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The fourth week of the Ontario election is in the books! This week saw the NDP and Liberals go at one another, while Doug Ford's lead holds steady. Be sure to tune in, folks.The wonderful panel includes outgoing NDP MPP Suze Morrison, McMillan Vantage's Ashley Csanady, and Navigator's Brayden Akers.QP Briefing
 
The third week of the Ontario election is in the books! This week saw the leaders on stage for the second time at the TVO Debate in Toronto. Andrea Horwath and Mike Schreiner both got COVID, and the Liberals had a less-than-scandalous news conference . Be sure to tune in folks.The wonderful panel includes outgoing NDP MPP Suze Morrison, McMillan Va…
 
The second week of the Ontario election is in the books! This week saw the leaders on stage for the first time at the Northern Debate in North Bay. They'll square off again on May 16. Be sure to tune in folks. The wonderful panel includes outgoing NDP MPP Suze Morrison, McMillan Vantage's Ashley Csanady, and Navigator's Brayden Akers.Email aidancha…
 
The first week of the 2022 Ontario election campaign is in the books! QP Briefing editor-in-chief Jessica Smith Cross convened a political panel to break it down, with some astute music critiques at the end. The wonderful panel includes outgoing NDP MPP Suze Morrison, McMillan Vantage's Ashley Csanady, and Navigator's Brayden Akers.Email aidanchama…
 
Ontario Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy dropped the 2022 budget on Thursday, which will serve as the Progressive Conservative's election platform. Mike Moffat, senior director of the Smart Prosperity Institute, and Karl Baldauf, vice president of McMillan Vantage policy group and Bethlenfalvy's former chief of staff, joined the pod to run us th…
 
Ontario Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner joins us to talk about the party's prospects and strategy in the upcoming election. Deputy Leader Dianne Saxe comes on in the second half to detail why she joined partisan politics after being fired as Ontario's environment commissioner and how she's adjusting to the new role.…
 
University of Toronto Prof. Matti Siemiatycki is an expert on all things Ontario transit. He joins the podcast today to run through what Ontario needs to get around and where Doug Ford's new transportation plan is taking the province ahead of the June election.Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin McLeod From the Free Music Archive…
 
Adil Shamji is the Ontario Liberals' 2022 candidate in Don Valley East. He is an emergency physician at Michael Garron Hospital and the medical director of ten Toronto homeless shelters.John Fraser is the party's health critic and former interim leader. They join reporter Jack Hauen to talk about some of the most pressing health issues facing the p…
 
Geordie Dent is the executive director of the Federation of Metro Tenants' Associations (FMTA). He helps renters navigate issues with their landlords, the province and more. He joins the QP Briefing podcast to discuss rental issues during the most intense wave of COVID-19 yet, and what he believes the provincial government should be doing to help.E…
 
Dr. Peter Jüni, scientific director of the Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table, joins the QP Briefing podcast to discuss the latest on the COVID-19 pandemic, including the surge in cases in Ontario and the presence of the Omicron variant. He explains what is known so far about the new variant and why "it's completely changing the game."Email sd…
 
Ontario Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development Monte McNaughton joins the QP Briefing podcast to discuss his government's proposed labour reforms, including a plan to increase the minimum wage to $15.He also addresses criticism related to some of the changes and responds to a question about whether these announcements have anything to …
 
The Narwhal’s Emma McIntosh and Fatima Syed join the QP Briefing podcast to discuss their new roles as reporters with the publication's recently announced environmental journalism bureau in Ontario. The team also weighs in on environmental issues in Ontario and beyond, including COP26 — the upcoming United Nations climate change conference.Email sd…
 
Freelance journalist Luc Rinaldi joins the QP Briefing podcast to talk about his feature published in Toronto Life called "The anti-vax crusaders." The story delves into the southern Ontario town of Aylmer where a pastor has garnered a large following of anti-vaxxers, conspiracy theorists and libertarians.Email sduggal@torstar.ca with any questions…
 
Vivian Stamatopoulos, a long-term care advocate and associate teaching professor at Ontario Tech University, joins the QP Briefing podcast to talk about the long-term care sector. She discusses her journey to advocacy in the sector and recent Ontario government announcements on a vaccination mandate for long-term care workers and funding to hire mo…
 
Annie Kidder, executive director of People for Education, joins the QP Briefing podcast to talk about the return to school in Ontario and steps she thinks will make them safer. Email sduggal@torstar.ca with any questions, concerns or praise.Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin McLeodFrom the Free Music ArchiveCC BY…
 
