End Credits - June 20, 2018 (Incredibles 2)

22Jun

Things are going to be incredible on this week's edition of End Credits. As you can probably infer from that set up, we're going to be reviewing a certain record-breaking animated movie sequel this week, while dealing with news topics both serious and whimsical. We'll have some new #MeToo allegations, new trailers to discuss, some business news, and we'll talk briefly about the expansive work of a very experienced actor.

This Wednesday, June 20, at 2 pm, Adam A. Donaldson and Candice Lepage will discuss:

The Heardist. In the #MeToo movement, there are a lot of different sectors hit with repeated allegations, but the nerd movie news business has been a particular highlight. It was so again last week when the ex-girlfriend of Nerdist founder Chris Hardwick, Chloe Dykstra, posted a letter online making some serious allegations about a thinly-veiled Hardwick. The He-said/She-said is another test of the social movement; many of Hardwick's fans have come to his defense, but how can you ignore Dykstra's allegations?

Big Meets Bigger. It was a big week for news in the realm of the business end of “show business”. A federal judge in the U.S. approved the merger of AT&T and Time Warner, but his decision demonstrates that he really doesn’t understand what the modern media landscape looks like. In others news, Comcast made a play to take 21st Century Fox out from under Disney, which would mean trading one mega entertainment conglomerate for another. But in this discussion, are we missing the real danger of these mergers?

Big Ears, Bad Nuns, and the Grinch. It was another big week for trailers (though not as big as last week). The three contenders this time includes two family movies, and the latest entry in a terribly scary franchise. We'll take a look at the previews for Tim Burton's surprisingly friendly looking remake of Dumbo, the newest animated Grinch from the people behind Despicable Me, and The Conjuring's next spin-off effort, The Nun. Which ones look cool, and which ones are very likely going to suck?

 Jackson on Jackson. The Undefeated website asked Samuel L. Jackson to chose his Top 20 movie roles. Not an easy chore for Jackson who presently has 178 acting credits on IMDb, but he did it anyway, and he made some very interesting choices indeed. A lot of the ones you expected are there from Mace Windu, to Mr. Glass, to Nick Fury, but there were also a lot of left field choices, like a quiet little Canadian film about a certain coloured musical instrument. So was Jackson right about himself and his work?

REVIEW: The Incredibles 2 (2018). The Parr family returns after 14 years in the latest Pixar film. Though superheroes are still illegal in this world, one high-minded industrialist is aiming to change that by sponsoring Elasta-girl to charm the public with heroism. Meanwhile, Mr. Incredible has to deal with domestic duties and the idea that stopping a runaway train is a lot easier than learning the “new” math. Sounds like fun, right? Well it won’t be so long as the evil Screenslaver has his say!

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

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GUELPH POLITICAST #130 - Reviewing the Service Review

20Jun

Is our waste collection and processing the best it can possibly be? That was the simple question at the heart of the Service Review of the City of Guelph's Solid Waste Department. Solid Waste was the first of three pilot Service Review projects approved by city council, an immense months long project that yielded 11 recommendations.This is the rest of the story.

This week, the podcast journeys back to city hall to talk to Peter Busatto, the General Manager of Environmental Services, and Katherine Grey the Program Manager of Business Process Management. If there are two people to talk to about the Solid Waste Service Review, it's them; Solid Waste falls under Busatto's supervision, and Grey's team helped create and lead the review process.

It turned out to be a complicated process indeed. Though five out of six of the review areas showed that Guelph delivered on par, or bette,r when compared to the waste collection in other municipalities, there was one scratching nag, and it was the Material Recovery Facility, or the MRF. In March, there were layoffs, but it was not the worst case scenario a lot of workers were worried about. That worst cast was the dreaded 'P' word, "privatization."

So how did we get from the approval of the pilot project to the first completed service review? How did we get from serious concerns about contracting out garbage collection to the the conciliatory tone of the final report at council? How will what staff learned reviewing Solid Waste be used in the future appraisals of all City Services, including, presently, Guelph Transit? And what did all of us learn through this process about one of the most vital of vital City services?

