GUELPH POLITICAST #73 - Brad McInerney, Kazoofest

28Mar

Kazoo, noun, "a small, simple musical instrument consisting of a hollow pipe with a hole in it, over which is a thin covering that vibrates and produces a buzzing sound when the player sings or hums into the pipe." For Guelphites that like local music and grassroots art though, Kazoo means something very different. It means the start of the local festival season, and maybe some of the best music you've never heard of. 

The guest on this week's Guelph Politicast is Brad McInerny, the festival director and music programmer for Kazoofest. It wasn't so long ago that McInerny *was* Kazoofest, as in he was the one that directed and programmed all aspects of it, albeit with the assistance of a group of dedicated volunteers, but as the festival and the programming grew, so did the demands, and now Kazoo is a growing non-profit with a board and volunteer staff all directing the massive five day effort that includes music, multimedia shows, a Night Market and a Print Expo.

But while Kazoofest this year will once again feature a lot of great programming, including a reunion of Guelph legends The Constantines, this is not a podcast about that. Instead, I wanted to talk to McInerny about the demands and responsibilities of organizing a festival like Kazoo, how Kazoo stands among a growing and expanding field of arts and music festivals, and whether or not there's a ceiling for his local, grassroots events. In other words, how big can Kazoo get? Kazoofest may not be a part of the City's "Fab Five", but there's no doubt its influence, or appeal, especially since it seems from the outside to keep getting bigger.

One note of disclosure though, I am on the board of directors for Ed Video Media Arts Centre, which is a partner of Kazoofest. 

So let's breakout our kazoos and talk about some local arts on this week's Guelph Politicast.

Kazoofest unfolds next week from Wednesday April 5 to Sunday April 9, for the full schedule and list of events go to their website, or or by following Kazoo on social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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 - March 23, 2017

27Mar

Now going three weeks strong without a branded Trump topic (you just can't get away from this guy), Open Sources Guelph comes at you this Thursday with 100 per cent Can Con (and 75 per cent Con Con). First up, we'll look at the now victorious new leader of the Alberta PCs and the big job he has ahead of him, and then we'll talk about the dirty tricks employed in the federal Conservative race, which, surprisingly, were not the figment of one candidate's imagination. Then we'll look at this year's federal budget with out local Member of Parliament, and discuss the concerning mess over at our favourite media punching bag. 

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

1) Land of Kenney. He did it! After months of campaigning, Jason Kenney has been elected to the position of Alberta's Progressive Conservative leader. His mission, that he has chosen to accept, is to unite the right and overthrow the reign of NDP Premier Rachel Notley, but is it as easy as all that? Kenney has to not just build up his own third place party now, but he has to convince the Official Opposition Wildrose to abandon its own political ambitions to join with a party its members continually rebuke. Is uniting the right even possible, and does Kenney, whose realm has mainly been federal, have the juice to do it?

2) Dismembers Only. Speaking of the federal Conservatives, a controversy came to light exposing a major problem with the leadership race, and a not unfamiliar one too. Although it was originally written off as a flight of fancy by Kevin O'Leary, borrowing heavily from the Trump playbook, it turned out he was right, someone was signing up fake members of the Conservative Party. Fingers pointed at Maxime Bernier, one of the other frontrunners of the campaign, but so far it's not yet known which campaign or campaigns are behind the fraudulent sign-ups. So what the heck is wrong with some Conservatives? Did they learn nothing from robocalls?

3) The Money Grit. The federal Liberals dropped their second budget on Wednesday, and in advance it was widely expected to widen the gulf of the deficit, yet at the same time not have much, or any really, new spending aside from previously promised infrastructure cash. So what are the Liberals promising with this new budget? What will the effect on the country be? Is their bold strategy of deficit spending bearing fruit? We will be talking to one of those Liberals, Guelph MP Lloyd Longfield, and discuss the goals of the 2017 budget and how they might impact us here in the Royal City.

