End Credits - January 16, 2019 (The Heretics/Roma)

18Jan

It's a remix, this week on End Credits! Before coming back with all-new movies and all-new episodes next week, we'll take a dip into the archives to revisit an interview with a pair of local filmmakers, and we'll revisit what may be the most contentious review we've ever done on the show.

This Wednesday, January 16, at 2 pm, Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

The Heretics of Heretics. Horror is 'it' right now (pun intended). It's hard to think of a hotter genre in cinemas right now, and that extends from big Hollywood studios, to small indie players like Guelph's own Black Fawn Films. Last fall, End Credits got the chance to talk to Chad Archibald and Ry Barrett, the director and star of The Heretics, and discuss their indie cinema success, the grind of filmmaking, and Guelph's fame on the international stage.

Re-REVIEW: Roma (2018). With awards for Best Foreign Film at the Golden Globes, and Best Picture at the Critics' Choice, Roma looks more and more likely to be a major player at this year's Academy Awards, which would be a big win for Netflix, and another feather in the cap of Alfonso Cuaron. This week, we'll hear again Adam and Peter's slightly fractious review of Roma from back in December. Is it an emotionally personal story, or a cynical look at the past through rose-coloured glasses?

End Credits is on CFRU 93.3 fm and cfru.ca Wednesday at 2 pm.

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GUELPH POLITICAST #156 - Guelph Tool Library

16Jan

Have you ever bought a tool, used it once or twice, and now it's just clutter in your garage or basement? Or maybe you've thought about buying a tool, butwanted to try it out first to make sure it really is the tool you want or need? Congratulations, you might be the kind of person that would benefit from a membership at Guelph's newest, hottest library!

This week on the podcast, we hear from John Dennis, Susan Carey, and Steph Clarke of the Guelph tool Library. Dennis and Carey helped found the library in 2016, and Clarke is the Program Co-ordinator working with the library's volunteers. In just a few short years, the Guelph Tool Library has become a preeminent local voice in sustainability, and having just received a Trillium Grant from the Province of Ontario, they're ready to expand further.

Now, the idea of a tool library goes back almost four decades, but the concept caught fire again about a decade ago. Guelph's library model is based, in part, on the Toronto Tool Library, which started in 2012 and in six years has loaned over 70,000 tools to over 5,200 members. Guelph's not there yet, but it's getting bigger, and it's staking out new ground with programs that collect sewing machines for northern communities, and by launching a cell phone recycling program.

Of course, you already know that Guelph is library crazy, but this week we find out why they're crazy about this particular library.

You're going to hear from Dennis, Carey, and Clarke about the origins of the Tool Library, and its mission, what the future of the library might look like, and what the opportunities for expansion are. We also talk about changing attitudes about ownership, waste, and the sharing economy, and how the library plays into that. And we also talk about the lessons learned so far, like how do manage it when two people want to borrow the same tool.

So let's check out (pun intended) the Guelph Tool Library with those that know it best on this week's Guelph Politicast!

You can find out more about the Guelph Tool Library, what tools they have available, what programs they’re running, and how you can become a member or get involved here.

The host for the Guelph Politicast is Podbean. Find more episodes of the Politicast here.

Remember that the Politicast Podbean channel is also the host for podcast versions of Open Sources Guelph. The previous Thursday’s episode of Open Sources will be posted on Mondays.

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Open Sources Guelph - January 10, 2018

14Jan

Welcome back to this crazy year already in progress, and an all-new year of Open Sources Guelph! Unfortunately, the news didn't take a break, so there's a lot of stuff to catch up on, like the government shutdown south of the border. In Canada, we'll talk about whether carbon tax and electoral reform have a future here, and in our last segment this week, Scotty talks to a kindred spirit.

This Thursday, January 10 at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

Another Dick and the Wall. As of this writing, if things keep going the way they are, the U.S. government will have been shutdown for a month, making it the longest such shutdown in U.S. history. Why? Because Donald Trump wants a wall, even though reporting last weekend revealed that "the wall" was a mnemonic device invented by campaign advisors to get him to stay on point on immigration. So a president most people didn't vote for, has forced a government showdown most people hate, for a wall most people don't want and was never meant to be real in the first place?!?! We'll sort this out (if we can).

