Anti-Lockdown Protests Week #4: No Speeches, No Interviews, Lots of Yelling!

For a month now, a small group of people have been gathering in Market Square every SAturday to protest Ontario’s COVID response. It’s impossible to distill the beliefs of everyone there into a simple sentence or paragraph, but there was one thing abundantly clear at the most recent gathering: Whatever welcome members of the local media had at these gatherings, it has more or less expired. Continue reading “Anti-Lockdown Protests Week #4: No Speeches, No Interviews, Lots of Yelling!”

Less Organized, Still Misinformed; COVID Skeptics Gather Downtown Again

Less than 24 hours after the Provincial government announced stricter lockdown measures, including new police powers and the closure of playgrounds, there was a requisite response from Guelph’s small but vocal group of skeptics. They say they’re not-anti-mask, but they are anti-lockdown, vaccine hesitant, and that they think the government is somehow both tyrannical and incompetent at the same time. Continue reading “Less Organized, Still Misinformed; COVID Skeptics Gather Downtown Again”

GUELPH POLITICAST #269 – Pandemics Make Strange Bedfellows

The most dramatic cultural shift of the pandemic has not been “care-mongering”, or an appreciation of essential workers, it’s been the growing number of people who believe that the things we all see and hear are fake, and reality is something entirely different. With the province locked down again, these groups have found a curious new ally: small business owners. So now what happens? Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #269 – Pandemics Make Strange Bedfellows”

Conspiracy Theories and Science Denial on Display Downtown at “COVID is Over” Rally

They said not to take “hugs over masks” literally, but there was one guy on the corner soliciting hugs. They said it wasn’t an anti-mask protest, but at one point a speaker stopped everything to burn a mask before the cheering crowd. The messages were mixed, but the messaging was as plain as day. The anti-mask movement landed in St. George’s Square Sunday afternoon attracting around 50 people, mostly maskless, all eager to deflect from the reality of the situation. Continue reading “Conspiracy Theories and Science Denial on Display Downtown at “COVID is Over” Rally”

Anti-Mask Event Planned for Downtown Guelph This Sunday

Guelph has done pretty well avoiding the kind of anti-mask, anti-COVID restriction demonstrations that have popped in other places. (A mask burning event last weekend in Idaho comes to mind.) But this weekend, the controversy comes to town, and it seems like have a Who’s Who in anti-masking, anti-vaxxing and conspiracy theories are going to be on hand for the festivities. Continue reading “Anti-Mask Event Planned for Downtown Guelph This Sunday”

BEWARE: Far-Right Epoch Times Making the Rounds in Guelph Again

Did you receive this newspaper in your mail box this week? Congratulations, you’ve just received the latest issue of a misinformation juggernaut that was once the voice for a small Chinese spiritual movement that has since pasted itself to the far-right disinformation movement and pro-Trump media sphere. Given the events this week in Washington D.C. there are some things you should now about the Epoch Times. Continue reading “BEWARE: Far-Right Epoch Times Making the Rounds in Guelph Again”

GUELPH POLITICAST #237 – It’s Vaccine Hesitancy, and It’s Not New

What if we told you that vaccine hesitancy didn’t start with Jenny McCarthy? In 1722, not long after the first successful vaccination efforts were started in the west, there was an English preacher who argued that diseases were God’s punishment for sin, and any attempt to stop them with a vaccine was going against His will. That may sound crazy, but so do the modern world’s reasons for not getting your kids vaccinated. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #237 – It’s Vaccine Hesitancy, and It’s Not New”