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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!

Jun 26, 2020

As we celebrate Pride virtually this year, Sam reflects on issues facing the LGBTQ+ community in 2020 with advocates & activists Rachel Clark and Kevin Hurren - including the proposed conversion therapy ban, continued discrimination against trans people, and the issue of race and policing in pride. 

Jun 19, 2020

Sam, Garima, and Alvin dive into the latest on the pandemic, including the government's new contact tracing app, Alvin's family getting COVID-tested, the mandatory collection of race-based data, and the federal/provincial fight over paid sick leave. Also the Ford government's cuts to the Human Rights Tribunal.

Jun 17, 2020

Garima and Alexi dive into the under-discussed and pervasive issue of intimate partner violence during the COVID-19 pandemic with Vivian Green of the Counterpoint counselling and education co-operative, and Lieran Docherty of WomenACT. 

Jun 12, 2020

Garima, Alexi, Sam and Chris talk about ways in which we're trying to support anti-racism efforts in our communities, Doug Ford's announcement that Ontario will be moving to Stage 2 of re-opening, and the harmful federal bill aimed at CERB fraud. 

Jun 10, 2020

Former MPP for Sudbury and Minister of Energy @GlennThibeault joins to talk about life, politics, and issues facing Northern Ontario in 2020. We also ask some of our burning Energy policy questions.