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Issues, personalities and politics from around Guelph, ON, Canada

Guelph Politicast Adam A. Donaldson

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Issues, personalities and politics from around Guelph, ON, Canada

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

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

    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.

    • 57 min
    GUELPH POLITICAST #414 - Tiny Homes, Big Impacts

    GUELPH POLITICAST #414 - Tiny Homes, Big Impacts

    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.

    • 41 min
    Open Sources Guelph #465 - April 4, 2024

    Open Sources Guelph #465 - April 4, 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.

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

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

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

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

    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.

    • 41 min
    Open Sources Guelph #464 - March 28, 2024

    Open Sources Guelph #464 - March 28, 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.

    • 55 min

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JordanG519 ,

Guelph current affairs

With few sources of local news in Guelph this podcast is a refreshing take on what’s going on. It’s especially nice to hear the interviews of local politicians and community leaders. Thank you Adam for your dedication! Highly recommend if you’re new to Guelph or trying to get involved in the community.

Krkoole ,

Local news in a news vacuum

Nice effort to cover local Guelph issues with a straightforward un-slanted manner. the feed has 3 shows. Politicast deals specifically with Guelph issues and usually includes an interview with a local politician, activist, or city staff. Open sources deals with wider issues from around the province and beyond but seems to give a perspective on how these i pact Guelph. I haven't listened to end credits.
A nice source of long form local news and issue analysis which Guelph certainty needs.

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