The Weekender: We Shouldn’t Be Mocking Patrick Brown, But Encouraging Him


Beneath the pomp and circumstance and celebrity spotting at this week’s Washington D.C. visit by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, there was an actual substantive announcement between the head of Canada’s government and U.S. President Barack Obama. Called the “U.S.-Canada Joint Statement on Climate, Energy, and Arctic Leadership”, it set goals for implementing the Paris Agreement, co-ordinating domestic climate action, advancing climate action globally, establishing co-operation on clean energy, and for initiating a shared Arctic leadership model. Given the importance of such an agreement one would think that pro-climate action politicians would be giving a hand to politicians that announce their intention to contribute. And you would be wrong. Continue reading “The Weekender: We Shouldn’t Be Mocking Patrick Brown, But Encouraging Him”

Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday March 10, 2016


This week on Open Sources Guelph it’s all Trump, all the time! Did he really make money on selling Trump Shuttle? Is his victory in Ohio and Florida inevitable? Where can we get some Trump Steaks and Trump Vodka? Just kidding. We are going to do our damnedest to make sure that we leave that whole fustercluck south of the border alone for the week, and turn our attention to more pressing things like the environment and rebellion. And did you know that our Prime Minister once boxed a senator? It fascinated a whole lot of Americans. Oh forget it! Let’s get on with the show… Continue reading “Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday March 10, 2016”

The Weekender: The Best Thing for America is a Trump Win. Seriously.


A couple of months ago, I wrote a piece in this space about how Donald Trump was not Rob Ford, but to look at the situation a different way, perhaps the best thing the American voter can do is get Donald Trump out of their system, like Toronto did with Ford. The come out of nowhere election of Ford in 2010 surprised even the most skeptical of pundits; it floored the media and the political establishment that an unpolished, unpracticed populist with a simple message and a proclivity to stick his foot in his mouth would rise to the highest office in North America’s fourth largest city. On that basis, the comparisons between Trump and Ford are easy, and that’s why we know that the only way Americans are going to shake off the siren song of winning “yuge” is by seeing what four years under Trump looks like. Continue reading “The Weekender: The Best Thing for America is a Trump Win. Seriously.”

Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday March 3, 2016


So that happened. No matter where you reside on the political spectrum, watching the drama unfold Tuesday night had you on the edge of your seat as an intrepid, trail-blazing woman tried to hold her own against a consortium of powerful men had you mesmerized… But enough about the Agent Carter finale! This week on Open Sources Guelph, we’ll eagerly take up the American political discussion again, and mix in the promised dissection of last week’s Ontario Budget. We’ll also talk about the latest developments in Syria, and take a time trip to Guelph’s General Hospital to look at an emergency room emergency situation. Continue reading “Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday March 3, 2016”