Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday February 26, 2015

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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.

This Thursday, February 26, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz McWhinnie and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

1) Tunnel of TERROR! (and Other Concerns). A “mysterious” tunnel was located in the woods near a Pan Am Games site in Toronto, Boko Haram threatened an attack against the West Edmonton Mall, and the debate of Bill C-51 is becoming not so much a debate as reality as polls show Canadian approve of more security. Are we being pumped full of fear justly, or are all these terrorism concerns making the populace overly paranoid for little practical purpose?

2) Charles in Charge. In an Open Sources interview with Timmins-James Bay MP Charlie Angus, we cover a wide-range of issues concerning the NDP prospects in 2015, whether or not terror fears are working on the electorate, and why ridings like Guelph along Highway #401 will be so important this fall. He also speaks candidly about why he and the rest of his NDP caucus are not waiting for fall to get ready.

3) Tragedy in Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation. A tragedy last week involving the death of two toddlers on the Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation has once again brough the ugly track record of the Canadian government and its treatment of their Aboriginal peoples front and centre. In this case, the loss of two young lives was compounded by the news that the reason that firefighters hadn’t responded because the volunteer fire department in nearby Loon Lake cancelled their contract for non-payment with the reserve, and worse still, this appears to not be an isolated issue. Once again, the question must be asked, are we doing enough for Canada’s First Nations people?

4) Let’s Talk About Talking About Sex. The Liberal government of Ontario, for the second time in five years, has introduced changes in the sex ed curriculum, which would be the first alteration to the lesson plan since 1998. Predictably, opposition was swift and immediate. The Progressive Conservatives want it possible for boards to opt out of the new curriculum, and a very vocal group of parents want the curriculum to be cancelled in its entirely. A lot of sound and fury, but does it add up to anything?

As for that tunnel, this guy’s explanation seems pretty reasonable:

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

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