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End Credits #336 - April 10, 2024 (Monkey Man)

4/12/2024
This week on End Credits, it's the Year of the Monkey! Well, technically it's not the year of the monkey for another four year, so maybe it's the week of the monkey, and a year for revenge!! On this show, we're going to review the new action thriller Monkey Man, which is all about revenge fights, and we're going to take a moment to talk about the best movie revenge fights so far! This Wednesday, April 10, at 3 pm, Adam A. Donaldson and Peter Salmon will discuss: Best Served Cold. Monkey Man is a tale of revenge, but so are a lot of movies. They say that the best revenge is living well, but most of the time it seems that the best revenge is fighting as many guys as possible between you and the source of your betrayal. Before getting into Monkey Man, we will talk about other movies were the best revenge is not served cold, it's served with a kick-ass fight and lots of over the top and sometimes gratuitous violence! REVIEW: Monkey Man (2024). Rescued from the ash bin of the Netflix algorithm by Jordan Peele, Dev Patel's directorial debut Monkey Man is now in theatres everywhere. The story follows a man seeking revenge on the corrupt police chief that murdered his mother, which leads him into the deep rot of India's political and societal systems that keep the people under thumb. It's been, perhaps unfairly, described as "John Wick in India" but it's been impossible to not admire Patel and his vision, especially as a first-time filmmaker. But did it work for us? End Credits is on CFRU 93.3 fm and cfru.ca Wednesday at 3 pm.

Duration:00:57:31

GUELPH POLITICAST #414 - Tiny Homes, Big Impacts

4/10/2024
We’ve heard a lot about tiny homes lately as the housing crisis has gotten worse, but they’ve been a thing for a while. Somehow, it’s both a niche real estate trend, and a new innovation in accommodating Canada’s unhoused population, but it’s the latter that we’re interested in today because we're going to talk about one of Guelph's two tiny home projects meant to tackle homelessness. In Kitchener, there was this idea called A Better Tent City. In 2020, various community partners teamed up to turn an industrial lot into a community of tiny homes that would offer low barrier housing with access to hygiene and sanitation facilities, and connection to services and healthcare on a path to stable housing. It also gave the opportunity for shelter to people who have partners, or companion animals, neither of which are allowed in your typical, traditional shelter. Kitchener’s success with Tent City has been an inspiration for communities around Ontario and across Canada, and that includes Guelph. Mayor Cam Guthrie used his Strong Mayor Powers to direct City staff to start to develop a plan for A Better Tent City-style encampment, and while that plan is in progress, a group called the Guelph Tiny Homes Coalition announced that they had already starter their own project and they're out to prove that a housing first solution is the best solution. Liz Hales, who is one of the organizers of the Guelph Tiny Homes Coalition, joins us to talk about the reasons she wanted to take part in this project as a nurse practitioner, the paradigm changing idea that housing is healthcare, and why having a permanent place to live is key to assuring a property recovery from medical procedures. She will also discuss who all is on this team, what they’re doing right now in terms of organizing, and what kind of help they’re looking for and when they need it. So let's talk tiny on this week's edition of the Guelph Politicast! To learn more about the Guelph Tiny Homes Coalition, you can go to their website. Under the “Get involved” tab you will find a link to that volunteer form where you can give the group your information and where you want to help out. As for the City of Guelph project there’s a deadline of April 26 to hear from property owners who have land within one kilometre of downtown that they’d like to donate. If this sounds like you, send an email to purchasing [at] guelph.ca. 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, 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.

