GUELPH POLITICAST #347 - What’s Next Part 1: The Transition

9Nov

On November 15, five new city councillors are going to formally take their seat around the horseshoe, and they’re five people bringing a variety of skills and experiences to the table. Joining them are eight experienced councillors, so how do all these ingredients gel to immediately form a cohesive unit that will tackle some of the biggest challenges our local government has faced.

Our guest for the next two weeks is Stephen O’Brien, the City Clerk for the City of Guelph. Among his numerous duties, O’Brien is also the administrator of our municipal elections, and it's that specific work we're going to talk about beginning with this important question: What happens after the election is over? This week, we’re going to talk about what a council transition period looks like at Guelph City Hall.

Now there’s no such thing, really, as a transition period for local government, at least not in the way we understand it from the American example. Having said that, there’s a lot for an incoming councillor to get caught up on from the ongoing work of professional staff to learning the general instruction manual for council from learning about the Procedural Bylaw to what a point of order is.

That's a lot of stuff to cover, and this week O’Brien will cover some of that with us. He will talk about what essential reading and training new councillors have to receive, and what refreshers the incumbent councillors get before the new term begins. He will also talk about the limits of councillor power, and the rules that govern a councillor's role. Also, O'Brien will discuss the leftover paperwork from the election, and his personal advice is to the incoming council class.

So let's talk about the transition to a new term on this week's edition of the Guelph Politicast!

The inaugural first meeting of city council is on Tuesday November 15 at 6:30 pm in the council chambers at 1 Carden Street. There’s also a mock meeting for the new council to get acquainted with procedure and technology at 9:30 am that same day. Come back here next week for part two of our discussion with O’Brien where we talk about planning for the 2026 municipal election.

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 #399 - November 3, 2022

7Nov

This week on Open Sources Guelph, we're going to talk about some of our favourite characters. The latest hearings in the Emergencies Act inquiry brought out a lot of famous names from the Freedom Convoy, and they we'll dip south of the border to catch up with some long forgotten friends there. In the back half, we'll have to say a surprise goodbye to a frequent friend of the show who was just voted out.

This Thursday, November 3, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

Failing Sloly. This week at the Public Order Emergency Commission, aka: the public inquiry into the Emergencies Act, we started with the ongoing testimony of former Ottawa Police Chief Peter Sloly, who further defined the route of dysfunction in the service, but the rest of the week promised a who's who of Convoy leaders like Chris Barber and Brigette Belton. What new have we learned?

What's the Frequency, Nancy? Last Friday's attack in the home of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and the assault of her husband with a hammer, has dredged up new concerns about political violence, and just in time for the American midterm elections. We'll talk about the far-right extremism that might be about to gain power in the U.S. and whether or not the Democrats have enough juice left to stop them.

Raiders of the Lost Mark. In the only upset for Guelph on Election Night, two-term Ward 6 Councillor Mark MacKinnon fell in defeat to Ken Yee Chew by a little over 400 votes. Coming off his last city council meeting as a sitting councillor (for now?), MacKinnon joins us this week to talk about his council accomplishments, what he's learned from losing, what he's working on next, and his advice for the new kid.

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

End Credits #270 - November 2 2022 (Blonde)

4Nov

This week on End Credits, we will go from black-and-white to colour, and back again. That's a reference to the filmmaking style of the latest Netflix attempt for awards' consideration, Blonde, which is all about the life of Marilyn Monroe. You might have heard of her, and you also might have heard about some of these other movies about Hollywood life. 

This Wednesday, November2, at 3 pm, Adam A. Donaldson and Peter Salmon will discuss:

Movies Like Movies. If there's one thing that Hollywood likes to do, it's looking inward to find good story material. Blonde is not the first movie about the movie business, and the people that make movies, and it won't be last, so for the first part of our show this week, we will look at Hollywood looking at itself. From tales of Hollywood legends in their later years to a mockumentary about a lost star from the 90s, we will honour the movies... about movies.

REVIEW: Blonde (2022). When you think of Hollywood glamour, there's probably no better example than Marilyn Monroe. Although she died at the age of 36 over 60 years ago, she still casts a long shadow as an icon, and now her sad life's been captured on film again in the controversial bio-pic, Blonde. Acclaimed filmmaker Andrew Dominik deconstructs Monroe's story, and he gets rare talent in Ana de Armas who seems to captures Marilyn both physically and in spirt, but what about the movie itself? Is Blonde worthy of its larger than life subject?

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

GUELPH POLITICAST #346 - STEM Women’s Work…

2Nov

Science, technology, engineering and math make up the four letters in "STEM", which is the subject of a new exhibit at the Guelph Civic Museum. In "Iron Willed: Women in STEM", you can travel through the history of science and engage with all the great women that have achieved big wins in science while overcoming tremendous social and societal barriers thrown in front of them, even in the 21st century.

