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Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday March 16, 2017

This week Open Sources Guelph is going 14 days without mentioning “45”, that is unless he does something Earth-shatteringly stupid before showtime. In lieu of talking about orange-coloured drama, we’ll look within our own borders for news worthy discussion topics, and we’ll bring in a new friend to talk about the very important issue of protecting whistleblowers. After that, we’ll look at the guy who’s giving the senate a bad(der) name, and the slate of by-elections to fill high-profile vacant seats in the House of Commons. We’ll wrap up the show with something European was we mediate whatever’s going on between Turkey and the Netherlands. Continue reading

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The Weekender: “…But the Judge Said It’s Okay.”

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Sure, after two and a half years without a paycheque and what’s likely a tonne of legal bills, Senator Mike Duffy probably needs some dough. Of course, when the news hit this week that Duff Man was again filing his living expenses for reimbursement from the Senate (and the Canadian people), the immediate visceral reaction was, “Are you serious?!” And the answer was yes, even though it’s taken almost four years of his life, and almost the entirety of his political career, Duffy was back it, doing the very thing that got him into so much trouble in the first place: Claiming living expenses for being in the exact place he’s called home for over two decades.  Continue reading

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Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday July 28, 2016

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After taking a week off, we have a lot of politics to catch up on with this week’s Open Sources Guelph. First, we’ll go to Philly where history was made as the first woman to win a major party nomination accepted with the trepidation of some in her party. It was serious stuff, the kind of stuff that make you want to take a trip to the circus. The Republicans threw one last week in honour of coronating their 2016 nominee, the orange-coloured ego man. Hopefully, this is something that will not be repeated next year when the Federal Conservatives and NDP choose a leader here in Canada. Speaking of circuses, the Canadian senate is hoping to go back to relative anonymity now that its members have all been cleared of criminal charges. It would be a crime to miss this week’s episode.  Continue reading

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Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday May 5, 2016

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This week on Open Sources Guelph, the general theme is dysfunction. In Quebec, some chaos has been created in the provincial legislature with the sudden resignation of a major party leader. In Ottawa, mystery was created as a suddenly unsullied senator returns to work still under a cloud of uncertainty. And here in Guelph, one of the persons mentioned in the kerfuffle last week at council will try to get back on track in doing the good work for the city. This week, we’ll do what we can to overcome internal strife and talk the issues. Continue reading

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Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday March 24, 2016

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What a news week it was! Putting aside the Brussels attack (and we do because we can all agree that ISIS is terrible and no one deserves to die on the whim of a madman or men), it was a busy week of big stories, big decisions and big losses here for Open Sources Guelph. Consequently for everyday Canadians, there’s talk about the federal budget and its impact on our roads, and bridges, and pocketbooks… Also in Ottawa, there were money matters for the Red Chamber and the hope that there might be some class coming back there in the future. We also goodbye (hopefully) to over a half-a-century of hostility with the last enemy of the Cold War, and we say goodbye to a giant of Toronto politics who changed the landscape forever. Continue reading

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The Complete Text of the Speech from the Throne

At about the length of a high school essay and only 15 minutes long in the reading, the first Speech from the Throne of the government under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was short, sweet, and to the point. Now, if you like, you can read the whole thing for yourself here.  Continue reading

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NDP Rips Off Jon Stewart to Slam Conservatives

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Look, it’s been a rough week for Prime Minister Stephen Harper. A lot of new details revealed in the Nigel Wright testimony at the Mike Duffy trial has not reflected well on him and his administration, and questions about the specifics continued to dog the PM as he hit a hardware store on the campaign trail today. As journalists and opponents keep firing pointed questions about who knew what and when, the NDP has decided to have some fun with the very serious allegations of corruption. Continue reading

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