End Credits #231 - January 19, 2022 (The Tragedy of MacBeth)

21Jan

This week on End Credits, something wicked this way comes. Because call it "The Tragedy of the Scottish Play" doesn't really sound right, we will break form and say this week, we're reviewing the new Shakespeare movie, The Tragedy of MacBeth. Before that, we will talk about other Shakespeare movies and try to limit the available options to just five or six.

This Wednesday, January 19, at 3 pm, Adam A. Donaldson and Peter Salmon will discuss:

The Play's [Adaptation] is the Thing. It's hard to think if there's been an author more adapted for cinema than William Shakespeare; in fact, the first adaption of one of his works is believed to be the four-minute King John, filmed on stage in London in 1899. Before getting into this week's review, we will look back at some of the other Shakespeare adaptations that you can stream now around the internet, including the ones that don't scream, "English Lit class"

REVIEW: The Tragedy of MacBeth (2021). MacBeth has been adapted, and re-adapted, on stage and screen for decades, including a very recent, much-seen version by Australian director Justin Kurzel. This version though comes from one of the Coen Brothers, and it stars acting titans Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand, so you know this might deliver something new and special, and perhaps something never seen in any version of "The Scottish Play" before. So was Joel Coen able to make much ado about something with Shakespeare instead of brother Ethan?

End Credits is on CFRU 93.3 fm and cfru.ca Wednesday at 3 pm.

GUELPH POLITICAST #307 - New Year, New Market

19Jan

As of January 1, 10C Shared Space took over the management of the Guelph Farmers' Market. The goal is simple: turn an underperforming asset that’s only open five hours a week into a new economic hub and accelerator that ties together food security, sustainability, local markets, and opportunity development. Getting there is an ideal challenge for Guelph’s community changemaker.

According to the Farmers’ Market website, the property was home to Guelph’s first building, which was a market house, a central place where area farmers could sell their produce and goods. Essentially, this is was the beginning of downtown Guelph, and while the market house didn’t last, the area that became Market Square became a centre of local commerce by the middle of the 19th century.

Fast forward to last November when city council approved a plan for 10C to take over management of the market. It’s hard to think of a better partner to run the market, and 10C’s plan includes more hours, different vendors like a weekly arts and crafts market, culinary events to promote food tourism and education, and a common community space that can be used for a variety of different events. It’s a bold plan, so how does it begin?

10C co-founder and executive director Julia Grady joins us on this edition of the podcast to talk about why 10C is a good match for the Farmers’ Market, and what some of the plans are for the space.  She will also discuss the importance of a thriving Farmers’ Market to downtown Guelph, and the mandate to create a profitable market in the next five years. And finally, she will talk about how the pandemic has changed the market, and when people might start to see some of the changes 10C is initiating.

So let's talk about the Farmers' Market of the future on this week's Guelph Politicast!

To learn more about 10C, go to their website here, and to learn more about the Guelph Farmers’ Market, including a list of vendors and the current capacity limits, click here. To find out more about the potential changes coming to the Farmers’ Market, check out the highlights from November’s Committee of the Whole meeting here.

The host for the Guelph Politicast is Podbean. Find more episodes of the Politicast here, or download them on your favourite podcast app at Apple, StitcherGoogle, TuneIn and Spotify .

Also, when you subscribe to the Guelph Politicast channel and you will also get an episode of Open Sources Guelph every Monday, and an episode of End Credits every Friday.

Open Sources Guelph #360 - January 13, 2022

17Jan

This week on Open Sources Guelph, we will demonstrate for some under-reported news stories. For instance, are we putting too much on the back of the vaccine hesitancy movement, and why haven't we heard more about the far-right contenders in this year's provincial election? Speaking of the coming vote, our guest this week is one of the candidates in Guelph, and she has a lot of healthcare expertise.

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

Med of the Class. The Omicron wave of the pandemic has replaced feelings of togetherness and fortitude with feelings of resentment and bitterness, and a lot of that is directed at people who are not vaccinated yet. But are all these people making a political stand? How many are facing barriers to the vaccine that have nothing to do with being an "anti-vaxxer"? We'll talk about the role of class in this pandemic.