From Marie Curie to Donna Strickland, the history of women in science has not just been a story about the advancement of scientific understanding and knowledge, but a story about social progress. Old-fashioned ideas about the role women can play in science can be seen in modern statistics, where only about 20 per cent of people receiving physics degrees are women, the lowest of all the physical sciences. 

Now, we can all understand the struggle with the "Iron Willed" exhibit, which originated from Ingenium, a group of Ottawa museums, and was then adapted for Guelph with information about local scientists by Laura Coady, who is the Collections and Research Co-ordinator of Guelph Museums. Coady joins us this week, and so does University of Guelph physics prof Dr. Joanne O’Meara  and U of G microbial ecologist Dr. Heather Slinn.

With all this brain power on this week’s edition of the podcast, we will talk about the highlights of the exhibit, how it was made Guelph-friendly, and some of the interesting things you will find when you visit. We will also talk about the difficulties in getting more women into scientific fields, why the struggle starts long before the first year of university, and we will discuss the best ways to support women in STEM with some personal messages from the guests to their younger selves.

So let's dig into the world of Women in STEM, and the challenges they face, on this week's Guelph Politicast!

You can learn more about "Iron Willed: Women in STEM" at the Guelph Museums website, and you can also visit the exhibit in-person at the Guelph Civic Museum any time from now until February 20. You can learn more about Royal City Science and their efforts to build a science centre in Guelph at their website, and you can follow 500 Women Scientists Guelph on Twitter.

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 #398 - October 27, 2022

31Oct

This week on Open Sources Guelph, it's back to normal. Or, at least, what passes for normal. With the election over, the format is getting back to normal at least with two news items and an interview. This week, we're talking about the inquiry into the Emergencies Act, and the still relatively new government in Queen's Park, plus we will have an interview with an outgoing member of city council about a job well done.

This Thursday, October 27, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

Inquiry Minds Want to Know. For the past two weeks, officials have been probing the use of the Emergencies Act. Testimony so far has revealed a complete breakdown in planning and intelligence gathering during the so-called "Freedom Convoy", but we kind of knew that already. Also, Premier Doug Ford is of the opinion he doesn't have to testify even after other witnesses have thrown him under the bus. We'll catch up.

Fall Back to Queen's Park. The Government of Ontario took some time off to let the municipal elections unfold, but they were back in business in a big way Tuesday with new legislation meant to help with the housing crisis. The real dark cloud though is the gathering spectre of job action as CUPE educational workers are in a legal strike position a week from today. So how are things going in the House of Ford?

Done Hasslin' With the Hof'. She wasn't running for re-election on Monday, but this week we're going to talk to June Hofland, now the outgoing Ward 3 City Councillor. Hofland's been on council since 2006, so she's leaving with a wealth of experience and insight dealing with municipal matters, and we're going to pick her brain about some of those lessons, plus, we will ask her about her legacy and her unfinished business.

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

End Credits #269 - October 26, 2022 (Halloween Ends)

28Oct

This week on End Credits, this is Halloween! In our inevitable Halloween Week show, we will have the inevitable review as we follow up our shows about Halloween, and Halloween Kills with Halloween Ends. And since one good horror franchise deserves another, or all of them (?), we will finally, and scientifically, determine which horror franchise stands above all the others.

This Wednesday, October 26, at 3 pm, Adam A. Donaldson and Candice Lepage will discuss:

Simply the Best? When it comes to franchise building, no one does it better than the horror genre. There are so many different franchises in the world of horror, so many variances in creativity and quality, how could you possibly determine which one is the best one? Well, that's our mission on this week's show! We will debate the best horror franchise in film history; Is it zombies? Monsters? The guy with the machete? The guy with the chain saw? We'll find out.

REVIEW: Halloween Ends (2022). It's over! Or is it? The 13th movie in the Halloween franchise promises a definitive conclusion, but it also promises the ultimate confrontation between boogeyman Michael Myers and the finalest final woman Jamie Lee Curtis. On that second part, Halloween Ends shirks those expectations in favour of something entirely different, which has been a source of much consternation on Film Twitter. But what do we think? Does Halloween Ends deliver the goods, or is it just another Halloween sequel?

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

GUELPH POLITICAST #345 - Election Night 2022

26Oct

You probably know who all the new members of city council and the school board are, but do you know how it all unfolded on Election Night? Preserved for posterity, and for the edification of those who might have otherwise been busy on Monday night, we're going to replay nearly two hours of non-stop political nerdiness as we counted all the votes as they rolled.

This week's episode of the podcast was recorded live-to-air on Election Night this past Monday. Starting when the polls closed at 8 pm you will be able to listen as Scotty Hertz and I followed all the ups and downs of the polls in Guelph, took a look at some of the key races around Ontario, and threw in a generous number of trademark non-sequiturs that have become your favourite part of live election coverage on CFRU!

So, let's flashback to Election Night, and remember how we got here on this week's Guelph Politicast!

To see the unofficial results click here. The City Clerks office will post the official results later this week. The new council will be sworn in on Tuesday November 15. In the meantime, stay tuned to Open Sources Guelph for interviews with the new members of council in the weeks to come.

