Submitting to Pressure, Ontario’s Going Back Under State of Emergency

After several days of sustained pressure, and an increasing number of new daily COVID-19 cases, the Government of Ontario finally bowed to the demands of doctors and public health workers around the province and issued a stay at home order. As of 12:01 am on Thursday, Ontario will be under its third state of emergency order since the start of the pandemic in a last ditch effort to get the virus, and its variants, under control. Continue reading “Submitting to Pressure, Ontario’s Going Back Under State of Emergency”

GUELPH POLITICAST #268 – The State of Pandemic in the City

The State of the City is hosted annually by the Chamber of Commerce, a chance for businesses to network with each other, talk about what they’re doing, and then hear from the mayor about the latest selling points of the city from 1 Carden Street. This year, there was the usual positive spin, but the long shadow of COVID was everywhere, so what is the State of the City according to the mayor? Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #268 – The State of Pandemic in the City”

Issues About Work and Workers Persist Before Potential Re-opening

The extended state of emergency in Ontario comes to an end on Tuesday, which means that businesses across the province might be given a chance to re-open in some capacity as soon as the middle of next week. But while everyone waits for the announcement, some people in Guelph are demanding clear direction for the re-opening rules, and a new commitment to support workers. Continue reading “Issues About Work and Workers Persist Before Potential Re-opening”

Guthrie Asks Guelph to “Be Kind” in State of the City Address

The annual State of the City speech by Guelph’s mayor is a chance for to tout the accomplishments of the last year, and promote policy initiatives and goals for the new year. This year, there was a lot for the City to overcome, and while Mayor Cam Guthrie did celebrate that survival success, his simple desire for 2021 is that Guelph’s residents stay the course, and not lose hope. Continue reading “Guthrie Asks Guelph to “Be Kind” in State of the City Address”

RECAP: Guthrie Finds the Good News from a Pandemic Year in State of the City

The State of the City address is an annual event hosted by the Guelph Chamber of Commerce. It’s part political with a speech from the mayor, and it’s part networking and promotion for Chamber members, a chance for everyone to get together face-to-face. But this is 2021. This year, the State of the City was a virtual affair, and Mayor Cam Guthrie was forced to work harder to find the good news Guelph stories. How did he do? Continue reading “RECAP: Guthrie Finds the Good News from a Pandemic Year in State of the City”

City and Province Release Advice for COVID Christmas Celebrations and Shopping

The Christmas season is approaching, but given current events people are going to have to concede that they won’t be able to celebrate the season in a way that’s normal or traditional. On Wednesday, the Government of Ontario outlined its best advice for how people should spend the holidays, while the City of Guelph also announced some measures on how they will work locally to make sure everyone has a safe and COVID-free holiday. Continue reading “City and Province Release Advice for COVID Christmas Celebrations and Shopping”

At Guelph Stop, Del Duca Says It’s Not Too Late for Ford to Do Better

The whistlestop tour is a time honoured tradition in politics, especially for the new leader of a political party trying to develop relationships and name recognition. Steven Del Duca is no exception, but he’s trying whistlestop his way through a pandemic, and an increasingly perilous situation where the number of new COVID-19 cases is on a definite increase. So what does Del Duca have to add to the situation? Continue reading “At Guelph Stop, Del Duca Says It’s Not Too Late for Ford to Do Better”

Mayor and Task Force Focus on PPE and Mental Health in Third Meeting

Mayor Cam Guthrie’s Task Force on Economic Recovery met virtually again on Wednesday with a focus this week on a couple of key areas. On the one hand, the Mayor is looking for local options to get more personal protective equipment, and on the other hand, there are also concerns about the mental well-being of people during this phase of the pandemic. Here’s the latest update about the task force’s activities. Continue reading “Mayor and Task Force Focus on PPE and Mental Health in Third Meeting”

GUELPH POLITICAST #219 – Better Days

As we’re entering this third calendar month under a state of quarantine, we’re starting to  feel that it still might be a long time until we get back to what we consider normalcy. It might be a long time before we can sit comfortably again in a room filled with a few hundred people to hear the city’s mayor talk about a grand ambition for Guelph that has nothing to do with responding to a global pandemic. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #219 – Better Days”

Mayor Guthrie’s Economic Task Force Officially Announced

It was just a few months ago that Mayor Cam Guthrie was telling everyone in his State of the City address about getting the Task Force on Homelessness together again to discuss supportive housing. Circumstances have changed rather quickly though, and now Mayor Guthrie is looking to explore another type of support for Guelph in the form of economic action post-COVID-19 with a whole new task force. Continue reading “Mayor Guthrie’s Economic Task Force Officially Announced”