Open Sources (Ep. #425) Show Notes for May 11, 2023

This week’s Open Sources Guelph is a down affair. What else can you say when China is making trouble again for Canadian politicians, and when things are getting so bad that making Canadians pay extra for the “privilege” of watching Fox News just isn’t enough anymore. And if these two topics aren’t a big enough bummer, we’re going to round out the show with some discussion about animal abuse for human amusement. Sadly, it’s just another Thursday in this timeline.

This Thursday, May 11, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

China Breach. Foreign interference in Canada was back on the front page this week, a Globe & Mail article detailed how Wellington-Halton Hills MP Michael Chong and his family were apparently targeted for retaliation after he led the charge to condemn the Uyghur genocide in China. Now a tit-for-tat game of expelling diplomats has begun, which is raising concerns about diplomatic relations with China, and also raising questions about who knows what when it comes to MP safety. So what’s next?

Fox on the Run. Egale Canada has launched a campaign to have Fox News wiped from Canadian airwaves for repeated anti-LGBTQ+ commentary. Now, unlike the U.S., you have to pay extra to get Fox in Canada, it doesn’t come standard in your cable package, but a lot of people in Canada are still exposed to the madness through social media and other means. So can Canada really purge itself of Fox, and if it can, will it have any impact on the threats to safety for Canada’s queer community?

The Whale Moonlight. Reports emerged this week that a beluga whale and bottlenose dolphin both died on the premises of Marineland in Niagara Falls, and this comes after the March passing of Kiska, the last living orca in captivity in Canada. The culture has not been kind to Marineland over the last decade, but three animal deaths in the last two months is not a great look when your business is a family friend animal performance venue. This week, we’re joined by Camille Labchuk, the executive director of Animal Justice, to talk about this and other animal welfare issues.

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

Photo Courtesy of Patrick Doyle of the Canadian Press


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