Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday December 10, 2015

One more week till Star Wars, two more weeks till Christmas, but Open Sources Guelph still has a lot to say before the year’s end. Canada got back to business as the holiday season ramped up, so how does the new government look as compared to the old? Meanwhile in Guelph, city council had passing the second budget of the term top of mind, but there was also that small matter of a one-lane bridge… Then we will catch up with a major criminal investigation in California, which will segue nicely into what might by the five most dreaded letters of 2016, T-R-U-M-P. Continue reading “Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday December 10, 2015”

Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday September 24, 2015

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This week, Open Sources Guelph will kick its election coverage to the next level by interviewing the first of the four major party candidates in the riding of Guelph. Sandwiched between two debates here in the Royal City, we will put our guest through his paces, and get him to speak candidly about the issues without any ability to deflect to one of the other six people present, and next week, we’ll do it all over again. Continue reading “Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday September 24, 2015”

Election Eve Gets Nasty

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It was the night before the election call; and all through the house; the parties were warring; and ready to pounce. With Stephen Harper widely expected to visit the Governor-General in the next couple of days to request the dissolution of Parliament, thus starting the official campaign. But on this election eve, the main federal parties are doing all they can to align their forces for what might be the longest, hardest and bloodiest campaign in Canadian political history. Continue reading “Election Eve Gets Nasty”

Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday July 16, 2015

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Riddle me this, riddle me that, who’s afraid of this week’s Open Sources Guelph? The answer is everyone, we’re too powerful now. But seriously folks, we have serious questions and we’re going to take a break from breaking news on this week’s show to consider some of those big questions about this Fall’s Federal Election. Issues, tactics, controversies, and perhaps even a frightening glimpse of the future (depending on your point of view) are all on the table as we anticipate a very contentious campaign in the coming weeks. Continue reading “Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday July 16, 2015”

Poll Suggests We Want Change But Don’t Fear It

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The Conservative campaign narrative in 2011 was that Canada’s economic condition was too precarious and that political stability was needed to insure we weathered the storm. Barely three years after the largest financial collapse since the Great Depression, that message really played well, and the net result was that after two successive minority Parliaments, the Conservatives won their majority. All signs point to the Conservatives playing a similar game in 2015, but the effect – making Canadians afraid of change – doesn’t seem to be working this time. Continue reading “Poll Suggests We Want Change But Don’t Fear It”

Bill Blair Now Officially a Liberal Candidate

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Although it was probably a foregone conclusion, former Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair was acclaimed as the Liberal candidate for Scarborough Southwest yesterday afternoon. Despite recent polls indicating that the Liberals are struggling in third place against a surging NDP, picking up Blair as a star candidate is still seen as a coup by the party, who optimistically is now caught in a three-way race with the Conservatives and the New Democrats. Continue reading “Bill Blair Now Officially a Liberal Candidate”

Ad Wars 2015 – Part I

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Today both the Conservatives and the New Democrats released brand new ads, and they make a pretty clear statement that the 2015 election campaign is now unofficially underway. The battle lines are drawn here between the governing Conservatives and the upstart NDP: you’re either going to vote for strong, steady leadership, or you’re going to leave behind cynicism and embrace morning in Canada. Continue reading “Ad Wars 2015 – Part I”