Open Sources (Ep. #416) Show Notes for March 9, 2023

This week on Open Sources Guelph, we’re going to spring ahead with the underdogs. (Daylight savings time starts this weekend people.) First, we will head to Hamilton to catch up with the Ontario Liberals as they struggle to come out of the wilderness, and then we will talk about labour issues on the railways, and whether or not we should be concerned given recent events. And finally, we will spend some time with the other elected Mike from the Green Party. The one from Kitchener.

This Thursday, March 9, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

Blown the Libs. The Ontario Liberals met in Hamilton last weekend to set a course for coming back from the political hinterlands, and it’s going to be a long journey. While there are a lot of potential leadership candidates in the mix, both inside (Mitzie Hunter) and outside (Bonnie Cromby) Queen’s Park, the Ontario Liberals still seem rudderless nearly one year after another election where they couldn’t even achieve official party status. Can anything, or anyone, change that?

Rail of a Tale. Two different unions representing workers for CN Rail have now voted overwhelmingly to go on strike. Labour dissatisfaction among rail workers has been something under the surface for a while, but it’s also occasionally taken the spotlight like it did last month after the Norfolk Southern train derailment in East Palestine, OH. We will talk about how rail has become the latest frontline of the labour fight, and whether Canadians should be concerned about rail safety here.

A Morrice Line. These are contentious times in Ottawa; Liberals are on the defense about foreign election interference, and Conservatives are on defense about having dinner with the wrong European politicians. But what does the Green guy think? This week, we’re joined by Kitchener Centre MP Mike Morrice who will talk to us about the tensions on Parliament Hill, the appointment of a rapporteur of all cockamamie things, and some of his own personal projects including housing affordability and accessibility.

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


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