Open Sources (Ep. #314) Show Notes for February 18, 2021

Would you buy a set of encyclopedias from these men? This week on Open Sources Guelph, we won’t consider that question, but we will consider a great many others. This episode of the show will take us from the still bruised U.S. Capitol for one senate hearing, to the red chamber of our own senate where there’s very important social matters being debated. From there, we’ll talk about election misses on the east coast, and the aforementioned salesmen above.

This Thursday, February 18, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

Acquitted Place. Even though it was the most bipartisan impeachment vote in American History, the Senate was still 10 votes short of preventing Donald Trump from running from office again and losing his post-presidential privileges. To say it’s disappointing is an understatement, but this may not be the end of the troubles for Trump who is already being sued for the insurrection by the NAACP and is facing electoral fraud investigations in two states. So now what?

Death Notes. Canada’s assisted dying legislation is in the midst of a court-demanded upgrade, but the friction now is between the House of Commons and the Senate as the upper house is debating their amendments, including new provisions that will expand access to doctor assisted dying. The real question is whether or not the House will take up the amendments, especially now that the Liberals don’t have a majority, so is this process about to get somehow more complicated?

The Vote was Rocked. Newfoundland and Labrador is in the middle of a pandemic like the rest of us, but unlike the rest of us they are also in the middle of a provincial election. A spike in new COVID-19 cases prompted election officials to cancel in-person voting in favour of an all mail-in election, which has forced the extension of the deadline and a lot of questions about proper election procedure and making decisions without input from opposition parties. Did Elections NL eff-up?

The Aristocrats. Earlier this month, Centre Wellington councillor and deputy mayor Steven VanLeeuwen joined something called the “End the Lockdown Caucus”, a group of Canadian politicians who find accepted actions to stop the spread of COVID-19 “too restrictive”. It’s a group that includes Maxime Bernier, Derek Sloan, and Randy Hillier, but are we to take this as a serious political movement, or are some of Canada’s most well-known political agitators just living up their reputations?

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

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