GUELPH POLITICAST #174 – Bill 108

The Government of Ontario has recessed for the summer, but not before they passed the More Homes, More Choices Act, or Bill 108. You’ve probably heard a lot about Bill 108, or at least enough to know that it’s not as benign as the name of it implies. Yes, there will be some serious consequences from its passage, so let’s take a moment to figure out what they are. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #174 – Bill 108”

Guelph Activists Make a Play to Establish a Green New Deal of Our Own

As Guelph City Council debates the acceleration of deadlines to achieve Net Zero, and whether or not to declare a climate emergency, some Guelph citizens are thinking bigger. In two week, those citizens are holding a town hall to talk about what Guelph can do to be part of a Green New Deal. Continue reading “Guelph Activists Make a Play to Establish a Green New Deal of Our Own”

Ford Gov Cuts Flood Management by 50 Per Cent as GRCA Warns of Heavy Rains

The fallout from the 2019 Ontario budget delivered last Thursday continues to be felt, and this week it was felt by conservation authorities across the province, who have been told by the Ministry of Natural Resources that about half their provincial funding is being cut. Continue reading “Ford Gov Cuts Flood Management by 50 Per Cent as GRCA Warns of Heavy Rains”

Protestors “Dying” For Some Real Action on Climate Change

Dozens of Guelph activists concerned about the effects of Global Climate Changed marched though town Monday afternoon to demand that the City declare a climate emergency, and that all levels of government take immediate and substantive action to address the threat to the natural environment. Continue reading “Protestors “Dying” For Some Real Action on Climate Change”

No, Mike Schreiner Did Not Endorse the Yellow Vests

A stray comment from Guelph’s Member of Provincial Parliament may be courting some controversy after the Green Federal nomination meeting last weekend. In a speech to local Green Party members, Mike Schreiner did mention the Yellow Yest movement by name, but he did not endorse it, or say he agreed with their politics. Continue reading “No, Mike Schreiner Did Not Endorse the Yellow Vests”

GUELPH POLITICAST #163 – Evan Ferrari, eMERGE Guelph

We could start this with the usual preamble about extreme weather, the 12-year deadline from the U.N. Panel on Climate Change report, or the enigma of climate change denial, but let’s take a moment to explore these issues on a more immediate level. And here in Guelph, it seems, we seem to really know how to tackle the problem in an effective way. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #163 – Evan Ferrari, eMERGE Guelph”

Schreiner Private Members Bill Passes Second Reading

Guelph MPP Mike Schreiner’s private member’s bill took another step forward to becoming law today by unanimously passing second reading in the Legislature and it’s now moving on to committee. Yes, you read that right, “unanimously”. Continue reading “Schreiner Private Members Bill Passes Second Reading”

GUELPH POLITICAST #157 – The “New” Climate Change Fight

We basically have 12 years to save the world. This according to the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, whose message hasn’t changed after all these years: the Earth’s climate is changing, and human activity is the cause. Is that why protest has been so hot this cold January? Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #157 – The “New” Climate Change Fight”