Open Sources Show Notes for February 13, 2020

This week on Open Sources Guelph, there’s friction. When Canadians leave home, interesting things seem to happen, which may be the least controversial thing we discuss this week. Next, things are far from cool as the debate over constructing a pipeline hits an all-new level of agitation, the contest to find a Democratic candidate is still as contentious as ever, and we’ll wrap up by talking about how we should react when controversial figures get some bad news of their own.

This Thursday, February 13, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

Some Canadians Abroad. It was a busy week for Canada’s political leaders who decided to get out of the country to take care of business. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was in Africa to do a little wheeling and dealing to secure a U.N. Security Council seat. On this side of the ocean, Premier Doug Ford went to Washington to make a few deals of his own, and in the process endorsed Donald Trump’s re-election, which did him no favours. So did good come from all these Air Miles?

Hereditary Briefs. As the RCMP started to try and clear the protestors in the territory of the Wet’suwet’en people, it seemed like the country itself erupted in protest. In many parts of Canada, including our own backyard, people are engaging in acts of civic disobedience in solidarity with the hereditary chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en, but is anyone in power listening? Is there any move that can be made that will be that will satisfy all sides of this stalemate?

Bernie Blow. With two votes of the way, the race to name a Democratic nominee for President is becoming a little clearer. The first place friction lies between progressive Senator Bernie Sanders, and the moderate midwestern Mayor Pete Buttigieg, but Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar has shown that she’s far from out of this race even while former Vice-President Joe Biden seems to have been largely removed from the conversation. So do we have a pretty good idea about who the nominee will be, or are there still some surprises left?

Crossing Jordan. Last weekend, it was announced that University of Toronto professor and provocateur Jordan Peterson has been in Russia dealing with complications from a serious drug addiction. Last week, it was announced that shock jock Rush Limbaugh was diagnosed with stage four cancer, and then controversial columnist Christie Blatchford passed away this week from her own cancer struggle. How are we supposed to talk about controversial figures when bad things seem to befall them?

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

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