Duration:00:41:24

Open Sources Guelph #465 - April 4, 2024

4/8/2024
This week on Open Sources Guelph, we're feeling hungry... Hungry for the news! To begin with we will look 75 years into the past to when the last piece of Canada fell into place, and speaking of piece, we'll talk about the people who get the bigger parts of paycheque pie. It's going be no piece of cake for the people that fight forest fires in Ontario this summer, but there could be a sour lemon in the U.S. election. This Thursday, April 4, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss: Diamond Jubi-Newfie. Exactly 75 years ago last Sunday, Newfoundland and Labrador became the 10th and (so far) final province to join the Canadian confederation. It wasn't an easy process, and the people of Newfoundland only voted to join after two referendums, and by a bare majority. We'll talk about why there still seems to be a debate about whether those voters in 1949 made the right call. Let the Sunshine In. Last week, the Ontario government released the annual Public Salary Disclosure, aka: The Sunshine List. Introduced in 1996, it provides a list of public servants that make over $100,000, and it's a hot button topic for people that don't like how government employees make such a nice living, and that goes double in an affordability crisis. Still, do we put to much emphasis on all that "Sunshine"? Fire Storm. It may not look or feel like it right now, but spring is here and that means firefighters in Ontario's north are getting ready for another busy fire season. At issue though is whether or not the provincial government is taking the danger seriously enough because everyone from opposition parties to the firefighters' own union says they're not. What will it take to get real government action? Spoiler Alert? Last week, independent U.S. presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. announced his running mate, Nicole Shanahan, the independently wealthy ex-wife of one of the Google founders who has no experience in public service. Polling suggests that RFK Jr.is getting a lot of use out of his last name and less from his status as a well-known anti-vaxxer, so will Kennedy be spoiler, and whom will he spoil more? Open Sources is live on CFRU 93.3 fm and cfru.ca at 5 pm on Thursday.

Duration:00:55:05

End Credits #335 - April 3, 2024 (Road House 2024)

4/5/2024
This week on End Credits, we wanna fight! Now this is typically a collegial show where the hosts get along, so when we talk about fighting it's usually in relation to a movie, and this week we're watching all the fighting with Road House. Now this movie is a remake, and while he was a lover *and* a fighter, we will pay tribute to the star of that original Road House movie. This Wednesday, April 3, at 3 pm, Adam A. Donaldson and Tim Phillips will discuss: Saint Patrick's Day. In 1989 Patrick Swayze starred in the original Road House, which was an interest role for him coming out of his then-recent hit playing sexy and graceful and romantic in Dirty Dancing. It's hard not to think about either Road House or Dirty Dancing when it comes to Swayze's greatest hits, and though he tragically passed away fairly young in 2009, he still stands pretty tall as one of Hollywood's most interesting modern leading men. We will talk about his greatest roles. REVIEW: Road House (2024). The larger points are pretty much the same, big trouble at a road side bar and the one bouncer that's got to unravel it, but Doug Liman's remake takes, if you will, some bigger swings. Jake Gyllenhaal subs for Patrick Swayze as the bouncer, but this time he's a former MMA fighter who's drifting from place to place trying to avoid a fight till some rowdies harassing this small town bar finally push him too far. Gyllenhaal is one oddest leading men working today, so does Road House use his manic weirdo energy well enough as he beats guys to a pulp? End Credits is on CFRU 93.3 fm and cfru.ca Wednesday at 3 pm.

Duration:00:57:46

GUELPH POLITICAST #413 - ARCH is Gone But Their Services Remain

4/3/2024
HIV/AIDS Resources and Community Health, or ARCH, suddenly announced its closure last week. Losing ARCH impacts a wide variety of people in Guelph and area, whether that’s HIV prevention and care, needle exchanges and harm reduction, or gender affirming and trans healthcare. For these people, ARCH has been the first and only place they could turn for help, so who's going to fill the void? The short answer is a team-up of the Guelph Community Health Centre and the AIDS Committee Of Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo and Area, otherwise known as ACCKWA (pronounced "aqua"). They have big shoes to fill because ARCH was a pretty big part of the local healthcare picture for decades, emerging at a time when there was not just a tremendous stigma for people diagnosed with HIV, but when an HIV infection was almost certainly a death sentence. ARCH was radical at the time of its inception, inclusive, sex-positive, anti-oppressive, and focused on harm reduction as a first line of defense. And for members of the queer community, ARCH was very important, especially in the realm of gender-affirming care because many trans activists will tell you that even in 2024 it’s hard to find a doctor that will take you as you are and not what you were born as biologically. That's a lot for one group to cover, so we're getting two! This week, we're joined by Guelph CHC executive director Melissa Kwiatkowski, and ACCKWA executive director Ruth Cameron, who are here to talk about logistics. They'll discuss the changes to the delivery of services formally covered by ARCH, the division of labour between CHC and and ACCKWA, and how new clients needing those services can best access the help they need. Also, we will talk about the ongoing need for HIV/AIDS education and awareness and the growing number of services covered by CHC. So let's get into the change face of care in Guelph on this week's Guelph Politicast! If you are a patient receiving HIV or gender-affirming care, or if you take part in the needle exchange programs, you shouldn’t notice too much of a change in your service. But if you have any questions or concerns, you can get in touch with Guelph Community Health at 519-821-6638 or info [at] guelphchc.ca, or you can get in touch with ACCKWA at 519-570-3687 or by visiting their 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, 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.

