John Michael McGrath

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

John Michael McGrath's articles

Published On: January 28, 2022
OPINION: Ontario’s planning policies have repeatedly centred on projections that don’t pan out. A new report outlines the problem — and suggests some fixes.
Published On: January 26, 2022
ANALYSIS: No one knows whether it’s possible. No one knows how much we could store if it is. But the southwest may be fertile ground for carbon sequestration.
Published On: January 25, 2022
OPINION: The government is facing a pretty basic choice: make the passports more restrictive — or start winding them down.
Published On: January 20, 2022
OPINION: has obtained a draft report from the housing-affordability task force — and some of its suggestions are radical.
Published On: January 18, 2022
OPINION: Another key riding is now up for grabs, leaving the Tories with a potentially bleak electoral landscape.
Published On: January 14, 2022
Staff in the Township of Zorra now work longer workdays in exchange for a three-day weekend — and the idea could spread, depending on who comes out in top in the next election.
Published On: January 12, 2022
The province has released information about testing, monitoring, and staffing in advance of the planned January 17 return to in-person learning. Read the full briefing.
Published On: January 11, 2022
OPINION: The argument for expanding Ontario’s hospital capacity was strong pre-COVID, and it’s even stronger now. But saying that is easy — making decisions is a whole lot harder.
Published On: January 07, 2022
OPINION: Vaccines are still very good at preventing deaths. But rapid transmission and exponential growth mean that services both public and private are in jeopardy.
Published On: January 06, 2022
The government has released new information about how many rapid tests it has, who can get one — and how it plans to deal with supply constraints. Read the full briefing.
Published On: January 04, 2022
OPINION: Omicron. Elections. Political survival. Here are the three big questions the next year will answer.
Published On: December 16, 2021
The government has released new projections that show how the new variant could affect this province.
Published On: December 14, 2021
OPINION: The city’s business community says housing costs are hurting its members — and it’s calling on the province to make big changes.
Published On: December 07, 2021
OPINION: A new report analyzes do-nothing, reactive, and proactive approaches to adapting provincial infrastructure. The lessons should be pretty clear.
Published On: December 06, 2021
OPINION: The idea is to make cities plan denser, more transit-friendly development. Is that happening? Ontario doesn’t seem to want to find out.
Published On: November 30, 2021
OPINION: Is it more transmissible? Are outcomes less severe? Can it evade vaccines? We don’t know yet. But we do know our ICU capacity remains finite.
Published On: November 26, 2021
OPINION: Last week, councillors voted against expanding the city’s urban-growth boundary. Ontario has the power to overturn that decision, and it’s hinting it might use it.
Published On: November 24, 2021
OPINION: The only real answer to the problems cars create is to cut down on driving. Cities like London are showing us how.