End Credits - March 21, 2018


Welcome to the future! End Credits this week talks about an exciting new area of intellectual property, or I.P., that will form the basis of Hollywood franchises of tomorrow: video games! Hilariously, despite the widespread popularity of video games - as evidenced by the fact that the industry makes twice as much money as all the movies at the box office - Hollywood has yet to find a way to adapt the material. This week on the show, we take a closer look...

This Wednesday, March 21, at 2 pm, Adam A. Donaldson and Peter Salmon will discuss:

1) Gamer Fate. Hollywood has been trying to crack the code for movies based on video games for 25 years, and has enjoyed little success. From Super Mario Bros. to Assassin's Creed, the history of video game-based movies has been one of many bombs, and very little in the way of success (and Resident Evil doesn't count because name five people you know that love it). But there are a few gems, and more importantly there are many movies that owe more than a sense of inspiration to video games. We offer 10 different titles worth checking out.

REVIEW: Tomb Raider (2018). Speaking of video game movies, we review this week the first video game movie remake. Taking its cue from the rebooted game series, the new Tomb Raider casts Alicia Vikander as a young, pre-Tomb Raiding Lara Croft who, while working as a bike courier in London, is forced to finally confront her father's last voyage and the mysteries that drove him to a lost island off the coast of Japan including the dangers there in. Can Vikander's Croft learn how to raid tombs in order to save the world? And, more importantly, is this new Croft franchise ready?

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


GUELPH POLITICAST #117 - Regional Transit


If you don't have a car in Guelph, how do you get to Cambridge? Well, you can get the Greyhound to Kitchener at one of the few times a day it departs and then transfer to Grand River Transit at Sportsworld Drive. You can also take the GO Bus to the Aberfoyle "Park and Ride", wait an hour and get the bus to Kitchener from there. Either way, you could probably walk to Cambridge faster...

This week, Mayor Cam Guthrie held a town hall on Guelph Transit, but looking further afield we also need to have a discussion about regional transit. When we limit mobility, we limit opportunity, and here in Guelph, we're actually very limited in our mobility when it comes to getting to areas beyond the GTA to our immediate east. Even at that, we're struggling to get more access to rail and more express bus service to Toronto proper.

Still, compared to some, Guelph doesn't have it that bad. For this week's edition of the podcast, we address the problem of regional transit, but first we use a case study. 

We hear from Chris Hughes, Manager of Contract Services for the City of Owen Sound, who helped but together an application to the Ministry of Transportation Ontario for funds to set-up a two-way daily bus route between his city and Guelph through the Community Transportation Grant Program. Presently, Owen Sound has one out of town bus route to Toronto through Barrie, so Hughes talks about what he and the City of Owen Sound hopes the new route will accomplish.

After Hughes we hear from Michelle German, the Senior Manager of Policy and Partnerships at Evergreen Canada, a non-profit organization that helps work towards greener, more sustainable cities. Obviously the expansion and accessibility of public transit are a big piece in the puzzle of creating more sustainable cities, and Evergreen helped write a report on regional transit and where the gaps are just two years ago. With German, we discuss the bigger issue of regional transit, why we're struggling to establish more of it, and how we can promote it in this year's two elections.

So let's get on the bus, or train, and talk about how we get more buses and trains on this week's Guelph Politicast!

If you're interested in learning more about Owen Sound's experiment, and their bid for money from the MTO's Community Transportation Grant Program, you can click here, and here. If you would like to read the "Are We There Yet?" report that was put together with Evergreen Canada, you can 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.


Open Sources Guelph - March 15, 2018


It was a non-stop political news weekend that had nothing to do with the words "Donald Trump", and now Open Sources Guelph is going to deal with what comes next. As well as what happened then. It's an all Ontario, all hour this week as we look back at the high drama and high tension of the PC Leadership vote, and we look ahead to what Ontario might look like with Official Opposition leader Doug Ford. After that, we'll talk to another leader, Green Party of Ontario leader Mike Schreiner about what you can do to make sure Mike has a chance to debate Ford (and Wynne, and Horwath) face-to-face.

