Open Sources Guelph - October 13, 2016


We've been saying it for over a year now, and it seems that the rest of the world has finally caught on: Open Sources Guelph is the city's finest political and current affairs discussion show. So what shall we talk about this week? Well Donald Trump has caught on tape this week saying something grossly and demonstrably inappropriate, but this time it seems to have actually harmed him politically.  Then, we'll talk about a controversial issue closer to home, and sticking with that downtown theme, we'll wrap up this week with special guest that makes all things downtown his specialty.

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

Scumbag Billionaire. Surprise, surprise. Donald Trump is a lecherous  pervert. Forget the serial monogamy, the fat shaming of a Miss Universe, or the creepy sexualization of his own daughters, what sealed the deal (so to speak) was an old Access Hollywood tape of Trump telling co-host Billy Bush that, as a star, he could do anything he wants with a woman, even sexually assault her. Not-ideally timed for the second Presidential debate, Trump shirked calls for him to step aside, was dumped from a campaign event in Wisconsin with Speaker Paul Ryan, and saw mass defections from Republicans who had previous endorsed him. So how did he respond? He shared the stage with four of Bill Clinton's accusers in a pre-debate event? So what's next?

"Condom Not Condemn." Those words were vandalized on the under-construction Garden of Grace at the Basilica of Our Lady this past weekend, and they sum up the polarizing opposition to what's been described as a memorial for women that have had miscarriages or chosen to have abortions. Funded by Guelph and Area Right to Life, the garden and monument are on private property and funded by private donors. So what's the problem? How about the fact that the Basilica is both literally and figuratively the city's largest tourist attraction? In much the same way as the Right to Life bus ads, there are arguments to be made on both sides, so we'll talk about the politics of this situation. Should the Basilica have allowed the construction of the garden, and what can Guelph's strong pro-choice community really do about it?

Is Life Great When Your Down-Town? Guelph has a pretty significant degree of pride in its downtown core, and one of the people that ensures its continued resilience is Marty Williams, executive director of the Guelph Downtown Business Association. We'll talk to Williams about various issues downtown right now including redevelopment, parking, the local economy, and population intensification in the core. Like the song says, there's a lot going on when you're downtown: the Wilson Street parkade, the renovation of the Petrie Building, numerous events and street festivals, and the always contentious issue (for some reason) of building a new main library. We'll talk to Williams about all of that, plus we will have your questions as we discuss everything you want about downtown!

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


GUELPH POLITICAST #54 - Memories of Protesting Walmart


It was a battle that unfolded for over a decade! An epic conflagration between small town Davids and corporate Goliaths. The Royal City has left its mark many times on history, and one of the most recent was during a decade long battle between a dedicated group of community activists and the world's largest retail. Having said that, can you believe that its been 10 years since Walmart opened in Guelph, and now we have two of them?

This week's episode of the Guelph Politicast reaches back to the past to relive one of the most divisive chapters of Guelph political history: the battle to keep Walmart out of town. For the better part of a decade, through the 90s and into the early aughts, activists sustained by a petition with thousands of signatures threw up a near impenetrable wall that couldn't be breached by land developers, the Ontario Municipal Board, or Walmart itself. In the end though, a sudden right turn in the alignment of council, and a key player in the protest giving up the battle, allowed Walmart to open its long-awaited north-end store at the site they always coveted: Woodlawn and Woolwich.

That was almost 10 years ago that Walmart store opened at the end of October 2006, just a few short weeks after the development friendly council led by Mayor Kate Quarrie was dished a stunning and complete defeat by the Guelph electorate. By comparison, when Walmart opened a second store at the old Target (or old Zellers depending on how far back you see it), the community reaction was a collective shrug. Have we gotten used to Walmart, or do we not see it as the big bad wolf of consumerism run amok anymore? Maybe that crown has gone to Nestle?

To talk about the past and the present, I gathered three figures who are all too familiar with the activism around the "Not There" campaign, and the protests against Walmart: former city councillor and small business owner Ian Findlay, musician Sam Turton, and community activist Susan Watson.

