Open Sources (Ep. #365) Show Notes for February 17, 2022

This week, Open Sources Guelph is going back to the convoy. Brace yourselves. A lot has changed since we last talked about the politics of these anti-mandate protests, and all levels of government have given us a lot to chew on these last few days. So there’s that, plus we will talk about the hate and scorn cast against the Canadian media. For the second half of the show, Mike Schreiner’s back just as you knew he would be.

This Thursday, February 17, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

Truck the Police. For the third week in a row, so-called truckers are occupying Ottawa around Parliament Hill, but the end may be in sight. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the invoking of the Emergencies Act, the Ambassador Bridge was cleared, and Ottawa Police Chief Peter Sloly is out. But what about those cops we’ve seen in viral videos showing support for the convoy? Can we trust they’re working to a solution?

The Hate They Give. The Canadian Association of Journalists last week released a report called “Poisoned Well“, a roundup of the online hate and abuse being heaped upon Canadian journalists, and the news is especially bad if you’re a woman or racialized. Criticism is fine, but there’s a real threat against the health and safety of journalists who are just trying to do their jobs, so what needs to change?

The Green Plight. As noted above, the landscape has changed quickly when it comes to the Freedom Convoys in Ottawa and Windsor, and at the same time, Premier Doug Ford has announced a rollback of public health restrictions starting today. Guelph MPP and Green Party leader Mike Schreiner will join us today to talk about fighting misinformation, whether Ford’s being reactive, and what comes next in the pandemic recovery.

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

Photo Courtesy of CBC.

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