Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday December 20, 2018

On this week’s Open Sources Guelph, we go live one last time before 2019! After this week, we’ve got two weeks of holiday programming, which is good because we need the break from this political madness. The madness on both sides of the border spill into this week’s show as we look at all the President’s investigations in Washington, and all the scandals at Queen’s Park racing to catch up. We’ll also talk to the other new councillor on city council, and look back at the very busy first month of the new term.

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

Trump of Coal. As Donald Trump retreats to his tacky Florida resort for a few weeks of golf and schmoozing with his fellow rich jerks, he leaves quite the mess behind in Washington. His first national security advisor still waits to find out if he’ll do time, his old lawyer and fix-it man is going to jail in the new year, two of his adult children and his son-in-law might be charged next, his charitable foundation has been disbanded under the assumption it committed massive fraud, and House Democrats are preparing a subpoena tsunami in the new year. With 17 different investigations going on, maybe Trump should stay in Florida…

Ontario Power Degradation. Meanwhile, in Ontario, Doug Ford is trying to beat Trump for the record number of ongoing scandals. This week, the government recalled the Legislature to pass back to work legislation preemptively before Ontario’s hydro workers can go on strike, they cancelled funding for the College of Midwives, they cancelled some education funding, the integrity commissioner is probing the appointment of Ron Taverner to OPP Chief, and the people want sex ed to stay exactly as it is when the previous government passed the new curricula in 2015. What can we take away from the last week of Ford Nation 2018?

New From Ward 2! Guelph City Council has only been back in session for two weeks, but what a two weeks it’s been! From a massive development in the west end, to the approval of cannabis retail locations, to an underpass trail beneath the Speedvale Bridge, there’s been a lot of big calls, and some bigger calls are yet to come. That’s a lot for a rookie councillor to handle, but this week, we’ll check in with Ward 2 Councillor Rodrigo Goller to see how he’s handling it. We’ll talk to Goller  about how he’s handling the learning curve, what he thinks of the council experience so far, and what we should expect coming up in the new year.

***Programming Note: Open Sources Guelph will air two holiday specials on December 27 and January 3 at the usual time.

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

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