The sight of two guys fighting downtown in the middle of the afternoon is nothing new under the sun, but when that fight is broken up by two well-known local politicians, then this becomes a case of man bites dog.
The story was in today's Guelph Mercury:
Guelph MP Frank Valeriote and Ward 4 Coun. Cam Guthrie separately happened upon the scene just after 3 p.m. Wednesday.
Two men were shoving, shouting, swearing and squaring off to throw punches as a crowd watched them on the sidewalk at the corner of Wyndham and Quebec streets. Guthrie, Valeriote and other bystanders intervened to separate the men and remained at the location until the men went their separate ways.
The precise nature of the fight is somewhat ambiguous, but my experience is that some people hang around in the downtown don't need (much of) an excuse to wail on each other.
Tip of the hat to both Guthrie and Valeriote more being good samaritans, and defusing a tense situation. And frankly, it's kind of nice to hear about a political fight where politicians are a calming influence and not the instigators.