Open Sources (Ep. #319) Show Notes for March 25, 2021

This week on Open Sources Guelph, we’re having Canada Day three months early. Sort of. Our topics this week are all Canada-centric, from the provincial where we just got a new Ontario Budget just six months after the last one, to the national where the Official Opposition might have failed to make a case that anything has changed. After that, we’ve got the update on the Two Michaels and some museum chat(?).

This Thursday, March 25, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

’21 For the Money. For the second time in about six months, Ontario will deliver a budget. The 2021-2022 Ontario budget outlined some new spending to combat COVID-19 and assist in pandemic recovery, but if the last two Doug Ford government budgets have been any indication, the Devil is going to be in the details. We will break down those budget details, and talk about what they mean for Ontarians everywhere.

O’Toole Time. Last weekend, Conservative leader Erin O’Toole re-launched his leadership and the Conservative bid to become the next Government of Canada by looking to the future, but then the party voted against a line that would acknowledge that climate change is real. Not a great sign for a party that says it knows it has to change to appeal to more Canadians, so can the Conservatives stop tripping over themselves?

Drop the Michaels. This past week in China, both Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor were put on trail in Beijing for espionage charges, and in typical Chinese fashion, these were secret trials. The verdicts have not yet been revealed, but the outcomes are inevitable, and so is the ever intensifying situation between Canada, China, and other international powers. Are the Michaels ever coming home?

Days and Nights at the Museum. This week, CFRU launched an exhibit at the Guelph Civic Museum to mark 40 years of broadcasting out of the University of Guelph. For four decades CFRU has been delivering new, diverse, eccentric, and eclectic programming meant to appeal to wide and niche audiences in the Royal City. To finish up this week’s show, we will talk about why community radio and independent media still matters.

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

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