4) The Alt-Slight. It's been a rough couple of weeks for Rebel Media, the upstart rightwing media outlet making its play to be the Breitbart of Canada. First, Lauren Southern, a precocious B.C. university student that Ezra Levant made a star on his network, left the Rebel because, well, it seemed like Levant was not letting her be as racist as she wanted to be(?) which is weird because Vice co-founder Garth McInnis was being as anti-Semitic as he wanted to be. So much so he had drawn the attention of Israeli media during the Rebel's field trip there. We'll talk about whether the centre (right) can hold as the Rebel pulls itself apart, and why, as Faith Goldie seems to think, we need a new Crusade in the Middle East.

*Note: Due to a last minute vote in the House, Lloyd Longfield was unable to join us. He sends his regrets and he hopes to join us on a future episode.

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

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GUELPH POLITICAST #72 - Guelph’s Spectacular Spider-Man

22Mar

Who is Spider-Man? Depending on who you ask, they'll say Peter Parker. Or Miles Morales. Some might even say Dr. Octopus; there was a comic book story where he and Spider-Man swapped bodies you see. But in the Royal City, Spider-Man is Brandon Bott. He is Guelph's Spectacular Spider-Man!

Brandon Bott is Spider-Man, at least in Guelph anyway. You may have seen him around, hanging out at the Dragon at Old Quebec Street, or zooming by on his eBike at the Santa Claus Parade, or at any one of the numerous comic conventions around our area, but if it's Guelph, and if its Spider-Man, then it's probably Brendan. So you may be asking yourself "why?" and so did I come to think of it. There are a number of cosplayers out there branding themselves - Toronto Batman, Brampton Iron Man, K-W Deadpool - but why Guelph? And why Spider-Man?

Those are two of the questions I asked of Brandon. As a fellow nerd, I was also interested in talking to him about his cosplay skills, the characters he likes to play, and where he want to take his love for all things nerdy and costume-related in the future. For now, Brandon seems to just be fond of getting the good vibrations he elicits from Spider-fans, young and old, inseeing their favourite hero on the streets of Guelph. But in the midst of all the fun he's having, Brandon still takes the rights and responsibility of being a real-life Spider-Man seriously. 

What's a little less serious is this week's Guelph Politicast, as we take a break from serious issues, and get seriously nerdy.

You will be able to see Guelph's Spider-Man at Kitchener Comic Con, which takes place on April 1 and 2. You can learn more about it at KCC '17 website here. As for Brandon, you can check him out at his Facebook page, and follow him on 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.

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Open Sources Guelph - March 16, 2017

20Mar

This week Open Sources Guelph is going 14 days without mentioning "45", that is unless he does something Earth-shatteringly stupid before showtime. In lieu of talking about orange-coloured drama, we'll look within our own borders for news worthy discussion topics, and we'll bring in a new friend to talk about the very important issue of protecting whistleblowers. After that, we'll look at the guy who's giving the senate a bad(der) name, and the slate of by-elections to fill high-profile vacant seats in the House of Commons. We'll wrap up the show with something European was we mediate whatever's going on between Turkey and the Netherlands.

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

1) Whistle Blown. Whistleblowers. We depend on them to keep us in the loop when big governments or corporations don't want us to, but there's actually very little protection for them should they decide to come forward as they face harassment, legal action, and other threats of retaliation for speaking out. A House of Commons Government Operations Committee is currently looking at the matter, and Democracy Watch is hitting hard to make sure that the federal government acts where other levels have failed. Duff Conacher, the co-founder of Democracy Watch, will joins us by phone from Ottawa to talk about this important issue and why the government, till now, hasn't done enough.

2) Senator Disaster. It looks like it's the end of the line for Senator Don Meredith as his senate colleagues have law clerks combing through the Constitution to find a way to get rid of him once and for all. You know, from the Red Chamber. Meredith is accused of grooming a 16-year-old young woman to be his mistress when she came of age, and while the senate could just vote to suspend, they're actually looking at putting him out of a job before he... embarrasses the senate further (we guess). Sadly, we know we're going to be paying for Meredith until the day he dies, but is this evidence of accountability in the upper chamber, or is it too little too late?

