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#onpoli, a TVO podcast, is all about Ontario politics. Join hosts Steve Paikin and John Michael McGrath for candid interviews and a deeper understanding of how politics touches our day-to-day lives. When it comes to #onpoli, we're here to give you the bigger picture.

#onpoli, a TVO podcast, is all about Ontario politics. Join hosts Steve Paikin and John Michael McGrath for candid interviews and a deeper understanding of how politics touches our day-to-day lives. When it comes to #onpoli, we're here to give you the bigger picture.

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Toronto, ON

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#onpoli, a TVO podcast, is all about Ontario politics. Join hosts Steve Paikin and John Michael McGrath for candid interviews and a deeper understanding of how politics touches our day-to-day lives. When it comes to #onpoli, we're here to give you the bigger picture.

Twitter:

@theagenda

Language:

English


Episodes

How the Ford government spent tax dollars

12/6/2022
Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk publishes her final report and itemized list of how tax dollars were spent - her main question being whether expenditures have had "value for money." An NDP leadership acclamation appears to be on the horizon. Premier Doug Ford promises to appeal Bill 124. And TVO's affordability reporter Kat Eschner joins co-hosts Steve Paikin and John Michael McGrath for the next installment of Recession Road - this time with a view from Windsor. See omnystudio.com/listener...

Duration:00:44:52

Trudeau on Ontario's role managing the convoy

11/29/2022
The prime minister says that the Ontario government wanted the federal government to wear the province's failure at Ottawa's convoy protest against public health mandates. Bob Rae returns to Queen's Park to receive a lifetime achievement award. And TVO's affordability journalist Kat Eschner joins Steve Paikin and John Michael McGrath this week to discuss the first leg of Recession Road, a look at how inflation and a higher cost of living is affecting people in around Ontario. Clip...

Duration:00:35:08

When democracy might not mean majority rule

11/22/2022
Ontario avoids another education strike as the province and CUPE come to a tentative agreement. A new bill looks to empower certain municipal leaders to the point where ,majority rule, does not always apply to their proposed bylaws. And the right of residents not to be separated from their spouse in long-term care is one step closer to reality. MPP Catherine Fife joins co-hosts Steve Paikin and John Michael McGrath to discuss her private member's bill, "Till Death Do Us Part."See...

Duration:00:41:37

Flip-flops on Bill 28, mask mandates & the Greenbelt

11/15/2022
The Ontario government releases its Fall Economic Statement - a mini-budget of sorts - so a quick assessment on whether the government is putting money where its mouth seems warranted. Then, the government flip-flops on back-to-work legislation and almost flip-flops on mask mandates. Finally, a look at whether the promise of more housing requires revising Ontario's Greenbelt. Producer Tiffany Lam joins regular co-host John Michael McGrath in Steve Paikin's absence. Links: To submit...

Duration:00:38:18

How lawmakers confronted a notwithstanding clause

11/8/2022
The Ford government vows to roll back their back-to-work legislation as the education workers union agrees to stop striking. Co-hosts Steve Paikin and John Michael McGrath break down how Ontario's opposition MPPs challenged this attempt at using the notwithstanding clause, and how its deployment was not like any other this province has seen so far. Then, a look at how Premier Doug Ford and Deputy Premier Sylvia Jones won't need to testify at the Emergencies Act inquiry. And finally, a quick...

Duration:00:38:43

The notwithunderstanding clause strikes again

11/1/2022
This week, Ontario's education minister Stephen Lecce preempts a work stoppage by invoking the notwithstanding clause, Premier Doug Ford and Deputy Premier Sylvia Jones officially file their legal challenge to avoid testifying at the Emergencies Act inquiry, and provinces demand more money for health care from the feds. Co-hosts Steve Paikin and John Michael McGrath discuss the how and the why of it. Clip credits: Public Hearings Webcast, October 28 - Public Order Emergency...

Duration:00:27:37

Parsing election results as Ford gets summoned to Ottawa

10/26/2022
This week, co-hosts Steve Paikin and John Michael McGrath recap notable horseraces from the 2022 Ontario municipal elections. Then, we look at a new housing announcement from the Minister of Municipal Affairs. Finally, a story in Ottawa takes a decidedly provincial turn as Premier Doug Ford gets summoned to testify about his government's response to the so-called Freedom Convoy. Links: piece columnpiece Clip credits: Public Hearings Webcast, Day 5 - October 19 - Public Order Emergency...

Duration:00:35:57

On houses and hydro

10/18/2022
This week, co-hosts Steve Paikin and John Michael McGrath discuss news that Ontario could be walking away from an energy deal with Hydro Quebec. They also expand on why a doctor-turned-Liberal-MPP calls the crisis in our hospitals "historic." Also, for our third week of municipal elections programming, Cheryll Case of CP Planning and Alex Hemingway of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives discuss what city halls can do to help us afford housing.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy...

