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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!

Oct 27, 2020

Dr. Shiri Pasternak joins the pod to talk about the history and structures behind land theft from indigenous people in Ontario and across the country. Alexi, Alvin, and Chris talk about Doug Ford's seeming return to his old self, overturning municipal democracy, protecting big business, and rewarding...

Oct 20, 2020

Garima talks with SanĂ© Dube and Dr. Arjumand Siddiqi about what looking at disaggregated data can tell us about how the COVID-19 pandemic is having an unequal impact across the province. We also talk about the NDP Long-Term-Care Plan, increasing hydro rates, and the projected Ontario deficit. 

Oct 13, 2020

Toronto, Peel, and Ottawa are back at home, Ford is re-tooling a Ford plant in Oakville, and Harman helps us reflect on the progress of the LGBTQ2S+ movement in Canada. CUPE Senior economist Angella McKewan joins Alvin to talk about what we need to think about when we talk about Basic Income. Big week. Big Pod. 

Oct 6, 2020

In this one, we talk to a Rhodes Scholar about long-term care. 2020 continues it's relentless beating of our collective sanity by revealing that Doug Ford's government was totally unprepared for the second wave all along, is implementing small administrative changes to social assistance, and spent about as much money as...