Open Sources Show Notes for September 10, 2020

This week on Open Sources Guelph, we’re going Back to School. Not really, but it’s a theme, and we’re going with it as one of the topics of this week’s show. We’re going to talk about the concerns about kids going back to school, and we’re going to talk about Indigenous-Settler relations on an important anniversary. In the back half of the show, we will look at a big issue closer to home in Guelph with one of the representatives from Ward 2.

This Thursday, September 10, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

Back to School Concern. Labour Day is usually a time of excitement because it means all students are heading back to school, but Back to School 2020 is a minefield of concerns from coast to coast to coast. Here in Ontario, teachers are still concerned that their classes are too big, bus drivers are still concerned that their buses will be too packed, and parents are concerned that their kids will be back home by the end of the month. Are we looking at the beginning of the second wave?

Caledonia Sweep. Just down the road in Caledonia, there is a land dispute underway as First Nations land defenders are standing against the Town and the OPP to stop the development of a residential neighbourhood. Hot on the heels of the Wet’suwet’en protests earlier this year, and renewed interest in social justice for BIPOC people, the demonstrations also come on the 25th anniversary of the death of Dudley George at Ipperwash. So how well have we learned the lessons of reconciliation?

The View on Parkview. It was kind of a surprise when the executive director of the Drop In Centre announced at the August 24 city council meeting that they might be buying the Parkview Motel to establish supportive housing. Now there’s a debate raging in the neighbourhood, and one of two people caught in the middle is Ward 2 Councillor Rodrigo Goller. Goller will join us this week to talk about the Parkview debate, and the struggles to create housing for the homeless in Guelph.

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

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