CANDIDATE QUESTIONNAIRE – Lana Haines, Ward 5 Councillor

“I have always been active in the community and see this as an extension of my past work. I will advocate for a fiscally responsible and accountable local government. I believe having a team of people with diverse perspectives, who can work together, will benefit our city.” Continue reading “CANDIDATE QUESTIONNAIRE – Lana Haines, Ward 5 Councillor”

Statements on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Today marks the second annual National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada. For years before that though it was known as Orange Shirt Day, a chance to stop, think, and remember all the Indigenous children stolen from their homes, and then taken before their time through an apparatus of abuse and colonization known as the residential school system. Here are some of the thoughts of provincial and national leaders on this day. Continue reading “Statements on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation”

Standing Room Only for OR Lands Heritage District Open House

It’s probably a good sign if you have to bring more chairs into your open house. Or a bad sign. Maybe though it’s just a reflection of the remarkable interest in the fate of the Ontario Reformatory lands in Guelph’s east end.”It’s a happy thing when we have more people than chairs at these gatherings,” said senior heritage planner Stephen Robinson as the extra chairs started coming into the room at Guelph’s Legion Branch. Continue reading “Standing Room Only for OR Lands Heritage District Open House”

Commission Hears Feedback About New Combined Guelph-Halton-Wellington Riding

On Wednesday night, the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for Ontario opened their Zoom lines for people in Guelph, Wellington County, Halton Region and Mississauga to talk about the proposed changes to the electoral map. The voters in these areas might be looking at some pretty big changes to their current ridings, and they had some very specific thoughts about the proposed maps. Continue reading “Commission Hears Feedback About New Combined Guelph-Halton-Wellington Riding”

GUELPH POLITICAST #341 – Election Economics

This week, the Guelph Chamber of Commerce posts the recorded Q&As they’ve done with the candidates running in each of Guelph’s six wards, and the mayor’s race, deviating from the live format they’ve done in years past. But today, it’s the Chamber’s CEO and President turn to answer the questions as we dive into the election issues at the intersection of government, business and community. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #341 – Election Economics”

To Debate or Not Debate? Ward 6 Candidates Ask the Question

There’s been a lot of questions about the lack of formal public debates in this election, but know it seems like there’s a question of who gets to debate. In the wake of the controversy around a certain Ward 1 candidate and their on-again, off-again campaign, at least one person running in Ward 6 has said that his appearance at the candidate forums that start next week at 10C is a proverbial bridge too far. Continue reading “To Debate or Not Debate? Ward 6 Candidates Ask the Question”

Couch Surfing, Tree Climbing and Fires Mark Another U of G Homecoming

The University of Guelph is very disappointed with the party animals who came out to celebrate Homecoming (#HOCO) on Saturday. A large unsanctioned party broke out – as usual – along Chancellors Way, but this was bigger and possibly more dangerous as demonstrated through numerous posts on social media on Saturday. The U of G has said they don’t condone the behaviour, but they might end up paying for it. Continue reading “Couch Surfing, Tree Climbing and Fires Mark Another U of G Homecoming”

POLICE NOTES: Hatchet Bust, Missing Washers & Dryers, and Laundry Room Heist

There are 145,000 stories in the Royal City, and this is some of them. Looking at a week’s worth of media releases from the Guelph Police Service, there’s a lot going on in our little city crime-wise speaking, so let’s run down some of the charges, issues, and requests for information from the Guelph Police Service over the last seven days. Continue reading “POLICE NOTES: Hatchet Bust, Missing Washers & Dryers, and Laundry Room Heist”

Mac’s Back – For Real – With Lots of Questions

After flicking his campaign website off and on earlier this week, it seems that Ward 1 council candidate Thai Mac is now all the way back in just two weeks after saying that he was unofficially pulling out. In his latest statement, Mac made a lot of accusations about an unnamed Ward 1 candidate, and added that he’s talked to local LGBTQ+ advocacy groups about how he can do better in the future. Continue reading “Mac’s Back – For Real – With Lots of Questions”

En français! Kids and Politicians Raise the Franco‑Ontario Flag at City Hall

You may be unaware that September 25 is Franco-Ontario Day, an occasion to honour the history and community around French-speaking Ontarians. Since this year’s Frano-Ontario Day falls on Sunday, there was an early commemoration on Friday at Guelph City Hall. Local politicians were joined by over 100 students from Guelph’s two French language schools as they literally let their French flag fly. Continue reading “En français! Kids and Politicians Raise the Franco‑Ontario Flag at City Hall”