Climate Strike Planned Downtown This Thursday

A proud Guelph tradition returns this Thursday when several local groups will host a climate strike at noon in St. George’s Square. In the wake of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s recent, and damning, report about the out-of-control warming of the planet, the consortium has some very important demands with local and national reach. Continue reading “Climate Strike Planned Downtown This Thursday”

Hundreds Take to the Streets in Guelph to Support Palestinians

As bombs fell and rocket fire was exchanged in Israel again on Saturday, hundreds of Guelph residents attended a march downtown to support the Palestinian people who are once again barring the brunt of this new wave of violence in the Middle East. The large Guelph turnout was one of a number of such protests around Canada Saturday as local anger over international affairs boiled over. Continue reading “Hundreds Take to the Streets in Guelph to Support Palestinians”

COVID Skeptics Challenge Media to Represent Them “Right”

For the third Saturday in a row, a small group of the vaccine hesitant, people that might be called conspiracy theorists, and others who are just concerned about the inadequacies of the government’s COVID-19 response, gathered in Market Squared to hash it out. This time, there’s a perceptible increase in hostility towards the media covering the event as attendees believed that the coverage they’re getting does not accurately reflect their beliefs. Continue reading “COVID Skeptics Challenge Media to Represent Them “Right””

Less Organized, Still Misinformed; COVID Skeptics Gather Downtown Again

Less than 24 hours after the Provincial government announced stricter lockdown measures, including new police powers and the closure of playgrounds, there was a requisite response from Guelph’s small but vocal group of skeptics. They say they’re not-anti-mask, but they are anti-lockdown, vaccine hesitant, and that they think the government is somehow both tyrannical and incompetent at the same time. Continue reading “Less Organized, Still Misinformed; COVID Skeptics Gather Downtown Again”

After a Decade, a Settlement is Finally Reached with G20 Protestors

The year was 2010. Things started rough with a massive earthquake in Haiti, President Barack Obama got the Affordable Care Act passed but it came at the cost of one of the biggest midterm sweeps in American history, and Spain won that year’s FIFA World Cup. Meanwhile, in Toronto, whatever goals there were for the G20 Summit were overshadowed by violence in the streets and the overreaction by Toronto Police that’s now been backed up with a court settlement. Continue reading “After a Decade, a Settlement is Finally Reached with G20 Protestors”

Protestors Make It Clear in Canada Day March: ‘Defund the Police’

The slam of a hammer against wood echoed throughout the street. It was the sound of a demonstrator hitting the post of a sign depicting a gravestone into the carefully manicured grass in front of the Guelph police headquarters late on Wednesday. Like many communities across Canada, Guelph activists spent the anniversary of the country’s birth demanding an end to police brutality, and to add their voices to the “Defund the police” movement.
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“The Change Starts Now!” Thousands Take Over Market Square to Say, “Black Lives Matter!”

Thousands of people flooded Market Square Saturday and than marched through the streets downtown to send one message: anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism must end, and so must police brutality against those groups. In what might have been one of the largest protests Guelph has ever seen, especially in recent memory, a diverse group of residents joined a worldwide chorus of people demanding the elimination of systemic racism. Continue reading ““The Change Starts Now!” Thousands Take Over Market Square to Say, “Black Lives Matter!””

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”

Guelph Activists Shutdown Intersection to Support Wet’suwet’en Chiefs

A leisurely drive downtown on Sunday afternoon might have caused some frustration if you wanted to pass through the corner of Wyndham and Macdonell during the noon hour. A group of about 40 activists were demonstrating in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs, who, on their ancestral territory in British Columbia right now, are running out of time to stop the development of a natural gas pipeline. Continue reading “Guelph Activists Shutdown Intersection to Support Wet’suwet’en Chiefs”

People’s Party Cancels Bernier Event Due to “Safety Concerns”

What was supposed to be the most controversial political of the season has been cancelled out of “safety concerns.” The local Electoral District Association of the People’s Party of Canada has called off a town hall with party leader Maxime Bernier due to supposed fears of violence stemming from planned protests by local groups. Continue reading “People’s Party Cancels Bernier Event Due to “Safety Concerns””