So let's go shopping... for history and perspective in this week's Guelph Politicast.

If you want to relive all the high tensions and drama of the local fight against Walmart, the Residents for Sustainability website is still up. Guelph's struggle is also chronicled in a couple of documentaries including Walmart: The High Cost of Low Prices, Wal-Town and Walmart Nation.

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.

Stay tuned for future editions of the Guelph Politicast!


Open Sources Guelph - October 6, 2016


On this Thursday before Thanksgiving, Open Sources Guelph is going to stuff you silly with all the latest topical discussion, and what else says "holiday weekend" like a stunning nation-wide debate on a response to an issue global importance that boils the entire situation down to dollars and cents? An argument between various members of the same party accusing one and other who’s more elitist, that’s what! On the flip side, we’ll talk about why no one’s really talking about third party candidates for president in the U.S. and then we’ll discuss why a slim majority of Colombians decided to not give peace a chance this week.

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

1) Carbon Sloppy. Talk about mixed messages. The Trudeau government last week announced that they were giving approval for the LNG pipeline, albeit with a laundry list of conditions that have to be met, and then on Monday they announced such a stringent carbon tax that three provincial environment ministers walked out of the ministerial meeting they were having. Justin Trudeau clearly wants to set a tone for the debate, and that tone is “Do what I say!” but while several politicians threw a fit about Trudeau’s pressure tactics, others are saying that it’s too little too late on the issue of global climate change. A couple of questions persist though: is this plan going to get the public support it needs, and why is the typically affable Justin Trudeau playing the tough guy on such a key issue.

2) Elite Squawk. Andrew Scheer became the latest member of the Conservative leadership race last week, announcing his candidacy from the National Press Gallery. Like an elitist! At least that’s how Kellie Leitch campaign manager Nick Kouvalis framed it in an email to Leitch supporters. You see, Scheer is an elitist because not only did he use the Gallery as intended, but he’s also been vocally critical of Leitch’s near universally-panned idea to have a Canadian values test for new immigrants. But in having one Conservative leadership campaign call another elitist, might we be starting to see the shades of Trump-style populism in the Great White North?

3) The Third Man (and Woman). Republican Donald Trump has created so much havoc in this campaign it’s hard enough for Hillary Clinton to get a word in edgewise, let alone any of the other people running for president. So this week we’ll focus on the two major third party candidates, how are they faring in this weirdo campaign year? On the one hand, you have Libertarian Gary Johnson, who’s got a lot of momentum, but occasionally displays a frightening level of ignorance on foreign affairs. Meanwhile, Jill Stein of the Green Party might be able to appeal to those looking for a sensible alternative if she herself were sensible enough to not spout anti-vaxxer nonsense and conspiracy theories. So what’s someone looking for a third party option to do?

4) (Almost) Peace in Our Time. Those Colombians. If a few more of them had gone the other way this week, we would be officially living in a hemisphere free of war. The Colombians voted against peace deal that would have ended the 52-year war between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia by a razor thin margin, but not all hope is lost. Looking at the bigger picture, 5 out of 6 people around the world live in peace, and while there are dangers from terrorism, gang violence and other things, the majority of the world knows what it’s like to live free of armed conflict. We’ll look at the Colombian situation, and talk about whether we might ever see a peaceful world.

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


GUELPH POLITICAST #53 - Friends of the Guelph Public Library


Ten years ago, council was talking about building a new main public library, and 10 years later... they're still talking about it. But back in the heady, care-free days of the aughts, the goal seemed a lot closer, and a group of citizens thought they'd put their money where their mouth is by showing council what an appetite there was for a new, modern, state-of-the-art library and cultural centre. One decade, and a half a million dollars later, those people - and many, many more - still come out every year to show their love of books.

This week on the Guelph Politicast, taking a break from organizing the biggest darn annual used book sale in the city, are Friends of the Guelph Public Library Virginia Gillham, Carole Stewart, Carol Hermann. They are three of the many people that have made the annual book sale such a huge affair on the fall calendar and in the process they've all helped raise over $430,000 for a new main public library in downtown Guelph. Eventually.

