Open Sources Show Notes for December 10, 2020

This week on Open Sources Guelph, we’ve got a full slate of the issues that aren’t getting a lot of attention these days. In the first half, we’ll talk about the action to undermine provincial conservation authorities, and the lack of action on homelessness in places across Canada. On top of that, we’ll consult an expert on the topic of hate groups in Canada, and we just might need to dedicate a whole show to discussing all the various under-reported facets there!

This Thursday, December 10, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

Authority Configure. In a move straight out of the pre-COVID era of Ford governance, the 2020-21 Ontario budget omnibus bill was used as a Trojan horse to undermine the authority of Ontario’s conservation authorities. It’s seemed like it’s been a priority for the current Ontario government to undermine conservation efforts to make development easier, and they’ve finally been able to squeak something through despite widespread disagreement. So what happens now?

Take Shelter. In Montreal on the weekend, a tent city where over 60 homeless people lived was victim to a fire started by a forgotten candle. Reaction from authorities was that the people in the tent city need to find someplace else to go, which proves that despite the pandemic, we still have the same rather limited series of ideas about how to fight homelessness. Why is it still so hard to get housing treated as a right in Canada, even here in our own community?

The Hateful Slate. It’s been a long year in so many ways, but despite the progress made on social justice and equity in 2020, there’s still be a lot of hate festering on the fringes. This week, we will be joined by Peter Smith from the Canadian Anti-Hate Network to talk about the Venn diagram between hate groups and anti-mask groups, the ongoing revelations of the Toronto van attack trial, and what we should be on the look out for as the fight against hate groups continues in 2021.

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

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