Open Sources Show Notes for February 20, 2020

This week on Open Sources Guelph, we’re going to catch up on a couple of ongoing stories, and then look at two new ones because if it’s Thursday, that means there’s too much news to cover! So in the first half we’re going to talk about the latest on the protests supporting the Wet’suwet’an hereditary chiefs, and the escalating friction between the Ontario government and teachers. Then, in the back half, we’ll look at the political drama in two Maritime provinces, and the drama happening right here are home on the U of G campus.

This Thursday, February 20, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

Blockade Stunner. The rail blockades remain in place, and the protests across Canada continue as the Government of Canada struggles to find a direction out of the conflict. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had a lot of nice things to say, but he offered no real direction on ending the crisis. At least that’s better than Andrew Scheer who appararntly wants the Government to go full-Oka on the Wet’suwet’an protestors. With no leadership in Ottawa, is there any real way out of this crisis, and how long can Trudeau afford to stay neutral?

Class Effect. This week’s show is recorded just hours in advance of the province-wide, one-day strike by Ontario’s teachers. For the first time since 1997, every teacher will be walking a picket line instead of teaching in a classroom, and the polls show that the majority of voters are with the teachers. Still, the Ontario government is staying the course, and that course is “We’re standing against greedy teachers,” even though pay is the last thing they’re thinking about. How much longer can the Ford government hold against the united teachers’ unions?

Maritime Brawl. There’s political turmoil in the Eastern Canada with Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball announcing that he’s stepping down after a scandal involving a government contract being given to a man that had worked closely with a cabinet minister. Meanwhile, in New Brunswick, the government has canceled plans to enact a series of unpopular healthcare reforms after the Opposition parties threatened a vote of no confidence. We’ll catch up with all the political drama on Canada’s right coast.

The Running Ban. Before the Christmas break, the University of Guelph had its #MeToo moment when track coach Dave Scott-Thomas has fired for inappropriate behaviour with at least two student-athletes over his decades-long relationship with the school. But firing Scott-Thomas wasn’t the end of the story. A Globe and Mail report talked to the original complainant and revealed in horrible detail her abuse at the hands of Scott-Thomas and how the U of G seemed to do nothing. How should the U of G respond?

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

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