So let's review the review with the people that reviewed it on this week's Guelph Politicast!

You can recap the work of the Solid Waste Service Review here, and that includes the list of all 11 of the review's recommendations, which will be revisited in expansion package items for council's consideration during the 2019 budget process.

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 - June 14, 2018

18Jun

It's back to normal this week on Open Sources Guelph! While the election (one election) is over and done with, there's still a lot to dissect after Thursday's vote, and we will dissect all those details on multiple levels be they local, regional and provincial. And since the election has forced us to take a break from U.S. stuff for a while, we'll check back in with our orange friend south of the border, who has now started mixing it up with Justin Trudeau, and just before he tried to see if he can make a new friend in North Korea.

This Thursday, June 14, at 8 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

Us Vs Election Night. Yes, history was made on Election Night! Although the vote played out more or less as expected, the cold, hard numbers in the broad daylight took a lot of people by surprise. With 76 seats, the Progressive Conservatives are indisputably the majority government for Ontario for the next four years, but with no party platform to speak of, and a first time provincial politician at the helm, no one knows what the future is going to look like. We'll look at how it all played out on Election Night, and what the election of a Doug Ford government says about the immediate future of Ontario, and maybe the country.

Ford Vs the Future. So Doug Ford is the Premier of Ontario. Though his one notable contribution as a city councillor in Toronto was a water front plan so laughable it was never heard from again after the day it was announced, Ford is now the leader of Canada's biggest province. Forget the comparisons to Donald Trump, of which there are many, what we really need to ask ourselves is "What is Ford going to do for Ontario?" More importantly than that, what's going to be done with a PC caucus with so many members embroiled in court cases? Or a PC caucus that was largely supported by a growing chorus of white supremacists?

Trump Vs Trudeau. All in the sudden, U.S. President Donald Trump found the enemy, and it was Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Just as the G7 summit was about to get underway in Quebec, Trump had one of his characteristic changes of heart, and slapped steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada and the EU, which represents almost all of the G7. He then said that he doesn't understand why Russia can't be allowed back into the G7, which doesn't look suspicious at all when you're White House is being investigated for collusion. We'll look at the Trump/Trudeau feud and why, in Canada anyway, Trudeau is winning.

Trump Vs Kim. It took many years months weeks to get here, but U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean President Kim Jong-un finally came face-to-face in Singapore this week in a summit that was established quickly, cancelled suddenly, re-started somehow, and in which no one expected anything from. Trump said that he wasn't preparing much for the summit, and when he got there he said "I know we'll have tremendous success together and we'll solve a big problem." But will they? On the one hand, the new diplomatic relationship between the nations is good, but does Trump have the resolve to make something of it?

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

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End Credits - June 13, 2018 (Ocean’s 8)

15Jun

Girls just wanna have fun and steal things this week on End Credits! For the one millionth time, women have proven to be a force to be reckoned with at the box office thanks to Ocean's 8, which we'll be reviewing this week along with some chat about news items. For instance, another young actress has fallen victim to online harassment, while a potential TV revival got nipped in the bud, and a whole lot of highly anticipated trailers were released.

This Wednesday, June 13, at 2 pm, Adam A. Donaldson and Jesse Mellott will discuss:

Kelly's a Hero. Star Wars: The Last Jedi actress Kelly Marie Tran joined a growing list of celebrities that have ditched social media due to inexplicable harassment. Tran was attacked on the basis of her sex, her race, and her body size in what's become a textbook example of toxic masculinity online, but what on Earth is driving this harassment? Why is it a rule for a minority of fans that there's no girls allowed in Star Wars? We'll try to explain as best we can, and we'll look at why this phenomena may not apply to our review of the week.

Not There for You Anymore. Friends co-creator David Crane drew a read line on one TV show revival last week when he said there was no way, no how, that Monica, Rachel, Phoebe, Joey, Chandler, and Ross would ever get together again. In the current TV climate, everything old is new again, and not just remakes, but revival series like Roseanne, Gilmore Girls, The X-Files, and Arrested Development, but Friends? That's a big "no"! So why are we not due for a return visit to Central Perk, and are things going a little too far with these revivals?

