GUELPH POLITICAST #353 – Christmas With Lloyd

For the last couple of years, we’ve used the Christmas week episode of the podcast to sit down with an influential Guelphite and talk a little more broadly about life and politics while looking back at some of the year’s highlights. This week’s podcast interview comes to you via a Zoom call from the hallways of Parliament Hill, which was the site of what the Canadian Press calls the Biggest Story of the Year. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #353 – Christmas With Lloyd”

Federal Funds Will Help Bookshelf Scale Up Digital Sales

Do you like books? Do you like small, independent book stores like the Bookshelf in downtown Guelph? If you do, then this was a good news day because the Federal government announced funding for the Canadian Independent Booksellers Association, as well as funding for 180 booksellers across Canada, to help support Canadian literature by making those tomes easier to buy through digital storefronts. Continue reading “Federal Funds Will Help Bookshelf Scale Up Digital Sales”

Ground Broken on Kindle Communities Project, Plus New Money

The ground has been broken on another new supportive housing development in Guelph. Approved last summer by council, the Shelldale Cres. project sponsored by Kindle Communities and SkyDev, a subsidiary of Skyline developers, has begun construction after a well-attended ground breaking on Wednesday that also delivered tremendous funding for the project from a variety of sources. Continue reading “Ground Broken on Kindle Communities Project, Plus New Money”

This Summer in Lloyd: From Up North and Back Again

Guelph MP Lloyd Longfield usually 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 a special seasonal edition of “This Week in Lloyd.” Continue reading “This Summer in Lloyd: From Up North and Back Again”

New Seth Mural Revealed as Enhancement of Trans Canada Trail

Seth has left his mark all around Guelph. The award-winning artist and graphic novelist has his art displayed outside the Bookshelf, in the sculpture garden at the Art Gallery of Guelph, and now on the wall along the Trans Canada Trail behind the Matrix Building next to the river. Members of the Guelph Hiking Trail Club, the Matrix’s board, and the artist himself officially unveiled the new piece on Monday. Continue reading “New Seth Mural Revealed as Enhancement of Trans Canada Trail”

Feds Give $2 Million To Help Accelerate Clean Tech in Food Businesses

Agri-business and green tech, two high-profile industries that are swept up in a rapid cycle of change and innovation, but is there a way that they can help each other? The answer is yes, and the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) is giving $2 million to a Guelph company to further efforts to make businesses both economically and environmentally sustainable. Continue reading “Feds Give $2 Million To Help Accelerate Clean Tech in Food Businesses”

HOPE House Celebrates the End of a Successful Capital Campaign

An in-person ceremony commemorated the completion of the capital campaign to buy and renovate the old Norfolk United Church, which you may know as the headquarters for HOPE House. Part of that ceremony was the official rename of the church as the David Barr Memorial Building, a rechristening of sorts that marked both the beginning of a new era at HOPE House and the continuation of their efforts to help Guelph’s most vulnerable. Continue reading “HOPE House Celebrates the End of a Successful Capital Campaign”

FedDev Minister Brings Millions of New Investment to Guelph and Wellington

The Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) spent the day in Guelph on Friday with nearly $13 million to burn in her pocket. Two stops on her public schedule delivered money for a new green technology innovation fund, and money to help improve area tourist attractions including Guelph’s biggest and most famous park. Continue reading “FedDev Minister Brings Millions of New Investment to Guelph and Wellington”

This Week in Lloyd: Ukraine Plus Money for the Arts, and Free Wifi

Guelph MP Lloyd Longfield [usually 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: Ukraine Plus Money for the Arts, and Free Wifi”

Nice Day for a Protest! Political Action Marks First Day of Spring

Sunday was the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere, but the season was barely a couple of hours old when Guelph’s political activists came out in force on Sunday afternoon. From anti-abortion activists in front of the Basilica of Our Lady, an anti-COVID mandates demonstration in front of city hall, to a march for migrant rights around the office of MP Lloyd Longfield, things here very politically busy downtown. Continue reading “Nice Day for a Protest! Political Action Marks First Day of Spring”