Guthrie Asks Guelph to “Be Kind” in State of the City Address

The annual State of the City speech by Guelph’s mayor is a chance for to tout the accomplishments of the last year, and promote policy initiatives and goals for the new year. This year, there was a lot for the City to overcome, and while Mayor Cam Guthrie did celebrate that survival success, his simple desire for 2021 is that Guelph’s residents stay the course, and not lose hope. Continue reading “Guthrie Asks Guelph to “Be Kind” in State of the City Address”

RECAP: Guthrie Finds the Good News from a Pandemic Year in State of the City

The State of the City address is an annual event hosted by the Guelph Chamber of Commerce. It’s part political with a speech from the mayor, and it’s part networking and promotion for Chamber members, a chance for everyone to get together face-to-face. But this is 2021. This year, the State of the City was a virtual affair, and Mayor Cam Guthrie was forced to work harder to find the good news Guelph stories. How did he do? Continue reading “RECAP: Guthrie Finds the Good News from a Pandemic Year in State of the City”

Outlook Still Positive Despite Vaccine Concerns at Board of Health

The first Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Board of Health meeting for 2021 offered some hope for the future even if it wasn’t an immediate hope. With vaccine delays out of her control, Medical Officer of Health Dr. Nicola Mercer focused on the swift delivery of what vaccines have been received, and the fact that it looks like the virus has peaked in Guelph and area for this second wave. Continue reading “Outlook Still Positive Despite Vaccine Concerns at Board of Health”

Romance Scams Added to Local Fraud Crime Spree

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Guelph Police Service is warning the general public about romance scams, fraudsters who try to gain the trust of their victims though romantic circumstances in order to rob them blind. This is the latest scam to make the rounds in the Guelph area in the last month in what has been a veritable scam-palooza in the Royal City. Let’s consider all the potential fraud going on… Continue reading “Romance Scams Added to Local Fraud Crime Spree”

CITY PAGES: Bike Parking, Art Donations, and Crime Stoppers

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 Parking, Art Donations, and Crime Stoppers”

RECAP: Mercer Talks About Local Vaccine Distribution, Debunks Myths

Do you have some questions about when you might get one of the COVID-19 vaccines, how they work, or what considerations are going into the vaccine distribution? Then this is the Twitter thread for you! On Friday, Guelph MPP Mike Schreiner hosted a town hall with Dr. Nicola Mercer, the medical officer of health for Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health to talk about vaccine facts, and the current state of the pandemic in Guelph. Continue reading “RECAP: Mercer Talks About Local Vaccine Distribution, Debunks Myths”

U of G Increases COVID Monitoring and Enforcement After Outbreak

The second wave of COVID-19 continues to wash over the province although there are some signs that we’ve hit the high water mark and the deluge has started to recede. The story looks a bit different on the University of Guelph campus though where Frost Week celebrations on the January 15 weekend ended up becoming a super-spreader event. The U of G’s making it known that they’re putting their foot down. Continue reading “U of G Increases COVID Monitoring and Enforcement After Outbreak”

Upper Grand School Board to Demand More Clarity About Province’s School Re-Opening Plan

There are too many unanswered questions, no idea about how to increase safety precautions, and decisions about re-opening schools are happening in such a way that parents, teachers and school administrators can’t do any long-term planning. The Upper Grand District School Board heard again on Tuesday night that Ontario needs more action and less reaction, and they’re going to take that fight to the Government of Ontario. Continue reading “Upper Grand School Board to Demand More Clarity About Province’s School Re-Opening Plan”

Hasenfratz Avoids Losing Chancellorship at Western Despite Objections

One week after losing her spot on the Government of Ontario’s COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force due to some ill-advised travel over the holidays, Linamar CEO Linda Hasenfratz has been able to preserve at least one of the other positions. The Chair of Western University’s Board of Governors has announced that Hasenfratz will remain the chancellor of that school in what he’s calling a “teaching and learning moment.” Continue reading “Hasenfratz Avoids Losing Chancellorship at Western Despite Objections”

CITY PAGES: Playgrounds, Service Reviews, and New Chalmers Leader

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: Playgrounds, Service Reviews, and New Chalmers Leader”