Everything is Awesome! It was a big week for trailers this last week, and we'll talk about five of them. First Lisbeth Salander returns (as Claire Foy), but while David Fincher does not, his aesthetic certainly does in The Girl in the Spider's Web. Then we'll grade Bradley Cooper's singing voice and Lady Gaga's acting in the trailer for A Star is Born, Bumblebee's solo round with Hailee Steinfeld in the Transformers spin-off, and the return of Michael Myers and Jamie Lee Curtis in Halloween. And finally, we'll see if everything's still awesome with LEGO Movie 2: The Second Piece.

REVIEW: Ocean's 8 (2018). A criminal named Ocean just got out of prison, and they've got a heist in mind that will be both highly lucrative, and deliver personal revenge for out protagonist, who puts together a big crew of intersecting skills to pull off the ultimate con. But enough about Ocean's 11! Yes, the Sandra Bullock vehicle hews a little too close to the playbook laid out in Steven Soderbergh's original remake of the Rat Pack classic, but the all-female heist movie stands out in so many different and enjoyable ways. You're going to willingly give up your wallet for these crooks.

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

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GUELPH POLITICAST #129 - Xicotencatl Lopez

13Jun

In as much as the murders of Colten Bushie and Tina Fontaine were shocking, it was somehow even more shocking when those murders went unavenged as both perpetrators were found not-guilty of second degree murder. It's enough to make you wonder why more Indigenous youth aren't angrier and more active. Well, this is a podcast about one who is.

You've probably heard of Xicotencatl Lopez. He organized two rallies back in February, one to protest the acquittal of the man that killed Bushie, and one a week later after the acquittal of the man who killed Fontaine. That's a lot to take in a one week period, and a stark reminder that our young Indigenous people are especially vulnerable.

It's also important to keep in mind that according to Statistics Canada, the Indigenous population in Canada does skewer younger. "In 2011, the median age of the Aboriginal population was 28 years, 13 years younger than the median of 41 years for the non-Aboriginal population." It seems clear that when considering the future of First Nations people in Canada, and the realization of Truth and Reconciliation, that young people should be an important voice and provide some leadership.

Enter Xico Lopez, who's not even old enough to vote yet. Lopez is a student at John F. Ross High School, and has made a part time job out of rallying and organizing. Lopez was inspired to organize and speak after the trial of Bushie's killer and found that he had something of a knack for rallying. Since then he spoke at April's Slut Walk and did some campaigning for Communist Party candidate Juanita Burnett. Remember, it's still a couple of years till he can cast a ballot.

However, Lopez *is* old enough to appear on a podcast about politics, and on this week's podcast he talks about how he got politically involved, what he thinks about the current state of nation-to-nation affairs, and how he's actually optimistic about the future. We also talk about where he's going with his protesting career, and how even when it comes to the politically active teen sometimes parents just don't understand.

So let's talk about the youth of Canada's First Nations on this week's Guelph Politicast!

Remember, June is Indigenous History Month, and that the City of Guelph will be holding its annual First Nations, Inuit and Métis Community Celebration on Thursday June 21, at 5:30 pm in Market Square.

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 - June 7, 2018 (Election Night)

11Jun

All the excitement, and policy discussions, and campaigning, and ad hominem attacks, and debate avoidance, and exhaustion, comes down to this. Forgoing our usually Thursday afternoon show, Open Sources Guelph is going live to air Thursday night for all the election results! From CFRU election headquarters, where our magic wall is using dry erase markers on an actual wall, we are ready to bring you all action from the epic conclusion of the 2018 provincial campaign!