Carbon Freeze. The Federal carbon tax went into effect on New Year's Day in five provinces that had no carbon mitigation efforts of their own ready to go, and that includes Ontario. The debate rages on, are carbon taxes bad for the country? Is this carbon tax going to have an actual effect? A speech by Conservative leader Andrew Scheer on New Year's Day made it clear that this year's election just might be a referendum on the carbon tax, and, in the meantime, Canada's Yellow Vest protests are bolstering opposition. We'll talk about the arguments, and what effect they might have on the debate.

No Reform. Just before the holiday break, British Columbia released the final numbers from their referendum on Electoral Reform, and, as it turned out, people overwhelming supported the status quo. In fact, in B.C.'s third referendum on the matter in the last 13 years, support for reform has gone down with each subsequent vote. So what do ER advocates do now? They were hoping that B.C. would be the place to create a beachhead to expand ER across the country, but now...? Are Canadian voters just not up for a shift to proportional representation, or do advocates need to rethink the way they're selling it?

Mr. Smith Goes to Breezy Corners. Harry Leslie Smith didn't become Twitter famous till his 90s, but in his last days he became an outspoken advocate against austerity and in favour of progressive social and economic policy. Harry gave up his fight when he passed away in November, but his son John is carrying on his message, which brought him to Guelph last week for a reading of his dad's book, Harry's Last Stand. The night before, Scotty Hertz sat down with John Smth to talk about his father's legacy, his last days, and where the rebellion goes from here.

Open Sources is live on CFRU 93.3 fm and cfru.ca at 5 pm on Thursday.

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End Credits - January 9, 2019 (Aquaman, Spider-Verse, Bumblebee, Mary Poppins, Favourite, Vice)

11Jan

End Credits is back from the holiday break, and for one week only, it's going to be a live affair! To kick off the new year, we're going to tackle a six-pack of the several movies that came out in the theatre over the last few weeks, from fish-men to spider-men, from transforming robots to transformative performances, and from nannies to queens. We've got something for everyone!

This Wednesday, January 9, at 2 pm, Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

REVIEW: Aquaman (2018). After debuts in Batman V. Superman and Justice League, the King of the Seven Seas finally gets his own movie, and no one's laughing anymore at Aquaman! Jason Mamoa plays the rightful King of Atlantis, who must fight across the world's water ways in order to battle for, and claim, his birthright. From soldiers riding sharks, guys that shoot laser beams from their ludicrously big helmets, giant sea monsters, fish zombies, and the improbable renaissance of Dolph Lundgren, Aquaman breaks the superhero mould.

REVIEW: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018). If you thought you didn't need another Spider-Man movie, think again! Focusing on the newest Spider-Man, young mixed-race high schooler Miles Morales, this animated adventure teams him with a variety of Spider-Men, and Women, in order to stop the Kingpin from destroying the multiverse. Supervised by LEGO Movie masterminds Phil Lord and Chris Miller, Spider-Verse is a rollicking adventure through Spider-Lore, and is one of the freshest new superhero takes of the decade.

REVIEW: Bumblebee (2018). Just when you thought that you had seen everything a Transformers movie can do, Travis Knight does something different: make a Transformers movie with a heart that's also good. Abandoning "Bayhem" for more tradition storytelling devices like character and story arcs, we see Hailee Steinfeld in 1987 and bonding with her new best friend, a robot that turns into a VW bug. It's the Transformers movie you've probably wanted to see along, probably too late to save the franchise.

REVIEW: Mary Poppins Returns (2018). Mary Poppins is back, and this time, it's personal. As part of Disney's effort to make everything old new again, Emily Blunt steps into the role of the musically inclined, flying nanny who's practically perfect in every way. Hamilton's Lin-Manuel Miranda lends a hand as Mary Poppins returns to Earth to help the family of the now grown Michael Banks remember a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down. Or something. Singing, dancing, animated penguins... Mass hysteria follows.

