Open Sources Guelph - May 23, 2019

26May

This week on Open Sources Guelph, we're going to try and look past the usual suspects to get at some of the under reported stories in the news this week. Among them, we'll look at an official investigation into money laundering, and a key turn of phrase that's a giant step forward in dealing with out racist past. Speaking of racism, that's still a thing, and a couple of people in Canada are doing their best to bring it back, while some American states are trying to bring back their own dark past for women's rights.

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

Last Flag Flying. What's new with hate in Canada? Well, last week there was the case of a Nazi and Confederate flag flying high over a property in Kelliher, a small town in Saskatchewan, and while the flag flyer has been described as, basically, a harmless 34-year-old who "never grew up," it's the man who took down the flag and burned it that seems to be getting the brunt of the attention. We'll talk about that, and court case of Kevin J. Johnson as we look at recent news from the realm of right wing extremism.

Dirty Laundering. British Columbia Premier John Horgan announced last week that his government is launching a public inquiry into money laundering. From luxury cars, to gambling, and especially real estate, B.C. is the money laundering capital of Canada, but this is a nation-wide issue to be sure, and one that impacts the lives of Canadians everyday from housing prices to fraudulent goods. But what will the public inquiry discover, and will it make any difference for the high cost of living?

Pro-Life in Pieces. Several U.S. states have launched restrictive anti-abortion laws designed to force a court fight that will lead to the Supreme Court where it's hoped that the newly minted majority of conservative Justices will overturn the seminal court case of Roe V. Wade. Reaction in the U.S., and around the world, is concern. Here in Canada, all eyes are on openly pro-life politicians, and whether they might be encouraged to make the same moves in this country? How under threat is the right to an abortion?

Bad Words. The Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg took a wild, unexpected step for Reconciliation with our Indigenous peoples by properly calling centuries of systemic mistreatment a genocide. Many advocates have been pushing for this, but it's been a hard sell because it means painting our ancestors as people who committed a genocide against a whole continent over hundreds of years. So will this be a positive step forward for Indigenous relations?

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

End Credits - May 22, 2019 (John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum)

24May

This week on End Credits if you want peace, prepare for war. The war, of course, is not ours, but rather it's the latest entry in the John Wick franchise. We'll review Parabellum, and we'll talk about the wonderfully eclectic career of its star Keanu Reeves. We'll also talk about the return of James Gunn, the business dangers facing Netflix, and Game of Thrones anger.

This Wednesday, May 22, at 2 pm, Adam A. Donaldson and Vince Masson will discuss:

Son of a Gunn. Nearly a year after he was fired from the third Guardians of the Galaxy movie by Disney for some off-colour tweets that resurfaced, James Gunn has broken his silence about the affair. Having since been rehired, Gunn seems to have taken his last rollercoaster year in stride, and we'll discuss what the take away is from Disney's actions and Gunn's comments.

Binge Survey. Big changes are in store for the world of streaming video later this year. Disney+ will launch in the fall, and new streaming services from Apple, and Warner Media will follow, which might leave Netflix in a lurch as they lose popular entries like the Marvel movies and Friends to their competitors. Should Netflix be worried about the future?

Game Blight. The final season of Game of Thrones has been divisive to say the very least. Some fans have decided to not it lying down, and one million of them have signed a petition to demand that HBO remake the final season, which hardly seems likely, but begs the question: Are fans just unable to handle disappointment anymore?

Prince of Reeves. There aren't many people in showbiz like Keanu Reeves. The Toronto-born actor isn't necessarily one of the best when it comes to the craft, but you can't argue that there are a lot of people in Hollywood who are as dedicated to the physical rigors of action-heavy roles, even at the age of 55. We'll talk about the best of Keanu, and his many underappreciated talents.

REVIEW: John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum. You know the name, and you can probably guess the game. Keanu Reeves returns as the eponymous retired hitman who must this time fight the entire New York underworld to get one shot at clearing his name. This series is known for its incredible stunt work, but does it have anything more to offer than gun fights, sword fights, car chases, motorcycle chases, chases on horseback, and fights in elaborate glass rooms?

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

Open Sources Guelph - May 16, 2019

19May

This week on Open Sources Guelph, it's about all the unanswered questions. Will another scandal permanently sink the Liberals chances for re-election? Which political party will disappointed progressives find more appealing in the election? Will Doug Ford ever run out of scandals? And is there an election somewhere that might be bigger and stranger than anything going on in Canada?

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

Norman Leering. The prosecution of Vice Admiral Mark Norman fell apart quite suddenly last week, and it made Liberal scandals involving prosecutorial interference front page news again. This story has existed under the wire for almost four years, but since the SNC Lavalin affair has cooled off, it's given the Opposition something new to get riled up about. But is the Norman scandal the same as SNC, and is there enough grist here for the non-stop mill of the news cycle?

