Schreiner Tells Town Hall He Sees Change at Queen’s Park, But Not Enough

Guelph MPP Mike Schreiner took a break from the debate and lawmaking at Queen’s Park to have a sit down with Guelphites Thursday night to talk about the latest issues in provincial matters. For Schreiner, he’s pleased to see a change in tone from Doug Ford and his Progressive Conservative government, but there’s still room for improvement. Continue reading “Schreiner Tells Town Hall He Sees Change at Queen’s Park, But Not Enough”

City of Toronto Approves Transit Deal with the Province

Although it was not initially received well by the City of Toronto, the Province’s plan for transit in “the Six” has officially been endorsed by city council in a marathon meeting on Tuesday. Now, all eyes will turn to the Federal government to see if they’ll follow the direction and help fund these new transit projects. Continue reading “City of Toronto Approves Transit Deal with the Province”

GUELPH POLITICAST #194 – “Back to School” with Mike Schreiner

This week, after a five-month long hiatus, it’s finally “Back to School” time for the Ontario Legislature. Observers have been wondering if the extended break might allow for a more collegial tone to fall on Queen’s Park, especially as the government faces a number of pressing and challenging issues. Who better to ask if this is the case than our own MPP Mike Schreiner? Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #194 – “Back to School” with Mike Schreiner”

Clark Cancels Amalgamation Talk, Announces New Money for Cities

After months of work getting feedback on the efficiencies and usefulness of two-tier regional governments, and just weeks after receiving the report, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark announced at an AMO Meeting in London today that amalgamation will not be forced on Ontario municipalities. Continue reading “Clark Cancels Amalgamation Talk, Announces New Money for Cities”

Health Minister Has Vaping Concerns as London Confirms Illness

In an act of cosmic irony, Ontario’s Minister of Health issue official concerns about vaping-related illnesses Wednesday morning just hours before officials at the Middlesex-London Health Unit announced that they may have the first case of severe pulmonary illness linked to vaping in Canada. Continue reading “Health Minister Has Vaping Concerns as London Confirms Illness”

Regional Transit: Where Do We Begin Filling the Gaps and Addressing the Needs?

This month, GO Transit started running more trains between Guelph and Kitchener, which is billed as another small step forward in the increasingly decades long struggle to get two-way, all-day Go Train service between us and Union Station. It’s important. We need it. But what are the barriers that stand between us and expanded regional transit, and what are we not doing to improve the broader transit picture here in Southwestern Ontario? Continue reading “Regional Transit: Where Do We Begin Filling the Gaps and Addressing the Needs?”

WiFi Access Coming to GO Transit Vehicles in 2020

A lot of GO Transit news is about schedule and frequencies, but a new announcement from the Government of Ontario Wednesday morning was about the ride itself. Starting next year, GO Transit riders will be able to connect their devices to wifi while on their commutes, as Metrolinx is working to turn all 1,475 of their vehicles into hot spots. Continue reading “WiFi Access Coming to GO Transit Vehicles in 2020”

Carbon Tax in Court: Ontario Moves Forward, Sask. Hits Snag, and PEI Bails

It’s not over till it’s over. That seems to be the message coming from the various court challengers to the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act (GGPPA) as Ontario heads to the Supreme Court, Saskatchewan loses a bid to delay, and Prince Edward Island is out of the court battle (for now?). Continue reading “Carbon Tax in Court: Ontario Moves Forward, Sask. Hits Snag, and PEI Bails”

The Pot Shop For Guelph is Cancelled… Or is it?

Last week, it was announced that an application to open a cannabis retailer in the downtown core had been approved by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO). One week later, it seems that the AGCO giveth and the ACGO taketh away, but on the other hand it may giveth again. Continue reading “The Pot Shop For Guelph is Cancelled… Or is it?”

Guelph Getting Its First Pot Shop as 42 New Locations Selected by AGCO

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) has announced the “winners” in their “lottery draw” of 42 new bricks-and-mortar cannabis retailers for Ontario. The good news is that there’s a store coming to Kitchener, but the better news is that there’s one coming to downtown Guelph. Continue reading “Guelph Getting Its First Pot Shop as 42 New Locations Selected by AGCO”