GUELPH POLITICAST #227 – Guelph Stuff (BLM, COVID-19, and Tabbara)

There’s been a lot of news in Guelph lately, maybe too much news, so we’re all going to take a minute, or 60, on this week’s podcast to bring some analysis and a recap of all the happenings in this sorted little ‘burb called the Royal City. It’s time for another entry in the great Guelph Stuff punditry franchise. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #227 – Guelph Stuff (BLM, COVID-19, and Tabbara)”

School Board Endorses Police Presence Task Force Creation

A discussion held over from last week’s special meeting of the Upper Grand District School Board was no less easier to resolve seven days later. At Tuesday evening’s virtual meeting of the Board, the creation of a new task force to look at police presence in schools was debated, and so was the first attempt by the Board to due outreach on the subject with a proposed town hall that’s now going to take place in September. Continue reading “School Board Endorses Police Presence Task Force Creation”

The City of Guelph Sets Dates on Re-Opening Some Facilities

Earlier this week at the COVID-19 response meeting of city council, senior staff discussed the plans to start the re-opening of City facilities in the weeks to come. On Friday, a list of dates were released and you can now mark your calendar for when you can start enjoying splash pads, pools, and even public washrooms again across Guelph again. Continue reading “The City of Guelph Sets Dates on Re-Opening Some Facilities”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the June 29 Meeting?

The one last city council meeting before the end of June will be a relatively light affair compared to the very content heavy COVID-19 meeting last week. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the June 29 Meeting?”

Ontario Government Releases Plan to Re-Open Schools in the Fall

The school year is almost over, but the planning for next year is now a less opaque thanks to an announcement from Queen’s Park on Friday. Education Minister Stephen Lecce took part in Friday’s press conference where the Government of Ontario laid out how the province’s schools will operate in the fall, and it will have to be multiple choice as school boards must prepare three different plans in case of the circumstances. Continue reading “Ontario Government Releases Plan to Re-Open Schools in the Fall”

Tabbara Case Held Over By Guelph Court Until Late-August

The court case that has intrigued a nation, and raised questions about transparency with the Guelph Police Service, made it’s way to a Guelph courtroom on Friday… to be continued. As Tabbara went to court, the national broadcaster reported new information that allegations about the Kitchener-South Hespeler Member of Parliament were known by the Liberal Party before the 2019 election, and he was allowed to run anyway. Continue reading “Tabbara Case Held Over By Guelph Court Until Late-August”

Police Board Follows Mayor’s Lead on Tackling Better Community Relations

Considering the moment, it’s understandable why a lot of eyes were on the Guelph Police Services Board meeting on Thursday. Mayor Cam Guthrie brought a series of motions to this meeting with the hope that they might answer community demands for more transparency and accountability to the community from Guelph Police, and, for the most part, everyone at the meeting agreed that these changes needed to be made. Continue reading “Police Board Follows Mayor’s Lead on Tackling Better Community Relations”

Federal Funding Will Help Deliver 20 More EV Charging Stations in Guelph

With the local economy re-opening from pandemic lockdown, more people are going to be going more places. For people with an electric vehicle (EV) going out can be tough if you’re not sure if there’s a charging station nearby if you need one, which is one reason why the Federal government is contributing $100,000 for a total of $320,000 in combined funding with the City for 20 new charging stations in Guelph. Continue reading “Federal Funding Will Help Deliver 20 More EV Charging Stations in Guelph”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for June 17, 2020

It’s time to get an update on all of the City’s COVID-related issues. You can click here and here for the amended agenda from City Hall, and you can click here for the Politico preview. For the complete blow-by-blow of today’s council meeting, you can follow along on Twitter, or follow the tweets below. You can also watch the City’s own live-stream of the meeting here. Continue reading “LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for June 17, 2020”

Guelph is Starting Its Own Food Delivery Service, Obviously

Food delivery services have been a vital component to keeping the economy going in the pandemic, but there are hitches to services like Skip the Dishes or Uber Eats. Like groceries. How can you get services from fine local establishments like Rodolfo’s Rebel Foods and Wellington Brewery? Well, there is now a made-in-Guelph answer for that. Continue reading “Guelph is Starting Its Own Food Delivery Service, Obviously”