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#onpoli, a TVO podcast

#onpoli, a TVO podcast, is all about Ontario politics. Join hosts Steve Paikin and John Michael McGrath for candid interviews and a... more

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Why the NDP is accusing the Progressive Conservatives of cowardice

The official opposition is accusing the Ontario government of shutting down debate on a private member's bill called Lydia's Law.... more

17 May 2024 · 32 minutes
The politics of the keffiyeh at Queen's Park

A new bill could impose major changes to the province's universities, raising concerns about the independence of the institutions.A town... more

10 May 2024 · 34 minutes
Progressive Conservatives win byelection

Queen's Park announces that ,back to basics, in Ontario schools means a cellphone and vape ban. Meanwhile, debates ensue over... more

03 May 2024 · 39 minutes
A lightning rod issue at Queen's Park

Earlier this week, a second unanimous consent vote to reverse a ban on wearing keffiyehs at Queen's Park failed to... more

26 Apr 2024 · 33 minutes
Takeaways from the federal budget 2024

The federal government has tabled its budget, which includes money for municipalities on housing and a tax on the rich.... more

19 Apr 2024 · 46 minutes
Breaking down the latest housing policy blitz

Minister of Housing and Municipal Affairs Paul Calandra unveiled The Cutting Red Tape to Build More Homes Act, a new... more

12 Apr 2024 · 37 minutes
Why Doug Ford won't budge on housing

The Canadian government has announced a new infrastructure fund that would provide billions to provinces and territories to build up... more

05 Apr 2024 · 44 minutes
Everything you need to know about Ontario's budget

Minister of Finance Peter Bethlenfalvy has unveiled Ontario's budget and it's a big one. The province is spending an unprecedented... more

28 Mar 2024 · 42 minutes
Bonnie Crombie distances herself from a carbon tax

Ontario Liberal Leader Bonnie Crombie has said that if she becomes premier, she will not impose carbon tax on residents.... more

22 Mar 2024 · 34 minutes
Doug Ford's double standard on housing targets

Premier Doug Ford has been seen in recent weeks handing out large cheques to cities who have hit their housing... more

15 Mar 2024 · 40 minutes
The NDP hammers Ford on Highway 407 tolls

The official opposition is calling on the Ontario government to remove tolls for truckers on Highway 407. Their argument is... more

08 Mar 2024 · 38 minutes
A billion-dollar deal for post-secondary schools

Ontario's provincial government is infusing $1.3 billion into the post-secondary education system, but is it too little and too late?... more

01 Mar 2024 · 32 minutes
Queen's Park is back, here's what you need to know

MPPs have returned to Queen's Park after their winter hiatus to a jam-packed schedule with the Ontario PC Government introducing... more

23 Feb 2024 · 33 minutes
What's behind the Ontario Energy Board snub?

Late last year, Energy Minister Todd Smith said he'd introduce legislation to reverse a decision made by the Ontario Energy... more

16 Feb 2024 · 25 minutes
Supreme Court upholds mandate letter secrecy

The Supreme Court of Canada has dismissed a request that would allow for the release of the Government of Ontario's... more

06 Feb 2024 · 45 minutes
New revelations in the Greenbelt scandal

Private emails sent between two aides have added a new chapter to the Greenbelt scandal that has plagued the Ontario... more

30 Jan 2024 · 38 minutes
Private clinics, public problems?

The Government of Ontario is set to expand the number of private health clinics allowed to perform certain types of... more

23 Jan 2024 · 30 minutes
New year, same priorities for Doug Ford

It's a new year, but the same old priorities for the Government of Ontario: Housing, affordability, and healthcare. Steve Paikin... more

16 Jan 2024 · 40 minutes
Rounding out 2023: Peel Region, beer sales, and a mail call

The Region of Peel will remain whole for the foreseeable future, bringing a close to a months-long ordeal for the... more

19 Dec 2023 · 43 minutes
Doug Ford's attacks against Bonnie Crombie lack facts

Last week, newly minted Ontario Liberal Leader Bonnie Crombie made her first appearances at Queen's Park. While she spoke about... more

