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56 minutes | 3 days ago
End Credits - November 25, 2020 (On the Rocks)
This week's episode of End Credits is on the rocks, and we mean ice! This week's review is sponsored by our newly arrived winter weather, and the new film On the Rocks, which is our first pick from Apple TV+. And since we're sort of talking about the future, we will also consider what past science fiction and fantasy shows from the 80s, 90s and 2000s might be worthy of a reboot. This Wednesday, November 25, at 3 pm, Adam A. Donaldson and Peter Salmon will discuss: Back to the Future. It's a great time for 90s reboots, from the new Animaniacs, to Saved by the Bell, and also sci-fi and fantasy shows like Roswell and Charmed. But there were so many hits, some that followed space adventurers, people going to alternative Earths, and even the crew of a big submarine! So let's play a game: what other genre masterpieces from the 1990s are worthy of a comeback? REVIEW: On the Rocks (2020). Almost 20 years ago, Bill Murray teamed up with Sofia Coppola to make their first movie together. Lost in Translation was a critical and commercial hit, and the start of a beautiful friendship, so when Coppola and Murray team up again, you have to sit up and take notice. In the new film On the Rocks, Rashida Jones joins Murray to play daughter to his father, and together they go on a journey to self-discovery and whistling. Is it worth the ride? End Credits is on CFRU 93.3 fm and cfru.ca Wednesday at 3 pm.
34 minutes | 5 days ago
GUELPH POLITICAST #248 - Red Kettle Days
If the weather last weekend didn’t tip you off, Christmas is coming, and one of the most recognizable signs of the season is the legion of volunteers who stand by the red kettles of the Salvation Army collecting physical money for Christmas programs. This was hard enough in a time of “going cashless” but in the year of COVID, collecting physical money from someone in-person seems doubly unlikely. A few weeks ago, the Salvation Army announced the start of its annual red kettle campaign, which arrived in the face of a 19 per cent increase in the number of people using Salvation Army charities in 2020. The Salvation Army has set itself the goal of raising $23 million for this year’s Christmas Red Kettle Campaign, and that money will go to help 1.9 million people in Canada by providing holiday meals, food hampers and toys, and even practical help like skills training or housing support. But then there's the practical consideration of how that money is going to be raised. Salvation Army spokesperson Lt-Colonel John P. Murray said that the organization will “refuse to let the pandemic steal their Christmas joy,” and that they still intend to have their physical kettles in the usual spots. Having said that though, the Salvation Army is keenly aware that this is not a typical year, and some of the old ways they raise money just will not work. So what will that entail? Dan Millar, the Area Director for Public Relations for the Great Lakes Division of the Salvation Army, will join us this week to answer that question and discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on this year’s campaign, and how the Salvation Army has to work with different health restrictions in different areas. He will also talk about the best ways people can help out this year, and how he and his colleagues stay hopeful in the face of all they deal with every day. So let's talk about raising money during this very unique Christmas season on this week's Guelph Politicast! There will be Red Kettles out and about in the community this year, but if you would prefer to give virtually, you have that option at FilltheKettle.com. If you’re looking for more ways to give, or for ways to give back, you can get in touch with the Guelph branch of the Salvation Army at 519-836-9360 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, 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.
