Open Sources Guelph - September 20, 2018

24Sep

 

It's nearly a month till Election Day, which means there's a lot of ground to cover in the next 30-some odd days. This week on Open Sources Guelph, you join our candidate interview series already in progress as we go into the field again to talk to those that seek the endorsement of the people so that they might become official city councillors.

This Thursday, September 20 at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

2018 Election Round-Robin Part 2. We continue on with our tour of candidates running for city council in this election. This week, we have a full hour of conversations with five of the people running for an office at 1 Carden Street; a mix of young and old, incumbents and challengers, men and women. What they all have in common though is that they're eager to serve their constituents, and they hope to convince you with these segments that they're the ones you should vote for. Well, this and lots of door knocking. Here's the list of candidates we're talking to this week:

Cathy Downer

Alex Green

Anshu Khurana

Eli Ridder

Steve Petric

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

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End Credits - September 19, 2018 (The Predator)

21Sep

This week on End Credits, we go on the hunt... for a good movie to watch. Were we successful? Well, you should listen to our review of The Predator and find out. (Spoiler: we didn't like it.) In the first half we talk about actual predator news, what the takeaways from TIFF are, more concerns about buying digital, and saying goodbye to a Superman (maybe?).

This Wednesday, September 19, at 2 pm, Adam A. Donaldson and Peter Salmon will discuss:

Tough TIFF. The Toronto International Film Festival has wrapped up for another year, and everyone wants to know which movie screened there will be the heir apparent to this year's Oscar for Best Picture. Green Book won the coveted People's Choice Award, but Bradley Cooper's A Star is Born, and Alfonso Cuaron's Roma also left the festival with a lot of buzz. We'll talk about that, and the silly flag controversy from First Man.

DC Pee-ew. In some earth-shattering news last week, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Henry Cavill is out of the DC superhero movie series as Superman, the Man of Steel. It's more bad news for a beleaguered franchise that already may be down one Batman with rumours that Ben Affleck has no plans for future appearances as the Dark Knight. What's going on at Warner Bros, and are they losing grip on the movie series they have so much invested in?

They Took My Movies! A Twitter thread once again raise the question: Discs Versus Digital? Many have made the switch to ditch physical media, but the idea that iTunes can take away the movies you *bought* when they lose a license from a content provider has a lot of movie buffs sweating. Consider this though, what are the odds that studio is going to break into your house and take back the discs you bought? The complicated debate continues with this newest hiccup...

Olivia Vs Predator: Requiem. Casting a shadow on this week's big release, was the revelation that Shane Black hired a friend, a convicted sex offender, to play a small role in The Predator, and the only person that seemed to have a problem with that was Olivia Munn, nearly the film's only female cast member. Worse still, it looked like Munn was standing alone in terms of her objection, so how did such a blatant infraction happen in this #MeToo era?

REVIEW: The Predator (2018). Thirty years after Arnold Schwarzenegger walked out of the jungle having beaten the Predator in a primordial showdown, several movies featuring the dreadlocked aliens have come and gone, but none have cracked the code to create a compelling follow-up. Shane Black, who actually had a small role in the original Predator, aimed to change all that, but shrouded in controversy now (see above) can his Predator do what all the others failed to do: build a cool and profitable franchise?

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

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GUELPH POLITICAST #137 - Megan Stacey, London Free Press Reporter

19Sep

Here in Guelph you'll always find someone that will tell you government's all wrong. It's filled with the corrupt and the opportunistic, and no one that cares about the day-to-day issues of concern to citizens. Well, imagine living in an Ontario city where voters turned over 11 of 14 council seats, plus the mayor, and still couldn't get out of actual scandal.

