Open Sources Guelph - February 20, 2020


This week on Open Sources Guelph, we're going to catch up on a couple of ongoing stories, and then look at two new ones because if it's Thursday, that means there's too much news to cover! So in the first half we're going to talk about the latest on the protests supporting the Wet'suwet'an hereditary chiefs, and the escalating friction between the Ontario government and teachers. Then, in the back half, we'll look at the political drama in two Maritime provinces, and the drama happening right here are home on the U of G campus.

This Thursday, February 20, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

Blockade Stunner. The rail blockades remain in place, and the protests across Canada continue as the Government of Canada struggles to find a direction out of the conflict. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had a lot of nice things to say, but he offered no real direction on ending the crisis. At least that's better than Andrew Scheer who appararntly wants the Government to go full-Oka on the Wet'suwet'an protestors. With no leadership in Ottawa, is there any real way out of this crisis, and how long can Trudeau afford to stay neutral?

Class Effect. This week's show is recorded just hours in advance of the province-wide, one-day strike by Ontario's teachers. For the first time since 1997, every teacher will be walking a picket line instead of teaching in a classroom, and the polls show that the majority of voters are with the teachers. Still, the Ontario government is staying the course, and that course is "We're standing against greedy teachers," even though pay is the last thing they're thinking about. How much longer can the Ford government hold against the united teachers' unions?

Maritime Brawl. There’s political turmoil in the Eastern Canada with Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball announcing that he’s stepping down after a scandal involving a government contract being given to a man that had worked closely with a cabinet minister. Meanwhile, in New Brunswick, the government has canceled plans to enact a series of unpopular healthcare reforms after the Opposition parties threatened a vote of no confidence. We'll catch up with all the political drama on Canada's right coast.

The Running Ban. Before the Christmas break, the University of Guelph had its #MeToo moment when track coach Dave Scott-Thomas has fired for inappropriate behaviour with at least two student-athletes over his decades-long relationship with the school. But firing Scott-Thomas wasn't the end of the story. A Globe and Mail report talked to the original complainant and revealed in horrible detail her abuse at the hands of Scott-Thomas and how the U of G seemed to do nothing. How should the U of G respond?

Open Sources is live on CFRU 93.3 fm and at 5 pm on Thursday.

End Credits - February 19, 2020 (Oscar Winners Recap)


This week on End Credits, we're going to pause our regularly scheduled production to salute some of the big Oscars winners from this year's awards. It was last week that the hardware was handed out, and on today's show we'll revisit our original thoughts on Joker and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which won acting awards, and Parasite, which the big prize!

This Wednesday, February 19, at 2 pm, Adam A. Donaldson, Tim Phillips and Peter Salmon will discuss:

REVIEW: Parasite (2019). Bong Joon Ho’s Palme d’Or-winning film is on track to become one of the most successful foreign films at the North American box office, and it comes with a lot of hype and stratospheric critical acclaim. But what did *we* think of it? You’re going to find out! Bong’s film has comedy and thriller elements, plus an up-to-the-minute social message with its finger on the pulse. There’s no possible way we could disagree on this movie, right…?

REVIEW: Joker (2019). It’s hard to think of a movie that’s been more controversial than Joker, an ultra-serious, gritty and realistic take on the origins of Batman’s most well-known nemesis. Heavily inspired by the early works of Martin Scorsese, and featuring a dynamo performance by Joaquin Phoenix, the movie is primed to be one of the biggest hits of 2019, but is it worthy of all the hype, not to mention all the safety concerns?

REVIEW: Once Upon a Time …in Hollywood (2019). Quentin Tarantino returns with his magnum opus, a tale of 1969 Hollywood that covers the waning days of the studio system and the rise of an era of creepy cults. The movie, like many of Tarantino’s works, has been received rather divisively with its mix of nostalgia, ultra-violence and long luxurious scenes that seem to lead no where, but is it among the director’s best, or has his tendency for indulgence gone too far?

End Credits is on CFRU 93.3 fm and Wednesday at 2 pm.

GUELPH POLITICAST #210 - On Development Part III: Why Not YIMBY?


An ongoing segment here on the Politicast involves taking a closer look at development issues, and this week's timely entry of the series will look at the under-appreciated cousin of NIMBYism, YIMBYism! NIMBY, or "Not in MY Backyard," dates back to the 80s, and has become a controversial term when it comes to growth in Ontario's cities, but one group in Waterloo Region is now trying to turn the tables.

"Yes in My Backyard" is more than just a statement, it's now an advocacy group out of Kitchener-Waterloo that’s seeking to be the opposite of the widely recognized NIMBY. They see NIMBYism as an impediment to the development of more affordable housing, and have taken it upon themselves to advocate for changes that will allow the construction of more housing, and more types of housing, which will hopefully address homelessness in Waterloo Region.