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

1) Clear the Ballroom! The six week-long rushed campaign to elect a new leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario ended as it began with confusion, disorganization, and the slightly persistent feeling that no one in the party knows what's going on. With accusations of voting irregularities, ballots that arrived late or never arrived, and an extremely close race that saw the PCs run out of time in their rented ballroom before a winner could be announced, it seemed things couldn't get any worse (more on that in a minute). We'll talk about the race, and the highlights of a very hectic Saturday.

2) Ford Duration. Well, the PCs managed to somehow undo all expectations by doing what was once thought impossible: make Doug Ford the new leader of the Progressive Conservatives, and the Premier of Ontario-in-waiting. Many are saying that Ford should not be underestimated, and certainly current-Premier Kathleen Wynne is not exactly enjoying the halcyon days of her government, but is Ontario really ready to join Ford Nation province-wide? Can Ford overcome his numerous deficits - experience, personality, controversy - and, most importantly, can PC voters (not to mention Ontario voters) overcome them?

3) What About Mike? Now that the PCs have their leader in place, the province has a full dance card of potential premiers, but what about Mike? Green Party leader Mike Schreiner is running in Guelph, but he's also the head of a provincial party that runs candidates in all Ontario ridings, so shouldn't he be a part of the leader debates during the campaign? He certainly thinks so, and so do we for that matter. The Fair Debates petition aims to level the playing field, and it's been signed by a lot of people from all political sides have signed it, including Guelph Mayor Cam Guthrie! We'll talk to Schreiner about his chances and other provincial matters.

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


End Credits - March 14, 2018


It's back to what's new this week with End Credits! Well, halfway new. While we were off last week, we let a *big* anniversary sail by, and we make up for that this week by going back to 1998 for a story of sex, adventure, and bowling. For the second half, we bring things back to wholesome with the newest Disney movie with a distinctly different flavour.

This Wednesday, March 14, at 2 pm, Adam A. Donaldson and Candice Lepage will discuss:

1) Abiding for 20 Years. A movie released on March 6, 1998 changed life forever! Well, maybe it just changed the lives of some enthusiastic movie geeks. Celebrating 20 years of The Big Lebowski this week, we look back on not just a cult classic, but a classic in every sense; the inspirational not-true story of a Dude, a rug, and not-a-kidnapping. Filled with great characters, great performances, and great one-liners, The Big Lebowski is the epitome of the Coen Brothers aesthetic, and remains one of their best, if not their best film. This week, we grab a White Russian and celebrate.

REVIEW: A Wrinkle in Time (2018). The Madeleine L'Engle novel was said to be unfilmable, but then Ava DuVernay came along... The children's classic gets the full-scale Disney treatment thanks to the Selma director, and the assistance of the Queen of All Media Oprah Winfrey, who tell the tale of three adventurous kids who traverse time and space with three magical helpers to find their scientist dad who's the prisoner of an evil force. A Wrinkle in Time has got everything you need: girl power, science power, and positivity galore, but does it deliver on its promise?

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


GUELPH POLITICAST #116 - A St. Patrick’s Day Special


Things were going pretty well. It wasn't perfect, but it seemed like Town and Gown had found a way to perfectly co-exist inside the City of Guelph thanks to the diligence of City Hall, the police, the university, and student groups. And then Homecoming happened...

Last fall, what should have been a fun day of football and Gryphon Pride during a beautiful late summer heatwave turned into the nightmare some people always dread when the students of the University of Guelph return in September. There was property damage, litter, and reports of drunken students behaving badly, or acting out in inappropriate, sometimes dangerous ways. Despite the preparations and expectations of the City's team, and the years of success with the Safe Semester program, it looked like it all went wrong with Homecoming. 

