Open Sources Guelph - December 7, 2017

11Dec

There's some big trouble brewing on this week's Open Sources Guelph. No, no one on this show has broken the law, but someone that was once in the Trump administration sure did! How about the Trudeau government, anyone breaking the law there? Maybe not, but that doesn't mean the opposition isn't kicking up some kind of fuss. And finally, no laws were broken during the passing of the city budget this week, but some feelings were probably hurt. 

This Thursday, December 7, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

1) Out Like Flynn. It was big news last Friday as former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn became the fourth person involved with the Presidential campaign, and administration, of Donald Trump to be indicted over the investigation into Russian collusion by Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller. Reaction was swift as protestors gathered to ironically chant "Lock him up!" as Flynn surrendered himself, and Trump frantically tried to spin the situation only to tweet himself deeper into collusion accusations. We'll talk about the latest developments, and maybe a bit about Trump's Mideast "breakthrough" on Wednesday.

2) Poor Morneau. As you may know, Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau is a rich man. In recent weeks, the question has been asked though, has Morneau been open and honest enough about his wealth, and has he been managing that wealth in conjunction with his government job? There's plenty here that looks bad for Morneau, and for the Trudeau government, which ran on a platform of helping the middle class. Here's the tricky part, Morneau has not technically violated any ethical lines, that's not to say that it doesn't look bad, but lawfully, he's in the right. Still, how long can the Liberals circle the wagons 'round Morneau?

3) Less Than Three. The City of Guelph passed its 2018 budget this week, and though it was a tight five-hour final process, that didn't mitigate the controversy, the sniping, or the last minute deal-making. Councillors Phil Allt and Cathy Downer will join us to talk about the process and the results there-in. From the funding of an extra $100,000 for the Guelph Neighbourhood Support Coalition, to the use of money from the Reserve Funds to keep the Dedicated Infrastructure Levy at one per cent, to Councillor Mike Salisbury 'No' vote on a procedural matter, we'll pack as much budget talk as we can into 25 minutes!

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

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End Credits - December 7, 2017

8Dec

It seems like all Hollywood is about these days is franchises, and it seems like this week's End Credits is going to prove it. Well, we'll prove it and then we'll disprove it. In the first half of the show, we'll talk about a cinematic universe that never came to be, an indie film festival everyone in Hollywood attends, and the latest chapter in one of the most successful film series of all time. To counter that, we'll review a wonderful new film that is not based on any previously existing property, but is funny and touching and surprising all at the same time.

This Thursday, December 7, at 10 am, Adam A. Donaldson with Vince Masson and Tim Phillips will discuss:

1) Monsters del Toro? You may remember earlier this year when we reviewed The Mummy, a reboot of the Universal Monster movie that was supposed to launch the Dark Universe. That did not go according to plan. Suppose though that master monster maker Guillermo del Toro had instead signed on to making the Dark Universe, and consider the wonders that such a cinematic craftsman would have created. We know that he regrets turning it down, and it turns out the panel regrets it too. We'll talk about the missed opportunities and why the Dark Universe was a promising endeavour until they pooched it up.

2) Come Sundance with Me. There's still about a month left in 2017, but we're already thinking about next year, and it all begins with the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah at the end of January. Some of this year's biggest, most acclaimed movies started out of Sundance including Get Out, The Big Sick, and Mudbound, so what wonders may the 2018 Sundance provide for movie lovers by this time next year? We'll talk about the hot tickets and the trends we see, and we'll talk about how the biggest indie film festival isn't really all that independent (not that this revelation is a big secret mind you). Plus we'll have some anticipatory awards talk.

3) Infinity Watch. After months of hype, the first trailer for Avengers: Infinity War was released to eager Marvel fans ready for the next phase of the storied superhero franchise. Not only will the release of the third Avengers movie feature just about every character that's appeared so far in the series, but it will also mark the tenth anniversary of the Marvel Cinematic Universe; a decade since Robert Downey Jr. told the world that he was Iron Man! So does the new Avengers trailer deliver big on expectations, or could it be that after a year of superhero movies that shook up the genre that another Avengers might feel too much like going back to the well?

REVIEW: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017). Filmmaker Martin McDonagh returns to the big screen with another collection of oddball characters brought together by tragedy and their own moral failings only to find genuine humanity in each other. This time,  McDonagh takes us to the fictional Ebbing where the grieving and raging Mildred blames the local police chief for not solving her daughter's vicious murder. When Mildred buys three billboards with a message for the chief, it sets into effect a chain of events that reshape the lives of the people of this sleepy town. But can they change their nature? A powerhouse Frances McDormand leads an incredible cast in one of the year's best!