Consider this paragraph from a recent London Free Press article entitled, "Elusive L-word -- leadership -- hangs over London mayoral race":

"Distrust of politicians isn’t exclusive to London, but its recent track record at the top thrust London under a harsh national spotlight and did nothing to inspire voter confidence: Mayor Matt Brown’s affair with council colleague Maureen Cassidy, a fraud conviction for then-mayor Joe Fontana, the criminal charges that dogged the husband of Anne Marie Decicco-Best, who is the city’s longest-serving mayor, and Dianne Haskett’s refusal to issue a gay pride proclamation in 1995."

Yes, that's the political picture in London, Ontario right now. Just a few miles down the road, but a world of difference. In London this year, there are just over 30 people running for the 14 council seats, but there are 14 people running for mayor. In an election year where many cities in Ontario have struggle to put challengers on the ballot, London is a veritable hotbed of civic engagement by comparison. What's driving all these wannabe mayors?

To talk about the very populous mayor's race and other electoral issues in London, the Guelph Politicast reached out to Megan Stacey, who covers the election, and city hall, for the London Free Press. Stacey lends her expertise in Forest City political affairs, including the complex background of nationally covered scandals that brought London voters to thie election.

Aside from all that controversy though, Stacey also talks about the issues in the London's election, and why some of them might sound familiar to some Guelph politicos. Speaking of the Royal City, our vocal electoral reform lobby here should pay attention to her insights into Ranked Choice Voting, as London is the only municipality that took the option for 2018. Stacey will also discuss the challenges of covering a wide-ranging municipal election in a modern daily newspaper office.

So let's talk about London politics on this week's edition of the Guelph Politicast.

You can read Megan Stacey's daily coverage of local politics in London by visiting the London Free Press online 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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Open Sources Guelph - September 13, 2018

17Sep

This week on Open Sources Guelph, we were all ready to hunker down and focus on our first batch of municipal election interviews, but no, Doug Ford had to go and break constitutional norms because he wasn't going to be stopped by some un-elected judge! Or something. Anyway, we'll talk about all this notwithstanding talk, and then we'll get right into the interviews.

This Thursday, September 13 at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

Clauses are Made to be Broken. It seemed like victory for people against the Ford government's sweeping move to halve Toronto City Council, but later Monday afternoon, Premier Doug Ford announced that he was going to go to extraordinary measures to make sure the City of Toronto does things his way. Ford's announcement that he's going to use the notwithstanding clause of the Constitution for the first time in Ontario history shocked Torontonians, politicos, politicians, the legislature, and legal scholars, feeding more the impression that Ford is doing this as a political vendetta. We'll talk about the implications.

2018 Election Round-Robin Part 1.  For this year's municipal election, the Open Sources team is trying to get quick, 10-minute interviews with as many city council candidates as we can. This week, we'll play the first four:

Dan Gibson (Ward 1)

Charlene Downey (Ward 1)

James Gordon (Ward 2)

Dominique O'Rourke (Ward 6)

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

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End Credits - September 12, 2018 (Peppermint)

14Sep

This week on End Credits, we're dressed to kill! We'll, we're actually dressed to watch Jennifer Garner kill, and kill she does in Peppermint, a new vengeance-fueled thrill ride from the guy that made Taken. Speaking of payback, we'll also talk about the return of a supposedly washed up sitcom star, no more popular Oscar, and toxic fandom. We'll also talk about a captain we're all eager to salute!

This Wednesday, September 12, at 2 pm, Adam A. Donaldson and Peter Salmon will discuss:

Owens Boring. The saga of Geoffrey Owens, former star of The Cosby Show, raised a lot of interesting questions about life as a working man and woman. Though he once starred in a popular sitcom, people sought to shame Owens for working at a New Jersey Trader Joes, an American grocery store chain. Instead. the focus became more about the struggles of working actors, the original members of the gig economy. We'll talk about the reaction on all sides.

Captain Jerk. Marvel Studios finally released its first images of Captain Marvel, their 21st film and the first one to be lead by a solo, female superhero played by Brie Larson. It's a big moment, and while talking about the film, the head of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige, said it's taken this long waiting for two reasons: 2004's Catwoman and 2005's Elektra. Is it disingenuous though for Feige to put the blame on two bad movies from over a decade ago?

