Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday March 30, 2017

On this week’s Open Sources Guelph we have to embrace the inevitable. A long-await return appearance on the show of a much discussed politician… Guelph MP Lloyd Longfield! After having to bail last minute last week, Longfield graciously offered to appear live and in-person on this Thrusday’s show to talk about the budget and other Ottawa-related stuff. Speaking of which, we’ll also discuss the government’s long-awaited plan to legalize marijuana, and while we’re on the topic of drugs, we may need to take some after we check in with Donald Trump and see what he’s been doing and saying lately. 

This Thursday, March 30, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

1) Lloyd Christmas. After last week’s unfortunate scheduling snafu with a last minute vote, Guelph MP Lloyd Longfield makes good on his word and pops in to Open Sources – in person – to talk about all the things we couldn’t talk with him about last week. What’s will all the new innovation spending? What’s in it for Guelph? Why is Canada dumping more than $100 million into Skynet? We’ll talk about our own budget issues, plus we’ll ask Longfield about the feedback he’s gotten so far, his upcoming town hall with Jane Philpott on mental health being held at the University of Guelph, and whether or not he intends to meet Nathan Cullen at the Guelph Civic Museum tonight.

2) Art of the Real. It’s been a while since we addressed the 45th President of the United States, and that’s purposeful, but with so much going on, it’s hard to ignore the goings on of Donald Trump and his White House of Champions. Following last week’s epic loss on healthcare, Trump once again told senators that a deal on the matter was going to be easy to achieve if, you know, someone has any ideas. Meanwhile, Trump can’t shake allegations of Russian collusion because we keep hearing about all these secret meetings his closest advisers have been having with people close to Vladimir Putin. Is there no relief from Trumpmania?

3) The Money Pot. After several years between the promise and action, it seems that the Government of Canada is finally ready to get rolling on legalizing marijuana, and around 4/20 no less. Sadly, the House of Commons will not be in sessions in the latter half of April, and the plans for a rollout of legalization are not even official yet, but many activists are saying it’s long past time for arrangements to be made, especially as local law enforcement seems to on a daily basis rouse another pot business trying to walk a fine line during this nebulous legal period between prohibition and legalization. Are the Liberals actually going to deliver this time, or is this going to end up being more lip service?

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

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