This Thursday, June 7, at 8 pm, Scotty Hertz, Adam A. Donaldson and the Election Night news team will discuss:

Ontario Election: Infinity War. Why “Infinity War”? Well, we’ve gone through a lot of storylines to get here, there’s a cast of thousands, and the outcome is very much in the air and will likely be subject to endless debate afterwards! When the polls close, the CFRU election team will keep you up-to-date on what’s happening in  all the major races, and especially what’s happening in the Guelph race, where there’s a very good chance that history will be made. We know Kathleen Wynne is out of the running, and she even admitted it, but are we going to be saying Premier-Election Horwath or Premier-Elect Ford on next Thursday’s show? We’ll stay up with you until we know for sure…

***Programming Note: Open Sources Guelph will return to its regularly scheduled time next week.

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

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End Credits - June 6, 2018 (One Year Anniversary)

8Jun

This is a big week for End Credits because it means we're marking our first big year on the air! And what better way to celebrate then to play a clip show! Okay, so that's maybe not the best way to celebrate, but with the End Credits team spread throughout the galaxy on various missions, and unable to get to a movie theatre, let alone the studio booth, a clip show is what you're going to get!

This Wednesday, June 6, at 2 pm, Adam A. Donaldson, Tim Phillips, Candice Lepage, Vince Masson, and Peter Salmon will discuss:

One Year Later. This week, the End Credits team is taking some time off to mark our first year of the show's broadcast. We’ve reviewed a lot of different movies over these last 12 months. We’ve seen some great stuff, some okay stuff, and yes, even a couple of stinkers. So to celebrate one year, we’re flashing back to some of our favourite reviews so far, but be warned, that does not necessarily mean reviews of the best movies. From sexy spies, to orc cops, to movie disasters, and the best of Canadiana, it's been some year at the movies with the End Credits gang!

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

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GUELPH POLITICAST #128 - Guelph Wellington Oral Health Action Committee

6Jun

The saying goes, "let a smile be your umbrella," but there are a whole lot of people out there for whom their smile is a source of grief, and not a source of relief. Before we go into Election Day, let's hear from some people talking about one of the election issues that has not gotten a lot of press, but is nonetheless factored into every major party platform in someway: dental care.

Did you know that poor oral health is associated with heart disease, diabetes, premature delivery, low birth weights, and negative social impacts like how a person feels about themselves, or how they relate to others? It's a pretty big deal in other words, having a healthy mouth, but only two-thirds of the people covered under the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health umbrella, and one-third of seniors, have some form of dental insurance.

For the rest, seeing a dentist is a luxury they can't afford, and that creates whole wide world of other problems. The worst of the worst eventually find their way to the emergency room, where there are no dentists, and all they can do is treat the pain, which doesn't do much if the problem is a broken tooth, or an abscess, or the need for a root canal. In much the same way that mental health patients have put added pressure on hospitals that can't do much for them, so have, to a lesser extent, oral health patients. The problem is the same though: limited resources and options for people that need specialized medical care.

But don't let the numbers alone persuade you. This week on the podcast we're joined by Dana Nuttley, who's going to lay out his first hand experience living with oral health problems and the government red tape he's had to unravel to get help. We're also joined by Peggy Nickels, health promoter at Guelph Community Health Centre and chair of the Guelph Wellington Oral Health Action Committee, who will explain the advocacy piece of this and why oral health should definitely be a consideration as people go to the polls.

So let's talk about putting our money, literally, where our mouths are on this week's Guelph Politicast!

You can find the 2015 Oral Health Status Report at the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health website here, and you can read the Dental Health Access Resolution that was passed by council at the behest of the OHAC back in April here.

And remember that tomorrow is Election Day in the Province of Ontario, and after you've voted, tune into CFRU 93.3 fm or cfru.ca starting at 8 pm to hear "Ontario Election: Infinity War", as we cover the races from Ontario, and keep you up to date with the Guelph results.

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 31, 2018

4Jun

This is the end... of our campaign coverage for the 2018 Ontario Provincial Election, and Open Sources Guelph is wrapping up with a profile of the last two candidates in the race (that will talk to us). Before we get to the 'L' parties though (Liberal and Libertarian), we'll stop and do a little chit chat about how this election's been, how the parties have fared in these last few weeks of campaigning, and whether or not Guelph is really about to make history of a certain colour.

