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A pop-up podcast about Doug Ford
23 Episodes
Support us here:   With large swaths of the continent on fire, we look at how Doug Ford’s government recently took a torch to environmental regulations under the guise of a “Covid-19 Economic Recovery Act.” Jonathan and Allison speak with Greenpeace lawyer Priyanka Vittal, who’s leading one of the lawsuits against the changes. And in examining what the government has accomplished on the environment front, we find it involves a lot of shooting of birds and trucking of wolves. This episode is sponsored by Clarification (September 24, 2020): In a discussion of COVID at universities, an earlier version of this episode included a statement that “the government started publishing a list of every school” with at least one case. In fact, the statement was in reference to public primary and secondary schools. See for privacy information.
Support us here: Following a five-month hiatus, Wag the Doug reemerges into a whole new world — one in which Doug Ford is somehow… broadly popular? Allison and Jonathan try to figure out what happened. Has the premier really improved? Or is there something else at work?  CORRECTION: In this episode, co-host Allison Smith states that “the provincial debt is poised to hit $38.5 billion this year.” She was, in fact, referring to Ontario’s budget deficit. See for privacy information.
Doug Ford has been widely commended for his response to COVID-19. Are people just looking for comfort or has the crisis truly brought out the best in the Premier? This show is supported by listeners. If you like it, please consider supporting us at See for privacy information.
A new investigative series about the cocaine smuggling ring inside Vice Media. To hear episode 2 right now, subscribe to Cool Mules. Or get all six episodes ad-free for $5/month by clicking here.  See for privacy information.
Doug Ford has announced that the 2022 campaign has begun and the Liberals are currently polling as his top rivals, despite being decimated in the last election. We visit the final debate for Liberal Party leadership to see who will take on the Premier. Plus, a review of Run This Town, a movie that’s about Rob Ford, but is also sort of about Jonathan Goldsbie. Run This Town will be released in select theatres on March 6th. This show is supported by listeners. To support us and get ad-free versions of all of our podcasts, go to See for privacy information.
After a decade of planning and $110 million spent, the Ford Government abruptly cancelled Hamilton’s LRT, leaving empty buildings and questions about the city’s future in its wake. Was it just a line item? Ballooning costs? Or political sabotage in an NDP town? Featured in this episode: Hamilton city councillors Nrinder Nann and Maureen Wilson, and longtime Queen’s Park watcher Keith Leslie. See for privacy information.
The Auditor General has released her annual report, scrutinizing the government's spending on everything from prisons to horse racing. We dig through it to bring you the 10 fascinating things we learned. And Doug Ford begins his unity tour. CORRECTION: The NDP's critic of OLG and horse racing is Percy Hatfield, not Wayne Gates as stated in the show. However, Wayne Gates did provide the quote that is attributed to him in this episode. This episode is sponsored by Small Batch Dispatch. This show would not exist without the support of listeners. Please consider supporting us at See for privacy information.
We dive deep into the past, present and future of Ontario News Now, the PC Party's online faux-news outlet. Is it dangerous propaganda or harmless government cheerleading? Plus, is Doug Ford finally playing nice? And do the PCs have their own version of a gas plant scandal brewing? This podcast exists because of listener support. If you want it to keep going, please support us at See for privacy information.
Our colleagues at COMMONS have a new season of their podcast called DYNASTIES, all about the powerful families that run Canada. Today, we're sharing their episode about the rise of the Fords.  See for privacy information.
Justin Trudeau won't stop saying "Doug Ford" while Andrew Scheer is going to absurd lengths to avoid acknowledging the Ontario Premier's existence whatsoever. We take a look at how Doug is playing a role in the federal election. Get tickets here to see us live at the Hot Docs Podcast Festival. This show is supported by listeners. Please consider supporting us at See for privacy information.
While the public has loudly protested funding cuts to areas like education and autism support, cuts to arts and culture have gotten less attention. So how are the arts doing under the Ford Government? Where is this government cutting and what are they supporting? And finally... what art does Doug Ford actually like? See for privacy information.
With a new Cabinet in place and ongoing allegations of nepotism in the Ontario government, we present to you: The Doug Ford Guide to Management. Plus, we play everyone's favourite political patronage game, "Guess The Relation." If you like this show, please consider supporting us on Patreon. See for privacy information.
Tonight, we gather to honour the Doug Ford Government a year into their historic mandate. Our hosts hand out the much-coveted Douggie Awards to those who have shown tremendous achievements in spin, bootlicking and dramatically miming the hunt for beer in convenience stores. Join us for this unforgettable evening. This episode is sponsored by Penguin Random House Canada.  See for privacy information.
In the month since the budget was released, we've gotten a lot more details about the Ford Government’s cuts. The environment is one area that's been hit hard, with plans to murder some baby trees, make it easier to kill endangered species', and fight the carbon tax with the most powerful tool on earth: stickers. We enter the world of commercial talk radio to see what some of Ford’s biggest cheerleaders think about this. And we find a glimmer of hope. See for privacy information.
The Ford Government's first budget is out. They call it "Protecting What Matters Most." We spend eight hours locked in a room with bureaucrats, reporters and cheap pizza to find out what exactly does matter most to Doug, once you put a dollar sign on it. See for privacy information.
Plus, the one he fulfilled that blew up in his face. See for privacy information.
Is the Ford Government trying to privatize healthcare? Plus, a list of things Doug Ford has broken. Further reading: "The Secret Moves To Privatize Healthcare" in The Toronto Star See for privacy information.
An old friend of the Ford family has been appointed to head the Ontario Provincial Police, a job many consider him to be under-qualified for. We look back to Doug's history with Ron Taverner, as well as the group of unofficial advisors who surrounded the Fords for years. Plus, we introduce a new segment called... wait for it... "For the People." See for privacy information.
We visit Ford Fest, where people wait for burgers and juice boxes in the dark as a white supremacist takes a selfie with the premier. See for privacy information.
Doug Ford won't let some silly Charter get in his way! Just two and a half months in, he's poised to use a rare and extreme measure to win a petty legal battle. See for privacy information.
Comments (5)

Film Warior Wake

you should make more frequent podcasts. love it

Sep 28th

Tina Soper

Love this podcast, keep them coming. would like to get more insight in the cuts to education.

May 2nd

Mateus Oliveira

Just another reason why Canadaland is a complete joke... No wonder no one takes this shit seriously 😂🤣🤣🤣😂😂😂

Apr 16th

Matt Reid

lost me 10 minutes in. It's just finger wagging at tory voters. boring and identitarian.

Aug 17th

Blake Philpott

podcast is boring. going back to JRE. no offence. just seems one sided which doesn't really force me to think about other perspectives.

Aug 17th
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