So now we're looking to see what happens with St. Patrick's Day. The annual Irish commemoration of beloved saint that's now mostly about guzzling green-coloured beer will be the first big test for the City and the University after Homecoming, and whether any lessons have been learned about the way we handle large-scale, city-wide celebrations. But what were the lessons? Is there an appreciation among the people holding those big parties that they went too far? Can we give young people the space to celebrate while containing things and preventing it from becoming a police matter?

These are some of the questions put to an all-star panel on this week's podcast: Guelph Police Chief Jeff DeRuyter; Ward 5 City Councillor and Town and Gown Committee member Cathy Downer; Kathryn Hofer, Manager of Off Campus Living at the Student Life at the U of G; and, Kayla Weiler, the Vice-President External of the U of G's Central Student Association. If you wish to skip ahead to a specific speaker, the timing of each interview is below.

  • Chief Jeff DeRuyter, 3:32-17:58
  • Councillor Cathy Downer, 18:02-32:34
  • Kathryn Hofer, 32:41-46:51
  • Kayla Weiler, 46:54-1:02:04

So let's talk about having a fun St. Patrick's Day that eliminates the need for a brutal police crackdown on this week's Guelph Politicast! 

How should you cope with St. Patrick's Day issues? A reminder sent out to residents of Ward 5 advises homeowners that if they hear loud parties, see alcohol on street, or nuisance parties, then they can call the police at 519-824-1212. For outdoor fires or fireworks, they can call the fire department at 519-763-8111. For all other concerns including parking infractions, idling, damaged trees, water restrictions, and litter you can call bylaw at 519-837-2529. Otherwise, have a happy and healthy St. Patrick's Day!

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.


Open Sources Guelph - March 8, 2018


It's another week of dramatic developments here on Open Sources Guelph where we know drama! For instance, we talk about the climactic chapter of a provincial leadership campaign, and if you thought things were sloppy there, then you haven't heard the news about a certain separatist federal party. Back in Trumpland, that ship is sinking faster than usual, while in Hamilton, it looks like they had a G20 meeting without the meeting (if you know what we mean). Our donuts will never be the same.

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

1) PC Bug. Taking a week off from the topic last week, we didn't get a chance to talk about the PC leadership race post-Patrick Brown, but just because Brown is gone, it doesn't mean he took the fuster-cluck out of the race with him. Even though voting is now underway for the new leader, tales of confused olds trying to vote online, and access information arriving late in the mail have been plentiful. It's enough to make you wonder if the March 10 announcement of the new leader is going to be the end of this difficult and trying period for party members. We'll talk about the latest and speculate about the results.

2) Attack the Bloc. Martine Ouellet is not a name many people know, but those that do know her seem to not want anything to do with her. Ouellet, who does not have a seat in the House of Commons, saw 7 of 10 members of her caucus walk out on her leadership, and the party, to sit as independent MPs. They said that Ouellet's leadership was akin to driving a car into a wall at 200 kilometres per hour, and that's in regards to her separatism at all costs approach to politics. Wait a minute though, isn't that kind of the point of the Bloc Quebecois? Has the separatist movement finally run its course if the Bloc isn't about independence anymore?

3) Steel This Tariff. President Donald Trump was at it again. After a hard week that saw his son-in-law under the gun, and a trusted advisor leave the White House, Trump, apparently in a fit of pique, decided to raise tariffs on all steel and aluminum imports. Or did he? Some Trump allies sold their stake in the metal business a week in advanced, but the point is the effect this might have on an already volatile economy. Sensitive NAFTA negotiations became even more tense because Canada is the number one importer of steel and aluminum to the United States, so can this situation be resolved, or is this another nail in the coffin of free trade in the Trump era?

4) Locke Down. A group called the "Ungovernable" took to the streets of Hamilton Saturday night, but they were not there to party. On Locke St., a famously gentrified area of the city, a group of about 20 black-clad rioters broke windows, threw rocks, stole things, and threatened anyone that crossed their path. Naturally, attention turned to the anarchists' book fair at the local high school, but are Hamilton police and officials missing the bigger issue? Some on Locke St. say this eruption of violence has been threatened for months, so why haven't the powers that be in Hamilton done anything to quell the sentiment? And is all this just about random $#!% disturbers looking for a bad time?

