Open Sources (Ep. #409) Show Notes for January 12, 2023

This week on Open Sources Guelph, we’ve got déjà vu, or should we say, “déjà coup”. A lot of people have made that joke, so let’s talk about the very serious issues behind that with some concerning recent undemocratic events in Brazil. We will also talk about one of Scotty’s favourite issues, rich people having too much money! In the back half of the show, we’re going to talk to the man who might be the most obsessively environmental person in Ontario politics not named Mike.

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

Breakin’ 2: Electric Coup-aloo. A president unbound by reality or the rule of law, backed by rich and nefarious far-right forces, calls an election fraudulent and his followers storm the capital in a shocking act of political violence on a January afternoon. Sound familiar? The setting this time was Brazil, and though Jair Bolsonaro’s been in self-imposed exile in Florida, the threat to Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva on his behalf had a lot of echos from January 6, 2021 in Washington D.C. Are far-right insurrections now global?

All the Money in the World. Just after the start of the second work day of 2023, Canada’s richest CEOs had already made as much as money as most of the workers will all year. A new report from the Canadian Centre For Policy Alternatives fanned the flames by announcing that the 100 highest paid CEOs in Canada were paid a staggering 243 times what the average Canadian worker took home last year. As moneyed sources warn us constantly about a recession, we’ll talk about the real sources of inequality.

50 Tirades of Gray. The Ontario Legislature won’t be in session again until after Family Day, but the adversaries of Premier Doug Ford aren’t taking a break. One of those adversaries, Environmental Defense executive director Tim Gray, joins us this week to talk about his group’s push to investigate the Greenbelt deal with developers, their new lawsuit defending the council approved municipal boundaries in Hamilton and other environmental fights that Gray’s group is taking right to Ford’s front door.

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

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