Open Sources Show Notes for December 3, 2020

This week on Open Sources Guelph, we happily take a break from the dramedy in the United States and the insanity of Toronto barbecue joints. In this edition, we’re going to talk about the politics of requisitioning the vaccine, and the politics of the appointment of Ontario’s most important health official. After that, we’ll talk about more local matters with one of the Ward 1 City Councillors who helped make some pretty big (local) news of his own this week.

This Thursday, December 3, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

Medicine, Man! More good news this week on the vaccine front with a fourth candidate ready for emergency approval and word on Wednesday morning that the U.K. had approved one for immediate distribution. Meanwhile, here in Canada, concern over our place in the queue for getting a vaccine has become something close to a national hysteria. Are the opposition understandably concerned, or do Canadians really need to sweat about our place in line to receive a COVID vaccine?

Health Scarred. In the midst of the vaccine scramble, and the the startling increase in cases of COVID cases, the Ontario government decided to extend the tenure of Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams. Easy, right? Not so fast because there a lot of people in the medical community in Ontario that don’t feel that Williams has lived up to the job, and the opposition has taken up their voice on the subject. What’s behind the controversy of renewing Dr. Williams?

Gibson Tide. On Tuesday night, city council passed a budget that had one of the lowest levy increases in recent years despite the circumstances of the pandemic, and one of the people that will gladly take a victory lap on that is Ward 1 Councillor Dan Gibson. Gibson will join us this week to take that lap and answer some questions about the long-term implications, the ongoing effects of the pandemic on the City’s bottom line, and the one motion of his that got away.

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

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