Open Sources (Ep. #413) Show Notes for February 16, 2023

This week on Open Sources Guelph, we’re feeling the love. Yes, it’s two days after Valentine’s Day technically, but the love for covering hot button issues and concerning political trends burns strong. On the menu today is a variety of topics including a new conflict of interest scandal for the premier, and a new sex scandal for the Mayor of Toronto. Abroad, we will look at the latest developments around a year-long war, and the same old same old from the death cult that now runs the American legislature.

This Thursday, February 16, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

The Wedding Spinner. More conflict of interest news in Doug World last week as it was revealed that developers were invited to the Stag and Doe Party for Premier Doug Ford’s daughter and her then-future husband. For people who already smell a rat when it comes to the Ontario government’s handling of the Greenbelt, it’s another clue that the fix was in for people looking to make a profit on land that was supposedly protected. How much longer can Ford laugh off these allegations?

Mayor of Swingstown. It was a Friday night surprise when Toronto Mayor John Tory came out and announced that he’s resigning his office after the Toronto Star exposed that Tory had an inappropriate relationship with a female staffer. It seems like a boneheaded move from the someone who was supposed to be the face of technocratic, business-like management at City Hall, so why did Tory screw up so badly, and does this provide Toronto a rare opportunity to examine what kind of mayor they want and need?

The Post Dangerous Year. February 24 will mark one-year since the start of the full Russian invasion of Ukraine, and many people have an eye on Moscow to see if their planning a commemoration of sorts. Of course, the first anniversary is paper, but no one’s expecting Russia to sign any piece of paper saying that they’re ending their war efforts. Quite the contrary. So while we wait and see what Russia’s next move is going to be, we will talk about the year’s lessons for Russia and Ukraine’s resiliency.

Tech War. Last week, President Joe Biden gave the State of the Union, but the atmosphere screamed amateur night at Chuckle Hut. If this is your first encounter 118th Congress, you might be shocked, but the new team really showed their stuff at a series of hearings about the supposed bias against the right in big tech, which only ended up affirming that that no such bias exists and that platforms like Twitter went out of their way to not apply their own rules to GOP racists and conspiracy theorists. So does any of this matter?

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

Photo courtesy of Arlyn Mcadorey from the Canadian Press.


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