Duration:00:41:44

Open Sources Guelph #464 - March 28, 2024

4/1/2024
This week on Open Sources Guelph we're all about the bling, bling! Money matters matter to us this week as we tackle the debate around the carbon tax and the follow-on debate about confidence, and then we will talk about the updated fiscal picture of Ontario and our brand new provincial budget. Also, w will get some straight dope about current political conditions in Guelph direct from city hall. This Thursday, March 28, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss: Wax on Axe the Tax. Last week, the federal Conservatives tried to bring down the governing Liberals by forcing a repeal of the carbon tax increase on Monday, which naturally failed. At least in the short term. The political trends seem to indicate that Pierre Poilievre is going to win the next election, and it's on the back of the carbon tax he's going to do it, but do voters have a firm sense of the situation? Red Ink Tories. The Ontario budget for 2024 was released on Tuesday, and it was big. The amount of money that the Government of Ontario is spending is bigger than ever, and so is the deficit, or rather it's bigger than Queen's Park originally intended this time last year. We'll talk about the highlights and the lowlights of this year's Ontario budget, and how Guelph was affected. We Got Ward 5 On It. It's been a while since we had a member of city council on the show, so there's a lot to catch up on. Naturally, we went to one of the councillors that represents Ward 5, CFRU's district, and talk to Cathy Downer. From questions about protesting government interference, to a vacancy tax proposal, to the protection of local heritage assets, we will dig into all that more with Councillor Downer! Open Sources is live on CFRU 93.3 fm and cfru.ca at 5 pm on Thursday.

Duration:00:55:18

End Credits #334 - March 27, 2024 (Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire)

3/29/2024
This week on End Credits, we ain't afraid of no ghost... busters movie review. In the spirit of Easter and themes of rebirth and rising from the dead, we head to movie theatre to check out a terrifying return in Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire. Along similar lines, we will go back in time to the year 1984 to look at two movies and an open weekend paradox that crosses the streams! This Wednesday, March 27, at 3 pm, Adam A. Donaldson and Candice Lepage will discuss: The Battle of '84. On the same weekend in June 1984, two similar but very different movies opened in theatres everywhere; one was Ivan Reitman's Ghostbusters and the other was Joe Dante's Gremlins. Both have elements of horror and comedy, but perhaps the films slide more to one side or the other, and yet one thing is clear: Two major releases this similar would never get released on the same weekend in 2024! So we will decide, once and for all, who's superior. REVIEW: Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire (2024). For 40 years now, we've been asking. "Who you gonna call?" and we have occasionally got an answer, but in this movie, *everyone* answers the call. Almost anyone that's even been, thought about or tangentially connected to the Ghostbusters returns for Frozen Empire, in which the ghostbusting Spengler family fight a giant snow demon and their own internal dysfunctions. They've spent a lot of years trying to turn the Ghostbusters into a massive action/adventure franchise, so does this busting end up feeling good? End Credits is on CFRU 93.3 fm and cfru.ca Wednesday at 3 pm.

