GUELPH POLITICAST #192 - World Mental Health Day at Guelph City Hall

16Oct

Over 4,000 people take their own life every year. That’s an average of 10 per day, and 90 per cent of those people are living with a mental health issue of illness. For one suicide death, there are five people hospitalized with a self-inflicted injury, another 25 to 30 attempts, and 7 to 10 people who are left behind affected by suicide loss. It seems like this a huge problem that we never really talk about, doesn't it?

That's the basis for this year's World Mental Health Day forum and information fair hosted by Mayor Cam Guthrie at City Hall. Each year, the city’s various mental health agencies gather to share information and invite dialogue, and it's a conversation that has surely gotten much easier over the last several years, but there’s still a lot of room to grow on some specific topics on the subject.

This year's topic was "Preventing Suicide: Let’s talk about it," a topic that is as complicated as it is tough to talk about. Yes, 9 out 10 people who take their own lives have a mental or addictive disorder, and yes, 6 out of 10 suffer from a form of depression, but according to a report by Health Canada, “No single determinant, including mental illness, is enough on its own to cause a suicide. Rather, suicide typically results from the interaction of many factors, for example: mental illness, marital breakdown, financial hardship, deteriorating physical health, a major loss, or a lack of social support.”

This is one of the many points that came up with the three speakers that took part in the forum last Thursday, and on this edition of the podcast, you'll hear from each of them: Scott Grant, a clinical social worker who facilitates suicide intervention groups; Myrna Hutchison, the founder of #GetInTouchForHutch, a youth mental health awareness and advocacy group; and, Cecilia Marie Roberts, who is leading the creation of a suicide prevention framework for the Canadian Mental Health Association of Waterloo Wellington.

So let's flashback to World Mental Health Day on this week's Guelph Politicast!

Before that, it seems prudent to post a trigger warning. These stories are quite emotional, and quiet raw, and it’s not unlikely to think that this could make for uncomfortable listening for some of you. If you need to, feel free to hit stop on the podcast.

You can read the original Politico post here. If you feel like you might be in crisis, you can call Here24/7, which is the front door to the addictions, mental health and crisis services provided by 12 agencies across Waterloo Wellington, and they can direct you to the service you need, and tell you how to navigate the system. Call them at 1-844-437-3247 (HERE 247).

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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 - October 10, 2019

14Oct

This week on Open Sources Guelph, we're running out of candidates! As we're getting closer to Election Day - a week-and-a-half now! - we're down to the last few candidates on the 2019 ballot in Guelph, and this week, both candidates are both old friends of the show. On this week's episode, we'll hear from Independent candidate Kornelis Klevering, and Green Party of Canada candidate Steve Dyck.

This Thursday, October 10, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

The Good Kase. Kornelis Klevering is back, and this time, he's independent. Brother Kase has been a regular, recognizable face in local Federal politics for years as a representative of the Marijuana Party, but now he's on his own, and he's trying to shake up the race by putting the "common" back in the House of Commons. Kase will talk about his new politics, and his push to create a truly all-candidate debate in the middle of the campaign.

Green New Spiel. If there's a local candidate with the most momentum in this campaign, it's probably Steve Dyck. The 2011 Provincial candidate, clean tech businessman, and electoral reform advocate is hoping to catch tailwinds from Mike Schreiner's victory in Guelph last year, while Guelph itself has been identified as one of the party's best hopes for more seats in the House. We'll ask Dyck about the odds, and fighting for climate change as a mainstream election issue.

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

WELLINGTON-HALTON HILLS POLITICAST - Dr. Lesley Barron, Liberal Party

12Oct

The history of Wellington-Halton Hills as a riding, is the history of Michael Chong. The riding was created in 2004, which was Chong’s first electoral victory, and he has been victorious ever since. Is it possible that a Liberal could come up now, and unseat a well-liked, and well-known member of the opposition party in a non-change election?

Dr. Lesley Barron hopes so, and it's not impossible. The main urban area of the riding, Halton Hills, was represented for 10 years by Liberal Julian Reed from 1993 to 2004. Halton Hills is the kind of community in the GTHA that typically makes or breaks an election for a governing party, but even as the red wave swept the GTHA in 2015, Wellington-Halton Hills stayed firmly blue by nearly 10,000 votes.

