So that happened this week. Those are dozens of American soldiers standing on guard in front of the Lincoln Memorial in the midst of night eight of nation-wide protests following the death of a black man in Minnesota. This week on Open Sources Guelph, we’re going to talk about everything happening in the United States, or at least try, and we’re going to talk about how it reflects on our own systemic racism here in Canada. Plus, isn’t there still a pandemic going on?
This Thursday, June 4, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:
George. For nearly two weeks now, American cities have been nightly scenes of chaos as people have taken to the streets to protest anti-Black racism, and the systemic racism in American police departments. It started with the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, but its become so much bigger now, and the U.S. President, who has long espoused racist beliefs, and used racialized language, has done nothing to promote calm. We’ll try and make sense of the last week.
Canada is Racist Too. A lot of people have made hay about the 20 seconds Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took before not calling Trump a fascist, but nobody seemed to listen to what he said after the pause. There is racism here in Canada, and the fact that we just passed one-year since the delivery of the final report into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls without any substantive action is proof of that regardless of what Rex Murphy thinks.
There’s Still a Pandemic? The Ontario government is still reacting to last week’s report about the conditions in long term care homes, and the Province took over another home this week bring that number up to seven. Meanwhile, the state of emergency has been extended until the end of June, but it seems like we’ve all but forgotten there’s a pandemic still out there because of this week’s top story. So where do we sit now in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak?
Open Sources is live on CFRU 93.3 fm and cfru.ca at 5 pm on Thursday.