Blocks Populi. After much controversy, the new Oscar for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Film has been pulled from this year's ceremony. The Academy says that they have to do more consultation before rolling out the new award, but are they just trying to skirt ugly questions raised about the timing? In the same year that Black Panther and Crazy Rich Asians rule the box office, did the Academy make the right call pulling this new award?

Quantifying Gross. The Washington Post sought to prove with numbers that female Star Wars fans are treated far worse online than male fans, and wouldn't you know, it turns out that this is a quantifiable fact! Studying the tweets, women get way more negativity and hate speech, especially when considering the female stars of the sequel trilogy. We'll dive into the cesspool again to see if we can learn any new reason why.

REVIEW: Peppermint (2018). Seventeen years ago, Jennifer Garner was launched to stardom kicking butt on TV's Alias, but now she's mostly know as a credit card spokeswoman. Someone's in need of a little career rehab - with extreme severity. In Peppermint, Garner still kicks butt, but this time with an eye to revenge. She plays a woman trying to avenge her family by eliminating the drug lords that killed them, and the corrupt system that let them get away with it. But don't call her "Lady-Punisher."

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

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Open Sources Guelph - September 6, 2018

10Sep

It's Back to School Week, and that means people are getting back to the normal routine of things. This week's edition of Open Sources Guelph is no exception, so as we head into fall, it seems appropriate to reset the clock a little (so to speak). On today's show we're going to update you on four big issues that have had a lot of moving parts of the last couple of weeks. In the international, we've got the ongoing NAFTA negotiations. In the national, we've still got no Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion. In the provincial, we've got more lawsuits for the PC government. And, in local, we've got a proposed suspension of bylaw enforcement.

This Thursday, September 6 at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

Deal or No Deal. The Friday "deadline" came and went, but there was still no deal in the renegotiation of the North America Free Trade Agreement. Canada is standing firm on preferring no deal to a bad deal, but in a weekend tweet storm, U.S. President Donald Trump expressed exasperation, and a desire to move forward without Canada in a new bilateral trade pact with Mexico. All parties are hoping that cooler heads might prevail with a weekend break in talks, but there's really no sign that the clouds are about to break in what's been an incredibly difficult, and (in the case of Trump) temperamental negotiation. How much trouble is NAFTA really in?

Mo' Lawsuits, Mo' Problems. Tuesday was the first day of school across the province, so what a day for a lawsuit! The Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario launched a lawsuit against the Ontario government over their repeal of the 2015 health curriculum update, specifically the sex education units. This is the third lawsuit to stop the Ford government's actions on this file, actions that are still not especially clear in terms of what exactly teachers are supposed to be teaching when it comes to sex ed. Further, this is just one of several lawsuits across a myriad of files handled in Queen's Park and this government's barely two months old. How long can the Province keep this pace up?

No Pipeline, Big Problems. Well, the good news is that the National Energy Board has approved the Government of Canada's purchase of the Trans Mountain Pipeline. The bad news, depending on where you sit, is that no expansion plans are moving forward because a recent court decision has sided with First Nations who say they weren't properly consulted. So now what? Key cabinet officials had an emergency meeting on the matter earlier this week, but Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is refusing to proceed with Ottawa's carbon tax plans until the situation is resolved. Is there any outcome for Trans Mountain that will please all sides, and how soon can it be achieved?

Don't Drive Over My Driveway! Guelph City Council will hear a notice of motion this Monday that will suspend certain zoning provisions on driveway width from being enforced by bylaw. A rash of, some would say, Draconian enforcement of the bylaw has been occurring all over town, and residents are ready to rebel. Meanwhile, the City is doing a comprehensive bylaw review that might address some of these matters, but staff is unwilling to endorse a driveway free-for-all till its don. This will paint councillors in a tough corner having to decide between citizens and the bureaucracy, and it's an election year no less! How will council decide, and will people like the answer?

