Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday September 15, 2016

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This week on Open Sources Guelph, we are finally going to get the media and political class back for all the awful lies they’ve spread about us. Oh wait, sorry, that’s Doug Ford’s script. Here on the show, we do the good work of trying to bring fair, well-researched and humorous political punditry to your radio airwaves, and this week is no exception. From the leadership race no one wants to lead, to the leadership at Queen’s Park that can’t decide where to lead next. From great expectations about Guelph’s budget to dwindling expectations about the presidential race south of the border, we’re going to do our best to bring you the truth… folks.

This Thursday, September 15, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

1) MacKay of the Dead. He was the last great hope for a renewed Conservative Party post-Stephen Harper, but former Justice Minister Peter MacKay said “thanks, but not thanks” to the job he was so obviously next in line for because he needs to spend more time with his family. That would be fine, but MacKay is the frontrunner even though he was never officially part of the race, and right behind him is Kellie Leitch, who, you might have heard, has been having some troubles lately. That leaves Andrew Sheer, who stepped down as Conservative House Leader this week, as the biggest brand name member of the blue team to step up, but is that enough to deflate Trudeaumania 2.0?

2) Game of Throne Speech. The Liberal government in Ontario under Premier Kathleen Wynne tried a resest this week by having a Speech from the Throne. With concerns over government spending, a recent by-election loss, and ongoing mismanagement of hydro and pricing all top of mind, Wynne was hoping to wipe the slate clean by announcing new childcare spaces and rate relief on electricity bills. Where is all this money going to come from? Who can say? Not even the premier herself. So it begs the question: is this the Liberals’ attempt to put lipstick on the proverbial pig with less than two-years left to their mandate?

3) The Crunch Before the Crunch. Although the budget process doesn’t really hit the ground running till next month, it hasn’t stopped all sides in the debate from martially their talking points. Mayor Cam Guthrie has come out to say that this is going to be the toughest budget to come before council in a long while, but councillors are all eager to get their pencils sharpened as staff promises new tools to make sure the citizenry is better informed and better engaged than ever before. But are we ready for budget season? Are we well prepared? Is there too much politics in such an important process with not enough wiggle room?

4) Health Class. On Friday night, Hillary Clinton had the audacity to say that half the people who supported Donald Trump were amongst the racist, xenophobic, homophobic, anti-everything-not-white-male-and-straight caucus, or as she called them, a “Basket of Deplorables.” By Sunday it was a different story though, as a bout of pneumonia caused the former Secretary of State to nearly collapse at a 9/11 memorial event. With conspiracy theories about her health already prevalent, the last thing Clinton needed was to have to take a sick day. Trump meanwhile, the most politically incorrect candidate since there was a term for it, is demanding an apology for the basket crack even while his supporters embrace the term. We’ll have the latest from the U.S. campaign.

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

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