Victory is Lloyd’s as Guelph Becomes Part of Red Wave

Liberal candidate Lloyd Longfield not only held on to the riding of Guelph as the Grits were swept to power last night, he seemingly creamed all competition as the former Chamber of Commerce president took nearly 50 per cent of the vote in the Royal City. Continue reading “Victory is Lloyd’s as Guelph Becomes Part of Red Wave”

Guelphites Rally Against Vote Suppression Pre-Election

With a little less than a week to go before the election, Fair Vote Guelph and the Guelph chapter of Council of Canadians invited people to come down to a rally against voter suppression downtown in front of Old Quebec Street Mall. There, in front of what Michael Keefer called the “crime scene,” between 40 and 50 Guelphites recalled what happened in the last election, and promised to be onguard for any shenanigans that may occur on Monday. Continue reading “Guelphites Rally Against Vote Suppression Pre-Election”

GUELPH POLITICAST #23 – Miguel Figueroa, Leader, Communist Party of Canada

Party leaders don’t come to Guelph a lot, and its rarer still that you get a chance to do a sit down interview with said leader. Welcome to the Communist Party of Canada. On Thursday, Miguel Figueroa, leader of the CPC, was in Guelph to support his local candidate Tristan Dineen, and to talk candidly with young people at the University of Guelph about society’s ills about how the ideals of communism might be the cure. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #23 – Miguel Figueroa, Leader, Communist Party of Canada”

Heckling Pushes Candidates to Be on Point at U of G Debate

Just two days after a showdown at Cutten Fields that was telecast on Rogers, the candidates gathered again to debate, this time at Peter Clark Hall in the basement of the University of Guelph’s University Centre, and for the first time with all seven Guelph candidates on the same stage. What followed was a sometimes funny, sometimes informative, and sometimes hostile debate as all the candidates struggled to sell their platforms to a cynical and engaged lunchtime university crowd. Continue reading “Heckling Pushes Candidates to Be on Point at U of G Debate”

The Official Ballot for Guelph for #elxn42

The last day to submit your nomination papers to become a candidate in the 42nd Canadian General Election was Monday. Today, Elections Canada released the final list of candidates for your consideration this election. When you go to vote on October 19 (or before), this is what your ballot will look like: Continue reading “The Official Ballot for Guelph for #elxn42”

Some Sparks, Not Many, at Social Justice Debate

Without Conservative candidate Gloria Kovach, the social justice debate hosted by Guelph / Wellington Coalition for Social Justice and the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario didn’t have a lot of life, but in front of a packed house at the Italian Canadian Club, there were some contentious moments. Continue reading “Some Sparks, Not Many, at Social Justice Debate”

Fair Vote, Candidates Make Pitch for Electoral Reform

Although not explicitly an election event, it was hard not to feel a political atmosphere afoot at Fair Vote Guelph’s “Your Vote Should Count” event last night. Over 200 people were at the Hope House downtown to see and hear from three of the four major party candidates on where they stand on electoral reform, as well as an informational talk from Fair Vote Canada as to the differences between “First Past the Post,” our current system, and “Proportional Representation,” which can take many different forms. Continue reading “Fair Vote, Candidates Make Pitch for Electoral Reform”

Open Sources Show Notes for Fall Election Coverage

Can you believe the 2015 Federal Campaign is already a month old? Neither can we, but as September begins, those of that run the wheels here at Open Sources Guelph are about to get serious with our campaign coverage, as the show post-Labour Day will start to share the mic with a rotating chair of local candidates who are all vying to become Guelph’s next Member of Parliament. Where do they stand on the issues? What do they want to do for the riding? What effect will their party’s victory on October 19th have on the country? Those are some of the questions we’ll put to our special guests, and here is when you can listen to their answers? Continue reading “Open Sources Show Notes for Fall Election Coverage”

Naturally, Guelph has a Communist Candidate

When we say “Naturally, Guelph has a Communist Candidate,” we mean it. The Communist Party of Canada began in a barn in what was once rural Guelph in 1921, and with another Federal race officially underway, it would be almost unnatural if no one locally came forward to carry the pink (o) flag. Now, following in the footsteps of Drew Garvie and Juanita Burnett, Tristan Dineen will be representing Guelph Communists in 2015. Continue reading “Naturally, Guelph has a Communist Candidate”