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

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End Credits - September 5, 2018 (The Blackcoat’s Daughter)

7Sep

This week on End Credits, we're back to school! Well, actually we never left because we record at CFRU on the University of Guelph campus. It should be more precise to say that school is back with us, and that means it's fall, and that means it's time for a different kind of movie slate. We'll talk about those, and we'll also dig into the streaming world for this week's review, a delightful, so to speak, Canadian horror movie.

This Wednesday, September 5, at 2 pm, Adam A. Donaldson, and Candice Lepage will discuss:

Fall into Serious Movies. Fall is here, even if it doesn't feel like it, but it's that time of year when we say goodbye to the blockbusters, and hello to the serious movies that might likely be award contenders. For the first half of the show, we'll talk about our five picks for movies we're excited about seeing over the next couple of months, and why we're excited to seem them.

REVIEW: The Blackcoat's Daughter (2018). This is a story about demonic possession. Or is it? Maybe this is a story about teenage rebellion? Actually, that doesn't quite fit either. What The Blackcoat's Daughter is about, subtextually, is difficult to say, but what it is though is one of those quietly unnerving small horror movies that reminds you that the biggest jump scares are in your own imagination. Not bad for the son of Anthony Perkins, the man that made you scared to go into the shower...

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

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Open Sources Guelph - August 30, 2018

3Sep

It's the end of summer for us all, but it's no where near the end of controversy here on Open Sources Guelph. As we prepare to dive deeply into the municipal election, we'll take a quick peak at the provincial election next door. Meanwhile, south of the border, it seems like we're reaching a climax on NAFTA renegotiations, all while the President swallows the bitter pill of decency. Speaking of decent, we'll wrap up with discussion about the Catholic Church's latest troubles.

This Thursday, August 30 at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

Tomber dans une élection. As we look to local elections here in Ontario, Quebec voters are heading to the polls October 1 to choose a new provincial government. The incumbent, Liberal Phillppe Couillard, is well thought of in Quebec, and has offered steady leadership through precarious times, but the spectre of the PQ and separation is not as threatening as it was in 2014, and the CAQ under François Legault seems primed for an upset as Legault seems to have a populist appeal that's the trend in today's politics. So which way is this all going to go, and what can Quebec politics now tell us about Canadian politics in the future?

The Newest Deal. Trying to evade the criticism of showing extraordinary disrespect to John McCain (more on that in a minute), U.S. President Donald Trump announced a breakthrough in bilateral negotiations with Mexico on trade, an agreement in principle that now puts the ball in Canada's court. The rush is on to get a deal done in time for the present Congress to approve the new NAFTA, even as Trump himself continues to threaten the end of NAFTA, and to leave Canada out in the cold. Are we in a better position, or a worse position as the NAFTA renegotiation continues?

Death at a Funeral. U.S. Senator John McCain passed away after a year-long battle with brain cancer. Hailed as both a statesman and a maverick, McCain leaves behind a fascinating legacy, and many have been mourning his passing since Saturday. Donald Trump, however, is not one of those mourners. Stubbornly refusing to honour McCain with words, Trump ordered the flag above the White House raised to full mast on Monday, instead of waiting until the senator's internment in Annapolis this Saturday. We'll talk about Trump's pettiness here, and his growing number of tantrums as the Mueller investigation reaches a crossroads.

Walking a Tight Pope. A detailed report about sex abuse by priests and church leaders in Pennsylvania's six archdioceses has torn open old wounds among the faithful. A tour in Ireland was really more of an apology tour for Pope Francis as the misdeeds of the church are still fresh in the minds of many people there, and then that tour concluded with conservative Catholic groups in the States started demanding that the Pope resign for covering up instances of abuse by priests. What is the Catholic Church doing to get ahead of this issue, and what aren't they doing?