Duration:00:57:21

GUELPH POLITICAST #412 – A Climate Action Check-In

3/27/2024
The City of Guelph has two goals, one to be a net zero community by 2050 and the other to be 100 per cent powered by renewable energy at the same time, and while 2050 is still a good 26 years away, it’s going to get here sooner than we think. This week, we're going to go over the climate action report card, how is Guelph doing as we're trying to turn the tide? From the moment Guelph city council established their net zero and 100 per cent renewable goals in 2021, local climate activists have been asking to see a plan and interim goals. Guelph has a reputation for being one of the most environmentally-friendly cities in the county, but the devil’s in the details and people have been wanting City Hall to do go beyond bike lanes and electric vehicles. There’s also a matter of logistics. City hall has been trying to help us out with things like the Guelph Greener Homes program, which offers interest free loans to homeowners to make environmentally-friendly renovations, but that’s only going to help about 600 households; Guelph has 55,000. And then a new controversy arose this week with the Ontario government preparing to override a decision of an Ontario Energy Board, forcing city councils around the province to weigh in. What a perfect time to be joined again by Evan Ferrari, who is the executive director of eMERGE Guelph, an environmental consultancy. Ferrari will tell us about the current state of Guelph’s conversion to net zero, and how there’s still a lot of work to do. Also, he will talk about how climate action is getting lost in the housing and affordability crisis, and the hiccups in the shift to EVs. And finally, he will look at how the climate deniers have changed the game with new talking points. So let's look at where we are in the local climate fight on this week's Guelph Politicast! You can learn more about the advocacy and services of eMERGE at their website, or by following them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin. You can learn more about the City of Guelph’s Greener Homes program at the City’s website. Also, to learn more about the natural gas decision of the Ontario Energy Debate at council this week, you can catch the meeting coverage on Guelph Politico. 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, Google, 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.

Duration:00:45:57

Open Sources Guelph #463 - March 21, 2024

3/25/2024
This week on Open Sources Guelph, it's starting to feel like the bad guys are winning. It's certainly true that a bad guy won in Russia this week, and he has a friend in the United States who he wants to join him in all the winning, but that's still be determined because that guy's got bigger problems. In terms of the smaller problems, we'll have a guest on to talk about solutions. This Thursday, March 21, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss: The Totally Vlad Show. In an election outcome that was assured long before a single vote was cast, Vladimir Putin has secured a fifth term as the President of the Russian Federation, which means he'll be in charge for a period longer than even Joseph Stalin. While Putin secures his continued dominance in the Kremlin, countries in eastern Europe are preparing for war so where does Russia go from here? "Bloodbath" and Beyond. Donald Trump did it again, threatening America with violence in the event that he doesn't win the U.S. presidential election this fall. But maybe he was just lashing out because he's seemingly run out of gullible suckers who will cover his legal costs as he faces the possibility of having his assets seized by the New York Attorney General. We will catch up with some American politics. The Fraud Squad. March is Fraud Prevention Month; in fact, 2024 marks the 20th annual observance of the occasion. These are very fraud-y times indeed with reports coming in all the time about someone losing money to a cryptocurrency scam or losing thousands of dollars to someone posing as their grandchild's criminal lawyer, but there are ways you can protect yourself. Jeff Horncastle from the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre will join us to talk about how. Open Sources is live on CFRU 93.3 fm and cfru.ca at 5 pm on Thursday.

Duration:00:57:40

End Credits #333 - March 20, 2024 (Love Lies Bleeding)

3/22/2024
This week on End Credits, we're going to get swoll! Prepare to enter the exciting world of bodybuilding and queer romance in the late 1980s with the new neo-noir movie Love Lies Bleeding, and for all the K-Stew fans out there, we will pay tribute to your favourite actress' career by talking about some of her greatest hits! This Wednesday, March 6, at 3 pm, Adam A. Donaldson and Peter Salmon will discuss: The Taming of the K-Stew. Kristen Stewart has been in the movie-making business for the 25 years now, and while most people know her from the big stuff like the Twilight films, and her Oscar-nominated turn in Spencer, she's actually had a lot of different roles in a lot of different kinds of movies. Before we get into Stewart's new film, we will talk about some of her old ones, which Stewart performances are among her best after her first quarter-century in the biz? REVIEW: Live Lies Bleeding (2024). Not to be confused with Drive-Away Dolls, another period movie about lesbians caught up in some criming, Love Lies Bleeding embraces its film noir roots for all its heartache and violence and fatalism. Bodybuilder Jackie arrives in town and meets gym manager Lou, and just when they think they might escape and find happiness together, they realize that they're both bound by a dark fate, and the dark criminal underbelly of their border town. So do we love Love Lies Bleeding, or do want we let it bleed? End Credits is on CFRU 93.3 fm and cfru.ca Wednesday at 3 pm.

