Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday June 20, 2019

This week on Open Sources Guelph, we revisit a couple of our favourite people, one is a youthful, active, left-leaning Canadian politician in his late-40s, and the other is an inactive, inattentive, and far-right leaning American businessman turned politician in his mid-70s. Who are they? Well, they’re not one of the councillors from Guelph’s fourth ward, who will be our special guest in studio this week. Continue reading “Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday June 20, 2019”

Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday June 13, 2019

This week on Open Sources Guelph we will again tackle the pressing issues of the day, and maybe have a few laughs along the way. But probably not. We’re drowning in plastic, and then there’s the drastic changes made by the Ford government, which has decided to take the next five months off having been so productive. We’ll also have a visitor in the form of one of Guelph’s 12 city councillors. Hint? She’ll be doing the interview in her home ward. Continue reading “Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday June 13, 2019”

Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday January 31, 2019

This week, Open Sources Guelph is going to get complicated. In Venezuela, there are some tough decisions about how to handle the tense political situation there. The House of Commons is dealing with some of the same old, same old, but police forces in the country are concerned about a new threat. And finally, we ask the question of our time: do we really need billionaires?  Continue reading “Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday January 31, 2019”

Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday July 12, 2018

Look up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a balloon shaped like the President of the United States as a baby, and it’s going to fly over London in honour of his visit to the United Kingdom! We’re going to try and stay grounded on this week’s Open Sources Guelph, but we’ll still be looking over matters provincially and globally on this edition of the show. We’ll check on the Throne Speech here in Ontario, consider our own border issues here in Canada, and then go international with the man who inspired the balloon, and the internal political strife of one of the places he’s visiting. Continue reading “Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday July 12, 2018”

First MMIW Inquiry Planning Meetings Announced


Before the holidays, the Federal government announced its intention to move forward with an Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, but said further that it will be up to victims and survivors to help guide the hand of the process in terms of what form the inquiry would take. Those meetings actually begin this week with eight already scheduled and the promise of more to come.  Continue reading “First MMIW Inquiry Planning Meetings Announced”

How did Canada do on Refugee Numbers by the End of 2015?


During the Federal Election, the Liberals and Justin Trudeau promised that they would bring 25,000 refugees fleeing from the conflict against ISIS in Syria and Iraq to Canada before the end of 2015. Although the Liberal government made immediate and significant strides to start bringing people here once they were in office, it quickly became a much bigger prospect than it looked on the campaign trail. The government amended their year end goal by rounding down to 10,000 refugees, so how close did they get? John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, has an answer.  Continue reading “How did Canada do on Refugee Numbers by the End of 2015?”

Steve, Admit It, You’re Just Not that Into Parliament Anymore


Dear Stephen Harper,

Long time listener; first time caller.

First, let me commend you for nearly 10 years as Prime Minister of Canada. You were right, it’s not an easy job, and while we didn’t always agree, I nevertheless admire someone – anyone – that stands for public office. You become fair game for personal attack no matter what you do, justified and unjustified, and not to put too fine a point on it, there were a lot of people there at the end rooting for you to fail. Still, you persevered. You created the Canada you wanted, got a consensus to follow, and that’s never easy. Ya did good, kid!

Having said that, it’s okay if you don’t want to hang out on Parliament Hill anymore, and honestly, it really seems like you don’t want to. Continue reading “Steve, Admit It, You’re Just Not that Into Parliament Anymore”