Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday November 8, 2018

After taking a couple of weeks off from election talk, we’re back at it this week on Open Sources Guelph! In fact, we’ve missed elections so much, we’re importing coverage. First, we’ll get a delivery from the U.S. as the highly contentious midterm elections have wrapped up for another four years. Meanwhile, people in Calgary are having an election, but in this one you can’t ignore the issues because it’s a plebiscite! Back home, we will welcome to the show our first post-election interview with a new city councillor.

This Thursday, November 8 at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

Midterm Relief. After months of campaigning, door-knocking, and racially-tinged conspiracy drivel, the midterm elections in the United States have finally come to an end. We’ll talk about the results and what they mean, but we’ll also talk about the implications. What lessons will the Democrats take from this as they look to unseat President Donald Trump in 2020? What will they do in the meantime to hold Trump to account? How much uglier will the campaigning get in the future? And how much longer can the Republicans deny that Trump is an anchor pulling them deeper into racist territory?

Gamesmanship. Next week, Calgarians will vote in a plebiscite to determine if there’s a public appetite in Calgary to host the 2026 Winter Olympics. Of course, this is all going down 30 years after the ’88 Olympics were held in the Stampede City, and eight years after the Vancouver Winter Olympics made a lot of promises about housing and development that didn’t materialize. Back in Calgary, big promises are being made, big names like “Eddie the Eagle” are being brought out to promote the idea, but all signs point to the same old empty promises. Will Calgary go in on an Olympic encore?

O’Rourke in the Road. Council won’t get sworn in till December, but we’re getting ahead of the game when it comes to having members of the new council in studio! This week, we’ll welcome new Ward 6 City Councillor-Elect Dominique O’Rourke for her first live Open Sources interview as a member of the horseshoe. We’ll talk with O’Rourke about her decisive election victory, how she’s been preparing to take up her role as a city councillor, and what she expects some of her first initiatives will be. Do you have a question for the incoming councillor? We’ll ask those too!

Open Sources is live on CFRU 93.3 fm and at 6 pm on Thursday.

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