GUELPH POLITICAST #126 - Martin Bauman, Canadian Mental Health Association

23May

Mental health has been one of the most talked about issues of the current election, and it's understandable. Over the last few years, the stigma around mental health issues has been receding, and people have been able to share more openly, which has been a good thing. The problem is that the healthcare system is showing the strain.

Consider this: funding to treat addiction and mental health accounts for just 6.5 per cent of the overall healthcare budget in Ontario. In "real numbers" that's $3.5 billion out of the total $54 billion healthcare budget. Ideally, the Canadian Mental Health Association would like to see 10 per cent of the healthcare budget go to mental health. It's a campaign called "Erase the Difference", and it supposes that we should treat mental illness like we treat the flu.

That's good thinking because one in five Canadians has to deal with a mental health issue, and in Ontario, the average wait time for a counseling is five months. It's no wonder then that all the political parties are promising more money, and more resources for mental health services. But wait, are the parties just responding to the political demand? Do they really know what services like the CMHA need to deal with a growing problem?

These are a couple of questions we put to Martin Bauman in this week's podcast. Bauman is a communications specialist with the Waterloo-Wellington office of the CMHA, and he joins us to talk about the economics of mental illness, how poverty and housing issues come into play, whether or not mental health is looked at too often in it’s own silo, and if it should be integrated into the bigger healthcare picture.

So let's talk abut what it's going to take to get mentally healthy in this week's Guelph Politicast!

You can learn more about the CMHA, and the entire array of services and programs they offer by visiting their website here. If you immediate need help, you can also call the CMHA help line at 1-866-531-2600.

The theme music for the Guelph Politicast is from the KPM Klassics collection by Syd Dale.

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 - May 17, 2018

21May

Open Sources Guelph is the only place where you'll be able to hear long form interviews with each of the candidates running to represent Guelph in the 2018 Provincial Election, and it starts this week with two of the Guelphiest! First up is Juanita Burnett of that little party that could started in a Guelph farmhouse almost 100 years ago (the Communist Party). Second is a man also hoping to make history, and no stranger to the show, Mike Schreiner. The Green leader returns to make his case to be Guelph's Member of Provincial Parliament.

This Thursday, May 17, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

1) Carin' Burnett. It's not a Guelph election without a Communist Party candidate, and once again Juanita Burnett will carry that banner in 2018. Now, people may write off the Communists and their platform, but as Burnett reminded at the All-Candidates Debate last week, it wasn't so long ago that her party was the only one promoting a $15 minimum wage. So the Communists got that one right, but what other policies might mainstream parties be able to steal from them in five years? We'll discuss all that with Burnett,  talk about the Guelph Communist tradition, and the issues that the main political parties aren't really talking about in this election.

2) Magic Mike. It's hard to find a candidate with more at stake this election than Green Party leader Mike Schreiner. Even before the writ was drawn up, Schreiner and local Greens were pulling out all the stops in Guelph in order to make history: get the first Green Party MPP elected in Ontario. History may be on Schreiner's side, Guelph's is an open race, and he's worn a lot of shoe leather the last four years to get here. We'll talk about all that with Schreinert, plus the potential for a green shift in the economy, balancing idealism and practicality, and what challenges he thinks he needs to resolve to win that seat at Queen's Park.

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

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GUELPH POLITICAST #125 - Kithio Mwanzia on Debate Prep

19May

Guelph's provincial candidates will get together again on Tuesday to face-off in another debate. Well, four of them are. The four major party candidates will be grilled before a live audience, and a TV one, and the one doing the grilling is Kithio Mwanzia, the President and CEO of the Guelph Chamber of Commerce. Today though, he's the one being grilled.

As part of Guelph Politico's election coverage, going beyond the platforms and attack ads, we sit down for this week's bonus podcast with Mwanzia, who will be hosting his second Guelph election debate this coming week when he moderates the Guelph Chamber's Provincial Election Candidates Debate.

Now this debate will be different from the one last week hosted by the Guelph Wellington Coalition for Social Justice in that only the four major party candidates will take part. For the four candidates excluded, this is a miscarriage of democracy, but to Mwanzia it's an uncomfortable necessity in order to allow more time to go deeper on the issues, and hash out the Guelph effects and influences. We get into this first thing on the podcast.

