Breezy Breakfast Radio Hour
Episode 57:  Open Mic!

Episode 57: Open Mic!

September 21, 2021

This week we talked about Clair-Maltby, cycling in Guelph, downtown parking, the budget, and the archaeological investigation of the Baker Street parking lot.

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Episode 56:  Federal Election Special - Michelle Bowman and Aisha Jahangir

Episode 56: Federal Election Special - Michelle Bowman and Aisha Jahangir

September 12, 2021

Welcome to part two of the Breezy Breakfast Election Special.

This week, Michelle Bowman (GREEN) and Aisha Jahangir (NDP) were our guests.

They described their party's platform - on the Climate Crisis, Housing, Health Care, Child Care, COVID Recovery, Vaccination, and much more - and answered questions.

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Episode 55:  Federal Election Special - Lloyd Longfield and Tristan Dineen

Episode 55: Federal Election Special - Lloyd Longfield and Tristan Dineen

September 7, 2021

Welcome back to another season of Breezy Breakfast.

In the first two shows, we meet four federal candidates.

This week, the Liberal Lloyd Longfield and the Communist Tristan Dineen were our guests.

They described their party's platform - on the Climate Crisis, Housing, Health Care, Child Care, COVID Recovery, Vaccine Passports, and much more - and answered questions.

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Episode 54:  Public Health and Clair-Maltby UPDATES

Episode 54: Public Health and Clair-Maltby UPDATES

July 30, 2021

Public Health and Clair-Maltby UPDATES

Danny Williamson and Anna Vanderlaan from Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health gave a COVID update and answered questions.

Stacey Laughlin and Colleen Gammie from the City of Guelph gave an update on the Clair-Maltby Secondary Plan with an emphasis on Parks and Land Planning.  Be sure to ask questions and make comments by August 8th!  Go to haveyoursay.guelph.ca.

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Episode 53:  Doughnut Economics

Episode 53: Doughnut Economics

July 23, 2021

"See the Doughnut not the ____"

Have you ever wondered why cities constantly face a variety of environmental challenges – like climate change – and social failings that have resulted in egregious inequities and injustices?  What is the origin story behind an economic model that values material production, Bezos-level wealth accumulation, a philosophy of “sell-more-and-forever,” and designed obsolescence – leading to the massive disposal of stuff – above all else, including the activities and experiences that most people see as making life actually worth living?

What if a Doughnut could help us re-imagine the purpose of – and criteria of success for – our cities?  What might that look like in practice?

Dr. Yannick Beaudoin of the David Suzuki Foundation is our tour guide on a quick trip through economic history steeped in patriarchy, conquest and conquering.  It might not exactly be the Marvel Universe, but it is filled with twists and turns you won’t want to miss!

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Episode 52:  Summery Summaries - BYOB

Episode 52: Summery Summaries - BYOB

July 19, 2021

This Thursday's Breezy Breakfast:  Summery Summaries - BYOB!

"It's the time of year when the literati give advice on what we should be reading on our summer holidays. These terrifying lists often leave me appalled at my own ignorance, but also suspicious about the pretension of their advocates."
-Arthur Smith

We had three special guests on Thursday July 15th:

Charlie Angus, MP for Timmins-James Bay and author of Unlikely Radicals, Children of the Broken Treaty, and the upcoming Cobalt:  Cradle of Demon Metals and Birth of a Mining Superpower;

Steve Kraft from the Guelph Public Library;

Guelph author Tom King, recent winner of the Leacock Prize for Humour for his book Indians on Vacation.  

Charlie, Steve, and Tom shared their summer reading suggestions.

After that, our viewers gave their picks!

An informative and entertaining episode.

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Episode 51:  Understanding Islam in Guelph

Episode 51: Understanding Islam in Guelph

July 12, 2021

On Thursday July 8th, Iman Mubeen Butt of the Muslim Society of Guelph and Principal Sara Sayyed of the Guelph Muslim School were our special guests on the Breezy Breakfast show.

Sara and Mubeen answered questions and discussed topics including - but not limited to - the following:

Muslim women covering their heads or faces,
Muslim attitudes regarding alcohol and other similar substances,
Media coverage of and Hollywood's depiction of Muslims, and
Islamophobia and how it can be addressed.

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Episode 50:  PRIDE!  LGBTQ2S+

Episode 50: PRIDE! LGBTQ2S+

June 28, 2021

Good day Breezy Ones…. 

Last week, we celebrated Pride on our Rainbow Zoom call.

Moderated by Indigo Kim, we had a diverse panel discussing the local Pride scene.