3) By-Reflection. You've probably haven't heard a lot about them, but there are five federal by-elections currently in progress across the country, and they're out to cover some pretty big vacancies in the House of Commons. The old seats of Stephen Harper, Jason Kenney, Stéphane Dion, John McCallum, and Mauril Bélanger are all up for proverbial bids, and while the the power of Parliament isn't at stake, this will be a pretty big test of the public's acceptance and/or dismissal of Justin Trudeau's reign thus far. The most drama so far has been the nomination Emmanuella Lambropoulos in Saint-Laurent, who overcame establishment Liberals to seize the nominee, but is there anything really substantively at stake?

4) Danish Turkey. And you thought tensions between the U.S. and Mexico were bad? Last week, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan accused the Netherlands of "Nazism" for barring two Turkish government officials from entering the country to campaign with the country's Turkish minority  ahead of this week's national election. It's tricky, Danish Turks aren't exactly uniformly behind current Prime Minister Mark Rutte, and Rutte's already in trouble with the crushing wave of nationalism led the populist Geert Wilders. Turkey meanwhile is having a referendum on April 16 to give its president greater powers, and is looking to rally support from Turks living abroad. If you're still confused, we'll try and sort out the implications, and talk about the results of the Netherlands vote.

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

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Open Sources Guelph - March 9, 2017

13Mar

In order to reaffirm that there's a world of politics beyond whatever zaniness that comes out of the Twitter feed of the President of the United States, this week's Open Sources Guelph is proudly Trump-Free. So what will we talk about instead? Well, there are two federal leadership races in progress here in Canada, and the left-wing one has finally decided to make it an actual election by having more than one guy throw his hat into the ring. Then, in the back half of the show, we'll look at the growing trend of hate here in Canada, one form that the government's getting blowback for trying to do something about, and another that the government is considering taking action on. 

This Thursday, March 9, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

1) Feel the Other Bern. Apparently unwilling to cede the crackpot caucus to either Kevin O'Leary and Kellie Leitch, libertarian and Quebecois rep to the Conservative leadership race Maxime Bernier posted to Twitter a meme from The Matrix about "taking the red pill." On it's own, that's a dated and boring reference, but here's the thing: "the red pill" has become a co-opted term for the mens rights movement. Probably not the message you want to send in this charged climate (see later in the show). In the meantime, Brad Trost has come up with a great idea to thin the herd: offer refunds! Will anyone take him up on it? It's about as likely as a Trost victory. We'll update the race.

2) In the Niki of Time. And speaking of races, the NDP finally have one. Manitoba MP Niki Ashton became the fourth person to join the NDP leadership race after Peter Julian, as well as Charlie Angus and Guy Caron, who both just recently joined the race themselves. Ashton has vowed to fight austerity and injustice, Caron is talking about establishing a basic income, and Angus is going to "fight like hell" to take the progressive wing back from the Liberals. Observers are saying its about dang time for the NDP to put some skin in the game, but can any among the "fantastic four" reclaim the momentum of the party and take it to government status?

3) Wavin' (Ironic) Flags. So you're at a rally against a non-binding motion for the federal government to condemn Islamophobia, and what do you do? How about you sing a song popularized by a Somali immigrant to Canada that just so happens to be a Muslim? The outrage against M-103 continued to boil in protests in Toronto and Montreal on the weekend, and though the official line is that people are concerned about losing free speech rights, what the protestors seem to be more concerned about is encroaching Sharia Law and other paranoia about radical Islam taking over the world. Are we seeing the rise of Canada's alt-right, and is the way to combat this rise to actually combat it? Like physically?

