WELLINGTON-HALTON HILLS POLITICAST 2022 – Ron Patava, Consensus Party Candidate

What is the Consensus Party? In short, they want to get rid of the party-based political system because they think partisan politics are making it hard to pass meaningful, representational democratic change. Yes, you heard that right, they want to get rid of all political parties, and yes, they understand the irony of forming a political party to get rid of political parties. Continue reading “WELLINGTON-HALTON HILLS POLITICAST 2022 – Ron Patava, Consensus Party Candidate”

These Are Your Candidates for the 2022 Provincial Election

If you’re still wondering whether or not you should file your papers in order to become a candidate in the June 2 provincial election, it’s too late. As of 2 pm Friday, the slate is set, and chances are that if you’ve been following the local news then you probably know all the potential next Members of Provincial Parliament running in Guelph. In case you don’t, check out the full list of candidates in Guelph and Wellington-Halton Hills below. Continue reading “These Are Your Candidates for the 2022 Provincial Election”

RECAP: #ONelxn Candidates Face Off in Virtual Discussion on Social Justice

In the fourth local debate of this election, five of the seven Guelph candidates faced off to discuss matters of economic equality, environmental protection, and the improvement of healthcare and education. Hosted by the Guelph Coalition for Social Justice, and its member groups and agencies, it was a blockbuster 120 minutes of ideas and discussion, but don’t call it a debate. Check out the Twitter recap and the video below. Continue reading “RECAP: #ONelxn Candidates Face Off in Virtual Discussion on Social Justice”

WELLINGTON-HALTON HILLS POLITICAST 2022 – Diane Ballantyne, NDP Candidate

Wellington-Halton Hills is a big riding, extending from Puslinch to Centre Wellington and out east all the way to Erin and Halton Hills, so experience counts, and it’s hard to get more experience than Ted Arnott who’s represented the area since 1990. Can anyone challenge 32 years of longevity in what’s a fairly safe Conservative riding? Diane Ballantyne would like to volunteer. Continue reading “WELLINGTON-HALTON HILLS POLITICAST 2022 – Diane Ballantyne, NDP Candidate”

GUELPH POLITICAST #322 – Education is an Issue

Covering education issues has been weird the last couple of years during the pandemic; while keeping schools open for in-person learning was a priority, teachers felt that their concerns weren’t being heard. Now, education is struggling to be made an election priority, and education workers have been trying to put their concerns back on the frontburner since March 2020, so this seems like an interesting place to begin a provincial campaign. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #322 – Education is an Issue”

Healthcare Improvements Are the Priority in NDP Platform

We’re 37 days away from the Provincial Election that’s not yet been officially called, but there doesn’t mean that campaigning is not hitting a fevered pitch. All the main opposition parties had major announcements on Monday morning, but only the Ontario New Democrats released a whole platform, and the focus was on two planks: expanding healthcare and increasing affordability. Continue reading “Healthcare Improvements Are the Priority in NDP Platform”

Government of Ontario Extends Last Mask Mandates to June

While there was no word on bringing back mask mandates this Friday, there was an announcement concerning the ones that remain. All remaining masking requirements in Ontario were scheduled to be lifted on April 27, but in the wake of the increased number of cases without a more general mask mandate, and the spread of the BA.2 variant, the Provincial government is now waiting till June 11 to get rid of those other mandates. Continue reading “Government of Ontario Extends Last Mask Mandates to June”

Schreiner Recaps a Busy Four Years in Last Member’s Statement Pre-Election

Almost four years, Guelph made history by sending the first Green Party Member of Provincial Parliament to Queen’s Park. Last week, Mike Schreiner rose to give his last member’s statement in what he hopes is his first term in the legislature. Member’s statements are usually reserved for comments about special occasions or special mentions from one’s constituency, but this statement was phrased like a recap. Continue reading “Schreiner Recaps a Busy Four Years in Last Member’s Statement Pre-Election”

Dr. Moore Reappears to Try and Calm Fears Around the Sixth Wave

Over a month since the last time he appeared in front of reporters, Chief Medical Officer of Health for Ontario Dr. Kieran Moore returned to the media studio at Queen’s Park to respond to the sixth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. While he proposed no new mandates, there was a potential for the reconsideration of lifting future mandates at the end of the month, plus the expansion of therapeutics. Continue reading “Dr. Moore Reappears to Try and Calm Fears Around the Sixth Wave”

Ontario Government Announces Second Min. Wage Hike in 6 Months

For the second time in a year, the Ontario government has announced an increase to the minimum wage. Phrased as an eight per cent bump to “help workers keep up with rising costs and inflation”, and as another positive pre-election announcement from the government, the exact amount of the increase is 50 cents, which means that starting on October 1, the minimum wage for Ontarians will now be $15.50 per hour. Continue reading “Ontario Government Announces Second Min. Wage Hike in 6 Months”