COVID Assessment Centre Now Does Cold and Flu Too

Now you may be asking yourself, “The COVID-19 Assessment Centre is still in business?” As a matter of fact, it is. It’s still on Southgate Road in the south end, and it’s still a resource for people who’ve caught COVID-19, but in the wake of a super-charged cold and flu season, plus the high number of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) cases, local medical authorities have made the call that the COVID assessment centre needs to expand services. Continue reading “COVID Assessment Centre Now Does Cold and Flu Too”

No Less Than Three COVID-19 Outbreaks Now at Guelph General

It’s probably not the news anyone wants to hear, but it’s probably the news we’re going to have to get used to hearing as we move deeper into the fall and winter seasons. Not only does Guelph General Hospital now have one COVID-19 outbreak, it has three. The three separate units on three separate floors are now closed to all visitors except for the ones who are there on compassionate grounds. Continue reading “No Less Than Three COVID-19 Outbreaks Now at Guelph General”

GUELPH POLITICAST #340 – The Post-Pandemic Plastic Problem

Have you ever stopped to think about all the waste generated in the last 30 months since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic? How many masks, gloves, wipes, syringes and containers we’ve thrown away? It’s an interesting question, and some scientists are trying to get answers about all this extra garbage we’ve created and the effect it’s having on our environment. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #340 – The Post-Pandemic Plastic Problem”

Mental Health Forum Says Big Challenges Have Local Solutions

Challenges with mental health and addictions is so prevalent most people can rattle off some statistic whether they, or someone they know, is affected or not. Under the idea of “it takes a village”, a bunch of community leaders were brought together on Tuesday morning at the Frank Hasenfratz Centre for Excellence in Manufacturing for a Youth Mental Health Forum in the hopes of generating some “outside the box” thinking. Continue reading “Mental Health Forum Says Big Challenges Have Local Solutions”

Bivalent Vaccine Available For Everyone (Even in Guelph) on September 26

Fall is here, winter is coming, and you probably need a vaccine top up. Although second booster shots have been available for some time now, a lot of people have been waiting for the bivalent vaccine from Moderna for the enhanced protection against Omicron and all its sub-variants. If this sounds like you, then read on for the details about how and when you can sign up to get your (updated) booster dose. Continue reading “Bivalent Vaccine Available For Everyone (Even in Guelph) on September 26”

Labour Day Picnic Back, In-Person, This Coming Weekend

Like a lot of events this summer, the Labour Day Picnic in Riverside Park is making a comeback. The event held by the Guelph & District Labour Council has cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19 and replaced with a Labour Day parade, but this Monday it’s hot dogs and samosas and solidarity in-person just like old times, and probably with a lot of political talk as well. Continue reading “Labour Day Picnic Back, In-Person, This Coming Weekend”

U of G Only “Strongly Encourages” Masks and Vaxes for the Fall Semester

Move In Day at the University of Guelph is on the Labour Day long weekend, which is only a little over a week away now. Two questions have been in the mind as we approach September: Will there be enough room for all the students looking for a spot in residence, and what will the COVID-19 protect rules be for everyone on campus? We now definitely know the answer to that second question. Continue reading “U of G Only “Strongly Encourages” Masks and Vaxes for the Fall Semester”

New Ontario Budget Almost the Same as the Old One

It was a busy day at Queen’s Park as the Lieutenant Governor delivered the Speech from the Throne, and then the Government of Ontario re-delivered the 2022 provincial budget. There were a few slight tweaks between the one delivered back in April and the one that now awaits passage nearly six months after the start of the Province’s fiscal year, but there was one particular point of interest that got the most attention. Continue reading “New Ontario Budget Almost the Same as the Old One”

Healthcare Workers are “Crying Out for a Life Raft”

Another weekend in Ontario means another weekend of hospital closures as healthcare workers struggle again to cover widening gaps in the system, and they’re crying out for help. This was the message from representatives of healthcare worker unions and advocacy groups at a media availability on Friday as they laid out a five-point plan the Provincial government could take to turn the issue around right now. Continue reading “Healthcare Workers are “Crying Out for a Life Raft””

ONA Head Hoy Tells Open Sources That Ontario’s Nurses Are Fed Up

“Burnt out, tired, defeated, disrespected, not heard.” These are some of the words and terms that Cathryn Hoy used when describing the current emotional state of the people in her profession: nurses. In advance of what looked like another hard weekend at Ontario’s hospitals, we were joined by Coy, the president of the Ontario Nurses Association, on Open Sources Guelph to talking about nursing, as a political issue. Continue reading “ONA Head Hoy Tells Open Sources That Ontario’s Nurses Are Fed Up”