Grant Money Highlights Art Around Town and Guelph Artists

Local artists are among the many groups that have suffered in this pandemic. After all, art is meant to be enjoyed, in a crowd, in a public gallery and space, and what are you supposed to do when people can’t gather around? The answer seems to be turning outdoor public spaces into art displays, and thanks to some grant money from upper levels of government, that’s an option for a couple of Guelph projects. Continue reading “Grant Money Highlights Art Around Town and Guelph Artists”

Schreiner Pushes for Green Economic Recovery Plan in Private Members Bill

How we encourage the economy to come back as we try to make it out of the other side of this pandemic is a big question all governments are grappling with, and so are opposition Members of Provincial Parliament. At a media availability today, Guelph MPP Mike Schreiner unveiled his latest private members bill, which encourages the Government of Ontario to start a province-wide retrofit program. Continue reading “Schreiner Pushes for Green Economic Recovery Plan in Private Members Bill”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the September 21 Meeting?

This Monday was supposed to be an off-night for city council, but at almost literally the eleventh hour, Mayor Cam Guthrie will bring council together to decide if there will be an immediate future for the Downtown Dining District after Monday night. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the September 21 Meeting?”

Steal These Ideas Part 2, Schreiner Has Plans for a Better Recovery

In the past, Guelph MPP and Green Party of Ontario leader Mike Schreiner has gone to the media studio in Queen’s Park, and presented ideas for the reigning Progressive Conservative government to implement. On Thursday, he did it again by offering 10 principles for a “Greener and More Caring COVID-19 Recovery”, but will the Premier Doug Ford take him up on the offer? Continue reading “Steal These Ideas Part 2, Schreiner Has Plans for a Better Recovery”

Guelph Stays AA+ Despite the Financial Fallout of the Pandemic

For the eighth year in a row, the City of Guelph has secured a AA+ rating from the Standard & Poors global rating agency. This good economic news comes in the midst of a fiscal year where Guelph has been hit with the negative effects of COVID-19 and the economic problems created by the pandemic, and although Guelph is not alone in these conditions, it seems again we’re doing better than some of the others. Continue reading “Guelph Stays AA+ Despite the Financial Fallout of the Pandemic”

GUELPH POLITICAST #231 – Big Concerns for Small Business

This week, we’re going to talk about small business, and we’re going to talk about it from two sides: the nation-wide trends on how entrepreneurs are trying to survive the pandemic, and a unique local example from a small business owner who has loudly and publicly asked for more help as we’re entering this important recovery phase of the crisis. How’s business? It’s complicated. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #231 – Big Concerns for Small Business”

Public Health Refines Mask Policy Ahead of Stage 3 Re-opening

As you may have heard, Guelph is entering Stage 3 of the provincial opening along with much of the rest of Ontario. New rules about what can be open and when now means amending the rules for the wearing of masks, and in advance of Friday’s Stage 3 re-opening, the Medical Officer of Health for Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph has updated her directive to reflect this new phase of things. Continue reading “Public Health Refines Mask Policy Ahead of Stage 3 Re-opening”

Ontario Regions Enter Stage 3 This Week, Guelph Included

Just over a month after Guelph, and many regions in Ontario, entered Stage 2 of the economic re-opening, several areas in the province have been given the go ahead to now move to Stage 3, including the municipalities covered by Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health. As of Friday at 12:01 am, two-dozens regions in the province will get the closest we’ve been to normal since March. Continue reading “Ontario Regions Enter Stage 3 This Week, Guelph Included”

After Much Pressure, Ontario Government Moves to Ban Commercial Evictions

As businesses continue to struggle through the pandemic, one of the primary concerns has been whether all shop owners will have a storefront to go back to once the economy re-opens. It’s why for weeks now business owners and politicians have been asking the Government of Ontario to put a moratorium on commercial evictions, and after all that advocacy, Queen’s Park finally granted that request. Continue reading “After Much Pressure, Ontario Government Moves to Ban Commercial Evictions”

Downtown Dining District Now a Regular Thing Till Labour Day

After a successful inaugural weekend, the first downtown dining district is now set to be a permanent thing through to the Labour Day long weekend. Many people enjoyed the closed down streets at the intersection of Wyndham and Macdonell last Saturday and Sunday, and after looking at the results, this dining district will be a regular feature for the rest of the summer. Continue reading “Downtown Dining District Now a Regular Thing Till Labour Day”