Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday February 23, 2017


This week on Open Sources Guelph, we will ponder a week a week without Trump, or at least we’ll try to. It’s hard to separate the larger-than-life current POTUS from just about any discussion about the news, but we’ve heard your cries for relief and we’ll try and give it to you… In the second half of the show. First, we’ll talk about how White House policy is making people run for the border, and not in a delightful Taco Bell way, and then we’ll look at how alt-right darling Milo Yiannopoulos finally went too far. After the break, it’s all about electoral reform Guelph-style, and why the NDP can’t seem to shake the Mulcair-effect, even if they want to. Continue reading “Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday February 23, 2017”

Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday April 14, 2016


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 April 7, 2016


Stop us if you’ve heard this one, but it was a very busy news week here for Open Sources Guelph. No special guests today (but they are coming) but there will be lots of discussion on big topics. For instance, it looks like the one per cent is full of tax cheaters, some of whom you may know by name (stop us if you’ve heard this one). In other news, we bravely descend back into the muck of the U.S. Presidential Election, which marches on in perpetuity to find new levels of insanity. In the back half of the show, we’ll talk Canadian politics with a leadership test for a federal leader, and a leadership test passed for a provincial one. Continue reading “Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday April 7, 2016”

The Madness of (Would Be) King Tom


Losing is never easy; ask Stephen Harper. Actually, you can’t ask Stephen Harper because he’s been engaged in a Kafkaesque maneuver of crawling along the floor boards of Parliament Hill and the Capital area in an effort to avoid pictures of him not being Prime Minister from being taken. But if there’s one thing Harper has done well since October 19, it’s accept the loss. He lost the election, conceded defeat, and as difficult as it may be, he’s moving on with his life. Perhaps, Tom Mulcair should take note. Continue reading “The Madness of (Would Be) King Tom”

Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday October 22, 2015

We did it! Open Sources Guelph survived its first election season, and now it’s time for the post-game analysis. Canada is back, said Prime Minister Designate Justin Trudeau, but what kind of Canada will it be now that the Liberals are back in charge, is it change we can believe in, or will they fall back on old habits? And what of the opposition parties, and our own new Member of Parliament here in Guelph? What is Canada going to look like in the next four years? We’ll prognosticate; you decide. Continue reading “Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday October 22, 2015”

What’s Up with NDP’s Fuzzy Math?


The Liberal surge in the polls have meant that the NDP must face the possibility that their governmental ambitions maybe only seen in the rearview mirror, but Tom Mulcair has no intention of going gently into that good night. While campaigning over the weekend, Mulcair, his candidates, and NDP staffers are now submitting the message that if Canadians want to get rid of Stephen Harper, the NDP is the best alternative because the math is on their side. Yes, the NDP say that they need only 35 more seats to defeat Stephen Harper, but what does that mean? Continue reading “What’s Up with NDP’s Fuzzy Math?”

The TPP is a Done Deal, But Now What?


After years of careful negotiating, and a weekend of touch-and-go final detailing, 12 Pacific Rim countries agreed in principle this morning to the makings of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the largest free trade agreement in global history knocking down trade barriers for 800 million people and about 40 per cent of the world’s economy. Conservative leader Stephen Harper was pleased with the deal saying, “This deal is, without any doubt whatsoever, in the best interests of the Canadian economy.” Great! So what’s in it? Nobody outside the governments that negotiated it know. Continue reading “The TPP is a Done Deal, But Now What?”