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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 - May 27, 2020 (Honey Boy)

    End Credits - May 27, 2020 (Honey Boy)

    This week on End Credits, get ready for some childhood trauma! Not ours, of course, but the cinematic life based on the real-life family drama of a well-known and controversial Hollywood actor. Plus, we will have some doc talk with one of the people responsible for North America's biggest documentary film festival!
    This Wednesday, May 27, at 2 pm, Adam A. Donaldson and Tim Phillips will discuss:
    All Things Digital. It's the end of the May, and in a typical year, the annual Hot Docs documentary film festival would be long since over, but in the age of COVID-19 it's actually just getting starting. We will talk to Shane Smith, the director of programming at Hot Docs, about making changes to this year's festival, and how the pandemic will change things forever moving forward.
    REVIEW: Honey Boy (2019). The life of a child actor can be difficult, and it can be made even more so by a reckless parent. Just ask Shia LaBeouf, or, better still, watch the new movie he stars in and wrote about it. Honey Boy began as a therapeutic exercise for LaBeouf while in rehab, his life story and struggles told on celluloid with the author playing his own father warts and all. But is Honey Boy more than just good therapy for its wannabe auteur star?
    End Credits is on CFRU 93.3 fm and cfru.ca Wednesday at 2 pm.

    • 57 min
    GUELPH POLITICAST #223 - The Coming of the Curbside Library

    GUELPH POLITICAST #223 - The Coming of the Curbside Library

    The library is the ideal paradox for the present pandemic: we’re all stuck at home looking for new stuff to read and watch, which is a situation ideally suited for the library, but because of the public health emergency, it is wildly irresponsible to have people visit the library and handle various books, and other things. But good news, we will soon be able to borrow from the library again. How will they do it?
    Like most City of Guelph facilities, the Guelph Public Library closed its doors to the public on March 15. That was right on the brink of March Break, which is a time when the library rolls out all sorts of programs and activities, but there are people all over Royal City who make the library part of their daily or weekly routine, whether they're using the computers, reading the paper, or using it as a place to study quietly. And then there are the thousands of items borrowed every year...
    Even though the library is still, essentially, in business with a variety of online resources, people have had to get by without the library's vast collection of books, DVDs, and periodicals, but that will soon change. The Ontario government has loosened restrictions, and the Guelph Library system is currently in the process of preparing for curbside pick-up of physical books and media, but how will life at the library change as we continue to recover from COVID? 
    That’s one of the many questions that Steve Kraft, the CEO of the Guelph Public Library, will answer on this week’s podcast. He will talk about how the library has handled the demand for digital materials during the pandemic, how they're preparing for curbside pick-up, and the intricacies involved in creating an entirely new way of borrowing. He also talks about what a physically distant library might look like when it re-opens, and whether or not libraries will see more visits once the state of emergency is lifted. Plus, he will talk directly about whether or not the fiscal developments from COVID-19 at city hall might have an effect on the construction of the new main library on Baker Street. 
    So let's talk about pandemic life at the Guelph Public Library on this week's Guelph Politicast!
    The Guelph Public Library is looking to have curbside pick-up ready to implement on June 1, and if you are presently in possession of library materials, you can now return them to any of the library’s branches with the exception of the bookmobile, and the West End Rec Centre branch. To keep up to date with everything happening at the library, visit 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 iTunes, 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.

    • 32 min
    Open Sources Guelph - May 21, 2020

    Open Sources Guelph - May 21, 2020

    This week on Open Sources Guelph we start with dessert. The Premier of Ontario hasn't told us to eat cake, but he showed us how to make one, which could be just as bad as the other thing once austerity sets in. That's just one of the topics we'll explore on this week's show along with matters of inquiry in Nova Scotia, the latest attack against a free press, and the messed up labour market being created by Amazon, and its "trillionaire" CEO.
    This Thursday, May 21, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:
    Let Them Eat Cheesecake. Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced that the province would start its gradual re-open, and then showed everyone how to make Mama Ford's cheesecake, but what we really need is assurance. With a ballooning deficit, and the PC government's previous willingness to play with the numbers to justify government cuts, how do we know that the Ford government won't use the pandemic as an excuse for austerity once the emergency has passed?
    Inquiry of a Wimpy Kid. So much has been happening on a daily basis that its passed the collective memory that just a month ago there was a gunman that went on a rampage across Nova Scotia. Things have gone quiet in terms of the investigation into how and why, but many questions linger about how this gunman was able to arm himself, why no one seemed to see it coming, and why authorities seemed to respond so poorly. Should there be a public inquiry into what happened?
    Beat the Press. It seems bizarre that in a public health emergency there should be so much distrust of authority, but once again accusations of fake news are being made against reporters just going their job. U.S. President Donald Trump shared a tweet of a New York reporter being yelled at by screaming conspiracy theorists and other MAGA folks, a way for him to endorse the actions and attack what he considers a dishonest press. Is there a way to combat such blatantly hostility?
    Amazon Shiver. The pandemic has revealed the character of a lot of different people and companies, and none are perhaps as revealing as Amazon and Jeff Bezos. Shortly after it was announced that Amazon would be rolling back pandemic pay at the end of the month, it was reported that the company's head, Bezos, might be the world's first trillionaire before the decade's out. What will it take to change Amazon's culture, and should there be such a thing as a trillionaire?
    Open Sources is live on CFRU 93.3 fm and cfru.ca at 5 pm on Thursday.

