U of G Students Face Big Transit Issues in the Fall

Students returning to the University of Guelph in a couple of weeks will notice several changes, and one of them will be access to their universal student bus pass, better known as a UPass. To put this bluntly, there will be no UPass this fall because the contract to provide one through Guelph Transit expired earlier this year, which added another logistical difficult for the U of G’s student government as they get ready to welcome their peers back to campus. Continue reading “U of G Students Face Big Transit Issues in the Fall”

GUELPH POLITICAST #250 – Empty Campus

See that picture of an empty University Centre? That was taken on Friday around early afternoon last week. Even now, in the middle of exams, that space would be full of people getting lunch, grabbing a coffee, studying, meeting people, or buying a bus ticket home for the holidays. But it’s empty. How do you lead a student body when the vast majority of the body can’t be there? Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #250 – Empty Campus”

No Student Bus Pass for U of G Students this Fall, How Will That Effect Transit Budget?

There are still a lot of unanswered questions about the new school year, but one of them was answered on Wednesday, and if you’re among the likely few University of Guelph students who are coming back to Royal City in September, you will have to get around town without your usual universal bus pass. The move not only leaves students in a transit lurch, but it blows a big hole in the City of Guelph’s transit budget. Continue reading “No Student Bus Pass for U of G Students this Fall, How Will That Effect Transit Budget?”

Lack of Students Will Seriously Impact Transit Funding, and Service

In a closed session at Wednesday’s council meeting on the COVID-19 response, council will hear information about the University of Guelph universal student bus pass, and the options they’ll need to consider if students don’t return to school for in-person classes in the fall. Less than eight weeks before the start of the school year, there are still a lot of unknowns about this important source of funding for Guelph’s transit system, and what happens if the City can’t collect. Continue reading “Lack of Students Will Seriously Impact Transit Funding, and Service”

“Our Democracy is Valid”: Student Allies Mark Legal Win Over Province

Student leaders from a coalition that won a landmark legal challenge against the Provincial government over making certain student fees optional spoke from Queen’s Park on Friday morning. Representatives of the groups, who were supported in Queen Park’s media room by the New Democrat education critic, said that the ruling shows that “our democracy is valid.” Continue reading ““Our Democracy is Valid”: Student Allies Mark Legal Win Over Province”

CSA Cancels Debate After Being Pressured to Include PPC Candidate

A panel with the local Federal Election candidates that was supposed to take place in the University Centre courtyard at the University of Guelph tonight has been cancelled. The organizers are blaming Provincial Free Speech policies mandated on Ontario universities, which was forcing them to include a candidate of a certain party in the debate. Guess which one? Continue reading “CSA Cancels Debate After Being Pressured to Include PPC Candidate”

GUELPH POLITICAST #170 – Kayla Weiler, Outgoing VP of the CSA

It’s the end of April, and that means it’s the end of the main school year. If you’re a student that works on campus, that also means its turnover time; you’re either entering a new position, or your leaving a position you invested a whole year in. Kayla Weiler is in the latter category. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #170 – Kayla Weiler, Outgoing VP of the CSA”

PODCAST SPECIAL: Student Groups Push Back Against Student Choice Initiative

Nothing sours your journalistic objectivity more than being emotionally invested in the story, but that’s the way it is for proposed changes to post-secondary funding called the Student Choice Initiative. The move might take away important funding for campus groups, and it might take away funding for an important factor to Guelph Politico‘s success. Continue reading “PODCAST SPECIAL: Student Groups Push Back Against Student Choice Initiative”

VIDEOS: Students and Community Warn Ontario Gov the Fight Has Just Begun

The weather Monday was unseasonably warm, but the rhetoric was red hot in Branion Plaza at the University of Guelph. Students leaders, politicians, and community organizers joined a province-wide coalition to reaffirm their anger in proposed changes to tuition and student fees from the provincial government. Continue reading “VIDEOS: Students and Community Warn Ontario Gov the Fight Has Just Begun”

U of G Prepares For Fight Over Student Fees

The announcement that the Ontario government will cut 10 per cent from tuition fees, and allow students to opt out of certain fees, has lit a fire under campus organizers. In the last few weeks, the voices of dissent have been getting louder as students and student leaders get ready for a big, province-wide demonstration of solitude. Continue reading “U of G Prepares For Fight Over Student Fees”