John Michael McGrath


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

John Michael McGrath's articles

Published On: Apr 14,2020
Twenty-eight MPPs attended Queen’s Park on Tuesday afternoon to renew the province’s state of emergency — and to tweak some laws to make the pandemic easier for municipalities and school boards.
Published On: Apr 14,2020
The worst-case scenario for Ontario planners seems to be receding, as the province still has ample ICU beds. That doesn’t mean everything’s okay.
Published On: Apr 10,2020
The province aims to expand testing for COVID-19 — and that’s a good thing. But the realities on the ground give cause for concern.
Published On: Apr 09,2020 speaks with epidemiologist David Fisman about what the province has gotten wrong with its COVID-19 testing so far — and what Premier Doug Ford has gotten right.
Published On: Apr 07,2020
OPINION: Even during a pandemic — especially during a pandemic — we should demand that our democratic institutions act in a democratic way.
Published On: Apr 03,2020
ANALYSIS: Provincial health officials shared their modelling with the public today. It reveals the motivation behind every decision the government is making.
Published On: Apr 02,2020
OPINION: We can argue about whether the premier is leading the province well through the COVID-19 crisis. What’s going to matter two years from now is what he takes from all this.
Published On: Apr 01,2020
OPINION: The Tories responded to price-gougers later than they should have. Landlords are going to be their next big problem.
Published On: Mar 27,2020
OPINION: Every time there’s a recession, governments struggle to get money into the hands of people who need it. Here’s one idea for when the next crisis hits.
Published On: Mar 26,2020
OPINION: Ontario’s COVID-19 recovery measures passed speedily at Queen’s Park yesterday. The federal Liberals’ legislative attempt was a fiasco.
Published On: Mar 23,2020
OPINION: Trudeau may invoke the Emergencies Act. Or he may not. It doesn’t matter: the real work is being done by the provinces.
Published On: Mar 20,2020
OPINION: MPPs showed up for work this week for a brief but important meeting of the legislature — and showed what politicians can accomplish in a crisis.
Published On: Mar 17,2020
Premier Doug Ford has declared a state of emergency in the province of Ontario. What will that involve, and what comes next?
Published On: Mar 16,2020
OPINION: The provincial government is taking the measured advice of professionals and being careful not to panic. That’s good — but it may not be enough.
Published On: Mar 13,2020
OPINION: Libraries are “palaces for the people” — but government rarely appreciates the work they do.
Published On: Mar 11,2020
ANALYSIS: Eglinton–Lawrence MPP Robin Martin wants to keep property-tax assessments from shooting skyward in parts of the city that are seeing a forest of condos go up.
Published On: Mar 09,2020
OPINION: New Ontario Liberal leader Steven Del Duca is a known quantity. Here’s what we know about his baggage.  
Published On: Mar 06,2020
Raising taxes is likely a hard sell in the PC caucus. But events from this past week should have the government considering new tax measures for the GTA’s housing market.