John Michael McGrath

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

John Michael McGrath's articles

Published On: August 14, 2020
The Greenbelt Council, which advises the government on growth planning, is urging the province to take a closer look at the numbers it’s using to justify planning decisions.
Published On: August 12, 2020
ANALYSIS: There’s even more red ink on the books than was projected in the spring — but it will cost less than expected to pay down the province’s debt.
Published On: August 11, 2020
OPINION: Ontario families aren’t demanding perfection from a back-to-school plan. They want the Tories to consider every option and exhaust every possible resource.
Published On: August 07, 2020
OPINION: This week, we got the first signs of when a vaccine might become available in Canada. That means the province has to start thinking about whether Ontarians will be required to get it.
Published On: August 05, 2020
OPINION: Doug Ford says the choice not to shrink class sizes isn’t his plan — he’s just listening to the medical experts. He’s wrong
Published On: July 31, 2020
OPINION: The Ontario government took three gambles in July that could make for a painful fall.
Published On: July 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: July 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: July 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: July 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: July 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: July 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: July 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: July 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: July 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: July 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: June 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: June 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.