Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday August 25, 2016

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We wind down the summer here on Open Sources Guelph with more of our patented political discussion about hot button issues of the day. For instance, is Donald Trump now actually *trying* to run for president? He hasn’t said anything grotesque this week, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to talk about. And just because the House is in recess, it doesn’t mean that Canada’s federal politicians aren’t making news, even if they wish they weren’t. In media matters, we’ll look at the never-ending newspaper strike on the east coast, and wonder where all the reporters are in the deep south. Continue reading

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The Weekender: Don’t Hate the Player, Hate His Pawns

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A few months after he secured the nomination, and several weeks after he was official made the Republican candidate for President of the United States, it seemed like Donald Trump finally made the pivot to the general election this week. Of course, if he waited much longer, the November election would have looked more like a coronation for Hillary Clinton, but as the man said, better late than never. While Republican party heavyweights like Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell may be the most relieved ,or – if only for a moment – slightly less concerned about a full GOP repudiation in three months time, the most relieved must be Trump’s spokespeople, who get a break from having to defend the insanity.  Continue reading

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Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday August 18, 2016

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So what’s in the news? It seems like it’s non-stop Trump zaniness, but this week on Open Sources Guelph, we ask a more important question: is this the end of civilization? One major magazine seems to think so, and we’ll break that down and figure out if we’ll remember one week in July as beginning of the end of society. After that we’ll talk about swimwear, cars, and power! But while that sounds like we’re doing some kind of manly man show, these are actually serious political issues that need to be discussed. Continue reading

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Old Grey Mare She Ain’t What She Used to Be

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So this made a lot of news, and understandably so because it is hilarious as hell. Last week, at an event in Kissimmee, FL, Republican Presidential candidate (sigh) Donald Trump did his usual stump speech, but the news kept on coming long after he left the stage and supporters were filing out of the venue. One old guy, a member of the legion of over-45 set that Trump has attracted in large numbers, saw the media pen and thought he would give them a piece of his mind, and it went a little something like this… Continue reading

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The Weekender: “…But the Judge Said It’s Okay.”

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Sure, after two and a half years without a paycheque and what’s likely a tonne of legal bills, Senator Mike Duffy probably needs some dough. Of course, when the news hit this week that Duff Man was again filing his living expenses for reimbursement from the Senate (and the Canadian people), the immediate visceral reaction was, “Are you serious?!” And the answer was yes, even though it’s taken almost four years of his life, and almost the entirety of his political career, Duffy was back it, doing the very thing that got him into so much trouble in the first place: Claiming living expenses for being in the exact place he’s called home for over two decades.  Continue reading

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Rob Ford “Crack Video” Finally Revealed

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We won’t have much time to talk about it on the show today (not that there’s really anything left to say), but the infamous video that Rob Ford once famously said that he had “never seen or does not exist” is now available for all to see. With the charges this morning dropped against Ford’s friend and sometimes driver, Alexander “Sandro” Lisi, who allegedly tried to bribe and brass knuckle his way to the tape after the website Gawker revealed its existence, the most famous video of a Canadian mayor is now online and as easy to see as your nearest YouTube embed. Continue reading

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Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday August 11, 2016

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On this week’s episode of Open Sources Guelph we consider a name change to the show, at least through to November: “What Stupid Stuff Has Donald Trump Said This Week?” Obviously, that’s how we’ll kick off the show, but we’ll try and keep the insanity of “Cheeto Jesus” to a minimum as we look even further south to the Olympic games in Brazil, which aren’t nearly the disaster of the Trump campaign, but close. Then we’ll head out to Vancouver where one type of housing woe has replaced another, before wrapping things up with the delicate politics of Israel, and what one federal political party might have to say about them. Continue reading

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