Open Sources Show Notes for December 31, 2020

This week on Open Sources Guelph, we’ve made it! We’re at the end of 2020!! We still have to make it to midnight, and a lot can happen between now and then, but this year is almost history, and hopefully so are most of the troubles that went with it. Before all that though, we will do what we do every year at this time, and have the annual Open Sources awards, which we still don’t have a name fore, but are very prestigious just the same.

This Thursday, December 31, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

Worst Politician of 2020. Always keeping in mind that you-know-who, the 45th President of the United States, is ineligible for any awards, we couldn’t choose the most obvious person in the world to serve as the worst politician of the year. Fortunately, there are always politicians behaving badly, or not living up to their commitment to do what’s right for the people that elected them. So surely some other names will come to mind.

Good News Story of the Year. Was there good new this year? You may have to dig under the surface, like really far under, but there is some good news to be had in 2020. Maybe we can take some solace in the basic goodness that most people have displayed during the pandemic, or perhaps we look back with some pride that there was good progress this year on social justice issues, but there was indeed some good news in 2020!

Dumpster Fire of the Year. In the end, hasn’t the entirety of 2020 been one big dumpster fire? It started with Australia burning down thanks to climate change, and then COVID hit, and while some governments did better than others, the one south of the border dumped gasoline on a fire, and then started burning marshmallows. Or was that fake news? Perhaps the biggest dumpster fire is the one that people don’t acknowledge as real at all.

Best Politician of 2020. A once in a century pandemic, a once in a lifetime struggle for equality, all those issues, and many more, made the year, and some of our political leaders actually managed to rise to the occasion. Expectations are huge, and the consequences for failure are even bigger, but there are some people in the world that are managing to still make people believe that there is hope for a better tomorrow. So who are these rare people we’re honoring this year?

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

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