This episode of the show arrives a little over a week after a planning meeting of Guelph City Council where a 25-storey tower downtown, and another proposal for nearly 700-unit development in the west end, both got stern and full-throated opposition. It was for the usual reasons: more traffic, ugly buildings, ruining the character of the area. Only a few had the gall to make the point that many of these proposed units were intended for rentals, which is a market that desperately needs more capacity. That's speaking the language of YIMBY!

On this week's podcast we're going to hear from YIMBY co-founder Martin Asling about the creation of Waterloo Region YIMBY, and what he thinks his group can do to promote affordable housing where others have failed. He also talka about the challenges of NIMBYism, and what talking points work best in trying to combat it. And he will discuss the roadblocks in the system, the goals of Waterloo Region YIMBY, and how sometimes, in planning, perfect becomes the enemy of the good.

So let's talk about the proverbial backyard on this week's Guelph Politicast!

To learn more about his group, Waterloo Region Yes In My Backyard, you can join their Facebook group here. If you would like to get involved, you can also follow WR-YIMBY on Meetup by clicking here.

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.

Open Sources Guelph - February 13, 2020


This week on Open Sources Guelph, there's friction. When Canadians leave home, interesting things seem to happen, which may be the least controversial thing we discuss this week. Next, things are far from cool as the debate over constructing a pipeline hits an all-new level of agitation, the contest to find a Democratic candidate is still as contentious as ever, and we'll wrap up by talking about how we should react when controversial figures get some bad news of their own.

This Thursday, February 13, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

Some Canadians Abroad. It was a busy week for Canada's political leaders who decided to get out of the country to take care of business. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was in Africa to do a little wheeling and dealing to secure a U.N. Security Council seat. On this side of the ocean, Premier Doug Ford went to Washington to make a few deals of his own, and in the process endorsed Donald Trump's re-election, which did him no favours. So did good come from all these Air Miles?

Hereditary Briefs. As the RCMP started to try and clear the protestors in the territory of the Wet'suwet'en people, it seemed like the country itself erupted in protest. In many parts of Canada, including our own backyard, people are engaging in acts of civic disobedience in solidarity with the hereditary chiefs of the Wet'suwet'en, but is anyone in power listening? Is there any move that can be made that will be that will satisfy all sides of this stalemate?

Bernie Blow. With two votes of the way, the race to name a Democratic nominee for President is becoming a little clearer. The first place friction lies between progressive Senator Bernie Sanders, and the moderate midwestern Mayor Pete Buttigieg, but Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar has shown that she's far from out of this race even while former Vice-President Joe Biden seems to have been largely removed from the conversation. So do we have a pretty good idea about who the nominee will be, or are there still some surprises left?

Crossing Jordan. Last weekend, it was announced that University of Toronto professor and provocateur Jordan Peterson has been in Russia dealing with complications from a serious drug addiction. Last week, it was announced that shock jock Rush Limbaugh was diagnosed with stage four cancer, and then controversial columnist Christie Blatchford passed away this week from her own cancer struggle. How are we supposed to talk about controversial figures when bad things seem to befall them?

Open Sources is live on CFRU 93.3 fm and at 5 pm on Thursday.

End Credits - February 12, 2020 (Birds of Prey)


This week End Credits is golden because we're deconstructing Oscar night, which was full of surprises just not necessarily on the basis of who was going to win the awards. We're also going to talk about some new trailers, and the passing of Kirk Douglas, and for our movie review this week, it's a gloriously fun flick with a horribly long and exaggerated title.

This Wednesday, February 12, at 2 pm, Adam A. Donaldson and Candice Lepage will discuss:

Golden Bong. This past Sunday, Hollywood handed out the Oscars, and it was more or less an unsurprising affair in terms of the winners. The surprising part though was that the Bong Joon Ho movie Parasite took home Best Picture, the first international film to take that honour. So is this a sign that the Oscars are changing? And what about that pointedly diverse show they put on?

Ben Saw Minions. This week in new trailers sees quite the variety. Ben Affleck tries to heal himself by coaching basketball (or something), those little yellow pill guys return in the newest Minions entry, and Chris Rock teams up with Samuel L. Jackson for the latest entry in the [checks notes] Saw franchise?!


Douglas' Streak. When Kirk Douglas passed away last week, he did so as one of the last actors from Hollywood's golden era. His career was legendary, his mark on the business is indelible, but there were some shadows in his history too, which always makes conversations about the legacy of a figure like Douglas more dicey. So what will that legacy be?

REVIEW: Birds of Prey And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn (2020). Margot Robbie may not have won an Oscar last weekend, but she did get her own comic book movie franchise. Birds of Prey kicks off with a great deal of flourish and panache as Robbie's Suicide Squad character Harley Quinn gets spun off into her own adventure featuring four other Gotham City women who collectively know that they don't need a Batman to come and save them.