Duration:00:57:54

GUELPH POLITICAST #411 - Raw Audio News

3/20/2024
The last few weeks have been busy news weeks, so on this edition of the podcast we're going to lift the veil of news gathering and take you behind the scenes to see how the sausage the media gets made. To do that, we're going to talk to an Ontario cabinet minister about promises, hear from local fire officials about safety, and discuss how best to not get scammed. First up, we will go back to last Thursday when Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Paul Calandra was in Guelph announcing that we were receiving $4.68 million for our progress in achieving local housing targets. While Calandra was here, he was asked about the premier's past comments about Guelph and our own desire for the provincial government to take a housing pledge. Hear how he answered. On that same day, there was a media availability in front of a house on Edinburgh Road South. It was the site of fatal fire last week that cost two people their lives, and it seemed to happened because there was a definite lack of smoke detectors in their home. You will hear from Guelph Fire Chief Brian Arnold and Ontario Fire Marshal Jon Pegg about why you need to put safety first. And finally, a sneak peak for the next edition of Open Sources Guelph! This is Fraud Prevention Month, which is still happening every March since it was first held now exactly 20 years ago. Sadly, fraud has not gone away and it's only seemed to become bigger business, and that's why we wanted to talk to Jeff Horncastle of the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, and you will hear him talk - in part - about how to stay safe from scammers. So let's listen to the news as it happened on this week's Guelph Politicast! You can learn more about all of these stories on Guelph Politico. You will be able to hear the full interview with the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre's Jeff Horncastle on Open Sources Guelph, which airs tomorrow (Thursday) at 5 pm on CFRU 93.3 fm or cfru.ca! 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, Google, 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.

Duration:00:34:43

Open Sources Guelph #462 - March 14, 2024

3/18/2024
This week on Open Sources Guelph, we throw ourselves into international drama. From civil unrest in Haiti, to the ongoing disaster that's still unfolding - and might yet get worse - in Gaza. Also, there's a princess missing in England, and can you believe that's going to be the *last* segment?! Also, closer to home, we've got another great government attempt to regulate the internet to discuss. This Thursday, March 14, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss: Know Haiti. For the last few weeks, a coup d'état has essentially been in progress in the Caribbean country of Haiti. This week, Prime Minister Ariel Henry agreed to resign once a transitional council is in place after gangs seemingly took control of vast portions of the county, including the capital Port-au-Prince. Is Haiti finally about to turn a corner, or is this just more chaos as Haitians pay the price for centuries of colonialism? Rafah on the Brink. The holy month of Ramadan has begun, but the full blown assault on the Rafah area of Gaza has yet to begin as Israel threatened (as of this writing). In the west, President Biden is drawing red lines despite affirmations about protecting Israel, while Benjamin Netanyahu says he's not listening to those concerns. Is a turn coming for the war in the Gaza Strip? Harm Offensive. The Government of Canada has introduced a bill called the Online Harms Act, which will create a new regulator separate from the CRTC, that will focus on overseeing digital safety with particular emphasis on protecting children and youths from internet exploitation. Still, this government has not had a lot of success regulating internet stuff, so will this bill deliver the right results? Stuck in the Middleton With You. The Princess of Wales had abdomen surgery earlier this year, nothing major the Palace said, and then she took a powder from public appearances. With conspiracy theories on the rise, the Firm released a photo of Princess Kate and the kids, but what's that meme? It's a fake! So we're forced to ask the question: How were they so stupid, and why do we care so much? Open Sources is live on CFRU 93.3 fm and cfru.ca at 5 pm on Thursday.

