On OSG, Schreiner Calls Out Ford Policies as “Dangerous” and “Unnecessary”

It’s 2019 all over again! That’s how Guelph MPP and Green Party leader Mike Schreiner described the situation at Queen’s Park during his most recent appearance on Open Sources Guelph. It’s been a very busy first few months for the new Ontario Legislature, and as we close 2022, Schreiner has notes about Bill 23, Doug Ford’s leadership style, and whether or not he’s going to change team colours. Continue reading “On OSG, Schreiner Calls Out Ford Policies as “Dangerous” and “Unnecessary””

Top 10 Guelph News Stories for 2022

What a year! Perhaps you don’t need to be told, but from this side of the computer it was a very busy news year indeed. For the last 11-and-a-half months it’s felt like not a day’s gone by without some major breaking news, or another new development in long-term stories as our community absorbed one challenge after another. From new maps to new councils, and from election changes to changing issues, let’s count off the Top 10 Guelph news stories for 2022! Continue reading “Top 10 Guelph News Stories for 2022”

ON Gov Achieves New Deal with Another Group of Education Workers

Christmas came early for the Ministry of Education as they’ve achieved another deal with a group of education workers. The rare Sunday news comes from the Ontario Council of Educational Workers (OCEW), a collection of unions representing thousands of education workers in schools around the province, who have now reached a tentative agreement with the Ontario government after a days-long stretch of bargaining. Continue reading “ON Gov Achieves New Deal with Another Group of Education Workers”

Things to Look Forward to With Guelph Politico in 2023

Don’t call them New Year’s Resolutions! Having said that, with our busy election year finally out of the way, I’ve been looking at ways to bring new, better, more interesting, and better packaged political news from this site to all its dozens of readers. So below are five things that you can expect from Guelph Politico and its various appendages once we flip over the calendar to 2023. Continue reading “Things to Look Forward to With Guelph Politico in 2023”

Schreiner Looks Back at “Squandered Opportunities” at Queen’s Park This Fall

This week marks the end of the fall legislative session at Queen’s Park, and what a session it’s been! That was essentially the point on Thursday when Guelph MPP and Green Party of Ontario leader Mike Schreiner held a press conference to mark the end of the session, and he did not mince words when it came to his appraisal of the first six months of the new Ontario government. Continue reading “Schreiner Looks Back at “Squandered Opportunities” at Queen’s Park This Fall”

Guelph Gets More Safe Restart Funding for Transit

Christmas came early for Ontario municipalities who are still struggling with reduced revenue for their transit systems. At an announcement in Brampton today, Premier Doug Ford and Transportation Minister Caroline Mulroney announced phase 4 of Safe Restart Funding specifically geared to public transportation systems in 107 Ontario municipalities for this fiscal year. Continue reading “Guelph Gets More Safe Restart Funding for Transit”

CUPE Education Workers Ratify New Deal with Ontario Government

Closing the door on an especially contentious negotiating period in the long, sad history of contentious negotiations between education workers and the provincial government, the deal between the Government of Ontario and 55,000 education workers represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees has been ratified. Out of the 41,559 members that voted, 30,330 – or 73 per cent – have said that they are accepting the deal. Continue reading “CUPE Education Workers Ratify New Deal with Ontario Government”

The Strike is Cancelled! CUPE and ON Gov Reach Agreement!!

Stop the presses (not that there are many actual presses anymore), but there’s late breaking news on a Sunday night! Although most places in the province were prepared for job action at their local schools starting Monday, a literal last minute deal between the Ontario Ministry of Education and the negotiating team representing 55,000 education workers has been reached. Continue reading “The Strike is Cancelled! CUPE and ON Gov Reach Agreement!!”

Emergency Council Meeting to Discuss Impact of Bill 23

You may have heard about the Government of Ontario’s Bill 23, the More Homes Built Faster Act. Literally introduced the day after the October 24 municipal election, the legislation proposes to change significant portions of municipal planning policy to, in theory, increase the development of housing units. With the first round of feedback about the legislation coming due, the new Guelph city council will assemble to have their say. Continue reading “Emergency Council Meeting to Discuss Impact of Bill 23”

As Workers Strike, Ford Government Moves on the Greenbelt

All eyes in Ontario on Friday were on the protests by education workers around the province, so what a good time to make a controversial move on a sensitive area of interest like the Greenbelt. On Friday afternoon, the Government of Ontario launched 30 days of consultation about removing 7,400 acres of land from the edge of the Greenbelt to make room more homes, which is okay, because this is technically a Greenbelt expansion. Continue reading “As Workers Strike, Ford Government Moves on the Greenbelt”