Open Sources Show Notes for November 26, 2020

This week on Open Sources Guelph will formally start our transition to getting through these last few episodes before our Christmas break and the end of 2020. Still, it’s been another busy seven days in the news business, and we will spend our hour catching up with the Biden transition, and the creeping of conspiracy theories in Canada. Staying in Canada, we will also talk about the back end problems with the CERB, and how housing is still an issue despite the pandemic.

This Thursday, November 26, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

Ordinary People. After a needless 17-day wait, U.S. President-Elect Joe Biden was able to formally start his transition to being the 46th President of the United States; meanwhile, Donald Trump came to the White House press room to announce that he magically helped the U.S. stock market reach the “sacred” 30,000 mark. Back to Biden though, and in his first cabinet picks he didn’t include a single sycophant, family member or professional Fox News contributor. Good news?

Grill to Die On. While the conspiracy theories about the U.S. Election tapper off, crackpot comments about COVID-19 are alive and well. A Toronto barbecue joint became the witting (or unwitting) host for anti-maskers this week as it defied provincial shutdown orders. Elsewhere, a high-ranking Conservative MP showed he was willing to traffic in tweets that accuse the prime minister of initiating the “new world order.” Can we stop all this conspiratorial theorizing before it’s too late?

CERB and Protect. The inevitable has begun, and the Federal government must now contend with the fact that some people got the CERB when they shouldn’t have, and now they’re going to have to try and get that money back. This news comes a week before the Federal government will provide a fiscal update, and as people are looking for even more help to make it through the winter. Did the Trudeau government screw up with the CERB, and what lessons have been learned?

Blunder the Dome. A group of housing advocates built foam domes in front of Mayor John Tory’s downtown Toronto condo last weekend, as a not so subtle reminder that winter is coming, and there are a lot of people who still live on the street despite the pandemic. This has been a weird year for housing issues, with record-breaking prices in the GTA, and lower than expected rental costs in Toronto, but it’s still hard for many to find a home. What will it take to change that?

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

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