4) Box the Trolls? Ask any number of female politicians what it's like to stand for something in the era of social media, and they will tell you it's not good. Sandra Jansen ran for the leadership of the Alberta PCs but was more or less harassed out of the race. Cathy Bennett, Newfoundland and Labrador’s finance minister, was told to do the world a favour and kill herself. Conservative MP Michelle Rempel was sent a creepy anonymous note about her attire. So what are these politicians to do? Well, the federal Liberals are looking at ways to help MPs and their staff deal with all kinds of misogynist, racist and otherwise offending treatment, but can you legislate this kind of thing, and what is the cause of all this hatred?

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

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GUELPH POLITICAST #71 - College Royal

8Mar

Before there was a University of Guelph, there was College Royal, an annual open house that invites the city to campus to get a sampling of all the great learning, research and education that happens between College St and Stone Rd. It's the biggest university open house of its kind in North America, so would it surprise you to learn that it's undergrad students that put it all together every year?

The animal shows! Science magic! Campus tours! Pancake breakfasts! Tractor rodeos! Bubble Soccer! Wait, bubble soccer? Yes, that's apparently a thing, and you will be able to see it at this year's College Royal, the 92nd open house that exposes the University of Guelph and all it has to offer to the greater Guelph community. It attracts 20,000 people to campus over two days, representing the hard work of hundreds of volunteers, who contribute thousands of hours of assistance. On this Guelph Politicast, we talk to two of them.

The guests this week are Vanessa Crowley and Hannah Sweett (in the picture above Vanessa is in the centre in the brown jacket and Hannah is directly behind her on your left in the red scarf). Vanessa is the President of College Royal this year, and Hannah is the VP of Public Relations, and if you can't tell from the youth looking back at you from the picture they're both undergrad students. If the weight of being promising young scientists isn't enough, they've also taken a leadership role in organizing what is arguably the biggest event on the university calendar. No pressure, right?

We talk about some of those pressures on the podcast, but we also talk about the logistics of a long running an event like College Royal. What things do people expect year after year? How do they leave their mark on an event that's run this long? And what kind of things are they taking away from the experience? Before heading out to College Royal next weekend, give yourself the experience of going behind the scenes with this week's Guelph Politicast. 

College Royal happens next week on March 18 and 19. For all the details, go to their website, or you can download the College Royal app at the App store or Google Play. 

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 - March 2, 2017

6Mar

The state of Open Sources Guelph this week is strong. We will be dealing bigly with the latest developments of the Trump administration south of the border, including a speech to the joint session of Congress where the President sounded - gasp! - presidential. Meanwhile in our own backyard, things are not looking too rosy for the Ontario Liberals, but can they turn it around in the next year? Then, in the second half of the show, we'll talk about being the best activist you can be with a very special guest, and we'll then look into the ugly face of rising of hatred across all borders.

This Thursday, March 2, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

1) The Blame Game. In the hours before his first speech to a joint session to Congress, President Donald Trump was desperately trying to find someone to blame for all the things that are ailing him, and it's his predecessor: Barack Obama. Leaks from the administration? Obama's fault. Protestors across the country? Obama's fault. Dead Navy Seal and failed operation in Yemen? Yup, you guessed it, Obama did it. Obama is doing more sabotage than the Beastie Boys, which is amazing for someone who's been on vacation since leaving office. Meanwhile, healthcare reform is going nowhere fast and the President just can't seem to shake those pesky ties to Russia... Trump, Week 6, rolls on.

2) The Wynne-ter of Discontent.  This time next year, we will be eagerly awaiting for the writ to be dropped and the beginning of the Ontario Provincial Election, and if one poll is to be believed, the Liberals may be on their way out after 15 years in power. There's been some suggestion that Kathleen Wynne and her party is not just looking at a loss next June, but a massive loss, perhaps even to third party status. But not so fast! The Grits have been down and out before, and let's be honest, the Conservative leader hasn't had a chance to stick his foot in his mouth yet to ruin his parties chances. Still, with Hydro rates being a hot topic, a kitchen table issue ready to burn the government, will this be a long decline for Wynne and the Liberals?

