Ontario’s Southwestern Transportation Plan Leaves Guelph Projects Uncertain

The Government of Ontario unveiled its first draft of a Regional Transportation Plan for Southwestern Ontario on Friday in London. The plan is meant to “build a better transportation system that will connect individuals, families and businesses in southwestern Ontario,” but when the plan might come to fruition is a question without too many answers. Continue reading “Ontario’s Southwestern Transportation Plan Leaves Guelph Projects Uncertain”

Ford Again Says Teachers in it For Money and Union Power; Teachers Disagree

A day after the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF) held another one-day strike, and on the same week that his government is facing labour strife will all teachers unions province-wide, Premier Doug Ford told the media this morning that it’s still about the money, and it’s still about the union throwing its weight around. Continue reading “Ford Again Says Teachers in it For Money and Union Power; Teachers Disagree”

The Province’s Cancels Hamilton’s LRT to Much Surprise and Outrage

Just another normal day at Hamilton City Hall this was not. Actually, it wasn’t even at City Hall. Ontario’s Minister of Transportation, Caroline Mulroney, was in the Steel City on Monday to announce that the Government of Ontario was pulling $1 billion to build light rail transit (LRT), but she didn’t even get a chance to deliver the bad news because she was hustled out of town under police escort. Continue reading “The Province’s Cancels Hamilton’s LRT to Much Surprise and Outrage”

Ontario Government Changes Rules for Cannabis Retailers

After a year of struggle in trying to create a retail cannabis marketplace in Ontario, the Provincial government is changing the rules to make it easier to get stores off the ground. Come 2020, there will be no more quotas, and no more lotteries, as Ontario tries to play catch-up with other parts of Canada in making it easier to get legal pot. Continue reading “Ontario Government Changes Rules for Cannabis Retailers”

Schreiner Makes History Co-Sponsoring Legislation on EV Charging Station

Do you have an electric car? Have you ever pulled up to a public charging station and found that spot is being used by a regular old gas-powered car? Well Bill 123, the Reserved Parking for Electric Vehicle Charging Act, will change that by making it illegal to block an electric vehicle charging station, and it’s brought to you, in part, by Guelph MPP Mike Schreiner. Continue reading “Schreiner Makes History Co-Sponsoring Legislation on EV Charging Station”

RECAP: Liberal Leader Candidates Agree and Disagree on Small Town Matters

The Evergreen Seniors’ Centre in Guelph literally provided the stage for the first debate of the Liberal Leadership Candidates on Sunday. Kate Graham, Mitzie Hunter, Michael Coteau, Steven Del Duca, Brenda Hollingsworth, and Alvin Tedjo were all in attendance as they talked about small town and rural perspectives when it comes to education, the economy and the environment. Continue reading “RECAP: Liberal Leader Candidates Agree and Disagree on Small Town Matters”

Ontario Liberal Leadership Debate Taking Place in Guelph on Sunday

If you thought that election season was over, think again! There’s at least one more pending election here in Ontario, and it’s the one for Liberal Party leadership. Six candidates are running to see which one of them will lead the party against Doug Ford in the next Provincial Election, and they’re debating in the Royal City this weekend. Continue reading “Ontario Liberal Leadership Debate Taking Place in Guelph on Sunday”

Teachers Say The One-Day Strike is For the Kids, Not For a Raise

Members of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) across the province took part in a one-day strike to protest an impasse at negotiations with the Government of Ontario. Here in Guelph, over 200 teachers from Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute (GCVI) walked up and down Paisley Street with a simple message: they’re striking for the kids, not for a pay raise. Continue reading “Teachers Say The One-Day Strike is For the Kids, Not For a Raise”

Elliott Announces Funding Guelph and Area Health Team, One of the First

Health Minister Christine Elliott was in Guelph Friday afternoon to announce funding for the Guelph and Area Ontario Health Team, one of 24 teams in the province to be the first to get funding from the Government of Ontario. Both Elliott and the local team were adamant that this is a big step in securing better health services for Guelph and surrounding communities in Rockwood, Erin, and Puslinch. Continue reading “Elliott Announces Funding Guelph and Area Health Team, One of the First”

“Our Democracy is Valid”: Student Allies Mark Legal Win Over Province

Student leaders from a coalition that won a landmark legal challenge against the Provincial government over making certain student fees optional spoke from Queen’s Park on Friday morning. Representatives of the groups, who were supported in Queen Park’s media room by the New Democrat education critic, said that the ruling shows that “our democracy is valid.” Continue reading ““Our Democracy is Valid”: Student Allies Mark Legal Win Over Province”