Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Buses Moving Back to St. Georges Square for the Weekend

Remember when all the buses departed from St. George's Square? Well, your nostalgia itch will be scratched this weekend when circumstances (construction on Macdonell and Wellington) will force the buses to convene at the Square instead of Guelph Central Station. Plan your route accordingly.

PRESS RELEASE - Gord Miller Running for Green Party Nomination

Former Environmental Commisioner of Ontario Gord Miller is entering federal politics, and running to represent the Royal City. This morning, Miller made it official, tossing his hat in the political arena again, this time as the Green Party of Canada's candidate for the Guelph riding. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Former Enviro Commish of Ontario Miller Making Big Political Move

A curious press release showed up this morning, an invitation to a press event where in Gord Miller, former Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, will be announcing "his plan to run in the upcoming federal election in the riding of Guelph." Specifically? Well, if he's going to be a major party candidate, he has one of two choices, and considering his career path, it should be fairly obvious what colour banner he'll be waving come the fall. 

Monday, May 18, 2015

Robocalls Doc Director Talks About the Struggles and Rewards of his Endeavour

"You can't help but live in Ottawa and get involved in politics," says filmmaker Peter Smoczynski. Ottawa is a company town, after all, and that company is the Federal government, so when that industry is in the news for alleged corruption and possible criminal investigation, everyone in town is affected, even the guy with the camera.
Smoczynski decided to use his cameras to make a documentary called Election Day in Canada: The Rise of Voter Suppression, a nation-wide effort to capture not just what happened on May 2, 2011, but to look at how we got there, and where we might be going as we look to the Federal Election this coming October. There have been books, chapters in books, newspaper articles and blog posts representing millions of words written about the robocall scandal, but Smoczynski's is the first documentary.Election Day will be screened twice this week in Guelph and once in Waterloo as part of a national tour, but the course from script to screen was not a smooth one for Smoczynski.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Mayor Holding Townhall Meeting Wednesday

On a recent edition of Open Sources Guelph, Scotty Hertz and I asked listeners to submit questions for Mayor Cam Guthrie, which we then asked during our hour-long interview on CFRU. But if you were dubious as to whether or not we could be trusted to relay your queries to the mayor as intended, this Wednesday's your chance to ask the man in person yourself. 

Friday, May 8, 2015

Walmart Making a Move to Add 2nd Guelph Store at Target Site

It's been a big question since the collapse of Target Canada, what will happen to all those big box sites now on the market considering the widespread understanding of the business model that bricks-and-mortar stores are becoming irrelevant with the increase in online shopping options. Combined with the recent closure of Future Shop and other large Canadian retailers, there's a considerable amount of real estate on the market, but it seems that one of the surviving retail empires just so happens to be looking to step up. Yes, Walmart is purchasing 13 former Target sites, and one of them is in Guelph.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Robocalls Doc Coming to Guelph

If you're still concerned about the events of the 2011 Federal Election, and the robocall scandal that attempted to disenfranchise thousands of Guelph voters, then you're going to enjoy this night out at the movies. Ottawa filmmaker Peter Smoczynski is bringing his new documentary to Election Day in Canada: The Rise of Voter Suppression to the region in a couple of weeks for screenings in Guelph and Waterloo. It seems that the project is still unfinished, so this is more of a preview screening, but the closer we get to this fall's Federal Election it seems the more that people are piling on with remembrances in various media of just what happened back in May 2011.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

No Festival Italiano for 2015

It's hard to get 10,000 people in this town to do anything at the same time, but one of them was Festival Italiano. In a surprise move, the annual celebration of all things Italian, an ethnic group that still carries tremendous prominence in the Royal City, will not be having its 22nd annual event this year. Ordinarily, Festival Italiano unfolds over three days in July, but in it seems that infrastructural obligations at the Italian Canadian Club, the festival's organizer, are taking precedence.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Longfield to Carry Liberal Banner for Guelph in Fall Election

They may not have been first, but many eyes were on the Liberal Party's Guelph membership to see who they would be nominating to succeed Frank Valeriote as their nominee in Guelph. Three people submitted their names for the chance to run for the Liberals in this fall's federal election. By the time it was all said and done, former Guelph Chamber of Commerce President Lloyd Longfield came out on top, but if there was a unifying tone amongst all the potential Liberal nominees it was that they're very convinced that Stephen Harper is going down this October. 

Friday, April 24, 2015

Guthrie Delivers his First State of the City

Earlier today, Mayor Cam Guthrie did what mayors do and delivered a speech. In this instance, the speech was the annual State of the City address at a breakfast get together held by the Guelph Chamber of Commerce. This was Guthrie's first State of the City, and like the more famous "State of the Union" addresses made by the cheif executive of the country immediately to the south of us, it's filled with fine platidudes and a lot of feather fluffing about the awesomeness of the Royal City (not that it isn't well deserved of course).