End Credits is on CFRU 93.3 fm and cfru.ca Thursday at 10 am.

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Open Sources Guelph - November 30, 2017

4Dec

It's a local affair on this week's Open Sources Guelph. We will shirk the circus and the clown car south of the border, and the sadder and scarier events worldwide to deal with the process and politics here in Guelph, the province of Ontario, and in the country of Canada. Nation-wide, the Liberal government want us to help them help us get into more housing. Provincially, the official opposition announced it's plan to charm your vote next year, and it may not be completely terrible. Meanwhile, there are big decisions coming up locally, and a member of city council will join us to talk about his thoughts.

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

1) Paint it Brown! About six months in advanced of the provincial election, Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown unveiled the platform for his party, which promised $5 billion for transit, nearly $2 billion for mental health, a 75 per cent rebate for child care, a big tax cut for the middle class, and something called the Trust, Accountability and Integrity Act. Not bad for a PC leader in Ontario as there's no foot in mouth on religious schools or cutting 100,000 government jobs. So where does it all go wrong? How about a new logo that's an unfortunate reminder of a baseball team that no longer exists? Or the promised money for a Scarborough subway that looks less and less likely to come about? We'll look at the details.

2) House Sitters. Meanwhile in Ottawa, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the federal government announced a new national housing strategy designed to help the homeless, create new affordable and community housing opportunities, and assist people with getting into an increasing inaccessible housing market. On top of that, the legislation will make housing a fundamental right, create new benefits for low-income households, and make funding more easily available for vulnerable people like women fleeing domestic violence. Just a few problems though. The great swell of this funding won't come through until 2021, and it will also depend on the provinces to come through with matching funds. So what are we to make of this strategy when reading the fine print?

3) Karl's Remarks. We're getting close to crunch time for the end of the year, and all those last minute decisions that City Hall has to button up before we say goodbye to 2017, and that includes the 2018 budget, of course. The big vote is on Tuesday, so before any final decisions are made, we thought it might be interesting to hear from one of the decision makers. This week, we welcome back to the show Karl Wettstein, a city councillor for Ward 6, to tell us his thoughts going into the final round of voting, what might make of break his yes vote on the tax-supported operating budget, and his great expectations for the new infrastructure development in his own backyard, the South End Recreation Centre. We'll also look at the past year at council, and the (election) year in Guelph to come.

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

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End Credits - November 30, 2017

1Dec

On this week's End Credits, we take a break from our usual format to do something just as conventional: Christmas movies! You know you like to complain about their syrupy sweetness, but you just can't help yourself, you love them anyway, right?! From elderly misers, to LA cops, to sorority sister under threat, to beleaguered bankers, to the greatest story ever told, there's probably going to be something here to suit everyone's taste. So start the chestnuts roasting, grab a glass of eggnog, and sit around the crackling radio for some old-timey, and post-modern, Christmas goodness! 

This Thursday, November 30, at 10 am, Adam A. Donaldson with Candice Lepage and Vince Masson will discuss:

1) Christmas! With the American Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and all the rest out of the way, we thought it might be a fun time to look at the diverse field of holiday movies, and pick a few titles that you might be interested in watching while waiting for Santa. Vince went completely unorthodox with some of his choices, Candice went dark in many places, and Adam hewed a bit more traditionally to the point of this exercise. The result though is stupendous. A wide variety of Christmas selections from the traditional to the loosely thematically affiliated. Make your list and check it twice, and listen to see if we're naughty or nice! In the meantime...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsxBCb03JCo

End Credits is on CFRU 93.3 fm and cfru.ca Thursday at 10 am.

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GUELPH POLITICAST #104 - Brendan Johnson, Guelph Neighbourhood Support Coalition

29Nov

There were 21 speakers on public delegation night for the 2018 Tax-Supported Operating Budget, and over half of them were there to support the Guelph Neighbourhood Support Coalition. That's 11 people, who all showed up to speak with the backing of a room full of supporters, either representing themselves, the coalition, or partner agencies that work with the coalition like the Guelph Police Service, and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health. What kind of organization drives such passion?