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.

End Credits #268 - October 19, 2022 (The Munsters 2022)

24Oct

This week on End Credits, we cross the streams. Yes, that is a Ghostbusters reference, but it's also a reference to the stream from TV to the movies, or maybe just streaming VOD. Like this week's review, which is a movie based on a TV show. We're looking at the adaptation of The Munsters, and we will talk about other movies that got their start on the proverbial boob tube.

This Wednesday, October 19, at 3 pm, Adam A. Donaldson and Tim Phillips will discuss:

TV at the Movies. When TV came around, the movies felt threatened by the idea that you can beam news and entertainment programming right into your home. Decades later though, TV shows became just another source of valuable I.P., the basis for studios to create new lucrative franchises, and sometimes it worked! Before the main review, we will talk about some of those projects, from a team of 1960s spies to some foul-mouthed kids looking to blame Canada.

REVIEW: The Munsters (2022). In the Fall of 1964, two different sitcoms premiered featuring families who were spooky and macabre; one was The Addams Family and the other was The Munsters. Generations of fans gathered around both shows, but one of The Munsters' biggest fans was Rob Zombie. Though known for the murder and mayhem of hits like The Devil's Rejects, Zombie goes decidedly PG with this tale of how Herman met Lily and made their way from gloomy Transylvania to sunny L.A. Does Zombie capture the magic of The Munsters?

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

Open Sources Guelph #397 - October 20, 2022

21Oct

This week on Open Sources Guelph, the election ends. Well, technically the election ends on Election Day, which is Monday October 24, but in terms of our own election coverage, this is the end. We've got three interviews with three mayoral candidates on this week's show, from the person who wants to be a very different mayor, to someone that wants to blow up the role of mayor, and last, but not least, the incumbent mayor.

This Thursday, October 20, at 4:30 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

Rookie Drew. Danny Drew was the first person to plant their flag in the ground to challenge Cam Guthrie for the Mayor's chain in this election, and they're about as far away from Guthrie in terms of style, substance and influence that they can get. Scotty will talk to Guelph's official "non-binary communist" about taking Guelph in a very different direction, why housing is his priority, and how he's got a lot of out-of-the-box ideas to fix it.

The Far Side. What was that we just said about being the opposite of Cam? Shelagh McFarlane has been one of the pre-eminent voices of the local anti-mask, anti-mandate, and vaccine hesitancy movement, and she will be the first to tell you that she doesn't care about the minutia of zoning bylaws or community plans. Adam will talk to McFarlane about why she thinks the world is not what the rest of us think it is.

Third Time Around. Cam Guthrie has a lot of fans in Guelph, but he also has his share of critics, but whatever criticisms people have about Guthrie, they couldn't find a powerful opponent to rally behind. Perhaps Guthrie's real opponent is the challenges that the city is facing now and in the future. Adam will ask Guthrie about some of those challenges, his effectiveness as mayor, and how he might change things up in the next term.

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

GUELPH POLITICAST #344 - Here We Go Again…?

19Oct

You may have heard that there may be a teachers’ strike coming. Another disruption to the learning of Ontario’s students is the last thing anyone - from parents to government to the teachers themselves - wants. Having said that though, it does feel like we’re on a path to inevitable job action as teachers' demand more resources and Queen's Park demands moderation. Is there a middle ground?

As it stands now, only around 55,000 education workers represented by CUPE including custodians, early childhood educators and admin staff will be in a legal strike position on November 3, but that doesn’t mean they *will* strike. It’s worth noting that in 2019, CUPE and the government reached a deal at the last minute before the strike, so could history repeat itself, but no one knows what’s going to happen.

In late-2019 and early-2020, there were a series of one-day walkouts by teachers, and they were having an effect, but then we got hit by COVID-19 and it poured a bucket of cold water on any job action. By the end of March 2020, all the teachers’ unions had a new agreement, but even with that unfinished business, it's probably safe to say that teachers' concerns have changed markedly since the pandemic. Will finding common ground be easier or harder this time around?

Speaking locally, we're joined on this week's podcast by Jennifer Hesch, the Vice-President and Chief Negotiator of the Upper Grand Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO), and David Del Duca, the Vice-President (Secondary) from the Wellington Unit of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association (OECTA).

Hesch and Del Duca will tell us what the CUPE no board report means for local schools, and what it means for the negotiations with other unions. They will also talk about the issues that the unions are negotiating for, why compensation is fundamental, and why safety is such an important consideration whether it’s COVID-19 or threats of violence. And finally, we will discuss the search for positive signs from the government, and whether they feel hopeful about these current negotiations.

So let's talk about the local view on education in this week's Guelph Politicast!

You can keep up-to-date with the latest developments from the OECTA at their website, and you can get in touch with the local unit through their website here. For the ETFO, you can access the main union website here, and you can reach out to the local office through their own website here. Stay tuned for developments as they occur.

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.

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