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


GUELPH POLITICAST #115 - The Vital Signs Report


What does our community look like? If you're asked that question, then you surely think of the very literal picture of Guelph in your head, probably Downtown Guelph and the various landmarks of our city core. But less literally, what does our city look like? What kind of people live here? How many live here? What do they do? And are they happy and healthy in Guelph and Wellington County?

These are some of the questions answered in the Vital Signs Report, a joint project by the Guelph Community Foundation, Toward Common Ground, and The Community Engaged Scholarship Institute, or CESI, at the University of Guelph. Vital Signs offers a snapshot of life in Guelph and Wellington County thanks to a thorough gathering of data from various sources that can then be used in the development of new policy and ideas to enhance life in the Royal City and address our challenges.

The report has all sorts of information on who we are, what we do, and what our problems are, but this podcast is about more than the cold, hard numbers, it's also about how the numbers come together. To do that, we gathered the two women behind the report, Dominique O’Rourke, who is the President of Accolade Communications, and is the past chair of the Guelph Community Foundation, and Sarah Haanstra, who is the project manager of Toward Common Ground. O'Rourke wrote the report, and Haanstra lead the research into gathering all those facts and figures. 

With our reliable sources, we talk about the work that went into creating Vital Signs, where all the statistics come from, the sorts of things that the report tells us, and in some cases doesn't tell us, and what kinds of things the report can, and will, be used for. So let's dig into the story behind the numbers in the Vital Signs report on this week's Guelph Politicast. 

You can get your own copy of the Vital Signs report at the Guelph Community Foundation website here. You can also request a hard copy version of the report at specialprojects@guelphcf.ca. You can also learn more about Toward Common Ground here, and the Community Engaged Scholarship Institute 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.


Open Sources Guelph - March 1, 2018


This week is a Canadian affair on Open Sources Guelph. There's a lot of stuff going on at the federal level, not the least of which is the announcement of the budget, but there's also still a lot to unpack, and not just luggage, from the PM's recent Southeast Asian excursion. After that, we'll talk about our own Conservative leader following in the example of the conservative leader south of the border, and why we're mad at the major media providers this week. 

This Thursday, March 1, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

1) Building Equity. The federal government released the budget for 2018 on Tuesday, and it was billed as an equity budget with new money for the Feminist International Assistance Policy, First Nations Child and Family Services, clean water on Reserves, five extra weeks of paid parental leave, and a pledge to bring forth legislation on pay equality later this year. There's also more money for judges, money to create a new process for federal leaders' debates during elections, and $50 million for independent organizations to support local journalism. It's a nice package, but is it enough to make people forget that the deficits are still huge?

2) Trudeau-ling Limited. What a whirlwind trip to India for Justin Trudeau and family! He did too much dress-up! No, people loved seeing him in local attire! The trip accomplished nothing! No, there was billions of dollars in new business and trade! He was snubbed by President Modi! No, they seemed to get along like two old friends. So which one is it? There were some serious questions about Sikh separatism and then there was the attempted murderer that got a nice picture at an official function with Mrs. Trudeau, but in the rush to call the trip a trainwreck (or not) are we missing some of the more serious issues at play?

3) "Me Too" Movement. Last year, President Donald Trump pledged to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and unilaterally recognize the city as the capital of the country. This was quite controversial and it is said to have upset the peace process, such as it is, as the Palestinians also recognize Jerusalem as their capital. So naturally, Andrew Scheer wants to follow Trump's lead. Unwavering support for Israel has always been a main plank of the Conservative Party platform, but given the criticism of Trump's move, 45's general unpopular standing in Canada, and the current troubles of Israel's hardline PM Benjamin Netanyahu, is this a smart decision?

