrie Calls Emergency Meeting to Save the Dining District

Mayor Cam Guthrie called an emergency meeting of city council for Monday at 6 pm to discuss extending the end date for the Downtown Dining District. The district is currently schedule to close on Monday, but an open letter from the people running expanded patio service there threatened immediate job losses if they’re not allowed to continue for a few more weeks. Continue reading “Guthrie Calls Emergency Meeting to Save the Dining District”

RECAP: Many, Many Questions About Supportive Housing at Ward 2 Town Hall

The news that Parkview Motel might be turned into supportive housing was the subject for the entire two-hour town hall hosted by Ward 2 Councillors James Gordon and Rodrigo Goller on Thursday evening. Drop In Centre executive director Gail Hoekstra and a series of special guests took questions from the NIMBYs, YIMBYs, and everyone in between. Here’s the recap… Continue reading “RECAP: Many, Many Questions About Supportive Housing at Ward 2 Town Hall”

Library Outrage Alert: Changes to Baker Street Redevelopment Coming to Committee

After months of speculation and concern about the fate of the new main branch of the Guelph Public Library, the City of Guelph has announced that they’ve updated the plan which will hopefully allow for a more cost-effective version of the project to proceed. How are they going to do that? Exact details are forthcoming… in a couple of weeks. Continue reading “Library Outrage Alert: Changes to Baker Street Redevelopment Coming to Committee”

Mercer Tells Board of Health We Need to Stay the Course on COVID

The Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Board of Health met on Wednesday for the first time since July to get an update about the local response to COVID-19. While the number of new cases have been holding steady, the Public Health staff explained that we can’t rest on our laurels, and there’s some hard work we’ve all got to do to prepare for that dreaded second wave. Continue reading “Mercer Tells Board of Health We Need to Stay the Course on COVID”

CITY PAGES: Bike Month, New Park, and Dining District Extended

The City of Guelph puts 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: Bike Month, New Park, and Dining District Extended”

Labour Day Thoughts From the Labour Council President

In a typical year, the Labour Day picnic in Riverside Park is a nice way to end your summer with some pro-labour activism, and a hot dogs with corn on the cob. In the year of COVID-19 though you’ll have to enjoy hot dogs and corn at home, but the camaraderie of Labour Day will be preserved in the form of a parade. Before Monday though, the president of the Guelph & District Labour Council has some thoughts on labour that she wanted to share. Continue reading “Labour Day Thoughts From the Labour Council President”

COVID Assessment Clinic On the Move Again

For the second time since March, and the start of the pandemic, the COVID-19 Assessment Clinic established by Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health, and administered by the Guelph Family Health Team, will be moving. Starting next week, those in need of a COVID-19 test will have to make their way to the south end to find out if they have the virus. Continue reading “COVID Assessment Clinic On the Move Again”

A Day in the Park for Some, an Emerging Threat to Others

On Sunday in Riverside Park there were the usual activities of people running, kids playing, families spending time together – there was even a little sword-fighting practice – but one corner of the park played host to a microcosm of one of the essential debates of our time: the effect of disinformation on conspiracy theories on the population. Two small groups stood separate but equal in their passions as internet debates were made manifest by the band shell. Continue reading “A Day in the Park for Some, an Emerging Threat to Others”

Anti-Mask and Anti-Anti-Mask Protests Happening in Guelph Sunday

The anti-mask movement will hit Guelph on Sunday with a planned gathering at Riverside Park from 1 pm to 4 pm. Seemingly organized by four area residents, a Facebook event page was posted on Monday followed swiftly by an event page for a counter-protest. The moves make Guelph the latest battleground in the intersection between public health orders, conspiracy theories about the COVID-19 pandemic, and yes, QAnon. Continue reading “Anti-Mask and Anti-Anti-Mask Protests Happening in Guelph Sunday”

CITY PAGES: The Museum, Feedback, and Money For Small Businesses

The City of Guelph puts 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: The Museum, Feedback, and Money For Small Businesses”