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”


You’ve heard the name, but what do you know about OPIRG aside from it being a group in Guelph that likes hugging trees and being total SJWs? Okay, so those things are technically true, and OPIRG is proud of it thank-you-very-much! But if you’ve ever wanted to go inside OPIRG and get the bigger picture about how and why they tick, then this podcast’s for you. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #95 – Brad Evoy, OPIRG”

Naomi Klein Tells Guelph We’re Less Radical Than Peterborough

A hush came over the audience as Naomi Klein entered the room. She hadn’t even taken the stage yet, all she had to do was walk in… This was a crowd that was ready and willing to hear the message, “No Is Not Enough“, which is also the title of Klein’s new book, and the author/journalist/provocateur was ready to get everyone at War Memorial Hall hyped in order to spread that message. Continue reading “Naomi Klein Tells Guelph We’re Less Radical Than Peterborough”

GUELPH POLITICAST #92 – Robert Routledge, U of G Student Life

Brace yourselves, Back to School is coming. In about three weeks, the summertime quiet of Guelph will give way to the hustle and bustle from a suddenly swelled student population as 20,000 undergrads come to the city to continue their education or initiate it, and Student Life will be there to help welcome them. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #92 – Robert Routledge, U of G Student Life”