City, Police and Public Health Clarify Position on Emergency Orders

It’s been a confusing weekend following Friday’s announcement of new, more stringent COVID-19 restrictions by the Provincial government. Perhaps sensing that uncertainty, the City of Guelph, Guelph Police Service, and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health issued a joint statement on Sunday morning that clarified the new police powers, and when they will be used. Continue reading “City, Police and Public Health Clarify Position on Emergency Orders”

Guelph Police Twitter Account Takes Down Blue Lives Matter Banner

How often do you look at the banner image at the top of a Twitter page? Probably not that often, but that top image may be the source of a big headache for the Guelph Police Service. An image of a “Blue Lives Matter” flag had, until today, appeared at the top of a Guelph Police Twitter account, and though it’s now gone, there’s still a concern about who is responsible, and if they understood that the symbol has more than one meaning. Continue reading “Guelph Police Twitter Account Takes Down Blue Lives Matter Banner”

Bill Blair Talks to Local Leaders About Gun Law Impact

In the midst of dealing with all things COVID, the Federal government is also in the process of working on new gun control legislation that they hope will have an impact on the various crimes involving firearms. There has been some criticism of Bill C-21 and whether it can actually have an effect on crimes where guns are used, but Public Safety Minister Bill Blair took part in meetings with area groups Thursday to try and make the point. Continue reading “Bill Blair Talks to Local Leaders About Gun Law Impact”

Romance Scams Added to Local Fraud Crime Spree

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Guelph Police Service is warning the general public about romance scams, fraudsters who try to gain the trust of their victims though romantic circumstances in order to rob them blind. This is the latest scam to make the rounds in the Guelph area in the last month in what has been a veritable scam-palooza in the Royal City. Let’s consider all the potential fraud going on… Continue reading “Romance Scams Added to Local Fraud Crime Spree”

CITY PAGES: Bike Parking, Art Donations, and Crime Stoppers

The City of Guelph puts out a lot of information on a weekly basis, and while it all ends up on the City’s website somewhere, wouldn’t it be easier to just scroll through it all on one easy-to-read article on Guelph Politico here…? Continue reading “CITY PAGES: Bike Parking, Art Donations, and Crime Stoppers”

City, Police, and Public Health Outline New Lockdown Guidance for Guelph

The new Ontari0-wide lockdown went into effect on Thursday morning at 12:01 am, but it’s been reported in recent days that people still don’t know entirely what that means. In a joint statement, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health and the Guelph Police Service tried to lay down some lines for Guelphites to follow about how to manage your quarantine, and what might happen if you break it. Continue reading “City, Police, and Public Health Outline New Lockdown Guidance for Guelph”

COVID Outbreak Declared for Guelph Police as Local Vaccine Distribution Delayed

We talk a lot about the dangers faced by frontine workers during the pandemic, and Monday we saw that first hand with Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health declaring an outbreak at the Guelph Police Service. And since it doesn’t rain but it pours, public health itself announced Monday that they will not be rolling out vaccines today as originally planned. Continue reading “COVID Outbreak Declared for Guelph Police as Local Vaccine Distribution Delayed”

Top 10 (Non-COVID, Non-Social Justice) Guelph News Stories of 2020

Before we literally and figuratively blow up 2020 (as depicted above), let us take a minute to remember some of the major news stories in Guelph over the last 12 months. Leaving behind the pandemic and the renewed call for social equality (both of which will be covered separately in their own pieces), let us consider the news that made this year one for the eternal annals of the City of Guelph. Continue reading “Top 10 (Non-COVID, Non-Social Justice) Guelph News Stories of 2020”

CITY PAGES: Rinks Open, Artists Wanted, and Holiday Hours

The City of Guelph puts out a lot of information on a weekly basis, and while it all ends up on the City’s website somewhere, wouldn’t it be easier to just scroll through it all on one easy-to-read article on Guelph Politico here…? Continue reading “CITY PAGES: Rinks Open, Artists Wanted, and Holiday Hours”

RECAP: Cobey Faces Tough Questions on Community Safety at Ward 1 Town Hall

From safety concerns downtown to property theft and damage in the far east end of the city, there were a lot of police issues discussed at Tuesday’s town hall meeting held by Ward 1 Councillors Dan Gibson and Bob Bell. From the impacts of COVID-19, to changes in Guelph’s crime severity index, to calls to “Defund the Police”, Police Chief Gord Cobey fielded a lot of questions, and offered a lot of answers. This is the recap… Continue reading “RECAP: Cobey Faces Tough Questions on Community Safety at Ward 1 Town Hall”