John Michael McGrath
John Michael McGrath is a reporter at TVO,org covering provincial politics and policy.
ANALYSIS: Ontario’s finance minister, Charles Sousa, had hoped for federal help in taming the wild Toronto housing market. But the federal budget offers none, so it’s up to Queen’s Park now.
OPINION: The minister of housing says he’s looking at changes to Ontario’s rent control law — something the province sorely needs — but shouldn’t be tempted into election-season overreaction.
ANALYSIS: The city has drawn up a new transit plan focused on rapid bus service — plus an Official Plan to guide development along with it. Both now face challenges as they move from idea to reality.
OPINION: Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson announced last week he’ll run for a third term, which probably ensures the city’s LRT will actually get built — an experience some other cities have good reason to envy.
OPINION: In Brampton, suspicion of Muslims has the mayor weighing in on paranoid Islamophobia. It’s just the latest example of a troubling double standard the province’s Islamic community faces.
ANALYSIS: The plan was supposed to direct growth to places that already had water and sewer infrastructure in the ground. Instead, a single sentence has opened a massive loophole the government is scrambling to close.