Ontario Government Announces Safe Re-Opening Plans for Post-Secondary

As part of series of week-long announcements about re-opening the province, the Government of Ontario revealed Wednesday how they will approach the re-opening of post-secondary education. Starting in July, in-person classes will begin again in a limited fashion after consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, but what that looks like in practice will be another matter altogether. Continue reading “Ontario Government Announces Safe Re-Opening Plans for Post-Secondary”

Billes Resigns as U of G Chancellor Because of Divestment Vote

Last month‘s vote by the University of Guelph’s Board of Governors to divest from fossil fuel companies was the fiscally prudent move according to the financial committee. But while the committee was sure that the U of G would suffer no fiduciary consequences to divestment, there has been a different kind of loss for the university as a result. Martha Billes, the chancellor of the U of G has quit, and she say’s it’s because of the divestment vote. Continue reading “Billes Resigns as U of G Chancellor Because of Divestment Vote”

After Years of Advocacy, the U of G Board of Governors Approves Divestment

After almost seven years of pushing by the student advocacy group Fossil Free Guelph, the majority of the Board of Governors at the University of Guelph voted Wednesday to divest the institution’s endowment from companies that hold fossil fuel reserves. After a debate, and a few amendments, all but three board members followed the lead of Vice-President of Finance Don O’Leary, and voted to divest over the next five years. Continue reading “After Years of Advocacy, the U of G Board of Governors Approves Divestment”

GUELPH POLITICAST #214 – Food Security and Sick Pay

It’s been noted frequently that the COVID-19 pandemic is touching just about every aspect of our society, but aside from healthcare, perhaps no two areas of everyday life have been more affected than how we shop, and how we work. How fortunate then that the University of Guelph has two experts to help us out with understanding that! Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #214 – Food Security and Sick Pay”

University of Guelph Names a Historic New President

In midst of a very disruptive school year where campus has been nearly emptied and all classes are going digital, the University of Guelph have announced the person they’ve hired to get things back to normal for 2020/21. Charlotte Yates, currently the provost and vice-president (academic), has been hired as the ninth president of the U of G, and the first female to hold the office. Continue reading “University of Guelph Names a Historic New President”

Number of Guelph Names on the Sunshine List Down From Last Year

In the midst of a national health crisis, the Government of Ontario made time to release the annual Public Sector Salary Disclosure, aka: the “Sunshine List.” Since 1996, the Provincial government has released salary information for anyone who works for the government making $100,000 a year or more, and this year, the number of names on the list for Guelph went down by 89. Continue reading “Number of Guelph Names on the Sunshine List Down From Last Year”

Students in Guelph and Waterloo Mostly Heed Advice on St. Patty’s Parties

Guelph Police Service took an unusual step for a post-St. Patrick’s Day report and thanked the public for being dedicated enough to stop the spread of COVID-19 by not holding big outdoor gatherings. According to the daily report from Guelph Police, they answered 40 per cent fewer calls yesterday over St. Patrick’s Day 2019. Continue reading “Students in Guelph and Waterloo Mostly Heed Advice on St. Patty’s Parties”

COVID-19: Officials Urge Calm; City and University Make Protective Moves

So far, there is still no confirmed case of Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19, in Guelph, but that doesn’t mean we’re not feeling the effects. In the last 24 hours, there have been a whole list of new closures and cancellations as the city’s health officials are trying to quell concerns about whether or not Guelph is ready for its first case of COVID-19. Continue reading “COVID-19: Officials Urge Calm; City and University Make Protective Moves”

Two More COVID-19 Cases in Waterloo Region as Local Events Reconsider Cancellation

The news these days is pretty much all Coronavirus, all the time, and every hour brings new cancellations and quarantines, including, as of lunch hour on Thursday, the Prime Minister of Canada. With everything from major sporting events, movie premieres, conferences, and other crowd-filled activities being cancelled, everyone’s on guard for the next outbreak. Even here in Guelph. Continue reading “Two More COVID-19 Cases in Waterloo Region as Local Events Reconsider Cancellation”

U of G Students Push Admin to Looking Again at Divestment

Over 100 University of Guelph students led a solidarity process with the hereditary chiefs of the Wet’suwet’an territory on Wednesday on campus, and then they went inside to push the administration to divest the university from fossil fuels. Although the U of G Board of Governors voted down such a motion last year, Vice-President of Finance Don O’Leary promised the protestors that he would bring it up again. Continue reading “U of G Students Push Admin to Looking Again at Divestment”