Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday February 25, 2016


This week’s edition of Open Sources Guelph will touch on several different aspects of news and current affairs: politics, the economy, technology and diplomacy. In Canada, we’ll consider the epic series finale to the Duffy trial, nearly one year long in the making, and we’ll consider Bombardier asking “Please sir, may I have so more?” of the Federal government. In the States, a rich and powerful corporation is sticking up for individual privacy, and Great Britain is trying to decide if it will be greater without being ankled by the European Union. Continue reading “Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday February 25, 2016”

Marge’s Nightmare is Our Reality as The Simpsons Spoof the Presidential Race


The Simpsons is no stranger to making pointed political commentary, so did you think that the craziness of the 2016 U.S. Presidential race was going to pass without notice? Hardly. In a new video posted Saturday night, Marge is being driven to night terrors about the hyper-partisanship and the acidic vitriol of the presidential campaign so far, and while many of us aren’t hyperventilating yet, we’ve certainly felt like we have been. Can the presidential race be a bit more harmonious, as Homer suggests? Let’s find out. Continue reading “Marge’s Nightmare is Our Reality as The Simpsons Spoof the Presidential Race”

Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday February 18, 2016


This week on Open Sources Guelph, we take a break from American politics to talk about American justice and how that’s affecting American politics. The passing of a man known to be the most passionate and articulate right-wing voice on the bench has added napalm to the crazy fire already burning in this wacko campaign south of the border, so let’s focus on Sunny Ways up north here and how they might be coming to end. We’ll also enjoy a laugh at the expense of a media/government slap fight no one was prepared for, and offer our two cents on local infrastructure priorities. Continue reading “Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday February 18, 2016”

Careful With That Knife, Kathleen



Everyone becomes a little bit socialist in a Canadian hospital emergency ward. I don’t know of a single incident of someone spending time in The Emerge who said “please let me pay for this” at the end of it. Those that have the means generally don’t settle for regular care but if a Lamborghini has collided with a Corolla and everyone is bloodied and unconscious, they all end up in the closest ER regardless. That is the key concept of our universal system; we are hopefully all given the same degree of quality care and you will not be billed whether you are of the one percent or homeless. There is usually a fee for the ambulance and a shake down to pay for parking but the service itself is mostly free, for now. If you want to keep it that way, you will need to fight for it at…

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Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday February 11, 2016


We said we’d never go there, but they tasked us. They tasked us! So on this week’s Open Sources Guelph, we’ll open with discussion of the trial of Jian Ghomeshi, and how just about no one involved, including the media covering it, will come out looking good. We will also dig into the complexities of affordable housing in Guelph, the greater complexities of the war against ISIS, and the curiosities of the U.S. Presidential race. Continue reading “Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday February 11, 2016”

Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday February 4, 2016


The clown car has sprung a leak. On this week’s Open Sources Guelph we’ll journey to the Hawkeye State where the weird and wild journey of the American presidential race finally lead to some actual voting. Meanwhile, there’s some voting here in Ontario too as a by-election comes to a head, to say nothing of the debate around one of the most controversial trade agreements ever negotiated in total secrecy. Perhaps that’s a lesson to learn as the Royal City begins sitting down with its outside workers, officer staff, and librarians. This week, as it turns out, the show is one big segue. Continue reading “Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday February 4, 2016”