What Dr. Barron has been asking on the hustings is what do the people of Wellington-Halton Hills get for this devotion? Chong’s reputation as a maverick and iconoclast didn’t do much for the riding during the Harper years, and Chong spent a good portion of the last mandate running to be Conservative Party leader. Have the needs of Wellington-Halton Hills been ignored?

Fair question, but can Barron make a case for Team Trudeau in Chong country, or will the people of Wellington-Halton Hills stay the course with a familiar incumbent?

That's one of the queries that Barron will answer on this edition of the podcast. We also discuss why she wanted to run for office, and how her experience as a doctor and a surgeon helped give her the push. Barron also talks about environmental policy, why she’s running as a Liberal, and why you can’t separate social policy from healthcare and other issues. Plus, Barron will reveal what she would like to do as an MP, and what she hopes to get out of the campaign aside from victory.

So let’s hear Dr. Barron operate on politics on this edition of the Wellington Halton-Hills Politicast!

To find out more about Dr. Lesley Barron and her campaign, you can visit her website. The Wellington-Halton Hills Politicast will hopefully squeeze out more more edition with another profile of one of the riding’s Federal candidates.

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.

End Credits - October 9, 2019 (Joker)

11Oct

This week on End Credits we send in the clowns. Or rather one clown. This week we're going to try and get past the controversy and craziness and review the new movie, Joker. We're also going to start our series dedicated to 1999, and look at a couple of new trailers released this week, and we're going to talk about everyone's favourite topic, copyright law!

This Wednesday, October 9, at 2 pm, Adam A. Donaldson and Tim Phillips will discuss:

Copy, Right? In Hollywood, all the best laid plans for sequels and reboots lay at the feet of the most fickle of challenges, Trademark Law. The rights for Predator, Die Hard, Nightmare on Elm Street, and the works of Stephen King and David Mamet might all potentially end up back in the hands of their original creators, so is that a good thing or a bad thing?

Later, Trailers. What does a superhero spin-off, an action movie, and a based on a true story thriller have in common? They're trailers for new movies coming soon! One is a DC movie featuring Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, another is the latest Michael Bay explosion-fest, and the third is about the man wrongfully accused of the Olympic Park bombing in 1996.

25 for '99, Part 1 of 5. It's been 20 years since what's been called "the best year in movies" came and went, 12 months of some of the most influential and innovative movies of the last few decades, and for the next couple of weeks, we'll remember the best of the best. Each of our hosts will reveal their Top 5 favourites from 1999, starting with Tim.

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?

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

GUELPH POLITICAST #191 - The Way of the Gun Control Debate

9Oct

Last weekend, the movie Joker opened in thousands of theatres across North America, and police and law enforcement agencies in the U.S. were on their guard in case an active shooter seized on the opportunity. Good thing we don’t have to worry about that in Canada, right? But what if I told you though that Canada wasn’t even in the Top 40 of countries with the lowest rate of firearm-related deaths per 100,000 people?

Now you may be thinking that while the news is full of a lot of gang shootings and other violence, you probably didn't realize the problem was that bad. Of course, when it comes to violent gun crime, it's not. Of the 13,168 total gun deaths between 2000 and 2016, 75 per cent of them were suicides. Another 240 Canadians each year are hospitalized because of the accidental discharge of a firearm, and 13 annually are killed because of accidental shootings.

In other words, we have a big problem with guns, and while it may not be to the scale of the United States and their epidemic of mass shootings, it's bigger than we'd probably like to admit. Having said that, gun control is a highly controversial here in Canada, just as it is in the U.S. On the one side are gun owners wanting access to firearms for recreation or safety, and on the other are people looking for more strenuous regulations for the sale and use of firearms.

On the side of the latter is the Coalition for Gun Control. Founded in the wake of the Montreal Massacre in 1989, the Coalition has been working towards the goals of licensing all gun owners, creating a cost-effective system to track gun sales, and banning all hand guns and military-style weapons. To get there, they have the support of more than 200 health, crime prevention, victims, public safety, women’s and community organizations from across Canada.

Dr. Wendy Cukier is a spokesperson and president for the Coalition of Gun Control, and she is this week's guest on the podcast. Among the things we'll discuss is why we need to take the issue of gun control beyond the headlines about crime. We also talk about the politics around the debate, how it’s gotten more divisive in the last few years, and why that’s not because of the rural/urban divide. And we discuss the election, the way we talk about gun control in the media, and whether we’re reticent to talk about issues that make us feel unsafe.

