This Summer in Lloyd: From Up North and Back Again

Guelph MP Lloyd Longfield usually works a ways from the Royal City, but he’s still working for the people in his riding. So what has he been up to lately? This is a special seasonal edition of “This Week in Lloyd.” Continue reading “This Summer in Lloyd: From Up North and Back Again”

Vandalism Hits Advocacy Groups Around the Region

The annual confluence of June festivities including Pride Month, National Indigenous History Month and Juneteenth make this month a cause for joy and excitement, but it also seems like a cause for consternation. A recent round of vandalism in the area has target Pride flags, Indigenous groups, and a local Black History landmark, and that’s creating concerns in communities that should be celebrating. Continue reading “Vandalism Hits Advocacy Groups Around the Region”

This Week in Lloyd: Black Heritage, Climate Action, and Research Funding

Guelph MP Lloyd Longfield [usually works a ways from the Royal City, but he’s still working for the people in his riding. So what has he been up to lately? This is “This Week in Lloyd.” Continue reading “This Week in Lloyd: Black Heritage, Climate Action, and Research Funding”

Flag Raising Kicks Off Black History Month in Guelph

Tuesday was the first day of the month, and since the month is February that means it’s also the first day of Black History Month. First thing in the morning on Tuesday, representatives from Guelph Black Heritage Society were joined by Mayor Cam Guthrie, other local politicians, and about 50 spectators to see the black, red and gold colours of the African Nova Scotian flag raised above Wilson Street. Continue reading “Flag Raising Kicks Off Black History Month in Guelph”

This Month at Council Part 2: Three Workshops and a Park Name

In part two of our monthly recap of city council, we’re going to cover a laundry list of issues discussed at three council workshops, from parking to systemic racism to growth. And to finish things off, we will review the regular council meeting where some naming controversy was settled with a celebration of Guelph history. Continue reading “This Month at Council Part 2: Three Workshops and a Park Name”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for April 19, 2021

City council will try again to gain some insight into fighting systemic racism. You can click here for the amended agenda from City Hall, and you can click here for the Politico preview. For the complete blow-by-blow of today’s council meeting, you can follow along on Twitter, or follow the tweets below. You can also watch the City’s own live-stream of the meeting here. Continue reading “LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for April 19, 2021”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the April 19 Meeting?

For this third Monday of the month, a time when there’s usually no meeting of city council, the horseshoe will be called together for a very timely, and very important conversation about race in our community, and systemic racism in our city structures. Get ready for another council workshop! Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the April 19 Meeting?”

Longfield Announces $76,000 in New Funding for Black Heritage Society

The weekend marks the end of February, which also means the end of Black Heritage Month. Marking the occasion, Guelph MP Lloyd Longfield announced two new grants for the Guelph Black Heritage Society, money that will help GBHS improve their Heritage Hall headquarters on Essex Street, and other funds that will help the group expand their virtual programming. Continue reading “Longfield Announces $76,000 in New Funding for Black Heritage Society”

AGG and Guelph Museums Get Federal Money for BIPOC Programming

Two local cultural institutions are getting a big assist from the Federal government. In a virtual announcement today, Guelph Member of Parliament Lloyd Longfield announced on behalf of Minister of Canadian Heritage Steven Guilbeault that the Art Gallery of Guelph and the Guelph Civic Museum will receive $100,000 from the Federal government. The funds will help support BIPOC programing, and assist with their safe re-opening. Continue reading “AGG and Guelph Museums Get Federal Money for BIPOC Programming”

Graffiti Abounds! Guelph Black Heritage Hall Vandalized, But So is Nazi Monument (?) in Oakville

So, there are Nazi monuments in Ontario? You might have never found that out if someone hadn’t vandalized the “Monument to the Glory of the UPA” in the St. Volodymyr Ukrainian Cemetery in Oakville before Friday. This is the latest instance of racist, or colonialist, monuments and statues to be challenged or vandalized since protests for social justice started after the killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis in May, but this one has a twist. Continue reading “Graffiti Abounds! Guelph Black Heritage Hall Vandalized, But So is Nazi Monument (?) in Oakville”