Duration:00:34:39

'Don't force my hand'

10/12/2022
This week, co-hosts Steve Paikin and John Michael McGrath perked up at choice words from Premier Ford to teachers' unions undergoing their union negotiations. Ford also promised a new transit station for Hamilton. Finally, for our second week of Civics Month, our cohosts sit down with people from outside the province's big cities about how Ontario and municipalities are responding to the mental health and addictions issue - and what platform promises to look out for. Clip credits: Premier...

Duration:00:35:44

Happy Thanksgiving!

10/11/2022
Check back in tomorrow for our full episode! In the meantime, co-hosts Steve Paikin and John Michael McGrath offer you your fix of Ontario politics in our newsletter - Check it out here. This week, Steve and John Michael consider how the two new leaders confirmed in Quebec and Alberta may impact Ontario. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:00:30

Pickering's nuclear plant lights another day

10/4/2022
The life of the Pickering nuclear plant will be extended to at least 2026. Co-hosts Steve Paikin and John Michael McGrath dig into the politics of it. Then, they unpack the cost of repealing wage caps for Ontario's public-service workers. And finally, we kick off our programming for Civics Month leading up to the municipal elections on October 24. This week: Why some elected officials are leaving politics, while others don't seem interested in joining at all. Clip credits: Minister Smith...

Duration:00:38:44

Kicking off the NDP leadership race

9/27/2022
This week, co-hosts Steve Paikin and John Michael McGrath discuss the first challenger who’s stepped into the Ontario NDP leadership ring, Marit Stiles. Then, a look at how climate change was costed for the transportation portfolio, a surplus prompting an allegation of underspending, why the “not the teachers” union called a strike vote, and why Premier Ford’s popularity remains unchanged. Links: picturereport climate costing transportationcolumnpopularitySee omnystudio.com/listener for...

Duration:00:38:23

Two Charter violations and 'a cover-up'

9/20/2022
This week, Steve Paikin and John Michael McGrath discuss the Ford government issues around two constitutional challenges. Unions allege wage-caps for public-service workers are unconstitutional, and young activists lay out how Ford government's climate targets are harmful and therefore discriminatory against youth. Then, vocal opposition for stronger mayor powers in Brampton, clarity on what "alternate level of care" will look like, and what if the next leader of the Ontario Liberals isn't...

Duration:00:30:53

Ontario remembers the Elizabethan Era

9/13/2022
Co-hosts Steve Paikin and John Michael McGrath look at how Queen's Park commemorates the 70-year Elizabethan Era. And a look at the Ministry's back-to-school practices, "poverty tourism" and NDP MPPs' "social assistance diet," how best to free up hospital beds, and at what point patronage is patronage as appointments to agencies, boards, and commissions are underway. Clip credit: Premier Ford commemorates passing of Queen -- CP24/BellMedia/youtube.com See omnystudio.com/listener for...

Duration:00:29:15

Midsummer check-in: To bee or not to bee

8/16/2022
Co-hosts Steve Paikin and John Michael McGrath offer a detailed look at the government's budget as Ontario's legislature reconvenes; Ontario's Financial Accountability Officer Peter Weltman joins the discussion, addressing allegations of health underspending. Plus, how electing a Speaker turned sour, how strong will Toronto and Ottawa mayors really be, and municipal elections ramp up. Clip credits: Minister of Finance holds a media availability | August 9 -- Government of Ontario/Queen's...

Duration:00:48:31

Unpacking Ford's cabinet

6/28/2022
Hosts Steve Paikin and John Michael McGrath examine Doug Ford's new cabinet: the appointed, the disappointed, allegations of nepotism, the official opposition's reactions, and where Ontario goes from here. Clip credits: Premier Ford is sworn-in with new Cabinet | June 24 - Premier of Ontario/Queen’s Printer for Ontario/youtube.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:35:54

NDP's Laura Mae Lindo on the Toronto police's apology

6/21/2022
Last week, Toronto's chief of police apologized to racialized communities after statistics revealed inequitable enforcement practices. NDP MPP Laura Mae Lindo joins co-hosts Steve Paikin and John Michael McGrath to discuss findings, community reactions, and where Ontario goes from here. Plus, what we expect when Doug Ford announces his new cabinet at the end of the week, a case to remove wage caps on nurses, and some uncomfortable questions for the Greens. Clips from: TPS Race & Identity...

Duration:00:38:54

What we've learned about the Ontario vote

6/14/2022
Names for both the NDP and Liberal leadership contests - permanent and interim - emerge. Hosts Steve Paikin and John Michael McGrath then parse through disproportionate representation and chat with Greg Lyle from the Innovative Research Group about what he's learned about Ontario voters this past election. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:36:16

The election is over... now what?

6/7/2022
As the dust settles after the 43rd Ontario election, hosts Steve Paikin and John Michael McGrath discuss what's next for the provincial government. Also, rumours that opposition leaders Andrea Horwath and Steven Del Duca may head to municipal politics.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:26:26

The day after

6/3/2022
After a campaign where not that much happened, election night proved to be full of drama. The Progressive Conservatives returned with a majority government, and in possibly a first in Ontario politics, both opposition leaders, Andrea Horwath and Steven Del Duca, stepped down. On today's final daily #onpoli episode, Steve Paikin and John Michael McGrath analyze what went down.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:49:28