Unless our ship comes in, and we help our friend sell that expensive piece of art for a generous finders fee, Open Sources Guelph will be back on the air as usual on Thursday. This week, after sticking our hands in the muck of the Senate spending scandal, we will wax on the coming election as it’s shaping up here in the Royal City. Then, in the “Lightning Round,” we’ll discuss coffee and politics, carding and cops, and the return of an old frenemie thought forgotten in Federal politics.
This Thursday, June 11, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:
1) One Me-llion Dollars. Funerals. Valentine’s Balls. Book tours. Curling. These are are few of the things that senators were expensing as revealed by the Auditor-General when the report from his investigation was released Tuesday. In all 30 senators were identified as overly spendy, always willing to post receipts for anything, including the always popular living expenses, to the National Bank of the Canadian Taxpayer to the tune of $1 million. Well that confirms what we already know about the senate, but what, if anything, can be done about it?
2) They’re Good to Go in Guelph. Former Environmental Commissioner Gord Miller officially became the Green Party candidate for Guelph Monday, meaning the slate of major party candidates for the Royal City is now complete. What is the outlook for the open Member of Parliament seat in the riding of Guelph in the four-way race between Miller, Liberal Lloyd Longfield, NDP Andrew Seagram and Conservative Gloria Kovach? Plus, we’ll have a brief interview with Green Party leader Elizabeth May.
3) Duceppe in the Right Direction? Giles Duceppe is back! Sure, he was at the helm of the Bloc Quebecois when they got downsized down to four seats in 2011. And yes, he didn’t even win his own seat in the last election. But with Pierre Karl Péladeau not doing much for the separatist brand in Quebec, and with the Bloc’s caucus cut in half during the tenure of Mario Beaulieu, can Duceppe save the parti in this coming election?
4) The #BoycottTims Faux-pas. Did you hear about those near riots at local Tim Hortons locations over the coffee chain pulling those Enbridge ads. Then you don’t follow Conservative strategist Stephen Taylor on Twitter because he got Federal cabinet ministers ready to pour their steaming hot mugs of Joe down the drain. Except no one really cared that much (except Ezra Levant who’s now made it a crusade). How does fake outrage over fake controversies make so much fake news?
5) Carding Gets a Red Card. Toronto Mayor John Tory came out against the practice of “carding.” The power of police to have people produce identification on demand has disproportionately targeted Toronto’s black community, and has been a sticking point for that community who’s felt victimized and profiled as criminal based on their skin colour alone. So is the start of a brave new civil rights era in Canada’s biggest city, or is Tory’s play a cynical concession to public pressure?
Open Sources is live on CFRU 93.3 fm and cfru.ca at 5 pm on Thursday.