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”

Government of Ontario Announces Billions in New Funding to Fight COVID-19

The original plan was to unveil the fiscal 2020/2021 budget in the Ontario legislature tomorrow. Instead, the Government of Ontario announced this afternoon that they’re going to spend billions of dollars in the short-term to help the province fight the COVID-19 pandemic with new health spending, and economic support for workers and businesses. Continue reading “Government of Ontario Announces Billions in New Funding to Fight COVID-19”

Schreiner Presents “Save Our Water” Petition in Legislature

Guelph MPP Mike Schreiner presented a petition in the Ontario Legislature today that asks for the Provincial government to take steps to protect Ontario’s water from exploitation by private businesses. There’s presently a moratorium for issuing new water taking permits in the province, but 3,500 signatories on the petition are asking Queen’s Park to do better. Continue reading “Schreiner Presents “Save Our Water” Petition in Legislature”

RECAP: Raised Hopes and Raised Voices at Climate Town Hall

Although it was occasionally interrupted by the loud chants of people demonstrating in favour of the hereditary chiefs on the Wet’suwet’an territory, most people enjoyed a spirited and timely conversation between Guelph’s political leaders from all three levels of government. Below, watch or recap what Lloyd Longfield, Mike Schreiner, and Cam Guthrie had to say about climate change and taking climate action at a town hall led and moderated by high school students. Continue reading “RECAP: Raised Hopes and Raised Voices at Climate Town Hall”

Teachers Across Ontario Co-ordinating Province-Wide One Day Strike

After weeks of separate, rotating one-day strike actions, Ontario’s four teachers’ unions are now combining their efforts for a one-day, province-wide walkout that will affect all schools – elementary, high, Catholic and French – and about two million students in total. For the first time in over 20 years, schools in Ontario will be empty because of labour action by teachers. Continue reading “Teachers Across Ontario Co-ordinating Province-Wide One Day Strike”

Hidden Quarry Gets Approval from LPAT After Long Legal Fight

The Local Planning and Appeals Tribunal’s (LPAT) has given the go ahead for James Dick Construction Ltd. (JDCL) to proceed with the the extraction of stone and gravel at a 39-hectare property just south of Rockwood. Eight years after it first came up in the public consciousness, the so-called “Hidden Quarry” has the greenlight to open for business. Continue reading “Hidden Quarry Gets Approval from LPAT After Long Legal Fight”

Updates to Credit Union Regulations Coming Says Cho

The operation of Ontario’s credit unions has been governed by the same set of rules for over 25 years, and the banking industry has changed a lot in that time period. So time for an update? The Government of Ontario thinks so, and on Friday morning in Guelph, the Parliamentary Assistant for the Minister of Finance announced that change is coming. Continue reading “Updates to Credit Union Regulations Coming Says Cho”

Guelph Groups Offer Feedback to Cho for 2020 Provincial Budget

Stan Cho, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Finance, brought his multi-city pre-budget public engagement to Guelph on Thursday afternoon at the Legion Hall on Watson Parkway South. According to Cho, this was his 12th stop to get feedback in advance of the 2020 Ontario Budget, and the MPP for Willowdale said there are some common themes, and even some surprises. Continue reading “Guelph Groups Offer Feedback to Cho for 2020 Provincial Budget”

Local Elementary School Teachers Take Their Turn on the Picket Line

Using the sidewalks along Woolwich between Norfolk and Baker Street was tricky on Tuesday as hundreds of local elementary school teachers took part in a rotating one-day strike by the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO). The second week of strike action hit the schools in the Upper Grand District Board, but it’s only the beginning of local labour strife with elementary teachers. Continue reading “Local Elementary School Teachers Take Their Turn on the Picket Line”

Norm Jary Picks Up Another Accolade at Guelph Community Living

Norm Jary is Guelph longest serving mayor, and its longest serving city councillor. He’s fondly remembered in the Royal City for his dedication to municipal affairs, and for his years of broadcasting out of CJOY. You can’t find a long-time Guelphite without getting a dose of fondness for Mayor Jary, so what do you get the man that has everything? How about naming a board room after him? Continue reading “Norm Jary Picks Up Another Accolade at Guelph Community Living”