All the Right's Moves. Ontarians will be going to the polls this year, and while there's always some vote-splitting on the left-hand side of the spectrum, this year will be marked with new options on the right. For the 2022 election, there will be a number of far-right challengers to the PCs, and they're being led by some of our favourite anti-vax/anti-mask/anti-lockdown politicians. We'll talk about the new contenders.

Raechelle! Raechelle! Speaking of the coming election, we will have one of the local contenders on this week's show. Raechelle Devereaux is the CEO of the Guelph Community Health Centre, so she's a busy woman already, but now she's the Liberal Party of Ontario candidate for Guelph. Devereaux will talk about her pandemic experience working in local public health, and why she wants to help Ontario do better as Guelph's next MPP.

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

End Credits #230 - January 12, 2022 (Anonymously Yours)

14Jan

This week on End Credits, we unofficially kick off the new year by getting into some new movie reviews. Our pick this week hails from Mexico, but it has some surprisingly familiar themes if you're a big fan of stories about teenage romance. Speaking of teenage-based drama, let's just say this week's show is a boon if you're looking for something to watch in that genre!

This Wednesday, January 12, at 3 pm, Adam A. Donaldson and Candice Lepage will discuss:

Naught Another Teen Movie. Before we dive into this week's movie, which is a teen romance melodrama on Netflix, we will spend the first part of this week's show talking about other teen drama you can find on various streamers. From a gender-switch take on a turn of a century classic to a west coast answer to Degrassi High, from a franchise we've visited before on this show to the seedy underbelly of Palm Springs (?), we're teen crazy this week.

REVIEW: Anonymously Yours (2021). You ever get a text from someone you don't know who thinks they're texting with someone else? Did it ever end with you finding true love? Well this is the movie for you! Two Mexican teens - Vale and Alex - are you're average, everyday high school seniors both anticipating and dreading the end of school, but then a case of mistaken textual identity brings them into each other's orbit. Will Vale and Alex figure out that they're secretly texting each other while also falling in love IRL? What do you think, and what do we think?

End Credits is on CFRU 93.3 fm and cfru.ca Wednesday at 3 pm.

GUELPH POLITICAST #306 – Taking the System Out of Systemic Racism

12Jan

With all things COVID back on the front burner, it’s easy to temporarily forget everything that happened in the last few years around fighting systemic racism and embracing social justice. The City of Guelph is trying to make progress towards a more equitable and representative system seriously, but let’s ask the person who knows best: Is the City of Guelph making real progress on tackling issues of systemic racism?

This week, we talk to  Sara Sayyed, the senior advisor of Equity, Anti-Racism and Indigenous Initiatives at the City of Guelph. Her job is to look at ways to dismantle systemic racism and promote racial equity in all manners of City business from policy, to planning, to the delivery services. No one wants to think that they’re a participant in a racist system, but understanding how our systems might influence society's lack of equity is an important step forward.

For a job this big, you need someone plugged into the community, someone like Sara Sayyed. She's been the community services director of the Guelph Muslim Society, and she’s served on a number of local boards including the Guelph General Hospital Board, and the Guelph Community Foundation. She’s had her finger in a lot of proverbial pies, which is why she was able to hit the ground running since being hired by the City of Guelph last summer.

Now, Sayyed joins us on the podcast to talk about what systemic racism looks like in Guelph, and whether the City of Guelph is keeping up with the pace of demand for change. Then, she discusses the 2022 Municipal Election and getting more People of Colour into local politics and running for local office. Sayyed also talks about issues of trust, the importance of having uncomfortable conversations, and how she's made the transition from being a community activist to being part of the proverbial machine.

So let's talk about the mission to end systemic racism on this edition of the Guelph Politicast!

You can see the latest corporate update on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in the November 26 council information report, and the next update will be coming up this June. The City is also in the process of updating the Community Plan to include a community standard for the elimination of systemic racism, and you can follow along with updates here.

