It’s that time of year to look backwards, and rank and evaluate all the various aspects of the last 365 days. Here, Open Sources Guelph is no exception to other sites and shows, and in our final program of the year we hand out the usual awards honouring the best and worst of 2016, a year that was pathetically awful in its own right up until the bitter end. (RIP: Princess Leia.)
This Thursday, December 29, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:
1) Worst Politician of the Year. Throughout Canada and the United States, who was the one politician that so utterly failed in his or her mission? Who gambled when they should have played it safe? Who horribly miscalculated? Who lost all possible faith in their party, or blew his first big day in government?
2) Good News Story of the Year. Let’s be honest: it was a rough effing year, but yes, there are still some good news stories out there. Governments and people can still sometimes do good, and over the past year there’s been at least one or two good news stories worth celebrating.
3) Trainwreck of the Year. Oh what a year for trainwrecks… Frankly, the entirety of 2016 could be classified as a trainwreck, but we’ll narrow that down to who screwed up the most? Whose mistakes were the most costly? Who lost the most in terms of prestige, or influence, or just general dignity?
4) Best Politician of the Year. This one should be self-explanatory, and since we will start the show with a loser, that means there has to be a winner. This is the politician who was able to take the most ground, win the most arguments, and/or launch a new era of governance. Maybe, they also became folk heroes of the movement in the process…
***Programming note: This episode of Open Sources Guelph is pre-recorded.
Open Sources is live on CFRU 93.3 fm and cfru.ca at 5 pm on Thursday.