Open Sources Guelph is going Omarosa-free this week! There’s more than enough stuff in the world to be concerned about without a fight between a game show host and a game show contestant even if they are, paradoxically, the President of the United States and a former presidential advisor. Instead, we will look to the rising tide of racism and hate, and the friction between labour and management at Canada’s biggest summer fair. Oh, and we’ll have some guy named “Lloyd” on the show too.
This Thursday, August 16, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:
Hate is Enough. It’s been one of those weeks that gives you pause about the direction of the human race. On the one-year anniversary of the white supremacist march in Charlottesville, the Nazis and Klansmen tried in again in Washington D.C. , but were outmanned. In Canada, Victoria’s city council voted to take down a statue of Sir John A. MacDonald, but the Ontario government offered to ship it here and give it a new home. Meanwhile, Maxime Bernier blew a very loud dog whistle on Twitter. How do we deflate all this hate? Is there anything we can do beside wrongly beating up Toronto Sun photographers?
Let’s Go to the Wrecks! Your pleasant trip to the Canadian National Exhibition this year will have a lesson in labour relations if things don’t change. Although the CNE opens on Friday, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 58, who represents people that work at the Ex, will be picketing because their workers won’t be providing the technical and staging expertise to the fair. Not only have negotiations stalled, but the CNE Board of Governors has brought in out of province labour to get Exhibition Place ready. Will there be fair play for fair workers before the CNE ends on Labour Day?
Lloyd Rage. We are pleased this week to welcome back Guelph MP Lloyd Longfield to the show. It’s been a while since Longfield’s joined us, and there’s a lot to discuss. For one thing, Guelph’s MP has had to build an all-new relationship with Guelph’s new MPP. There’s also the Ontario government’s throwing a monkey wrench into the Feds’ new marijuana legalization. And then there’s that always provocative Guelph issue, electoral reform. We’ll talk about all that, plus Longfield’s recent trip up north, and what we might expect in the fall session on Parliament Hill.
Open Sources is live on CFRU 93.3 fm and cfru.ca at 5 pm on Thursday.