Q&A with Kayla “Kween” Gerber About Saturday’s March, and Combatting Racism in Guelph

For nearly two weeks, protests demanding an end to police brutality and anti-Black racism have taken to the streets in cities across the U.S., Canada, and around the world. On Saturday, it will be Guelph’s time to demonstrate with what’s looking to be a very large gathering of people in support of Black Live Matter out in front of City Hall. What’s it going to look like, and what’s it been like organizing something like this in a pandemic? Continue reading “Q&A with Kayla “Kween” Gerber About Saturday’s March, and Combatting Racism in Guelph”

City of Guelph and Guelph Police Thinking Ahead to This Weekend’s Protest

The civil rights demonstrations and marches that have erupted after the killing of George Floyd while in police custody last week continue to occupy people, politicians and current affairs both here and in the United States. After thousands showed up at a march in Kitchener Wednesday, the City of Guelph and the Guelph Police Service have both put out messages in advance of Saturday’s event in Downtown Guelph. Continue reading “City of Guelph and Guelph Police Thinking Ahead to This Weekend’s Protest”

Local Longo’s Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19

Grocery stores have been called essential services by the Provincial government, which is why the workers there are vulnerable to catching COVID-19. It’s happened before, and now it’s happened in Guelph, specifically at the Clair Road location of Longo’s. According to a company press release, a worker at Longo’s Guelph has tested positive for COVID-19, but the chain’s owner is saying that they’re handling it. Continue reading “Local Longo’s Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19”

Students in Guelph and Waterloo Mostly Heed Advice on St. Patty’s Parties

Guelph Police Service took an unusual step for a post-St. Patrick’s Day report and thanked the public for being dedicated enough to stop the spread of COVID-19 by not holding big outdoor gatherings. According to the daily report from Guelph Police, they answered 40 per cent fewer calls yesterday over St. Patrick’s Day 2019. Continue reading “Students in Guelph and Waterloo Mostly Heed Advice on St. Patty’s Parties”

Guelph Police Adding Downtown Resource Officers

For months now there’s been a general discussion about the safety of people downtown, and it’s a discussion that got real earlier this year with two separate homicides happening within a block of each other in the span of a month. Sensing a need for a greater police presence in the core, the Guelph Police Service will be unveiling a six-month pilot project to have four additional full-time uniformed officers on the streets. Continue reading “Guelph Police Adding Downtown Resource Officers”

One Day in Guelph; Two Big Retirements Announced

This “hump day”, it seems like some people in upper management in Guelph are feeling like leaving work. Forever. In two non-associated announcements, one long-serving member of the Guelph Police Service, and one key general manager at City Hall have announced that they’re finally ready for what comes after work. Continue reading “One Day in Guelph; Two Big Retirements Announced”

The Top 10 Guelph News Stories of 2019

The year is coming to close, and the non-stop news cycle is about to go on a holiday hiatus. There’s been so much news to cover these last 12 month that it’s hard to nail the Top 10 stories of the year, let alone rank them all in order, but that’s the cross we bear in the news business at this time of year. So, without further ado, shall we get to the Top 10 political news stories in Guelph for 2019? Continue reading “The Top 10 Guelph News Stories of 2019”

Chief Cobey Says This Year’s Budget Crunch is a ‘Perfect Storm’

In a year that saw City of Guelph departments and boards do everything possible to keep their budget increase close to zero, the Guelph Police Service asked for a nearly 10 per cent increase. That accounts for over half of this year’s total tax levy increase, which currently sits at 3.78 per cent, but Guelph’s Police Chief is firm, his service needs those fund and the new people they will secure. Continue reading “Chief Cobey Says This Year’s Budget Crunch is a ‘Perfect Storm’”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the November 20 Meeting?

The final presentation for the 2020 Budget features a lot of the local services that people engage with daily in Guelph, including the police, the library, and the local public health unit. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the November 20 Meeting?”

Extra Buses for Homecoming and Other Reminders

It’s good news for everybody this Homecoming weekend, at least if you’re going to take the bus. All-day on Saturday, Guelph Transit will be free for everyone to ride regardless of whether you’re going to the game or not. But if you are going to the game, or hosting a party in your own backyard, take care to be on your best behaviour. Continue reading “Extra Buses for Homecoming and Other Reminders”