This week on Open Sources Guelph, we’re going to give ourselves a bit of a beak before the long weekend. Instead of our usual panorama of new and breaking news from the past week, we’re going to have a series of interviews on this edition of the show. We’ll hear from our own Member of Provincial Parliament, a man who wants to the Member of Parliament for a nearby riding, and a leader in organized labour for Ontario workers, and they all have something to say.
This Thursday, April 18 at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:
Panic Mike. Last week, the Ontario government delivered its first budget under Doug Ford and Finance Minister Vic Fedeli. While many were initially pleased that it didn’t seem like there were that many cuts, the days since have revealed that there was a lot unseen in the fine print. One of those people is Guelph MPP Mike Schreiner, who joins us this week for an in-depth discussion about the government’s budget priorities, the carbon tax court challenge, and how the Ford government might be running defense for their federal counterparts.
Hamilton Steel. Speaking of the federal scene, there’s an election coming up later this year. While Guelph has yet to name an NDP candidate, one of our neighbouring ridings has. Scotty will talk to Cambridge NDP candidate Scott Hamilton, an expert in international relations with a masters from Oxford and a PhD from the London School of Economics, about his priorities for the 2019 election, why he’s running for office, and how he might apply his considerable academic expertise to the country’s pressing problems.
Left Said Fred. Back with the Ontario budget, one of the groups that will feel changes most harshly will be government employees themselves. One of the unions that represents those workers is the Canadian Union of Public Employees, and Fred Hahn is the president of CUPE Ontario. Scotty will talk to Hahn about his concerns coming out of the provincial budget, what workers are feeling after nearly a year into the Ford era, and what form the fight for workers’ rights will take next.
Open Sources is live on CFRU 93.3 fm and cfru.ca at 5 pm on Thursday.