Duration:00:57:05

End Credits #332 - March 13, 2024 (Perfect Days)

3/15/2024
This week on End Credits, we search for perfection. It's hard to find, difficult to describe, and different for everyone, but if there's one thing that many critics can agree on, it's that the new film Perfect Days is pretty close to perfection. We will let you know if we agree with that assessment, but also under the topic of perfection, we will revisit another blast from our 80s past. This Wednesday, March 6, at 3 pm, Adam A. Donaldson and Tim Phillips will discuss: This is Spinal Tap... at 40! Forty years ago this month, a small movie was released and while it didn't hit so hard at the time, it ended up having a huge impact in the long-term. Rob Reiner's first film, This is Spinal Tap, introduced the concept of the mockumentary, a documentary-style movie about a subject matter that's made up, in this case the British hair band Spinal Tap. This week, we will talk about the lingering effect of The Tap and take our nostalgia all the way up to 11. REVIEW: Perfect Days (2024). What initially began as a tourism project to promote Tokyo's splendid new public toilets became a movie worthy of nomination for the Best International Feature Oscar! The legendary German director Wim Wenders takes us into the life of Hirayama, who spends his days keeping those toilets clean and enjoying a quiet life filled visits to his favourite haunts, taking pictures of trees in the park and his favourite American music on cassette tapes. In short, all of Hirayama's days are perfect days, but what happens when fate intervenes? End Credits is on CFRU 93.3 fm and cfru.ca Wednesday at 3 pm.

Duration:00:57:25

GUELPH POLITICAST #410 – Buses and Trains Wanted!

3/13/2024
As listeners familiar with the work of Guelph Politico are aware, improved transit is a pretty big part of the mission, and more often than not, we’re talking about local transit. But did you know that transit can take you to places outside of Guelph’s urban boundaries? This is somewhat tricky because regional transit, both to and from Guelph, is lacking, and we're not alone. That’s where a new advocacy group wants to make a difference. Before looking at the pan regional picture, let’s look at what you have when it comes to getting out of Guelph on a bus or a train. First, you’ve got the Kitchener Line GO Train. Then there are several GO bus routes including ones to Toronto, Milton, Mississauga, Hamilton and Waterloo. There’s also RideWell and the Guelph Owen Sound Transit but almost all those options don’t run on the weekend. What’s weird is that the demand is clearly there for more service. The Hamilton-Waterloo bus was an immediate success, and social media is littered with pictures of packed bus platforms at the Mount Pleasant GO Station on the weekends as people wait to head further west. Those of us who live at the far end of the GTHA and beyond continue to struggle, and are often left to our own devices to fill the gaps, plus no one’s looking at the broader regional picture... ...Until now. This week, we're joined by Haadhi Faizal, the founder of the advocacy group, More Transit Southern Ontario, who's going to talk about the gaps in regional transit, the difficulties of trying to pick your battles when there are so many, and how trying to co-ordinate between the municipal transit systems is part of the problem. He will also talk about building density around transit stations, and how we can get more people involved in the fight for more and better transit. So let's talk about more buses and trains on this week's Guelph Politicast! You can learn more about More Transit Southern Ontario at their website or by following them on @MoreTransitSO on Twitter and YouTube. In terms of local regional transit expansion, there’s an open house for the business cases to build a rail line connecting Union Station and Cambridge through Guelph on Thursday March 21 from 6 to 8 pm at City Hall. There’s a virtual meeting on Tuesday March 19 too, and you can get all that information at engagewr.ca. 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, Google, 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.

Duration:00:37:04

Open Sources Guelph #461 - March 7, 2024

3/11/2024
This week on Open Sources Guelph, we're going back to the 80s. The 18th Prime Minister of Canada passed away last week and we will talk about his impact between then and now, and speaking of the 80s, we've also got to talk about Trump again. In the back half of the show, there was good news about the pharmacare, and we will try and find some good news for the women out there in advance of their day. This Thursday, March 7, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss: Life of Brian. Former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney passed away last week and he will be honoured at a state funeral on March 23. But what will Mulroney be honoured for? A lot of people have pointed to his successes fighting acid rain and apartheid while others have pointed to his constitutional failures, neo-liberal economic policy and the collapse of his political party once he retired. Will the real Brian Mulroney legacy please stand up? Super Tuesday's Child. This past Tuesday was Super Tuesday in the United States as 16 states held their primary on a single day. It was widely suspected that Donald Trump would secure the Republican nomination, so all eyes were on the future of Nikki Haley, and the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court who ruled that Trump gets to stay on the ballot in places where he was removed. Where does U.S. politics go now? Down on the Pharm! Last week, the federal government revealed their national pharmacare plan. The policy, which was a key demand from the NDP for their confidence and supply agreement, will begin by covering contraception and diabetes drugs and then set up a process by which other drugs are added. Should we be excited about this progressive development, and will it be a selling point for this tired Liberal government? Women's Day Economics. Friday is International Women's Day, and there are themes every year for the occasion. For 2024, the United Nations has set the theme, "Invest in women: Accelerate progress", meaning that we need to empower women who are so vulnerable to many different economic factors. From the "pink tax" to fact that women took the brunt of job losses in the pandemic, we will talk about finding equity in the economy. Open Sources is live on CFRU 93.3 fm and cfru.ca at 5 pm on Thursday.