12 Dec 2023 · 38 minutes
Bonnie Crombie is in as the new Ontario Liberal leader

From mayor of Mississauga to new Ontario Liberal leader, Bonnie Crombie has seen a political rise over the last few... more

05 Dec 2023 · 37 minutes
Toronto's big new deal paves the way for mega spa

Premier Doug Ford and Toronto Mayor Olivia Chow have made an agreement that will give Canada's largest city billions in... more

28 Nov 2023 · 40 minutes
Ontario Liberals head to the polls

Steve Paikin and John Michael McGrath discuss the upcoming Ontario Liberal leadership election. Bonnie Crombie, Nate Erskine-Smith, Ted Hsu, and... more

21 Nov 2023 · 28 minutes
Revelations from Bonnie Lysyk's Greenbelt report

Last week, Bonnie Lysyk, Ontario's auditor general, released a report detailing recent changes to the Greenbelt and how there’s evidence... more

15 Aug 2023 · 29 minutes
A mid-summer check in

Steve Paikin and John Michael McGrath get caught up on all things Ontario during the month of July including the... more

01 Aug 2023 · 25 minutes
Olivia Chow is Toronto's new mayor and here's what that means

Steve Paikin and John Michael McGrath discuss the results of the Toronto mayoral by-election, and how the city's politics will... more

27 Jun 2023 · 31 minutes
How will strong mayors change Ontario municipalities?

Strong mayor powers are coming to 26 Ontario municipalities giving mayors a greater ability to win votes and appoint officials.Toronto... more

20 Jun 2023 · 35 minutes
Where there's smoke ...

Last week, parts of Ontario and the U.S. spent a number of days under a special air quality advisory from... more

13 Jun 2023 · 30 minutes
Yasir Naqvi is in for the OLP leadership

Yasir Naqvi, MP for Ottawa Centre, has thrown his hat into the ring for the Ontario Liberal Party leadership. He's... more

06 Jun 2023 · 26 minutes
Bonnie Crombie enters the fray

Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie is poised to enter the Ontario Liberal Party leadership race, and her political opponents were quick... more

30 May 2023 · 30 minutes
Peel Region is splitting up, what happens now?

Brampton, Caledon, and Mississauga will one day be separate cities, ending a decade's long fight between the municipalities. But what... more

23 May 2023 · 33 minutes
Is Peel Region Breaking Apart?

Could Mississauga and Brampton officially be splitting up? At a press conference Monday, Premier Doug Ford all but announced that... more

16 May 2023 · 33 minutes
Examining the Landlord and Tenant Board's state of disarray

When landlords and tenants can't get along, the Landlord and Tenant Board steps in to provide speedy justice; however, that... more

09 May 2023 · 25 minutes
Rumble at the Ontario Science Centre

Doug Ford's desire to move Ontario Science Centre to Toronto's waterfront is facing some vocal opposition. But is there anything... more

02 May 2023 · 35 minutes
How your taxpayer dollars are funding VW's gigafactory

There's a $13 billion dollar plan in motion to bring a Volkswagen gigafactory to St. Thomas, Ont. It promises to... more

25 Apr 2023 · 22 minutes
Has Mississauga found its Mexit?

Will Mississauga exit Peel Region? Or will Mississauga join Brampton in a new super-city of Peel? And what about Kitchener-Waterloo?... more

18 Apr 2023 · 20 minutes
Ontario's sprawling changes to housing policy

The Ontario government's latest housing strategy, the Helping Homebuyers, Protecting Tenants Act helps renters avoid bad-faith evictions and gain access... more

11 Apr 2023 · 27 minutes
Should Canada pay to keep Toronto's property taxes low?

The federal budget came down last week with little love for municipalities. Toronto will have to deal with its $1... more

04 Apr 2023 · 32 minutes
Ontario's budget braces for a recession

Peter Bethlenfalvy unveiled the province's budget with an eye to balancing it during some extraordinary financial times. The document outlines... more

28 Mar 2023 · 36 minutes
Who gets a say in Ontario's budget process?

Ontario Minister of Finance Peter Bethlenfalvy will present the province's budget on March 23rd. He talks to Steve Paikin and... more