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

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End Credits - August 29, 2018 (The Happytime Murders)

31Aug

It always funnier with puppets, right? That statement will be put to the test this week on End Credits as we review a movie with puppets in it. Guess which one?! We will also be talking about some serious issues though. How women reporters are portrayed on film, and the #MeToo effect on film nudity are some serious issues, but the behind the scenes rancor on the next James Bond movie is also kind of serious in its own way. Also, we'll say farewell so some nerds.

This Wednesday, August 29, at 2 pm, Adam A. Donaldson, and Jesse Mellott will discuss:

Flub Reporter. The HBO series Sharp Objects wrapped this past weekend, and left at least one writer of The Atlantic with a bad feeling: another female journalist on film that will do *anything* to get a story. Damn ethics! Damn rules about not sleeping with sources! It always seems like a woman journalist is painted in the worst possible light, so why can't we get a female reporter hero that actually does her job well, and with a minimum of ethical breaches?

Let's Talk About Sex Scenes. The #MeToo movement is nearly a year old, and still the topic of many discussions, but has there been any real effect on the business? Perhaps one test is the treatment of sex scenes in movies and TV series, do actors and actresses have any more authority in terms of deciding how their bodies are used and seen on film? A recent THR article says there have been improvements, but have there been enough?

Double Double, Boyle, and Trouble. It was while recording the show last week when news broke that Danny Boyle had left the production of the 25th James Bond movie over "creative differences." But what are those differences? A couple of different stories have emerged and they paint a picture of the classic clash between studio and filmmaker. So what happens now? Can anyone come in and give Daniel Craig the send-off he deserves?

Nerd Bore? Last week, it was announced that The Big Bang Theory is entering its 12th and final season next month. It's the end of one of TV's most-watched programs, and the end of the longest-running multi-cam sitcom in TV history, but do we care? Has The Big Bang Theory reached the limits of its comedic concept? Did it reach those limits long ago? We'll try and and answer these very unscientific questions.

REVIEW: The Happytime Murders (2018). Puppets that kill? It's not just an obscure Comedy Network show anymore, as Muppets legacy Brian Henson turns his puppeteering skills to something decidedly more R-rated: a bawdy comedy set in the film noir world where puppets live side-by-side with humans. Can Melissa McCarthy overcome anti-puppet bigotry and work with a puppet P.I. to solve a gruesome series of felt-related murders? There's a sentence you thought you'd never read.

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

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GUELPH POLITICAST #136 - Lyndsey Butcher, SHORE Centre

29Aug

If you know what sex education is going to look like when school starts on Tuesday, then you're either the education minister, or one of several teachers that's going to defy the provincial government and teach the 2015 health curriculum update anyway. Can anything good come from all this confusion?

Well, as you'll hear on this week's podcast, the answer, for the people who make sex education their business, is "no". People like Lyndsey Butcher, who's the executive director of Sexual Health Options Resources Education (SHORE) Centre in Kitchener. SHORE runs hundreds of courses for students of all ages every year, so you can imagine their feelings about the mixed messages coming out of Queen's Park on sex ed.

But beyond the politics, or maybe because of them, let's consider the issue of sex education this way: is there some form of sex education that all of us can agree on? That's probably doubtful. So when all else fails, shouldn't we rely on science? And doesn't the science show that a robust and multifaceted sex education curriculum creates happier and healthier young people when it comes to their future adult relationships?

That's the message you'll hear from Butcher on this week's podcast. She talks about the work of SHORE, the challenges that teachers are facing this fall, the politics, the new and growing resistance to all the changes, both organized and unorganized, and she discusses the misinformation about the 2015 curriculum. Specifically, you'll hear Butcher reinforce the role of parents in any effective sex education program.

So let's talk about sex, and sex education, on this week's Guelph Politicast!

For more information about the SHORE Centre, or about any of its services, you can learn about them on their website here. Stay tuned as the story develops on the sex ed debate here in Ontario.

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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