It’s dire news on this week’s Open Sources Guelph, as it seems that fear is in a position to win again both here and abroad, and meanwhile, our concerns about things we should be deeply concerned about seem to go by with a minimum of media fuss. From cultural clashing to environmental apocalypse, to whether or not we’re too worried about being worried, it looks like another packed week for our little radio show.
This Thursday, March 19, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz McWhinnie and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:
1) Likud Awakening in Israeli Election. After what looked like an incredibly tight election race, and the potential end of his political dynasty, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pulled out a win with his Likud Party securing 30 seats and a short distance to form a new coalition government, but what is worth it? He had to make a lot of right hand turns to get there, including going back on his support for a two-state solution. What challenges await the Mideast peace process now?
2) Niqab-Jerk Reaction? Hoping to put cultural debates behind them and focus again on security, the Conservatives stepped in it again this week when Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MP Larry Miller told any woman who wants to wear a niqab at their citizenship ceremony should “stay the hell where you came from.” Throwing around comments like those are making many that believe in Canada’s pluralistic worldview nervous, but the question is whether or not it will hurt the Conservatives electorally in October?
3) No Waterworld. A shocking environment story barely made a splash last week, but scientists with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory reported that California has only about one year’s worth of water left in their reserves while ground water is at an all-time low. As the Sunshine State goes into its fourth consecutive year of drought, can we now have a serious conversation about water conservation, or has that time come and gone for Cali?
4) Angry About Security. Thousands of people across Canada came out to protest Bill C-51 in a National Day of Action last Saturday. Concerned about the ambiguity in the law and the possibility of abuse, those protesting the bill are concerned that we’re trading short-term security for long-term damage to freedom of speech and the erosion of other rights. Torontoist contributor Desmond Cole is tentatively scheduled to join us to discuss what he say and heard amongst the crowds in Toronto.
Open Sources is live on CFRU 93.3 fm and cfru.ca at 5 pm on Thursday.