GUELPH POLITICAST #119 – Move Out Madness

It’s April, and you know what that means! No, we’ve already had Easter. And April Fools’ Day. Sure, Earth Day is next weekend, but we’re here today to talk about Move Out Madness, the annual scramble by University of Guelph to pack up their Guelph lives and head home for summer jobs or vacations. This is easier said than done. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #119 – Move Out Madness”

Guelph Politico Moderates [Almost] All Candidates Panel

In a vexing turn of events, Guelph Politico was invited to moderate an all-candidates meeting at the University of Guelph-Humber on Friday in advance of the provincial election. The topics were largely educational in nature, but might we be here looking to the future and what the tenure and tone of the debate will look like once the writ is dropped? Continue reading “Guelph Politico Moderates [Almost] All Candidates Panel”

GUELPH POLITICAST #116 – A St. Patrick’s Day Special

Things were going pretty well. It wasn’t perfect, but it seemed like Town and Gown had found a way to perfectly co-exist inside the City of Guelph thanks to the diligence of City Hall, the police, the university, and student groups. And then Homecoming happened… Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #116 – A St. Patrick’s Day Special”

GUELPH POLITICAST #115 – The Vital Signs Report

What does our community look like? If you’re asked that question, then you surely think of the very literal picture of Guelph in your head, probably Downtown Guelph and the various landmarks of our city core. But less literally, what does our city look like? What kind of people live here? How many live here? What do they do? And are they happy and healthy in Guelph and Wellington County? Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #115 – The Vital Signs Report”

Guelphites Demand Justice for Bushie, and End to “Colonial Death Machine”

Like so many events held by First Nations people in Guelph, the demonstration Saturday called “Justice for Colten Bushie” began with drumming and song. The tenor though wasn’t entirely somber as several speakers were emotionally upset, outraged, or both when speaking about the death of the Saskatchewan youth, the acquittal of Gerald Stanley the man who shot him, and the feeling that Truth and Reconciliation is just another promise broken after the verdict. Continue reading “Guelphites Demand Justice for Bushie, and End to “Colonial Death Machine””

GUELPH POLITICAST #112 – Dr. Francesco Leri, Addiction Specialist

The University of Guelph posted on its website: “Looking for an Expert on the Impact of Opioids on Learning and Memory? U of G Is The Place,” and I thought, “Well, I’m not *looking* for such an expert, but if the University is offering…” A couple of emails later, and you’re on your way to learning about the latest research into how the brain gets hooked on drugs, and not just drugs, but any sort of addictive behaviour. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #112 – Dr. Francesco Leri, Addiction Specialist”

U of G Students Would Rather Have O-Week Than a Fall Reading Week

Do students need a longer break in the fall? That’s the question that the University of Guelph is trying to get feedback on, but they’ve been stymied because “What we heard back was all over the map,” according to Ray Darling, the Registrar for the U of G. A town hall on campus Wednesday night drew about 50 students, but no greater clarity in terms of what the majority of campus wants on the matter. Continue reading “U of G Students Would Rather Have O-Week Than a Fall Reading Week”

Student Pressure Makes Board of Governors Pause Final Divestment Decision

In an interview on the subject, a spokesperson from Fossil Free Guelph said that whatever the outcome of a vote on an ad-hoc committee report at Tuesday’s Board of Governors’ meeting, “It’s not done, until we get divestment.” As luck would have it, despite a report that said otherwise, the debate over whether or not the University of Guelph should divest its endowment from fossil fuel companies is not over. Yet. Continue reading “Student Pressure Makes Board of Governors Pause Final Divestment Decision”

Student Group Hopes to Change Minds on Divestment Vote at U of G

On Tuesday, the Board of Governors at the University of Guelph are meeting, as they regularly do. But there’s an item on the agenda this month that is quite irregular. The final report of an ad-hoc committee on Special Action Requests is bringing back the results of an investigation into whether or not the U of G should divest from fossil fuel companies, and the people that helped bring the request forward are not going to like the answer. Continue reading “Student Group Hopes to Change Minds on Divestment Vote at U of G”

VIDEO: Waiting for the Bus Can Be Dangerous

Tonight at the University Centre, waiting for the northbound #99 Mainline was a cold and perilous experience. It’s hard to say what the problem was – a busy night at the university, a missing bus – but what it was, it created a dangerous situation as hundreds of University of Guelph students waited  in front of platform #12 for their ride downtown. Continue reading “VIDEO: Waiting for the Bus Can Be Dangerous”