Duration:00:56:54

End Credits #331 - March 6, 2024 (Dune: Part Two)

3/8/2024
This week on End Credits, the movies are back! Obviously, they never went away, but after a fairly dry year at the movie theatre so far, boy we're we back last weekend with the arrival of the the long-awaited second chapter of Dune! If that's not exciting enough for you, there are some huge movie awards being given out next weekend, and we're very excited to talk about them! This Wednesday, March 6, at 3 pm, Adam A. Donaldson and Peter Salmon will discuss: Flight of the Awards. The Oscars are coming! The 96th annual Academy Awards ceremony is this weekend, and it almost goes without saying that this is going to be a big weekend for Oppenheimer. All the odds-makers are saying it's a good bet that Christopher Nolan's hit about the father of the atomic bomb is the one to beat, and it's been pretty unbeatable this awards season indeed. We'll talk about whether those odds will hold and the other bets around this year's Oscars. REVIEW: Dune Part Two (2024). When we last left Dune, Paul Atreides and his mother had found sanctuary with the Fremen, the indigenous population of the planet Arrakis , and now Paul must decide whether to embrace his destiny as their saviour even if that means starting a holy war that sets fire to the universe. If may look like your standard big-budget, Hollywood sci-fi blockbuster, but Denis Villeneuve doesn't do conventional, and Dune's not your average cinema spectacle, so after a gangbusters opening weekend, we're going to talk about our thoughts about Dune: Part Two. End Credits is on CFRU 93.3 fm and cfru.ca Wednesday at 3 pm.

Duration:00:57:25

GUELPH POLITICAST #409 – Advanced Repeat

3/6/2024
It's rare these days to work in the same place for over four decades, but when you go to the Guelph Public Library this week you may notice that one long-time face is no longer around. Maybe you didn't notice because you were so obsessed with the thought of heading into the DVD stacks to find more Denis Villeneuve flicks, high on the hit from Dune: Part Two. If any of this sounds right, this podcast is for you! First, we will insert a little End Credits action into this show by replaying the definitive ranking of Denis Villeneuve movies pre-Dune from September 2021. The Quebec-born director has risen through the ranks from being the darling of homegrown Canadian cinema to being a major Hollywood filmmaker, but American reviewers ignore those quirky first Canadian flicks. We don't! After that, we will re-play our interview with now former-Library CEO Steve Kraft from last September where he talked about his career, why he wanted to become a librarian in the first place, and how technology has changed what a library is all about. He also talked about the Library’s future, from the new building to all the branches, plus he discussed the demand for library programs, and if there’s anything libraries can’t do. So let's talk books and movies on this week's Guelph Politicast! The Guelph Public Library Board of Directors has formed a CEO recruitment committee and they will be dedicated to hiring a new CEO sometime later this year. Dune Part Two is no in theatres everywhere and you can listen to the full review on this week's episode of End Credits. 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, Google, 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.