This Thursday, May 31, at 4:30 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

What a Campaign Period! In lieu of the eighth candidate running to be Guelph's MPP, who was invited to appear on his choice of Thursdays, then invited to tape his interview in advanced at CFRU, and then invited to record any time and any where that he chose, chose not to come by the station. Instead, we will talk more broadly about the campaign here and across the province. Are we going to be looking at an NDP government next week? Can the PCs still eek out the win that was supposedly theirs in the first place? Is the Liberal defeat going to be as bad as we think? And is Guelph finally going to go Green after years of trying?

Sly Game. One of the candidates that did accept our invitation for an interview is Sly Castaldi. Castaldi is in a difficult position, she's running for the Liberals, and she's running on a record that she had no part in, and she's running for a party that all the polls universally place in third position going into next Thursday's vote. Still, Guelph has been an outlier in the past, and Castaldi has a lot of cache from her years of experience with Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis. We'll talk to Castaldi about how that experience informed her desire to run to office, and why we shouldn't count the Liberals out of the race yet?

Riehl Libertarian. In every election, there's one person in the Royal City that decides to step up for the Libertarian banner, but between a more libertarian leaning PC Party and the arrival of the Ontario Party, it's been a bit harder for the actual Libertarian in the race to get some love. That all changes today! For our last candidate interview of the 2018 Provincial Election, we will welcome Michael Riehl into the CFRU studio to talk about why he's running, what he thinks the important issues are, and why we need smaller government above all other considerations.

***Programming Note: Open Sources Guelph will not air in its regular time slot next Thursday, June 7, at 5 pm. Instead, tune in to CFRU starting at 8 pm to follow live returns from Guelph and around Ontario.

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

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End Credits - May 30, 2018

1Jun

This week on End Credits we will reveal the origin of the show's name, how the entire crew came together, why we have our various affectations, and how we found the CFRU studios. Perhaps this metaphor gives you an idea of our opinion of the new Star Wars movie we're reviewing this week. We'll also talk about a new new Star Wars movie in the works, the next James Bond film, the next Michael Bay flick, and the next Jeffrey Tambor scandal.

This Wednesday, May 30, at 2 pm, Adam A. Donaldson and Peter Salmon will discuss:

1) A Fett to Remember. On the eve of the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story, Disney and Lucasfilm set up its next great side story in the galaxy far, far away, and it belongs to Boba Fett. The bounty hunter who speaks no more than a dozen lines in the whole series is going to get his own stand alone adventure from Logan writer/director James Mangold, but is this the most creative use of Disney's resources, especially after the disappointing returns of Solo?

2) Daniel and Danny. Another franchise officially announced it's next chapter last week, and it's the return of everyone's favorite spy. MGM officially confirmed that Trainspotting director Danny Boyle will be the director of the as-yet untitled 25th James Bond movie. Daniel Craig will return for what is widely expected to be his final go as Bond, what about the rest of the details? Will Christoph Waltz return as Blofeld? Will Bond go out in a fiery blaze of glory?

3) Bay Maker. Michael Bay has set a new record: he is now the proud director of the most expensive movie Netflix has ever greenlighted. Six Underground will star Ryan Reynolds and features a script from the writers of Deadpool, but it will cost over $150 million to make. Here's a question: how much money do you think Netflix makes from all its various TV shows and movies? Nobody knows, which makes you wonder, how much longer can they keep this up?

4) Arrested Deviant. Last fall, Jeffrey Tambor was one of a number of high-profile Hollywood celebrities that were hoisted on their own petard by the #MeToo movement. When asked about the fallout during a press interview for the new season of Arrested Development, it opened a whole other can of worms when in the midst of coming to Tambor's defense, his co-stars weren't aware there was someone in the room with them that had a new accusation of her own. How much more tin eared can some people in Hollywood be?

REVIEW: Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018). You even wonder how Han Solo got his name? Who his first love was? Who his mentor in smuggling was? How he met Chewie, and Lando, and accidentally led a robot rebellion? Neither did we, but we get these answers and more in the latest Star Wars spin-off Solo. Alden Ehrenreich steps into Harrison Ford's boost and pilots the Millennium Falcon on a whole new adventure that's really just another Star Wars prequel paradox. On the other hand, it's Star Wars in the summer time, and that's not a bad time at the movies!

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

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