56 minutes | 7 days ago
Open Sources Guelph - November 19, 2020
This week on Open Sources Guelph, we've got the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: Plague, Death, War, and Spite. One of those may not be an actual Horseman, put it is a fairly succinct description of the current occupant of the White House who is letting Plague and Death run unchecked. Things aren't much better plague-wise speaking here in Ontario, or in the rest of Canada, and that's where War comes in. He's got his own room in Alberta and everything! This Thursday, November 19, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss: Doug Day Afternoon. Ontario has been hit hard with the second wave of the pandemic, and Premier Doug Ford hasn't made it easy to get a handle on things. From a colour-coded alert system that did not follow the best advice of public health, to a vague warning that school Christmas breaks might be an extra two weeks long, there are a lot of confusing messages about there about the current state of the COVID response. What happened to Doug, he was doing so well? Second Coming. Ontario is just one place that is seeing a spike in new COVID cases. From the newly locked down streets of western Europe, to freezer trucks now sitting in the loading docks of hospitals in El Paso, it's clear the pandemic is far from over, and this with more good news on vaccines this week. We'll look at the growing concern and the rapid new spread of COVID across Canada, the United States, and around the world, and we'll let you know when to freak out. It's Only Democracy. This week in "Will He or Won't He", outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump gave orders to draw down U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan by the thousands, he fired the DHS official who said the 2020 election was the safest ever, and two Republic election officials refused to certify Detroit's results, and all this was in the space of a few hours on Tuesday night. This week, we'll look at the latest hiccups in the road to a Biden presidency, and ask, will this madness ever end? Harsh Pipeline. There's been a lot of talk about the post-pandemic economic recovery, and a lot of people think that a pipeline runs through it. Not so fast though because the economics of Alberta oil right now don't really make a pipeline viable, neither does Joe Biden's ascension to the White House, and then there are all those Indigenous issues, and now Michigan is saying "Not In Our Back Yard" to Enbridge. Jason Kenney says "it's war" but is the war already over for oil? Open Sources is live on CFRU 93.3 fm and cfru.ca at 5 pm on Thursday.
58 minutes | 11 days ago
End Credits - November 18, 2020 (The Craft: Legacy)
This week on End Credits we've got politics and magic! As the United States recovers from their election, we will take a look at the pop culture presidents we wish we had and the ones we're glad we didn't have. For the magic, we'll be reviewing the new legacy sequel of a 90s classic about the self-described weirdos who made spells in school cool before Harry Potter. This Wednesday, November 18, at 3 pm, Adam A. Donaldson and Candice Lepage will discuss: Fake U.S. Presidents. The election is over (for some), but U.S. politics is still big news as the transition rolls on. In the movies, there have been great presidents, there have been terrible presidents, and there have been a lot of mediocre presidents who were just pawns in their own stories, and this week, we will talk about the five best and five worst movie and TV presidents. REVIEW: The Craft: Legacy (2020). For many people, particularly young women, The Craft was *the* movie of the 90s, a celebration of the weirdos, the outcasts, and the ones that don't fit in to the paradigms of 90210 and Clueless. Now, 25 years later, Legacy features a new generation of witches who are ready and willing to use their powers in the cause of social justice in their high school, but can director Zoe Lister-Jones capture the (ahem) magic of the original Craft? End Credits is on CFRU 93.3 fm and cfru.ca Wednesday at 3 pm.
69 minutes | 12 days ago
GUELPH POLITICAST #247 - In the Land of Truthers
If you’ve been following the current state of affairs south of the border, you know that there are a lot of people living in false reality bubbles built on a mound of conspiracy theories. Social media companies are finally taking at least tacit steps to stop the flood of misinformation, but it’s becoming clear that the real fight against clashing realities is in our hands, and we all need to know how to fight back. Now being the smug Canadians that we are, we look at these developments in the United States and shake our head sternly, but we know that we have our own truthers here in Canada. Consider the anti-mask group The Line who held a rally last weekend up the road in Woodstock, and another that happened a few weeks ago in Aylmer, it’s likely that every one of us knows someone in our lives, or in our social media circles, who have fallen down misinformation rabbit holes. So what can we do? Presented here in one place are two experts on the effects of misinformation. First we will hear from Christopher DiCarlo who is a philosopher, educator, and author who teaches at the University of Toronto, Ryerson University in Toronto, and is an Expert Advisor for the Centre for Inquiry Canada. From DiCarlo, we will hear about why people find themselves so susceptible to misinformation, and why we should thinking about the spread of misinformation like a drug addiction. After that, we will hear from Maya Goldenberg, who is an associate professor in the College of Arts at the University of Guelph. Among other things, she studies vaccine hesitancy, or what has become more commonly known as anti-vaxxing. Goldenberg will tell us the long, unfortunate history of vaccine hesitancy, and how it has spun off into the new area of medical skepticism we more commonly know as anti-masking. So let's attack this land of the truthers in this week's edition of the Guelph Politicast! For further reading on this subject there’s an article on Psychology Today from May called “How Should We Respond to People Who Spread Conspiracy Theories?” For methods on how you can identify misinformation, there’s a page on Ryerson University’s library website that gives you tips, and WNYC’s On the Media show has a Breaking News Consumer’s Handbook that can give you further suggestions, including a list of problematic sites, which, thankfully, Guelph Politico is not on. 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 Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, 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.
