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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.

    Ontario Science Centre, Toronto by-election and the mailbag

    Ontario Science Centre, Toronto by-election and the mailbag

    Steve Paikin and John Michael McGrath round off another season of the #onpoli podcast with a mailbag episode. They answer audience questions including one about the Ontario Science Centre closure, talk about the Toronto St. Paul's by-election, and announce the winners of the book giveaway. You can also see the podcast on the TVO Today YouTube channel and every Friday night at 8 and 11 pm ET as the first half of The Agenda.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 41 min
    A dry summer

    A dry summer

    LCBO workers are in legal strike position, and they've set a deadline of July 5 to get a deal made. Steve Paikin and John Michael McGrath discuss how this mixes with recent policy decisions surrounding beer, wine, and mixed drinks in corner stores.A legal challenge surrounding the redevelopment of Ontario Place has been dismissed by the Superior Court of Justice. Do advocates have any other ways to slow down the provincial government's desire for a waterfront spa or has this paved the way for builders?Talk of an early election has made Ontario's political parties spring into action with the Ontario Liberals calling for fast local contests and NDP rallying support. Steve and John Michael discuss what's been happening.
    Ontario Heritage Trust Plaque Guide: https://www.heritagetrust.on.ca/online-plaque-guide
    Steve's column: https://www.tvo.org/article/this-upcoming-toronto-byelection-could-be-momentous
    JMM's column: https://www.tvo.org/article/is-canada-actually-facing-a-productivity-emergencyYou can also see the podcast on the TVO Today YouTube channel and every Friday night at 8 and 11 pm ET as the first half of The Agenda.
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 38 min
    An early election wouldn't hurt Doug Ford

    An early election wouldn't hurt Doug Ford

    Fresh polling shows the Progressive Conservatives would emerge victorious if an election was called early.Carolyn Parrish will be the next mayor of Ontario's third largest city.Premier Doug Ford signs another memorandum of understanding with a U-S state, this time it's Illinois. Are these deals really ,a thing,, or just fancy photo ops?See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 36 min
    What you need to know about Doug Ford's cabinet shuffle

    What you need to know about Doug Ford's cabinet shuffle

    On Thursday, Premier Doug Ford announced a new cabinet with some major changes. We'll give you the backstory on who is in, who is out, and why now?Mississauga will vote for a new mayor next week. With no one named McCallion or Crombie on the ticket, the race seems to be wide open.Ontario is looking to grow the number of private health clinics offering publicly funded MRI and CT scans. Minister of Health Sylvia Jones announced a call to expand the number of clinics currently offering the services. Steve Paikin and John Michael McGrath dig into the pros and cons of the plan.
    Steve's column: https://www.tvo.org/article/one-last-hurrah-for-ontarios-18th-premier
    JMM's column: https://www.tvo.org/article/ontario-will-never-live-down-the-shame-of-grassy-narrows
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 41 min
    Will Doug Ford call an early election?

    Will Doug Ford call an early election?

    Reaction continues to pour in after Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced the government would pay $225 million to end an agreement with the The Beer Store one year early. One of the questions being asked repeatedly - why pay millions to end an agreement that was due to expire next year anyways? Does it have anything to do with theories the Premier will call an early election? Steve and JMM discuss the possibility. The Ontario government is insisting it complies with public disclosure laws. That's after reporting from Global News revealed government staff are using their Gmail accounts in order to avoid disclosure under the freedom of information act. But will there be any consequences beyond the political arena? Plus, a historic moment in the legislature as NDP MPP Sol Mamakwa asks a question in Oji-Cree. It's the first time a question is officially asked in the Ontario legislature in a language other than English or French.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 35 min
    When Politics and Reality Collide

    When Politics and Reality Collide

    Back in 2021, the Ontario government used the notwithstanding clause to push through changes to campaign finance laws. Critics say these changes violate the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. This week, the Supreme Court heard the case and its decision could have a major impact on the next provincial election.Back during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, provincial courts began offering a deal to certain cases where a person was charged with driving under the influence. The person could plead guilty and rather than face federal charges, they would be charged under the Highway Traffic Act, which offers less severe penalties. This deal was offered to clear a backlog of cases. Steve and JMM discuss how this squares with a provincial government that has made itself known for being tough on crime.And, another story where politics run into reality as the federal government squashes an attempt by the city of Toronto to decriminalize drugs for personal use. All thanks to a letter from Doug Ford.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

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Punit Kulkarni ,

Great resource to get to know Canada better

I love listening to Steve Paikin and John Michael McGrath (not in any specific order ;)) about Ontario's politics. I am a prospective immigrant originally from India, currently residing in the US. It really helps me get to know more the Canadian politics better and understand the local issues. I have always enjoyed listening to Steve on The Agenda with Steve Paikin because of his cordial style of interviewing (a pleasant departure than how they conduct interviews here at CNN or Fox) and love listening to JMM as well with his knowledge and insights about local politics. It was a delight following last years election with you two on OnPoli. It really helps me understand better what I am signing up for while going through the immigration process and make my decisions. Thanks so much to both of you and other contributors at OnPoli!

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