3) Crackdowns and Creativity. This weekend, the Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG) is holding a weekend of talks and panels to help activists, protestors and agitators deal with this crazy new political reality we all live in. One of the special guests is Akio Maroon of Black Lives Matter Toronto. Akio Maroon is an internationally recognized Human Rights Advocate with a focus on advocacy in Equity, Anti-Oppression and Inclusion, Social Justice and Harm reduction support systems, and Maroon has been a part of BLM's recent protest to take Toronto Pride back to its activist roots, and was recently elected to its board. We'll talk to Maroon about community organizing, being at the forefront of fighting anti-black racism, and how we can find new ways to get active on the issues we care about.

4) The Grateful Hate. Hundreds of bomb threats to Jewish community centres, two Jewish cemeteries vandalized and a pair of India-born engineers being shot at a bar-and-grill in suburban Kansas City after being told to "Get out of my country" by a pistol packing patriot who thinks brown skin equals Iranian. The Southern Poverty Law Centre says that there have been 900 reported hate incidents since Donald Trump's election in November, and there was a similar uptick in the U.K. after the Brexit vote.  Even Canada has not escaped the trend, just look at the shooting death of six people in a mosque in Quebec. It would be inappropriate to lay the total blame on Trump and his allies, but the rhetoric, or lack there of, has done nothing to stem the tide. So in lieu of leadership, what can be done about the rise of hate?

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

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GUELPH POLITICAST #70 - Manuel Marques, Grievance Co-ordinator, CUPE 3913

3Mar

Last weekend, the Canadian Union of Public Employees successfully negotiated an agreement with the University of Guelph and avoided a strike or lockout by the university's 2,500 teaching assistants and sessional lecturers. Not bad, right? Classes keep going, studies aren't interrupted and everybody's happy! Well, not everyone. 

Follow this bouncing ball: Manuel Marques is the grievance co-ordinator for CUPE 3913. He's an employee, in other words, of 3913. Manuel, however, is a unionized member of CUPE local 1281, and he's been negotiating a new collective agreement of his own with his employer. Manuel is CUPE 3913's only employee, but after six months of negotiations, 3913 and 1281 have been unable to come to an agreement. As a result, Manuel was locked out of the CUPE 3913 office as of February 16. Yes, a union on campus locked out it's unionized employee.

For a reporter looking for good stories, you might obviously see the appeal, so I reached out to Manuel Marques and I invited him to appear on the Guelph Politicast to talk about his work for CUPE, the negotiations, and the lockout. We also talk about the paradox of such an unusual labour situation. Here we have a union locking out a union, and battling each other through the media (see the flyer above), which is usually a no-no when it comes to labour negotiations.

In addition, there is a follow-up piece to the story where I get the perspective of CUPE 3913, that's available below once you listen to this week's Guelph Politicast.

Read the follow-up interview with Ashley Wilson, President of CUPE 3913 here.

The theme music for the Guelph Politicast is from the KPM Klassics collection by Syd Dale.

The host for the Guelph Politicast is Podbean. Find more episodes of the Politicast here.

Remember that the Politicast Podbean channel is also the host for podcast versions of Open Sources Guelph. The previous Thursday's episode of Open Sources will be posted on Mondays.

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GUELPH POLITICAST #69 - Laura Maclure of CUPE on Precarious Work

28Feb

Earlier this month, when the Canadian job numbers for January were released, there was a lot of congratulating from all levels of government about the unexpected increase in the number of private sector jobs created in the first month of 2017. In all 48,000 people got new jobs, but what wasn't discussed as much was that less than a third of them got good paying full-time work, and this has been a trend for a long time now.

Of course, many of the people that are particularly concerned about the rise in precarious, contract and part time work are members of labour unions, so it's only fitting that they take the lead in trying to stem the tide. It's also fitting that the local lead be taken by the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 1334 since they're presently involved in negotiating a new contract with the University of Guelph. One of the primary issues being dealt with in negotiations: the outsourcing of maintenance and trade jobs to contracted labour like temp agencies who get neither the protection nor the benefits of full university employment.

