Open Sources’ Manifesto for 2017

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It’s hard to believe that two years ago this week, two of the guys from the “Gang of Four” decided to go solo and start their own show. It was an ambitious show that would aim to do all the things that Gang of Four did, plus a little bit more, that’s why it was called “Open Sources Guelph“, the show was open for anyone to be a source. That was year one. In year two, we upped our game to try and fill the void left by the closure of the Guelph Mercury by profiling our local politicians. So what are we doing for 2017? We’re taking it up another notch, of course!

What does that mean exactly? Well, it started with the Canadaland Commons podcast, which said before its hiatus that it was the only podcast of it kind covering Canadian politics and discussing issues of national importance. Wait a minute, we said, Open Sources Guelph does that too! Well, we also talk a lot about Guelph, provincial and international matters as well, but we’ve gone to tremendous pains in the last year to include more voices than just our own on the show. We’re not just two guys yelling at the clouds, other words. That’s one reason why we added a list of previous guests to the site.

So in upping our game, we’re looking to start pulling into the show other area Members of Parliament and Members of Provincial Parliament. There are a number of influential members across all parties sitting as representatives in our immediate area like cabinet minister Bardish Chagger (Waterloo), and Conservative leadership candidates Michael Chong (Wellington-Halton Hills) and Lisa Raitt (Milton). Meanwhile, at Queen’s Park, influential opposition MPPs like PC Michael Harris and NDP Catherine Fife represent ridings in Kitchener-Waterloo.

We’ll also be having more members of Guelph city council come in, we’ll be inviting back those that have already been part of the show, and we hope to introduce you to more influential people in Guelph throughout the year. We’re also going to keep dishing that punditry you like so much as Scotty Hertz and I give our (hopefully) unique take on current events and what’s in the news. The point though is to make Open Sources even more open, exposing our listeners to new voices and creating more of a balance between the political discussion you love and informative interviews with newsmakers you need.

In other words, we’re hoping that 2017 will be Open Sources‘ biggest and best year yet! We hope you’ll stick with us all year long…

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