Open Sources (Ep. #324) Show Notes for April 29, 2021

This week on Open Sources Guelph, we don’t have anything snappy to say. The pandemic is getting way out of control in India, and we desperately need a response. Meanwhile, in the United States, where the virus used to be out of control, the POTUS took a sort of victory lap. We’ll talk about that, and we’ll talk to a member of the provincial NDP caucus from a neighbouring riding about the Ontario angle.

This Thursday, April 29, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

India’s Sorrow. In the space of just a few weeks, India has become the world’s COVID hotspot, with thousands of new cases per day, hundreds of people putting pressure on ICUs, and 24/7 business for local funeral homes. How did this happen? It’s complicated, but getting India out of this COVID death spiral might be equally difficult. We’ll talk about the Indian pandemic, how the world’s responding, and the effects here in Canada.

Joe-mentum. On the 99th day of his presidency, President Joe Biden gave his first address to a joint session of Congress, or at least as much of a joint session as possible given pandemic restrictions. Biden is riding high on early successes, but he will soon be tested on all manner of issues including infrastructure, police reform, and gun violence. Can “No Drama Biden” continue his winning under-promise/over-deliver strategy?

Lindo of Opportunity. There’s been a lot of drama at Queen’s Park lately, and it’s been reflected in the sometimes random-seeming pandemic response on the part of the Provincial government. From the official opposition benches this week, we’re joined by Kitchener Centre MPP Laura Mae Lindo, who will talk about sick days, anti-lockdown protests, being an MPP and a single parent, and how even she gets confused following the Ford government’s plan of attack on COVID.

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

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