The podcast with these three ladies covers many different facets of the annual sale, as well as the politics and progress of getting that new main library built. We talk about the challenges in putting the sale together year after year, the appeal of books in this modern age, the continued growth of the fundraiser, and whether or not the fans of the book sale will let it end even after the goal of building a new library is achieved.

This is part three of three of the unofficial Politicast literary series after past podcasts with the Eden Mills Writers Festival and Vocamus Press. So shall we talk about selling books now? Let's get into the Politicast.

Friends of the Guelph Public Library are still looking for friends to come out come out and volunteer for the sale, click here if you feel so inclined. The sale itself takes place on Friday October 21 through Sunday October 23 at the old Woods site at 69 Huron St.

For all other updates about the sale, check out the FGPL webpage, or their social media feeds on Facebook and Twitter.

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.

Stay tuned for future editions of the Guelph Politicast!


Open Sources Guelph - September 29, 2016


This past Monday night, two big political events vied for the time of local politicos, and this week on Open Sources Guelph, we’ll talk about them both. In one corner, there’s the epic premiere debate event of the season: Donald “The Best” Trump versus “Crooked” Hillary Clinton! In the other corner was the showdown at City Hall, 13 city councillors against hundreds of eager environmentalists. Only one of these was kind of solved by the end of Monday night, and we’ll talk about which one and where it goes from here. Also on the show this week, a special guest in the former of Guelph’s business ambassador.

This Thursday, September 29, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

1) The Pit and the Podium. After months of announcements and insults - some veiled, some not-so-veiled - Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were finally face-to-face for the first time (as presidential candidates) in debate number one of three for this election season. The good news is that it was the most watched presidential debate in TV history, but the bad news is that it more or less went the way everyone thought it was going to. Trump tried to put on his best presidential, but it seemed to fall apart somewhere after the first 30 minutes. Clinton, meanwhile, tried her best not to look too smug and satisfied with her clear mastery over policy and current affairs. Did we learn anything new from this showdown, and is it likely to sway any of those vaunted undecideds?

2) Waterworld. A massive crowd turned out to support Ward 2 Councillor James Gordon and his motion to send a message to the province that the groundwater in Guelph and area is not for sale… Anymore. The message inside the council chambers Monday was encouraging, but the message at other levels has been mixed. After Nestle seemingly bought a well out from under the municipality of Centre Wellington, Premier Kathleen Wynne finally commented on the issue saying that it might be time for Ontario to rethink how much we sell our water for. With growing concerns over drought and the growing commodification of water by companies like Nestle, is the mere acknowledgement of the problem enough anymore? Is Wynne’s admission a sign she understands the problem or understands politics?

3) Converse on Commerce. When it comes to supporting, networking, and growing the local economy on behalf of Guelph businesses, the Chamber of Commerce has a very important function, and if we’re to believe the stats, then business is presently very good in Guelph. On Open Sources this week to talk about all things business with Kithio Mwanzia, President and CEO of the Guelph Chamber of Commerce. Mwanzia is a recent Guelph transplant from the Niagara Region, and he came in to the Guelph Chamber to fill the very big shoes of now-current MP Lloyd Longfield. Having done the job for almost two years now, we’ll ask Mwanzia the important question concerning Guelph's economy: How’s business? We’ll also talk to Mwanzia about Guelph’s low unemployment, the effect it has on people looking to fill positions, the question of attracting new industry to the Royal City, and we’ll ask him to weigh in on the coming budget discussion. Plus, we’ll have your questions too.

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


GUELPH POLITICAST #52 - Jeremy Luke Hill, Vocamus Press


Once, there was an idea that the proliferation of computers and the internet would mean the end of the printed word. The prophecy is slowly coming true for newspapers and magazines, but it seems as though books have a resistance to the printing press killing powers of digital that those other things do not. In fact, like in other things, digital has made making books easier. Ask Jeremy Luke Hill.

