Open Sources Show Notes for October 8, 2020

This week on Open Sources Guelph we will take everything we know about a busy news week, pack it in a tote, and leave it in the basement to gather dust because we’ve got a new standard for what a busy news week looks like. So Trump got COVID, and so did, it seems, most of his senior staff, which cast this week’s Vice Presidential debate  in doubt. Meanwhile in Canada, we elected a new Green leader with no problem, and we’ve got a new provincial election to talk about.

This Thursday, October 8, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

American COVIDiot. Between Thursday and Monday, U.S. President Donald Trump announced he had COVID-19, was taken to Walter Reed hospital, given various treatments, and returned back to the White House where he said COVID was wicked easy to beat and he was discontinuing all negotiations on COVID relief until after the election. Trump claims that he’s really learned from the experience, but did he? Also, how should Joe Biden by campaigning now with a month left till Election Day?

Veep Stakes. Speaking of the election, current Vice President Mike Pence met perspective Vice President Kamala Harris on the debate stage Wednesday after much wrangling with the debate commission since Pence might be an asymptomatic carrier of the virus. Pence versus Harris is a debate a lot of people were waiting to see, and a debate that was likely to be more formal that the s**tshow between Trump and Biden last week, but did it debate change any minds?

Green with Annamie. After eight rounds of voting, Toronto lawyer Annamie Paul broke all kinds of barriers to be named the new leader of the Green Party of Canada. Paul is the first Black woman and the first Jewish woman to lead a national party in Canada, and she’s only one of two major national party leaders who are People of Colour, so will representation make people take a second look at the Green Party, and how will Paul be able to build on Elizabeth May’s legacy?

Moe Better Choose. As scheduled, the Provincial election in Saskatchewan is underway, and it seems pretty unlikely that Scott Moe and the Saskatchewan Party will be dethroned with a shift to the left and the NDP. Having said that though, at least one Saskatchewan Party candidate had to resign from the race for espousing support for QAnon, while another is getting attacked for a history of juvenile behaviour that doesn’t sit well post-#MeToo. Still, can Moe be denied?

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

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