Guelph Politico Joins Coalition of Publishers Demanding Changes to Bill C-18

Currently Bill C-18 is making its way through the halls of Parliament Hill. The Federal government says that the Online News Act is meant to “enhance fairness in the Canadian digital news marketplace and contribute to its sustainability,” by making Google and Facebook compensate Canadian news organizations, but the bill is not exactly flawless and it unfairly benefits legacy media companies over start-ups. Allow us to explain… Continue reading “Guelph Politico Joins Coalition of Publishers Demanding Changes to Bill C-18”

OPINION: A Modest Proposal for Our Greenfield Areas

Breaking news! A new development group, Forgetit Developments proposes a forest for the city’s Innovation District and Clair-Maltby lands. Towering over the landscape…trees. Forgetit Developments is to install a forest on the city’s Ontario Reformatory lands and Guelph’s southend. Continue reading “OPINION: A Modest Proposal for Our Greenfield Areas”

Before Nominations Open, Let’s Look at the Political State of Guelph

While everyone is eagerly awaiting the start of the Provincial Election, it’s important to remember that there actually two elections happening in 2022. Later this year, Guelph voters will choose a new mayor, a new city council, and new trustees for the local school boards, but before nominations open a week from Monday we’re going to look at the political odds going into the coming campaign. Continue reading “Before Nominations Open, Let’s Look at the Political State of Guelph”

2022 Election Preview: Pandemic Politics and How Ontarians Will Vote

This is a politics website, and it’s hard to escape the knowledge that an election is coming next year. Actually, there are two elections coming in 2022, but for the purposes of this lengthy analysis piece, we will focus on the first one, the Ontario provincial election. It’s hard to believe it’s been almost four years since Doug Ford and the Progressive Conservatives were elected, but let’s look back at how this term began, look at where we are now, and then look at what might be coming next… Continue reading “2022 Election Preview: Pandemic Politics and How Ontarians Will Vote”

A Holiday Message from Guelph’s MPP

Its Christmas Day, and here is a present you definitely wanted: A holiday message from your Member of Provincial Parliament! Because you demanded it, here’s a holiday/end-of-year message from Guelph MPP and Green Party of Ontario leader presented here in both video and textual formats. Continue reading “A Holiday Message from Guelph’s MPP”

OP-ED: Will the Guelph Innovation District Be Everything We Want it To Be?

A few days ago, Guelph-based builder Fusion Homes announced that they had closed the deal to buy the Guelph Innovation District Lands. A slick video posted on social media promised “thousands of jobs, and endless new entertainment, shopping and dining experiences,” but was that the point of creating the GID in the first place? One concerned Guelphite wants the developer to remember the core ideas of the GID in the first place. Continue reading “OP-ED: Will the Guelph Innovation District Be Everything We Want it To Be?”

Painting the Town Orange and Other Stories: 2022 in Social Justice

Nearly one-year on from a seismic shift on equality and social justice felt in the year 2020, the demands for change were still heard loudly throughout 2021. From a very consequential decision made by the local school board, to a major break in the demand for Truth and Reconciliation with Indigenous people, to all the various humanitarian and equity issues in between, this was a very busy year on the social justice file. Let’s recap. Continue reading “Painting the Town Orange and Other Stories: 2022 in Social Justice”

Top 10 Guelph News Stories of 2021

If it’s December, then it’s time for end of the year lists, and what a year it was in the Royal City! We had a not-surprising surprise election, and we had to get ready for two more. Housing was a major issue, but so was the environment, and the year saw a lot of people get back into the habit of protesting. Transit made some news, so did downtown disgruntlement, and the Dolime Quarry, but what ended up number one? Let’s find out. Continue reading “Top 10 Guelph News Stories of 2021”

OP-ED: A Thriving and Welcoming Downtown is Good Business

Guelph’s business community has begun the long and challenging process of rebuilding from the COVID-19 pandemic. For many businesses, rolling lockdowns and additional restrictions have caused significant hardships. Recovery will take time for all of us. Continue reading “OP-ED: A Thriving and Welcoming Downtown is Good Business”

OP-ED: Democracy Guelph Still Not Dissuaded from Supporting 12-Person Council

For the past 30 years or so Guelph has had 12 part-time city councillors. During that time the population of Guelph has increased from roughly 88,000 to 135,000, an almost 50 per cent increase. As such the demands on the 12 councillors have increased significantly and any councillor will tell you it is no longer a part-time commitment that is required to do the job properly. It is expected (and legislatively required by the province) that Guelph grows another 50 per cent to about 200,000 by 2050. These facts among others required the City to conduct a Council Review. Continue reading “OP-ED: Democracy Guelph Still Not Dissuaded from Supporting 12-Person Council”