September 23, 2022

For Immediate Release


Hello friends, family and supporters,

Previously, a Guelph Ward 2 resident who is running for Ward 1 Councillor, inquired about advertising her political campaign on the Facebook community that I run. The response was that there may be equal opportunities for all candidates at a later date.

Shortly after this inquiry, her boyfriend/friend who is well known for his anti-police activism, and some members of her campaign team took to various channels on social media to start their offensive campaigns against me. Going through almost 400 past Google Reviews dating back 11+ years to find the distasteful reviews in question. From that, through many anonymous, newly created and fake accounts across social media, is when the harassment, threats and racist comments started pouring in. Some of these newly created anonymous accounts are strangely immediately followed, engaged with and shared by some candidates and even some current councillors and other well-known anti-police figures.

Regardless, I understand how my previous comments may be hurtful to the LGBTQ+ community, and please know that they never came from a place of hate. The thousands who know me know that the Caught in Guelph Facebook community that I run is an inclusive and safe community for all, and we have and continue to support marginalized groups, as has been demonstrated over the years. Our almost 35,000 members enjoy positive and uplifting community news, information, events, connections, recommendations, giveaways and more.

I have since had the wonderful opportunity to reflect and meet with the Chair of Out on the Shelf, of which Guelph Pride is a subsidiary of. Through conversation and kind words of encouragement to further educate myself, I am committed to growing and furthering my positive impact on our community through applicable programs available. I will be looking at ARCH as a great resource for training, and the Rainbow Diversity Institute, a queer-lead organization that offers a number of anti-oppression and equity workshops. I would further encourage, if elected, that all elected officials pursue similar training for a better understanding of the LGBTQ+ community and their struggles.

I am also pledging the equivalent of $6,034.00 of my received council pay – the amount of the pay raise that council voted to give council coming out of the pandemic – to be donated to local non-profit marginalized groups. I have always felt that this pay raise doesn’t resonate with the people who are struggling today.

I will also bring forth new Code of Conduct policies for all recipients of taxpayer-funded resources, as well as committee members (and their team), to further protect marginalized groups in our community.

I wish to thank the many hundreds of people who have reached out to me over the past 2 weeks with your words of encouragement. The Guelph DNA that we all know is based on our Guelphite’s love, kindness and forgiveness in our community. I truly cherish and value that.

And so, with that said, I am announcing that I am resuming my campaign effective immediately and will be focusing on making up for lost time. My priorities are to bring fiscal responsibility to our local government and for a safe and affordable community for our families.

Thank you.

Thai Mac