Green Vs Orange. The Canadian Press recently wondered if the NDP's introduction to the House of Commons of a motion to declare a climate emergency was a preemptive move to get ahead of the Green Party. All signs point to an ascendant Green Party in this fall's election, and an NDP that might have to struggle to hold on to its 44 seats in the Commons. So will the real contest in October be between Jagmeet Singh and Elizabeth May instead of the title match between Justin Trudeau and Andrew Scheer?

Health Classless. Premier Doug Ford has had another busy week. Before getting booed at the open ceremonies of the youth Special Olympics, his government announced cuts to the province's public health units, and the fact that Ontario's 35 different units will be soon amalgamated into 10. The Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph unit will now be lumped in with Waterloo, Peel, and Halton, and somehow that's just one of the stories in another week of overstuffed headlines from Queen's Park.

Asamanjas 2019 (Hindi for "Indecision 2019"). Canada isn't the only country with election fever these days. Over in India, Narendra Modi is facing off against Rahul Gandhi in an election featuring nearly a billion eligible voters taking turns voting in seven different rounds over the course of a month. We'll take a look at the issues and clashing campaign styles happening right now in the world's biggest democracy, and what Modi's odds for re-election are in the Earth's biggest election (ever?)!

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

End Credits - May 15, 2019 (Pokemon Detective Pikachu)

17May

It's time for another End Credits, and this week we're going where we've never gone before: in search of Pokémon. We're going to be solving crimes in this episode with Detective Pikachu, and we're going to be getting to the bottom of the latest news. On that account, we'll talk about movie schedule musical chairs, a Furious producer, 10 years after Trek, and some new trailers.

This Wednesday, May 15, at 2 pm, Adam A. Donaldson and Candice Lepage will discuss:

Shell Shock Empire. The Disney and Fox merger continues to have some major consequences for movie execs and movie fans. The Avatar sequels have been rejiggered to fit in between the new Star Wars trilogy that was just announced, and the normal slate of a dozen films put out by Fox, has been cut in half. So are we the ones losing out from Disney's gains?

Fast Today, Gone Tomorrow. Producer Neal Moritz has guided the Fast and Furious franchise from the beginning, but in a sudden twist of fate (of the furious) he's been tossed off his own series as it's about to enter potentially new heights of profitability. We'll talk about the mysterious firing of Moritz, and what effect it might have on the billion dollar Furious franchise.

A Once Enterprising Beginning. It was 10 years ago that J.J. Abrams brought back the final frontier with his reboot of Star Trek. It remains the most profitable Star Trek film made, but unfortunately it's been tough for the studio to capitalize on that success. So what is it about the first Abram's movie that worked so well, and why did the reboot efforts fall so flat afterward?

"Farewell" Said the "Spider" to the Clown. We have a new batch of trailers this week including the highly anticipated return of the Losers Club in the very first look at IT: Chapter 2. Also, beware of spoilers because the new trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home will ruin Avengers: Endgame. And speaking of difficult goodbyes, we'll say "Hello" to The Farewell.

REVIEW: Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019). The multimedia Pokémon phenomenon finally arrives in the form of a live-action movie, as Justice Smith heads to Ryne City, where Pokémon and humans live together side-by-side, to get to the bottom of the his father's mysterious death. Cracking the case involves teaming up with a Pikachu with the voice of Ryan Reynolds, but can this unusual partnership collect all the clues and save the day?

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

GUELPH POLITICAST #172 - The Clash Over Clair-Maltby

15May

Clair-Maltby is hundreds of acres of mostly untouched greenspace in Guelph's south end. For some, it represents millions of dollars in potential real estate profit, and for others, it represents a chance to develop in an environmentally responsible way that avoids the natural instinct to sprawl. These ideals clashed before City Council this past Monday.

The main sticking point in this most recent update on the Clair-Maltby Secondary Plan was the fact that the planned location of the community park had recently been moved from a location on land owned by Fusion Homes, to the property commonly known as the Marcolongo Farm. The Marcolongos are hoping to use a portion of the land for affordable housing, built by a non-profit developer, so it seemed odd to them that the park would be moved without advanced notice to the one site in Clair-Maltby where the point is to not make money.

Many people in Guelph are already dubious about the intent for Clair-Maltby, and that staff and council seem poised to repeat the sprawling mistakes of the past, so the imposition of the community park on the Marcolongo Farm seemed to prove the point. And on top of that, there's the general concerns about the environment, sustainable building, the threat to wildlife, the threat to the unique geography of the Paris Galt Moraine, and the potential threat to Guelph’s drinking water supply. The issues were as numerous as the delegates at this past Monday's council meeting.

