Open Sources Show Notes for July 30, 2020

This week on Open Sources Guelph, it’s going to be a Canadian affair with a splash of conspiracy. From coast to coast to coast, people are talking about the controversy that rhymes with “Me”, but there are concerns in select localities including questions about mass murder on the East coast, and questions about the limits of Free Speech in Alberta. And speaking of Free Speech, yes, we have to talk again about conspiracies.

This Thursday, July 30, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

WE Are What WE Are. It was a big week for the still ongoing scandal involving the Federal government’s decision to allow the WE Charity to administer nearly a billion dollars for youth volunteerism. The Kielburger Brothers testified Tuesday as they try to valiantly save their non-profit’s reputation, if not its very existence, while Prime Minister Justin Trudeau himself will testify just before showtime on Thursday. So where does the story go from here, and will there be any lessons learned?

Under Pressure. David Bowie and Queen must have been in the back of the head of the Nova Scotia government this week as they finally announced a public inquiry into the April massacre there, which is still the worst mass shooting in Canadian history. Originally, they were going to go with a simple review, but immense public pressure forced them to change their minds. So will a public inquiry get the answers people need, and will the government’s heart really be in it?

Kill Bill 1. A few weeks ago, the Alberta government passed Bill 1, or the Protecting Critical Infrastructure Defence Act. Sounds pretty innocuous, right? Well, don’t tell that to environmentalists in the Wild Rose province because they smell a rat, a rat designed to stop them from exercising their right to protest big oil and pipelines. So is Alberta and Jason Kenney using the pandemic as an excuse to stifle Free Expression for their friends in the fossil fuel business?

Fake Drastic Expertise. A viral video posted Monday night featured a group of people in front of the Supreme Court of the United States (?) talking about how everything that real medical professionals have told you about COVID-19 is wrong. It’s another in a long line of conspiracy theories concerning the pandemic we’ve heard, and they’re made worse because they’re amplified by the President of United States. Will anything break this conspiratorial stranglehold on people?

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

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