When the Guelph Mercury breathed its final, gasping gulps for air before slipping into the waves of history, Guelph was up-in-arms. We were enraged and engaged, ready to stand up for the importance of media.
But then, where did it go?
To admit, I myself was caught up in defending the cornerstone to democracy, the fourth estate, and its presence in Guelph. So much so, I started this WordPress Blog in hopes of continuing the good work the Mercury did, before it faded away.
My passion for journalism never did though. After that, I got involved in a little online media start up called The New Union. After a trial run in Feb. 2016, I brought an amazing team together to launch it Oct. 1, 2016.
Soon after that, we merged under a larger media organization called Atlas News, where I currently serve as CEO and Editor-in-Chief with an outstanding volunteer team of 20+ writers, marketers and tech people covering global political, financial and conflict news.
But what does that have to do with Guelph?
It all started here for me. Not just my passion for journalism, but my life. I was raised in Guelph, went to school here and am taking a semester off from Guelph-Humber, a satellite campus in Toronto. I love Guelph and I realize that with the experience I have gained in the past year through my university program and my time at Atlas News, I can give back by using my passion in a small way.
I want to bring the Guelph Updater back online to serve the community by connecting the Guelph Updater with an active and accurate world news category and work to hold our municipal government accountable.
I saw on Twitter that our Mayor Cam Guthrie was posting summary videos about City Council meetings. I then began to ask the people around me when the Council meetings were, but no one knew and I had to find out they’re on Tuesday via the Guelph website.
There’s two problems here. One was that our own Mayor had to produce summary videos of city council meetings for a population of over 100,000 and that I didn’t know when the people who make decisions that directly affect my daily life met to make those choices.
Being informed; having knowledge is the most important task for the citizens of a democracy, to understand what is going on in City Hall and around the world.
That is why the Guelph Updater will be returning on Feb. 1, 2017-nearly a year after it first started, to fully and reliably serve Guelph with news from City Hall and around the world.
Eli Ridder, Editor