GUELPH POLITICAST #290 – Election Night in Guelph 2021!

It came and went, and now it’s over. The 2021 Federal Election belongs to the ages now, history was made with Canada’s pandemic election, and the decision of the Canadian people was that the government they elected in 2019 is the government they want to remain in charge, at least for now. All of this unfolded in four hours of completely unrehearsed radio madness on your campus and community radio station. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #290 – Election Night in Guelph 2021!”

Sachan Tells Open Sources He’s Representing a New Conservative Party

For the second election in a row, Dr. Ashish Sachan is the Conservative candidate running in Guelph. Representative of the Royal City’s growing diversity, Sachan is a proud new Canadian, and he’s eager to give back as Guelph’s Member of Parliament, but a Conservative hasn’t been elected in Guelph at either the Federal or Provincial level since 2003. Sachan is confident though that this will change once Guelphites look at the new Conservative Party. Continue reading “Sachan Tells Open Sources He’s Representing a New Conservative Party”

Longfield Tells Open Sources He Wants to Finish the Job on the Pandemic

This is the third election for Liberal candidate Lloyd Longfield, and he’s hoping for a third victory. If Longfield is successful on September 20, and he ends up serving another four-year term, that means a Liberal Party candidate will have served as Guelph’s Member of Parliament for over three decades. So why vote Liberal, and Longfield, again? He wants to see the pandemic through to the end. Continue reading “Longfield Tells Open Sources He Wants to Finish the Job on the Pandemic”

Bowman Says This is Last Chance Election for the Planet on Open Sources

In Guelph’s riding this election, there are a lot of experienced politicians running. In fact, Green Party of Canada candidate Dr. Michelle Bowman is one of only two candidates running in Guelph who have never been a candidate before, but the environmental scientist doesn’t see that as a bad thing. As she told Open Sources Guelph last week, an emphasis on climate action is what’s desperately needed now more than political experience. Continue reading “Bowman Says This is Last Chance Election for the Planet on Open Sources”

Jahangir Tells Open Sources She Senses Opportunity for the NDP

Guelph NDP candidate Aisha Jahangir has a day job as a mental health nurse at the Hamilton-Wentworth detention facility. It’s unique perch to see first hand the effects of COVID-19 and the effectiveness of pandemic preventative measures, and Jahangir would like to take  that experience to Parliament Hill. While he’s running for a love of community, but she’s also running because she’d like to see some real change. Continue reading “Jahangir Tells Open Sources She Senses Opportunity for the NDP”

Levenson Tells Open Sources that Even the Greens Just Aren’t Green Enough

Is there any room left of the Green Party on environmental policy? Karen Levenson sure thinks so, and she’s running for the Animal Protection Party to prove it. Having run twice before under the APP’s old banner, the Animal Alliance Environment Voters Party, Levenson told Open Sources Guelph that you can’t separate climate action from animal protection and welfare. Continue reading “Levenson Tells Open Sources that Even the Greens Just Aren’t Green Enough”

Dineen Talks to Open Sources About Running for the Communists on its 100th Anniversary

Earlier this year, the Communist Party of Canada celebrated its 100th anniversary as a political entity in Canada. The party organized in a barn on Metcalfe Street in 2021, which was, at the time, on the outskirts of Guelph, so in this centenary year it was pretty important that the Communists have a candidate in this Federal Election. Tristan Dineen is that candidate, and he’s ready for you to help him put “people and planet over profit.” Continue reading “Dineen Talks to Open Sources About Running for the Communists on its 100th Anniversary”

Del Duca Tells Open Sources He Wants More Planning on Education (and Empathy)

Nearly a month after the Provincial government initiated a new round of lockdowns amid the third wave of COVID-19, there’s still no sign about when we might be able to start the process of re-opening. Liberal leader Steven Del Duca has some concerns about the way the pandemic response is currently being managed in Ontario, and he appeared on CFRU’s Open Sources Guelph last week to share them. Continue reading “Del Duca Tells Open Sources He Wants More Planning on Education (and Empathy)”

Schreiner Slams Ford for Lack of Pandemic Leadership on Open Sources

It’s been a difficult few weeks down at Queen’s Park as the government has struggled in its response to the third wave of the pandemic. There’s been a lot of criticism about the decisions being made by Premier Doug Ford and his ministers, and a lot of struggle by Premier Ford and his ministers to undo some of their bad media coverage. How are they doing? Let’s talk to Guelph’s own Member of Provincial Parliament. Continue reading “Schreiner Slams Ford for Lack of Pandemic Leadership on Open Sources”

Downer Talks About Patio Debate on Open Sources

It’s was April Fool’s Day, but there were some serious issues to discuss on last Thursday’s episode of Open Sources Guelph. Ward 5 City Councillor Cathy Downer appeared on the show to talk about one of the most contentious issues to come to council in all her years around the horseshoe, in-person or virtual, the downtown dining district. Patios were the big part of the conversation, but there were not the only part. Continue reading “Downer Talks About Patio Debate on Open Sources”