Chris Fischer (they/them) is a Guelph-based music professional with thirty years experience as a church organist/choir director.  They have been a member of The Elora Singers since 2012 and have led the tenor section of the Guelph Chamber Choir for fourteen years.  Since 2018, they have been the Accompanist of the Rainbow Chorus of Waterloo-Wellington.

Since 2018, Chris has identified publicly as trans nonbinary and intersex, which means they have both male and female sex characteristics, while having an understanding of their gender that is neither that of a "man" nor a "woman."  Chris helps to demystify the conversation around gender diversity so that other transgender and gender nonconforming individuals are more widely visible, validated, and affirmed by society at large.

Michael Erickson is the lead owner of Glad Day Bookshop, the world's oldest LGBTQ bookstore. Glad Day Bookshop isn't just a bookstore & bar – it also serves as a community and cultural hub, running over 70 events per month and providing support to a range of people in need.  Glad Day has a non-profit side called Glad Day Lit.  Glad Day Lit organizes the world’s largest LGBTQ literary festival ‘Naked Heart,’ which takes place in the Church and Wellesley Village. During the pandemic, Glad Day Lit raised over $300,000 for LGBTQ artists, performers and cash-based workers; Glad Day Lit has provided over 900 emergency grants, and has paid artists and performers during 2020.

Amy Smoke and Shawn Johnston are our two-spirited indigenous guests – they are the co-organizers of Land Back Camp in KW, now situated in Laurel Creek Conservation area, and are active community organizers in the region.

Odesia Howlett (she/her) is a black, cis, queer alumna of the University of Guelph and has lived in Guelph for 10 years.  In that time, she has worked alongside Out on the Shelf for several years, including chairing Guelph Pride in 2019/2020.

Out on the Shelf (OOTS) is a library and resources centre located at 10C in the heart of downtown Guelph.  Members can sign out library books or drop in (pre-pandemic) to talk with someone about all things LGBTQIA+.  OOTS was an idea in 1997, became a registered non-profit in 2008, and is now a major hub of knowledge and support for people of all sexual and gender identities.  OOTS is also the parent organisation of Guelph Pride, which puts on two festivals throughout the year:  one in February around the anniversary of Operation Soap, and the other in June to celebrate Pride Month.

 

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Episode 49:  Open Mic

Episode 49: Open Mic

June 24, 2021

This week, we returned to the open mic, a lightly moderated breakfast where we encouraged all attendees to bring forward local issues.  Hot topics were:
The Ontario Reformatory Lands, including what a Part V heritage designation does and does not do,
AND
The results of the Ward Boundary Review, including the recommendation of 8 wards with 1 full time councillor per ward.

 

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Episode 48:  The Library and the Baker Street Saga

Episode 48: The Library and the Baker Street Saga

June 15, 2021

Hi, Tanya Gevaert here!

While reading about the history of the Guelph Public Library, I came upon the following: “A movement had been put forward to erect a separate building at the turn of the century but had come close to a standstill because of lack of funds and a suitable location. The mayor, Mr. John Kennedy and the Council of 1902 donated part of the park which formed Nelson Crescent and in the spite of the objections of the citizens over this use of park lands for a building, the building of the new Library commenced.”

Lack of Funds? Trouble finding a suitable location? The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Talk of a new main public library started in 1995. The proposal to buy the Post Office was squashed in 2005. The Chief Librarian noted that the Baker Street lot offered the city an opportunity to build a library for the 21 st century while invigorating downtown.

Three preliminary concepts for the Baker Street parking lot were presented to Council in 2008; however, the new library was not included in the 2010 capital budget. In March 2012, a report recommended that a 90,000 square foot 21 st century facility be built with all the typical library components, along with community meeting spaces, green space, and state-of-the-art Archives. (Sound familiar?)

Fast-forward to 2021. Guelph has an opportunity to work with Windmill developers, a company committed to erecting zero ecological footprint buildings. Their mixed-use projects are LEED Platinum certified; their motto is “People + Planet + Prosperity.” The perfect partner for a “green” city.

Their vision of the Baker District includes the new Main Library, residential and mixed-use buildings, and open public space.

It’s been a long and winding road, and we’ve arrived at the same place as we did in 2008. The time has come for Guelph to make a firm commitment to revitalize the downtown core with the new Main Library as a solid anchor.

On June 11, our guests were Steve Kraft (CEO of GPL), Scott Butler (Chair of the GPL Board), and Stephanie Guy (Project Manager, City of Guelph). We heard about the new Main Library and the Baker District Redevelopment. It was the perfect way to get prepared for the Council Report and Presentation on July 21.

 

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