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””

Students Call for More Climate Action in Latest City Hall Protest

A couple of high school students rallied in front of City Hall on Friday afternoon after walking out of their classrooms to call on council to declare a climate emergency and initiate the actions to back it up. Continue reading “Students Call for More Climate Action in Latest City Hall Protest”

VIDEOS: Parents Angry and Emotional About Changes to Autism Funding at City Hall Vigil

On Monday, changes to autism funding go in effect in Ontario, and the people that are directly affected, the parents of children with autism, are not pleased. Several of them gathered in front of Guelph City Hall Friday evening to express their anger, disappointment, and hope that someone – especially the current Provincial government – listen to their concerns. Continue reading “VIDEOS: Parents Angry and Emotional About Changes to Autism Funding at City Hall Vigil”

VIDEOS: Students and Community Warn Ontario Gov the Fight Has Just Begun

The weather Monday was unseasonably warm, but the rhetoric was red hot in Branion Plaza at the University of Guelph. Students leaders, politicians, and community organizers joined a province-wide coalition to reaffirm their anger in proposed changes to tuition and student fees from the provincial government. Continue reading “VIDEOS: Students and Community Warn Ontario Gov the Fight Has Just Begun”

GUELPH POLITICAST #114 – Voices of First Nations in Protest

In the recently released Vital Signs report (more about that on the next Politicast), statistics revealed that 6,500 people in Guelph and Wellington County identified as First Nations. That’s about three per cent of the population, which isn’t huge, but is far from insignificant. We don’t always see them, but our First Nations friends have certainly been making themselves heard lately. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #114 – Voices of First Nations in Protest”

Residents and Activists Stop Chainsaws for the Day at Lafarge

Thursday night, a group called Friends of the Howitt Creek sent out a press release to all local media, the City of Guelph, and the developers of the Lafarge site to let them know there would be no trees cut down on Friday. They were going to protest… Continue reading “Residents and Activists Stop Chainsaws for the Day at Lafarge”