REVIEW: The Favourite (2018). The Lobster and Killing of a Sacred Deer director Yorgos Lanthimos tackles his most accessible film yet, a royal court drama set in England in the 18th century about two conniving cousins and the distressed queen they try and manipulate in order to gain favour. Featuring probably the three greatest female performances of the year in one movie - Olivia Coleman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz - The Favourite is as vicious as it is entertaining.

REVIEW: Vice (2018). Speaking of Transformers, Christian Bale punished his body again for Vice, in which he plays former Vice-President Dick Cheney, a man so many people regard as pure evil, it had to be psychologically punishing too. The Big Short's Adam McKay takes on one of America's most influential and controversial political figures with his signature wit, and a trio of great performances including Bale, Amy Adams as Mrs Cheney, and serious dramatic actor Steve Carrell as Donald Rumsfeld.

End Credits is on CFRU 93.3 fm and cfru.ca Wednesday at 2 pm.

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GUELPH POLITICAST #155 - Abhi Kantamneni

9Jan

How do we better absorb data sets? Is it seeing all the numbers in black and white on pages of spreadsheets, or is by seeing it in a simple graphic that's both colourful and interactive? Can data be beautiful? Can our municipal budget? The guest on this week's podcast has already made the case that it can!

This week we talk to Abhi Kantamneni. You may know him as a graduate student and researcher at the University of Guelph, but you may more likely know him as an activist and local political thinker.

Last year, he started to deliver big data in new and interesting ways for Guelph when he came up with an election map that gave you all the news and information about candidates in one place, and then he tackled an infograph that showed how the tax-supported budget was spent in 2018. If $429.5 million is a tough number to wrap your head around, how about seeing it an interactive pinwheel? Isn’t that fun?

Before coming to Guelph, Abhi Kantamneni received two Masters of Science degrees from Michigan Tech, where he also co-founded MiDataLabs, which helps nonprofits analyze data, synthesize knowledge, and visualize information. And though he can't technically vote in Guelph, Abhi has delegated to city council, and advised Guelph MP Lloyd Longfield on energy matters.

But for this podcast, it's the data that we're interested in. Abhi talks about his interest in municipal data, and the differences in how people can learn visually with a graph instead of a spreadsheet. He'll also explain how much time and effort he puts into creating these infographs, and how his infographs come together in a technical programming way. Then we'll talk about the imperfect way the City shares information, and what other data sets he might like to tackle next.

So let's talk about the art of delivering data on this week's Guelph Politicast!

You can find Abhi's budget infograph at his website here, and you can engage with him on social media by going to his Twitter feed. The 2019 Budget process starts Thursday night at 6 pm in the council chambers at City Hall.

The host for the Guelph Politicast is Podbean. Find more episodes of the Politicast here.

Remember that the Politicast Podbean channel is also the host for podcast versions of Open Sources Guelph. The previous Thursday’s episode of Open Sources will be posted on Mondays.

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Open Sources Guelph - January 3, 2018

7Jan

It's the start of Year 5 on this week's Open Sources Guelph. You're welcome. To mark the occasion, as we usually do at the new year, we're going to look back at the old one. Yes, it's time again for our annual awards show, a celebration and a commemoration of the best of the best, and the best of the worst.

This Thursday, January 3 at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

Worst Politician. Oh man, there are so many to choose from... Yes, it was a long, hard year with so many people in power making all the absolute worse decisions possible, and that goes for politicians on both sides of the border. With so many potentials to choose from, just who exactly was the worst enough to be called the worst?

Good News Story of the Year. Was there good news this year? Of course there was, it was just rather difficult to find. Since we're dedicated semi-professionals we scoured the newspapers, websites, and podcasts of the world to find a reason to get happy, and lo and behold there was an eye in the maelstrom after all!

Dumpster Fire of the Year. Like the Worst Politician, this is the category that keeps on giving, and we aren't even counting the actual fires! With each new day there was some new scandal, or some new concern. The systems meant to protect us didn't working, and the work that needs to be done to set up new systems just isn't coming together. So what's the fieriest dumpster fire of them all?

