Open Sources (Ep. #334) Show Notes for July 8, 2021

This week on Open Sources Guelph, we bring you some good news and some bad news. We start with bad news and more signs of the growing climate catastrophe, but there is some good news on the Indigenous file after weeks of basically terrible news. However, to end the show, we go back to the bad in U.S. politics where alternate realities continue to collide half-a-year after everything should have changed.

This Thursday, July 8, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

It’s Just the End of the World. Recent events have cast the media spotlight on climate change. In Florida, rising sea levels may have have started a structural chain reaction that brought down a residential tower. From the Pacific Northwest to Pakistan, record high temperatures are testing human tolerance. In B.C.. a sudden forest fire wiped a town off the map in a single night. So, are we finally ready for climate action?

Land Back For Good. For more than a year, a group of Indigenous protestors have been occupying land meant for a new residential development in Six Nations resulting in a months-long stalemate between courts, land defenders and developers. But last week, the developers admitted defeated and announced that they’re refunding down-payments. So are we to take this as a positive sign for reconciliation?

There’s Something About Mary. Speaking of positive signs, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Tuesday that Mary Simon would be the 30th Governor General of Canada. The broadcaster, public servant and diplomat is the first Indigenous person to serve in the position of the Crown’s surrogate in Canada, but is history being buried by the appearance that Trudeau is getting stuff lined up for a late summer/fall election?

The Revulsion Will Be Televised. Tuesday marked six months since the Capitol Insurrection, and the attempted overthrow of the 2020 election results, and while many are in jail awaiting trial or plea bargains, much of the American Right has become invested in perpetuating “the Big Lie” and embracing a type of 9/11 trutherism about the day. Is there anything that can be done at this point to save America from itself?

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

Photo Courtesy of 1492 Land Back Lane Twitter Page.

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