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Guelph Politico is locally sourced and dedicated to covering the political and cultural scene in the City of Guelph. Est. 2008.

Friday, June 24, 2016

GUELPH POLITICAST #41 - Fair Vote Guelph on Electoral Reform


You might have heard a lot of discussion in the news about electoral reform, but what is it, what are we reforming, and what are we reforming it into? All good questions that also have the virtue of not being easy ones to answer as well. This is the podcast that, at least initially, aimed to answer those questions, but if you're not sure where to begin on electoral reform, then this is as good a place as any to start.

Monday, June 20, 2016

City Council Preview - What's on the Agenda for the June 20 Meeting?


A special council meeting will be held tonight. In fact, it's not really a council meeting, it's the shareholders' meeting for Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc., and it just so happens that city council and the GMHI shareholders have the same make-up. Much of the information to be presented tonight is already known, but still questions persist about the management of Guelph's big ticket assets.

Friday, June 17, 2016

GUELPH POLITICAST #40 - Paul Smith, Métis Writer and Activist

Tribal Vision, an Aboriginal Arts Education group for Ontario Schools Specializing in Native Dance, performing at the U of G in 2010
Tuesday marks National Aboriginal Day, and Guelph will mark the occasion with activities in Market Square that evening. Owing to the fact that this is a political podcast and website though, I thought it might behoove us talk about some of the issues surrounding Canada's First Nations people rather than  just celebrate a community event held in the honour.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

MANGEZ! Dine Safe Guide for June 1-15, 2016



Twice-monthly, Guelph Politico posts the latest inspection results from the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health Unit inspection of local restaurants, hotels, cafes, grocery stores and other businesses that handle food. We call it "Mangez!", and this column highlights the latest inspections done by WDGPH, and the results they've posted.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Deal Between Metrolinx and CN Paves Way for All-Day GO Train



The Province of Ontario has announced this morning that they've vaulted the biggest hurdle in getting all-day, two-way GO Train service going between Toronto and Kitchener. Metrolinx and CN Rail have reached an agreement, in principle, that will allow those green and white trains to start moving through the region on a more regular basis.

Monday, June 13, 2016

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for June 13, 2016



City council gathers this evening for the monthly planning meeting. You can click here for the amended agenda from City Hall, and you can click here to read Politico's preview of tonight's meeting. For the complete blow-by-blow of tonight's council meeting, you can follow me on Twitter, or follow along below via Storify.

Liz Sandals Shuffled Off Education in Cabinet Shuffle


Almost two years to the day of their surprise return to majority government status, the provincial Liberals, and Premier Kathleen Wynne, shuffled the cabinet this morning. Among the maneuvers, Guelph's own cabinet member, MPP Liz Sandals, will no longer be serving as Minister of Education, but don't call this a demotion. She's still a member of the now two-fifths female Ontario cabinet.

City of Guelph Issues Statement About Orlando Tragedy


In response to the tragic events in Orlando, FL early Sunday morning, and the death of 49 people with another 53 injured after a gunman with ISIS sympathies opened fire at a queer nightclub, the City of Guelph has lowered its flag to half-mast and released an official statement

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Fair Vote to Put on an Alternative Voting Explainer



You may have noticed a lot of talk in the media about something called "electoral reform." That's sarcasm, of course, Guelph has been fired up about reform ever since some scalawag named after our local poutinerie made robocall a dirty word back in 2011. If the various systems being proposed to replace First-Past-the-Post (FPTP) have you scratching your head though there's good news! Fair Vote Guelph is holding an event at the end of the month that will hopefully make things clearer. 

Friday, June 10, 2016

Ontario Court of Appeal Releases Sona Decision



Although, it was known last month that the appeal of the convention of Michael Sona was denied, the exact reasons for that decision by the Ontario Court of Appeal was not known... Until now. On Thursday, the court posted the rationale for their decision, and it seems that they're satisfied with the judgement of the trial judge and his reasons despite the objection of both Crown and defense.