Best Politician. For every politician who's terrible, they have an equal and an opposite. Yes, there are some people out there still trying to do right by their constituents, and we have looked everywhere to find them. No matter your political stripes, you have to respect the ones that able to get past the politics, and deliver on their promises, and we're going to talk about two of them!

Open Sources is live on CFRU 93.3 fm and cfru.ca at 6 pm on Thursday.

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End Credits - January 2, 2019 (Worst of 2018/2019 Picks)

4Jan

It's the beginning of the new year, but that doesn't mean that End Credits is done with the old one. At least, not yet. We'll take one last look behind us this week as we consider the movies that make us glad to be leaving 2018 in the rearview. In the second half of the show though, we'll look ahead to the various movies that make us happy that 2019 has finally arrived.

This Wednesday, January 2, at 2 pm, Adam A. Donaldson, Candice Lepage, Vince Mason, and Tim Phillips will discuss:

The Worst of 2018. So last week we did the best, and this week we'll look at the worst. Yes, there were some stinkers in 2018. There was that movie about the shockingly unimaginative virtual world, that remake about the guy who shoots people, and that Tarantino-esque thriller about the hotel. Look for some interesting switcheroos from last week's "Best of..." episode too because quality, as you know, is in the eye of the beholder.

Looking Ahead to 2019. After we tackle the Worst of 2018, we're going to look ahead to movies that hopefully won't make the same list this time next year. Between updates on classic Stephen King stories, Quentin Tarantino's highly anticipated ninth film, Jordan Peele's quite secretive next project, a new superhero, and a new take on a super-villain, there's a whole lot of exciting new movies coming soon to a theatre near you.

End Credits is on CFRU 93.3 fm and cfru.ca Wednesday at 2 pm.

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GUELPH POLITICAST #154 – The Transit Pass with TAAG

2Jan

It was quite a year for transit issues. An election year, actually. It seemed like, for once, people at City Hall were actually listening, and that transit users were being heard about all the issues, and the ongoing problems. So did we accomplish anything, and what's coming up now in the new year? That's why TAAG is here!

The Transit Action Alliance of Guelph, or TAAG, is teaming up with Guelph Politico for this semi-regular new series of podcasts about transit issues. TAAG was formed this past summer with the intention of creating a collective voice of advocacy for more, better, and accessible transit. Hopefully, the "Transit Pass" edition of the Politicast will be a way to keep transit issues front of mind.

Looking back at the year that was in transit, we dealt with the start of the Transit Service Review, on which all hopes for solving transits issues has been placed. There was the changes to the schedules for a couple of bus routes that prompted a blowback from people that use route #3. There was also "Paper-gate," the controversy over the City pulling paper schedules from bus stops and then having to put them back following the uproar. Also, the Transit Manager quit almost a year ago, and he's yet to be replaced!

Looking ahead, that Service Review is coming back later this month, what will it tells us, and will it tell us anything we don't already know? Will there be any new money for Transit in the upcoming budget deliberations? Will our leaders lose focus on transit issues now that the municipal election is behind us? And can we expect any real progress on creating more regional transit options?

TAAG Chair Steve Petric, Treasurer Barbara Sim, Membership Co-ordinator John Marchese, and Steering Committee Member Mara Bender all join us for this inaugural Transit Pass to get some insight on those questions and the long bus ride ahead.

So let's talk about the year in transit, not to mention the immediate future of transit, on this edition of the Guelph Politicast!

You can learn more about TAAG by clicking here. The Transit Service Review will be released sometime around mid-January, and the special council meeting on the report will take place at 6 pm on January 29.

The host for the Guelph Politicast is Podbean. Find more episodes of the Politicast here.

Remember that the Politicast Podbean channel is also the host for podcast versions of Open Sources Guelph. The previous Thursday’s episode of Open Sources will be posted on Mondays.

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Open Sources Guelph - December 27, 2018

31Dec

If it's Christmas week on Open Sources Guelph, then you know what that means: it's time for the annual political movies show! We've got quite the quartet this year if you're looking for something to binge this break. From a surprisingly prescient 80s thriller to a modern sci-fi flick with a social conscience, and from an action hit set in the U.S. Capital to a hit piece by one of America's most well-known provocateurs, it's time for your favourite episode of the year!

