Regional Transit: Where Do We Begin Filling the Gaps and Addressing the Needs?

This month, GO Transit started running more trains between Guelph and Kitchener, which is billed as another small step forward in the increasingly decades long struggle to get two-way, all-day Go Train service between us and Union Station. It’s important. We need it. But what are the barriers that stand between us and expanded regional transit, and what are we not doing to improve the broader transit picture here in Southwestern Ontario? Continue reading “Regional Transit: Where Do We Begin Filling the Gaps and Addressing the Needs?”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for July 22, 2019

It’s the mid-season finale of this year of city council, but without the most controversial issue on the agenda. You can click 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 July 22, 2019”

GUELPH POLITICAST #176 – Aid for Legal Aid

There are a million stories in the Doug Ford era of provincial governance, and covering them all isn’t easy. One of the stories that has perhaps fallen through the cracks is the cuts to Legal Aid Ontario. In April’s provincial budget, funding to legal aid was cut by 30 per cent, and all $133 million of that took effect immediately. So now what? Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #176 – Aid for Legal Aid”

Legal Aid Cuts Hit Important Program at Women in Crisis

Provincial cuts seem to be affecting the Guelph community again, this time in the form of a vital legal aid program for victims of domestic violence. Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis and the Legal Clinic for Guelph and Wellington County posted the news on Friday that a weekly family law clinic has been cancelled effective immediately. Continue reading “Legal Aid Cuts Hit Important Program at Women in Crisis”

Ontario Government Gives Cities More Money… For Audits

After weeks of cuts stemming from the Provincial budget, Premier Doug Ford has decided to take a new tact for municipal finances: we’ll pay you to have auditors find cost savings! Continue reading “Ontario Government Gives Cities More Money… For Audits”

Ford Gov Cuts Flood Management by 50 Per Cent as GRCA Warns of Heavy Rains

The fallout from the 2019 Ontario budget delivered last Thursday continues to be felt, and this week it was felt by conservation authorities across the province, who have been told by the Ministry of Natural Resources that about half their provincial funding is being cut. Continue reading “Ford Gov Cuts Flood Management by 50 Per Cent as GRCA Warns of Heavy Rains”