Open Sources Show Notes for March 12, 2020

This week on Open Sources Guelph, it’s time to look at Ontario politics again. We’ve got a new Liberal leader to talk about, and while the current Ontario government’s definitely got 99 problems, Steven Del Duca is definitely one. In other news, we’ll also talk about the global and local effects of our newly-minted pandemic, and we’ll head to Europe where there’s new concerns about the treatment of migrants at one particular border.

This Thursday, March 12, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

All About Steve. Surprising no one, former Vaughan MPP and Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca has been named the new leader of the Liberal Party of Ontario. Del Duca now has the unenviable task of trying to rebuild the party, even while the Liberals are out front with the advantage in popular support, but Del Duca was part of Kathleen Wynne’s team and he also has to find a way to overcome those lingering negative feelings about the previous government. Can he do it?

Ford Rough. Speaking of the present Premier of Ontario, Doug Ford, it’s not like he’s having a good time right now either as a leader. Between the concerns over the spread of COVID-19, the ongoing labour strife with teachers, starting a fight with Ottawa over transit funding, and the unforced snafu involving license plates, these are tough times for the the PC government, and that’s before the budget drops on March 25. We’ll talk about how it’s going for our old friend Doug.

The Big Sick. The novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, is now officially a pandemic according to the World Health Organization, and the outbreak is touching all areas of life from commerce, to politics, to entertainment and sporting events. The Canadian government is trying to create a feeling of determined calm, while the American government is divided between the advise of health experts and positive thinking through flagrant self-promotion by the President. But seriously, how concerned should we be about COVID-19?

Border Patrol. Violence has been escalating along the Greco-Turkish border in recent weeks as Turkey has opened their side of the for migrants to cross over and enter Greece, mostly out of spit because Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the EU owes Turkey money. Greece, meanwhile, has been trying to stop the migrants with extreme severity, and that hasn’t helped the long-standing tensions between these two countries. So how does all this border friction get resolved?

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

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