John Michael McGrath


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

John Michael McGrath's articles

Published On: Apr 18,2019
OPINION: An Ontario court allowed the carbon-tax fight to be live-streamed — but a tweet that Doug Ford sent out during the proceedings may have justices regretting that decision.
Published On: Apr 16,2019
OPINION: On the first day of arguments before Ontario's highest court, the province's lawyers made it clear that the judiciary won’t be able to make peace between Ottawa and skeptical provinces.
Published On: Apr 11,2019
ANALYSIS: The Progressive Conservatives’ first budget is here. lays out what Doug Ford’s government has in store for Ontarians on transportation, the deficit, and more
Published On: Apr 05,2019
OPINION: In choosing Kathleen Wynne’s successor, the Liberals must weigh principle against pragmatism. A new bill from MPP Marie-France Lalonde may indicate which way the party is leaning.
Published On: Apr 02,2019
ANALYSIS: Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals barred the aggregate industry from operating in “natural heritage systems” — the industry is hoping that Doug Ford’s Tories will go a different route.  
Published On: Mar 28,2019
OPINION: Incompatible trains. Needlessly expensive below-grade construction. More subway stops without the ridership to justify them. The government’s Toronto transit plan is here.
Published On: Mar 22,2019
OPINION: The centrepiece of the federal budget’s housing strategy is an equity-sharing scheme intended to help homebuyers afford mortgages. The big question is whether the feds will need provincial help to make it work  
Published On: Mar 18,2019
OPINION: A new report from the Parliamentary Budget Office examines what the big provinces have done with funding from Ottawa. John Michael McGrath explains what the findings reveal about politicians’ promises.
Published On: Mar 13,2019
ANALYSIS: New research suggests that we can farm fish without creating ecological nightmares. John Michael McGrath examines what that could mean for Ontario’s aquaculture industry.
Published On: Mar 11,2019
ANALYSIS: The home-building lobby wants the province to override municipalities in order to make room for millions of new homes. The question, writes John Michael McGrath, is whether MPPs — and voters — are willing to entertain the idea.
Published On: Mar 04,2019
ANALYSIS: A letter from the government advises cities and towns to pause planning reviews until the province has unveiled its housing-supply policy. John Michael McGrath explains what this means for municipalities.
Published On: Mar 01,2019
OPINION: The government’s proposed new “super-agency” could be just what the doctor ordered for Ontario’s health-care woes, writes John Michael McGrath
Published On: Feb 26,2019
OPINION: A new private member’s bill from MPP Michael Coteau aims to drive down the costs of repairing electronics. If the PCs are smart, writes John Michael McGrath, they’ll give it a fair hearing.
Published On: Feb 22,2019
OPINION: The company has unveiled a proposal to kick-start development of Toronto’s Port Lands. There’s just one problem, writes John Michael McGrath — Doug Ford has already said no.
Published On: Feb 19,2019
ANALYSIS: MPPs have returned to the legislature for the spring sitting, and John Michael McGrath is here to break down what’s in store for the parties and the province.
Published On: Feb 15,2019
OPINION: A new report offers some bold suggestions for combatting Toronto’s housing-affordability problem, writes John Michael McGrath. So how much do you care about parking, pools, and rec rooms?
Published On: Feb 12,2019
OPINION: The future of the waterfront attraction is up in the air. If we want it to survive, writes John Michael McGrath, we may need to let the past die.
Published On: Feb 08,2019
ANALYSIS: For generations, the iron rule of electrical power was that it had to pay for itself. John Michael McGrath asks whether that rule needs to bend in the face of climate change.