Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday April 14, 2016

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In a rare all-Canada centric edition of Open Sources Guelph, we’re going to cover both political maneuvering and deep-seeded social issues. Of the former, we’ll bookend the show with discussion about the sacrificial ouster of Tom Mulcair from NDP leadership, and the multi-level struggle of governments to get their fundraising in line. Meanwhile, on either side of the break, we’ll deal with the touchy subjects of Black Lives Matter and a new ongoing emergency in an area of Canada that’s synonymous with “ongoing emergency.” Continue reading “Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday April 14, 2016”

Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday March 3, 2016

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So that happened. No matter where you reside on the political spectrum, watching the drama unfold Tuesday night had you on the edge of your seat as an intrepid, trail-blazing woman tried to hold her own against a consortium of powerful men had you mesmerized… But enough about the Agent Carter finale! This week on Open Sources Guelph, we’ll eagerly take up the American political discussion again, and mix in the promised dissection of last week’s Ontario Budget. We’ll also talk about the latest developments in Syria, and take a time trip to Guelph’s General Hospital to look at an emergency room emergency situation. Continue reading “Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday March 3, 2016”

Careful With That Knife, Kathleen

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Everyone becomes a little bit socialist in a Canadian hospital emergency ward. I don’t know of a single incident of someone spending time in The Emerge who said “please let me pay for this” at the end of it. Those that have the means generally don’t settle for regular care but if a Lamborghini has collided with a Corolla and everyone is bloodied and unconscious, they all end up in the closest ER regardless. That is the key concept of our universal system; we are hopefully all given the same degree of quality care and you will not be billed whether you are of the one percent or homeless. There is usually a fee for the ambulance and a shake down to pay for parking but the service itself is mostly free, for now. If you want to keep it that way, you will need to fight for it at…

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Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday November 5, 2015

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After taking a week off, Open Sources Guelph is now forced to talk about Justin Trudeau again. The new Prime Minister is “Designate” no more, and he revealed his first cabinet to an excited throng of over 3,500 people at Rideau Hall yesterday. Meanwhile, the countries going to hell in a hand cart. (Thank Justin.) Ontario’s got more than 99 problems and now has two new ones. Meanwhile, buying a house in certain parts of the country is getting more and more expensive, and money maybe having too much influence at one of Canada’s universities. Continue reading “Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday November 5, 2015”

John Oliver Demonstrates Necessity of Decent Sex Ed

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On his show Last Week Tonight last Sunday, John Oliver turned his attention to the stunning lack of uniformity and accuracy among varying sex education courses across the United States. As fate would have it, the debate here in Ontario about our own reformed sex ed curriculum heated up again this week, but we’ll leave it to Oliver to explain why it’s essential. Continue reading “John Oliver Demonstrates Necessity of Decent Sex Ed”

Him? Yes, Somehow, Patrick Brown is the Leader of Ontario’s PCs

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Several weeks ago, I wrote about the chances of Barrie MP Patrick Brown becoming leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party and largely dismissed them. Surely, the PCs of our fair province wouldn’t go for the remix version of Tim Hudak over someone with the experience, tact, and legacy of Christine Elliott? I guess I don’t know Ontario PCs as well as I thought I did.

Winning handily by a margin of 61.8 per cent to 38.2 per cent, Brown now has the unenviable task of in just three short years rebuilding the PC Party in Ontario and making them election ready to unseat the ruling Liberals, who will likely still be lead by the Premier, Kathleen Wynne, in 2018. But the question is, can a federal backbencher with a decade-long career having seemingly done nothing to distinguish himself hope to combat two veteran provincial politicians on their own ground? Especially when he doesn’t have a seat in Queen’s Park yet? Continue reading “Him? Yes, Somehow, Patrick Brown is the Leader of Ontario’s PCs”

Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday May 7, 2015

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This week on Open Sources Guelph, Hell freezes over! Not really, but it did feel like a week where the impossible happened as the election results came back in Alberta. Meanwhile, it looks like Omar Khadr might finally get out of prisoner, but not if anyone in the federal government has anything to say about it. Same goes for parents rallying against changes to the sex ed in Ontario as that debates heats up all over again. And that brings us to a unique event in Garland Texas that seemed tailor-made to antagonizer and ended up doing just that. What a week! Let’s talk about it. Continue reading “Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday May 7, 2015”