GUELPH POLITICAST #145 – The Armistice

It’s been 100 years since the Great War, “the war to end all wars”, finished with the signing of an armistice between the Allied powers and the Central powers. As the guns fell silent on the battlefields of Europe, thousands of people back home were waiting to hear the good news, and the Guelph Evening Mercury brought it to them.  Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #145 – The Armistice”

Celebrating Celebrations of Guelph (The Text Version)

Last week on the Guelph Politicast, I told a story of how the Royal City marked it’s 100th, 150th, and 175th anniversaries. For a half-hour podcast, it was a rather exhaustive trip down memory lane, reaching all the way back to Guelph’s founding in 1827 and coming back around to the 21st century. But if you’d rather take a more leisurely stroll through these remembrances, or maybe you just bristle at the sound of my voice, then you can now scroll freely though the text of that podcast. Continue reading “Celebrating Celebrations of Guelph (The Text Version)”

How the Guelph Mercury Covered Vimy Ridge

The attack began Easter Monday, April 9, 1917. By the time it was over, Canada had secured its place in history as an army, as a nation, and as a people, and we’ve come to understand that deeply in the last 100 years. But I wondered: how was the battle seen at the time, how was it read and understood by the people of Guelph through their daily newspaper? To the microfiche! Continue reading “How the Guelph Mercury Covered Vimy Ridge”

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”

EDITORIAL: Don’t Lament the Things We Lost, Protect What Remains

As far back as I could remember, I always wanted to work in a video store. Quentin Tarantino worked in a video store and he turned out okay. Randy, the movie geek in Scream movies, did as well, but that turned out less well. Be Kind, Rewind, a personal favourite of mine, was a movie about a couple of ne’er-do-wells trying to save their local street corner video store, but no amount of “Sueded” movies was going to save Thomas Video this year from the fate of so many other video stores. 2016 was a hard year for loss, but some losses, here in Guelph anyway, hurt more than others. Continue reading “EDITORIAL: Don’t Lament the Things We Lost, Protect What Remains”

Top 10 Guelph Political Stories of 2016

It’s that time of year for lists, a glorious time for ranking and evaluation people, places and things that happened in 2016, and Guelph Politico is no exception to the trend. So submitted for your approval below are the Top 10 Political Stories of the Year. Share. Discuss. Dissent. It’s all good. Continue reading “Top 10 Guelph Political Stories of 2016”

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?”

Mercury Website May Not Be Saved

In yesterday’s news about the imminent closure of the Guelph Mercury, the press release from Metroland carefully explained that it will “cease publishing the print edition” this Friday. That makes it sound like the Mercury will continue on as a digital only presence, but Merc staffers past and present have come out and said that this is not the case. More than that though, there’s cause for concern that when the print Mercury ceases to exist on Friday, so will the website. Continue reading “Mercury Website May Not Be Saved”

SHOCKER! The Guelph Mercury Will Cease Print Operations on Friday

It began operation the same year as Canada, but sadly the Guelph Mercury will not be around to see its 150th birthday next year. In shocking, but not unsurprising news especially given the last couple of weeks, the Guelph Mercury will print its final edition this Friday, January 29. Continue reading “SHOCKER! The Guelph Mercury Will Cease Print Operations on Friday”