Open Sources (Ep. #316) Show Notes for March 4, 2021

This week on Open Sources Guelph, we going to go far north if only in spirit because we can’t presently leave our protective bunkers. Dr. Pierre Fogal, a certified climate change hero, will take us around 80 degrees north this week as we talk about his work and his research at the Arctic Circle. Before that, we will stick closer to home with Alberta politics, and then go far afield with the intelligence report about the high-profile murder of a journalist.

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

Kenney on the Block. Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is in trouble, and so is his United Conservative Party government. There’s widespread dissatisfaction with the COVID-19 response, the economic tumult from the low cost of oil, and another austerity budget that promises better days once COVID is gone and with the “return of crude”, but it looks like there are a lot of people in the Wildrose Province that don’t share that optimism. Is this the beginning of the end for Kenney?

Legends of Jamal. As promised, the Biden administration released the full report on the cold blooded murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi in October 2018. The report unequivocally named Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman the prime suspect, but despite promises to the contrary, there was no follow-up announcement of sanctions against the Saudi government, royal family, or MBS himself. So what’s the long game for dealing with Saudi Arabia?

Fogal Prize. This week, University of Toronto physicist Dr. Pierre Fogal will receive eMERGE’s Climate Change hero of the year award. It’s a distinguished prize for a distinguished scientist who’s spent much of the last 15 years shuttling to and from the Arctic Circle managing one of Canada’s most remote research stations where so much vital climate research is happening. Fogal will join us to talk about his work, his new award, and what he’s learned in the Greater White North.

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

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