POLICE NOTES: Man Still Missing, Fire Arrest, and Stolen Stuff Found

There are 137,000 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 gong 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: Man Still Missing, Fire Arrest, and Stolen Stuff Found”

Low Oxygen Makes Guelph General Hospital Declare Code Orange

It’s the mechanical malfunction you definitely don’t want to deal with while in the middle of a respiratory infection-based pandemic, but on Friday Guelph General Hospital had to hit a code orange because levels were low in the oxygen tank. It’s a struggle that the hospital probably didn’t want to have as they continue to battle COVID cases in hospital and an intensive care unit that’s bursting. Continue reading “Low Oxygen Makes Guelph General Hospital Declare Code Orange”

Long-Term Care Minister Phillips Resigns, Won’t Seek Re-Election

It’s a cold late Friday afternoon in January, so naturally it’s the perfect time to resign from a high-level provincial cabinet position with a minimum of attention from the media. This must have been the thinking for Rod Phillips, Ontario’s Long Term Care Minister, who posted to social media on Friday that he’s resigning from the Ontario Legislature, and is not running for re-eletion this June. Continue reading “Long-Term Care Minister Phillips Resigns, Won’t Seek Re-Election”

Words of Encouragement From Medical Officer of Health Before Monday

For hundreds of thousands of Ontario school students, Monday’s a big day. Schools province-wide are re-opening, and that brings with it certain concerns about health and safety with the Omicron variant still spreading. Perhaps the public could use some reassurance? A letter from Medical Officer of Health Dr. Nicola Mercer offers some of that, but it also reminds the community that protecting schools is a group effort. Continue reading “Words of Encouragement From Medical Officer of Health Before Monday”

Moore Gets Questioned About the Future As Schools Have Concerns

During his usual Thursday press briefing, Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore tried to offer assurances about the re-opening of schools next week and the potential re-opening of the provincial economy the week after. Meanwhile, teachers and public health units still have concerns about what’s coming, and whether teachers and parents have everything they need when the bell rings on Monday morning. Continue reading “Moore Gets Questioned About the Future As Schools Have Concerns”

Lecce and Moore Acknowledge Uncertainty, But Schools Will Still Open on Monday

In terms of breaking news, it wasn’t that surprising when it was announced Wednesday afternoon that Ontario’s school kids are going back to in-person learning on Monday. Instead, Minister of Education Stephen Lecce and Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore were pressed for some assurances: Will schools be safe when the children return on Monday, and are school’s prepared if they’re not? Continue reading “Lecce and Moore Acknowledge Uncertainty, But Schools Will Still Open on Monday”

GUELPH POLITICAST #306 – Taking the System Out of Systemic Racism

With all things COVID back on the front burner, it’s easy to temporarily forget everything that happened in the last few years around fighting systemic racism and embracing social justice. The City of Guelph is trying to make progress towards a more equitable and representative system seriously, but let’s ask the person who knows best: Is the City of Guelph making real progress on tackling issues of systemic racism? Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #306 – Taking the System Out of Systemic Racism”

Elliott Announces More Hospital Help as Everyone Worries About Schools

On Tuesday, Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott announced some new measures to buttress the province’s healthcare workforce as the ravages of Omicron continue to pile up. Alternatively though, the story of the day was not about hospitals, it was about schools. The official announcement about the return to in-person learning in Ontario schools is tomorrow, but today the news about about more nurses got drowned out. Continue reading “Elliott Announces More Hospital Help as Everyone Worries About Schools”

LIVE BLOG: Committee of the Whole Meeting for January 10, 2022

Let the first Committee of the Whole of 2022 commence! You can click here for the amended agendas 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: Committee of the Whole Meeting for January 10, 2022”

Linamar Founder Frank Hasenfratz Passes Away

The auto parts manufacturer Linamar is Guelph’s biggest private employer, and according to legend, it all started in the basement of Frank Hasenfratz with a one-man machine shop in 1964. On Saturday night, it was announced that Hasenfratz, still the executive chairman of the company he started almost 60 years ago, had passed away. Continue reading “Linamar Founder Frank Hasenfratz Passes Away”