End Credits is on CFRU 93.3 fm and Wednesday at 2 pm.

GUELPH POLITICAST #209 - Inside the Mind of Cam Guthrie


What goes on inside the head of Guelph's mayor? When did he start to becoming interested in politics? What influenced him along the way? What considerations does he take into account as he makes decisions? If you've ever wondered about these, or similar questions, then this is going to be a podcast you're going to want to press play on!

This week on the podcast, we're joined by Mayor Cam Guthrie, but not for not a discussion about specific issues, or things that are presently in front of city council awaiting a decision. This is a talk about how the mayor thinks, and how his thinking might have changed in the last five years since he became mayor.

It's an auspicious time to get a glimpse at the mayor's thinking. Last Friday, Guthrie announced in the State of the City speech that he wanted to forward two initiatives; one for free transit for Guelph’s youth, and another for a car-free downtown. Is this same Cam Guthrie that was first elected in 2014? Thinking back to that contentious election, the announcement of a car-free downtown might have seemed a little "hippie-dippy" for Guthrie, so has politics changed, or has Guthrie?

That’s one of the many questions we’ll try to get to the bottom of on this week’s podcast, as Guthrie sits down for a wide-ranging discussion about how he got political, how he would describe his own politics, and whether or not he thinks those politics might have changed in the years he’s been mayor. He will talk about his engagement on social media, and how he handles criticism, legitimate or otherwise. And finally, he discusses why he always strives for council consensus, what he thinks the future may hold in terms of his own ambitions, and how he thinks he will be remembered as Guelph’s mayor. 

So let's get into the mind of Mayor Cam Guthrie on this week's edition of the Guelph Politicast!

Mayor Guthrie will be delivering his State of the City address for the Breakfast Club at Breezy Corners this Thursday at 8 am. For full coverage of the State of the City as it was delivered to the Chamber of Commerce last week, you can find that here on Guelph Politico.

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.

Open Sources Guelph - February 6, 2020


This week on Open Sources Guelph, we're sick.... of talking about certain things. It may be closer to Valentine's Day than it is to Festivus, but we have some grievances to air on this week's show! From the disappointing end to you-know-who's impeachment to the pendulum doom out of China that the media's got us riding, we've got lots of thoughts on this week's news, as well as some discussion about how the news might get made in the future, and why it hopefully won't be "soft."

This Thursday, February 6, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

Acquittal Place. Unless something went radically wrong (or right) on Wednesday, U.S. President Donald Trump was acquitted in his Senate Impeachment Trial. At the same time, Democrats are trying to make the case that a dangerous corrupt President now unshackled from check and balances as the reason to vote Trump out of office at the same time that they can't figure out who won their first caucus. How much crazier is this about to get?

Virus Marketing. The outbreak of a coronavirus in China has set the world on edge as we've started throwing around the word "pandemic" with reckless abandon, and then we rent movies like Outbreak and Contagion to try and scare us straight. But have we been done right by the media coverage of the coronavirus? And what about the resulting racism against Canadians of Chinese and Asian decent who are now both a source of fear and the butt of jokes?

In Media Biz. A list of 97 recommendations from the Broadcasting & Telecommunications Legislation Review Panel has been released, and it contains some obvious stuff like taxing Netflix and giving the CBC more funding, but then Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault stepped in it on CTV's Question Period when he suggested that media outlets might be made to register and get approval from the government. So what changes could be coming to Canada's media world?

Killing Us Softly. From the Royal family drama, to the Prime Minister's beard and his purchase of elitist non-Tim Hortons donuts, we've got some serious issues here in 2020, and these are not among them. An op-ed on CBC News is warning us that we're too fixated on "soft" news, and we're not focused enough on the issues that really matter. Is there a point that can be made here, and why can't we do better and discuss the serious issues?

Open Sources is live on CFRU 93.3 fm and at 5 pm on Thursday.

End Credits - February 5, 2020 (Uncut Gems)


This week on End Credits, you won't need your whole seat You'll just need the edge! We're reviewing the high-wire act, impeccable thrill ride that is Uncut Gems, and before that we'll talk about Oscar snubs, Oscar predictions, and why Hollywood is still so film happy in our digital times.

This Wednesday, February 5, at 2 pm, Adam A. Donaldson and Tim Phillips will discuss:

Film Score. It was announced last week that the five major Hollywood studios have reached a new deal to buy film from Kodak for the next several years. Yes, physical film. And yes, Kodak is still in business. It seems surprising, but so many of Hollywood's biggest players, and more than a couple of Oscar nominees, are still big on film. Is film the new vinyl?

We Have Standards. Terry Moore, who is a member of the Academy after being nominated for Best Supporting Actress in the 1950s, says the reason why frontrunners like Adam Sandler, Jennifer Lopez and Eddie Murphy weren't nominated is because they don't meet the high standards of what an "Oscar nominee" is according to members like her. Out of touch much?