So why not hear from them directly?

On this unique entry in the podcast, you will be taken into the City Council Planning Meeting from May 13. The excerpts for this episode comes from the public delegation portion of the evening, and the debate about the amended motion brought forward by Ward 6 Councillor Dominique O'Rourke asking staff to look again at options for the community park. 

The speakers list for the evening included Mike Marcolongo and his mother Assunta Uffer-Marcolongo (pictured above), Daniel Ger and Heather Tremain of Options for Homes, Dana Anderson of MHBC Planning, Susan Watson, Morgan Hannah, Carol Koenig of the Protect Our Moraine Coalition, former council candidate Matt Saunders, Julianna Van Adrichem, Dustin Brown of Extinction Rebellion Guelph, Hugh Handy of GSP Group, Cynthia Bragg, Dr. Hugh Whiteley, Kevin Guyan, and Joanne Moores.

So let's head to the floor of the council chambers to hear the debate on this week's edition of the Guelph Politicast!

You can stay up to date on all the latest developments concerning Clair-Maltby here. And if you found this kind of episode of the podcast useful, and if you’d like to hear more from the council chambers on key issues in future editions of the podcast, feel free to send your feedback or comment below.

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 - May 9, 2019

13May

It's another busy week here in the Open Sources Guelph newsroom. We've got environmental stuff on the go with talk about the carbon tax and the small matter of a million species dying out. In between, we'll talk about religious matters of law in Quebec, and take a look at all the people who want to replace Donald Trump as the leader of the free world. Just business as usual.

This Thursday, May 9, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will (re) discuss:

Onward Carbon. A ruling from the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal says that the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act, AKA: the Federal Carbon Tax, is constitutional. Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe, treating the situation with the appropriate amount of seriousness, compared this to game one of the Stanley Cup final, and said he plans to take it all the way to game seven, but is this more like "Game Over"? And what effect will this have on the separate Ontario court challenge to the GGPPA?

Text Secular. The CAQ government in Quebec is moving fast on Bill 21, which formally bans teachers, police officers, judges and others from wearing items like hijabs, turbans, kippas, and crucifixes in the course of their duties. Some people think this is only going to affect people working for the government, but there are some who are concerned that you might not even be able to take a bus while wearing a head scarf. So is it full speed ahead for the bill, or is there a chance that François Legault might relent?

Primary Runners. 21. It's the number you need in Black Jack, but it's also the number of candidates presently running for the Democratic nomination for President in the 2020 election. Some of them you may have heard about - Biden, Beto, Bernie, Warren Mayor Pete - and most of them you likely haven't, but from this diverse (and still growing?) field will emerge the person to take on Donald Trump for the White House next year? So what do we think of the candidates so far?

Extinction Agenda. Good news everyone, the natural world is in the worst shape it's been in since humans first walked the Earth. The United Nations is back again with another dire report about the end of the world, this time with a warning about over one million plant and animal species going extinct due to human action because of a variety of reasons up to, and especially including, climate change. So are we doomed, is there still a way out, and how do we get more people to care?

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

End Credits - May 8, 2019 (Long Shot)

10May

This week on End Credits, we're getting politically romantic. Our review this week is Long Shot, a movie about finding love in all the wrong places, like the campaign trail, and it might offer some refreshing laughs from American politics. We're also going to be talking about spoilers, new trailers, the best of the decade, and the loss of a major voice in modern cinema.

This Wednesday, May 8, at 2 pm, Adam A. Donaldson and Tim Phillips will discuss:

Singleton in Time. John Singleton passed away last week due to complications after having a stroke in April. It was a blow for the film business for Singleton, as you may know, is the youngest person to ever be nominated for the Best Director Oscar, and the first Black person to ever get the nod. We'll talk about the life and career of Singleton, and the films and legacy he leaves behind.

Spoilers of War. The sky high expectations of Avengers: Endgame, and the fan excitement about it, has made people extremely prickly about seeing or hearing spoilers in advance of seeing the film. Disney even had a spoilers expiring date for Endgame. But is it possible that we're too spoiler-phobic? Where is the fine line between wanting to experience a movie fresh and just being obsessive?

Decade to Rest. It's only May, but we've already gotten our first list of the Best Movies of the 2010. The website World of the Reel surveyed 250 film critics, and collated the results to a Top 20 list of movies released so far since January 2010. There are some interesting picks in there, and some questionable ones, so we'll look at the list and talk about how it might compare to our lists (if we make one, and we might make one. You know, later).

Sonic Spoof. You shouldn't judge a film by the trailer, but here come a couple of projects that you can't help being judgey about. One is Sonic the Hedgehog, a live-action movie based on the 16-bit video game character, and the other is Gemini Man, where Will Smith fights Will Smith who's been de-aged 30 years thanks to digital technology. Is there any hope for these movies?