26 minutes | 14 days ago
Open Sources Guelph - November 12, 2020
This week on Open Sources Guelph, it's schadenfreude time! Sadly we can't dedicate the whole hour to sad orange man, but we can discuss his status as a loser for at least one segment. After that, we will talk about the "Great Whole Foods Poppy Controversy of 2020" (TM), and we will talk to our local MPP about last week's budget reveal, and the current status of fighting COVID-19 here in Ontario. This Thursday, November 12, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss: Loser. At around 11 am on Saturday November 7 the Trump Age unofficially came to an end when almost every media outlet called the election for former Vice-President Joseph R. Biden. Current President Donald Trump accepted the loss with grace and dignity spent the weekend golfing, rage tweeting and refusing to accept defeat. That's not unexpected. What is unexpected is that the Republican Party is just going along with it. Are the GOP going to allow Trump to just build an alternate reality for himself? Whole Fools. It was nightmare and a disgrace all in one package. Whole Foods, the grocery chain owned by Amazon, had apparently barred its Canadian employees from wearing a red poppy in honour of Remembrance Day, and in stark contrast to almost every other issue, the country's governments acted swiftly to condemn Whole Foods. Did the media make too much of what was likely a cultural misunderstanding, and wasn't cancel culture supposed to be bad? Straight Outta Lockdown! The Ontario Government announced its budget last Thursday (and disappointingly they released it less than an hour before show time), and yes, there is record spending and record deficits, but what does all that extra spending buy us? This week we will be joined by Guelph MPP and Green Party of Ontario leader Mike Schreiner to talk about what he likes about the budget, what he wishes was in the budget, and his thoughts about how the Premier is handling this second wave of COVID-19. Open Sources is live on CFRU 93.3 fm and cfru.ca at 5 pm on Thursday.
57 minutes | 17 days ago
End Credits - November 11, 2020 (True History of the Kelly Gang)
This week on End Credits we're going to fight the power! For our review on this episode we're going to move our streaming sight to Netflix and an Australian style western called True History of the Kelly Gang (true story: it's not a true story). Along with that, we will also recap the week's movie news which features a death and a firing. This Wednesday, November 11, at 3 pm, Adam A. Donaldson and Tim Phillips will discuss: News of the Week. The week started off rough with the passing of Alex Trebek, but it's been even rougher for movie theatres as they lost two more 2020 releases that have been postponed to 2021. At the same time, Johnny Depp lost a prime role in a magical franchise after a libel case didn't go his way in the U.K. We'll cover these stories and the rest of this week's movie news. REVIEW: True History of the Kelly Gang (2020). In 1870s Australia there was an outlaw named Ned Kelly who led his gang of dress-wearing bushranger berserkers in a war against the colonial forces of the British Empire. This movie is the not remotely true story of Kelly and his gang, but it is still an interesting piece of Australian history and a brutal modern spin on the classic Western outlaw tale. But what's our true opinion about this half-true tale? End Credits is on CFRU 93.3 fm and cfru.ca Wednesday at 3 pm.
