Open Sources Show Notes for November 19, 2020

This week on Open Sources Guelph, we’ve got the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: Plague, Death, War, and Spite. One of those may not be an actual Horseman, put it is a fairly succinct description of the current occupant of the White House who is letting Plague and Death run unchecked. Things aren’t much better plague-wise speaking here in Ontario, or in the rest of Canada, and that’s where War comes in. He’s got his own room in Alberta and everything!

This Thursday, November 19, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

Doug Day Afternoon. Ontario has been hit hard with the second wave of the pandemic, and Premier Doug Ford hasn’t made it easy to get a handle on things. From a colour-coded alert system that did not follow the best advice of public health, to a vague warning that school Christmas breaks might be an extra two weeks long, there are a lot of confusing messages about there about the current state of the COVID response. What happened to Doug, he was doing so well?

Second Coming. Ontario is just one place that is seeing a spike in new COVID cases. From the newly locked down streets of western Europe, to freezer trucks now sitting in the loading docks of hospitals in El Paso, it’s clear the pandemic is far from over, and this with more good news on vaccines this week. We’ll look at the growing concern and the rapid new spread of COVID across Canada, the United States, and around the world, and we’ll let you know when to freak out.

It’s Only Democracy. This week in “Will He or Won’t He”, outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump gave orders to draw down U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan by the thousands, he fired the DHS official who said the 2020 election was the safest ever, and two Republic election officials refused to certify Detroit’s results, and all this was in the space of a few hours on Tuesday night. This week, we’ll look at the latest hiccups in the road to a Biden presidency, and ask, will this madness ever end?

Harsh Pipeline. There’s been a lot of talk about the post-pandemic economic recovery, and a lot of people think that a pipeline runs through it. Not so fast though because the economics of Alberta oil right now don’t really make a pipeline viable, neither does Joe Biden’s ascension to the White House, and then there are all those Indigenous issues, and now Michigan is saying “Not In Our Back Yard” to Enbridge. Jason Kenney says “it’s war” but is the war already over for oil?

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

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