John Michael McGrath


John Michael McGrath is a staff writer at covering provincial politics and policy.

John Michael McGrath's articles

Published On: Jul 31,2020
OPINION: The Ontario government took three gambles in July that could make for a painful fall.
Published On: Jul 30,2020
The government unveiled its back-to-school plan on Thursday. Read what it has to say about part-time vs. full-time, masks, and COVID-19 screening.
Published On: Jul 28,2020
OPINION: The province has managed to get by so far without the eye-watering levels of new spending we’ve seen federally. But that’s set to change.
Published On: Jul 24,2020
OPINION: A new report shows that, on top of all their environmental benefits, electric cars could be a boon for Ontario’s nuclear power plants.
Published On: Jul 21,2020
ANALYSIS: Ontario and Canadian policymakers are desperate to restart the economy. Given our trade ties to the United States, the recovery may be out of their hands.
Published On: Jul 17,2020
OPINION: The “safe restart” agreement announced Thursday promises billions in federal support for municipalities and public health. It took long enough
Published On: Jul 14,2020
OPINION: Doug Ford says that bars and restaurants must reopen. We need that same determination for full-time schooling in September.
Published On: Jul 13,2020
Movie theatres, restaurants, and bars are just some of the businesses that will be allowed to reopen — but only in certain parts of the province.
Published On: Jul 10,2020 speaks with Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark about the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act, the government’s policy changes — and how the Tories see their relationship with municipalities.
Published On: Jul 08,2020
ANALYSIS: The government is asking MPPs to give it emergency powers for as long as two years. Is this a power grab — or just the new reality of COVID-19?
Published On: Jul 07,2020
OPINION: The minister of education is promising solid new equity policies for Ontario schools. But ensuring they actually work is going to take more than promises.
Published On: Jun 30,2020
ANALYSIS: A new report from a Hamilton think-tank argues that COVID-19 presents the perfect opportunity for Ontario to end a “tax on the poor” and replace it with something better.
Published On: Jun 26,2020
ANALYSIS: The good news is that province has flattened the curve. Now Ontarians need to ask themselves whether that result is good enough.
Published On: Jun 24,2020
OPINION: Masking orders could help stop the spread of COVID-19. They could also have unfair and tragic consequences.
Published On: Jun 23,2020
OPINION: In normal times, governments trip over themselves to champion rural interests. The pandemic has allowed Doug Ford to speak plainly about the province’s agri-food industry.
Published On: Jun 19,2020
ANALYSIS: The premier hopes that this state-of-emergency extension will be the last. But Ontarians shouldn't get their hopes up that things will return to normal.
Published On: Jun 17,2020
OPINION: The premier wonders why it takes so long to get anything built in Ontario. The answer is that certain interests want it to take that long. Is he ready to take them on?
Published On: Jun 12,2020
ANALYSIS: The head of the Ontario Hospital Association is warning the government that the province’s hospitals are filling up again — and that they might not be prepared if COVID-19 returns in the fall.