After Years of Advocacy, the U of G Board of Governors Approves Divestment

After almost seven years of pushing by the student advocacy group Fossil Free Guelph, the majority of the Board of Governors at the University of Guelph voted Wednesday to divest the institution’s endowment from companies that hold fossil fuel reserves. After a debate, and a few amendments, all but three board members followed the lead of Vice-President of Finance Don O’Leary, and voted to divest over the next five years. Continue reading “After Years of Advocacy, the U of G Board of Governors Approves Divestment”

U of G Students Push Admin to Looking Again at Divestment

Over 100 University of Guelph students led a solidarity process with the hereditary chiefs of the Wet’suwet’an territory on Wednesday on campus, and then they went inside to push the administration to divest the university from fossil fuels. Although the U of G Board of Governors voted down such a motion last year, Vice-President of Finance Don O’Leary promised the protestors that he would bring it up again. Continue reading “U of G Students Push Admin to Looking Again at Divestment”

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”

Divestment Debate Comes to a Head at Board of Governors Meeting Tomorrow

It’s Sunday, it’s minus 18 degrees before the wind chill, but at least the sun is shining. Despite that, over 50 people are standing at the corner of Gordon Street and College Avenue demanding that the University of Guelph divest the $38 million portion of its endowment that’s invested in fossil fuel companies like Exxon-Mobil and Suncor. Continue reading “Divestment Debate Comes to a Head at Board of Governors Meeting Tomorrow”

Student Pressure Makes Board of Governors Pause Final Divestment Decision

In an interview on the subject, a spokesperson from Fossil Free Guelph said that whatever the outcome of a vote on an ad-hoc committee report at Tuesday’s Board of Governors’ meeting, “It’s not done, until we get divestment.” As luck would have it, despite a report that said otherwise, the debate over whether or not the University of Guelph should divest its endowment from fossil fuel companies is not over. Yet. Continue reading “Student Pressure Makes Board of Governors Pause Final Divestment Decision”

Student Group Hopes to Change Minds on Divestment Vote at U of G

On Tuesday, the Board of Governors at the University of Guelph are meeting, as they regularly do. But there’s an item on the agenda this month that is quite irregular. The final report of an ad-hoc committee on Special Action Requests is bringing back the results of an investigation into whether or not the U of G should divest from fossil fuel companies, and the people that helped bring the request forward are not going to like the answer. Continue reading “Student Group Hopes to Change Minds on Divestment Vote at U of G”