GUELPH POLITICAST #271 – Takin’ Care of Business

As you may have noticed, it’s a tough time out there for businesses, and a tougher time for businesses run by Black people, Indigenous people, and People of Colour. No one knows that better than Chidi Nwene because he talked to BIPOC-owned businesses to discuss their struggles in this third wave of the pandemic. What he learned was not necessarily surprising, but it still needs to be said. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #271 – Takin’ Care of Business”

RECAP: Guthrie Talks about Restrictions, Signs of Hope and Other Things in Live Chat

If you happened to be on Facebook Tuesday night, you might have come across an impromptu Q&A with Guelph’s Mayor, Cam Guthrie. The nearly hour-long affair covered a wide range of topics that were mostly related to COVID-19 and the recent provincial restrictions, though there were some oldies-but-goldies like complaints about the new library, and the lack of an east-end grocery store. There was also a cameo from an honest to goodness local anti-mask celebrity! Continue reading “RECAP: Guthrie Talks about Restrictions, Signs of Hope and Other Things in Live Chat”

GUELPH POLITICAST #269 – Pandemics Make Strange Bedfellows

The most dramatic cultural shift of the pandemic has not been “care-mongering”, or an appreciation of essential workers, it’s been the growing number of people who believe that the things we all see and hear are fake, and reality is something entirely different. With the province locked down again, these groups have found a curious new ally: small business owners. So now what happens? Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #269 – Pandemics Make Strange Bedfellows”

GUELPH POLITICAST #253 – Give Blood.

It’s the holiday season, and along with the usual need to give presents, food, and other festive delights is the life-or-death need to give blood. The hospital is still in business treating more than just COVID-19, and there are a myriad of medical emergencies that require blood from millions of generous donors from across Canada, including Guelph. ‘Tis the season for giving after all, so why not give blood? Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #253 – Give Blood.”

GUELPH POLITICAST #242 – This is Halloween

We know that small businesses everywhere are struggling, but every business is struggling in its own way. Halloween is Christmas for those businesses that sell costumes, make-up, and party supplies, but there’s definitely not going to be any parties this year, and even the possibility of Trick or Treating is in doubt. So what will Halloween look like, and where does that leave the people for whom Halloween is big business? Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #242 – This is Halloween”

GUELPH POLITICAST #240 – Catching Up with Kween

We’ve heard a lot of talk about this being a moment, and June 6 was indeed a memorable moment in the history of Guelph with over 5,000 people in Market Square to march for Black Lives Matter. It amplified of a lot of voices who don’t always get heard in our community despite best intentions, but moments pass and that one was almost four months ago. How have things been going lately? Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #240 – Catching Up with Kween”

The New “Gone Guelph”: Businesses Lost to the COVID Pandemic

Guelph artist in residence Jenny Mitchell has for years produced a series of shirts and merch called “Gone Guelph“, a time capsule of beloved Royal City businesses and institutions that are no longer with us. Memorable or not, Guelph has lost a lot of businesses to the COVID-19 pandemic this year, and this post on Guelph Politico has been set up to memorialize them. Continue reading “The New “Gone Guelph”: Businesses Lost to the COVID Pandemic”

Protestors Make It Clear in Canada Day March: ‘Defund the Police’

The slam of a hammer against wood echoed throughout the street. It was the sound of a demonstrator hitting the post of a sign depicting a gravestone into the carefully manicured grass in front of the Guelph police headquarters late on Wednesday. Like many communities across Canada, Guelph activists spent the anniversary of the country’s birth demanding an end to police brutality, and to add their voices to the “Defund the police” movement.
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Women in Crisis Gets Federal Funds to Adapt to COVID-19

Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis is one of hundreds of shelters and sexual assault centres to get financial assistance from the Federal government’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan. The money is meant to give these essential services a boost, and to get the resources they need to keep working through the pandemic, and according to the executive director of Women in Crisis, the money will be put to immediate use. Continue reading “Women in Crisis Gets Federal Funds to Adapt to COVID-19”

RECAP: Economic Questions Answered in Virtual Chamber Town Hall

With so many different questions, and so many different concerns about the economic fallout of the COVID-19 epidemic, the Guelph Chamber of Commerce gathered our city’s political leaders, virtually of course, to offer some answers. On Tuesday, Mayor Cam Guthrie, MPP Mike Schreiner, and MP Lloyd Longfield took your questions in a new form of public engagement. Continue reading “RECAP: Economic Questions Answered in Virtual Chamber Town Hall”