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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.

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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.

    Ep 76 - Ontario's frightening bottom line

    Ep 76 - Ontario's frightening bottom line

    Ontario's deficit will reach $38.5 billion - the largest in the province's history - but Queen's Park is still rolling out billions of dollars to support health care and businesses. Hosts Steve Paikin and John Michael McGrath break it down. Then, they examine the province's updated school-reopening plan including access to a $500 million reserve fund that's now available to school boards.

    • 25 min
    Ep 75 - Are we ready for a new school year?

    Ep 75 - Are we ready for a new school year?

    Ontario is preparing to send kids back to school. Are we ready? Hosts John Michael McGrath and Steve Paikin examine the province's school-reopening strategy. Then, they discuss updates from health officials, transportation, tourism, and Canada's new vaccine deals.

    • 32 min
    Ep. 74 - Ontario unveils its back-to-school plan

    Ep. 74 - Ontario unveils its back-to-school plan

    Back-to-school will look very different for Ontario students and teachers alike in September. Steve Paikin and John Michael McGrath dig into the government's announcement about personal protective equipment in the classroom, class sizes, funding, and much more. They also discuss the upcoming inquiry into long-term-care homes, the $4-billion federal package for municipalities, and Toronto and Peel's move into Stage 3 of the reopening plan.

    • 36 min
    Ep. 73 - Why a Tory MPP was kicked out of caucus

    Ep. 73 - Why a Tory MPP was kicked out of caucus

    The Progressive Conservative government got an unpleasant shock this week when one of its members voted against its bill extending COVID-19 emergency measures. Belinda Karahalios of Cambridge, who was ejected from the PC caucus in response, is the fourth Tory MPP to become an independent member. Steve Paikin and John Michael McGrath look at her expulsion and what the new law means for Ontarians.

    • 37 min
    Ep. 72 - Is it too soon for Stage 3?

    Ep. 72 - Is it too soon for Stage 3?

    Much of Ontario will enter Stage 3 of Phase 2 of the COVID-19 reopening plan on Friday, which means bars, restaurants, and gyms are set to welcome customers - but are we moving too quickly? Hosts Steve Paikin and John Michael McGrath discuss the risks of getting the economy going again. Also, the border between the United States and Canada will remain closed to non-essential traffic until at least August 21, despite a fight by some members of the U.S. Congress.

    • 28 min
    Ep. 71 - Opening up the #onpoli mailbag

    Ep. 71 - Opening up the #onpoli mailbag

    Do you have #onpoli questions? Hosts Steve Paikin and John Michael McGrath have answers. On this special episode of the podcast, they respond to listener queries that run the gamut from why media outlets are still covering Premier Doug Ford's daily briefings about COVID-19 to the significance of the solicitor general's title.

    • 36 min

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