21 Mar 2023 · 45 minutes
So, what's the health care plan?

According to the Financial Accountability Office's latest report, Ontario's outlook on health care is looking a little precarious. The province... more

14 Mar 2023 · 32 minutes
Ontario's Liberals flip the script on voting rules

The Ontario Liberal leadership race will have a new system for balloting that will give more power to members to... more

07 Mar 2023 · 33 minutes
The Ontario government grilled over trucker protests

The judge in charge of investigating the use of the Emergencies Act last year found it troubling that the Ford... more

28 Feb 2023 · 27 minutes
Doug Ford on the defensive over donations to daughter

Premier Doug Ford finds himself in hot water over a pricey fundraiser for the wedding of one of his daughters.... more

21 Feb 2023 · 29 minutes
John Tory resigns. Now what?

A high-stakes election is on the way for the mayor's chair in Toronto and with no incumbent it's anybody's race.... more

14 Feb 2023 · 29 minutes
Could Mike Schreiner lead Ontario's Liberals?

A group of Ontario Liberals are hoping to convince Green Party of Ontario Leader Mike Schreiner to run for the... more

07 Feb 2023 · 26 minutes
Could the federal government step in on the Greenbelt?

Federal Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault said that the government will be looking at potential tools to stop development of the... more

31 Jan 2023 · 27 minutes
Investigative woes for Doug Ford over the Greenbelt

The auditor general of Ontario and Ontario's integrity commissioner have both opened inquiries into recent changes to the Greenbelt. What... more

24 Jan 2023 · 38 minutes
Doug Ford expanding the role of private clinics

For-profit, privately-run clinics in Ontario will see expanded power to perform surgeries covered by OHIP. But will privatizing medical procedures... more

17 Jan 2023 · 30 minutes
Lieutenant governor talks threats to democracy

Did Premier Doug Ford field a more-critical-than-usual signoff from the King's representative? Polls also suggest criticism from the electorate as... more

13 Dec 2022 · 45 minutes
How the Ford government spent tax dollars

Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk publishes her final report and itemized list of how tax dollars were spent - her main... more

06 Dec 2022 · 44 minutes
Trudeau on Ontario's role managing the convoy

The prime minister says that the Ontario government wanted the federal government to wear the province's failure at Ottawa's convoy... more

29 Nov 2022 · 35 minutes
When democracy might not mean majority rule

Ontario avoids another education strike as the province and CUPE come to a tentative agreement. A new bill looks to... more

22 Nov 2022 · 41 minutes
Flip-flops on Bill 28, mask mandates & the Greenbelt

The Ontario government releases its Fall Economic Statement - a mini-budget of sorts - so a quick assessment on whether... more

15 Nov 2022 · 38 minutes
How lawmakers confronted a notwithstanding clause

The Ford government vows to roll back their back-to-work legislation as the education workers union agrees to stop striking. Co-hosts... more

08 Nov 2022 · 38 minutes
The notwithunderstanding clause strikes again

This week, Ontario's education minister Stephen Lecce preempts a work stoppage by invoking the notwithstanding clause, Premier Doug Ford and... more

01 Nov 2022 · 27 minutes
Parsing election results as Ford gets summoned to Ottawa

This week, co-hosts Steve Paikin and John Michael McGrath recap notable horseraces from the 2022 Ontario municipal elections. Then, we... more

26 Oct 2022 · 35 minutes
On houses and hydro

This week, co-hosts Steve Paikin and John Michael McGrath discuss news that Ontario could be walking away from an energy... more

18 Oct 2022 · 34 minutes
'Don't force my hand'

This week, co-hosts Steve Paikin and John Michael McGrath perked up at choice words from Premier Ford to teachers' unions... more

12 Oct 2022 · 35 minutes
Happy Thanksgiving!

Check back in tomorrow for our full episode! In the meantime, co-hosts Steve Paikin and John Michael McGrath offer you... more

11 Oct 2022 ·
#onpoli, a TVO podcast
When democracy might not mean majority rule
#onpoli, a TVO podcast

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Ontario avoids another education strike as the province and CUPE come to a tentative agreement. A new bill looks to empower certain... more