This Thursday, December 27 at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

Adam's First Political Movie Pick: They Live (1988). "A homeless drifter discovers a reason for the ever-widening gap between the rich and the poor: a conspiracy by non-human aliens who have infiltrated American society in the guise of wealthy yuppies. With the help of special sunglasses that reveal the aliens' true faces and their subliminal messages ("marry and reproduce," "submit to authority"), our hero tries to stop the invasion. This satire of Reaganomics and the "greed is good" era also has one of the funniest (and longest) fight scenes in American cinema."

Scotty's First Political Movie Pick: Sorry to Bother You (2018). "In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, Cassius Green (Lakeith Stanfield) is struggling to make a living. He gets a job as a telemarketer, but it's not until a fellow black employee (Danny Glover) advises him to use his "white" voice, that Cassius becomes successful. He gets promoted to being a "power caller," which puts him on the upper floor, where he's provided all kinds of perks. However, he soon discovers that what he is being asked to do is morally wrong. His girlfriend Detroit (Tessa Thompson) objects, even when CEO Steve Lift (Armie Hammer) offers him $100,000,000."

Adam's Second Political Movie Pick: White House Down (2013). "Capitol Policeman John Cale (Channing Tatum) has just been denied his dream job with the Secret Service of protecting President James Sawyer (Jamie Foxx). Not wanting to let down his little girl with the news, he takes her on a tour of the White House, when the complex is overtaken by a heavily armed paramilitary group. Now, with the nation’s government falling into chaos and time running out, it's up to Cale to save the president, his daughter, and the country."

Scotty's Second Political Movie Pick: Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018). "Director Michael Moore predicted in July 2016 that Donald Trump would win the Presidency of the United States. That doesn't mean that having Trump as the President was the outcome he'd hoped for. In fact, it was very much the opposite. Deeply dismayed, Moore questions what lies ahead for the country. He talks to a variety of Americans about Trump and the seemingly hopeless state of affairs. He is told that if Trump were to be impeached, Trump's supporters would cause riots and violence around the country. It seems that's true, as Moore digs deeper into how and why Trump, a master distractor with his incendiary tweets, staff firings, and outright lies, still remains a hit with some Americans, while at the same time an embarrassment and liability for many."

Open Sources is live on CFRU 93.3 fm and cfru.ca at 6 pm on Thursday.

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GUELPH POLITICAST #153 - Guelph Stuff: Year in Review

29Dec

Had enough of this autopsy of the year 2018 that every media outlet is doing? Hold on you your butts because Guelph Politico's got one more: December's edition of "Guelph Stuff."

On this second edition of this new monthly "column" in the podcast, we talk about competing Top 5s. Guelph Politico contributor Eli Ridder offers his Top 5 news stories of the year, and we look at the Top 5 from Guelph Politico, which has already been posted. The criteria was simple: news stories about Guelph we think had the most impact this year.

By any metric, it was a very busy news year. We had two elections in 2018, a entirely new provincial government that shook up the province, social issues increasing in severity and shaking faith in the system, a rise in local crime including a summer streak of indecent acts, and on top it all was the usual friction over contentious issues and policy at city hall.

So whether you're about to enjoy 30 or 40 minutes of reminiscing about all that happened in 2018, or whether this is going to add to your anxiousness about seeing this year done at midnight on Monday, let this podcast be your farewell and adieu to everything that made up this 18th year of the 21st century. At least everything Guelph-related in 2018!

So let's review the year that was on this edition of the Guelph Politicast!

If you're not tired of all this recap stuff yet, you can click here, if you haven't already, to read Guelph Politico's complete Top 10 News Stories of 2018!

The host for the Guelph Politicast is Podbean. Find more episodes of the Politicast here.

Remember that the Politicast Podbean channel is also the host for podcast versions of Open Sources Guelph. The previous Thursday’s episode of Open Sources will be posted on Mondays.

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