Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday May 21, 2015


It’s legal trouble and potential legal trouble on this week’s Open Sources Guelph. Not against us (hopefully), but the defendants include a colourful cabaret of characters including the City of Hamilton, nearly a dozen misguided Montreal teens and perennial defendant Omar Khadr. Meanwhile, one wonders if we might soon see former members of the Progressive Conservative government in legal trouble since they’ve been having shredders work overtime at the Edmonton Legislature when the voters decided to hand the keys over to the NDP. One might say the old guard was flipping the bird to oversight, though fortunately for them they didn’t post it on Facebook.

This Thursday, May 21, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz  and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

1) Not So Super Mailboxes. A court case in Hamilton is presaging what might happen across Canada as the government looks to phase out home delivery and replace that with community mailboxes. The case will hinge on whether or not Canada Post can ignore municipalities in regards of placement of the new boxes; Canada Post says yes, the City of Hamilton says no. Mayors from coast to coast to coast are watching closely and considering their own actions, so has the postal service bitten off more than it can chew with this plan?

2) Orange Crush/Blue Shredding. Now that the dust has settled, and the reality that four decades of PC rule have been swept aside for – gasp – the NDP, Albertans are now considering the implications of surfing the Orange Wave. Is Rachel Notley’s caucus ready for primetime? Can the PCs ever hope to make a comeback? What all are they shredding in the legislature? And will an Alberta victory for the NDP provincially have an impact on the fortunes federally?

3) Back to the Back to the I.S.I.L. Well we sure had ISIS on the run there for a while. After having the terror group stymied for months thanks to the backing of Western powers like Canada, I.S.I.S. managed to take back the city of Ramadi after weeks of intense fighting. Meanwhile, here in Canada, 10 Montreal-area teens were stopped at the airport allegedly on their way to Syria to take up the fight. Are these developments another indication that our battle with I.S.I.S. is going to be a war without end?

4) The Continued Trials of Omar Khadr. The Supreme Court of Canada handed the government another in a long line of defeats last week when they said that Khadr could not be re-tried as an adult, but it’s not all good news for the former child soldier who spent over a decade in the terrorist detainee facility at Guantanamo Bay. The widow of Sgt. Christopher Speer and Layne Morris, who was injured in the battle that Khadr was taken custody in, have filed papers in a Utah court, suing Khadr for $134.1 million USD. Is there no end in sight for Khadr’s legal trouble?

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

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