This week on Open Sources Guelph, we’ll save a spot, and a thought, for David Bowie, a truly unique individual that spanned the realms of music, movies, fashion and culture in incalculable ways. And like the Man Who Fell to Earth, we will forge our way through an alien world we barely understand and hardly comprehend in order to bring you the best analysis of the week’s news. Right to die, the State of the Union, water issues, and el Chapo all make the cut this week. As they say, the show must go on. Continue reading “Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday January 14, 2016”
When Saudi Arabia began 2016 by executing 47 people, it cast an almost immediate spotlight on Canada. Not because of our own predilection for beheading our criminals no matter the crime, but because of a 2014 deal by the Canadian government to have the London-based company General Dynamics Land Systems build armoured vehicles for the Saudi government. The details of that agreement were never released, and now that former Treasury Board President Tony Clement isn’t in the government anymore, he’s pretty ticked off about it. Continue reading “Tony Clement Masters Both Hypocrisy and Self-Awareness”
After an absence from the the political scene as he underwent his second round of cancer treatment, Rob Ford popped back up on the radar this week with an interview with his official stenographer Joe Warmington of the Toronto Sun, and a Q&A stand-up comedy routine on Twitter Wednesday. Gone are the days of nonstop Rob Ford verbal blunders, mostly because of his illnesses, but also because he’s been relegated to the relative harmlessness of his old Ward 2 council seat where he can focus on returning phone calls and casting belligerent, obstructionist votes in peace.
These days, you want outrageousness in politics, you have to look southward to Donald Trump, who just completed another week of campaigning, which mostly involved telling rabid supporters why he’s awesome and why others stink. Make no mistake though, to compare Donald Trump and Rob Ford, which many have already tried, is a grave disservice… to Rob Ford. Continue reading “The Weekender: Comparing Trump to Rob Ford is an Insult to Rob Ford”
We’re back! It’s the beginning of year two on Open Sources Guelph, and the beginning of a new year, and when those two forces combined it makes for a very busy work week indeed. More trouble in the Middle East? Check. Presidential Election talk? Check? Current U.S. President makes last ditch effort for gun control? Check. Nuts that prove the reason why gun control is needed? Check, and double check! Continue reading “Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday January 7, 2016”
Before the holidays, the Federal government announced its intention to move forward with an Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, but said further that it will be up to victims and survivors to help guide the hand of the process in terms of what form the inquiry would take. Those meetings actually begin this week with eight already scheduled and the promise of more to come. Continue reading “First MMIW Inquiry Planning Meetings Announced”
During the Federal Election, the Liberals and Justin Trudeau promised that they would bring 25,000 refugees fleeing from the conflict against ISIS in Syria and Iraq to Canada before the end of 2015. Although the Liberal government made immediate and significant strides to start bringing people here once they were in office, it quickly became a much bigger prospect than it looked on the campaign trail. The government amended their year end goal by rounding down to 10,000 refugees, so how close did they get? John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, has an answer. Continue reading “How did Canada do on Refugee Numbers by the End of 2015?”