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Ford’s controversial chief of staff gone — or is he?
Premier Doug Ford’s chief of staff Dean French resigned on Friday after a tumultuous year, culminating in French trying to get his wife’s cousin and son’s friend appointed to plum government postings. But then, French appeared at Queen’s Park on Monday, allegedly reading “the Riot Act to all [premier’s office] staff and then in a separate meeting with chiefs,” a government insider told the Toronto Star. “The implied threat was: ‘make no mistake, I still control things,’” the source added. Senior officials in the premier’s office disputed the account, saying French attended two meetings only briefly to bid farewell to his former colleagues.
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You asked: we answered. Podcast hosts Steve Paikin and John Michael McGrath dig into our mailbag and answer all your questions — about beer sales, student loans, question period, and why there aren't political parties in city politics — for our final #onpoli podcast episode of the season.
Dean French may have been the loyal foot soldier Doug Ford needed to win the premiership and keep his enemies at bay. But, Steve Paikin writes, there has never, in his more than three and a half decades of watching Queen’s Park, been as polarizing a chief of staff. Here's how French's departure, and the most dramatic cabinet shuffle in Ontario history, suggest that the Tories are looking for a new way to do business.
Every American president puts his stamp on foreign policy — but some redefine the whole global system. Academic and Wall Street Journal columnist Walter Russell Mead joins Steve Paikin to discuss Donald Trump’s approach to international affairs.
How did a poor boy from a tiny flat in St. Petersburg become one of the world's most powerful leaders? Learn how Russian president Vladimir Putin rose from KGB colonel to become Boris Yeltsin's right-hand man and, ultimately, his successor.
Is your job making you exhausted? You’re not alone — so many people suffer from work-related burnout that the World Health Organization now includes it as an “occupational phenomenon” in the International Classification of Diseases. Rahaf Harfoush, the author of Hustle & Float: Reclaim Your Creativity and Thrive in a World Obsessed With Work, and Katy Kamkar, a clinical psychologist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, sit down with Steve Paikin to discuss why so many people are experiencing burnout.
At the mighty Hudson Bay, the Arctic extends its icy reach south into North America. Cold temperatures and low salinity mean that the body of water is frozen over from December to June. Explore the unique area — and find out how animals have adapted to survive the extreme cold.
This past weekend, billionaire Elon Musk bore the brunt of some Twitter ridicule after he tweeted “Occupy Mars” — with a picture of the moon. (He remains committed, though, to sending humans deeper into space.) Forty-two years ago, controversial psychologist and author Timothy Leary joined TVO’s Mike McManus to discuss, among other things, his own optimistic views about space colonization.