It’s Back to Business at Queen’s Park

The Christmas recess has wrapped up at Queen’s Park, the legislature is back in session and there are more than a few pots at a rolling boil on the front burner.

The labour standoff continues with all of the teachers’ unions across the province. Rotating strikes continue and there appears to be no progress in this war of attrition.

That strife will take up a good deal of oxygen as the session resumes but Transportation Minister Caroline Mulroney will be front and centre presenting some major public transit legislation and having to stick handle the botched roll out of the province’s new licence plates.

A 2019 Wrap with Special Guests John Michael McGrath and Steve Paikin

This is our 62nd episode of @OnTheLedgePcast and our final show for 2019. Our usual suspects, John Wright, Keith Leslie and Dave Trafford are here along with special guests John Michael McGrath and Steve Paikin from TVO’s @theAgenda. John Michael and Steve also produce and host the #OnPoli podcast. Their show gets down in the weeds – whereas On The Ledge gets down in the mud!

We will take a hiatus for a few weeks while the legislature takes its Christmas/winter break. So be sure to subscribe to the podcast. That way you won’t miss a thing!

Hamilton’s Sh*t Show makes national news and Ontarians grow weary of the Teachers’ Contract Standoff

It’s becoming clear that #sewergate in the City of Hamilton will not only be a municipal election issue in 2022, it will likely test the Steeltown MPPs running for re-election in two and a half years.

The Hamilton SH*T Show Splashes on Queen’s Park and Ontario High School Teachers Set a Strike Date

Best estimates suggest 24 billion litres of raw sewage has been dumped into Chedoke Creek in Hamilton, Ontario. City council knew about the leak prior to the 2018 municipal election but it only came to light through recent reporting by the Hamilton Spectator.

Ontario Teachers Set To Take Job Action and Doug Ford Takes the Lead on Federal-Provincial Relations.

There were all kinds of predictions that Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau would be more of a stand off than a sit down. But that wasn’t the case. All indications are Ford and Trudeau had a productive discussion and left the name calling on the campaign trail.

Hamilton Pushes Back Against Doug Ford and Canada’s premiers will meet December 2nd

Organized labour organized a demonstration outside MPP Donna Skelly’s Hamilton office this past week – all because of a comment the premier made in response to a question from Skelly. Skelly basically teed up a friendly question and Doug Ford replied with friendly fire.

i Contact Podcast 30-30 Challenge: STUDY: Women are half as likely as men to survive a heart attack

This podcast by Dave Trafford is part of a 30-in-30 challenge, i.e., 30 shows in 30 days. Welcome to iContact!

Are women really less likely than men to survive a heart attack or cardiac arrest?

Dr. Mitch Schulman is our medical correspondent at Newstalk 1010 in Toronto…so we put the question to him in this episode of iContact.

Is there a movement to draft Jane Philpott as the next leader of the Ontario Liberals?

Is there a movement to draft Jane Philpott as a Liberal leadership candidate?

Is it time for the New Democrats to replace Andrea Horwath?

It’s nearly universally acknowledged that Ford Nation spent its time well during the five-month recess at Queen’s Park if, for no other reason than, it changed its tone and approach, finally shifting from “campaign” to “governing” mode. And the ON THE LEDGE panel says that’s made it more difficult for the opposition to lay a glove on the Tories.

The question then is how will the change in tone by the PCs effect the immediate and longer-term strategies of the opposition NDP and Liberals.

EXTRA! The Ontario Fall Economic Statement

Ontario’s Finance Minister Rod Phillips delivered the Fall Economic Statement in the legislature this week and it was criticized by the left and the right. The opposition NDP accuse the Ford government of making drastic cuts to programs and services while staunch conservatives shout about Ford spending more than the Kathleen Wynne government.

Ford Nation moves away from READY-FIRE-AIM method of governing

The Ontario legislature was back in business this past week after a nearly five month recess. Things kicked off with a “day of action” demonstration by public service unions but it wasn’t as spirited as one may have expected.