Open Sources Show Notes for June 25, 2020

This week on Open Sources Guelph, we’re going to take a break from the ongoing stories that have so pre-occupied us these last few weeks to revisit some golden oldies. We’ve got Canada-China relations, we’ve got some Donald Trump stuff, and we’ve got the Conservative leadership race for a well-rounded news diet. On top of that, we’ll discuss some good old fashioned investigative reporting.

This Thursday, June 25, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

Informer? In April, Gabriel Wortman committed the worst mass murder in Canadian history, but before that, could he have been an RCMP informant? That interesting question comes from a Maclean’s article that points to $475,000 in cash that Wortman withdrew from a bank that he theoretically shouldn’t have been able to get. In some quarters, this is considered a type of “trade-craft” used by our Federal police service, so what does this mean, and are we missing a bigger piece of this story?

China Beseech. China is moving ahead with the prosecution of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, two random Canadians they picked up and charged with espionage out of apparent retaliation for the arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou. Moving to a prosecution phase is an escalation for the Chinese government, and seen as a warning to Canada and the Trudeau government, but are there any reasonable moves that Canada can make to save the Michaels?

How Deep is My Rally? It was not a good week for Donald Trump. He had multiple failures at the Supreme Court, he had a near-Saturday Night Massacre with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Southern New York, and then the rates of COVID-19 hospitalizations have sky-rocketed, so Trump really needed that Tulsa campaign kick-off rally to go off without a hitch. It did not. We’ll talk about how and why things are not going well for Trump and his re-election efforts.

Debate Society. Last week, the four Conservative leadership candidates – Leslyn Lewis, Peter MacKay, Erin O’Toole, and Derek Sloan – all made their case to lead the Official Opposition into the next election. Unfortunately, what was going on in the campaigns was more interesting than the debates with the O’Toole camp accusing the MacKay team of stealing data and information. Can the Conservatives get behind a leader with such a stunning amount of animosity?

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

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