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.
This Thursday, February 12, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz McWhinnie and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:
1) The Week in Violence. – A trio of events across the globe this week highlighted the terrible repercussions of violent extremism. In Copenhagen, the man suspected of killing two people and wounding five is said to have pledged allegiance to ISIS, another in a series of recent “lone wolf” style attacks. In Chapel Hill, NC, three promising young people were murdered, supposedly over a parking dispute, but all three victims were Muslim and the perpetrator was an ardent “anti-theist.” Then, in Halifax, a two people were arrested for plotting a Valentine’s Day shooting at a local shopping centre, but the Federal government seems weary to call them terrorists even as they start debate on Bill c-51. What are we to take away from all this?
2) Election Prep. Jon Beharry of the Guelph NDP riding association will join us to discuss how his party is getting ready for this fall’s general election and the process they’re going through to find a candidate. We’ll also talk about the fundraiser coming up Sunday night at the Bullring with MP Charlie Angus.
3) Sun Sets on Sun News. A money losing venture from day one, the three-year experiment in aggressive, right-leaning news and commentary called Sun News Network quietly left the air Friday after being unable to find a buyer. To what do we owe the inability of Sun News to find viewers, was Canada just not into what Sun News was selling, or did Sun News’ lack of on-air talent and cheap-looking production turn off anyone willing to give it a chance?
Open Sources is live on CFRU 93.3 fm and cfru.ca at 5 pm on Thursday.