The new president of the Ontario Medical Association joins the QP Briefing podcast to talk about the COVID-19 pandemic and what comes next.Email jscross@torstar.ca with any questions, concerns or praise.Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin McLeodFrom the Free Music ArchiveCC BYQP Briefing
 
Is anyone going to investigate reports of dozens of seniors dying of neglect in Ontario long-term care homes? Hear from politicians, health-care experts and some of the advocates who are calling for a police investigation as QP Briefing editor Jessica Smith Cross breaks down the search for accountability for preventable deaths of seniors in long-te…
 
Two doctors, Naheed Dosani and Gaibrie Stephen, join the QP Briefing podcast to talk about how the pandemic has brought activism and advocacy from MDs to the forefront of the public debate. Why health equity has always mattered but we're paying attention today.Email jscross@torstar.ca with any questions, concerns or praise.Music: "Private Eye" by K…
 
Karl Baldauf, vice-president of the McMillan Vantage Policy Group, and Mike Moffatt, senior director of policy and innovation at the Smart Prosperity Institute, joined the QP Briefing Podcast to discuss the Ontario government's 2021 budget. They talked about highlights, what they felt was missing and what the budget says about the government's prio…
 
Epidemiologist Colin Furness answers all of our questions about the state of the pandemic in Ontario today — variants of concern, vaccinations, air filtration, vaccine passports and the status of the third wave.Email jscross@torstar.ca with any questions, concerns or praise.Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin McLeodFrom the Free Music ArchiveCC BY…
 
Jane Meadus, a lawyer with the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly, joins the QP Briefing podcast to talk about the effect of the pandemic on Ontario's seniors and the work of the independent commission into long-term care.Email jscross@torstar.ca with any questions, concerns or praise.Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin McLeodFrom the Free Music ArchiveCC B…
 
Ontario Labour Minister Monte McNaughton joins the QP Briefing podcast to talk about the skilled trades, the skills mismatch, and the controversy over paid sick leave. Plus, he weighs in on a constituent's criticism of his pandemic hair.Email jscross@torstar.ca with any questions, concerns or praise.Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin McLeodFrom the Free…
 
Government House Leader Paul Calandra joins the QP Briefing podcast to discuss how he helped keep the Ontario legislature at work during the pandemic and his love of cheesy Christmas movies. Plus, we dive into a controversial vote condemning the "extreme and hateful invective of Charles McVety."This is the fourth and final in a series of year-ender…
 
NDP Leader Andrea Horwath joins the QP Briefing Podcast to discuss the year unprecedented became a byword for life, the province's COVID-19 response and pandemic baking. This is the third in a series of year-ender podcasts with guests from all four of Ontario's major political parties.Email jscross@torstar.ca with any questions, concerns or praise.…
 
Steven Del Duca joins the QP Briefing Podcast to discuss taking the helm of the Ontario Liberal Party at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic.This is the second in a series of year-ender podcasts with guests from all four of Ontario's major political parties.Email jscross@torstar.ca with any questions, concerns or praise.Music: "Private Eye" by Kevi…
 
Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner joins the QP Briefing podcast to talk about the moment that kicked off the 2020s. He shares his reflections on the year everything changed.This is the first of a series of year-ender podcasts with guests from all four of Ontario's major political parties.Email jscross@torstar.ca with any questions, concerns or prai…
 
QP Briefing welcomes CEO of the Ontario Long-Term Care Association Donna Duncan. She gives a frank assessment of Ontario's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, what still needs to be done, and how the sector needs to change in the future.Email jscross@torstar.ca with any questions, concerns or praise.Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin McLeodFrom the Free …
 
"People say to me, 'You must be really glad you're not in the premier's chair now.' And that's not true, actually, because I have strong opinions about how my team would have done things differently."MPP and former premier Kathleen Wynne joins the QP Briefing podcast to reflect on her political career.Email jscross@torstar.ca with any questions, co…
 
It's International Right to Know Week! Ontario's new information and privacy commissioner took on the role in the middle of the pandemic and her first task was to evaluate the COVID-19 exposure notification app. Patricia Kosseim tells us about her approach to the information and privacy balancing act in these very unusual times.Email jscross@torsta…
 
NDP education critic Marit Stiles returns to the QP Briefing podcast. Last time we recorded an episode with her, the education minister announced the shut down of schools the same afternoon. We talk about what has changed since then.Email jscross@torstar.ca with any questions, concerns or praise.Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin McLeodFrom the Free Mus…
 
Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner Brian Beamish joined the show this week to talk about how his commission's work has changed over the past two decades. He weighed in on privacy and health data and the COVID-19 response, why political parties' use of data should be regulated and how the province has changed what it can do with informatio…
 