Why not ask the source? That's Brendan Johnson, the Executive Director of the GNSC. The basis for his group's appearance at council last week was that they need a top-up of $100,000 in addition to the assistance from the City of Guelph they already get. The risk, said Johnson, is that the coalition may not be able to offer the same level of services without the additional source of secure funding, and the GSNC has enjoyed such success, how could the City refuse?

Johnson makes that point on this week's podcast, but what follows is also a philosophical discussion about why the Guelph Neighbourhood Support Coalition exists, how it facilitates between local leaders and the sometimes chilly bureaucracy of various levels of government, and how the neighbourhood groups he works with are incubators of democracy. The council meeting delegations, he says, are evidence of this, as regular, everyday people in their own backyards take leadership positions to address the unique challenges there. In the end, all politics are local as they say.

So for this edition of the podcast, we talk to Johnson about why and how the coalition does what it does, the results he and others are seeing because of those efforts, and why his group has grown at such a lightning pace in the last couple of years. It's hard to say if anything was resolved, or explained, in this discussion, but I found it a refreshingly almost non-political political discussion.

So let's talk about neighbours helping neighbours being helped by coalitions, and why all of that is awesome on this week's Guelph Politicast.

To learn about the Guelph Neighbourhood Support Coalition you can visit their website here. To learn about the fate of the GNSC's ask for an additional $100,000, the final 2018 Tax-Supported Operating Budget will be voted on during the council meeting on Tuesday December 5 at 2 pm.

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 - November 23, 2017

27Nov

There are no easy answers on this week's Open Sources Guelph. The year 2017 will likely go down as the one where everything changed for women in the workplace, and the allegations keep coming in against more and more powerful men, and we'll talk about the latest on the political side of things. Also, college students are finally back at school, but the real question is what have they lost? We see again that these vaunted pipeline projects also lose, even if they win, and people in Toronto are wondering if they've gained something by getting rid of traffic from a key section of King Street.

This Thursday, November 23, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

1) It's Worse Than You Think. What began with an expose on movie producer Harvey Weinstein and his decades of sexual assault, harassment and general abuse, has turned into what may be the defining issue of our time concerning gender relations. Trickling now into the political realm, we've seen several women speak out against Alabama senate candidate Roy Moore, some of who were underage when he allegedly preyed on them in 1970s. We've seen two women accuse Sen. Al Franken of inappropriate touching now, and earlier this week Charlie Rose was fired from all his gigs after multiple allegations were reported in the media. There's even renewed pressure now on President Donald Trump for the multiple allegations against him. Two old white guys will offer analysis.

2) Back to School. After five weeks, the longest college strike in Ontario came to an unceremonious, and controversial, end when teachers, librarians and other employees of the province's 24 colleges were ordered back to work. Originally aiming for an unanimous vote, the Ontario government had to be satisfied with a party line majority after a weekend debate session, but the result is the same as everyone is now back at work or back in class. The fallout of all this though is likely to persist for a while, as the underlining issues of the overabundance of part-time and contract work remain unresolved, but there's also the issue of the students, and whether their semester can be saved with a truncated schedule. What's next for Ontario's colleges, their students and faculty?

3) Keystone Unlocked. In what was supposed to be the last major hurdle before construction could proceed, Nebraska's Public Service Commission approved the route for the Keystone XL pipeline that was, admittedly, 30 kilometres east of the approved route, but a greenlight is a greenlight, right? Not so fast because the new route can open up the project to new legal challenges, which makes this not so much a done deal as another deal in progress. Meanwhile, already completed portions of Keystone have sprung a leak in South Dakota, which is not exactly going to rally support, no matter how enthusiastic that support is. So will we ever see the Keystone built, or is it damned forever to legal purgatory?

4) The King's Street. The City of Toronto has begun a year-long pilot project to see if prioritizing street cars along a busy section of King Street might yield a better traffic flow. Predictably, this has not come without controversy. From the left, people are arguing that pedestrians and cyclists aren't getting their share of fair treatment on the road, and from the right, it's been said that the pilot, one week in, is "killing" restaurants and small businesses along King. The TTC says that streetcar users are loving the new commute, but mayoral prospect Doug Ford is saying he'll terminate the project in the unlikely event he's elected mayor. We'll talk about the benefits and challenges so far in terms of making transit a priority.

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

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End Credits - November 23, 2017

24Nov

This week, we're shaking things up on End Credits. No, not with the content of our review, of course, as we're reviewing another comic book movie (our fourth since starting this show), but we've done a couple of unusual things this week. First, we have a guest host who's specifically being brought in to use her expertise on the movie of the week, and second, we have an interview with a local musician who's getting ready for a special movie-centric event this weekend.