REVIEW: Long Shot (2019). Politics is a tough game, but not as tough as the game of love! In Long Shot, presidential candidate Charlize Theron tries to become the Leader of the Free World while her new speechwriter Seth Rogen makes a play to become the first First Gentleman. American politics aren't exactly a great, life-affirming basis to build a film on, so you can at least enjoy a funny movie and the surprisingly wonderful Theron/Rogen chemistry.

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

Open Sources Guelph - May 2, 2019

6May

This week on Open Sources Guelph, we take a mid-spring break. Does that sound weird? Too bad, we're doing! Maybe we're heading to Ottawa to see the Storm in the final round of the OHL playoffs. Maybe we're heading south to campaign for "Uncle" Joe Biden. Maybe we're workshopping our puppet musical about the life of Nikola Tesla. In any event, we're replaying our most recent interviews with the MP and MPP of the riding of Guelph.

This Thursday, May 2, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will (re) discuss:

Lloyd Stories. It’s probably a difficult time to be a backbench Liberal MP; you’re not really part of the SNC-Lavalin affair, but it’s what everybody wants to talk about. This week on our show, Guelph MP Lloyd Longfield finds himself in just such a position, but we find time to talk about other issues too like the implementation of the carbon tax and the recent loss of auto sector jobs. Plus, there’s an election coming, and we’ll talk to Longfield about what’s concerning him.

Panic Mike. Last week, the Ontario government delivered its first budget under Doug Ford and Finance Minister Vic Fedeli. While many were initially pleased that it didn’t seem like there were that many cuts, the days since have revealed that there was a lot unseen in the fine print. One of those people is Guelph MPP Mike Schreiner, who joins us this week for an in-depth discussion about the government’s budget priorities, the carbon tax court challenge, and how the Ford government might be running defense for their federal counterparts.

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

End Credits - May 1, 2019 (Avengers: Endgame)

3May

This week on End Credits, we hope you like superhero movies and Avengers and stuff, because this one is all Marvel, all the time. Or, at least all Marvel, for an hour. So this week we're reviewing Avengers: Endgame, and before that, we're going to look back at all the movies that came before and rank them because that's what you do sometimes.

This Wednesday, May 1, at 2 pm, Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

New Universe Order. The Marvel Cinematic Universe launched in 2008 with Iron Man, and from that one movie, directed by the guy that made Elf and starring an actor Hollywood had long since given up on, came the most successful franchise in the history of film. For this week, we'll do the new definitive* rundown of the Marvel movies from best to not so best. (*List may not actually be definitive.)

REVIEW: Avengers: Endgame (2019). The 22nd film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe saga brings to a close the incredible feat of creating an intertwining, multi-film storyline over 11 years. But does Avengers: Endgame stand on its own? Does it manage to satisfy the decade-plus investment that fans have put into these stories and characters, while answering the criticisms of Infinity War, and the MCU generally? Well, $350 million in three days says it does...

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

GUELPH POLITICAST #171 - Guelph Stuff (Climate Emergency, #GuelphProud, Polls)

1May

It's been a while, but every now and then on the podcast, we like to take a minute, or 30, and talk about the issues happening Guelph, and give them some context in the bigger political picture. What are people talking about, how will it affect their lives, and what are the angles they're not thinking about? In other words, we're going to talk about "Guelph Stuff".

This week on the podcast, we're joined again by Guelph Politico contributor Eli Ridder to chat a little about "Guelph Stuff", and we've got three main topics to talk about.

First up, we’re going to talk about whether or not the City of Guelph should declare a climate emergency. Several municipalities in Ontario have made the move in the last couple of months, and there’s been a lot of talk about green-friendly Guelph doing the same, but not everyone at city council is getting behind the idea.

Then, a matter of branding. Mayor Cam Guthrie and others have been using the hashtag #GuelphProud to promote Royal City goodness for the last couple of years, but with groups like the Proud Boys, and Ontario Proud out there, the word doesn’t exactly carry the same kind of jolly symbolism it once did.

And finally, polls show that the Liberals and the Greens are running neck and neck in the federal riding of Guelph, which might be a serious problem for this typically Liberal stronghold. So is it possible that Guelph might go entirely Green in the coming Federal Election, and what are the challenges for the other major parties?

So let’s get into some “Guelph Stuff” on this week’s edition of the Guelph Politicast!

Action on climate change will be a hot topic at the Committee of the Whole meeting on May 6, and you can find coverage of that, and all the latest Guelph political news here on Guelph Politico. “Guelph Stuff” will return sometime next month.

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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