The Annotated Market Squared Column About the “Upside Down” of Guelph

Back in May, I posted a fairly consequential column to GuelphToday.com. Called “We need to talk about Guelph”, this piece took on a life of its own and started a really positive and intricate discussion about the tremendous need in our community. When the column was shared on the “Overheard at Guelph” Facebook page, someone said that they had wished that links had been included to some of the things discussed, and I thought, “Hey, I can do that…” Continue reading “The Annotated Market Squared Column About the “Upside Down” of Guelph”

EDITORIAL: Don’t Lament the Things We Lost, Protect What Remains

As far back as I could remember, I always wanted to work in a video store. Quentin Tarantino worked in a video store and he turned out okay. Randy, the movie geek in Scream movies, did as well, but that turned out less well. Be Kind, Rewind, a personal favourite of mine, was a movie about a couple of ne’er-do-wells trying to save their local street corner video store, but no amount of “Sueded” movies was going to save Thomas Video this year from the fate of so many other video stores. 2016 was a hard year for loss, but some losses, here in Guelph anyway, hurt more than others. Continue reading “EDITORIAL: Don’t Lament the Things We Lost, Protect What Remains”

Top 10 Guelph Political Stories of 2016

It’s that time of year for lists, a glorious time for ranking and evaluation people, places and things that happened in 2016, and Guelph Politico is no exception to the trend. So submitted for your approval below are the Top 10 Political Stories of the Year. Share. Discuss. Dissent. It’s all good. Continue reading “Top 10 Guelph Political Stories of 2016”

Allt-ernative Budget Thoughts

As you may know, Ward 3 Councillor Phil Allt will be absent from today’s #GuelphBudget meeting because he’d rather be selfish and go to the hospital and donate a kidney to his ailing brother. (Just kidding, of course.) So while Allt takes care of some family business, he leaves these thoughts about the City’s business, and what he thinks the priorities for the 2017 budget should be. Continue reading “Allt-ernative Budget Thoughts”

Reporter’s Notebook: What Does a Prime Minister Photo Op Look Like?

You may noticed that coverage of the Prime Minister’s visit to Guelph didn’t say much, because when Justin Trudeau was here he didn’t say anything. Well, he did talk to staff at Polycon, a plant owned by Magna on Independence Road, but nothing was said to the dozen or so in the local press that was there, no announcement, and no speech about the awesomeness of Guelph and/or Canadian manufacturing. Still, I’m sure there’s some curiosity out there: What does a prime ministerial photo op look like? Continue reading “Reporter’s Notebook: What Does a Prime Minister Photo Op Look Like?”

Op-Ed: A Leading Community for Innovative Partnerships

Rarely do business and environmental organizations work together. But in our community we can see an emerging partnership unlike any other that is bringing together the conversation around the environment and the economic opportunity in an innovative way. Continue reading “Op-Ed: A Leading Community for Innovative Partnerships”

New Year’s Directions for 2016

I don’t believe in New Year’s Resolutions. If you want to make a change in your life don’t wait for an arbitrary date on the calendar to start making those changes just because it’s the first day of a New Year. Having said that though, it seems appropriate to take this time to set goals for the coming year, and this year for Politico I have some big goals. To my mind, nothing makes you working harder to achieve goals than making it known publicly that you have a plan, and in the interest of full disclosure, here are five things you can look forward to changing this year on Guelph Politico. Continue reading “New Year’s Directions for 2016”

More Reasons to Rethink the “Right” to Drive

In a curious release a couple of weeks ago, the Guelph Police Service reminded local drivers that Victoria Road is not, in contrast to how they were treating it, a “speedway.” In a 24-hour period, the police had stopped six vehicles along Victoria Road for speeding, including one driver who was doing 102 kilometers per hour. For the record, the speed limit on that portion of Victoria Road was 50 kilometers per hour. As a 31-year-old Guelph man faces charges for drive motor vehicle-perform stunt-speeding by 50 or more km/hr and speeding under the Highway Traffic Act, a very public act of road rage should be making us all think about how much nonsense some drivers are getting away with on the roadways of the country. Continue reading “More Reasons to Rethink the “Right” to Drive”