What’s in a Niqab?


And to think, when this campaign started some 17 years ago, we thought it was going to be all about the economy, Duffy, and whether or not you’ll ever be able to get to vote without having to fight through an army political operatives. What a difference 60-plus days make. Now it seems that the race is all about whether or not the government should have the ability to tell a statistically nearly non-existent group of people what not to wear at citizenship ceremonies, and that’s just how the Conservatives like it. Continue reading “What’s in a Niqab?”

Blue Rodeo Releases Harper Protest Song


The protest song is not a new device for rock and rollers looking to rage against the machine, but when stalwarts of CanCon Top 40 middlebrow work day mix radio start raging, you should sit up and take notice. Blue Rodeo is hardly the protest song type, but they are now. The Canadian band has released a new single called “Stealin’ All My Dreams,” and guess who the titular thief is. Continue reading “Blue Rodeo Releases Harper Protest Song”

Another Debate, Another Classic Harper GIF

Last night, the Federal leaders met to debate for the third time, and the first time en francais. Aside from the difference in language, and the nearly 67 per cent increase in participants thanks to the inclusion of Elizabeth May and Giles Duceppe, there was a marked difference in tone and content with the focus on Quebec’s top issues. But some things didn’t change, and that was Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s skill at unintentionally creating easily gifable moments during a debate. Continue reading “Another Debate, Another Classic Harper GIF”

The Great One Not Always So Great on Politics


It was probably a big deal for hockey fans, and for the Prime Minister who wrote a book about hockey last year, but the question is, does the endorsement of Wayne Gretzky for Stephen Harper make any difference? More importantly, can the endorsement of “The Great One” be as valuable as he would like us to think? You may think I’m referring to his endorsement of Patrick Brown for Ontario PC leader earlier this year, but  no, we’re talking about someone even most Conservative want to forget about supporting. Continue reading “The Great One Not Always So Great on Politics”

Did That Debate Suck or Did it Blow?


There was a lot of controversy in Stephen Harper’s move to rebut the typical national leaders debates organized by the consortium of major Canadian broadcasters; those in favour said more debates is better, those against said that Harper was trying to avoid being questioned in front of the largest possible audience. After the Maclean’s debate in August there was some reason for optimism, it was well put together, professional, and lent real insight into the leaders and their points of view on the issues. The same, however, could not be said about last night’s Globe and Mail debate. Continue reading “Did That Debate Suck or Did it Blow?”

Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday September 3, 2015

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Before you kick off for the Labour Day weekend, tune in your radio for the latest edition of Open Sources Guelph. Don’t adjust your set, because the show will sounds a little different this week, but rest assured, the same old political commentary will emerge for your radio this afternoon as the team address the latest hot topics making news across Canada. Continue reading “Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday September 3, 2015”

Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday August 27, 2015

“Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job.” The faint praise of a middling bureaucrat in the wake of a tremendous humanitarian disaster still haunts us 10 years later on this week’s Open Sources Guelph. In a bizarre bit of timing, we consider another burgeoning humanitarian crisis, this time in Europe with thousands of refugees trying to escape the chaos of Middle East conflicts. All that, plus the Ashley Madison hacks, and (naturally) all the latest campaign news form the meat of this week’s show. Continue reading “Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday August 27, 2015”