Open Sources (Ep. #312) Show Notes for February 4, 2021

This week’s Open Sources Guelph has a lot of ground to cover, which is weird because there’s not much we can do about foreign travel with new Federal government restrictions. So we’re not going anywhere, but we will be talking about the coup in Myanmar along with those new travel restrictions. In the back half, our featured guest will be the former environmental commissioner who’s got a tough appraisal of the green record of the provincial government.

This Thursday, February 4, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

No Jab for Cutie. There’s been a lot of discussion these last few weeks about Canada’s place in the international supply chain pecking order for COVID-19 vaccines, and that’s got a lot of people sweating. At the same time, the Federal government introduced new restrictions on foreign travel, especially to sunny destination spots, which has earned the vicious ire of snowbirds everywhere. We’ll talk about the Federal government’s latest actions to fight the pandemic.

The Parallax Coup. Myanmar is back under military control after a weekend coup d’etat that unfolded in live view of a woman hosting an aerobics video (see above). Aung San Suu Kyi, once seen as the shiny promise of democratic reform, is back under arrest, which forces world governments to call out the Myanmar military in support of a democratically elected leader who oversaw the continued oppression of a Muslim minority. We’ll try to untangle this complicated story.

Saxe of All Trades. For years, Dianne Saxe was the tough but fair Environmental Commissioner for the Province of Ontario, but the Ford government eliminated the position in 2019, and then proceeded to do other things that got on the nerves of environmentalists province-wide. Saxe is now the deputy leader of the Green Party of Ontario, and she joins us this week to talk about getting into politics, and the environmental issues coming out of the pandemic.

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

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