Open Sources Show Notes for October 29, 2020

This week on Open Sources Guelph is another one of those weeks where there’s almost too much news, and it’s not all related to the U.S. Presidential Election, which is definitely one of our topics for this show. Along with that, we will also talk about the four (!) elections we had in Canada this week, the continuing failures of Reconciliation in Caledonia, and labour strife in Alberta in their… healthcare sector?!

This Thursday, October 29, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

Too Good to Be True? We’re now in the final week of the U.S. election, and all the national polls, and most of the swing state polls, say that Joe Biden looks good to become the 46th President of the United States. But wait, it’s not a done deal! We all know that the polls pointed to a Clinton blowout in 2016, and there’s still big enthusiasm for Donald Trump despite the ground he’s lost, so what will happen on Election Day, and will that be the final word on this 2020 election?

Return of the Kings. There were four elections in Canada this week, and they more or less ended the way you expected. In British Columbia, the NDP and John Horgan no longer need to worry about the Green MLAs now that they have a majority, Scott Moe and the Saskatchewan Party got their fourth consecutive victory, and the Federal Liberals held on to two seats in Toronto. Are there any lessons to be taken from these fairly straightforward election results?

La La Land Back. Things have escalated again at Land Back Lane in Caledonia after a court ruled last week that the land defenders have to get themselves off a disputed property there, but the land defenders have refused to go, and have actually dug in further. Meanwhile, tensions have risen with the OPP, who posted a video of a couple of protestors attacking a cruiser, but the land defenders said they were provoked at the sight of officers with guns drawn. So how does this get fixed?

Strong Medicine. In case you’ve forgotten, we’re in the middle of pandemic. You probably haven’t forgotten that, but the Alberta government seems to have because why else would they propose to cut 11,000 healthcare jobs at the moment in time? Like in most provinces across Canada, COVID-19 cases are on the rise in Alberta, but the politics have forced hundreds of healthcare workers to take part in a wildcat strike on Monday. So what do Jason Kenney and Co. think they’re doing?

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

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