So let's talk about debating gun control on this week's edition of the Guelph Politicast!

You can learn more about the Coalition of Gun Control at their website.

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 - October 3, 2019

7Oct

This week on Open Sources Guelph, we've got back-to-back candidate interviews with two of the more interesting characters of the current election campaign. In the first half of the show we're going to try again with Christian Heritage Party candidate Gordon Truscott, and then we will have in studio the People's Party candidate Mark Paralovos.

This Thursday, October 3, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

Gordon County. Second time's the charm. Christian Heritage Party candidate Gordon Truscott will almost definitely be joining us this week to talk about his candidacy, and his unique mix of faith and politics. Truscott got a boost thanks to the humour and humility he showed at the social justice debate, but we'll try and get into the weeds with Truscott about his party's platform, appealing to people of different faiths or no faith, and what morality means in modern politics.

Rhymes with "For all of us." There's perhaps no more controversial party in this election than the People's Party lead by Maxime Bernier, and Guelph's candidate, Mark Paralovos, has not been able to escape its shadow. Just one day after a debate at the University of Guelph was cancelled for refusing to include Paralovos and the PPC, we'll talk to the candidate about the controversy, why he thinks his party's labelled as racist, and how he's trying to deliver the People's Party message to Guelph.

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

End Credits - October 2, 2019 (Between Two Ferns: The Movie)

4Oct

This week on End Credits, we're going to take it easy with a Netflix flick that's a fake behind the scenes documentary of a fake TV show. That's almost too meta to be allowed, but the movie's funny, so we'll allow it. We're reviewing Between Two Ferns: The Movie, and talking about clowns, friends, space wars, and the human stars of dinosaur movies.

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

Joker's Wild. This week, the DC Comics villain-based film Joker, which is more Taxi Driver than Batman, opens in theatres everywhere, and everyone, from exhibitors to police forces, are on guard for trouble by people that get the wrong inspiration from the movie. Is the reaction overblown, and how are the creators dealing with the controversy?

No Friends of Mine. This fall is the 25th anniversary of the premiere of Friends, an NBC sitcom about six pals who live impossibly affluent lives in New York City despite their socio-economic status. The reaction to 25 years of Friends has been a little over the top so are we overthinking the impact of the show, and are they really still there for you?

May the Feige Be With You. It's a Hollywood crossover! Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige is producing a Star Wars movie, which is part of a company-wide attempt to reboot after the release of The Rise of Skywalker later this year. What will Feige bring to this franchise? We'll discuss that, and why George Lucas felt betrayed by Disney when he sold them Star Wars in 2012?

Jurassic Hurl. The three stars of the original Jurassic Park - Sam Neill, Laura Dern, and Jeff Goldblum - are all returning to the third chapter of Jurassic World. This would be cool, if it weren't for the fact that the franchise seemed to burn all good will by the end of Fallen Kingdom. So do we care?

REVIEW: Between Two Ferns the Movie (2019). You may know Zach Galifianakis, star of the Hangover movies, but do you know Zach Galifianakis, cable access host of the seventh most popular interview show in North Carolina? This feature length spin-off of the Funny-or-Die series is a road show as Zach and his team try to complete 10 interviews in two weeks to suit the fickle whims of Hollywood mogul Will Ferrell (?). Celebrity cameos abound though!

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

GUELPH POLITICAST #190 - Guelph Stuff (Local Election Update)

2Oct

There's an election going on. If you know this already, then you are very well-informed, but if you turn on your TV to look for pundits to tell you what they think about the local race, you will be disappointed because they're all about the national leaders. Someone needs to fill the gap left by short-sighted mainstream media outlets. This sounds like a job for Guelph Stuff!

On this edition of Guelph Stuff, a recurring segment of the Guelph Politicast that focuses on analysis of local issues, we're joined by Scotty Hertz, who's doing double duty this week as co-host of Open Sources Guelph, and guest commentator on this Guelph Stuff episode of the pod. This time, Guelph Stuff is all about the 2019 Federal Election in the Royal City.

