Community Gardens Set to Reopen on Friday

Late last month, the Ontario government gave the province the thumbs up to re-open community gardens, which acknowledges their place in the local food economy, not to mention a means of community engagement. With the long weekend coming, and nice weather becoming somewhat more regular, people are ready to get growing, and the City of Guelph has guidelines now for how to do that safely. Continue reading “Community Gardens Set to Reopen on Friday”

CITY PAGES: No Fires, Road Construction, and Landscaping

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: No Fires, Road Construction, and Landscaping”

Billes Resigns as U of G Chancellor Because of Divestment Vote

Last month‘s vote by the University of Guelph’s Board of Governors to divest from fossil fuel companies was the fiscally prudent move according to the financial committee. But while the committee was sure that the U of G would suffer no fiduciary consequences to divestment, there has been a different kind of loss for the university as a result. Martha Billes, the chancellor of the U of G has quit, and she say’s it’s because of the divestment vote. Continue reading “Billes Resigns as U of G Chancellor Because of Divestment Vote”

LUMCO Looks for Help to Cover COVID-19 Costs

It’s a well-known secret that the COVID-19 pandemic is causing all kinds of complications on the bottom line of businesses and individuals, but it’s also causing streams of red ink for Canada’s cities too. The mayor’s of Ontario’s 29 biggest cities, the Large Urban Mayors’ Caucus of Ontario (LUMCO), are raising the alarm after a meeting today that they need higher levels of government to give them extra help to manage the fiscal blow from coronavirus. Continue reading “LUMCO Looks for Help to Cover COVID-19 Costs”

Guelph Museums Wants Your COVID-19 Remembrances and Stuff

There’s been a lot of discussion about the historic moment we’re living in, but is anyone keeping track of that history and preserving it? As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Guelph Museums is asking residents for any artifacts people might have that captures the experience. Whether it’s something digital like a photograph, or something physical like a homemade mask, the Museum might be interested in collecting it from you. Continue reading “Guelph Museums Wants Your COVID-19 Remembrances and Stuff”

Like Everything Else, the National Day of Mourning is Going Digital

April 28 is the National Day of Mourning, a day where people are invited to remember those who were killed, or seriously injured on the job. Usually this involves people getting together to remember and memorialize, but this year, because of COVID-19, it’s forced a change of the usual plans for the occasion. This year, like with so many other events, the National Day of Mourning will be virtual. Continue reading “Like Everything Else, the National Day of Mourning is Going Digital”

Public Health Issues Statement on Death at Assessment Clinic

These are scary times, and one would think that showing up at a medical clinic might give one a little bit of hope and safety. Yesterday though, the COVID-19 assessment centre saw a bit of tragedy of its own as a person reportedly passed away Friday morning at the clinic, which forced the temporary closure of the facility. Continue reading “Public Health Issues Statement on Death at Assessment Clinic”

Next Council Meeting Set for May 11, New Council Meeting Schedule to Follow

Yesterday, the City of Guelph announced that their buildings would be closed so long as the state of emergency is in effect. One lingering question from that news release is the status of future city council meetings, which were only cancelled up till the end of May, and now we know that there will soon be another future special council meeting, and there is the promise of more meetings to come after that. Continue reading “Next Council Meeting Set for May 11, New Council Meeting Schedule to Follow”

After Years of Advocacy, the U of G Board of Governors Approves Divestment

After almost seven years of pushing by the student advocacy group Fossil Free Guelph, the majority of the Board of Governors at the University of Guelph voted Wednesday to divest the institution’s endowment from companies that hold fossil fuel reserves. After a debate, and a few amendments, all but three board members followed the lead of Vice-President of Finance Don O’Leary, and voted to divest over the next five years. Continue reading “After Years of Advocacy, the U of G Board of Governors Approves Divestment”

City Will Stay Closed till the End of the State of Emergency

The City of Guelph had been looking to reopen its facilities and get back to some sense of normalcy at the beginning of May, but as we itch closer to the end of April that plan was starting to seem less likely to come to fruition. On Tuesday, the City confirmed that facilities will remain closed until the state of emergency is lifted,  and they will only open on the best advice of public health and the Province. Continue reading “City Will Stay Closed till the End of the State of Emergency”