Open Sources (Ep. #366) Show Notes for February 24, 2022

This week on Open Sources Guelph, we’re in search of peace. There’s some of that in Ottawa now, but it’s by no means a guarantee that it’s going to last, which is why we’re dedicating the first half to the show to the Freedom Convoy fallout. Elsewhere, we’re looking at Schrödinger’s war in Ukraine, plus the unofficial kick-off of the 2022 Ontario Provincial Election (though it’s really just the start of the new legislative session).

This Thursday, February 24, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

Truck Hunt. In a sometimes difficult to watch police action over the weekend, the Freedom Convoy was cleared out of Ottawa at the same time Members of Parliament were debating the use of the Emergencies Act. Now, we’re in the aftermath. Some truckers are standing by outside Ottawa city limits waiting for an opportunity to return while many of the organizers are staying in prison for a while. So what comes next?

Apt Putin. Any hope that Russian President Vladimir Putin would back down from invading Ukraine was all but lost this week as Putin signed an order sending Russian forces into separatist areas of the country and declaring them independent, except Putin doesn’t have that authority. Western nations are now scrambling to put new sanctions on Russia, but at this point does Putin even care, and what does he really want?

Licence Sticker to Kill. The Ontario Legislature open its last session before the election on Tuesday, and while opposition members in Queen’s Park wanted to talk about the last few weeks of excitement in Ottawa and Windsor, Premier Doug Ford took a powder and instead announced the end of license plate sticker renewal fees. Good election move if you want to win the GTA again, but can Ford win playing politics as usual?

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

Photo By Adam Scotti, the prime minister’s official photographer.

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