This week on Open Sources Guelph, there are a lot of unknowns. Will there be a proper school year with COVID still a thing? Are we ignoring Canada's growing far-right extremism and conspiracy theorists? And what about future political leaders, who is going to run alongside Joe Biden on the Democratic ticket, and who will lead the Green Party of Canada into the next election? This week, we'll try to get some answers. This Thursday, August 6, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss: Class Struggles. It's almost exactly one month till the start of the school year, and for a lot of parents across Canada that means making a tough decision: If the schools are open, do I feel the precautions make it safe enough to send my child there? It's a tough call, and the details change between provinces and school boards, but with reports of outbreaks at American schools that have re-opened, what assurances do we have that school will be COVID cool in September? Parks and Wreck. Among the problems facing the country, one that's been overlooked is a small group of conspiracy-minded people camped out at the National War Memorial called "the Canadian Revolution." This group has been demanding that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau be arrested or investigated for pedophilia, child trafficking, and other charges, and if you think this sounds suspiciously like QAnon level stuff, you're right! Are we paying enough attention to these fringe groups? Veep Stakes. Former Vice-President Joe Biden will be announcing his running mate sometime in the next week or so in the lead up to the Democratic National Convention where he will officially assume the Democratic nomination for the presidency. The VP selection has a lot riding on it, not just because people want a forward, progressive-leaning pick, which will definitely be a woman, but because this person will likely be the presumptive nominee for President in 2024. Any guesses? Follow the Leader's Race. A lot of people have been talking about the Conservative leadership race, but there are actually two Federal parties in the midst of a leadership contest right now. The Green Party race has twice the number of candidates as the Conservatives, but probably hasn't garnered half of the coverage, and this is a key moment for the Green Party as they plot a path forward without the leader that put them on the electoral map. So who looks good to succeed Elizabeth May? Open Sources is live on CFRU 93.3 fm and at 5 pm on Thursday.
This week on End Credits, we're going to enjoy a taste of summer as usual, still watching movies at home, but watching movies that best suit a summer's day at the multiplex. On this episode, we're going to review The Old Guard, which is the Netflix version of a summer blockbuster, and before that, we're going to look at all the potential blockbusters Spielberg never made. This Wednesday, August 5, at 3 pm, Adam A. Donaldson and Tim Phillips will discuss: Uneven Stevens Epilogue. For the last few weeks, we've been ranking all of Steven Spielberg's films from worst to best, but with nearly 50 years in the business, Spielberg's been attached to a lot of different projects over the years. So as an addendum to our Spielberg ranking, we've got one more list: the Top 10 Spielberg projects that Spielberg never made, or got made by someone else! REVIEW: The Old Guard (2020). Look at that picture at the top. Now that is a group of badasses, right? Lead by the Queen of Action herself, Charlize Theron, The Old Guard is Netflix's latest entry in the big Hollywood summer action game and features Theron's Andy leading a quintet of immortal warriors in a modern world where they can no long hide in the shadows. Sounds like the start of a beautiful franchise, but does this sure to be part one of a series get us hooked? End Credits is on CFRU 93.3 fm and Wednesday at 3 pm.
City council is one of those things that has more less operated the same way for decades, You’ve got your elected officials, and the relevant City staff around the big central table, media covers the goings on from their appointed desk, and there’s a gallery full of spectators and supplemental staff who will take part in the meeting when called upon. It’s simple, and it’s how things have always been done... at least until COVID-19. As part of its COVID-19 emergency measures, the Ontario government amended the Municipal Act to make certain allowances for cities, towns, and regional governments to hold meetings remotely. Guelph was one of the first early adapters to go to the digital council meeting, and the first COVID response meeting happened on March 23, a little over a week after Guelph, and indeed the country, shut down in response to the outbreak. Those initial forays on March 23, and then again on April 16, led to an adjusted summer schedule for council that allowed them to handle City business while keeping physical distance and then also creating a way for council to hear from the public. Has it been an adjustment? Yes, but it’s seemed like an easy one, at least from the point of view from council observers. So how has it been going behind the scenes? On this podcast, we’ll talk to the man best qualified to discuss those behind the scenes details, City Clerk Stephen O’Brien. O’Brien will review the changes that have allowed the virtual meetings, and whether they were considered before COVID-19. He will also talk about the advantages and disadvantages of virtual council meetings, and which of those changes might remain after the immediate effects of the pandemic are over. And finally, O’Brien will talk about the current status of the ward boundary and council composition review, and when you will be able to have your say about what council might look like in 2022.  So let's talk about how council meetings have changed in the pandemic era on this week's Guelph Politicast! City council meetings will continue next week with the planning meeting of council, and the latest COVID-19 response meeting. In September, city council will return to a more regular schedule while still being physically distant, and stay tuned to Guelph Politico for all that coverage. The host for the Guelph Politicast is Podbean. Find more episodes of the Politicast here, or download them on your favourite podcast app at iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, and Spotify. Also, when you subscribe to the Guelph Politicast channel and you will also get an episode of Open Sources Guelph every Monday, and an episode of End Credits every Friday.
This week on Open Sources Guelph, it's going to be a Canadian affair with a splash of conspiracy. From coast to coast to coast, people are talking about the controversy that rhymes with "Me", but there are concerns in select localities including questions about mass murder on the East coast, and questions about the limits of Free Speech in Alberta. And speaking of Free Speech, yes, we have to talk again about conspiracies.   This Thursday, July 30, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:   WE Are What WE Are. It was a big week for the still ongoing scandal involving the Federal government's decision to allow the WE Charity to administer nearly a billion dollars for youth volunteerism. The Kielburger Brothers testified Tuesday as they try to valiantly save their non-profit's reputation, if not its very existence, while Prime Minister Justin Trudeau himself will testify just before showtime on Thursday. So where does the story go from here, and will there be any lessons learned?   Under Pressure. David Bowie and Queen must have been in the back of the head of the Nova Scotia government this week as they finally announced a public inquiry into the April massacre there, which is still the worst mass shooting in Canadian history. Originally, they were going to go with a simple review, but immense public pressure forced them to change their minds. So will a public inquiry get the answers people need, and will the government's heart really be in it?   Kill Bill 1. A few weeks ago, the Alberta government passed Bill 1, or the Protecting Critical Infrastructure Defence Act. Sounds pretty innocuous, right? Well, don't tell that to environmentalists in the Wild Rose province because they smell a rat, a rat designed to stop them from exercising their right to protest big oil and pipelines. So is Alberta and Jason Kenney using the pandemic as an excuse to stifle Free Expression for their friends in the fossil fuel business?   Fake Drastic Expertise. A viral video posted Monday night featured a group of people in front of the Supreme Court of the United States (?) talking about how everything that real medical professionals have told you about COVID-19 is wrong. It's another in a long line of conspiracy theories concerning the pandemic we've heard, and they're made worse because they're amplified by the President of United States. Will anything break this conspiratorial stranglehold on people?   Open Sources is live on CFRU 93.3 fm and at 5 pm on Thursday.
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