GUELPH POLITICAST #193 – Election Night (Abridged)

Monday was Election Night, and the end of a long campaign that was only 40 days long, but was a tough-fought slugfest that took no prisoners on the hustings, or in the radio booths, of the nation. It’s much to the relief of a nation that it’s over (for now!), but there was some great stories and insights on CFRU on Election Night that demand to be preserved. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #193 – Election Night (Abridged)”

RECAP: The Last Debate of Campaign 2019 Must be Recapped to Be Believed

Lloyd Longfield, Ashish Sachan and Mark Paralovos weren’t there, and depending on how they feel about free wheeling political debates with lots of audience interaction, maybe they’re glad they weren’t at the Royal City Mission Thursday night. The last debate of the 2019 election in Guelph was a wild affair that made all the other debates feel like “going to bed with a mannequin” by comparison. (Real quote.) Continue reading “RECAP: The Last Debate of Campaign 2019 Must be Recapped to Be Believed”

Surprise Candidate, Unsurprising Snub Marks Social Justice Debate

A benchmark for any election season, the Guelph Wellington Coalition for Social Justice and other partner groups hosted the Social Justice debate Thursday night at the Italian Canadian Club. There weren’t many fireworks, but it was the first time that all the candidates were together in one place at one time. Well, almost. Continue reading “Surprise Candidate, Unsurprising Snub Marks Social Justice Debate”

Burnett Tells OSG She Wants to Make a Better National Marriage Through Communism

Juanita Burnett is running for the third time to represent Guelph, and the first time for the Federal seat. She’s been the steadfast Communist candidate since 2014, in a town that literally helped found the Canadian wing of the Communist Party in 1921. Burnett was the first guest on this elections round of candidate interviews on Open Sources Guelph. Continue reading “Burnett Tells OSG She Wants to Make a Better National Marriage Through Communism”

Rowley Rallies Local Communists With Election Agenda

The Communist Party of Canada started in Guelph in 1921 in a barn off Metcalfe Street. That was the outskirts of town back in the 20s, but nearly 100 years later, it was the CUPE Hall just off the University of Guelph campus that hosted the current Communist Party leader Elizabeth Rowley. It just took her a little bit of extra time for to get there… Continue reading “Rowley Rallies Local Communists With Election Agenda”

Juanita Burnett Not Running For Trustee (Even Though She Is)

The deadline for adding or withdrawing your name for candidacy in this fall’s election was July 27, but there’s still one person who’s saying that she’s not in the running anymore. At least unofficially. In other words, Juanita Burnett doesn’t want to be your choice for school board trustee in Ward 1 and 5 of the Upper Grand District School Board. Continue reading “Juanita Burnett Not Running For Trustee (Even Though She Is)”

Schreiner Makes History in Competitive Guelph Race

Guelph made Ontario political history last night by electing the province’s first Green Party Member of Provincial Parliament. Mike Schreiner’s victory came after what looked like a very tight race in the riding, but in the end, Schreiner won his seat in what can only be described as a “blow out” result for the Green Party of Ontario leader. Continue reading “Schreiner Makes History in Competitive Guelph Race”

Notes From the Guelph Wellington Coalition for Social Justice Debate

Whether they had an appetite for change, or an appetite for politics, over 400 people flooded the Italian Canadian Club for the first Guelph debate of the 2018 Provincial Election. Standing room only gave way to organizers embiggening the room for more seats, as seven of the eight announced candidates sparred on a bunch of issues in a 150-minute set. Here’s what we learned… Continue reading “Notes From the Guelph Wellington Coalition for Social Justice Debate”

More Candidates Enter Race as August Draws to Close

The close of nominations for the 2014 Municipal Election is fast approaching, and with only a couple of weeks left to file papers, the ballots in races for the City of Guelph have seen quite a few new additions in the last couple of weeks. In brief, a new name makes the mayor’s race even more competitive, the ranks of the Ward 4 contest swell, and a couple of new old names are making their play in another election run. Continue reading “More Candidates Enter Race as August Draws to Close”

GUELPH POLITICAST #11 – Juanita Burnett, Communist Party of Ontario

Both the national and provincial Communist Party have made their presence known in Guelph the last several years, and why not? It’s only fitting because the party, the second oldest registered political party in the country, was started right here in Guelph in 1921. For the last several years, Drew Garvie has carried the Communist flag – as it were – in the Royal City, but with Garvie moving on to Toronto, the local Communist Party has turned to Junita Burnett to speak for the working class in the 2014 Provincial Election. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #11 – Juanita Burnett, Communist Party of Ontario”