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The Ledge, n: slang for the legislature. Mostly used by members of the legislative press gallery. 
On the Ledge posts weekly when the Ontario Legislature is sitting. But there have been times when we've had to "recall" the Ledge for an emergency session to address pressing matters of Ontario politics when Queen's Park isn't sitting! 
John Wright, EVP at Maru Public Opinion, Keith Leslie, veteran Queen's Park broadcast journalist, and Dave Trafford, Executive Producer of iContact Productions and co-founder of Story Studio Network host the show with support and insights from Sabrina Nanji, founder and Editor of the Queen's Park Observer.

On The Ledge Story Studio Network, Dave Trafford and iContact Productions

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    • 4.2 • 20 Ratings

The Ledge, n: slang for the legislature. Mostly used by members of the legislative press gallery. 
On the Ledge posts weekly when the Ontario Legislature is sitting. But there have been times when we've had to "recall" the Ledge for an emergency session to address pressing matters of Ontario politics when Queen's Park isn't sitting! 
John Wright, EVP at Maru Public Opinion, Keith Leslie, veteran Queen's Park broadcast journalist, and Dave Trafford, Executive Producer of iContact Productions and co-founder of Story Studio Network host the show with support and insights from Sabrina Nanji, founder and Editor of the Queen's Park Observer.

    Does Doug Ford really want to pick a fight with Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie?

    Does Doug Ford really want to pick a fight with Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie?

    The OTL gang is assembled! Keith Leslie at CHCH-TV, John Wright SVP Maru Public Opinion, Sabrina Nanji, Publisher and Editor of the Queen’s Park Observer and SSN Chief Executive Producer Dave Trafford are around the table.
    In this episode:

    Premier Doug Ford tells Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie to stop whining and be a good partner! (At least he didn’t tell her to stick to her knitting).

    Ford goes off on a rant over Crombie’s opposition to Queen’s Park’s plan to eliminate Developer Charges as a means of incentivizing developers to build more housing.

    Crombie wants to know how municipalities are going to cover the added costs of new infrastructure if the DCs disappear.

    Ford doesn’t have an answer.

    John Wright says the Ford government has taken a turn towards autocracy and that’s good news for the Liberals.

    OTL will be taking a break over the Christmas recess. We’ll be back around the table in the New Year!

    BTW, if you enjoy On the Ledge, you’ll probably enjoy our daily SSN podcast - NOW and NEXT with Dave Trafford and Erin Trafford.

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    • 35 min
    Ontario's Auditor General is the Auditor Gotcha!

    Ontario's Auditor General is the Auditor Gotcha!

    OTL SHOW NOTES

    The OTL gang is assembled! Keith Leslie at CHCH-TV, John Wright SVP Maru Public Opinion, Sabrina Nanji, Publisher and Editor of the Queen’s Park Observer and SSN Chief Executive Producer Dave Trafford are around the table.
    In this episode:

    Why do we even listen to Bonnie Lysyk? Sure, the annual Auditor General’s report makes for great headlines. So, what?

    John Wright says the AG report is nothing better than clickbait.

    Toronto Star Investigative reporter Kevin Donovan has had more effect on holding governments accountable than all of Lysyk’s annual reports combined!

    Doug Ford says he won’t use the Notwithstanding Clause to overrule a court decision striking down Bill 124. (He also said he wouldn’t touch the Greenbelt.)

    And, what does it say about the NDP when they’re on the verge of acclaiming the Official Leader of the Opposition?

    BTW, if you enjoy On the Ledge, you’ll probably enjoy our daily SSN podcast - NOW and NEXT with Dave Trafford and Erin Trafford.

    Support Now and Next! For $10 a month, you can subscribe to our Exclusive Supercast feed for access to Now and Next EXTRA with Dave Trafford on Saturdays and Sundays - including the full length interviews featured on The Daily Brief, early access to Now & Next episodes, AMAs and our message board.

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    • 38 min
    Umm...Where's Doug Ford? Anyone?

    Umm...Where's Doug Ford? Anyone?

    The OTL gang is assembled! Keith Leslie at CHCH-TV, John Wright SVP Maru Public Opinion, Sabrina Nanji, Publisher and Editor of the Queen’s Park Observer and SSN Chief Executive Producer Dave Trafford are around the table.
    In this episode:
    Ontario’s premier has been AWOL this past week, skipping out on Question Period, failing to attend the Order of Ontario ceremony and ghosted Ottawa’s newly elected Mayor Mark Suttcliffe.
    Could the average Ontarian pick the Health Minister out of a line-up? Sylvia Jones is proving to be a complete failure while the hospital and healthcare system is in crisis.
    Jones has the nerve to suggest this second term government inherited this mess.
    And the hits just keep coming. The Auditor’s Report, as Sabrina notes, the Annual Government Phonebook of Fail is set for release in the next couple of weeks.
    BTW, if you enjoy On the Ledge, you’ll probably enjoy our daily SSN podcast - NOW and NEXT with Dave Trafford and Erin Trafford.
    Support Now and Next! For $10 a month, you can subscribe to our Exclusive Supercast feed for access to Now and Next EXTRA with Dave Trafford on Saturdays and Sundays - including the full length interviews featured on The Daily Brief, early access to Now & Next episodes, AMAs and our message board.
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    • 28 min
    Ontario's Health Minister has the nerve to tell us everything's under control?

