Open Sources Show Notes for August 6, 2020

This week on Open Sources Guelph, there are a lot of unknowns. Will there be a proper school year with COVID still a thing? Are we ignoring Canada’s growing far-right extremism and conspiracy theorists? And what about future political leaders, who is going to run alongside Joe Biden on the Democratic ticket, and who will lead the Green Party of Canada into the next election? This week, we’ll try to get some answers.

This Thursday, August 6, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

Class Struggles. It’s almost exactly one month till the start of the school year, and for a lot of parents across Canada that means making a tough decision: If the schools are open, do I feel the precautions make it safe enough to send my child there? It’s a tough call, and the details change between provinces and school boards, but with reports of outbreaks at American schools that have re-opened, what assurances do we have that school will be COVID cool in September?

Parks and Wreck. Among the problems facing the country, one that’s been overlooked is a small group of conspiracy-minded people camped out at the National War Memorial called “the Canadian Revolution.” This group has been demanding that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau be arrested or investigated for pedophilia, child trafficking, and other charges, and if you think this sounds suspiciously like QAnon level stuff, you’re right! Are we paying enough attention to these fringe groups?

Veep Stakes. Former Vice-President Joe Biden will be announcing his running mate sometime in the next week or so in the lead up to the Democratic National Convention where he will officially assume the Democratic nomination for the presidency. The VP selection has a lot riding on it, not just because people want a forward, progressive-leaning pick, which will definitely be a woman, but because this person will likely be the presumptive nominee for President in 2024. Any guesses?

Follow the Leader’s Race. A lot of people have been talking about the Conservative leadership race, but there are actually two Federal parties in the midst of a leadership contest right now. The Green Party race has twice the number of candidates as the Conservatives, but probably hasn’t garnered half of the coverage, and this is a key moment for the Green Party as they plot a path forward without the leader that put them on the electoral map. So who looks good to succeed Elizabeth May?

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

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