Knives Already Out for Ontario Government’s Back to School Plan

Although it will not be formally announced until Wednesday, Ontario’s opposition parties are already unimpressed with the Government of Ontario’s back to school plan. No Ontario school students have received in-person learning since the end of March due to the third wave of COVID-19, and opposition politicians are concerned that the government is showing a dearth of pre-planning just one month ahead of the new school year. Continue reading “Knives Already Out for Ontario Government’s Back to School Plan”

GUELPH POLITICAST #283 – Still COVID [Summer Edition] with Dr. Mercer

It is time again for another in-depth look at the local pandemic picture: how are we doing, where are we going, and what can we expect next? We’re now almost 18 months into the pandemic, and while normal still sometimes seems far away, there is a perceptible feeling that the worst is over, and there are better days ahead. But are there really better days ahead? Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #283 – Still COVID [Summer Edition] with Dr. Mercer”

March Break is Actually Going to be April Break This Year

Ontario school students and their parents will likely remember last year’s March Break as the last time that there was in-person learning until this past September. The pandemic hit our shores on the same week as March Break in 2020, and with school only recently going back to in-person learning here in Ontario, the Minister of Education has decided that March Break will happen, just happen a month later. Continue reading “March Break is Actually Going to be April Break This Year”

Steal These Ideas Part 2, Schreiner Has Plans for a Better Recovery

In the past, Guelph MPP and Green Party of Ontario leader Mike Schreiner has gone to the media studio in Queen’s Park, and presented ideas for the reigning Progressive Conservative government to implement. On Thursday, he did it again by offering 10 principles for a “Greener and More Caring COVID-19 Recovery”, but will the Premier Doug Ford take him up on the offer? Continue reading “Steal These Ideas Part 2, Schreiner Has Plans for a Better Recovery”

Mercer Tells Board of Health We Need to Stay the Course on COVID

The Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Board of Health met on Wednesday for the first time since July to get an update about the local response to COVID-19. While the number of new cases have been holding steady, the Public Health staff explained that we can’t rest on our laurels, and there’s some hard work we’ve all got to do to prepare for that dreaded second wave. Continue reading “Mercer Tells Board of Health We Need to Stay the Course on COVID”

Labour Day Thoughts From the Labour Council President

In a typical year, the Labour Day picnic in Riverside Park is a nice way to end your summer with some pro-labour activism, and a hot dogs with corn on the cob. In the year of COVID-19 though you’ll have to enjoy hot dogs and corn at home, but the camaraderie of Labour Day will be preserved in the form of a parade. Before Monday though, the president of the Guelph & District Labour Council has some thoughts on labour that she wanted to share. Continue reading “Labour Day Thoughts From the Labour Council President”

GUELPH POLITICAST #236 – What Will School Look Like?

This is the last week of summer, and it’s typically a time of great excitement for kids and parents alike. This year though, there is also more than a little amount of trepidation because going back to school means something very different in the era of COVID-19. Perhaps this will help. We’re going to look at what your school might look like when you, or your child, are heading back to it in the next couple of weeks. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #236 – What Will School Look Like?”

Mercer Endorses Mask Mandate at Upper Grand School Board

As we inch closer to the school year, parents and educators (and students as well) are wondering what in-class learning will look like when the kids start going back the day after Labour Day. As Guelph and area’s separate school board works out the details, the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Medical Officer of Health is offering her two cents and endorsing the call to have students mask up. Continue reading “Mercer Endorses Mask Mandate at Upper Grand School Board”

Masks For Everyone, Says Upper Grand District School Board

At a special meeting of the Upper Grand District School Board on Tuesday night, trustees heard the plans of their staff to ensure the safe re-opening of schools in Guelph and area in just a few weeks time. According to the staff report, the new school year is going to come with big challenges, and a big price tag, but confidence is high that it’s a good plan that will give school kids a taste of normalcy. Continue reading “Masks For Everyone, Says Upper Grand District School Board”

Ontario Government Announces Schools and Parks will Remain Closed till 2019

As some jurisdictions in Canada look to re-open society from the COVID-19 quarantine lockdown, it seems like Ontario is looking to keep some aspects buttoned up for at least another month. The Government of Ontario announced this weekend that provincial parks, and all of Ontario’s public schools will be closed until May 31. Continue reading “Ontario Government Announces Schools and Parks will Remain Closed till 2019”