Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday May 23, 2019

This week on Open Sources Guelph, we’re going to try and look past the usual suspects to get at some of the under reported stories in the news this week. Among them, we’ll look at an official investigation into money laundering, and a key turn of phrase that’s a giant step forward in dealing with out racist past. Speaking of racism, that’s still a thing, and a couple of people in Canada are doing their best to bring it back, while some American states are trying to bring back their own dark past for women’s rights.

This Thursday, May 23, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

Last Flag Flying. What’s new with hate in Canada? Well, last week there was the case of a Nazi and Confederate flag flying high over a property in Kelliher, a small town in Saskatchewan, and while the flag flyer has been described as, basically, a harmless 34-year-old who “never grew up,” it’s the man who took down the flag and burned it that seems to be getting the brunt of the attention. We’ll talk about that, and court case of Kevin J. Johnson as we look at recent news from the realm of right wing extremism.

Dirty Laundering. British Columbia Premier John Horgan announced last week that his government is launching a public inquiry into money laundering. From luxury cars, to gambling, and especially real estate, B.C. is the money laundering capital of Canada, but this is a nation-wide issue to be sure, and one that impacts the lives of Canadians everyday from housing prices to fraudulent goods. But what will the public inquiry discover, and will it make any difference for the high cost of living?

Pro-Life in Pieces. Several U.S. states have launched restrictive anti-abortion laws designed to force a court fight that will lead to the Supreme Court where it’s hoped that the newly minted majority of conservative Justices will overturn the seminal court case of Roe V. Wade. Reaction in the U.S., and around the world, is concern. Here in Canada, all eyes are on openly pro-life politicians, and whether they might be encouraged to make the same moves in this country? How under threat is the right to an abortion?

Bad Words. The Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg took a wild, unexpected step for Reconciliation with our Indigenous peoples by properly calling centuries of systemic mistreatment a genocide. Many advocates have been pushing for this, but it’s been a hard sell because it means painting our ancestors as people who committed a genocide against a whole continent over hundreds of years. So will this be a positive step forward for Indigenous relations?

Open Sources is live on CFRU 93.3 fm and cfru.ca at 5 pm on Thursday.

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