42 minutes | 19 days ago
GUELPH POLITICAST #246 – Explaining the Multi-Year Budget
Putting together the City of Guelph budget was a process that more or less started right after the last budget was passed, and involved every City department basically rebuilding their budget from scratch every year. It wasn’t easy, it was short-sighted, and it created a lot of extra work for staff. There had to be a better way, and that better way might be the move to multi-year budgeting. Now this is always a busy time of year for the City's finance staff, but this year may be even busier because they're introducing multi-year budgeting. It's a plan that aligns budget priorities with the Strategic Plan and forecasts the budget out three extra years. In the past, Guelph’s annual budget has been built piece-by-piece, and only one year at a time, and while that has served us well in the past, the move to multi-year budgeting is meant to give us a broader budget picture. For example, consider the decision to build a new library, or community centre. The immediate costs to next year’s budget may fall under the capital budget, but there are also new operating expenses and staffing in the years that follow. Multi-year budgeting makes it easier to see those effects by not just expanding the timeline, but also by eliminating the silos of capital and operating and considering them both at the same time. It sounds complicated, but how complicated is it really? Tara Baker, the general manager of finance and the treasurer for the City of Guelph, will help guides us through that and other questions. Baker will talk about how the new budget is organized, how staff aligned the different departments into the various Strategic Plan categories, and how local boards and committees that still budget on an annual basis fit in. She will also talk about the ongoing effects of COVID-19 on the budget, and how members of the public will be able to follow along with the new budget process. So let's talk about this very different Guelph Budget season on this week's Guelph Politicast! You can see all the budget materials now on the City’s website. The budget will be presented at a special meeting of council on Tuesday November 17 at 9 am, and the public delegation night will be Wednesday November 25 at 6 pm. The final budget vote will take place on Tuesday December 1. 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 Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, 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.
56 minutes | 21 days ago
Open Sources Guelph - November 5, 2020
This week on Open Sources Guelph feels like a million years. After going live-to-air on the U.S. Election Night, we're back at our usual time slot on Thursday to talk about all the ins and outs and whatevers of the Presidential race, and all the other races in this consequential election year. For something a little less controversial, we'll also talk to a University of Guelph researcher who has some things to say about the effects of that screen you're looking at right now. This Thursday, November 5, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss: The Aftermath. It's two days out from Election Night, and boy was it a gas! Fortunately though, no one was actually gassed, and whether people will remain ungassed in the days to come is going to be the bigger question. It's a big question as to whether or not we will know all the final results by show time, but we will try and talk about the results from the Presidential race, the House and Senate races, and all the crazy QAnon people that are now in the halls of Deep State power in Washington. Kill Screens? One of the thing that we've all had to acclimatize to in the pandemic is spending a lot more time in front of screens, but what are the effects of that, especially on the kids? This week we're joined by University of Guelph family studies prof Jess Haines, who's appearing in an episode of CBC's The Nature of Things on November 13 called "Kids Vs Screens", to talk about the effects of too much screen time, the best ways parents can model good screen behaviour, and how they should manage screen time for the kids. Open Sources is live on CFRU 93.3 fm and cfru.ca at 5 pm on Thursday.
58 minutes | 24 days ago
End Credits - November 4, 2020 (Borat Subsequent Moviefilm)
This week on End Credits we're going to make glorious show for the benefit of great radio station CFRU. In case you haven't already guessed, we're reviewing the Borat sequel this week, and just one day late for the American election. Before that, we will talk about the streaming wars to secure on James Bond, and the sad passing of another. This Wednesday, November 4, at 3 pm, Adam A. Donaldson and Peter Salmon will discuss: The (Movie) News. The last time we talked about movie news, more big movies left their 2020 release dates, and with new lockdowns in Europe it's guaranteed that theatres are going to struggling for a while longer. That's why there were rumblings that the next James Bond movie No Time to Die was the subject of a first bidding war between Apple and Netflix even if those rumblings lead nowhere. We'll talk about that other movie news. Sir Sean. Although he retied from acting in 2003, Sean Connery has never been far from the minds of fans who have always hoped for a comeback. It was not meant to be. From his being the first legendary portrayer of James Bond, to his Oscar winning role in The Untouchables to being Indiana Jones' dad, we'll make some time this week to remember Sean Connery. REVIEW: Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2020). Borat is back, and this time the misunderstandings are on a global scale. Fourteen years after the bumbling foreign journalist was sent to a gulag for bringing shame to his country, the Kazakh regime can only entrust their bribe for U.S. President Trump to one man. Is America ready for more Borat, and is Borat ready to be a father to a teenage daughter whose feminist ambitions lead her to make some news of her own? End Credits is on CFRU 93.3 fm and cfru.ca Wednesday at 3 pm.
