Advisory Committee Lays Out More Specific Plans for Downtown

It happened in the middle of the fall election campaign, but the new Strategic Advisory Group on downtown Guelph released a series of short to long-term goals that they hope to achieve to create a safer and more welcoming downtown core. The City of Guelph released a new update on Thursday saying that their aspirations have started to take shape with more formal directions, a “high-level, tactical roadmap to achieving the objectives” if you will. Continue reading “Advisory Committee Lays Out More Specific Plans for Downtown”

Advisory Group Sets Six Priorities For Homelessness and Downtown Issues

In the midst of an election where housing affordability, homelessness and mental health and addition issues are all on the frontburner, the City of Guelph is announcing some direction. Following up on a July vote by the current city council to approve a new Strategic Advisory Group on issues affecting downtown Guelph, the group itself has now announced its six strategic priorities to tackle those problems. Continue reading “Advisory Group Sets Six Priorities For Homelessness and Downtown Issues”

GUELPH POLITICAST #341 – Election Economics

This week, the Guelph Chamber of Commerce posts the recorded Q&As they’ve done with the candidates running in each of Guelph’s six wards, and the mayor’s race, deviating from the live format they’ve done in years past. But today, it’s the Chamber’s CEO and President turn to answer the questions as we dive into the election issues at the intersection of government, business and community. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #341 – Election Economics”

RECAP: Candidates Trade Vaguely Complimentary Agendas at Chamber Debate

Once again, it was left to centre-left only at a local provincial election debate, which was especially surprising given that Wednesday it was the Guelph Chamber of Commerce’s turn to ask the questions. Three of the four main party candidates covered a wide spectrum of issues from healthcare to transportation to affordability and economic opportunity. Submitted for your approval, the recap of the most recent Guelph candidates debate. Continue reading “RECAP: Candidates Trade Vaguely Complimentary Agendas at Chamber Debate”

OP-ED: A Thriving and Welcoming Downtown is Good Business

Guelph’s business community has begun the long and challenging process of rebuilding from the COVID-19 pandemic. For many businesses, rolling lockdowns and additional restrictions have caused significant hardships. Recovery will take time for all of us. Continue reading “OP-ED: A Thriving and Welcoming Downtown is Good Business”

RECAP: Guelph Candidates Cover *A Lot* of Issues in Chamber Debate

Guelph’s Federal election candidates from the four main parties met (virtually) for the first time in this campaign Thursday afternoon in the perennial Chamber of Commerce debate. Chamber CEO Shakiba Shayani took candidates through nearly every issue in the platform book in a two-hour plus event broadcast over Zoom that generated a lot of back-and-forth between the candidates, some of it contentious. Continue reading “RECAP: Guelph Candidates Cover *A Lot* of Issues in Chamber Debate”

Are You Ready for Some Federal Candidates Debates?!

There’s only about three weeks left before Election Day, and unless a candidate’s knocked on your door, or they’ve appeared on Open Sources Guelph, you probably haven’t heard from any of the people running locally yet. That will change next week as the four main party candidates meet virtually for the first of a couple of different debates that will help you make up your mind on who to vote for, or change it! Continue reading “Are You Ready for Some Federal Candidates Debates?!”

Chamber Making COVID Tests Available to Small Businesses

A formal re-opening of the economy may still be weeks away, but for businesses that have had to remain open, or are looking to re-open in the future, will have an easier time of it with a new program from the Guelph Chamber of Commerce and Innovation Guelph. Starting today, the Chamber is making COVID-19 rapid test screening available to Guelph’s small and medium-sized businesses as part of a Federal and Provincial joint program. Continue reading “Chamber Making COVID Tests Available to Small Businesses”

Submitting to Pressure, Ontario’s Going Back Under State of Emergency

After several days of sustained pressure, and an increasing number of new daily COVID-19 cases, the Government of Ontario finally bowed to the demands of doctors and public health workers around the province and issued a stay at home order. As of 12:01 am on Thursday, Ontario will be under its third state of emergency order since the start of the pandemic in a last ditch effort to get the virus, and its variants, under control. Continue reading “Submitting to Pressure, Ontario’s Going Back Under State of Emergency”

Issues About Work and Workers Persist Before Potential Re-opening

The extended state of emergency in Ontario comes to an end on Tuesday, which means that businesses across the province might be given a chance to re-open in some capacity as soon as the middle of next week. But while everyone waits for the announcement, some people in Guelph are demanding clear direction for the re-opening rules, and a new commitment to support workers. Continue reading “Issues About Work and Workers Persist Before Potential Re-opening”