Public Health Unveils Next Phase of Vaccine Rollout Plan

Many areas of Ontario, including Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph, re-opened from the state of emergency on Tuesday. On that same day, Public Health unveiled its plan for a regional vaccine clinics, approved by Ontario’s COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force, that will go into effect once additional vaccine resources become available. For most people in the region, this is the plan that will get them their jabs. Continue reading “Public Health Unveils Next Phase of Vaccine Rollout Plan”

U of G Increases COVID Monitoring and Enforcement After Outbreak

The second wave of COVID-19 continues to wash over the province although there are some signs that we’ve hit the high water mark and the deluge has started to recede. The story looks a bit different on the University of Guelph campus though where Frost Week celebrations on the January 15 weekend ended up becoming a super-spreader event. The U of G’s making it known that they’re putting their foot down. Continue reading “U of G Increases COVID Monitoring and Enforcement After Outbreak”

COVID Outbreak at U of G Gets 7 Cases, Maybe More

On Thursday night, the University of Guelph posted news to its website that no one likely took any joy in sharing. After “unsanctioned social gatherings” (plural) in the East Village Townhouse residences, the U of G has announced at last seven new cases of COVID-19, and the declaration of an outbreak by Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health. These cases represent the most serious outbreak of COVID on campus so far. Continue reading “COVID Outbreak at U of G Gets 7 Cases, Maybe More”

GUELPH POLITICAST #257 – Gone Gryphon

For many thousands of students at the University of Guelph, sport is a big part of their daily routine. Whether they’re a varsity athlete, play on an intramural team, or simply enjoy access to the gym, pool, or rink for personal exercise or enjoyment, athletics is an important part of student life, but what part does athletics play when there’s hardly any student life on campus? Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #257 – Gone Gryphon”

Top 10 (Non-COVID, Non-Social Justice) Guelph News Stories of 2020

Before we literally and figuratively blow up 2020 (as depicted above), let us take a minute to remember some of the major news stories in Guelph over the last 12 months. Leaving behind the pandemic and the renewed call for social equality (both of which will be covered separately in their own pieces), let us consider the news that made this year one for the eternal annals of the City of Guelph. Continue reading “Top 10 (Non-COVID, Non-Social Justice) Guelph News Stories of 2020”

Guelph Cargill Plant Shutdown Temporarily Due to COVID-19

During the pandemic, almost every business has been touched and affected by COVID-19, but if we were to make a list of the *most* affected businesses, meat packing plants would be in the Top 5, if not the Top 3. After weeks of increasing concern about the extent of an outbreak there, the Cargill meat processing plant on Dunlop Drive in Guelph has been temporarily shut down after approximately 200 people there have been tested for the virus. Continue reading “Guelph Cargill Plant Shutdown Temporarily Due to COVID-19”

GUELPH POLITICAST #250 – Empty Campus

See that picture of an empty University Centre? That was taken on Friday around early afternoon last week. Even now, in the middle of exams, that space would be full of people getting lunch, grabbing a coffee, studying, meeting people, or buying a bus ticket home for the holidays. But it’s empty. How do you lead a student body when the vast majority of the body can’t be there? Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #250 – Empty Campus”

Virtual Memorial for December 6 Doubles as a Call to Action

There’s been a great deal that’s changed in the world since the last National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, but the need to gather and mark the day has not. With social distancing in mind, this year’s 31st remembrance of both the terrorist attack in Montreal three decades ago – and for all the women killed by men ever since – was held by candlelight in front of computer screens. Continue reading “Virtual Memorial for December 6 Doubles as a Call to Action”

GUELPH POLITICAST #249 – Why We Need a Science Centre

When he’s not setting some of the most bizarre world records, Professor Jason Thomas, or as he’s more commonly known, The Great Orbax, can be found teaching physics at the University of Guelph, or out in the community instilling a love of science in people young and old. His latest project: taking that love, and turning into support for a new Guelph destination: a bricks-and-mortar science centre. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #249 – Why We Need a Science Centre”

GUELPH POLITICAST #247 – In the Land of Truthers

If you’ve been following the current state of affairs south of the border, you know that there are a lot of people living in false reality bubbles built on a mound of conspiracy theories. Social media companies are finally taking at least tacit steps to stop the flood of misinformation, but it’s becoming clear that the real fight against clashing realities is in our hands, and we all need to know how to fight back.  Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #247 – In the Land of Truthers”