From Spannerbook: Parkamania


Justin Trudeau is on another barn-stormy, petrol sucking national tour, popping up this past week in The North with a “Justin” branded parka that has just enough fur trim to appease the seal hunters yet not enough for the soft PETA types to scream murder outright. The ship of state sails on, straight down the centre in the ever consistent Liberal way – tacking starboard so that that Bay Street is not displeased yet occasionally veering to port to soothe the conscience of the glowing hearts of his amorphous middle class voters. He probably thought Iqaluit was far enough away from anyone who might want to keep harping on about the unceremonious ditching of electoral reform but even the Parka Plebs will not let it go. 

justin-parka-2The electoral reform promise may have been flushed but it’s still swirling around in the bowl. Justin is running out of rhetorical tricks and…

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Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday January 12, 2017


It’s time to catch up on some punditry on this week’s edition of Open Sources Guelph. With Scotty back from his trip to the dentist, we’re going to dive back into the latest news and come up with some opinions about the same. For instance, the prime minister gave his cabinet a shuffle this week as he’s tries to get the new year started on better footing than he ended the year with. We’ll then look at the Conservative leadership race, where at least two people are in a race to see who can be the more Trump-like. Speaking of the President-Elect, we’ll check in on his doings and then examine how a beloved film actress taught us all to rebel again… Continue reading “Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday January 12, 2017”

Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday November 17, 2016


We’re pleased to take a break from the live-feed of the Washington circus this week on Open Sources Guelph to deal with more present matters here in Canada. Yes, there are plenty of leadership-related predicaments here in the Great White North, and they need to be given some air time too. For instance, did you know that no one’s running for the federal NDP leadership yet? Meanwhile, things are getting a little off the rails in the Federal and Alberta Conservative leadership campaigns, and if you’re a journalist in Montreal, you better check your phone, because your phone might be listening to you. Continue reading “Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday November 17, 2016”

Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday October 6, 2016


On this Thursday before Thanksgiving, Open Sources Guelph is going to stuff you silly with all the latest topical discussion, and what else says “holiday weekend” like a stunning nation-wide debate on a response to an issue global importance that boils the entire situation down to dollars and cents? An argument between various members of the same party accusing one and other who’s more elitist, that’s what! On the flip side, we’ll talk about why no one’s really talking about third party candidates for president in the U.S. and then we’ll discuss why a slim majority of Colombians decided to not give peace a chance this week. Continue reading “Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday October 6, 2016”

Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday September 8, 2016

We’re back! It’s back to business as usual this week on Open Sources Guelph as the team re-unites to tackle the latest issues of the day. We’ll kick off with the circus south of the border, which promises get even more circus-y now in the final two-month stretch of the campaign. Up here in Canada meanwhile, the Ontario PCs have won a beachhead, but can they use it to build a coalition for 2018, and at what cost? Another Conservative, one trying to win federal party leadership, has encountered trouble of her own making, and a beloved Canadian moose news anchor announces the date of his final broadcast. Continue reading “Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday September 8, 2016”

Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday May 19, 2016

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We’re going into the first long weekend of the summer, but that doesn’t mean that we’re slowing down on Open Sources Guelph. This week’s show will tackle issues of leadership, and issues of justice; the complexities of hosting a party when your own house is on fire, and the complexities of local energy strategies. Before letting it all hang out on the patio, we’re going to cram it all back into our thinking caps as we deal with another busy week in politics, and political issues. Continue reading “Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday May 19, 2016”