Open Sources (Ep. #372) Show Notes for April 7, 2022

This week on Open Sources Guelph, we’re covering a lot of ground. In part one somehow things have gotten even worse in Ukraine, and speaking of things getting worse, we’ve got to talk about COVID again. In the second half of the show, we go back to Europe to check-up with the far-right’s favourite western democracy, and then we come back to Canda to keep the chat about far-right stuff going.

This Thursday, April 7, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

Bucha Shadows. In terms of new developments around the war in Ukraine this week all eyes were on Bucha, a community outside the capital city Kiev. In Bucha, the retreating Russians left a house of horrors: People shot and left in the streets, bodies burned or buried behind apartment buildings, and it gets worse from there. Will this change the international reaction, and how can Vladimir Putin be held accountable?

The Sixth Wave Sense. In the last week, the number of health professional and doctors who have been throwing around the term “sixth wave” has increased. Almost three weeks after the lifting of mask mandates in Ontario, the number of total cases and the number of hospitalizations have gone up, but there seems to be no worry from the government. Why does “living with COVID” mean basically ignoring it?

Viktor Viktorious. Hungarian President Viktor Orbán won his fourth term this week, but you have to use the term “won” loosely because winning an election is easy when you run the media and change election laws in your favour. That’s just the kind of level-headed autocracy that makes Orbán such a hit with far-right leaders around the world, so what does Orbán’s electioneering teach us about creeping authoritarianism?

So Dark, the Convoy of Man. In terms of far-right sentiment closer to home, we haven’t really talked about the Freedom Convoy since Ottawa Police broke up the weeks-long protest in downtown Ottawa back in February. Pat King is still in detention, and most everyone ended up going home, but none of that is to say the dangers of activism spurned by misinformation and white nationalism is over. What’s next?

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

Court sketch by Laurie Foster-MacLeod.

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