In this week’s episode of Open Sources Guelph, we’ll consider the election issues past and present, as well as a seminal anniversary in world events.
This Thursday, January 29, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz McWhinnie and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:
1) Robocall Townhall Debrief. Both Adam and Scotty attended the townhall on robocalls organized by Fair Vote Guelph, and they will share their thoughts about the ideas and anger expressed by the nearly 100 people that came out on a Sunday afternoon in the Royal City to express their lingering outrage. Also, Adam got a surprising tweet from one of the Who’s Who in the scandal…
2) Parliament’s Back Part 1 – ISIS. The House of Commons was back in session this week, and there was no shortage of friction as politicians jockey to position themselves before the 2015 Federal Election. First up, the mission in Iraq against ISIS. The news this week revealed that Canadian Forces troops have been under fire, on the ground, as they’ve been surveying targets for air strikes. The Opposition are accusing the Harper government of lying about the scope of the operation while the Conservatives play the patriotism card in response. How big a role will foreign policy make as voters make up their mind?
3) Parliament’s Back Part 2 – The Economy. Despite the best efforts of the Harper government, the economic news in Canada has been less than encouraging as cheap oil and a sinking dollar have upset pre-election plans for balanced budgets, tax cuts and new spending. So much so that Finance Minister Joe Oliver postponed the announcement of the budget for several weeks. All this, and the uncertain economic picture in the short term, has people wondering if Canadians will go to the polls early. Scotty and Adam will wonder too.
4) Auschwitz Anniversary. This week, the world marked the 70th anniversary of the Red Army’s liberation of the concentration camp Auschwitz. The horrors found within haunted, and continue to haunt, the world as the perfect encapsulation of mankind’s cruelty to one and other. New film projects and memorials marked the occasion, so did what might be the last, large-scale gathering of Holocaust survivors. We’ll reflect on the momentous anniversary.
Open Sources is live on CFRU 93.3 fm and cfru.ca at 5 pm on Thursday.