GUELPH POLITICAST #238 – The Future of Parkview

At the August 24 city council meeting, money from the affordable housing reserve was given to the St. Joseph’s Housing Corporation to help complete a project to provide 65 affordable units to seniors. As a delegate at that meeting, the executive director of the Drop In Centre announced that her non-profit was working on a deal of its own for supportive housing, and that became the story. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #238 – The Future of Parkview”

Wellington County Gets $750,000 to Help the Most Vulnerable Through Pandemic

One of the biggest issues with a stay-at-home order is that you have to have a home to stay at. For that reason, the Government of Canada announced last month that they were offering $157.5 million in funding to address the needs of the homeless during the COVID-19 crisis, and the County of Wellington will be getting $720,000 of that money to look after the short-term needs of our area’s most vulnerable. Continue reading “Wellington County Gets $750,000 to Help the Most Vulnerable Through Pandemic”

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”

This Week in Lloyd: Homelessness, Middle Class Movement and Holidays

Guelph MP Lloyd Longfield works a ways from the Royal City, but he’s still working for the people in his riding. So what has he been up to lately? This is “This Week in Lloyd.” Continue reading “This Week in Lloyd: Homelessness, Middle Class Movement and Holidays”

Goller Defends Motion on Supportive Housing on OSG

Although the vote to direct City of Guelph to look at developing the land at 106 Beaumont did not go his way, Ward 2 Councillor Rodrigo Goller has no regrets about his advocacy on the file. This past Thursday on Open Sources Guelph, Goller talked about the hectic last month at council, fighting for housing, and the fight to come at Tuesday’s budget meeting. Continue reading “Goller Defends Motion on Supportive Housing on OSG”

Motion Sickness: How One Request for Info Pitted a Neighbourhood Against City Hall

Somewhere in William Winegard Public School, someone was rhythmically beating a drum. The slow tap of that drum was always there in the background, and it did nothing for the mood on the second floor, where, in the library, Ward 1 Councillor Dan Gibson was walking a fine line between outrage and need. Continue reading “Motion Sickness: How One Request for Info Pitted a Neighbourhood Against City Hall”

Downtown Friends Want More Done on Homelessness

Winter is coming. It’s a cheap joke and a reference to one of TV’s biggest hits, but to a group called Your Downtown Guelph Friends it’s a reminder that there are a lot of people who fear the winter months because they live on the street. On Saturday, the Keep Our Friends Warm Rally sought to made the idea loud and clear, that the City’s not doing enough to get people the shelter they need. Continue reading “Downtown Friends Want More Done on Homelessness”

Longfield Announces New Money for Homelessness Programs in Wellington County

The County of Wellington is getting nearly $1.5 million in new funding over five years to help combat homelessness in Guelph and the surrounding area. Guelph MP Lloyd Longfield made the announcement on Friday morning with several staff members from the Country’s social services department. Continue reading “Longfield Announces New Money for Homelessness Programs in Wellington County”

GUELPH POLITICAST #160 – Paul Tavares, Homelessness Advocate

Homelessness is a hot issue right now. In the midst of an incredible winter cold spell, it’s probably quite timely that we should think about the people who have no choice but to live out in the elements. But one man is living out in the cold voluntarily, and he’s hoping that his example will galvanize more attention to the plight of homelessness in Ontario. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #160 – Paul Tavares, Homelessness Advocate”

“We Hear the Urgency.” Mayor’s Task Force Wraps With Plan of Attack on Homelessness

Help is coming, and it must be a community-wide effort. These are the messages that Mayor Cam Guthrie wanted his Task Force on Homelessness and Community Safety to leave their second meeting with. Exactly when people in need will start seeing the outcome of these deliberations is still a question though. Continue reading ““We Hear the Urgency.” Mayor’s Task Force Wraps With Plan of Attack on Homelessness”