Open Sources Show Notes for August 27, 2020

Welcome to the black parade! That My Chemical Romance tune is front of mind on this week’s Open Sources Guelph as we watch the Republican Party at their convention tell a horror story that’s supposed to make Joe Biden look like a Stephen King villain in clown make-up. We’ll discuss that, and we’ll talk about our own new Conservative Party leader here in Canada. and then, in the back half, we’ll talk to one of the councillors from Guelph’s south end.

This Thursday, August 27, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

Hatch Game. The Republican National Convention started one week after its Democratic counterpart, and if you’re a fan of U.S. President Donald Trump it’s the greatest show on Earth. On the other hand, there was lies, more lies, multiple violations of the Hatch Act – which outlaws the use of government property in campaigning – and it took almost two whole nights for some one to offer condolences for the 177,000 who have died from COVID-19. So, that’s awesome right?

O’Toole Time. After months of speculation, it was finally announced that that Durham MP Erin O’Toole was the new Conservative leader, and the new leader of the Official Opposition. The announcement came late on Sunday night after a lot of technical issues with counting the vote, but unlike 2017 the O’Toole victory was decisive and overwhelming. So what was the secret to his success, and how can he hopes to keep his coalition together while expanding the base.

The Other 6ix. Guelph city council just wrapped up their August schedule, which is weird because there’s not usually any council meetings in August. In these unusual times, we could use a little insight, and this week Ward 6 Councillor Mark MacKinnon will return to the show in order to provide it. With MacKinnon, we will cover the City’s COVID-19 response, the currently underway ward boundary review, and the omnipresent controversy about the fate of the new main library.

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

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