GUELPH POLITICAST #166 – Mirali Almaula, The Ontarion

Nobody in the press likes being story, but the student press lately has very much been part of the story. The state of the media today is the story as we’ve seen with papers closing start-ups coming and going, and layoffs affecting the entire sector. The landscape is changing, and it’s changing rapidly, and not even the student media is immune from the shift. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #166 – Mirali Almaula, The Ontarion”

GUELPH POLITICAST #106 – Guelph’s Crooked Media

Before we wrap up 2017, let’s review the year that was at city council. That’s 12 months of decisions and debates on all matters of local governance from big items like merging hydro, to smaller items like approving sign bylaw variances. To take this one on, I needed a team. A group of people that observe city hall as closely as I do. Let’s assemble Guelph’s Crooked Media. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #106 – Guelph’s Crooked Media”

GUELPH POLITICAST #100 – Gerry Barker, Guelph Speaks

It took six long years to get here, but the day has finally arrived. Welcome, to the 100th episode of the Guelph Politicast! To celebrate this auspicious occasion, I wanted a surprise guest. Someone my dedicated audience might never have expected, but nonetheless would enjoy hearing from. In the end,  there was only one person I could think of. For 100 episodes you’ve heard Guelph speak, well now you’ll hear from the guy that does “Guelph Speaks”. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #100 – Gerry Barker, Guelph Speaks”

GUELPH POLITICAST #99 – Listener Q and A

You had questions, and I had answers. Last week, I put out a request on the various social media lines for your queries about current events at city council and the City of Guelph, and you responded with about a dozen of them. This is where you get your answers. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #99 – Listener Q and A”

What’s Going On With Guelph’s Rogers Channel?

What’s going on with Guelph’s Rogers Channel? That’s a question I started asking myself yesterday when I found a tweet from Inside Guelph, a talk show that airs weekdays on Rogers Cable 20. Or rather it did. The mysterious tweet, which has since been deleted, implied that not only was the Royal City’s local human interest show been cancelled, but that the entire Rogers community access operation was closing. Continue reading “What’s Going On With Guelph’s Rogers Channel?”

GUELPH POLITICAST #65 – Phil Andrews, Former Editor of the Guelph Mercury

It was one year ago today that the news broke that the Guelph Mercury was shutting down. Under different circumstances, this year would be a cause for celebration for the Merc, it’s 150th birthday, but instead, despite the honest efforts of several people in the community, the hole left behind by the paper’s closure still hasn’t been filled. So is there a better time to look back? Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #65 – Phil Andrews, Former Editor of the Guelph Mercury”

GUELPH POLITICAST #59 – Bill Hulet, Guelph Back-Grounder

Hard to believe, but it’s been almost a year since the Guelph Mercury went out of business, and it’s a void that has still yet to be completely filled, even in spite of the best efforts of some people. But forget breaking news, and forget about the play-by-play at city council meetings just for a minute. News doesn’t happen in a void, and not every story – even most stories – is self-contained with a beginning, middle and end. Context. News is useless without it, but where can we now get it? Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #59 – Bill Hulet, Guelph Back-Grounder”

Do You Miss a Daily Newspaper? Tell This Lady About It

Hard to believe, but it’s been going on nearly a year now that Guelph has gone without a local paper. The Guelph Mercury-Tribune, Guelph Today, myself, and a few others have tried to fill the void of the old Guelph Mercury, but can anything really replace that hole left behind by a local daily newspaper, and how are we all coping with that? Well, I now know at least one lady who would like an answer to that, and she’d like your feedback as well. Continue reading “Do You Miss a Daily Newspaper? Tell This Lady About It”

Is it the Hamilton Spectator Presents The Guelph Mercury Now?

If you went to the Guelph Mercury website with longing this morning, you may have been surprised to see that there were new articles posted there. The pleasantness of that surprise was somewhat diminished though when it was revealed to you that those articles came courtesy of the Hamilton Spectator. So is this the fate of the Mercury now, to be an up-to-date pipe for other newspapers in the Metroland family still printing? Continue reading “Is it the Hamilton Spectator Presents The Guelph Mercury Now?”