Open Sources 2022 Council Candidate Interviews By the Wards

For the last six weeks, the team at Open Sources Guelph has been chasing the nearly 40 candidates running for Guelph city council, and we caught almost 75 per cent of them. Presented here for the first time, we’ve organized all the interviews we’ve done according to the wards, and as we go into the first weekend of early voting, consider these special editions of the show as essential tools in decided who to vote for. Continue reading “Open Sources 2022 Council Candidate Interviews By the Wards”

ONA Head Hoy Tells Open Sources That Ontario’s Nurses Are Fed Up

“Burnt out, tired, defeated, disrespected, not heard.” These are some of the words and terms that Cathryn Hoy used when describing the current emotional state of the people in her profession: nurses. In advance of what looked like another hard weekend at Ontario’s hospitals, we were joined by Coy, the president of the Ontario Nurses Association, on Open Sources Guelph to talking about nursing, as a political issue. Continue reading “ONA Head Hoy Tells Open Sources That Ontario’s Nurses Are Fed Up”

Schreiner Talks About His Latest Election Victory with Open Sources

Just over a week ago, Green Party of Ontario leader Mike Schreiner was pretty overwhelmingly re-elected as the MPP for the riding of Guelph. With 54.46 per cent of the vote, Guelph sent a strong message that they like the way Schreiner does business at Queen’s Park even while the rest of Ontario sent a stronger Ford government to the legislature. So what’s next for Guelph’s (and Ontario’s) Green MPP? Continue reading “Schreiner Talks About His Latest Election Victory with Open Sources”

Taylor Tells Open Sources Why Voting None of the Above Makes the Most Sense

For a lot of voters in this or any election, voting none of the above just makes sense. For those voters, they might be interested that in Guelph there’s a candidate running under that banner. Workers’ rights advocate Paul Taylor is running again for the provincial None of the Above Party, and conveniently located at the bottom of the ballot, Taylor says he’s the best choice for those sick of the big parties and their promises. Continue reading “Taylor Tells Open Sources Why Voting None of the Above Makes the Most Sense”

Devereaux Tells Open Sources About How She Wants to Shake Up Healthcare

Raechelle Devereaux was a community leader long before she decided to run for office. As the CEO of Guelph Community Health Centre, she’s been one of Guelph’s most important voices on issues at the intersection of health, poverty, and social equity, and now she’s part of a new wave of Liberal candidates running in this election looking to redress the mistakes of the past and reassert a claim to governing. Continue reading “Devereaux Tells Open Sources About How She Wants to Shake Up Healthcare”

Schreiner Tells Open Sources That His Work at Queen’s Park Has Just Begun

Guelph made history in 2018 by sending Mike Schreiner to Queen’s Park, the first elected Green Party Member of Provincial Parliament. While the cynical talked about Schreiner as a “caucus of one”, political observers have come to view him as a political free agent, able to collaborate past party lines *and* act as a provocative voice of dissension. In 2022, Schreiner is asking Guelph to send him back, now with full knowledge of his capabilities. Continue reading “Schreiner Tells Open Sources That His Work at Queen’s Park Has Just Begun”

Parr Tells Open Sources That Youth is Experience on Election Issues

“The nitty gritty of it is, I’m a renter, I’m an employee, and it wasn’t too long ago that I was living in my parent’s basement earning very close to minimum wage.” If you’ve been to a local debate or campaign event, you’ve probably heard NDP candidate James Parr say some variation of that line, which not only sums up his own gestalt but also is a neat encapsulation of the issues facing many millions of young people. Continue reading “Parr Tells Open Sources That Youth is Experience on Election Issues”

Burnett Tells OSG Why the Communists Have the Best Ideas this Election

Six times. Juanita Burnett has run for office six times. ” Something I’ve learned as an activist is that somebody has to do the things, and if you stick around, you’re often the one,” Burnett said in her candidate interview on last week’s Open Sources Guelph. The Communist Party candidate believes sixth time’s the charm, and that people are looking for real left-wing change as an antidote to four years living under Doug Ford. Continue reading “Burnett Tells OSG Why the Communists Have the Best Ideas this Election”

McSherry Tells Open Sources That Guelph Needs Someone on the Government Side

Peter McSherry’s got his work cut out for him. As the elected nominee for the Progressive Conservative Party in Guelph, he might have the advantage with his party currently sitting in government offices, but Mike Schreiner got more than twice the number of votes as McSherry’s predecessor in 2018. So can the mild-manned employment lawyer make a case for Guelph to go from Green to Blue? Continue reading “McSherry Tells Open Sources That Guelph Needs Someone on the Government Side”

Mayor Guthrie Talks to Open Sources About Another COVID Year

It’s almost the end to 2021, so it seems like a good time to talk with the mayor about what kind of year it’s been. The story of the year was COVID-19, again, and there was a lot of action at the City of Guelph from lockdowns to re-open strategies to vaccine rollouts, and a lot of information about all that stuff passed through the office of Cam Guthrie. Guelph’s Mayor appeared on the most recent edition of Open Sources Guelph to talk about it all. Continue reading “Mayor Guthrie Talks to Open Sources About Another COVID Year”