Open Sources (Ep. #313) Show Notes for February 11, 2021

This week on Open Sources Guelph, we’ve not news, analysis and a healthy dose of informed speculation. We will spend the first half of the show talking about provincial politics as the economy is re-opening and the legislature is returning. In the second half, we will talk about that latest spectacle happening now in the U.S. Capitol, and then we will go to India where farming has become a matter of international interest.

This Thursday, February 11, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

Normal-ish. This week, most Ontario schools got back to in-person classes, and on that same day Premier Doug Ford announced that most of the province will come out of the state of emergency and lockdown the day after Family Day next week. This is good news for a lot of struggling small businesses, but the typical Ford government approach to announcing a direction without a plan remains intact. So is this a good move, or is the Province threatening to undo weeks of hard work?

Same Time, Next Year. Also returning next week is the Ontario Legislature. The Provincial government has been in recess since the second week of December, so the opposition parties have had a lot of time to think about what they’re going to do, and the NDP have decided to shake up their front bench. Why does this matter? Because this time next year we will be talking about the coming Provincial Election. So do opposition parties stand a chance against the kinda okay Ford?

Impeachment 2: Impeachment Harder. The second impeachment trial of former social media influencer Donald Trump began this week in the U.S. Senate, and Day One did not go well. While the House managers delivered a harrowing video and an emotional opening statement from Rep. Jamie Raskin, Trump’s lawyers stumbled through a rambling counterargument that did not belie the reputation of the only lawyers Trump could get. So there’s a chance Trump might be convicted this time, right?

Old Mohindra’s Farm. You may have heard about the protests being held by farmers in India against their government, what’s the deal? Well, they’re protesting the passage of three new bills in the Indian Parliament that thousands of small and family farmers in the country say will give too much control to argricorps, including the possibility of price fixing. The anger and concern have been felt be Indian communities all the way here in Canada too, so we will talk about why this has become a global affair.

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

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