Terror. Now that we have your attention, it’s time to talk about this week’s Open Sources Guelph. After being made afraid of going to the mall and digging holes, we’ll talk to someone afraid of four more years of Harper. Then, after the break, we’ll be afraid for our friends in the First Nation community with another scary development, and then we’ll see if we should be afraid of talking about S-E-X in front of the C-H-I-L-D-R-E-N. In other words: be afraid, be very afraid. Continue reading
Monthly Archives: February 2015
Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper has been an award season sensation, and a box office success, but it’s not come without controversy. The partisan politics of Sniper have been well-documented in the weeks since its release, and where there’s complex political concerns, there’s the opportunity for satire. Enter the folks at Cannibal Milkshake. In much the same spirit as other cultural mockery efforts like The Simpsons and “Canadian Graffiti,” these comedians have seen the opportunity to use the controversy to strike comedic gold, and the result can now be seen on a You Tube near you. Prepare for the gut-wrenching drama and behold the soul-crushing moral divide in war with Canadian Sniper.
This week’s episode of Open Sources Guelph will feature a mixed bag of issues from startling acts of violence, to the future federal election, to the demise of a would-be media giant. It’s a tricky balance discussing the incredibly sad news of people being killed to the still sad, but kind of schadenfreude-y, conversation about the passing of Sun News, but to parapharase a great news anchor, that’s the kind of week it’s been. From Copenhagen, to Halifax, to right here on our own backyard, the Royal City, it’s been another busy seven days in the news. Continue reading
The untimely demise of Sun News Network Friday left about 200 media professionals out of work, which is sad considering the current sorry state of the media business. Still, if Sun News is looking for someone to blame for their fortunes, then they need only to look in a mirror. True, the lack on any desire on the part of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunication Commission (CRTC) to make Sun News mandatory for national cable boxes might have had something to do with it too, but for the most part, here are the 10 reasons why Sun News bombed. Continue reading
On this day in 1990, the Voyager I space probe, the only man-made object to so far to leave our solar system and travel into interstellar space, took a series of photographs commonly referred to as “The Family Portrait.” On the suggestion of astronomer Carl Sagan, NASA turned the cameras on Voyager around as it flew past Pluto to look at our solar system from its outer end. At a distance of about 6 billion kilometers from Earth, on February 14, 1990, Voyager I made history again. Continue reading
A lot of the local news for the upcoming Federal Election has been in regards to the very busy race for the Liberal nomination, but what of other opposition parties? The NDP hopes to make their presence felt in the suddenly vacant Royal City riding by bringing in a trusted representative to rile up the base. Timmins-James Bay MP Charlie Angus will be at the Bullring at the University of Guelph on Sunday February 22 to do a fundraising concert to “build momentum” for the 2015 election. Continue reading
According to reports, this will not be a very happy Valentine’s Day for employees of the Sun News Network. Reports are making the rounds today that QMI, the owner of the upstart cable news channel, is unable to reach a deal with Zoomer Media for the purchase of the network, and, as consequence may force them to close down operations. The deadline for Zoomer, which is owned by former City TV patriarch Moses Znaimer, is Friday February 13, but sources are saying that the deal’s fallen through, and that pink slips may be coming for staff as early as tomorrow. Continue reading