MANGEZ! Dine Safe Guide for April 1-30, 2021

Every month, Guelph Politico posts the latest inspection results from the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health Unit inspection of local restaurants, hotels, cafes, grocery stores and other businesses that handle food. We call it “Mangez!”, and this column highlights the latest inspections done by WDGPH, and the results they’ve posted. Continue reading “MANGEZ! Dine Safe Guide for April 1-30, 2021”

Long-Term Care Needs a Lot of Help Now According to Green Leaders

The day after Ontario’s Auditor General report on long-term care homes in the province, the provincial and federal leaders of the Green Party teamed up to say that enough is enough. Guelph MPP and Green Party of Ontario leader Mike Schreiner was joined by Federal Green Party leader Annamie Paul and advocate for the elderly Laura Tamblyn Watts to talk about the urgent need for action to protect Ontario’s seniors. Continue reading “Long-Term Care Needs a Lot of Help Now According to Green Leaders”

This Month at Council Part 1: Committee of the Whole and Grace Gardens Approved

Due to the exceptionally busy council calendar this past month, we’ve had to split April’s recap into two parts. In part one, we will recap what happened at a very busy and complex committee meeting, and then at the planning there was a somewhat confusing matter about the Naming Committee and the final approval of a long-gestating housing project. Continue reading “This Month at Council Part 1: Committee of the Whole and Grace Gardens Approved”

GUELPH POLITICAST #271 – Takin’ Care of Business

As you may have noticed, it’s a tough time out there for businesses, and a tougher time for businesses run by Black people, Indigenous people, and People of Colour. No one knows that better than Chidi Nwene because he talked to BIPOC-owned businesses to discuss their struggles in this third wave of the pandemic. What he learned was not necessarily surprising, but it still needs to be said. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #271 – Takin’ Care of Business”

Upper Grand School Board Votes to End School Resource Officer Program

The Upper Grand District School Board voted to discontinue its School Resource Officer (SRO) program at the board’s monthly meeting on Tuesday night. After nearly a year of work, the board enacted all the recommendations of the Police Presence in Schools Task Force, which effectively ends a program to have police officers regularly in schools, but maintains a relationship between schools and police. Continue reading “Upper Grand School Board Votes to End School Resource Officer Program”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for April 26, 2021

The month at council comes to end with some bits of unfinished business. You can click here for the amended agenda from City Hall, and you can click here (and 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 April 26, 2021”

PM Trudeau Meets with Guelph Advocates Fighting Homelessness

Fighting homelessness, and creating affordable housing, has been a fairly dominant topic for the last several years, and a lot of progress has been made lately in Guelph. Perhaps that success is what drew the attention of the Prime Minister of Canada as today, Justin Trudeau joined Lloyd Longfield and several local community leaders to talk about the efforts being made to eliminate chronic homelessness in the Royal City. Continue reading “PM Trudeau Meets with Guelph Advocates Fighting Homelessness”

COVID Skeptics Challenge Media to Represent Them “Right”

For the third Saturday in a row, a small group of the vaccine hesitant, people that might be called conspiracy theorists, and others who are just concerned about the inadequacies of the government’s COVID-19 response, gathered in Market Squared to hash it out. This time, there’s a perceptible increase in hostility towards the media covering the event as attendees believed that the coverage they’re getting does not accurately reflect their beliefs. Continue reading “COVID Skeptics Challenge Media to Represent Them “Right””

Naming Committee Says Keep “Courtney, Goines and Malott” Names on Park

Earlier this month, at the planning meeting of city council, a motion to make some adjustments to the recommendations in the Municipal Property and Building Commemorative Naming Report was deferred to the regular meeting. After consulting with the Naming Committee, a new park on Poppy Drive will be named after four Black soldiers that fought in World War One after all. Continue reading “Naming Committee Says Keep “Courtney, Goines and Malott” Names on Park”

This Year’s Virtual Day of Mourning Will Consider the “Human Cost of COVID-19”

We hear all the time about the struggles of essential workers in the pandemic, but do we truly appreciate how hard it is for the people who have not had the choice to work at home, and have had to sometimes suffer the dire consequences? Labour groups are hoping you take a minute to think about that on Wednesday when the National Day of Mourning for workers injured and killed on the job tackles the “Human Cost of COVID-19.” Continue reading “This Year’s Virtual Day of Mourning Will Consider the “Human Cost of COVID-19””