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Former political staffers Sam Andrey, Chris Martin, Alvin Tedjo and Alexi White used to give advice to Ontario cabinet ministers. Join them for a regular, open, and frank discussion on the policy and strategy behind current political events in Ontario.

Former political staffers Sam Andrey, Chris Martin, Alvin Tedjo and Alexi White used to give advice to Ontario cabinet ministers. Join them for a regular, open, and frank discussion on the policy and strategy behind current political events in Ontario.
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Former political staffers Sam Andrey, Chris Martin, Alvin Tedjo and Alexi White used to give advice to Ontario cabinet ministers. Join them for a regular, open, and frank discussion on the policy and strategy behind current political events in Ontario.




So... how are those teacher negotiations going? (And other #onpoli stories)

Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation President Harvey Bischof joins the pod to talk about his experiences with Minister Stephen Lecce and the Ford government. Kate, Sam, Alexi and Chris talk Education, Children and Youth Service reviews, and Doug Ford's cuts to municipal governments.


Justin Trudeau: Fake Feminist?

Ontario Loud kicks off election season by teaming up with Femme Wonk's Katie Davey and Dr. Kate Graham, host of the No Second Chances podcast, to tackle the roses and thorns of the federal government's record on feminism and gender equality. Also, one Kate in this group has joined the Ontario Liberal leadership race. This is a big one.


Season 3 is coming... and so is Star Trek Picard

Ontario Loud's August break is coming to a close, and we are really excited to be coming back NEXT WEEK. Listen in for a brief overview of what you can expect from our upcoming season, as well as a one-time-only science fiction nerd-out about the new Star Trek Picard trailer.


Universal Childcare for Ontario with Alvin Tedjo

In our first talk with an OLP leadership candidate, Alvin Tedjo comes back to the Ontario Loud family for a deep dive on universal childcare. What impact will it have on the economy, childhood development, and the Ontario Political landscape? Find out why Alvin is so passionate about it, and why he hopes this idea will help define his candidacy.


We used to call him on his cell phone

Chris, Kate, Sam and Alexi reminisce on times Doug Ford called Ontarians on his cell phone, sometimes late at night (but does Ontario really need that love?). Also other important topics like cuts to Children's Aid Societies and the racism that is pervading our politics.


Do you know who I am? I'm your $#@ing podcast

Alexi, Sam and Chris dive into the latest in Ontario politics, including the continued bungling of autism, Minister Lisa MacLeod's continued bungling of public life, a victory for the carbon tax in court, Stephen Lecce's goading of Ontario's teachers, oh - and Whitney Houston.


We the North99

Kate and Chris sit down with North99 co-founder Taylor Scollon to talk about the impact of social media in our politics. North99 is an online community of progressive political activists that's pushing Canada's left-leaning political parties to adopt a bolder policy agenda, as well as taking on the right-wing social media machine. Can social media be used for good? Find out.


Ain't No Muffle in this Cabinet Shuffle

Kate, Alexi, Sam and Chris pick apart Doug Ford's massive cabinet shuffle, and try to take you into what the Premier and his senior staff might have been thinking when they made these high-profile moves. Kate, Chris and Sam outline how they would have shuffled Cabinet.


It's no drag if it's in a mail bag

Kate, Sam and Chris dive into thorny listener-submitted questions on everything from parliamentary reform, to social media, to the conversations we should be having about revenue in Ontario. A new Ontario Loud fan club president is named.


How to change a political party

Chris and Sam take you inside the 2019 Ontario Liberal Party general meeting, but more importantly inside the movement for change that came looking to reform the party, and ultimately fell short of their goals. This is a story about hope, disappointment, and needing to move forward because the stakes are too high.


Politics, Struggles, Feelings: Running for Premier with Kathleen Wynne

As the Ontario Liberal Party kicks off it's leadership race, former Premier Kathleen Wynne sits down with Chris, Sam, Alexi and Kate to talk about what it takes to run, what you need to win, and what it's going to take to take on Doug Ford in 2022.


Ontario Loud Confessions

Kate, Alexi, Alvin and Sam reflect on Sam Oosterhoff's very bad, no good, terrible May, and some of their own mistakes as young political staff. Alvin makes a special announcement.


The Bestimate Cuts

As a bonus episode to take you into your weekend, Kate, Sam, Alexi, Alvin and Chris talk about all the cuts that we read about in the province's release of the 2019 budget estimates, which are the gory details of the budget they release three weeks after the pomp and circumstance of the actual budget document.


A Green Party New Deal

Abacus Data CEO unveils new data that the Green Party of Canada is getting some of it's best polling results ever. Chris, Alvin, Alexi and Kate talk with David to understand what's driving this trend, and why the progressive movement in Canada is so prone to splintering.


Bonus Pod: A Doug Ford Transit Update

So we took a short break this week, but shortly after recording our last podcast, Doug Ford released new legislation that gives the province new powers to upload new transit projects outside of any agreement with the city of Toronto. Chris sat down with Cam from CodeRedTO to dive into the new legislation, while the rest of the pod re-calibrates and gets ready for a whole Spring and Summer's worth of new content for you.


Episode 26: Subways! Subways! Subways!

Friends... it's time to get to the bottom of just what the everloving heck our Premier is doing with transit in Toronto. Does Doug Ford have a coherent vision for transit? Could some parts of that vision be good? What will it mean for riders? Answers to all those questions and more with special guests Cameron MacLeod and Dr. Patricia Wood.


Episode 25: Alberta, PEI, Patrick Brown, Fern Gully and the Lorax

Chris, Alvin, Sam, Alexi and Kate dissect the recent election results in Alberta and PEI and what they could mean for the Liberals come October. They also get into the latest Patrick Brown scandal (who thought that could still be a thing?), the Ford government's gutting of Environmental protections and public health, and some classic movies. Also, Kate Hammer is here to stay! (Yay!)


Episode 24: Ontario's own Mueller report

While the world feverishly pours through Bob Mueller's report on the wrongdoings of the Trump white house, let Sam take you through the lesser-known findings of Ontario Integrity Commissioner David Wake's inquiry into the attempted hiring of Doug Ford friend Ron Taverner. The stakes may not be quite as high, but the parallels are striking. Also Alvin makes some important points about how Quebec is proposing to trample all over the charter of rights and freedoms.


Episode 23: Cool Uncle Doug's Budget

Kate Hammer joins Alexi, Chris and Alvin again to dissect Ontario Budget 2019. Do you like Booze? Do you like cuts to vital public services? Do you like the game of Cricket? Then there's something in this budget for you.


Episode 22: The Budget Cometh Before the Storm

Ever wondered what goes into making a provincial budget? Former Premier's Office advisor Kate Hammer joins Alexi, Sam, Alvin and Chris to take you inside the process, how it works, what it lacks, and what to expect from Doug Ford's first Ontario Budget. The team also talks about the Ford government's abandonment of decency on the overdose prevention file.