Mostly though, for people that have ever wondered about the challenges and responsibilities of moderating a debate, this is the podcast you've always wanted. We dig into Mwanzia's mind on the process: Where he’s going to put the emphasis on his questions, how much he’s digging into the policy binders for each party, and his thinking about the format and how this debate might be different from the last. Also, why does the Chamber of Commerce have a debate anyway?

So let's question the questionner on this week's bonus edition of the Guelph Politicast!

The Chamber of Commerce debate takes place on Tuesday May 22 from 6 to 8 pm in the Council Chambers of Guelph City Hall. Doors open at 5:30 pm, and the debate will be broadcast live on Rogers Channel 20. For more information on the debate, you can visit the Chamber website here.

The theme music for the Guelph Politicast is from the KPM Klassics collection by Syd Dale.

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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End Credits - May 16, 2018

18May

It's not yet time for the End Credits team to ride off into the sunset, but today we get on our horse and ride out for some old-fashioned coming of age drama (with a horse) in Lean of Pete. Before getting there though, we will saddle up and talk about a man and his donkey, and their two decade long journey to the big screen, and then we'll talk about John, and Bill and Ted, who are all making a comeback to varying degrees.

This Wednesday, May 16, at 3 pm, Adam A. Donaldson and Tim Phillips will discuss:

1) Too Big to Fail. Terry Gilliam has been working on The Man Who Killed Don Quixote for 20 years now, so screening the completed film at Cannes later this month had to feel like a moment of tremendous triumph for all involved, right? Not so fast. A former producer on the project tried to undermine Gilliam's success with a last minute injunction to stop the screening, which is just the latest twist in the drama of Don Quixote, a production so troubled that three documentaries have been made about it. It's a fascinating tale, and we'll talk about the latest details.

2) Rambo Vs. Monsters. Last week it was announced that John Rambo was going to return to the big screen in a new adventure next year in which he'll fight a Mexican drug cartel. Same old, same old for Rambo, but there was once a time when there were much grander ambitions for the war veteran turned killing machine. For instance, how about Rambo fighting an inhuman monster? It almost happened, but while filmmakers swing for the fences, are they betraying the original vision of the character to begin with?

3) Bill & Ted's Excellent Return? It's been over 25 years since Bill Preston and Ted Logan piled into a phone booth and went on a time travelling adventure. But since this is an era in which everything old is new again, it seems that the time has come for a middle-aged Bill and Ted to Face the Music, and the reality that they have not accomplished their grand destiny. A lot of people are excited about the prospect, but are we getting too deep into nostalgia porn, and are we capable of digging our way out to something more original?

REVIEW: Lean on Pete (2018). Just another charming movie about a boy and his horse... Is not the tagline for Lean on Pete. Young Charlie is a 15-year-old kid with an absentee mom, a dad in arrested development, no money to speak of, and a lot of free time with nothing to do. So he gets a job at the local track looking after a race horse, and a special bond is formed, but then it all goes wrong. Lean on Pete features complex character work wrapped up in the simple narrative of a boy just trying to find a home, and the horse that gives him the hope to get there.

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

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GUELPH POLITICAST #124 - Debate Debrief with Scotty Hertz

16May

You know you have a packed house when you actually have to make the house bigger! That's what happened last Thursday at the All Candidates Debate hosted by the Guelph Wellington Coalition for Social Justice. There's been a lot of arm chair quarterbacking from social media pundits, but now it's time for the semi-amateur official community radio pundits to have their say.

With seven of the eight candidates taking part, it was the first chance Guelph voters got to see the various ideas and ideologies of the people vying to be Guelph's next Member of Provincial Parliament. The added bonus too is that Guelph's is an open seat; the incumbent isn't running so each candidate sees their odds of winning as good so long as they can convince enough people to vote for them. No pressure, really.

This week on the podcast, with the help of Open Sources Guelph co-host Scotty Hertz, we proctor how each of the candidates were able to make their case. We also talk about why so many people were interested in the debate, our thoughts on the format and the moderator, and what the next debate is going to look like with only the four main party candidates participating. It's like Open Sources, but on the Guelph Politicast, which non-existent focus groups tells us is what the people want.

