Open Sources (Ep. #374) Show Notes for April 21, 2022

This week on Open Sources Guelph, we’ve got rights! In the second half of the show we will celebrate 40 years of having rights thanks to Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and we’ll talk about that guy picture above who thinks he’s the Free Speech man with a plan. For the first half though, we’ve still got a war in Ukraine to talk about, and there are still questions about a massacre closer to home.

This Thursday, April 21, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

Eastern Promises. After the Ukrainians apparently sunk the Russian flag ship in the Black Sea last week, the Russians started turning up the pressure on the Donbas, the eastern most area of the country that’s been in dispute for nine years now. Meanwhile, Austria’s PM reports that Vladimir Putin is convinced he’s winning, while Volodymyr Zelenskyy continues to say that survival is his only goal. We’ll discuss the latest.

Commission: Impossible. Almost exactly two years after the mass casualty event in the area of Portapique, Nova Scotia, the commission investigating the incident is facing repeated critiques about its administration, the reliance on reports and the limited witness participation in the hearings. On top that, there are still a lot of unanswered questions about the RCMP response that night, so might we still get those answers?

From Musk Till Dawn. Tesla and SpaceX owner Elon Musk is making a play to buy Twitter. Why? Musk says he’s a “free speech absolutist” looking to create an open platform free of the scourge of “cancel culture.” Twitter, of course, is anxious to avoid letting the firebrand Musk from taking over the platform, especially since free speech warrior Musk has a long history of silencing people he doesn’t like. We’ll tweet about it.

This is 40. This week, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms hits midlife. The document is now 40 years old, so what better time to look back and re-examine the intent and the effectiveness of the Charter, especially when you have people like the organizers of the Freedom Convoy saying that the Charter gives them the right to shut down the capital. So on this occasion, do we really know and appreciate the Charter like we should?

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

Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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