4) Censoring Piracy? There's no doubt that piracy costs big media companies, but is the right solution for the CRTC to start allowing internet providers to block websites providing the pirated material? That's the question, and Bell, Rogers, Shaw and others like that idea. You know who doesn't? A growing number of people growing more and more concerned. In all, 5,000 people have submitted comments to the CRTC on the matter, and they're worried that if the consortium, which calls itself FairPlay, is allowed to ban some sites now, what other types of sites are they going to want to ban next? Are Canada's big media companies going too far in order to protect their I.P.?

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


End Credits - March 1, 2018


This week on End Credits, we go to the upper end of mainstream, before coming back down to the helm of the discerning cinephile. Try not to get whiplash as we go along. First, we will take the glitz and glam out of the Oscars by talking about the base economics of winners and losers for the 90th annual awards, and then we will dive into an alien world right here on Earth, in the complex yet satisfying world of hard science fiction brought to you by the new film, Annihilation.

This Thursday, March 1, at 10 am, Adam A. Donaldson and Peter Salmon will discuss:

1) Prophet Motive. This weekend, all anyone will be able to talk about is the Oscars. (Well, we’re sure people will talk about other stuff, but for our purposes, all we’re going to talk about on this week’s show is the Oscars.) For fun, and perhaps for profit if you have an Oscars pool among friends or co-workers, we break down who will win, and who should win, at this year’s Academy Awards ceremony in beautiful Hollywood, CA. Who will collect the glory, and what stunning act of disorganization and confusion will we be talking about on Monday morning?

REVIEW: Annihilation (2018). From Alex Garland, the man behind the much talked about Ex Machina, comes another startling sci-fi vision. Based on the popular novel of the same name, five female scientists enter a quarantined area called “The Shimmer” where something very alien is happening, and they must figure out the secret before they too are affected and are never heard from again. In what may be the most audacious act of gender equality in genre entertainment since The Decent, as Garland creates another provocative sci-fi opus for the thinking man and woman, but will audiences respond?

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


GUELPH POLITICAST #114 - Voices of First Nations in Protest


In the recently released Vital Signs report (more about that on the next Politicast), statistics revealed that 6,500 people in Guelph and Wellington County identified as First Nations. That's about three per cent of the population, which isn't huge, but is far from insignificant. We don't always see them, but our First Nations friends have certainly been making themselves heard lately.

A few weeks ago, over 150 people gathered in Market Square with serious purpose. Just one week before that, Saskatchewan farmer Gerald Stanley was found not guilty of murdering Colten Bushie. Bushie and his friends found themselves outside Stanley's farm with a flat tire and sought help; Stanley, apparently, thought they were there to rob him and retaliated with extreme force. The outrage of the crime, and the selection of an all-white jury, has been eclipsed by a national rage that First Nations people were seeing again, before their eyes, an injustice being carried out.

Of course, First Nations people in Guelph are not immune to those feelings, and those feelings were shared at City Hall on Saturday February 17. As noted above, Politico and other media outlets covered this demonstration as it happened, but there are things that an article can't give you: the nuance of how the words are delivered, the sometimes raw emotion, and the reaction from those there listening. In other words, there's a context beyond cherry picked a few choice words and phrases, and this is what Politico and the Politicast are built to do. 

This week on the podcast, we turn the microphone over to about half-a-dozen speakers who let their feelings about Bushie, Stanley, and this country's history of mistreatment of First Nations people be known. There was anger, there was sadness, there was disappointment, but there was also some hope. It was unlikely that this would be the last time people would gather like this; the end, sadly, is no where in sight. On the other hand, getting together 150 people, Indigenous and settler alike, on a cold February day and say in unity that "enough is enough" is victory enough on its own.

So let's head back in time to listen to the voices of our First Nations community on this week's Guelph Politicast.

Since this was recorded, another demonstration was organized to protest the acquittal of Raymond Cormier, who was charged in the death of Tina Fontaine, a young First Nations woman that was found murdered in the Red River two weeks after she went missing on the August long weekend in 2014. I guess we will see if the trend of injustice against Indigenous people will force future demonstrations.

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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