In-Person National Indigenous Peoples Day is a Big Success at Riverside Park

Hundreds of people made their way to the bandshell area at Riverside Park to enjoy the first in-person celebration of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples in Guelph in two years. Demonstrations of Indigenous dance and drumming were presented, craft-makers and artisans showed off their wares, and the settler community got a taste of a culture struggling to be embraced and preserved by the next generation. Continue reading “In-Person National Indigenous Peoples Day is a Big Success at Riverside Park”

GUELPH POLITICAST #328 – Noah’s Arc

In his first book, Learning to Live: From the Loss of My Parents to Mental Health Advocate, Noah Irvine writes his memoirs. It might seem a bit weird for a 21-year-old kid from Guelph to put down his life story for posterity, but it’s a story that’s as remarkable as it is recognizable. Noah might have become a statistic, but instead he became an advocate. Now he wants to tell you why. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #328 – Noah’s Arc”

Municipal Election Nominations Update Week #5

It’s election season here in Guelph! The nominations are open for this fall’s Municipal Election, and interested residents are filing their papers to run for positions as mayor, for city council and for a spot on one of the local school boards. Each week, this space will break down who’s new to the race, who’s running again, and where we’re still waiting for someone to show an interest! Continue reading “Municipal Election Nominations Update Week #5”

ONelxn Results: Guelph Still Likes Mike, Ontario Still Likes Ford

If you’re a fan of the now newly-election MPP Mike Schreiner, you had a very good night, but if you were feeling disgruntled by the last four years of Doug Ford, your feelings might might have been dampened. The 2022 Ontario general election is now in the history books, and it made a lot of history indeed even if it wasn’t the history that a lot of political observers were counting on. Continue reading “ONelxn Results: Guelph Still Likes Mike, Ontario Still Likes Ford”

GUELPH POLITICAST #326 – Healthcare: A Pre-Election Podcast

Affordability has kind of hijacked the priorities this election, but once it would have been possible to see healthcare being the number one issue of the 2022 campaign. From more funding for our overburdened hospitals, getting for-profit companies out of long-term care, and expanding coverage to mental, dental and pharma coverage, nothing throws issues of healthcare under a microscope like a global pandemic! Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #326 – Healthcare: A Pre-Election Podcast”

The Politico Provincial Election Crib Sheet for Guelph And Wellington-Halton Hills

Thursday June 2 is Election Day. Perhaps you’ve already voted, but perhaps you’re one of the millions of Ontarians waiting for E-Day because you just like that hustle and bustle or because you’re really, really undecided. If your problem’s the latter, Guelph Politico presents a tool long celebrated by the people unsure if they have the right answer: A crib sheet. Interviews, candidate connections, and video of debates are now yours to peruse pre-Election Day. Continue reading “The Politico Provincial Election Crib Sheet for Guelph And Wellington-Halton Hills”

Taylor Tells Open Sources Why Voting None of the Above Makes the Most Sense

For a lot of voters in this or any election, voting none of the above just makes sense. For those voters, they might be interested that in Guelph there’s a candidate running under that banner. Workers’ rights advocate Paul Taylor is running again for the provincial None of the Above Party, and conveniently located at the bottom of the ballot, Taylor says he’s the best choice for those sick of the big parties and their promises. Continue reading “Taylor Tells Open Sources Why Voting None of the Above Makes the Most Sense”

Devereaux Tells Open Sources About How She Wants to Shake Up Healthcare

Raechelle Devereaux was a community leader long before she decided to run for office. As the CEO of Guelph Community Health Centre, she’s been one of Guelph’s most important voices on issues at the intersection of health, poverty, and social equity, and now she’s part of a new wave of Liberal candidates running in this election looking to redress the mistakes of the past and reassert a claim to governing. Continue reading “Devereaux Tells Open Sources About How She Wants to Shake Up Healthcare”

Schreiner Tells Open Sources That His Work at Queen’s Park Has Just Begun

Guelph made history in 2018 by sending Mike Schreiner to Queen’s Park, the first elected Green Party Member of Provincial Parliament. While the cynical talked about Schreiner as a “caucus of one”, political observers have come to view him as a political free agent, able to collaborate past party lines *and* act as a provocative voice of dissension. In 2022, Schreiner is asking Guelph to send him back, now with full knowledge of his capabilities. Continue reading “Schreiner Tells Open Sources That His Work at Queen’s Park Has Just Begun”

Parr Tells Open Sources That Youth is Experience on Election Issues

“The nitty gritty of it is, I’m a renter, I’m an employee, and it wasn’t too long ago that I was living in my parent’s basement earning very close to minimum wage.” If you’ve been to a local debate or campaign event, you’ve probably heard NDP candidate James Parr say some variation of that line, which not only sums up his own gestalt but also is a neat encapsulation of the issues facing many millions of young people. Continue reading “Parr Tells Open Sources That Youth is Experience on Election Issues”