RECAP: Guelph Provincial Election Candidates Face Off in First Debate

On the second full day of the 2022 Ontario provincial election, some of the candidates vying to be the next Member of Provincial Parliament for Guelph met for a live and in-person debate at Bishop Macdonell High School. Candidates took turns answer the issues important to young people like mental health, housing affordability, climate change and more. You watch the debate on YouTube, or follow the live tweets below. Continue reading “RECAP: Guelph Provincial Election Candidates Face Off in First Debate”

Guelph Wants Stuff From This Provincial Election

The City of Guelph has issues, and they want the candidates running to represent Guelph in the provincial election to deal with them. On the first full day of the 2022 campaign, the City of Guelph formally released their Top Five election priorities for this election, and if you look at the list, and if you’re even slightly in tune with the political culture here, none of the picks should be especially surprising. Continue reading “Guelph Wants Stuff From This Provincial Election”

GUELPH POLITICAST #322 – Education is an Issue

Covering education issues has been weird the last couple of years during the pandemic; while keeping schools open for in-person learning was a priority, teachers felt that their concerns weren’t being heard. Now, education is struggling to be made an election priority, and education workers have been trying to put their concerns back on the frontburner since March 2020, so this seems like an interesting place to begin a provincial campaign. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #322 – Education is an Issue”

Ford Asks Lt. Gov. to Dissolve Legislature to Officially Begin Election

The media release from the Government of Ontario was succinct and to the point. “Premier Doug Ford today confirmed that the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, has accepted the premier’s advice to sign a proclamation dissolving the 42nd Parliament of the Province of Ontario.” Ontario’s general election officially began at 4 pm and started a month-long countdown to Election Day. Continue reading “Ford Asks Lt. Gov. to Dissolve Legislature to Officially Begin Election”

Election Events Already Scheduled to Hear From Provincial Candidates

The Ontario general election may unofficially be underway, but Premier Doug Ford has until Wednesday to have the Legislature dissolved and the writs drawn up to make the election campaign a real thing that’s happening. Speaking of real stuff that’s happening, a couple of Guelph groups have already scheduled some debates town halls to give people a chance to hear from (some of) the candidates. Continue reading “Election Events Already Scheduled to Hear From Provincial Candidates”

Schreiner Pledges That a Green Gov’t Will Build 60k Supportive Housing Units

Along the banks of Guelph’s Speed River near the Boathouse on Tuesday morning, Guelph MPP and Green Party leader Mike Schreiner announced his party’s intention to build 60,000 permanent supportive housing units in Ontario with wrap-around support. Schreiner said that the housing and mental health crises are inexorably linked and he challenged Premier Doug Ford to steal his idea for Thursday’s budget. Continue reading “Schreiner Pledges That a Green Gov’t Will Build 60k Supportive Housing Units”

For Some Reason, Roger Stone is Now Advising the Ontario Party

Yes, that Roger Stone. The Ontario Party today announced that they’ve hired the man who advised both Richard Nixon and Donald Trump as their “Senior Strategic Advisor.” Stone, who’s colourful history includes many brushes with the law, said he was inspired to join the Ontario Party by the recent Freedom Convoy and the fact that the Progressive Conservative Party under Doug Ford does not represent true conservative values. Continue reading “For Some Reason, Roger Stone is Now Advising the Ontario Party”

Healthcare Improvements Are the Priority in NDP Platform

We’re 37 days away from the Provincial Election that’s not yet been officially called, but there doesn’t mean that campaigning is not hitting a fevered pitch. All the main opposition parties had major announcements on Monday morning, but only the Ontario New Democrats released a whole platform, and the focus was on two planks: expanding healthcare and increasing affordability. Continue reading “Healthcare Improvements Are the Priority in NDP Platform”

Ontario Government Announces Second Min. Wage Hike in 6 Months

For the second time in a year, the Ontario government has announced an increase to the minimum wage. Phrased as an eight per cent bump to “help workers keep up with rising costs and inflation”, and as another positive pre-election announcement from the government, the exact amount of the increase is 50 cents, which means that starting on October 1, the minimum wage for Ontarians will now be $15.50 per hour. Continue reading “Ontario Government Announces Second Min. Wage Hike in 6 Months”

Calandra Says His Party is Dedicated to Best Possible Long-Term Care

The pressure on Ontario’s long-term care homes has been enormous since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, which is maybe why it’s understandable that there’s been three long-term care ministers in Ontario during that time period. The province’s latest Long-Term Care Minister, Markham-Stouffville MPP Paul Calandra, was in Guelph Friday night to answer some tough questions about his recently acquired portfolio. Continue reading “Calandra Says His Party is Dedicated to Best Possible Long-Term Care”