Hundreds Take to the Streets in Guelph to Support Palestinians

As bombs fell and rocket fire was exchanged in Israel again on Saturday, hundreds of Guelph residents attended a march downtown to support the Palestinian people who are once again barring the brunt of this new wave of violence in the Middle East. The large Guelph turnout was one of a number of such protests around Canada Saturday as local anger over international affairs boiled over. Continue reading “Hundreds Take to the Streets in Guelph to Support Palestinians”

Anti-Lockdown Protests Week #4: No Speeches, No Interviews, Lots of Yelling!

For a month now, a small group of people have been gathering in Market Square every SAturday to protest Ontario’s COVID response. It’s impossible to distill the beliefs of everyone there into a simple sentence or paragraph, but there was one thing abundantly clear at the most recent gathering: Whatever welcome members of the local media had at these gatherings, it has more or less expired. Continue reading “Anti-Lockdown Protests Week #4: No Speeches, No Interviews, Lots of Yelling!”

Less Organized, Still Misinformed; COVID Skeptics Gather Downtown Again

Less than 24 hours after the Provincial government announced stricter lockdown measures, including new police powers and the closure of playgrounds, there was a requisite response from Guelph’s small but vocal group of skeptics. They say they’re not-anti-mask, but they are anti-lockdown, vaccine hesitant, and that they think the government is somehow both tyrannical and incompetent at the same time. Continue reading “Less Organized, Still Misinformed; COVID Skeptics Gather Downtown Again”

Police Investigating a Cough Attack at Market Square

Since Guelph started Stage 2 of Ontario’s economic re-opening plan, there have been a couple of disturbing incidents involving people coughing on employees in area stores. Now the trend has extended to re-opened City amenities with the report of an incident at Market Square from the weekend that someone intentionally coughed on a City of Guelph employee at the wading pool on Sunday. Continue reading “Police Investigating a Cough Attack at Market Square”

The City of Guelph Sets Dates on Re-Opening Some Facilities

Earlier this week at the COVID-19 response meeting of city council, senior staff discussed the plans to start the re-opening of City facilities in the weeks to come. On Friday, a list of dates were released and you can now mark your calendar for when you can start enjoying splash pads, pools, and even public washrooms again across Guelph again. Continue reading “The City of Guelph Sets Dates on Re-Opening Some Facilities”

GUELPH POLITICAST #114 – Voices of First Nations in Protest

In the recently released Vital Signs report (more about that on the next Politicast), statistics revealed that 6,500 people in Guelph and Wellington County identified as First Nations. That’s about three per cent of the population, which isn’t huge, but is far from insignificant. We don’t always see them, but our First Nations friends have certainly been making themselves heard lately. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #114 – Voices of First Nations in Protest”

Guelphites Demand Justice for Bushie, and End to “Colonial Death Machine”

Like so many events held by First Nations people in Guelph, the demonstration Saturday called “Justice for Colten Bushie” began with drumming and song. The tenor though wasn’t entirely somber as several speakers were emotionally upset, outraged, or both when speaking about the death of the Saskatchewan youth, the acquittal of Gerald Stanley the man who shot him, and the feeling that Truth and Reconciliation is just another promise broken after the verdict. Continue reading “Guelphites Demand Justice for Bushie, and End to “Colonial Death Machine””