So let's play pundit on this week's edition of the Guelph Politicast!

If you liked this debate, keep in mind that there will be another debate on Tuesday May 22 hosted by the Guelph Chamber of Commerce. It begins at 6 pm and will take place in the Council Chambers of Guelph City Hall, but if you can't make it there, you can tune in to Rogers Channel 20 if you're a Rogers subscriber.

Also, keep an ear out this weekend for a special episode of the Guelph Politicast with Kithio Mwanzia, the President and CEO of the Guelph Chamber, who will moderate this debate.

The theme music for the Guelph Politicast is from the KPM Klassics collection by Syd Dale.

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 - May 10, 2018

14May

Enjoy our last burst of punditry for a while, because next week on Open Sources Guelph it's going to be all about the candidates. Before all that though, we're going to be talking about the Ontario election in a broader sense by catching up with the leaders, and then we will look west where the Alberta Conservatives are counting down to their own change election. Also, we'll talk about the new anti-hate organization that's arisen from the response to the Toronto Van attack and other incidents of extremism here in Canada, and we'll finish off with something a little... mellow.

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

1) Finally... After talking about it for many, many months now (why do we have fixed election dates again?), the Ontario Provincial Election finally kicked off at 12:01 am on Wednesday. To prove the campaign began before the campaign began, a leader's debate was held by CityNews Monday night, which featured a lot of screaming and posturing by the three invited party leaders - Kathleen Wynne, Doug Ford, and Andrea Horwath. It was so bad at times that some people think the person that won, was the person not invited to the debate (that's Green Party leader Mike Schreiner by the way). We'll launch the campaign with appropriate pith.

2) "Green Left". Getting party members fired up for an election one-year from now, United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney declared war on the "Green Left", and we don't mean the progressive news site from Australia. But while Kenney's fiery attack on David Suzuki, and less high-profile environmental activists, got the most attention, Kenney was setting off some markedly different fires with social conservatives by waffling on the party's stand against Gay Student Alliances, and then there was another waffle about the motion on parental consent for "invasive" medical procedures (*wink*). Is the United Conservative really that United?

3) Hate the Haters. As we've seen with Alexandre Bissonnette and Alek Minassian, and the proliferation of groups like the Soldiers of Odin, the Northern Guard, and the Three Percenters, hate groups are growing in size, number, and ferocity here in Canada. For those looking for a way to combat the spread of hate in Canada, there's now the Canadian Anti-Hate Network. Set up to be our country's answer to the Southern Poverty Law Centre in the U.S., CAN is crowdfunding to launch their research and activism. We'll be joined by journalist Evan Balgord, the executive director of CAN, to talk about the organization and how he hopes it will start a backlash to the hate.

4) Up in Smoke? In a little less than two months, Canada is supposed to be enjoying a new era of legalized weed, but even at this late date there are signs that it might not end up happening. Indigenous communities across the country are concerned because they don't think they've been consulted enough, a senate committee is recommending last minute changes, provinces and police forces are concerned they're not ready, no one's sure what to do when U.S. Border Security asks about pot use, and then there's the fate of all those people in jail for recreational (but illegal) pot use. So will the Liberals buckle and delay or is this full-speed ahead?

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

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Open Sources Guelph - April 26, 2018

13May

The warmer weather has ushered in a very political news week on Open Sources Guelph. We'll catch-up with the latest in local political news, and the latest from the Federal Liberals who are acting like an election's coming. Circumstances also demand that we revisit Trump World on today's show, while another set of circumstances demand we revisit the growing influence of the alt-right. 

This Thursday, April 26, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

1) The Final Countdown. It was a very busy Saturday in local politics. While Mike Schreiner rallied for the Green Party with special guests Elizabeth May, David Suzuki, and Sarah Harmer, Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath came to town to get the Guelph wing of the party hyped before choosing their nominee. Meanwhile, Doug Ford made the unusual move of appointing 11 candidates in ridings where there were still none, including Guelph. That probably wasn't the best move for a party overcoming accusations of being anti-democratic in local races, but hey, we have a full slate now of main party candidates! All that's left is for the writ to drop...