The Prediction Business. The Oscars are awarded this Sunday, so in advanced of the physical awards being handed out, we're going to talk about who should win, and who will win in the four major categories, as well as the one category of our choice. Who do we think will go home with trophies, and are they the same people who should be going home with trophies?

REVIEW: Uncut Gems (2019). In Uncut Gems, the Safdie Brothers deliver a white knuckle ride that involves no car chases, no shoot outs and no stand offs. Adam Sandler plays a New York jeweler in the city's "Diamond District" who's precipitously staying one step ahead of what seems like every loan shark in the tri-state area, but is time catching up to him? The bigger question though: How the hell did a movie this good get *zero* Oscar nominations?

End Credits is on CFRU 93.3 fm and Wednesday at 2 pm.

GUELPH POLITICAST #208 - The Real 1917


One of the likely contenders to win Best Picture at this year's Oscars is 1917, Sam Mendes' film about two soldiers racing through enemy territory on a mission to save hundreds of their fellow soldiers. It's good, but but how does the movie, and it’s exceptional attention to detail, stand up to the scrutiny of experts who know all the ins and outs of the Great War?

If you're a fan of 1917, and if you've been wondering about its historical accuracy, this week's edition of the podcast is for you. Fortunately in Guelph, we have some local expertise on the history of World War One in the form of of Ken Irvine, the Education Co-ordinator of Guelph Museums. If you’ve been to McCrae House, then you might have heard Ken Irvine bring the War, and the experiences of Col. John McCrae, to life for hundreds of area school children and other visitors.

Co-written and directed by Mendes, who is the Academy Award-winning director of American Beauty, 1917 has an interesting creative concept: it has shot and staged as if the two-hour movie unfolds as one continuous shot. It’s a logistical feat that’s been attempted before by the likes of Alfred Hitchcock and Alejandro G. Iñárritu, but never has anyone tried to use this storytelling device for a war movie. When we reviewed 1917 a few weeks back on End Credits, the question was there in the back of the mind, “What would the staff of McCrae House think of this movie?”

That brings us to this week's episode of the podcast, as Irvine walks with us though the plot of the movie and talk about whether Mendes’ attention to detail pays off for someone who lives the real history on a daily basis. We talk about the plausibility of the movie’s central mission, the thoughts and feelings of the soldiers fighting in the real 1917, and how well the two main characters represent the real soldiers in the British regiment on the Western Front. We will also discuss where historical accuracy goes wrong, and what Irvine would like to see in war movies that he’s never seen before. 

So let's talk about the real 1917 versus the reel 1917 on this week's edition of the Guelph Politicast!

McCrae House is open Wednesdays from 1 to 5 pm or by appointment at 519-836-1221. To learn more about their programs and the collections, go to the Guelph Museums website. 1917 is currently in theatres everywhere, and the Oscars air this Sunday night. The eBar will be holding its annual watch party hosted by Athena McQueen starting at 6:30 pm.

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.

Open Sources Guelph - January 30, 2020


This week on Open Sources Guelph, we will bear witness to the struggle for witnesses. It's another week, but it's the same old news south of the border as impeachment nears its end, or not. Up here in Canada, we've got drama of our own in the form of a leadership race that now has actual candidates. That's big news to cover, and we'll also make time to talk to a member of city council for whom CFRU is a constituent.

This Thursday, January 30, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

Party of Ward 5. Guelph City Councillor Leanne Piper had a pretty good week at city hall by getting her fellow councillors to support the intervener status of six B.C. municipalities at the Supreme Court hearing on the carbon tax. We'll talk to Piper about why that mattered, and we'll talk about how she's pushing developers on net zero, the last swim at Centennial Pool, the changes to development charges forced on the City by Bill 108, and all the other stuff that might be spinning around the horseshoe at this time.

Bolton Thrower. The lawyers for U.S. President Donald Trump laid out his defense this week in the senate impeachment trial, which basically came down to, "he didn't do anything, and even if he did do it, it's not illegal." But before you can say "acquittal", former National Security Advisor John Bolton became part of the story again as early excerpts from his book are making it harder for so-called moderate Republican senators to politely decline witnesses with a clear conscious. We'll talk about the latest impeachment developments.

Peter Ran. The Conservative Leadership race finally become a race this week with two candidates making their nomination official. Peter MacKay has predictably thrown his hat in the ring, and set an immediate fresh tone by signing up to march in Toronto Pride. Erin O'Toole apparently had so much fun running in 2017 that he's going to do it again in 2020, but this time he's running against "cancel culture" and for Free Speech on university campuses. That sounds.... great, but why are so many high-profile potentials sitting this round out?

Open Sources is live on CFRU 93.3 fm and at 5 pm on Thursday.

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