    • 56 min
    End Credits - May 20, 2020 (Blood Quantum)

    End Credits - May 20, 2020 (Blood Quantum)

    This week on End Credits, it's time to get dead again! Just in time for the unofficial start of summer, we'll review the new socially conscious zombie hit Blood Quantum, and, before that, we'll finish up the list of the Top 40 Comic Book Movies of the Last 40 Years. Yup, this one's going to be a nerdy episode.
    This Wednesday, May 20, at 2 pm, Adam A. Donaldson and Candice Lepage will discuss:
    The Top 40 Comic Book Movies of the Last 40 years PART 4. In 1978, Superman the Movie was released in theatres everywhere, and since then everyone’s chased that big box office money from superhero movies. For the next four weeks, we’re going to countdown the 40 greatest of the genre in the last 40 (or make that 42 years). This week, we’re doing 1 to 10.
    REVIEW: Blood Quantum (2020). The toast of the Toronto International Film Festival's Midnight Madness program last year is now available on VOD. Just another zombie movie? Hardly. Filmmaker Jeff Barnaby supposes an outbreak of undead near a community of First Nations people, but the gimmick is that Indigenous people seem unaffected by zombie bites. Like all great zombie movies, this one's got a social message, but does Blood Quantum stand with the best of the living dead?
    End Credits is on CFRU 93.3 fm and cfru.ca Wednesday at 2 pm.

    • 54 min
    GUELPH POLITICAST #222 - The [No] Transit Pass [Needed]

    GUELPH POLITICAST #222 - The [No] Transit Pass [Needed]

    We normally do a quarterly discussion of transit matters with a couple of our friends from the Transit Action Alliance of Guelph, or TAAG, but there’s been a lot going on lately, and it’s been really hard for friends to get together like we usually do. Getting people to take the bus in the best of times is hard, but during a pandemic? It’s time for another edition of the Transit Pass, even though these days you don’t need one.
    Thousands of people take Guelph Transit every month, especially when school’s in sessions, and while Transit hasn’t released any official numbers, most transit systems are reporting a loss in ridership of 90 per cent or more. Almost all transit systems have cut schedules, or rolled back service, but in the wake of the pandemic they've still been deemed an essential service so that people still have the means to get to work or the grocery store.
    It’s a perfect storm: cities have to run a transit service in some capacity, but many of them depend on the revenue from the fare box in order to cover the cost. Some transit systems, like Guelph Transit, have made services free as a way to encourage social distancing, but that means there’s currently no revenue being collected at all. There are pressures now on upper levels of government to give transit some bailout money, otherwise they might need to start charging fares again. It’s a conundrum, so let’s see what one of our friends from TAAG might have to say about it.
    So this week on the podcast, Steve Petric, the chair of TAAG, will talk about what it’s like to take the bus these days, and how Transit is managing the health and safety of both passengers and operators during the pandemic. He also talks about the current financial needs of transit, and what role TAAG serves in promoting transit while everyone’s in lockdown. And finally, he will also talk about how the pandemic can promote new, radical approaches to the way we plan and fund transit.
    So let's talk about transit during our pandemic age on this week's Guelph Politicast!
    To learn more about the Transit Action Alliance of Guelph, and its advocacy, you can go to their website here, and to keep up to date with the latest from Guelph Transit itself, go to their website here. Remember, Transit is free in Guelph until July 1, and presently only 10 people are allowed on the bus at a time.
    The host for the Guelph Politicast is Podbean. Find more episodes of the Politicast here, or download them on your favourite podcast app at iTunes, 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.

    • 33 min
    Open Sources Guelph - May 14, 2020

    Open Sources Guelph - May 14, 2020

    This week on Open Sources Guelph, we're getting ready for the long weekend, and that means stoking some controversy. We're going to re-visit the non-stop state of weirdness, ignorance, and conspiracy in the American executive, and then we're going to discuss some controversial comments from a Canadian politician who is no stranger to controversial comments. Before that though, we'll hear from Guelph's mayor and get the latest about the local response to COVID-19.
    This Thursday, May 14, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:
    Cam on COVID. Scotty interviewed Mayor Cam Guthrie back in March just a few days into the pandemic lockdown, and this week we're going to check back in with the mayor about how Guelph is doing now just a few months later. Guthrie will talk to us this week about the long plateau of lockdown and keeping people engaged, the work of his economic task force, his advocacy through LUMCO, and the things he's learning about what it takes to be mayor in a crisis.
    It's Coming From Inside the [White] House. U.S. President Donald Trump is not having a good week. He's got key White House staff contracting COVID-19, a desperate desire to re-open the economy, a new conspiracy theory that makes even less sense than usual, and his scientific advisors told the senate about all the worse case scenarios they're not allowed to say to his face. We'll look at all that, and some casual racism during a press conference on this week's edition of the Trump Show.
    "Oil is Dead"? In a National Observer op-ed, former Green Party leader Elizabeth May doubled down on a comment she made in a press conference, "Oil is dead." This made more than a few politicians, business people and even journalists apoplectic; why does May hate jobs, money, stimulus, economic freedom, etc? We'll look at May's arguments, and consider that maybe, just maybe, she might be on to something...
    Open Sources is live on CFRU 93.3 fm and cfru.ca at 5 pm on Thursday.

    • 56 min

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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.
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