Open Sources Show Notes for December 5, 2019

This week on Open Sources Guelph, we’re getting back to basics. Scotty Hertz will be back at the controls as we catch up with old friends in Ottawa, and old friends in Washington D.C., and the surprising way both those friends crossed paths this week. After that, we’ll talk to another old friend from Guelph City Council and ask about the recently wrapped up budget process at City Hall.

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

From Justin to Petty. The House of Commons went back into business this week, but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau got an early start by flying to London to attend a NATO meeting, and guest star in one of Donald Trump’s long, rambling, steam of consciousness press conferences. Back at home, Ontario Premier Doug Ford has somehow established himself as the Minister for National Unity, and Conservative leader Andrew Scheer still has a job. We’ll catch up on a busy week in Canadian politics.

Impeachment Proposal. Speaking of Trump, he’s not having such a good time closer to home. The House Intelligence Committee delivered its report and recommended to the Judiciary Committee that they start drawing up articles of impeachment. The Judiciary Committee started their process Wednesday by hearing from constitutional scholars to lay the ground work that there’s a lot of ground to impeach Trump on, but can it work? Is there any wiggle room to create enough political will to toss Trump from office?

The Budget Challenge. This week, Guelph City Council passed the 2020 operating budget under a myriad of complex challenges. From infrastructure spending, to the needs of the police, to the funding for hospital expansion, there was so much on council’s plate this year that it nearly broke the table. It look a lot of horse trading, but the budget got done in what seemed like record time, and after Tuesday’s contentious meeting, we’ll be joined by Ward 3 Councillor Phil Allt to talk about this year’s process and where the City goes from here.

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

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