Trudeau #First100: Reasons for Optimism; Challenges Ahead, Says Panel

Friday marked the end of the first 100 days in office for the 42nd Parliament and the government under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberals. The October 19th election last fall saw not just a change in government, but the beginning of a highly ambitious agenda of grand promises and firm deadlines along with the day-to-day priorities of governing. So, 100 days later, a panel of experts gathered at the University of Guelph to talk about how it’s going so far. Continue reading “Trudeau #First100: Reasons for Optimism; Challenges Ahead, Says Panel”

GUELPH POLITICAST #26 – Lloyd Longfield, MP-Elect

After nine years in the cold of the Opposition bench, Guelph has a seat in government again, and it will be filled by former Chamber of Commerce president Lloyd Longfield. The newly elected Libeal Member of Parliament for Guelph sat down with the Guelph Politicast this past week for his first, full-length post-election interview. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #26 – Lloyd Longfield, MP-Elect”

Greens Say So Long, and Thanks for All the Votes

Obviously for local Greens there was some sense of disappointment with Monday’s result in the Federal Election. Gord Miller was a good looking candidate in terms of resume, accomplishment and name recognition, and while he lead the Greens to a better showing than 2011 and pretty much finished even with the NDP, their hope was to send Miller to the House of Commons and sit next to Elizabeth May. But while, that wasn’t meant to be, the campaign is expressing their gratitude to the Royal City. Continue reading “Greens Say So Long, and Thanks for All the Votes”

Victory is Lloyd’s as Guelph Becomes Part of Red Wave

Liberal candidate Lloyd Longfield not only held on to the riding of Guelph as the Grits were swept to power last night, he seemingly creamed all competition as the former Chamber of Commerce president took nearly 50 per cent of the vote in the Royal City. Continue reading “Victory is Lloyd’s as Guelph Becomes Part of Red Wave”

Wanna Watch the ‘Election Day’ Documentary?

I’ve written a couple of times now about the documentary Election Day: The Rise of Voter Suppression. It’s hard to talk about a movie and get people excited about it when its in development without telling people when they might actually be able to see it. Good news then! Director Peter Smoczynski has posted a 50-minute “first cut” of the film that Canadians can watch for free for the next couple of days. Continue reading “Wanna Watch the ‘Election Day’ Documentary?”

The Park Knight Returns – May Back Again for Guelph Townhall

She’s baaaack. Single-handedly appearing in Guelph more than every other federal leader combined, Green Party leader Elizabeth May is coming to the Royal City again tonight to host a sequel to the townhall she held here last week. Continue reading “The Park Knight Returns – May Back Again for Guelph Townhall”

Michael Keefer Warns to Stay Vigilante for Voter Suppression

One week from now, we will know with absolute certainty who the next government will be, whether or not it will last is another question all together. Still, the real question is whether or not the events of 2011 will repeat themselves, specifically, whether or not someone will try to disrupt the democratic process like one Pierre Poutine, who remains at large. University of Guelph Emeritus Professor Michael Keefer also has concerns, but fears it maybe too late to do anything about them. Continue reading “Michael Keefer Warns to Stay Vigilante for Voter Suppression”

Election Night Plans

A week from today, Canadians – or at least the ones that haven’t been to the polls already – will vote for the 42nd Parliament of this Confederation. That night, Open Sources Guelph will hit the airwaves to broadcast the results from coast to coast to coast. Continue reading “Election Night Plans”

Sneak Peak at ‘Election Day’ Film Shows Great Promise

When Peter Smoczynski came to Guelph a few months ago with his documentary film project Election Day: The Rise of Voter Suppression, it was still in bite-sized pieces meant to galvanize the next phase of production. The version shown Saturday to a crowd of special guests and Fair Vote Guelph members was a movie now with form, though still incomplete. But in there was the beginning of something that promises to be both compelling and informational if you’re someone that’s concerned about the direction of our democracy. Continue reading “Sneak Peak at ‘Election Day’ Film Shows Great Promise”