Despite the Pandemic, Guelph and Area Adds 500 More to “Sunshine List”

Despite the economic issues stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, local Guelph and area governments and agencies added more than 500 more names to the so-called “Sunshine List” in 2020. The yearly disclosure of the government workers in the province making 100,000 or more was boosted largely by medical fields, but the number of employees on the list in almost all agencies went up. Continue reading “Despite the Pandemic, Guelph and Area Adds 500 More to “Sunshine List””

GUELPH POLITICAST #264 – Step Up and Do Better

Exactly one week from today, it’s the one-year anniversary of the declaration of a state of emergency in Ontario. The days leading up to March 17, 2020 were the first test of our collective mental health, watching the number of COVID cases steadily increase until things started locking down. But the struggles didn’t end last March, and they show no signs of abating this current month even though the end of the pandemic may be near. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #264 – Step Up and Do Better”

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”