40 minutes | a month ago
GUELPH POLITICAST #245 - Still COVID [Fall Edition] with Dr. Mercer
The last time that Dr. Nicola Mercer appeared on this podcast it was July, and things seemed to be going pretty good. Much of the province had been under a Stage 2 re-opening for weeks, and we were on the cusp of Stage 3. The virus wasn’t gone, but the number of new and active cases was on the right trajectory, but there were at the time rumblings about what would happen in the fall. We’re now more than one month into fall, and it seems like those warnings underestimated just how hard COVID-19 would come roaring back as soon as it got colder outside. If you just watch the daily numbers, it seems bad, or if you just listen to the news about all the places that have had to go back to Stage 2 openings, the outlook for the rest of the year is concerning. But doctors have been advising us to look at the trends, so what do the trends tell us? By the time you’re listening to this, it’s likely that Wellington, Dufferin and Guelph has had more cases of COVID, but even in this resurgence we’re seeing around 50 active cases at any given time. Our local assessment centre has struggled occasionally to keep up with testing capacity, but that wasn't an unusual story as cases started ticking up again last month. It seems we’re doing well managing the pandemic locally, but let's ask an expert on public health matters. Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Medical Officer of Health Dr. Mercer joins us this week to talk about the bigger picture in protecting our area from COVID-19, the secrets to our success so far, and whether or not she’s concerned about the surge in new cases in other regions around us. She will also discuss the potential issues with the location of the assessment centre now at Southgate Drive, when an outbreak’s not an outbreak at Holy Trinity School here in Guelph, and how you might be able to tell the difference between when you have the common cold and if you might have COVID-19. So let's talk about COVID (as if we're talking about anything else) on this week's edition of the Guelph Politicast! You can get all the latest trends and statistics about the COVID-19, as well as the latest public health advisories and advice, at the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health website. 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 Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, 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.
57 minutes | a month ago
Open Sources Guelph - October 29, 2020
This week on Open Sources Guelph is another one of those weeks where there's almost too much news, and it's not all related to the U.S. Presidential Election, which is definitely one of our topics for this show. Along with that, we will also talk about the four (!) elections we had in Canada this week, the continuing failures of Reconciliation in Caledonia, and labour strife in Alberta in their... healthcare sector?! This Thursday, October 29, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss: Too Good to Be True? We're now in the final week of the U.S. election, and all the national polls, and most of the swing state polls, say that Joe Biden looks good to become the 46th President of the United States. But wait, it's not a done deal! We all know that the polls pointed to a Clinton blowout in 2016, and there's still big enthusiasm for Donald Trump despite the ground he's lost, so what will happen on Election Day, and will that be the final word on this 2020 election? Return of the Kings. There were four elections in Canada this week, and they more or less ended the way you expected. In British Columbia, the NDP and John Horgan no longer need to worry about the Green MLAs now that they have a majority, Scott Moe and the Saskatchewan Party got their fourth consecutive victory, and the Federal Liberals held on to two seats in Toronto. Are there any lessons to be taken from these fairly straightforward election results? La La Land Back. Things have escalated again at Land Back Lane in Caledonia after a court ruled last week that the land defenders have to get themselves off a disputed property there, but the land defenders have refused to go, and have actually dug in further. Meanwhile, tensions have risen with the OPP, who posted a video of a couple of protestors attacking a cruiser, but the land defenders said they were provoked at the sight of officers with guns drawn. So how does this get fixed? Strong Medicine. In case you've forgotten, we're in the middle of pandemic. You probably haven't forgotten that, but the Alberta government seems to have because why else would they propose to cut 11,000 healthcare jobs at the moment in time? Like in most provinces across Canada, COVID-19 cases are on the rise in Alberta, but the politics have forced hundreds of healthcare workers to take part in a wildcat strike on Monday. So what do Jason Kenney and Co. think they're doing? Open Sources is live on CFRU 93.3 fm and cfru.ca at 5 pm on Thursday.
