Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday March 31, 2016


This week on Open Sources Guelph, we’ll consider the world, before going super local again. “Terrorism” is a watch word these days with everywhere seemingly on the brink of an attack or having just experienced one, so we’ll cram as much terror talk as we can into that first segment before we talk about talking. The City of Guelph is in negotiation with three Canadians Union of Public Employees (CUPE) locals, so we’ll see how that’s going. (Hint: not well.) Then, in the second half-hour we’ll talk to another of our politicians, Guelph’s long-serving representative at Queen’s Park. Continue reading “Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday March 31, 2016”

The Weekender: Playing it Cheap Has its Costs

In a very busy news week, I saw a piece on the evening news that, in my mind, tied together two of the biggest stories, the untimely death of Rob Ford and the delivery of the Federal Budget. It was one of those consumer reports pieces that more often than not I find a venue for either Andy Rooney-style whining about how apples don’t cost a nickel anymore, or highlighting the bizarre naivety of the consumers they’re trying to protect. This one was more of the latter, so let’s begin by saying when you see a man selling iPhones in front of a suburban Toronto Costco, he’s not Tim Cook. Continue reading “The Weekender: Playing it Cheap Has its Costs”

Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday March 24, 2016


What a news week it was! Putting aside the Brussels attack (and we do because we can all agree that ISIS is terrible and no one deserves to die on the whim of a madman or men), it was a busy week of big stories, big decisions and big losses here for Open Sources Guelph. Consequently for everyday Canadians, there’s talk about the federal budget and its impact on our roads, and bridges, and pocketbooks… Also in Ottawa, there were money matters for the Red Chamber and the hope that there might be some class coming back there in the future. We also goodbye (hopefully) to over a half-a-century of hostility with the last enemy of the Cold War, and we say goodbye to a giant of Toronto politics who changed the landscape forever. Continue reading “Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday March 24, 2016”

So Hey, What Was in that Budget Today?


It was a big news day in general, but it was already going to be big in Ottawa with the highly-anticipated (or feared) Federal Budget presented to Parliament on Tuesday afternoon. There were a lot of major announcements, a lot of money going both in and out the doors (mostly out), so what does it all mean? Here are the highlights. Continue reading “So Hey, What Was in that Budget Today?”

Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday March 17, 2016


It’s civics, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll on this week’s edition of Open Sources Guelph. Civics because we’ll be hosting a Guelph city councillor in the second half of the show; drugs because we’re going to be talking about Toronto is exploring a new pilot project that’s had great success in Vancouver; and rock ‘n’ roll because of the U.S. Presidential Election, which remains the greatest show on Earth. It’s everything a Nazi Grandma could love. Continue reading “Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday March 17, 2016”