The host for the Guelph Politicast is Podbean. Find more episodes of the Politicast here, or download them on your favourite podcast app at Apple, StitcherGoogle, TuneIn and Spotify .

Also, when you subscribe to the Guelph Politicast channel and you will also get an episode of Open Sources Guelph every Monday, and an episode of End Credits every Friday.

Open Sources Guelph #359 - January 6, 2022

10Jan

This week on Open Sources Guelph, we're back after a holiday break. Did we miss anything? I know, we'll tell you. Let's see, we took a sudden U-turn back to lockdown this week in Ontario, but we did make some some progress on Truth and Reconciliation. On the other hand, it's the first anniversary of that time a bunch of people tried to overthrow America for a game show host, and has anyone heard from Putin lately?

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

Ford Have Mercy. Well, he said it wasn't going to happen again, but what a difference a couple of weeks make. On Monday, after being largely missing for nearly three weeks, Premier Doug Ford announced a soft and time limited lockdown for Ontario to make it through the Omicron surge. So was it the right call, and could have any of this been avoided if there had been some different leadership at Queen's Park?

Care Tactics. On Tuesday, the Federal government announced that they had reached a deal with Canada's First Nations people to provide compensation for the inadequacies of the childcare system. The deal was a bit more generous than the one originally mandated in the original human rights challenge. So why did the government work so hard to avoid paying the original tab if they ended up paying more?

The 6th. Exactly one week ago today, a mob of over 3,000 people invaded Capitol Hill in Washington in the name of an alternative reality where Donald Trump had won a stolen election and they were going to "fight like hell" to get their country back. But looking back 365 days later we see that the danger has not passed, and that this coup was likely a dress rehearsal for the next. We'll ask again: Can America be saved?

Ukraine, You Saw, You Conquered? Half a world away, the man that Trump admires the most, Russian President Vladimir Putin, is looking like he's going to unleash his military might on the Ukraine. Almost eight years after seizing the Crimea, Putin's forces have descended on the Ukrainian border, so is he getting ready to invade, and if he's not, just what the heck is he doing and what does he hope to get out of it?

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

End Credits #229 - January 5, 2022 (James Bond Ranking)

7Jan

This week on End Credits we welcome you to the new year. Technically, we're still on a little post-holiday break, but this is also still technically a new episode of the show. So start off 2022 with a new/old journey through the decades and adventures of Britain's greatest super spy, from Dr. No to No Time to Die, this week is the perfect time to catch up with the 007. It's a licence to thrill! 

This Wednesday, January 5, at 3 pm, Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

Bond. James Bond Movies. This year is the 60th birthday of James Bond, the movie version anyway. By coincidence, the most recent Bond adventure has hit home video and video on demand, and in the lead up to its theatrical release last fall, End Credits ran a ranking of the first 24 Bond movies. So for our first show of 2022, we will not only run the complete ranking of the first two-dozen Bond movies, we will also have a brief review of the latest hit No Time to Die.  This week's episode comes complete with some James Bond musical cues, so get ready to be shaken, and stirred.

End Credits is on CFRU 93.3 fm and cfru.ca Wednesday at 3 pm.

GUELPH POLITICAST #305 - …The Rest of the Year at Council

5Jan

City council gets back to business next week, but before we open the book on 2022 we need to sign off on what happened in 2021. Picking up where we left off in episode #286 of the Guelph Politicast, and the last meeting of council before summer break, we start in September and follow the blow-by-blow of every fight around the horseshoe. There were even some non-fights.

What will the last four months of 2021 be known for? There was a big decision to invest millions of dollars in new transit services over the next decade, which was really great. Council also reaffirmed its commitment to fighting climate change with 10 recommendations to accelerate the Race to Zero, and they passed the draft update to the Comprehensive Zoning Bylaw as well as the draft secondary plan for Clair-Maltby.

But there was a dark side too. Some of the debates around the 2022-2023 Guelph Budget were pretty contentious. There was a call to review the governance of the Downtown Business Improvement Area, but a lot of the debate seemed to be built around misunderstandings. Speaking of misunderstandings, there was a solid week there in October where council was stuck on the demolition of an old farmhouse.