56 minutes | a month ago
End Credits - October 28, 2020 (Vampires Vs the Bronx)
This week on End Credits it's Halloween week! Yes, the day itself is on Saturday, but it's also Halloween week in show as we appropriately run the series on the movie series of the same name. Also, just in time for Halloween, we have an all-new horror-comedy to review that finally brings vampires, and the people of the Bronx, together in one film. This Wednesday, October 28, at 3 pm, Adam A. Donaldson and Candice Lepage will discuss: Run the Series: Halloween. There have been 11 Halloween movies including the 1978 original directed by John Carpenter. The series has been rebooted two times, retconned three times, and only one featured a story that had nothing to do with Michael Myers. Halloween has set the curve for slasher films, and the series isn't over yet, but this week we will rank all the entries so far. REVIEW: Vampires Vs. the Bronx (2020). From Nosferatu to Twilight, vampires have been a constant presence in the movies, but can they stand up to the Bronx? The New York City-set horror-comedy sets a group of civically-minded kids against a nest of vampires trying to gentrify their borough and the beloved neighbourhood bodega where Tony lets the kids watch Blade. So can the kids take what they've learned from the Daywalker and save their 'hood? And, more importantly, is the movie any good? End Credits is on CFRU 93.3 fm and cfru.ca Wednesday at 3 pm.
40 minutes | a month ago
GUELPH POLITICAST #244 - Guelph: Home of 'The Incubus'
In 1982, John Cassavetes appeared in a schlocky Canadian-made horror movie called The Incubus, and a not so small portion of The Incubus was shot in Guelph. Just in time for Halloween, we’re going to talk about that time in the 80s where an Academy Award nominated actor and director came to the Royal City to hunt monsters in an unforgettably forgettable horror movie. Released in 1982, The Incubus focuses on a small New England town plagued by a series of rapes and murders. Cassavetes plays Sam Cordell, a doctor who’s just moved to town with his estranged daughter and gets wrapped up in the police investigation of the attacks. As the saying goes, “It’s not Shakespeare,” but it’s hard to deny that there’s something about the film. For Guelphites, The Incubus is a time capsule for vintage Guelph circa 1980 with the old Odeon movie theatre, Macdonell Street, the Homewood, and the Gilnockie House on Queen Street all being prime locations. For cinephiles, there's the curiosity of Cassavetes, long considered the godfather of the modern American independent film movement, who won the Gold Lion at the Venice Film Festival for his acclaimed film Gloria the same year he made The Incubus. This is where Brett Wright comes in. Wright wrote an article for Split Tooth Media about Cassavetes and why he found some creative solace in shooting The Incubus. This week on the podcast, Wright will give us some insight into the artistic value of The Incubus for Cassavetes, why this supposedly forgettable horror movie from the early 80s hasn’t been forgotten, and why modern audiences and horror fans have been giving it a second look. So let's get into this forgotten slice of Guelph pop culture history on this week's Guelph Politicast! You can read Wright’s piece “An Artist’s Nightmare: John Cassavetes, Horror Films, and ‘The Incubus’” on Split Tooth Media. Guelph Museums has photos from the Guelph set of The Incubus in their collection, and you can watch The Incubus for yourself, for free, on the ad-supported streaming site Tubi TV. 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 Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, 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.
56 minutes | a month ago
Open Sources Guelph - October 22, 2020
This week on Open Sources Guelph, we're going to get into a realm of law and politics you've long demanded we visit: fishing rights! We will head out to the east coast for that big story on Indigenous rights, and then we will look at the recently renewed fracas over the WE scandal. Then, in the second half of the show, we will talk to an old friend and former colleague about the COVID-age at Guelph City Council. This Thursday, October 22, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss: Talk Lobster. "Lobster War" sounds like the subtitle for the next Aquaman movie, but in Nova Scotia it's a real thing that's happening with Indigenous fisherman on one side, and the rest of the Maritime fishery industry on the other. The House of Commons held an emergency debate on the matter after another fire destroyed a First Nations lobster facility on the weekend, but is this something the House can resolve, or is it just more anti-Indigenous racism in action? Here WE Go Again. The spectre of the WE Charity scandal arose again this week on a couple of fronts with new reporting from Canadaland, and new demands from the Opposition to have an open and honest rake out about everything that went in to the decision to funnel a billion dollars of student COVID relief through WE. Justin Trudeau said that this is heading down a road to election, but does he really want to fight an election over ethics? Does anybody? Allt in the Family. It's October, but there are still a few very busy months at Guelph City Council left, so this week we will be joined by Ward 3 Councillor Phil Allt, and we will ask him to put on his philosopher's hat from the old Beyond the Ballot Box show to talk about the changes to council operations in the COVID-age, whether or not he thinks some of those changes will be permanent, and how it's been going so far. We will also talk to Allt about the upcoming budget season. Open Sources is live on CFRU 93.3 fm and cfru.ca at 5 pm on Thursday.