Hill is the man behind Vocamus Press, a small local publishing house that started with a man just wanting to put together a story book for his child and make it look professional. Vocamus, emphasis on the "A" if you want to pronounce it the proper Latin way, is an intensely local publisher publishing the works of local writers. More than that though, Vocamus is about professional development. Through its Friends of Vocamus Press arm, Hill helps direct local writers to where they need to be, from personal projects to award-nominated novels.

On the eve (ish) of the third annual Book Bash, a now yearly celebration of local authors and their works, I sat down with Hill to talk about how Vocamus came to be, talk in detail about what Vocamus does for local authors, and his dreams about building a downtown Mecca for Guelph's writers, and their appreciators. This will be the second of a trilogy of book-related podcasts following the podcast earlier this month with Susan Radcliffe, the artistic director of the Eden Mills Writers Festival.

So drop that book, and pick up those ears so that we can do some learnin' about books on this week's Guelph Politicast.

You can learn more about Vocamus through their website, their Facebook page and their Twitter feed. They also send out a monthly newsletter with upcoming events and new releases, and you can subscribe it on the Vocamus website for that too.

Also, keep in mind that Book Bash will take place at Red Papaya on Sunday October 16 from 1 to 4 pm. For details on the authors appearing, click 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.

Stay tuned for future editions of the Guelph Politicast!


Open Sources Guelph - September 22, 2016


We tried our best to make this week’s edition of Open Sources Guelph an all-Canadian affair, and there’s so much to talk about this week in terms of Canadian politics as well, but as last week proved, the best laid plans....  Parliament was back in session and there are about four or five number one priorities before the Trudeau government right off the bat, but it's doubtful that one of those priorities wasn’t torture, however a lawsuit on that issue is proceeding just the same. Also proceeding are protests south of the border against an oil pipeline in North Dakota, which is another whole legal mess brewing. And finally, we’ll talk about civility, or a lack thereof, from our elected politicians.

This Thursday, September 22, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

1) Return of the Fed-i. It was back to work for the House of Commons this week as Members of Parliament returned to Ottawa after a summer of engagement and barbeques with constituents. There’s a whole lot of work in front of the federal government this fall including a sputtering economy, a new carbon tax, electoral reform, and ongoing issues with resettling refugees and proposed new tours for Canadian peacekeepers. Despite their own internal dysfunctions, the opposition parties were ready to pounce, and with Justin Trudeau and Co. coming up on one year in power, the criticism’s only going to get louder. (More on that later.) We’ll talk about how the first week of school went for our elected officials.

2) Torture Scorn. $100 million can buy a lot of things, but it won’t likely buy forgiveness from Abdullah Almalki, Ahmad Elmaati and Muayyed Nureddin for being tortured by Canadian security agencies in Syria to the point of confessing to ridiculous charges like being Osama bin Laden's "left-hand man” or plotting to blow up Parliament Hill. A lot attention’s raised lately about how provisions of Bill C-51 are still in place, but an order issued by former public safety minister Vic Toews in 2009 allowing law enforcement agencies to act on intelligence gathered from torturing suspects is still in effect. Is it time for Canada to turn over the rock and look at our own torture ugliness underneath?

3) Take This Pipe and Smoke It. While there are pipeline issues up here in Canada, First Nations people in North Dakota are in the midst of their own fierce anti-pipeline protest. The Energy Transfer Partners' Dakota Access oil pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in Cannon Ball, N.D. has been challenged by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe who argue that the $3.8 billion project poses a threat to local water supplies and endangers sites that are sacred to the community, and while federal agencies have stepped in to put a pause on construction, the protest is far from over. Can the demands of the pipeline be reconciled with the concerns of the Sioux, and are we looking into a dark mirror for our own pipeline future?

