John Michael McGrath


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

John Michael McGrath's articles

Published On: Oct 15,2019
No jobs. No anglophones. No summer. A new report says that myths about northern Ontario are scaring off potential farmers.
Published On: Oct 11,2019
OPINION: What happened to the Syrian restaurant in Toronto this week tells us a lot about what immigration policy can — and can’t — do.
Published On: Oct 08,2019
ANALYSIS: The government negotiated a tentative agreement on Sunday night, keeping kids in class. But there are more negotiations to come — and they’ll only get tougher.
Published On: Oct 04,2019
OPINION: The Liberals have proposed a number of policies aimed at boosting “affordability” — but they should make a clearer distinction between must-haves and nice-to-haves.  
Published On: Oct 01,2019
OPINION: The Liberal MPP and leadership candidate’s letter to the premier might have been political theatre, but it points toward the need for democratic reform.
Published On: Sep 27,2019
OPINION: It takes forever to get infrastructure built in this country. Canadians had better hope things don’t get worse.
Published On: Sep 25,2019
ANALYSIS: The Ford government seems bent on trying to stay out of the headlines until after the federal election — but the province’s teachers may make that impossible.  
Published On: Sep 20,2019
ANALYSIS: Our energy grid is among the cleanest in North America — but the province’s nuclear plans mean that some of our progress will be reversed over the next decade.  
Published On: Sep 19,2019
OPINION: The Conservatives Party claims that the Liberals have a secret plan to tax your house for its capital gains. They almost certainly don’t, but we should all consider this politically impossible good idea.
Published On: Sep 17,2019
 Warming waters in Lake Huron are creating stress for fish — and that has one farmer considering a new site in Lake Superior.
Published On: Sep 12,2019
ANALYSIS: An expert panel has identified nearly 100 pages’ worth of issues with the company’s “smart city” proposal. Here’s what that could mean for the project — and the city.  
Published On: Sep 11,2019
ANALYSIS: The 2019 campaign has officially begun. Here are some questions Ontario voters should be asking.
Published On: Sep 06,2019
ANALYSIS: The government seems to be trying to win back friends after a rough first year in office. Will it still be able to meet its own targets to balance the province’s books?
Published On: Sep 04,2019
OPINION: Reporters need to be careful about being fair during an election. And when it comes to carbon pricing, it’s fair to call the Liberal policy a carbon tax.
Published On: Aug 30,2019
ANALYSIS: The Progressive Conservatives have finalized regulations for the aquaculture industry. Here’s why farmers are happy — and why the province could soon be home to millions more fish.
Published On: Aug 26,2019
OPINION: The federal Liberals are attacking Conservative leader Andrew Scheer’s record on same-sex marriage — but their own record is far from spotless.  
Published On: Aug 22,2019
OPINION: A year of rapid, large-scale policy changes from Queen’s Park has many local officials feeling the strain. Here’s how the Tories could start mending fences.
Published On: Aug 20,2019
OPINION: MPP Michael Coteau came to this year’s Association of Municipalities of Ontario conference armed with a “New Deal” for cities. So what’s in it for you?