Open Sources Show Notes for May 28, 2020

This week on Open Sources Guelph, we have the silly, we have the serious, and we have an in-depth discussion with a politician about the issues. This might be one of the most normal episodes we’ve done in a while, but we’ve still got COVID-19 concerns, especially in long term care homes. We’ll also head to Parliament Hill and we’ll talk to a local politician (for the East Coast) about his Canada-wide concerns for all cities.

This Thursday, May 28, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

Disgrace. A report from Canadian Forces, who respond to a call for help in Ontario’s long-term care home, outlined a terrible series of abuses observed in these facilities that have nothing to do with COVID-19. Premier Doug Ford has pledged that he will now pursue a public inquiry, and referrals will be made to the police, but we’re once again forced to confront how little we’ve done for our seniors who we claim to cherish. Will anyone pay a political price though?

The Commons Struggle. Meanwhile in the House of Commons, MPs are debating about whether or not the time has come to return to regular order. The Conservatives want to, the Liberals aren’t so sure, and they might have the support of the NDP if the government makes sick pay a reality. Meanwhile, all three major parties have been dipping into wage subsidies to help their staffs. We’ll catch up with all the latest from Ottawa.

A Country of Cities. Municipalities across the country are struggling with bloated bottom lines, and many of them are barred by law from running red ink. Cities are in trouble, and they’ve been reaching out to higher levels of government for help with increasing concern, but is help going to come from the Federal and provincial governments? Bill Karsten, a Halifax city councillor and president of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, will offer an answer.

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

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