Open Sources (Ep. #375) Show Notes for April 28, 2022

This week on Open Sources Guelph, we’re anxious. It’s like, when are we going to get to the fireworks factory Ontario Election?! That’s going to be one of our topics this week, and we will also talk about the “OK Groomer” push on the far-right, and we’ll have the latest from Ukraine. Interview? We’ve got one of those too, and this week we sit down with a Federal cabinet minister.

This Thursday, April 28, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

All the Money in the World. By the time the show airs this week, you will know what’s in 2022 Ontario Budget, but we will not. Of course, the budget specifics are secondary to the fact that all the major provincial parties spent the week making big campaign-style announcements in a dress rehearsal for the official start of the election sometime next week. So how are the leaders lining things up for the voters?

Groom Raider. You may have heard about Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ war on Disney, an overreaction to a tepid negative response by the media conglomerate to the Florida government’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill. Well, Canada is not immune to this right-wing laundering of inclusivity as a gateway to grooming kids for pedophiles, a trope that’s as old as any anti-gay, anti-trans rhetoric. How can we stop it?

Innovate and See. As we continue through this post-COVID economic recovery, people are looking for great new innovations like green tech opportunities, or Guelph and Wellington’s push to create a circular food economy. Generating support for these innovations is the portfolio of Helena Jaczek, the minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, and she joins us this week.

United We Fail. In a strong show of support, U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Secretary of State Antony Blinken went to Ukraine and met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in-person. Austin later met with over 40 U.S. allies at the American base in Ramstein, Germany where the leaders, including non-NATO countries like Japan and Israel, all pledged ongoing support for Ukraine. So can Russia be dissuaded?

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

Image courtesy of the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office and the Associated Press.

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