Are You Ready for Some Ag Policy?! The 2020 Agricultural Conference is Coming to Guelph

A splashy announcement in the well-lit atrium of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) on Wednesday brought federal and provincial partners together to announce that Guelph will be the locale for the 2020 annual gathering of federal, provincial and territorial agriculture ministers. Continue reading “Are You Ready for Some Ag Policy?! The 2020 Agricultural Conference is Coming to Guelph”

GUELPH POLITICAST #176 – Aid for Legal Aid

There are a million stories in the Doug Ford era of provincial governance, and covering them all isn’t easy. One of the stories that has perhaps fallen through the cracks is the cuts to Legal Aid Ontario. In April’s provincial budget, funding to legal aid was cut by 30 per cent, and all $133 million of that took effect immediately. So now what? Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #176 – Aid for Legal Aid”

Legal Aid Cuts Hit Important Program at Women in Crisis

Provincial cuts seem to be affecting the Guelph community again, this time in the form of a vital legal aid program for victims of domestic violence. Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis and the Legal Clinic for Guelph and Wellington County posted the news on Friday that a weekly family law clinic has been cancelled effective immediately. Continue reading “Legal Aid Cuts Hit Important Program at Women in Crisis”

Opposition Parties Unite on the Badness of Bill 108

Members of Ontario’s three major opposition parties gathered Queen’s Park media for a press conference Tuesday morning with the message that they don’t like what Bill 108 has in mind for the province’s endangered species, and they want their government counterparts to vote against it. Continue reading “Opposition Parties Unite on the Badness of Bill 108”

LUMCO Still Mad After Meeting with Minister Clark

A meeting of the Large Urban Mayor’s Caucus of Ontario (LUMCO) with Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark today in Guelph seems to have lead to nowhere in term of answering LUMCO’s concerns about funding cuts. At least that’s the impression from a LUMCO statement signed by its chair, Guelph Mayor, Cam Guthrie. Continue reading “LUMCO Still Mad After Meeting with Minister Clark”

Ontario Gov Announces Free Trips for Kids 12 and Under on GO Transit

With March Break coming up, Ontario’s Minister of Transportation, Jeff Yurek, went to a March Break hot spot in downtown Toronto, the Ripley’s Aquarium, to announce that kids getting to any destination will get there for free on GO Transit starting on March 9.  Continue reading “Ontario Gov Announces Free Trips for Kids 12 and Under on GO Transit”

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”