GUELPH POLITICAST #236 – What Will School Look Like?

This is the last week of summer, and it’s typically a time of great excitement for kids and parents alike. This year though, there is also more than a little amount of trepidation because going back to school means something very different in the era of COVID-19. Perhaps this will help. We’re going to look at what your school might look like when you, or your child, are heading back to it in the next couple of weeks. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #236 – What Will School Look Like?”

COVID Assessment Clinic On the Move Again

For the second time since March, and the start of the pandemic, the COVID-19 Assessment Clinic established by Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health, and administered by the Guelph Family Health Team, will be moving. Starting next week, those in need of a COVID-19 test will have to make their way to the south end to find out if they have the virus. Continue reading “COVID Assessment Clinic On the Move Again”

The Month at Council: Planning Decisions, COVID Money, and Paused Procedures

It was an unusual month at city council, because August meetings of city council are themselves unusual. At the three meetings, we heard two planning decisions, the latest (and last?) COVID response meeting, and a very long regular meeting, which generated more than its share of friction. Here’s the recap of our once in a blue moon August month at city council. Continue reading “The Month at Council: Planning Decisions, COVID Money, and Paused Procedures”

A Day in the Park for Some, an Emerging Threat to Others

On Sunday in Riverside Park there were the usual activities of people running, kids playing, families spending time together – there was even a little sword-fighting practice – but one corner of the park played host to a microcosm of one of the essential debates of our time: the effect of disinformation on conspiracy theories on the population. Two small groups stood separate but equal in their passions as internet debates were made manifest by the band shell. Continue reading “A Day in the Park for Some, an Emerging Threat to Others”

Anti-Mask and Anti-Anti-Mask Protests Happening in Guelph Sunday

The anti-mask movement will hit Guelph on Sunday with a planned gathering at Riverside Park from 1 pm to 4 pm. Seemingly organized by four area residents, a Facebook event page was posted on Monday followed swiftly by an event page for a counter-protest. The moves make Guelph the latest battleground in the intersection between public health orders, conspiracy theories about the COVID-19 pandemic, and yes, QAnon. Continue reading “Anti-Mask and Anti-Anti-Mask Protests Happening in Guelph Sunday”

GUELPH POLITICAST #235 – The Council Year So Far

Normally there are no August city council meetings, but as we all know in 2020 what’s normal got up, walked out of the room, and threw itself down the stairs. Having three city council meetings in August is unusual, but it’s hardly the most unusual thing about this political year, and to make sense of everything that’s happened at council so far in 2020, we’re going to do a recap. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #235 – The Council Year So Far”

CITY PAGES: The Museum, Feedback, and Money For Small Businesses

The City of Guelph puts out a lot of information on a weekly basis, and while it all ends up on the City’s website somewhere, wouldn’t it be easier to just scroll through it all on one easy-to-read article on Guelph Politico here…? Continue reading “CITY PAGES: The Museum, Feedback, and Money For Small Businesses”

Schreiner Wants Less Cheerleading More Regular Leading from Ford

The annual Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) conference wrapped up on Wednesday with some speeches from opposition leaders including Green Party of Ontario leader and Guelph MPP Mike Schreiner. After Premier Doug Ford’s somewhat rosy appraisal of the current response to COVID-19 on Monday, Schreiner notes there’s still a long, long way to go, and a lot of stuff that’s been overlooked by the provincial government. Continue reading “Schreiner Wants Less Cheerleading More Regular Leading from Ford”

Masks For Everyone, Says Upper Grand District School Board

At a special meeting of the Upper Grand District School Board on Tuesday night, trustees heard the plans of their staff to ensure the safe re-opening of schools in Guelph and area in just a few weeks time. According to the staff report, the new school year is going to come with big challenges, and a big price tag, but confidence is high that it’s a good plan that will give school kids a taste of normalcy. Continue reading “Masks For Everyone, Says Upper Grand District School Board”

Guelph Transit Sticking with Current Schedule, and Laying Off Workers

Guelph Transit announced Tuesday that the current service levels are going to stay exactly the same for the foreseeable future. Since the start of the pandemic, buses have been running at a reduced service level, and even though school will be re-starting again in a few weeks, the City of Guelph will be keeping those services on the Saturday schedule indefinitely, while making some difficult decisions about staffing. Continue reading “Guelph Transit Sticking with Current Schedule, and Laying Off Workers”