Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday July 20, 2017

This week on Open Sources Guelph, things go a little topsy-turvy. The one member of the team that usually goes out and gets the political interview, was too busy to do it this week. Then, at the other end of the show, we cross a little into End Credits territory by talking about the rare intersection of pop culture and politics. In between though, we’ve got juicy stuff about addressing Canada’s racist past, and its trading future. 

This Thursday, July 20, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

1) Plenty for the Guy. This past Monday, the latest NDP leadership contender came though the Royal City at NDP campaign headquarters at the Red Papaya in Old Quebec Street. Guy Caron, the only Quebecer in the race, arrived in town to convince local Guelphites that he’s the guy (pun unintended) to lead the New Democrats into the next election, and hopefully a rebound in their political fortunes. Open Sources‘ own Scotty Hertz caught up with Caron, who joins our growing collection of interviews with NDP leadership candidates, to find out what makes him the man to take the NDP all the way.

2) Farewell Cornwallis. A few short weeks ago, some Indigenous protestors gathered in Halifax in front of the statue of founder Edward Cornwallis for a ceremony of Truth and Reconciliation before they were interrupted by the alt-right group the Proud Boys. Since then, Cornwallis continued presence in the town he founded has been called into doubt as some are now demanding the statue be removed; the city compromised and threw a black tarp over him instead. The debate reflects similar ones in the United States where statues of Confederate soldiers are being brought down, and a demand on the part of a students group at Ryerson to change their university’s name. Is this debate helpful, or is history just too ugly to throw a tarp over or tear down?

3) Trader Dough. While the Trump Administration appears stymied on just about any number of domestic priorities, it seems that they are able to move forward with their idea to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement. A week of meetings has been set for August 16 between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico representatives in Washington D.C. Canada’s protectionism of its dairy market, and U.S. tariffs on softwood lumber are sure to be sticking points, but other difficult areas might involve a free movement of workers between the three countries, and state governors wanting to keep Canadian and Mexican companies from bidding on local contracts. Can a consensus by reached?

4) Doctor Her? The BBC announced the newest Doctor Who this past weekend, and to the surprise and delight of many people it was actress Jodi Whittaker that got the nod, and the key to the TARDIS. For the first time in 54 years, the Doctor is a woman, and this seemed to drive a lot of people nuts. Sure, you get your usual MRA whack jobs that starting asking about when Wonder Woman will be recast as a man, but British tabloids immediately celebrated Whittaker’s casting by publishing pictures of scenes she had done nude in other movies and series. Classy, and proof that we’ve still got a long way to go than just letting the woman drive through time and space…

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

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