In this week’s edition of Open Sources Guelph, we’ll be covering a wide-range of topics, as per usual. What happens when an Israeli politician talks to the U.S. Congress without permission from the White House? What happens when the government says the internet’s for everyone? What happens when everyone agrees there’s a problem and are no closer to a solution? And what happens when almost no one wants to host the world? Those are some of the questions, and we will attempt to find some answers.
This Thursday, March 5, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz McWhinnie and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:
1) Whose Congress is it Anyway? Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a campaign-style stop at the U.S. Capital this week, the problem was that he isn’t running for President of the United States. But it looked like he was! Invited by Speaker of the House John Boehner, Netanyahu addressed a joint session of Congress about the dangers of making a deal with Iran, it just too bad that Boehner didn’t pass the visit by the White House first. So who won the day politically? Was Obama too spiteful, or was Bibi preaching to the choir? Does it matter?
2) The Internet is Now Forever. A ruling by the Federal Communications Commission in the United States finally enshrined the idea of net neutrality in an official capacity. The government, in essence, said that the internet is an essential utility like the phone or electricity, thus guarding it against toggling and creating internet fast lanes. In Canada, there’s no talk of net neutrality, but the Public Interest Advocacy Centre and Consumers’ Association of Canada is pointing out flaws in the lack of competition in the new streaming services Shomi and CraveTV. So what does the future of the internet look like now?
3) Roundtable Round-up. Leaders from Canada’s First Nations and Federal and Provincial/Territorial governments gathered last weekend in Ottawa to address the crisis of murdered and missing Aboriginal women. With the Prime Minister still playing hardball and resisting to call a national inquiry into the matter, did anything significant come out of the meeting? We’ll talk to Métis writer and activist Paul Smith to weigh in with his take.
4) The Olympics No One Wanted. Where would you rather go for winter sport: Beijing or Almaty, Kazakhstan? Those are the choices that the International Olympic Committee now has for the 2022 Winter Olympics. If it’s this hard to get anyone in the entire world to put together an Olympic bid, how much longer is it going to be worth having in terms of the logistics and expense?
Open Sources is live on CFRU 93.3 fm and cfru.ca at 5 pm on Thursday.