Open Sources (Ep. #352) Show Notes for November 18, 2021

This week on Open Sources Guelph, we’re going to talk about the disturbing state of politics. On the environment, the world’s major climate action conference had only minor action. South of the border, it looks likely that a kid who shot people will get off Scott free while a rightwing troublemaker looks like he might be finally paying the price. Before all that though, look, we have a picture of bipartisan co-operation in 2021!

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

Commons Home. About a month after the formation of a new cabinet, and more than two months after an urgent election, the House of Commons will sit again on Monday with Justin Trudeau coming off a big win reaching a childcare agreement with the Alberta government, and Erin O’Toole now facing a rebellion in the ranks of his own party. So what can we expect when Parliament Hill re-opens for business next week?

Coal Miner’s Dither. COP26 has come to an end, and we have a deal to definitively overcome global climate change! that kinda, sorta does something. A lot of the great ambitions about this being a transformative COP went down the drain with no ban on coal and little help for non-wealthy countries to get protection from the worst effects of climate change. Did this COP do anything but create more cynicism?

Have Gun, Will Trial. By the time you’re reading this, you may know the fate of Kyle Rittenhouse, an Illinois teen who allegedly shot and killed two people while, for some reason, “assisting” responders during Black Lives Matter protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The trial has been ugly to watch, and people have been making assumptions of the judge’s politics and the sincerity of Rittehouse’s regret, but what happens after the verdict?

Bag of Jones. Family members of the victims at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 have won a defamation suit against Alex Jones, the conspiracy theorist and internet host who posited that the mass shooting in Connecticut almost 10 years ago was a so-called “false flag.” Will paying a literal price for his misinformation force Jones and his acolytes to think twice or is it too late to close Pandora’s Box?

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

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