4) Back to the Sewer? Yes, Parliament is back this week, but what about the behaviour of Parliamentarians, did their summer off let them get it out of their system, or are they going to be as bad as they want to be? In a CBC article, Eric Grenier looked at House Speaker Geoff Regan’s attempt to keep servility in play in the House, not an easy task given "Shovegate" in the spring, but Grenier discovered something interesting: 100 per cent of the MPs reprimanded by Regan were men, and 32 per cent of the MPs being heckled were women. Heckling is a tradition in the House, but is it getting over the top, and maybe, a little sexist?

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


GUELPH POLITICAST #51 - Fred Dahms, Author of ‘Conflict and Compromise’


Political books are nothing new, but a book about Guelph politics? That has the Guelph Polticast written all over it! Conflict and Compromise: Politics and Planning in Guelph 2000-2015 is the new book from Dr. Fred Dahms, and if you're looking for a good primer on how the City got from there to here on a wide variety of different issues, then you can't do much better.

Dahms is someone that knows planning. He is Professor Emeritus, founding member and former Chair of the Department of Geography at the University of Guelph and former Acting Dean of the College of Social Science. He was also a member for 11 years and Chair of Gueph's Planning Advisory Committee, which is now defunct. But the pages of his new book covers the time after he was so heavily involved in city planning, and a highly contentious time at that.

The synopsis of the book:

Between 2000 and 2016, Guelph has grown by about 20,000 people. During that period, many decisions have been made by city staff and council on how to guide growth in the city. A lovely aspect of democracy is being able to elect councillors whom you believe represent your idea of the ideal future. Not surprisingly, there has been a lot of debate about what the ideal future looks like.

In conversation with Dahms we talked about his background, how he decided what topics to deal with in the book, his professional insight into the various debates that have happened at council about planning over the last 16 years, the two Guelphs debate, and why he's sometimes skeptical that council can govern in the City's best interest (and he sometimes isn't).

So let's head to Dr. Dahms front porch and talk about the recent past on this week's Politicast.

Dahms will be launching Conflict and Compromise on September 27th at 7 pm at the Bookshelf eBar in conversation with former city councillor Ian Findlay, former Mayor Karen Farbridge, and urban planning Phd candidate Audrey Jamal. You can buy the book right now at the Bookshelf or from Amazon.

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.

Stay tuned for future editions of the Guelph Politicast!


Open Sources Guelph - September 15, 2016


This week on Open Sources Guelph, we are finally going to get the media and political class back for all the awful lies they've spread about us. Oh wait, sorry, that's Doug Ford's script. Here on the show, we do the good work of trying to bring fair, well-researched and humorous political punditry to your radio airwaves, and this week is no exception. From the leadership race no one wants to lead, to the leadership at Queen's Park that can't decide where to lead next. From great expectations about Guelph's budget to dwindling expectations about the presidential race south of the border, we're going to do our best to bring you the truth... folks.

This Thursday, September 15, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

1) MacKay of the Dead. He was the last great hope for a renewed Conservative Party post-Stephen Harper, but former Justice Minister Peter MacKay said "thanks, but not thanks" to the job he was so obviously next in line for because he needs to spend more time with his family. That would be fine, but MacKay is the frontrunner even though he was never officially part of the race, and right behind him is Kellie Leitch, who, you might have heard, has been having some troubles lately. That leaves Andrew Sheer, who stepped down as Conservative House Leader this week, as the biggest brand name member of the blue team to step up, but is that enough to deflate Trudeaumania 2.0?

2) Game of Throne Speech. The Liberal government in Ontario under Premier Kathleen Wynne tried a resest this week by having a Speech from the Throne. With concerns over government spending, a recent by-election loss, and ongoing mismanagement of hydro and pricing all top of mind, Wynne was hoping to wipe the slate clean by announcing new childcare spaces and rate relief on electricity bills. Where is all this money going to come from? Who can say? Not even the premier herself. So it begs the question: is this the Liberals' attempt to put lipstick on the proverbial pig with less than two-years left to their mandate?