QP Briefing welcomes one of Canada's foremost experts on ageing to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Samir Sinha talks about how we should change the way we think about caring for older people, and how long-term care could go virtual.Email jscross@torstar.ca with any questions, concerns or praise.Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin McLeodFrom the Free M…
 
QP Briefing welcomes rookie MPP Lucille Collard, who talks about partisanship in the time of the pandemic. The new Ottawa-Vanier MPP shares her impression of Question Period and isn't impressed with some of the antics she's seen so far.Email jscross@torstar.ca with any questions, concerns or praise.Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin McLeodFrom the Free …
 
Epidemiologist Colin Furness, an assistant professor at the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto, joins the podcast to talk about Ontario's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and calls out a lack of leadership.Email jscross@torstar.ca with any questions, concerns or praise.Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin McLeodFrom the Free Music Archiv…
 
A cardiac surgeon and the new president of the Ontario Medical Association, Dr. Samantha Hill joins the QP Briefing Podcast this week to talk about issues facing doctors during the COVID-19 pandemic, including clinic finances, burnout, and child care.Email jscross@torstar.ca with any questions, concerns or praise.Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin McLeo…
 
Steven Del Duca joins the podcast to discuss how he believes Ontario needs to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, which was officially declared just four days after he become the Ontario Liberal Party leader.Email jscross@torstar.ca with any questions, concerns or praise.Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin McLeodFrom the Free Music ArchiveCC BY…
 
MPP Teresa Armstrong, the NDP critic for home and long-term care, joins the QP Briefing Podcast to speak about the tragedy unfolding in Ontario long-term care homes.(Please note, that shortly after this podcast was recording the provincial government announced a wage top-up plan for some essential workers, including those in long-term care homes. T…
 
Ontario Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner joined the QP Briefing podcast via Zoom this week to talk about how opposition politicians like him are working with the Doug Ford government during the COVID-19, and holding it to account. Plus, he talks about how the pandemic might change the way we see government in the future.Email jscross@torstar.ca wi…
 
MPP and practicing registered nurse Natalia Kusendova joins the QP Briefing podcast this week to discuss her dual role in the COVID-19 pandemic. She talks about what it's like in the emergency room where she works, the toll the crisis is taking on the family lives of frontline health-care workers, and the day Premier Doug Ford personally dropped of…
 
NDP MPP Marit Stiles joins the QP Briefing podcast this week to talk about all things education including the government's recent decision to close Ontario schools until April 6 to limit the spread of COVID-19. We also discuss negotiations between teachers' unions and the province, with Stiles weighing in on the tentative deal that was reached on M…
 
Independent MPP Randy Hillier joins the QP Briefing team for the final podcast of 2019. Hillier describes his time as an independent legislator since he was booted from the Progressive Conservative caucus in March as a "breath of fresh air." He says "politics is now enjoyable once again" and that he is able to use his time in ways he believes to be…
 
Allie Rougeot, co-ordinator of Fridays for Future Toronto, joins the podcast to talk about climate activism and what led her to this path of demanding more action on climate change. The Fridays for Future movement was started by Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, with Rougeot leading the Toronto chapter in holding regular protests outside Que…
 
One year after Stephen Lecce made his debut on the QP Briefing podcast, the Progressive Conservative MPP returns for a second episode, but this time as education minister. Lecce talks about his new portfolio and the ongoing education sector labour negotiations. The podcast was recorded on Nov. 27, one day before the Ontario Secondary School Teacher…
 
Harvey Bischof, president of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation, joins the podcast to talk about the ongoing labour negotiations between his union, the government and school boards' and trustees' associations. The podcast was recorded on Nov. 21, the same day the OSSTF announced it would be ready for job action starting on Nov. 26. L…
 
Kate Graham joins the podcast to discuss why she is running to be the next leader of the Ontario Liberal Party. Graham, who lives in London, has worked for the city and teaches politics, talks about some of her priorities including tackling climate change and inequality, building up transit infrastructure and "revitalizing democracy." She also refl…
 
iPolitics reporter Victoria Gibson joins the podcast this week. We chat about her first few months at Queen's Park, what drove her into a career as a journalist and how her background in theatre has come in handy when watching question period at the legislature. And we discuss the provincial deficit and some of our main takeaways from the Progressi…
 
After a nearly five-month break, Government House Leader Paul Calandra joins the QP Briefing team to kick off Season 4 of the podcast. The Progressive Conservative MPP talks about his new role as a provincial minister, how the government and opposition parties are trying to set a new tone at Queen's Park, and some of the government's priorities thi…
 
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