Downtown Friends Want More Done on Homelessness

Winter is coming. It’s a cheap joke and a reference to one of TV’s biggest hits, but to a group called Your Downtown Guelph Friends it’s a reminder that there are a lot of people who fear the winter months because they live on the street. On Saturday, the Keep Our Friends Warm Rally sought to made the idea loud and clear, that the City’s not doing enough to get people the shelter they need. Continue reading “Downtown Friends Want More Done on Homelessness”

GUELPH POLITICAST #160 – Paul Tavares, Homelessness Advocate

Homelessness is a hot issue right now. In the midst of an incredible winter cold spell, it’s probably quite timely that we should think about the people who have no choice but to live out in the elements. But one man is living out in the cold voluntarily, and he’s hoping that his example will galvanize more attention to the plight of homelessness in Ontario. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #160 – Paul Tavares, Homelessness Advocate”

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”

“We Hear the Urgency.” Mayor’s Task Force Wraps With Plan of Attack on Homelessness

Help is coming, and it must be a community-wide effort. These are the messages that Mayor Cam Guthrie wanted his Task Force on Homelessness and Community Safety to leave their second meeting with. Exactly when people in need will start seeing the outcome of these deliberations is still a question though. Continue reading ““We Hear the Urgency.” Mayor’s Task Force Wraps With Plan of Attack on Homelessness”

Local Poverty Advocates Concerned About Ontario Gov’s Move on Basic Income Pilot

Yesterday’s announcement that the Progressive Conservative government was reforming social assistance, while ending the Basic Guaranteed Income pilot started by the previous government, caught those combating poverty by surprise. In a word, the Guelph & Wellington Task Force for Poverty Elimination is “dismayed.” Continue reading “Local Poverty Advocates Concerned About Ontario Gov’s Move on Basic Income Pilot”

The Annotated Market Squared Column About the “Upside Down” of Guelph

Back in May, I posted a fairly consequential column to GuelphToday.com. Called “We need to talk about Guelph”, this piece took on a life of its own and started a really positive and intricate discussion about the tremendous need in our community. When the column was shared on the “Overheard at Guelph” Facebook page, someone said that they had wished that links had been included to some of the things discussed, and I thought, “Hey, I can do that…” Continue reading “The Annotated Market Squared Column About the “Upside Down” of Guelph”

GUELPH POLITICAST #21 – Tracy Marchesich, Guelph Food Bank

During this festive time of year it’s important to remember that not everyone is gifted with a wonderful bounty of food and gifts. In fact, people struggle just as hard, if not harder, during the holidays as they do the rest of the year. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #21 – Tracy Marchesich, Guelph Food Bank”