Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday May 25, 2017

A couple of big, ongoing political storylines are coming to a head on this week’s Open Sources Guelph. Our favourite wildly unqualified President of the United States is been on his first field trip and making new friends (glad that he and the Pope finally buried the hatchet as seen above), and this weekend, the cliffhanger on the leadership of a major Canadian political party will finally be answered. In other news, we’ll welcome an old friend to the show and get the lowdown on the latest goings on with our local government. 

This Thursday, May 25, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

1) Trump World. It’s been a while, and a purposeful hiatus on our part, since we took a dive into the thoroughly undrained swamp, but President *sigh* Donald Trump did something new this week, and went on his first foreign trip for a packed nine day journey through the Middle East and Israel (inside joke), and then on to the Vatican, and NATO and G7 conferences. To Trump’s credit, he didn’t rhetorically nuke foreign relations, which is good, but there were some flubs and odds memes. And by the way, the trip has done nothing to end all the troubles, scandals and investigations on the domestic front. Welcome back to Trumpland!

2) Countdown to a Leader. After almost two years of waiting, wondering and debating, the Conservative leadership convention goes down this weekend to finally determine who will be Stephen Harper’s successor, and not a moment too soon because Rona Ambrose has one foot out the door already. Maxime Bernier seems to have the inside track as the surprise consensus candidate, but you can’t count out Erin O’Toole, who might have a chance to come up the middle and claim the leadership on a second or third vote. Kellie Leitch seems out of the running, and fellow populist Kevin O’Leary burnt out without really trying. So who will the winner be? Your guess is as good as ours…

3) Phil Past Due. It’s been over a year since he was last on the show, but we’re pleased to welcome back “The Philosopher”, Ward 3 Councillor Phil Allt to the program.  We were going to talk about some of the usual city hall things, but then this past Monday council quite nearly ground its own work to halt by putting an end to Committee-of-the-Whole. We’ll talk to Allt about the pandemonium he helped create Monday night, the current mood at city council and other recent controversial votes. We’ll also talk about one year of Breezy breakfasts, and we’ll discuss Allt’s recent tenure mentoring a high school student about the ins and outs of municipal affairs.

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

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