Saxe Says We Don’t Have to Choose Between COVID and Climate

Once she was the highly respected Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, an independent officer meant to review and critique the Provincial government’s work on all matters concerning energy, the environment, and climate change. Less than a year into their mandate, the Ford government got rid of Dianne Saxe and her former position, but now as the Deputy Leader of the Green Party Saxe is ready put climate action front and centre. Continue reading “Saxe Says We Don’t Have to Choose Between COVID and Climate”

GUELPH POLITICAST #256 – Racism Wasn’t Defeated in a Year

It’s impossible to look at the events last week in Washington D.C. outside the lens of White Supremacy. Even President-Elect Joe Biden affirmed in a press conference that if the insurrectionists that broke into the Capitol, vandalized, and threatened the lives of elected representatives had been Black, there would have been a lot more arrests, and a lot more than five deaths. Shockingly, 2020 wasn’t the end of racism. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #256 – Racism Wasn’t Defeated in a Year”

Schreiner Tells Open Sources That the COVID Response is Good, Could Be Better

Even a Member of Provincial Parliament has to occasionally go into work these days, and Mike Schreiner is one of the few that must sometimes show up at the Ontario Legislature to keep the province’s emergency response coming. Before going back to the Leg. again, Schreiner will appear on Open Sources Guelph remotely Thursday afternoon to talk about the provincial government’s action on COVID-19 so far. Continue reading “Schreiner Tells Open Sources That the COVID Response is Good, Could Be Better”

Guthrie Talks About the Challenges of COVID-19 on CFRU

City Hall is closed, and city council is on hold as Guelph self-isolates in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. Although there’s still yet to be a confirmed outbreak in the Royal City, elected officials and City staff are doing everything they can to protect Guelph from feeling the worse effects of the global pandemic. So how’s it going? Mayor Cam Guthrie recently offered some insights on CFRU. Continue reading “Guthrie Talks About the Challenges of COVID-19 on CFRU”

GUELPH POLITICAST #213 – Community Reporting on COVID-19

As of Tuesday night, there have been almost 200,000 worldwide cases of novel coronavirus and nearly 8,000 fatalities. In Canada, there are 424 confirmed cases, another 16 suspected cases, and so far only one death. The details are changing hourly, and all levels of government are scrambling to find the best way to respond. What we need right now is some community radio. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #213 – Community Reporting on COVID-19”

CFRU Marks 40 Years on FM Radio, But Dangers Lurk for Campus Radio

On January 28, 1980, CFRU 93.3 fm went on the air. What started in the fall of 1964 with a small group of Ontario Agricultural College (OAC) students creating a radio society, turned into Radio Gryphon by the 1970s, and then evolved again into a complete community radio station 40 years ago. Although CFRU and other campus radio stations are facing tremendous challenges, it’s still being hailed as a cause for celebration. Continue reading “CFRU Marks 40 Years on FM Radio, But Dangers Lurk for Campus Radio”

Schreiner Talks About Teachers and Transit on Open Sources

It’s a new year, but Guelph Member of Provincial Parliament Mike Schreiner is dealing with some of the same old issues. This past Thursday on Open Sources Guelph, Schreiner talked about the rotating teachers’ strikes, hyper-partisanship, transit needs, and more Queen’s Park cronyism, which shows it’s been a busy year after just one month, and the legislature hasn’t even sat for a session in 2020. Continue reading “Schreiner Talks About Teachers and Transit on Open Sources”

Allt Has Good Feelings About the Budget in Open Sources Interview

The annual Guelph Budget is complete for another year, and it was a tough one for all involved as there were a number of pressure points including infrastructure, transit expansion, and the demand for more police resources. How tough was it? Ward 3 Councillor Phil Allt came on Open Sources Guelph last Thursday to talk about it. Continue reading “Allt Has Good Feelings About the Budget in Open Sources Interview”

Goller Defends Motion on Supportive Housing on OSG

Although the vote to direct City of Guelph to look at developing the land at 106 Beaumont did not go his way, Ward 2 Councillor Rodrigo Goller has no regrets about his advocacy on the file. This past Thursday on Open Sources Guelph, Goller talked about the hectic last month at council, fighting for housing, and the fight to come at Tuesday’s budget meeting. Continue reading “Goller Defends Motion on Supportive Housing on OSG”

GUELPH POLITICAST #193 – Election Night (Abridged)

Monday was Election Night, and the end of a long campaign that was only 40 days long, but was a tough-fought slugfest that took no prisoners on the hustings, or in the radio booths, of the nation. It’s much to the relief of a nation that it’s over (for now!), but there was some great stories and insights on CFRU on Election Night that demand to be preserved. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #193 – Election Night (Abridged)”