This Thursday, November 23, at 10 am, Adam A. Donaldson and guest co-host Amy Chop will discuss:

REVIEW: Justice League (2017). In a world this bad, one superhero team isn't enough. As Marvel gets ready for the third Avengers adventure, the DC Universe finally brings together the Justice League in a highly anticipated entry that is either going to make or break the studios' plans for its ongoing superhero series of films. Facing imminent invasion, Batman and Wonder Woman seek out new friends in the form of The Flash, Cyborg, and Aquaman, as the villainous Steppenwolf seeks out three mysterious boxes he can use to bring about the end of the world. Violence ensues, but not so much darkness and grim thanks to a course correction from director Zack Snyder. But is it enough to save a franchise?

INTERVIEW: Chris Cigolea, Guelph Concert Band. It's the most wonderful time of the year, and love it or hate it, it's also a time with a pretty distinctive soundtrack. 'Tis the season for Christmas music, and the Guelph Concert Band is going to perform some songs this weekend from some of your favourite Christmas Movies. As he gets ready for the annual performance, the Guelph Concert Band's artistic director and conductor Chris Cigolea joins us to talk about putting this year's showcase together, how he chose the songs that he did, and some of his favorite Christmas movies. It's a good lead-in for next week's show, which is all about Christmas Movies. "Christmas at the Movies" will be performed at the E.L. Fox Theatre of John F. Ross Secondary School on Sunday November 26 at 3 pm. You can get tickets over at Eventbrite.

End Credits is on CFRU 93.3 fm and cfru.ca Thursday at 10 am.

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GUELPH POLITICAST #103 - Jenny Mitchell, Gone Guelph

22Nov

"Gone Guelph." The very name sounds almost self-defeating. But what began as a kind of memorial to beloved Royal City institutions that are no longer with us, has become a one of a kind collectable that's brought joy to more than a few Guelphites over the last year. Gone Guelph t-shirts are the toast of the town, and Jenny Mitchell is back, just in time for Christmas, with this year's new line-up.

It's often true that simple ideas become wildly popular, but when Jenny Mitchell first had the idea of putting artistic renderings of old store fronts on silk-screened t-shirts she made herself, it didn't exactly take off. A few months later though, in fact about this time last year, people started hearing about her apparel tributes to Macondo Books, the Trasheteria, and others (including her father's own Family Thrift Store), and they began selling like proverbial hot cakes.

One year later, Mitchell is back with an all-new line-up of shirts including the Arena, the Guelph Mercury, Cafe Aquarius, and the Boxed Meat Revolution. She's even got a shirt that's not a gone business, but a gone mural; an ode to the "Vote for Nobody" piece that was once on the side of what's now the Making Box, which was reproduced with the permission of the original anonymous artist. Mitchell, an artist and musician by trade, has made nostalgia haute couture in Guelph.

So for this edition of the podcast, we get into the wayback machine with Mitchell and talk about her inspiration for the shirts and their surprising success. We talk about her artistic process in creating each design, and how Mitchell isn't always necessarily going for photo realism when she interprets old photos onto the t-shirts, and we also talk about the process in choose those images and the sometimes slim pickings in trying to find an image. On top of the mechanics, we also talk about the limits of nostalgia, and maybe if we're remembering the past with rose-coloured glasses. 

So let's get a cup of coffee from Apollo 11, or some fried rice from Sun Sun's, or take a seat at the Carden Street Cafe, and listen to this week's Guelph Politicast. 

You can see all the shirts and order them from the Gone Guelph Facebook page here. There's an early bird special on now if you order before November 25, and, need we say it, they make a great Christmas (or non-denominational December holiday) gift. 

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 - November 16, 2017

19Nov

This week on Open Sources Guelph it's a Canadian affair. We sometimes get so enraptured in the pinball machine south of the border, and the sometimes devastating state of things overseas, that we don't look as closely at our country, but that's why this week's show is different. First, we'll talk about someone's talking, and then we'll talk about the latest in trade talks. And then, we'll have another one of our regular discussions with a member of city council and get an update on how things are going at city hall.

