58 episodes

A monthly podcast grappling with the reality of four more infuriating years with the Fords and what that means for Ontario. Hosted by Allison Smith and Jonathan Goldsbie.






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A monthly podcast grappling with the reality of four more infuriating years with the Fords and what that means for Ontario. Hosted by Allison Smith and Jonathan Goldsbie.






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    Ep. 50 - "Leveraged" Health Care on Ontario's Dime

    Ep. 50 - "Leveraged" Health Care on Ontario's Dime

    Conservatives don’t like Canada’s public healthcare system. They think it makes us like Cuba and North Korea.
    Now, after years of working to gradually undermine it, Doug Ford has declared that the “status quo” isn’t working, throwing open Ontario’s doors to new for-profit clinics. But when it comes to performing surgeries, just how steady is the market’s invisible hand?
    Hosts: Allison Smith, Jonathan Goldsbie
    Credits: Kattie Laur (Producer), André Proulx (Managing Editor), Nathan Burley (Music)
    You can listen ad-free on Amazon Music - included with Prime.
    If you value this podcast, Support us! You’ll get premium access to all our shows ad free, including early releases and bonus content. You’ll also get our exclusive newsletter, discounts on merch, tickets to our live and virtual events, and more than anything, you’ll be a part of the solution to Canada’s journalism crisis, you’ll be keeping our work free and accessible to everybody. 
    Socials:
    Jonathan Goldsbie on Twitter: @goldsbie 
    Allison Smith on Twitter: @queensparktoday 

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    • 38 min
    COMMONS: Monopoly #1 - Lost in the Supermarket

    COMMONS: Monopoly #1 - Lost in the Supermarket

    This episode is from our friends on the CANADALAND network, COMMONS! This season they are digging into monopolies and asking, is there something special about Canada that makes it especially hospitable to monopolies? To listen to the rest of the COMMONS: Monopoly season, use this link or search COMMONS in your podcast app of choice.
    Canadians are being squeezed at every end. When it comes to cell phone bills, grocery bills, housing, entertainment, we’re all paying more than ever before.
    But a small number of companies that dominate their industries are reaping in enormous profits.
    This season of COMMONS we’ll be digging into all of the monopolies, oligopolies and cartels that dominate our lives. And for our first stop, we head to the supermarket.
    Featured in this episode: Vass Bednar, Marco Chown Oved (Toronto Star)
    To learn more
    “Supermarkets are hiking prices faster than necessary — and profiting from inflation, Star investigation suggests” by Marco Chown Oved in the Toronto Star
    Regs to Riches by Vass Bednar 
    “Canada’s competition watchdog to investigate grocery industry in wake of soaring food prices” by Ghada Alsharif in the Toronto Star
    Credits: Arshy Mann (Host and Producer), Jordan Cornish (Producer), Noor Azrieh (Associate Producer), André Proulx (Production Coordinator)
    Additional music from Audio Network

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    • 28 min
    Ep. 49 - For Whom the Greenbelt Tolls

    Ep. 49 - For Whom the Greenbelt Tolls

    Doug Ford loves calling things “corrupt.” But just how often must his party’s friends and donors reap rewards from their policies before the word can be liberally flung back? On this month’s show, Allison and Jonathan look at who benefits from dismantling the Greenbelt and then trade fave findings from the latest Auditor General’s report.
    Hosts: Allison Smith, Jonathan Goldsbie
    Credits: Kattie Laur (Producer), André Proulx (Managing Editor), Nathan Burley (Music)
    You can listen ad-free on Amazon Music - included with Prime.
    If you value this podcast, Support us! You’ll get premium access to all our shows ad free, including early releases and bonus content. You’ll also get our exclusive newsletter, discounts on merch, tickets to our live and virtual events, and more than anything, you’ll be a part of the solution to Canada’s journalism crisis, you’ll be keeping our work free and accessible to everybody. 
    Socials:
    Jonathan Goldsbie on Twitter: @goldsbie 
    Allison Smith on Twitter: @queensparktoday 

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    • 41 min
    Ep. 48 - CUPE Ki Yay, MotherFORDer!

    Ep. 48 - CUPE Ki Yay, MotherFORDer!

    This week, Doug Ford learned that while it’s stunningly easy to toss out constitutional rights, it’s a heck of a lot harder to get away with that. By passing the Keeping Students in Class Act complete with notwithstanding clause, the government mounted an unprecedented attack on CUPE, and essentially all organized labour, picking a fight for which they were thoroughly unprepared.
    Hosts: Allison Smith, Jonathan Goldsbie
    Credits: Kattie Laur (Producer), André Proulx (Managing Editor), Nathan Burley (Music)
    You can listen ad-free on Amazon Music - included with Prime.
    If you value this podcast, Support us! You’ll get premium access to all our shows ad free, including early releases and bonus content. You’ll also get our exclusive newsletter, discounts on merch, tickets to our live and virtual events, and more than anything, you’ll be a part of the solution to Canada’s journalism crisis, you’ll be keeping our work free and accessible to everybody. 
    Socials:
    Jonathan Goldsbie on Twitter: @goldsbie 
    Allison Smith on Twitter: @queensparktoday 

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    • 43 min
    Introducing our new series: Ratfucker

    Introducing our new series: Ratfucker

    Meet David Wallace, political fixer. After decades in the game he says he’s getting out, telling all, and dumping his files in public. The result is the viral "Klondike Papers" theory of conspiracies, conservatives, and cults. But are the allegations true? And why is he really implicating himself, and so many others? A wild, true story.
    Series launches October 31st.
    Subscribe now (link).

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    • 42 sec
    Ep. 47 - The Power of the Doug

    Ep. 47 - The Power of the Doug

    With electricity demand set to rise and Pickering’s nuclear plant set to close, Doug Ford’s government is now scrambling to keep the province’s lights on. Perhaps spending hundreds of millions to cancel green-energy projects and dismantle new wind turbines might not have been the most forward-thinking of ideas.
    With an eye on the thermostat, Allison and Jonathan plug in to Ontario’s frayed energy system, its Ticketmaster-like approach to billing, and how, in fleeing from the problem, Doug Ford has gone fission.
    Hosts: Allison Smith, Jonathan Goldsbie
    Credits: Kattie Laur (Producer), André Proulx (Managing Editor), Nathan Burley (Music)
    This episode is supported by Douglas.
    If you value this podcast, Support us! You’ll get premium access to all our shows ad free, including early releases and bonus content. You’ll also get our exclusive newsletter, discounts on merch, tickets to our live and virtual events, and more than anything, you’ll be a part of the solution to Canada’s journalism crisis, you’ll be keeping our work free and accessible to everybody. 
    Socials:
    Jonathan Goldsbie on Twitter: @goldsbie 
    Allison Smith on Twitter: @queensparktoday 

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    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
525 Ratings

525 Ratings

Sam&Pepper ,

More please!

I enjoy both of the hosts and the show but the episodes are so sporadic. Would be great if they could commit to a bi-weekly or even a monthly schedule so I know when I can expect the next episode.

sisi.cham ,

DUCK FOUG

5 stars for educating the public about the hilarious misadventures of our Premier. He is an embarrassment to us all.

alicereader ,

Disappointing

I appreciate your obervations and insights most of the time. But, on today's podcast, your willingness to laugh at Steven Del Duca's appearance and give extra attention to an article that focusses on his physical characteristics is problematic. It's cruel. I thought you would be better than that.

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