    Ontario's Health Minister has the nerve to tell us everything's under control?

    The OTL gang is assembled! Keith Leslie at CHCH-TV, John Wright SVP Maru Public Opinion, Sabrina Nanji, Publisher and Editor of the Queen’s Park Observer and SSN Chief Executive Producer Dave Trafford are around the table.
    In this episode:
    CUPE and the province go down to the wire hammering out a contract for support workers.
    If Ford Nation is all about taking care of the Children, where are they on the overwhelmed paediatric wards?
    The Health Minister has the gall to think we'll believe she had a plan all along to deal with the pressures.
    And the Children and Social Services Minister is too busy to talk to us about the latest report from the Daily Bread Food Bank suggesting we are in in a deep food security crisis.

    BTW, if you enjoy On the Ledge, you’ll probably enjoy our daily SSN podcast - NOW and NEXT with Dave Trafford and Erin Trafford.

    Support Now and Next! For $10 a month, you can subscribe to our Exclusive Supercast feed for access to Now and Next EXTRA with Dave Trafford on Saturdays and Sundays - including the full length interviews featured on The Daily Brief, early access to Now & Next episodes, AMAs and our message board.

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    • 37 min
    Taking a break from politics to Remember

    Taking a break from politics to Remember

    The OTL gang is assembled! Keith Leslie at CHCH-TV, John Wright SVP Maru Public Opinion, Sabrina Nanji, Publisher and Editor of the Queen’s Park Observer and SSN Chief Executive Producer Dave Trafford are around the table.
    In this episode:
    It’s Remembrance Day in Canada - November 11th.
    We take time to reflect on the service and sacrifice of our military and their families.
    AND, we are featuring an archived presentation of Embedded in Kandahar - a radio documentary Dave Trafford produced with the late Christie Blatchford. The show is based on Christie’s Governor General Award winning book, Fifteen Days: Stories of Bravery, Friendship, Life and Death from Inside the New Canadian Army.
    It’s posted in our SSN anchor show Now and Next.
    You can LISTEN HERE https://now-and-next.sounder.fm/episode/special-embedded-in-kandahar


    BTW, if you enjoy On the Ledge, you’ll probably enjoy our daily SSN podcast - NOW and NEXT with Dave Trafford and Erin Trafford.
    Support Now and Next! For $10 a month, you can subscribe to our Exclusive Supercast feed for access to Now and Next EXTRA with Dave Trafford on Saturdays and Sundays - including the full length interviews featured on The Daily Brief, early access to Now & Next episodes, AMAs and our message board.
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    • 22 min
    CUPE's illegal strike responds to illegal legislation at Queen's Park

    CUPE's illegal strike responds to illegal legislation at Queen's Park

    The OTL gang is assembled! Keith Leslie at CHCH-TV, John Wright SVP Maru Public Opinion, Sabrina Nanji, Publisher and Editor of the Queen’s Park Observer and SSN Chief Executive Producer Dave Trafford are around the table.
    In this episode:
    Ford Nation may have won the battle, forcing a contract on education workers but what kind of war has begun?
    Has Ontario's use of the Notwithstanding Clause pushed Canada towards a constitutional crisis?
    This is the third time the Ford government has used the Notwithstanding clause to push legislation. In this case, it’s clearly contrary to the Charter.
    What’s the next step? More strikes? A general strike? The feds invoking the Disallowance clause. 


    BTW, if you enjoy On the Ledge, you’ll probably enjoy our daily SSN podcast - NOW and NEXT with Dave Trafford and Erin Trafford.
    Support Now and Next! For $10 a month, you can subscribe to our Exclusive Supercast feed for access to Now and Next EXTRA with Dave Trafford on Saturdays and Sundays - including the full length interviews featured on The Daily Brief, early access to Now & Next episodes, AMAs and our message board.
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    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

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20 Ratings

20 Ratings

MDmighty ,

Great

Nice hearing you again. Very informative.

KatKenz ,

Great Show!

Thanks for keeping us up to date on what’s happening at Queens Park!

Abcdefg1$ ,

Don’t worry about accuracy

The education episode was lacking any attempt at being factual....time to unsubscribe.

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