This week’s Open Sources Guelph takes us on a journey to a mysterious and forbidden land just down the 401: Toronto. One weekend had both reason for celebration and reason for concern, as Pride festivities were overshadowed by more news that seems to say that the city may be a little less safer than normal due to all the gun violence. Of course, Pride highlighted some concerns of its own, and that’s something else we’ll dig into this week. But that’s not the end of the excitement! Along with the news this week, we’ll welcome back to the show Guelph’s next Member of Provincial Parliament, who, as you might have heard, made some history.
This Thursday, June 28, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:
Mikey Likes It (Winning)! It’s been almost a month since Mike Schreiner made history as the first Green MPP for Ontario, and it’s been a whirlwind of interviews and appearances as a lot of people are exciting about the political implications of that one victory (even if they’re less than excited about the new government). On the eve of the swearing in of Premier Doug Ford, Schreiner returns to Open Sources for his first sit down interview with Guelph media to talk about how he won, what he thinks of the new government moves so far, and what he has planned for the future as Guelph’s provincial representative.
Pride and Seek. Toronto Pride is still the massive party it’s always been, but recent events cast a dark shadow over the proceedings, and not just because of the Alberta man that was handing out anti-gay pamphlets that just turned himself into police. Speaking of police, it was the second year without uniformed police in the parade, which is especially stinging since the revelations of the murder spree of Bruce McArthur. At the same time, the presence of the former Premier of Ontario was as conspicuous as the absence of the incoming one, but no where near as conspicuous as accidental nudity on CP24. We’ll talk the ups and downs of Pride.
Shots Fired. Last weekend was another deadly one in the City of Toronto as four people were shot and killed over two nights, while the trend indicates that the number of shootings in the city up 55 per cent overall for the year so far. The incoming provincial government has suggested that funding might be restored to the TAVIS program, which was criticized for how often people of colour were carded in high policing areas; Police Chief Mark Sanders meanwhile has said that the answer isn’t more policing, but harsher sentences for offenders. So is Toronto facing the prospect of another “Summer of the Gun” and what is the proper response?
Open Sources is live on CFRU 93.3 fm and cfru.ca at 5 pm on Thursday.