Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday November 15, 2018

This week, Open Sources Guelph is awash in galling behaviour. In the United States, the President decided to skip the opportunity to remember veterans so he could pout and rage tweet in his hotel room, and in Ontario’s capital building you still never know who might be a scandal waiting to happen. It’s a bummer to be sure, and one that’s compounded this week as we say goodbye to a regular guest as he retires from the political stage.

This Thursday, November 15 at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

Armist-diss. What was supposed to be the solemn commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, became just another tent in the Trump Circus as the American President made himself a national embarrassment and an international disgrace for skipping one ceremony because of rain, and showing up late after the procession of world leaders to the Champs-Élysées. Then there was the scandal of Trump maybe making time to meet Putin while in France, and the further disgrace of Trump doing no Veterans Day commemorations back home in Arlington. Is this Donald Trump’s biggest indignity yet?

Scandal in the Wind. Meanwhile, disgrace is on the menu on the government bench in Queen’s Park. While still reeling from the dual resignations of cabinet minister Jim Wilson and an aide in the Premier’s office for misconduct, a third person resigned as the executive director of the Progressive Conservative caucus bureau because he didn’t speak up about the misconduct sooner. Then, on Tuesday, came news about the Premier’s office was interfering with Ontario Power Generation by pushing for the removal of an executive that used to be an aide to Patrick Brown. What’s up with all this upheaval in the PC ranks?

Karl Jam. It’s always sad when you have to say goodbye to a member of city council, even when it’s on their own terms. This week, we’ll talk to outgoing Ward 6 Councillor, and friend of the show, Karl Wettstein, as he says farewell to politics, and hello to retirement. We’ll talk to Wettstein about his multiple terms on city council, his proudest accomplishments, his most disappointing experiences, and what lessons he hopes to take with him. We’ll also discuss Wettstein’s departing advice to the council, and his hopes for the future as he starts his new life as a private citizen.

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

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