Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday July 25, 2019

This week on Open Sources Guelph, we’re wondering if anyone’s going on summer vacation. In Ottawa, the news keeps coming even as we’re counting down to a fall election. In the United States, the special counsel is back in the news despite his best efforts. In the U.K. there’s a new sheriff in town, and he’s going to make people do what he wants on Brexit (apparently). And finally, not to disturb your calm, but the rent is pretty damn expensive here in Canada, and we have the data to prove it now. 

This Thursday, July 25, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

See More Butts. Gerald Butts is back in the national conversation three months after he resigned as consequence of the SNC-Lavalin affair. While that may be good news for the Liberals election strategizing, it’s bad news for optics because Butts was one of the architects of the strategy to lean on former Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould. We’ll talk about that, plus the lack of strategy for Attawapiskat and the decrepit status of 24 Sussex in our latest round of pre-election news.

(Finally) It’s Mueller Time! It’s been months since Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III delivered his final report investigating foreign interference in the 2016 election, and a month, in Trump-adjusted terms, is like five years. Still, Democratic House members, some of whom are eager to impeach Donald Trump, are hoping that Mueller will help them build a case they can take to the American people, but did the old-fashioned institutionalist Mueller give the Dems the boost they need, and what comes next?

Boris the Boss. In spite of all common sense, a small number of Conservative Party members in the U.K. have elected Boris Johnson as their leader, and the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Johnson, a rabid pro-Brexiter, will now face the same conundrum as his predecessor Theresa May in trying secure a Brexit deal everyone can get behind, while still being willing to Brexit with no deal and thus tanking the U.K. economy in the process. So why Boris, and can he succeed where others have failed on Brexit?

The Rent Really is Too Damn High! A report last week indicated that Canada’s got some pretty big issues with housing, and if you feel like you can’t afford the rent anymore, you’re probably right. In very few areas of this country, and certainly not in Toronto and Vancouver, are you able to afford the rent on even a one-bedroom apartment while earning minimum wage. It’s just further proof that the gulf between the rich and poor is widening more and more, so is there anything that can be done through government policy?

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

***Programming Note: There will be no new episodes of Open Sources Guelph on Thursday August 1, and Thursday August 9. We’ll be back with new live episodes on Thursday August 16.

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