So this week on the podcast, the first of 2022, we will dive into the last four months of city council and take you through them meeting by meeting, subject by subject, touching on all decisions from the major to the minor. From an optimistic view of the pandemic landscape in the late summer, to being confronted with the pessimism of Guelph's young people when it comes to climate change, these were the last moves around the virtual horseshoe in 2021.

So let's recap September, October, November and December at city council on this week's Guelph Politicast!

You can check out the previews, recaps, and post-views for all of last year’s council meetings under the city council tab, and you can also get Politico’s city council post-views sent directly to your inbox by subscribing to the Tip Sheet. The next meeting of city council is the Committee of the Whole on Monday January 10 at 2 pm, and you can click here to see the preview of the meeting.

The host for the Guelph Politicast is Podbean. Find more episodes of the Politicast here, or download them on your favourite podcast app at Apple, StitcherGoogle, TuneIn and Spotify .

Also, when you subscribe to the Guelph Politicast channel and you will also get an episode of Open Sources Guelph every Monday, and an episode of End Credits every Friday.

Open Sources Guelph #358 - December 30, 2021

3Jan

This week on Open Sources Guelph, we will leave behind a year that introduced us to this guy, the Q Shaman, who broke into the U.S. Capitol with a few thousand of his friends, and then complained about not getting served organic food while in prison post-break-in. The Q Shaman was the mascot for an otherwise terrible 52 weeks of high-octane political and pandemic drama. As usual, we end the year with some awards.

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

Worst Politician of 2021. Sadly, the number of candidates for this category were overwhelming this year. Sadly, we don't have Donald Trump to kick around anymore, but he's left an awful lot of bad actors in his wake to take up the cause. But don't think we're any better up here in Canada, because we've got a lot of duds on this side of the border too. From pandemic inaction to bad messaging, who is the worst of the worst in 2021?

Good News Story of the Year. You may be surprised to learn that there was good news in 2021. There were some diamonds in the rough, even though that roughness was very extra this year, but we did the hard work to dig deep and find that good news we so desperately need. For the most part, it's about people. The ones whose hard work and perseverance gave us hope, and reminded us that we can still do great things.

Dumpster Fire of the Year. Like the Worst Politician of the Year, this category offered an embarrassment of riches, emphasis on the "embarrassment." From the deluge of anti-lockdown/ant-mask/anti-COVID political action, to an election that no one wanted and fewer seemed to care about, to that mess in the U.S. Capitol on January 6 that now half the country wants ignore. We're going to need a bigger dumpster!

Best Politician of 2021. Yes, the arc of the universe bent towards awfulness this year, but all that darkness did make the few candidates that shine appear brighter in comparison. As usual, we will end the year end awards show by highlighting the ones who are doing good works, and usually not making a lot of noise about it, but as we enter 2022, we will note again for the record that "Politician" is not always a four-letter word.

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

End Credits #228 - December 29, 2021 (Top 5 of 2021)

31Dec

This week on End Credits is the last week of the year, and you know what that means... New Year's Party!!! For our show, the party takes the form of a list, a Best Movies of the Year list. Once again, the whole gang has come together with their carefully considered lists, and as a group we will all reveal the nearly 20 movies that sum up the cinematic story of 2021.

This Wednesday, December 29, at 3 pm, Adam A. Donaldson, Tim Phillips, Candice Lepage, and Peter Salmon will discuss:

The Best of 2021. It's the most wonderful time of the year, the week after Christmas when we release out Top 5 lists for what we think are the best movies released in the last 12 months. This year's line-up offers a diverse slate of some excellent musicals, plus an epic journey across the desert for a space chosen one. There's also a weird gender-bending French horror movie, and a weird genre-bending tribute to the lost art of magazine writing. But wait, there's also some powerful dramas, and at least one tale about a stolen pig. Spider-men? Maybe next  year.

End Credits is on CFRU 93.3 fm and cfru.ca Wednesday at 3 pm.

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