Duration:00:49:57

Open Sources Guelph #460 - February 29, 2024

3/4/2024
This week on Open Sources Guelph, it's Leap Day! Recorded for posterity, episode #460 of this show is being released on Leap Day, February 29, 2024. This year February added an extra day, and on this show we're adding to the discourse! We're going to drop in on our friends at the Ontario Legislature, and then we're going to talk to a friend from the trans community to see how they're coping with current events. This Thursday, February 29, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss: Weak in the Fees. This week, the Government of Ontario announced that they're pumping $1.3 billion in extra funding into the province's universities and colleges, and this after Premier Doug Ford reportedly canned a decision to hike tuition fees by five per cent over three years. And yet, the biggest controversy of the week involves judicial appointments and accusations of patronage. We'll catch up with all the fun at Queen's Park. The Johnstone of Destiny. Canada’s queer and trans communities are feeling besieged lately with many provincial governments trying to legislate parental rights and/or are openly discriminating against LGBTQ+ people. This week, we're joined by Fae Johnstone, a trans activist and the executive director of the Society for Queer Momentum, who's going to tell us about how they maintain hope that we’re still on the progressive road to equality. Open Sources is live on CFRU 93.3 fm and cfru.ca at 5 pm on Thursday.

Duration:00:56:38

End Credits #330 - February 28, 2024 (Drive-Away Dolls)

3/1/2024
This week on End Credits, we're on the road again. The last few weeks of winter hardly seems like a good time for a road trip, but maybe that's the point. It's time to get in the car and drive with the Drive-Away Dolls and our old friend Ethan Coen, but before that we will talk about all the movies they aren't entirely sure they want you to see as we reach the end of "Dumpuary." This Wednesday, February 28, at 3 pm, Adam A. Donaldson and Peter Salmon will discuss: Dumpuary Jones. We've reached the end of February (though technically nearly the end because it's a leap year), which also means it's the end of "Dumpuary". It's the time of year where Hollywood studios dump the movies that they think can make some money but are too embarrassed to release in the harsh light of summer or Christmas. So for the first part of the show this week, we will hail some Dumpuary classics both past and present! Drive-Away Dolls (2024). As you may recall, the famous filmmaking fraternity the Coen Brothers are taking a break from each other. A couple of years ago, Joel made The Tragedy of MacBeth, and Ethan made this, a 1999-set road trip comedy about a pair of young women finding themselves on the road to Tallahassee and finding something mysterious and tantalizing in the trunk of their borrowed car. If you like Classic Coens like Raising Arizona or Burn After Reading, you will probably see a lot to recommend in Drive-Away Dolls, but is one Coen Coen enough? End Credits is on CFRU 93.3 fm and cfru.ca Wednesday at 3 pm.

Duration:00:56:48

GUELPH POLITICAST #408 - Greg Dorval Has Things to Say

2/28/2024
One of the problems covering issues of homelessness in the media is that it’s hard to find people to be the face of those issues. You see this in just about every news story, “person X is experiencing issue A”; it’s a way of personalizing the issue and making it relatable to the audience, and it’s one of the reasons why the homelessness crisis is so unrelatable. That’s where Greg Dorval entered the picture a few weeks ago. As government representatives and social services agencies got together for a two-day Health and Housing Symposium at the Delta Hotel and Conference Centre, Dorval pitched a tent in the back of the Wellington County Administrative Centre. Dorval had decided to become an ambassador for the people living rough in Guelph, and his point was clear: We’re here, and we need assistance greater than what’s been received. Dorval also set up shop in advance of a special meeting of city council, one that discussed a new bylaw that regulated the use of public spaces on City-owned property. Developed in 11 days, City of Guelph staff felt like they were trying to walk a fine line between human rights and safety concerns, but people living rough and their advocates saw it as an attack on people who had no place to go. Dorval was one of the delegates at that meeting, but he still has more to say. On this edition of the pod, we catch up with Dorval as he talks about how he felt sitting through the rest of the meeting, and trying to find some peace of mind when people are saying unkind things about people living rough. He will also talk about his initial uncertain interactions with Wellington County staff and how he turned that into a path forward on the issues. And finally, he will talk about the need for continuity of care, and how we wants this to be the last winter anyone lives in a tent in Guelph. So let's hear more from Greg Dorval on this week's edition of the Guelph Politicast! Greg Dorval continues to take up residence in St. George’s Square to demonstrate for more assistance for people who are unhoused. The City of Guelph’s Public Spaces Use Bylaw is on hold for the time being, and there will be a third day of the City and County’s housing symposium that will be open to public participating sometime in April. Thanks to Bry Webb and Christopher Currie at CFRU for setting up time in studio to record in studio even as a band warmed up! 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, Google, 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.

Duration:00:58:56