Open Sources Show Notes for January 2, 2020

It’s the beginning of year six here on Open Sources Guelph, and, as usual, the season starts with one of our recurring annual bits, the Awards Show. It started as the yearly cap stone on the old Beyond the Ballot Box show, and the work continues on this fifth edition of the OSG version as we take a step back before diving into a new political year. Once again, we will be bringing you our picks in four categories covering all the good, the bad, and the ugly that we lived through in 2019.

This Thursday, January 2, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

Best Politician. Yes, there is such a thing as the Best Politician. Whether it’s someone who has managed to use their powers to do good in the last 12 months, or it’s someone that’s been able to navigate the murky depths of the seedy underbelly and emerge victorious, this year’s top prize might await any number of contenders. Whether they were good, or whether they were shrewd, we’ll talk about 2019’s best politicians.

Dumpster Fire of the Year. This annual favourite looks at a news year full of terrible stories highlighting government incompetence, individual corruption, rank hypocrisy, and small to great crimes against humanity. It can be embarrassing, it can be disappointing, or it can be aggravating, but the annual salute to the year’s biggest dumpster fire of a news story never fails to miss to mark.

Good News Story. Yes, there was good news in 2019! Sometimes you have to dig a little to find it, but good news is there if you can find it. Somewhere this year, there was one person or a group of people doing good in the world. They were able to send a message of hopefulness or change, or they were able to send more than a message and actually enact hope and change. Not an easy feat in 2019, as you will see.

Worst Politician. If there is a best, then there is also a worst. On the surface, you might think that it’s easy to be bad, but the reality is that it’s actually pretty hard to stand out in this field of bad. To find one or two politicians we can comfortably call the worst is no easy task, but that’s why we get paid the non-existent dollars, and like the dumpster fire award, it’s one of out most anticipated picks of the year.

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

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