56 minutes | a month ago
End Credits - Octobr 21, 2020 (The Trial of the Chicago 7)
This week on End Credits, the whole world is watching. At least that's what the trailer says. Just in time for the American political season, we've got the new film about a very politically charged part of American history from one of the guys that knows how to handle politically charged material best. Before that, we will Run the Series on this week's filmmaker in question. This Wednesday, October 21, at 3 pm, Adam A. Donaldson and Tim Phillips will discuss: Run the Series: Aaron Sorkin's Films. He started as a New York playwright, became an accomplished screenwriter, wrote one of the most influential TV series from the turn of the century, and finally won the Oscar for a movie about the creation of Facebook. In this week's "Run the Series", we will review and rank the screenplays of Aaron Sorkin. REVIEW: The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020). At the Democratic National Convention in 1968, eight people lead thousands of supporters in what was, at the time, the largest demonstration against the Vietnam War. The government called them anarchists, agitators, and left-wing extremists, and then they put them on trial. Through the lens and words of Aaron Sorkin, this new Netflix film draws comparisons to the current political climate, but how effective is it? End Credits is on CFRU 93.3 fm and cfru.ca Wednesday at 3 pm.
41 minutes | a month ago
GUELPH POLITICAST #243 – The Library Victory Lap
The Guelph Public Library Board of Directors met Tuesday night, and among their agenda items was the next steps for the new main library plan. For many people in Guelph, these are great signs of progress for a project that’s been gestating since the mid-90s, but there might be even more pressure for the board to now turn those plans into reality. This week on the podcast we're joined by Scott Butler, who is the current chair of the Library Board. Butler is not the only person to whom credit goes for the new library building’s approval to proceed two weeks ago, and he admits as much in this podcast, but he is now the one that has to lead the Library board, staff, volunteers and friends down the literal and figurative road to the new main library, and its approved $62 million pricetag. Before we get to all that, let’s take a minute to remember how we got here, all the work that got the project this far, and maybe enjoy the moment. And although there's still some doubt about the wisdom of the investment in some quarters, the project is now on course to be made a reality. There are capital campaigns to plan, final blueprints to draw, groundbreakings to attend, so what does going forward look like right this minute? Along with that question, Butler will also talk about his immediate thoughts and feelings after the October 7 meeting of council where the Baker Project was approved, and his thoughts about some of the counter-arguments against proceeding. Then, Butler will discuss the immediate next steps, the opportunities for public input and assistance on the project, and where the Baker Project should be at this point next year. In between, we'll talk what happened to that "silent majority", and the value of libraries in the middle of a pandemic. So let's check out (library pun) what Board Chair Butler thinks now that the vote is done on this week's Guelph Politicast! To see the supporting documents for the new main library branch, and the audio version of the September 29 presentation of the design plans and building details on the Guelph Public Library’s website by following the links. You also follow this link to more information about the Library’s Board of Directors. 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 Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, 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.
