Open Sources (Ep. #309) Show Notes for January 14, 2021

This week on Open Sources Guelph, the hits just keep on coming. The blows are physical if you happen to be in Washington D.C., where the Capitol looks like a demilitarized zone due to the actions of the newly re-impeached 45th President of the United States, and let’s not forget the suffering close to home, which is mostly in the form of people coming down with COVID-19. After that, we will remember the man who was called. “The Voice of Guelph.”

This Thursday, January 14, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

Strange Coup. This time last week, the attempted insurrection on Capitol Hill was still not 24 hours old. Then things started moving fast and furiously with Trump sort of conceding, getting a permanent ban from all social media, and then getting impeached again by the House. At the same time, there are new security concerns about future attacks, and accusations that politicians and police were part of the attempted coup. We’ll try and recap all the insanity from Washington.

Deja Flu. This week, Doug Ford and the Provincial government announced new restrictions to prevent the continued spread of COVID-19. The new modelling that Ford warned would make us “fall off our chair” does show a dangerous situation developing in Ontario hospitals, but critics say that the new rules are a tepid response and have sewn more confusion than offering genuine clarity. Has Ford and company bungled this dangerous new phase of the pandemic?

Norm. Last Friday, Mayor Norm Jary passed away. If you were to make a list of Guelph’s all-time favourite political figures, there would be no doubt that Jary would come in first place. Not only did he oversee a time of incredible growth in Guelph, he was respected and appreciated for his dedication to civil discourse and for being a genuinely kind and generous man. This week, we will play a portion of Jary’s December 2019 interview with the Guelph Politicast in his honour.

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

Photo Credit: Guelph Mayor Norm Jary with Chamber of Commerce president Alex Rennie and Labour Council president Bert Rickett cutting the ribbon on the first of four apartment buildings on Willow Road in 1976 from the Guelph Mercury archive.

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