Masking Skeptics Take Part in Board of Health Meeting

On Wednesday, a couple of U.S. states cancelled all COVID-19 restrictions to allow businesses to re-open to 100 per cent capacity and to no longer require mask mandates. That was speaking the language of one delegate at Wednesday’s Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Board of Health meeting who said that mandatory masking at area schools was “abuse” and “violates our basic rights.” Continue reading “Masking Skeptics Take Part in Board of Health Meeting”

CoW: WDG Public Health is Outpacing Ontario and Canada on Vaccine Rollout

At Monday’s Committee of the Whole meeting members of city council will receive another update about the region’s COVID-19 response, and that includes vaccine distribution. While there’s been a lot of talk about issues with supply, Committee will hear that Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph is actually doing better than Ontario and Canada at getting shots into arms. Continue reading “CoW: WDG Public Health is Outpacing Ontario and Canada on Vaccine Rollout”

RECAP: COVID, Housing, and Environment Are Major Concerns from Schreiner Town Hall

The above picture is from the good old days when Guelph MPP Mike Schreiner could have a town hall with people in person. On Wednesday evening, Schreiner took part in a wide-ranging town hall discussion by phone, and his office pegs the number of participants at around 4,400 people, which would be hard to do in-person under “normal” circumstances.   Continue reading “RECAP: COVID, Housing, and Environment Are Major Concerns from Schreiner Town Hall”

Public Health Unveils Next Phase of Vaccine Rollout Plan

Many areas of Ontario, including Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph, re-opened from the state of emergency on Tuesday. On that same day, Public Health unveiled its plan for a regional vaccine clinics, approved by Ontario’s COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force, that will go into effect once additional vaccine resources become available. For most people in the region, this is the plan that will get them their jabs. Continue reading “Public Health Unveils Next Phase of Vaccine Rollout Plan”

GUELPH POLITICAST #260 – Still COVID [Winter Edition] with Dr. Mercer

As this week started, the 7-day moving rate of confirmed cases is just a few points above the red line of 40 per 100,000, while the test positivity rate is now at 3.6 per cent. This is good news since it was just a month ago that the numbers were over 115 per 100,000 and five per cent. The numbers are going down, but where does the local medical officer think we stand in all this? Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #260 – Still COVID [Winter Edition] with Dr. Mercer”

RECAP: Mercer Talks About Local Vaccine Distribution, Debunks Myths

Do you have some questions about when you might get one of the COVID-19 vaccines, how they work, or what considerations are going into the vaccine distribution? Then this is the Twitter thread for you! On Friday, Guelph MPP Mike Schreiner hosted a town hall with Dr. Nicola Mercer, the medical officer of health for Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health to talk about vaccine facts, and the current state of the pandemic in Guelph. Continue reading “RECAP: Mercer Talks About Local Vaccine Distribution, Debunks Myths”

Opposition Rallies for Paid Sick Days, Quicker Vaccine Distribution

There are some good signs that the case count of COVID-19 infections is going down, but we are still far from the end of the line. Perhaps that’s why Ontario Liberal leader sent an open letter to his fellow opposition leaders this Monday to ask for their support in getting paid sick days back on the agenda, which is only the latest proposed measure to get such a vital protection for Ontario’s workers. Continue reading “Opposition Rallies for Paid Sick Days, Quicker Vaccine Distribution”

Hasenfratz Out of COVID Vaccine Task Force After [Gasp] Foreign Holiday Travel

If you thought we had finally smoked out all the high-profile people that broke quarantine and went abroad over the holidays. think again, and this time, there’s a Guelph connection. Linda Hasenfratz, the CEO of Guelph-based auto parts manufacturer Linamar, announced her resignation from Ontario’s COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force after a media report revealed that she enjoyed a nice, warm, and sunny vacation outside of Canada. Continue reading “Hasenfratz Out of COVID Vaccine Task Force After [Gasp] Foreign Holiday Travel”

Two Charges Result From Bylaw Blitz on COVID Restrictions

On Thursday, stricter COVID-19 lockdown measures went into effect in Ontario, and along with that so did new authority for local police services and bylaw officers to make sure people are following the new rules. After one weekend, the City of Guelph announced that residents of the Royal City seem to be doing their part even if other areas of the province are struggling with compliance. Continue reading “Two Charges Result From Bylaw Blitz on COVID Restrictions”

Vaccine Distribution Finally Begins in Guelph, Wellington, Dufferin

At a media even on Wednesday morning, Sarah Ricci of the Shelburne Long-Term Care home became the first person in Wellington, Dufferin or Guelph to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Ricci said “Today represents hope!” and in more than one way it does after a couple of days of confusion about exactly how many does of the Pfizer vaccine our public health authority would receive, and when they would get here. Continue reading “Vaccine Distribution Finally Begins in Guelph, Wellington, Dufferin”