This Thursday, November 16, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

1) Peterson Doesn't Help. Once, University of Toronto psychiatry professor Jordan Peterson was just a guy that didn't want to use gender neutral pronouns, but in today's modern backlash against political correctness, he's become a folk hero. More than that, a rich folk hero. His crowd-funding campaign to make video lectures where Peterson espouses on free speech have been extraordinarily lucrative, but he may have gone too far this time when he announced his intention to expose certain courses at U of T as "indoctrination cults." Should some professors at the U of T be concerned that their academic work is under attack, or has Peterson finally gone too far (or just far enough)?

2) TPP 2.0. Sometimes you have to go it alone, or rather go with the 10 other guys. The United States' withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, as it turns out, wasn't the end of TPP after all, as the proposed partners gathered in Asia to discuss the resurrection of the massive international trade agreement. Trudeau missed one of the major ministerial meetings, which is either an epic blunder or a masterstroke depending on who you ask, but the message was loud and clear as Canada secured a number of concessions on environment and labour issues. Still, this is going to be an uphill climb in order to rally support for TPP 2.0, so how does this deal shape up as compared to the last, and will we regret that Justin Trudeau didn't go "full Trump" on the deal?

3) Radio Piper. This week, we welcome back to the show Ward 5 Councillor Leanne Piper. It's been a while since we've had a guest from council on Open Sources, so there's an awful lot to catch up on. Obviously, there's all the latest developments from the budget to discuss, and there's the pending merger approval of Guelph Hydro and Alectra Utilities to talk about. On top of that, there are still the lingering issues concerning the fallout of all the Homecoming drama, which is centralized in Ward 5 because of the University of Guelph. There's a town hall coming up next Thursday on that very subject, and we'll talk to Piper about what the current score in town versus gown really is.

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

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End Credits - November 16, 2017

16Nov

If you make this much news on End Credits in a week, you must be the Walt Disney Company. There are a lot concerns with Disney this week, they're banning journalists, contemplating corporate takeovers, and creating new trilogies, and in-between, the fallout of Hollywood sex abuse scandals continues as not only is old work banned, but upcoming works now as well. All that, plus a remake of a well-known murder mystery featuring one of the most famous detectives of all time...

This Thursday, November 16, at 10 am, Adam A. Donaldson and Tim Phillips will discuss:

1) Fox Sells Out to Bad Mouse. It was the best of times, and it was the worst of times... That's a line from a book that Disney *can't* buy the rights to (because it's in the public domain), but it still sums up nicely what's been going on at the Walt Disney Company. While picking a fight with the Los Angeles Times over, of all things, coverage about parking at Disneyland, lawyers and execs have been discussing the purchase of the 20th Century Fox film studio with that company's parent 21st Century Fox. Just what we need, more media consolidation. We'll talk about the issues with this now defunct (?) deal beyond what it means for Marvel superheroes.

2) Gone with the Wind. Allegations of sexual assault, sexual harassment, and bullying have pretty much thrown Kevin Spacey off the A-list, and into the sewer. The scandal was threatening to take a lot of upcoming projects with him, like Ridley Scott's new movie All the Money in the World, but Scott and the crew have decided to take an unusual approach: replace Spacey with Christopher Plummer, and re-shoot all of Spacey's scenes with just six weeks to go before the film's release. We'll talk about why Scott can do it, and why it was the right call in order to save the movie.

3) What's Tried and True. In other Disney matters, there was, for once, good directors news concerning Star Wars directors. The Last Jedi's Rian Johnson has signed on the dotted line to develop a new trilogy of Star Wars movies that will be unconnected to anything that's come before in the franchise, an incredible vote of confidence coming a month before the release of the next, great Star Wars movie. But here's a conundrum worth discussing: What would you rather see: a new Johnson Star Wars movie series, or three movies by Johnson in the vein of his excellent films Brick, The Brothers Bloom and Looper?

REVIEW: Murder on the Orient Express (2017). The year is 1934, and a man has been murdered on a train from Istanbul to Paris. If there is a murder, then there is a murderer, and fortunately aboard this train is *possibly* the greatest detective in the world. Kenneth Branagh brings to lavish life this classic Agatha Christie mystery, and stocks his train with a murderer's row of acting talent including Dame Judi Dench, Willem Dafoe, Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Derek Jacobi, Josh Gad, Daisy Ridley, Leslie Odom Jr., Olivia Coleman, and Michelle Pfeiffer. Can the considerable intellect of Hercule Poirot sort the suspects while keeping his mustache game on point?

End Credits is on CFRU 93.3 fm and cfru.ca Thursday at 10 am.

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