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”

City Engineer Gets a Promotion to the Command Level

Just in time for the annual meeting of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario this coming week, the City of Guelph has named the latest addition to its executive staff with Kealy Dedman being promoted as Guelph’s new Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise Services. Continue reading “City Engineer Gets a Promotion to the Command Level”

Expanded GO Train Service Coming to Guelph this Fall

Although it’s not the two-way, all-day GO Train service that the region’s been asking for over the last decade, the Government of Ontario announced that GO Train service will be expanding again in time for the new school year. Continue reading “Expanded GO Train Service Coming to Guelph this Fall”

S&P Extends AA+ Credit Rating For a Seventh Year

A prime indicator for the financial health of the Corporation of the City of Guelph, Standards & Poors has affirmed its AA+ credit rating for the City for a seventh straight year while adding that the outlook is still stable. Continue reading “S&P Extends AA+ Credit Rating For a Seventh Year”

Schreiner Demands Reform on Appointments and Conflicts By Ontario Government

Guelph MPP and Green Party of Ontario leader Mike Schreiner has hit the Ontario government and Premier Doug Ford again with accusations of corruption and cronyism.  In two different releases, Schreiner attacked the government’s Ontario News Now channel, and demanded that the government reform how they make appointments. Continue reading “Schreiner Demands Reform on Appointments and Conflicts By Ontario Government”

The Ontario Government Changes Autism Funding… Again

The Government of Ontario today announced changes to the funding of autism therapies. Again. In an announcement this morning, Minister of Children, Community, and Social Services Todd Smith promised that the government is committed to “a needs-based program that provides children and youth with the supports they need to thrive.” Continue reading “The Ontario Government Changes Autism Funding… Again”