John Michael McGrath


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

John Michael McGrath's articles

Published On: Aug 19,2019
ANALYSIS: At the Association of Municipalities of Ontario’s annual meeting, mayors are expressing concern that a cost-cutting government at Queen’s Park is going to saddle them with new costs.
Published On: Aug 16,2019
A new report finds that the economic benefits of cleaning up post-industrial waterfronts are huge — and that such efforts could pay even bigger dividends in the future.  
Published On: Aug 13,2019
OPINION: Not for the first time, municipal recycling systems are in crisis. If the Tories want to save the blue-bin program, they’ll have to accept that cities can’t do it all.  
Published On: Aug 09,2019
OPINION: A new report says that a once-reliable way of bringing homes to the resale market isn’t working like it used to. It’s another indication that our housing policies aren’t keeping up with our housing crisis.    
Published On: Aug 07,2019
Podcast co-host John Michael McGrath shares his favourites.
Published On: Aug 07,2019
ANALYSIS: The leadership hopefuls have different ideas about how the debates should play out. This may seem like a minor point, but it will shape the race to come.
Published On: Aug 01,2019
OPINION: If ethical concerns won’t persuade the government to shut down its propaganda wing, what will? Maybe the fact that it’s not doing its job
Published On: Jul 30,2019
OPINION: Berkeley, California, has restricted the connection of some new homes to natural-gas lines. It’s the kind of policy that governments need to start thinking about — so why is Ontario going the other way?
Published On: Jul 26,2019
OPINION: The Tories may have been their own worst enemy for the first part of this year, but Premier Doug Ford and his cabinet have enemies outside their own caucus — including the federal Liberals.  
Published On: Jul 23,2019
ANALYSIS: Policy-makers at Toronto city council and Queen’s Park are looking to change rules that have protected residential neighbourhoods for decades. Are we finally ready for gentle density?
Published On: Jul 12,2019
ANALYSIS: The city has launched a governance review in response to last year’s cut to council. According to a new research paper, it should take a serious look at how it deals with business improvement areas and neighbourhood associations  
Published On: Jul 12,2019
OPINION: Every government talks a big game about reducing interprovincial trade barriers. The Alberta premier is reminding everyone that it’s possible to walk the walk.  
Published On: Jul 09,2019
OPINION: The government announced Monday that the sprawling 50-acre Ontario Food Terminal will stay put in south Etobicoke. Here’s why that was a smart move.
Published On: Jul 08,2019
He’s never held elected office — but he’d like to be Ontario’s next premier. speaks with the youngest Liberal seeking the party’s leadership.  
Published On: Jul 02,2019
OPINION: Families making more than $100,000 a year are struggling to afford homes in Ontario’s capital — and that’s a problem for all of us.
Published On: Jun 28,2019
ANALYSIS: Ontario’s highest court has declared the federal carbon tax constitutional. So what does that mean — and what comes next?
Published On: Jun 25,2019
OPINION: The company unveiled its plan this week. It’s bold and high-tech — but not everyone’s embracing it
Published On: Jun 21,2019
ANALYSIS: Faced with flagging poll numbers, the premier has shuffled his cabinet for the second time in less than a year. We look at who’s in, who’s out, and what it all means.