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Ontario Loud is a political commentary podcast hosted by Chris Martin, Sam Andrey, Garima Talwar-Kapoor, Alvin Tedjo, and Alexi White. We all have experience giving policy, political, and communications advice to senior leaders in the Ontario government, including Cabinet Ministers and Premiers.

Ontario Loud is an open conversation about life under the Ford government, the implications of government decisions, and the kinds of policies we think could make things better for people in Ontario and Canada.

We have a short discussions on a (hopefully) weekly basis about issues that matter in Ontario in a way that informs, critiques and reflects on current affairs.

A bit of a mission statement for us: 

  • We’ll keep it positive… but critical: There’s no way around critiquing the Ford government, but we’ll give credit where it’s due, and talk about policy alternatives that could paint a more positive future.
  • We’ll keep it informative… but acknowledge what we don’t know: We all have policy, communications, and political experience, but we don’t know everything. That’s why we’ll seek out expert advice and cite external evidence and research to back up our discussions.
  • We’ll keep it progressive… but will try not to be too partisan: We’re all recovering Liberal staffers who have put a lot into supporting a progressive vision for Ontario. However, that doesn’t mean we check our brains at the door, ignore valid criticisms of the party, or don’t want to hear from non-Liberals on the show. 

This is also probably a good place to clarify that this is not a production of the Liberal Party, federal or provincial. 

We don’t have key messages, we haven’t run this by them.

Feel free to get in touch with us to share your thoughts and opinions on our discussions. We hope you tune in!

Apr 29, 2020

Former Wynne policy chief Karim Bardeesy and economist and Atkinson Foundation Fellow Armine Yalnizyan join Alexi and Garima to talk about how the Trudeau and Ford governments are doing in propping up the economy now that we're more than a month into COVID-19. 

Apr 24, 2020

OECTA President Liz Stuart joins Ontario Loud to talk about the deal that the teachers unions have struck with Minister Stephen Lecce - the highlights, lowlights, and what the dynamic at the table was like. We also talk online learning, and how teachers are adjusting. 

Apr 22, 2020

Alvin and Chris sit down with Mike Schreiner, leader of the Green Party of Ontario and MPP for Guelph, to talk about what working in the legislature has been like during the pandemic. How are the opposition parties working (and not working) together to push the Ford government on important issues? Find out. 

Apr 17, 2020

Ontario Loud is starting a book club and YOU. ARE. INVITED. Alexi White sits down with Professor Donald J Savoie from the University of Moncton to talk about his 2019 book "Democracy in Canada: The Disintegration of our Institutions." Dr. Savoie is a Canada Research Chair in Public Administration, so if he...

Apr 15, 2020

While it may seem like a distant memory, teachers were on strike in early 2020, and have now reached tentative deals with the province on provisions of their central contracts. We also talk with Dr. Casey Park about how Toronto's healthcare system is dealing with COVID.