Laura Maclure, the chief steward of CUPE 1334, has already been a strong voice on the matter on campus, and she's now taking the message into the greater community. She's helping to organize a town hall on precarious labour, a growing segment of the work force that's being forced to scramble for lower wages and little job security across all sectors of the job market, even public employers like the U of G. A recent report from McMaster University and the United Way said that 52 per cent of people in the Greater Toronto Area are in temporary, contract, or part-time positions.

So what are we do about this? Is this the new normal, or have we just decided that is? Is it possible there's a good side to this trend, and why is the public sector going along it if their workers are organizing against it? We'll cover all that ground with Laura Maclure as we get into this week's Guelph Politicast. 

If you're interested in going to the Precarious Work town hall, it's on Wednesday March 1 at 7 pm at the Italian Canadian Club at 135 Ferguson St in Guelph. If you want more information, you can go to the town hall's Facebook page here. Also, stay tuned for updates from the negotiations between the U of G and CUPE 1334.

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 - February 23, 2017

27Feb

This week on Open Sources Guelph, we will ponder a week a week without Trump, or at least we'll try to. It's hard to separate the larger-than-life current POTUS from just about any discussion about the news, but we've heard your cries for relief and we'll try and give it to you... In the second half of the show. First, we'll talk about how White House policy is making people run for the border, and not in a delightful Taco Bell way, and then we'll look at how alt-right darling Milo Yiannopoulos finally went too far. After the break, it's all about electoral reform Guelph-style, and why the NDP can't seem to shake the Mulcair-effect, even if they want to.

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

1) Fleeing From America. Looks like Canada now has to worry about streams of people coming over our southern border. Spurned by President Donald Trump's much maligned executive order banning travel from seven majority Muslim countries, and the unprecedented  widespread rounding up of undocumented immigrants by Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) agents, hundreds of people are fleeing across the 49th parallel. Refugee centres in Manitoba and Quebec are filling up, people are braving extreme cold weather and suffering the effects in order to make into Canada, and relief agencies are being overwhelmed by the influx. So what is Canada to do, and how much of this can be blamed on You-Know-Who?

2) Milo, Sell High. He's a man so horrible that U.C. Berkley threw a riot to keep him from speaking, but just when it looked like Milo Yiannopoulos was going to be the unstoppable face and voice of the alt-right, he went and shot himself in the foot. Both feet actually. After making some inappropriate comments where he basically tried to normalize pedophilia, Milo lost his speaking spot at C-PAC and he then he lost his book deal. It's good news for Milo-haters who saw him as being just shy of the new incarnation of the devil himself, but is Yiannopoulos just part of a new wave of pundit that sees more dollar signs being hated than being fair and balanced?

3) Local Solutions. Last Thursday, a group of Guelphites concerned about the lack of desire to move forward with electoral reform, decided to take matters into their own hands and workshop a potential solution. Democracy Guelph thinks they have the answer to resolve all the conflicting goals of everyone on the issue in a new voting system called Local Proportional Representation, and now they want to take to the people, and more importantly, Guelph MP Lloyd Longfield, who wants to continue acting on the issue despite his leader's hesitancy.  Might LPR be the electoral reform silver bullet we've all been waiting for? And might there be widespread support to get Justin Trudeau to check it out? Learn more about LPR on Guelph Politico.

4) Should He Stay or Should He Go? Last year, only 48 per cent of the New Democrats gathered in Edmonton wanted him to stick around as the leader of the NDP, but Tom Mulcair may still have political life after that stinging rebuke. Perhaps in the midst of a so far lackluster (perhaps barely existent) leadership race, a number of NDP members are warming again to Mulcair as suggested in a recent National Post story, but while the people are starting to love him again, Mulcair is staying firm that he read the writing on the wall, and he plans to leave political life at the end of the year. So now the question is, will he have any other choice but to stay?

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

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