3) The Crunch Before the Crunch. Although the budget process doesn't really hit the ground running till next month, it hasn't stopped all sides in the debate from martially their talking points. Mayor Cam Guthrie has come out to say that this is going to be the toughest budget to come before council in a long while, but councillors are all eager to get their pencils sharpened as staff promises new tools to make sure the citizenry is better informed and better engaged than ever before. But are we ready for budget season? Are we well prepared? Is there too much politics in such an important process with not enough wiggle room?

4) Health Class. On Friday night, Hillary Clinton had the audacity to say that half the people who supported Donald Trump were amongst the racist, xenophobic, homophobic, anti-everything-not-white-male-and-straight caucus, or as she called them, a "Basket of Deplorables." By Sunday it was a different story though, as a bout of pneumonia caused the former Secretary of State to nearly collapse at a 9/11 memorial event. With conspiracy theories about her health already prevalent, the last thing Clinton needed was to have to take a sick day. Trump meanwhile, the most politically incorrect candidate since there was a term for it, is demanding an apology for the basket crack even while his supporters embrace the term. We'll have the latest from the U.S. campaign.

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


Open Sources Guelph - September 8, 2016


We're back! It's back to business as usual this week on Open Sources Guelph as the team re-unites to tackle the latest issues of the day. We'll kick off with the circus south of the border, which promises get even more circus-y now in the final two-month stretch of the campaign. Up here in Canada meanwhile, the Ontario PCs have won a beachhead, but can they use it to build a coalition for 2018, and at what cost? Another Conservative, one trying to win federal party leadership, has encountered trouble of her own making, and a beloved Canadian moose news anchor announces the date of his final broadcast.

This Thursday, September 8, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

1) Cough Drop? They say that after Labour Day, the campaign really begins, but what does that look like in the Trump era? Well, it apparently begins with a post-long weekend bump in the polls for the GOP nominee, who is now statistically running neck and neck with Secretary Hillary Clinton even though he can't articulate a coherent immigration policy, his signature issue. Clinton, meanwhile, had a bit of a cough Monday, a fact unlikely to dissuade conspiracy nuts who think she's hiding health issues. The polls seem to be panning out that the email issue is hitting Clinton hard, even though the smoke has yet to yield fire. We'll try and make sense of this campaign week that wa... But wait, the luggage!

2) St. Patrick's Day. The Progressive Conservatives did what was once thought impossible, they won the riding of Scarborough-Rouge River last week in a provincial by-election that marks the first time since the riding's creation in 1999 that it didn't go Liberal red. But to what to we owe this breakthrough? Is it ennui with Liberal governance? Did the incumbents get caught with their pants down not putting more effort into campaign in the dog days of summer? Certainly there are many in the PC Party who are hoping that it wasn't a letter from leader Patrick Brown that promised to repeal the new sex-ed curriculum. That's the sort of dead weight social that could cost someone the premiership. We'll look at the angles.

3) Kellie Disservice. The Federal Conservative leadership race took a hit to its own attempt at Sunnier Ways last week when the campaign of Ontario MP Kellie Leitch sent out a survey that asked the question if there should be some kind of "Canadian Values" test for new immigrants. Coming from the woman that's still trying to live down what could easily be the worst campaign idea of modern political times, the Barbaric Cultural Practices phone line, Leitch should have known better since she was there when they announced the BCP line and got politically hung for it. With every Conservative basically throwing her under the bus for the questionnaire, is Leitch's leadership ambition over? And have the Conservatives turned a corner in terms of indulging its nativist leanings?

4) Petered Out. In a surprise announcement, Peter Mansbridge told Canada that he would be stepping down as host of The National come next summer. Many of us have noted that Mansbridge has been mostly checked out for some time anyway with Fridays and summers off the last couple of years, but to hear that he's hanging up his anchor hat after over 25 years as lead anchor for CBC is still a kick to the nostalgia bone. We'll look back on Mansbridge's career, his nearly $1 million per year price tag, and whether celebrity anchors matter in modern news gathering as we kick off the one year countdown to a "Canada Without Mansbridge" (trademark pending).

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


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