55 minutes | a month ago
Open Sources Guelph - October 15, 2020
This week on Open Sources Guelph, we've got some leftovers to dig through on our post-Thanksgiving show. COVID is back, not that it ever really left, but things are getting more dangerous as the colder weather arrives. In other leftovers, we're got "Blue Lives Matter" making a comeback, more news about the American election, and a surprising update about the battle against online hate. This Thursday, October 15, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss: COVID Strikes Back. Last weekend, the Province of Ontario rolled back three COVID hotspots to Stage 2, closing up indoor dining, gyms and entertainment venues in the name of slowing a flare up of the virus before we get deeper into the fall. At the same time, those newly closed businesses are asking for more help, long-term care homes are feeling the strain of staffing issues, and the Ontario government is sending out mixed messages. So what is the state of COVID? Symbol Freeze. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police has been under justifiable scrutiny after several Indigenous people were killed in police shootings this year, and getting caught up in the whirlwind of Black Lives Matter, so the RCMP banned all "Thin Blue Line" and other pro-police ephemera. Having said that, the National Police Federation, a police union, are telling the officers they represent to ignore the order. Why do police unions insist on doing themselves harm with these measures? Do We Care Package. You may have heard that there's a presidential election going on in America right now, but why do we care? It's not unreasonable to say that what happens in the United States politically has an effect on Canada, and American political decisions have a visceral impact on Canada when you consider relations with China, pipeline construction, and international trade. So why does this election matter to Canada in the short and long term? Death on Denial. Facebook took a step it has long hesitated to do for some reason: ban Holocaust deniers. The social media site has formally banned posts and groups that deny or distort the fact that the Nazis killed six million Jewish people in World War II, and just in time for the 75th anniversary of the end of the war. Facebook has been hesitant banning anyone because an active user is money in the bank, so what finally convinced Mark Zuckerberg to ban the original truthers? Open Sources is live on CFRU 93.3 fm and cfru.ca at 5 pm on Thursday.
57 minutes | a month ago
End Credits - October 14, 2020 (The 40-Year Old Version)
This week on End Credits. it's time for another deep dive into the New York arts and theatre scene with all the neuroses, personalities, and creative obsessives that come with it, and it's in black and white! This week, we're reviewing The 40-Year Old Version, and before that we will catch up with some good old fashioned movie news! This Wednesday, October 14, at 3 pm, Adam A. Donaldson and Peter Salmon will discuss: The News. It's been a while since we caught up with the latest movie news, and the biggest news is still the fallout of COVID-19 as more movies move to 2021, and theatres struggle with the lack of new product. We will also look at how the next Spider-Man movie is getting Stranger, a possible Social Network sequel, and the inevitable return of Cleopatra. REVIEW: The 40-Year Old Version (2020). Radha Blank's directorial debut is about a Black playwright on the cusp of her 40th birthday. She was once hailed as a promising new artistic voice, but now she teaches theatre to school kids, so in her frustration, she puts her doubts and anxieties to a hip-hop beat. Blank's Sundance winner hits nicely in an oeuvre of New York movies about New York arty types trying to make it, so does Version make it for Blank? End Credits is on CFRU 93.3 fm and cfru.ca Wednesday at 3 pm.
34 minutes | 2 months ago
GUELPH POLITICAST #242 - This is Halloween
We know that small businesses everywhere are struggling, but every business is struggling in its own way. Halloween is Christmas for those businesses that sell costumes, make-up, and party supplies, but there’s definitely not going to be any parties this year, and even the possibility of Trick or Treating is in doubt. So what will Halloween look like, and where does that leave the people for whom Halloween is big business? This week on the podcast, we're joined by Missy Morrow, who is the proprietor of Party Corner Costumes. Believe it or not, the Centres for Disease Control has a list of recommendations for a safe and healthy Halloween, and indoor costume parties and door-to-door trick or treating are among the more high risk activities though. The CDC does offer some alternative suggestions though, so the holiday is not dead, but what about the people that supply the party favours? But Party Corner is more than a one holiday pony so to speak. In fact, one of their biggest annual draws is St. Patrick's Day, which was more or less cancelled this year because the lockdown hit just before its March 17 celebration. There was lost revenue from all the green and Irish party favours for a university town that enjoys a good St. Patty’s Day shindig, and all occasions in between, so is this Halloween going to make or break the local costume business? That’s one of the questions Missy Morrow will answer, along with how she’s had to adapt and change her usual business practices because of COVID, and the incredible amount of extra work she’s had to put in to help her business to survive the pandemic. She will also discuss what this Halloween will look like, what people are doing, how much pressure she’s feeling to make the most of her busiest holiday, and whether or not she thinks there’ll be Trick or Treating this year. So let's talk about Halloween, and the costume business, in this COVID age on this week's edition of the Guelph Politicast! You can find Party Corner on all social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You can also fine them on their website, call them at (519) 763-6400, or visit them at their store at 200 Victoria Road South, the Eggcetra Plaza, from 9 am to 9 pm Monday to Saturday, and 10 am to 7 pm on Sunday. 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 Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, 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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