GUELPH POLITICAST #158 – John Clarke, Ontario Coalition Against Poverty

Even under the best of circumstances, the Ontario Public Interest Research Group and the Government of Doug Ford would be on opposite sides of any policy debate. But a few weeks ago, it was announced that changes were coming to university funding that would put the existence of groups like OPIRG at stake. It’s almost enough to make you want to rebel… Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #158 – John Clarke, Ontario Coalition Against Poverty”

Ontario Gov Pulls Controversial Bylaw Proposal from Bill 66

In what’s being perceived as a win for environmentalists, and those concerned about government power overriding public input, the Ontario government has announced that they’ve pulled the most controversial aspect of the Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act, or Bill 66. Continue reading “Ontario Gov Pulls Controversial Bylaw Proposal from Bill 66”

Guthrie Meets with Ford, But They Didn’t Discuss You Know What

Guelph Mayor Cam Guthrie met with Ontario’s Premier Doug Ford on Monday, where they talked jobs, affordable housing and transportation. What they did not talk about though, was the latest controversy involving Bill 66. Continue reading “Guthrie Meets with Ford, But They Didn’t Discuss You Know What”

A Living Wage for Guelph-Wellington is Now $16.90

The Ontario government just cancelled the planned minimum wage increase to $15 an hour in January, but now, at least for workers in Guelph and Wellington County, it seems like they’re failing even further behind. According to a new report by the Guelph & Wellington Task Force for Poverty Elimination, a living wage in our area is now $16.90 per hour. Continue reading “A Living Wage for Guelph-Wellington is Now $16.90”

Ford Government to Change Rules for Official Party Status

Ontario’s government is looking to change what it means to be “official” as a cabinet minster announced today that the line is being moved as to when a party in the Ontario Legislature can secure for themselves Official Party Status. Continue reading “Ford Government to Change Rules for Official Party Status”

Guthrie and Stewart Pleased With AMO Meetings

As the annual Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) conference winds up for another year, delegates from most of Ontario’s 444 municipalities are taking stock of their time with provincial government officials, and among them are members of the Guelph team. In the waning hours of this year’s conference, Guelph Politico talked to Mayor Cam Guthrie and Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Scott Stewart about what was accomplished, and what the first AMO with the Ford government was like. Continue reading “Guthrie and Stewart Pleased With AMO Meetings”

Schreiner’s Surprised That Question Period’s Not Better on the Inside

It seems that dreams don’t come true in quite the way you think. After a rough month in the legislature where the new Ford government has cancelled cap and trade, ended green energy contracts, and generally thrown a monkey wrench into the best laid plans of Ontario’s progressives, Guelph MPP Mike Schreiner rose in the legislature yesterday to smack everyone down for their partisan tendencies. Continue reading “Schreiner’s Surprised That Question Period’s Not Better on the Inside”

Ford Decision on Regional Chairs Doesn’t Let Waterloo Off the Hook

On Friday, Premier Doug Ford announced that the Ontario government was cancelling the elections for regional chair in York, Peel, Niagara, and Muskoka. But wait a minute, there are already regional chairs established in Halton, Durham, and one more… Where was that regional chair, again? Oh yeah, Waterloo! Continue reading “Ford Decision on Regional Chairs Doesn’t Let Waterloo Off the Hook”