Open Sources (Ep. #361) Show Notes for January 20, 2022

This week on Open Sources Guelph, it’s a “Blue Thursday” and we will tackle all kinds of issues making the rounds in what might be the saddest week of the year. Back to School was messed up by a snow day, and then we will memorialize a Canadian political legend who passed away last weekend. In the back half of the show, we will cover some sports news (?), and then we will take a frightening look at the immediate future.

This Thursday, January 20, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

Backtrack to School. Monday’s re-opening of schools in Ontario and Quebec was delayed by a snow day, or two, but otherwise things proceeded exactly as predicted: messily. After spending Monday playing Mr. Plow, Premier Doug Ford started teasing good news for Ontario businesses on Tuesday, even though the Chief Medical Officer of Health kind of hedge the good news pledge on Wednesday. So what happens next?

Bye Alexa. When Alex McDonough went to the Nova Scotia Legislature as an MLA for Halifax and the provincial leader of the NDP, there was no women’s washroom for female representatives, because at the time, 1980, she was the only woman serving in the Legislature. That’s one of the glass ceilings McDonough broke through in her political career, and this week we will remember her, and talk about her legacy.

Sports Uncentred. Actual tennis was overshadowed this week by the drama around one tennis player. Novak Djokovic says he didn’t want to become a anti-vaccine celebrity, but his attempts to evade Australia’s rules about being vaccinated to gain entry has made him one. We will talk about that, and we will also talk about the coming potential (and likely) disaster of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing next month.

How Deep is This Rally? This weekend, there will be several Freedom Rally demonstrations across Canada. People who are anti-mask, anti-vax, and anti-lockdown will be gathering in Guelph, Waterloo, Ottawa and all points in between, to air grievances and spread more misinformation, disinformation, and conspiracy theories about the pandemic. So is this getting enough coverage in the media, and how should we cover it?

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

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