Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday February 4, 2016

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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.

This Thursday, February 4, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz  and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

1) Forget it Donald, It’s Iowa. After what’s seemed like a year of build-up, the votes were finally cast in the Iowa Caucuses, and no one knows what it all means. Ted Cruz took first place for the Republicans, but Trump’s accused him of cheating, and everyone’s talking about the success of third place Marco Rubio. Hillary Clinton won for the Democrats, but barely, and she’s heading into what looks like a slaughter in New Hampshire with a leading Bernie Sanders. Is the Presidential race any clearer now that votes are being cast?

2) TPP Problems. Canada and the other 11 member nations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership have all signed the agreement today, but what lies ahead is years of work to enact the provisions, and in Canada, that also means having the TPP ratified in Parliament. Still, only 3 out of 5 Canadians know about the TPP, and over half of them couldn’t tell you what’s in it. Is ignorance truly bliss in the case of the TPP, or are we being lead down the garden path? And will the Liberals truly allow a full and open debate on it in the House?

3) Vote No One? The people of Whitby-Oshawa will go to the polls next Thursday  to decide who will represent them at Queen’s Park, replacing long-time MPP Christine Elliott of the Progressive Conservatives. We will be joined by phone by Greg Vezina of the None of the Above party, one of the 10 candidates running for the seat, including representatives of the four major parties, perennial candidate John Turmel and a guy that legally changed his name to Above Znoneofthe.

4) Don’t Get CUPE with City Hall. In a new regular segment on the show, and in honour of the dear departed Guelph Mercury, we’ll dedicate a segment of the show to a Guelph issue. This week, we’ll talk about the opening of negotiations between the City of Guelph and three Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) locals that are currently trying to secure new contracts. With controversy already in the air, will the City – who is already in mediation with the local firefighters – be able to secure a new contract with ease, or are we in for a year of labour strife?

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

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