2) And Having Grit. The Liberals had their National Convention in Halifax last weekend, and the goal was obvious aside from the handling of party business: the Liberals are getting ready for next year's federal election. Trudeau played an oldie but a goldie in "Sunny Ways", but the attention was on the sexual harassment workshop on Saturday, which brings to mind another two words: "Me Too." It seemed that everything went according to plan until allegations emerged Sunday night that Liberal MP Francis Drouin was accused in an "incident" at the convention. So have the Liberals learned any lessons from the last two-and-a-half years?

3) The French Connection. This week, U.S. President Donald Trump received two European visitors, including French President Emmanuel Macron, pictured above posing with Trump for a Pink Floyd album cover. Macron was hoping, among other things, to talk Trump out of not renewing the Iran Nuclear deal, the next renewal deadline for which is May 12. Of course, there are also implications here for the pending meeting between Trump and Kim Jong-un, which Trump is already hailing as a success despite the fact that Kim's done nothing to denuclearize, and Trump's own foreign policy team is in upheaval. Just another week in Trump World!

4) White Men Can't Job. A column in the Globe and Mail aimed to answer an age old question: why can't a white guy catch a break? The r/Canada subreddit responded to the post with a flurry of racists responses about how affirmative action has ruined a generation of young while guys who just can't get head of women and minorities. Was the Globe stoking alt-right sentiments here? Also, we're learning that Alek Minassian, the suspect behind the Toronto van attack, saw himself as "incel", meaning someone who's involuntarily celibate, another alt-right cat call. What the heck is going on out there? Is Canada going alt-right crazy without us even knowing it?

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

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Open Sources Guelph - May 3, 2018

13May

It's all a waiting game on this week's Open Sources Guelph. That writ is going to drop any minute now and we're going to be in full-blown provincial election mode, but until then we're going to have to stay tuned and see what everyone else is up to while they're waiting. Maybe they can look at issues of poverty. We're certainly going to do that, and we're going to talk about the future of the most famous face on Ontario's public broadcaster. All that, plus a special guest in terms of a provincial party leader that's looking for an upset. (And his initials are not M.S.)

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

1) At Writ's End. Premier Kathleen Wynne and her ministers are doing a victory lap of 15 years of Liberal government achievements. NDP leader Andrea Horwath released the party's full platform and got her candidates all ready to run last weekend. Green leader Mike Schreiner has been doing a round of media, and getting his Guelph team ready to run. PC leader Doug Ford, meanwhile, has said that he wants to open the Green Belt to housing construction. Okay. It's all just a waiting game anyway until the writ finally drops, but we'll discuss the latest developments.

2) Poorer Still. Recent Statistics Canada research shows that poverty is getting better in all Canadian provinces save for Ontario and Prince Edward Island. Some people, like Matthew Lau in the Financial Post, are putting the blame on the minimum wage increase in Ontario (in spite of the fact that the numbers predate the increase initiated on January 1). Meanwhile, a Brookings Institute study shows that even though Canada is prospering, the gulf of inequality is actually increasing. As we head into an election, how do we make poverty an issue, and how do we address the issues of inequality in a non-partisan way?

3) Jay Talking. Since we're talking about elections, it's worth remember that there are more than just the four main parties, and of the so-called fringe parties, one may carry particular weight and expectation in this coming provincial race. The Alliance Party of Ontario is looking to attract conservatives upset at the less-than-democratic actions of both Patrick Brown and Doug Ford, and they're hoping that they can get right-leaning Ontarians to stand on principle as opposed to just the desire to beat Kathleen Wynne. Alliance Party leader Jay Tysick will join us to talk about his party, their platform, and why there's more than one option this election for PC voters.

4) Not Paikin Any Trouble. You may recall that a few months ago, former Toronto mayoral candidate and Women's Post publisher Sarah Thomson alleged that she had been sexually harassed by TVO host Steve Paikin, and that he had proposed trading sexual favours for appearances on The Agenda. An independent investigation has returned findings that Paikin was not in the wrong, or at the very least there's no hard evidence proving that Paikin tried to be lecherous to Thompson. So now what? Has Paikin emerged untarnished from all this? Has Thomson become unfairly vilified? Where does #MeToo go 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 - May 9, 2018

11May

This week on End Credits, we're getting really serious. When you're talking about the new movie by Lynne Ramsay, there's really nothing left to do but get really serious because she's a serious filmmaker. So maybe that's why we'll try and balance out those things with a little romance, or lack thereof, in comic book movies. There's also our serious lack of a Black Widow movie, but a new Robin Hood flick is a pretty good consolation prize, right? Maybe it's a good thing we're being serious...