As Guelph Politico covered last week's social justice debates from the media table, Scotty watched the debate from the shadows audience, and we'll use this week's edition of the podcast to trade notes about the candidates; Who did well? Who did damage? Who might have made a less than perfect impression? Also, we'll talk about the whole race in Guelph, and how the candidates look to be handling the campaign trail with less than three weeks to go before Election Day.

So let's talk once again about Guelph Stuff on this week's edition of the Guelph Politicast!

Open Sources Guelph's interview series with the local candidates continues this week with Christian Heritage Party candidate Gordon Truscott, and People’s Party of Canada candidate Mark Paravolos. You can catch up with the interviews we’ve already done elsewhere on the Guelph Politicast channel. 

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 - September 26, 2019

30Sep

This week on Open Sources Guelph, we fly the orange flag of welcome for local NDP candidate Aisha Jahangir, the latest candidate to join us for our 2019 series of interview for this Federal Election, but that's just half the show. For the second half we're going to look out further at the national campaign, and then take in all the latest drama south of the border, which this week has been more substantial than usual.

This Thursday, September 19, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

Nurse Aisha. This week, we continue our candidate profiles by talking to Aisha Jahangir of the NDP. Jahangir comes from a traditional New Democratic background being a nurse, and a labour organizer, but working as a mental health nurse, first at Homewood here in Guelph and currently at the Hamilton-Wentworth Detention Centre, gives her experience that puts her at the intersection of a lot of the big issues face Canadians this election. We'll talk to Jahangir about her experience, the NDP platform, and why she wants to represent Guelph in Ottawa.

Back to the Regularly Scheduled Campaign? Any and every campaign story last week was blown off the proverbial front page due to the brown and black face controversy from Prime Minster Justin Trudeau's yearbook past, but nearly a week later it seems like that's old news even as Trudeau and Jagmeet Singh have a top secret phone call to talk about the matter. In the mean time, it seems like climate change is back on the national agenda, just in time for a week of climate strike events. So what does the Federal Election look like with just over three weeks till E-Day?

Once More Onto the Impeach! It looks like Donald Trump didn't get the message from the Mueller Report, and tried again to solicit help from a foreign power in an election campaign, but this time it might cost him. A news report about a whistleblower that heard something on a call they didn't like has snowballed into the impeachment drama we've long been expecting, but never thought we'd see. Will this week be remembered as the beginning of the end of the Trump presidency, or is it just another bump in the road?

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

WELLINGTON-HALTON HILLS POLITICAST - Ralph Martin, Green Party

28Sep

So what is the Wellington Halton-Hills Politicast? For the next couple of weeks, it’s a miniseries we’re doing to profile the people running in the riding of Wellington Halton-Hills, which basically surrounds Guelph, and has a very unique and different character from our political field here in the Royal City.

This first edition of the Wellington Halton-Hills Politicast features Wellington Halton-Hills Green Party candidate Ralph Martin, who's task to become part of a new class of insurgent Green MPs is made doubly hard because this riding is home to Conservative Michael Chong, a man well liked on all sides of politics, and widely regarded as something of a maverick, and a moderate, inside his own party.

Chong won Wellington Halton-Hills for the fourth time in 2015 with over 50 per cent of the vote, and in this election he's already received the endorsement of GreenPAC, an advocacy group for environmentally-friendly politicians. So Chong is popular, he's green friendly, and no Green politician in Wellington Halton-Hills has ever broken 10 per cent? Martin's got a steep hill to climb...

He's got the right credentials though. Martin grew up on a beef and hog farm in Wallenstein, before he left home and worked his way through academia to earn a Ph.D. in Plant Science at McGill University. He's the founder of the Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada, and he's the former Loblaw Chair, for Sustainable Food Production at the University of Guelph, where he still a professor and researcher.

On this edition of the podcast, Martin talks about dealing with Chong's advantages, and how he hopes to counter them. He also discusses how he covers the vast amount of territory that makes up the riding while doing so in an environmentally-friendly way. Also, he talks about the top priorities of the people in Wellington Halton-Hills, how food policy plays into discussions of climate change, and what the House of Commons might look like with the Greens holding the balance of power.

So let's hear from the Green Team on this inaugural edition of the Wellington Halton-Hills Politicast!

To find out more about Ralph Martin and his campaign, you can visit his website. The Wellington-Halton Hills Politicast will hopefully continue in the weeks to come with the rest of the riding's Federal candidates.

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.

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