This Wednesday, May 9, at 2 pm, Adam A. Donaldson, Vince Masson, and guest co-host Jesse Mellott will discuss:

1) Super Power of Love. Last week, we reviewed Avengers: Infinity War, which is still doing boffo business as the box office. Still, the think pieces have begun to come in, and if there’s one thing that many movie writers have decided, it’s that Marvel has a romance problem. The plot of Infinity War hinges on the idea that two characters that have shared about 10 minutes of screen time in 19 movies are epic romantic partners like in a great doomed literary romance, but there’s an overall problem of sexless superheroes in the Marvel Universe. Is this an intentional issue, or a huge oversight on the part of the filmmakers?

2) 65 Directors for 1 Widow. Speaking of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there was a scoop this week from a Variety writer that lends hope to all those hoping to see a Black Widow movie in the near future: they’ve narrowed down their pick for director to one of 65 people! This should be easy, right? Scarlett Johansson has been Black Widow in at least six different Marvel movies, and has been the one character fans have been eager to see in her own adventure. On top of that, Wonder Woman proved that female heroes are bank at the box office so what’s the big problem at Marvel that they can’t deliver something everybody wants?

3) Prince of Remakes. As Marvel marches on, other studios are looking to make new superhero franchises out of old characters. In this case, very old. The new trailer for Robin Hood was released last week, and starring Taron Egerton, Ben Mendelsohn, and Jamie Foxx, this movie has some great actors who can put a new spin on a classic. So why this sinking feeling? We’ll talk about how this attempt to rebrand public domain I.P. as hip and edgy smells just like past efforts, and how stupid it was for the studio to release a trailer that looks like it spoils the twist of the film.

REVIEW: You Were Never Really Here (2018). Many people are probably familiar with Lynne Ramsay’s 2012 film We Need to Talk About Kevin, a film so dripping in grief, regret, and sadness that you leave the theatre thinking you’re the mother of a teenage spree killer. Well, now we’ve got Joe, a PTSD crippled New York bounty hunter of trafficked children played by Joaquin Phoenix. You probably know the type, a lone wolf antihero facing the evils of the world with dread and suspicion because it’s the only life he knows, but it’s guaranteed that you’ve never seen that story told like this before.

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

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GUELPH POLITICAST #123 - Canadian Federation of Students Ontario

9May

The provincial election has finally begun! It doesn't feel like it, but the campaign is just now getting underway as we count down to the election on June 7. If you're looking for interviews with the local candidate, those will be heard on Open Sources Guelph starting next week. For the next few weeks on the Guelph Politicast, we're going to talk about the issues!

To kick things off, we're going to talk about post-secondary students and the issues that concern them. That may sound like we're going to talk a lot about tuition fees and other matters in education, but you may be surprised to learn that young voters in college and university are concerned with many of the same issues everyone else is: jobs, healthcare, childcare, transit, and yes, the every increasing cost of post-secondary education.

To take us through all this from the student perspective is Nour Alideeb, the Chairperson/ Président of the Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario. CFS represents 350,000 college and university students in Ontario and and works with 35 partner student unions on campuses across the province. And since university funding and administration is in provincial jurisdiction, an election is the best chance they have to impact policy and decisions.

So with that in mind, this week's podcast is dedicated to those post-secondary issues and challenges. We cover a wide-range off issues including the need for affordable housing geared to students, the growing need for regional transit as more students are commuting to school, and what can be done about the growing mental health needs of students. We also touch on the job action on several campuses this last year, and yes, most importantly, the effect of those every increasing tuition fees.

So let's do some old fashioned book learning about what matters to students on this week's Guelph Politicast

If you would like learn more about the CFS efforts to raise awareness about election issues, you can visit their election website here, and you can learn more about the CFS-Ontario by clicking here.

The theme music for the Guelph Politicast is from the KPM Klassics collection by Syd Dale.

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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