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A monthly podcast about Doug Ford.
Wag the Doug
Hosted by Allison Smith and Jonathan Goldsbie
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#25 Canary In The Nickel Mine: Laurentian Goes Bust
Laurentian University has filed for creditor protection, while a new university opening this fall has attracted just 47 applicants. What is going on with Ontario’s postsecondary sector? And what can the premier’s own brief college experience tell us about his government’s peculiar approach?
February 24, 2021
#24 The Second Annual Douggie Awards
It’s the second annual Douggie Awards, where Allison and Jonathan take stock of all the hilarity and abject horror that was the Year in Ford. Who carries home the trophies for “Best Sycophant,” “Most Surreal Moment,” and the always-popular “Most Blatant Conflict of Interest”? Take a stroll down the shoddily constructed blue carpet and join us as we celebrate the worst that Ontario has to offer.
January 20, 2021
#23 Landlord and Tenant Board of Damocles
Doug Ford vowed that those who couldn’t afford rent during the pandemic wouldn’t lose their homes. Instead, he made evictions easier than ever. And now, thanks to online hearings, the bleak indifference of that process is on display for all.
December 16, 2020
#22 Law & Forder
Except when they’re investigating members of his family, Doug Ford really loves the police. So much so that, earlier this year, when calls for defunding became inescapable, he responded by giving them more money.
November 18, 2020
#21 Epidemiology And The Infinite Sadness
To be caught off guard by Covid’s first wave was misfortunate. To be caught off guard by its second looks like carelessness.
October 21, 2020
#20 How Green Was My Dougie
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.”
September 23, 2020
#19 The Day Doug Ford Finally Became President
Following a five-month hiatus, Wag the Doug reemerges into a whole new world...
August 27, 2020
#18 Doug In The Time Of Cholera
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?
March 25, 2020
Introducing: Cool Mules
A new investigative series about the cocaine smuggling ring inside Vice Media.
March 2, 2020
#17 The Sad State Of The Ontario Liberal Party
The Liberals are about to choose their next leader; Damian Lewis puts on a fatsuit to bring Ford Nation to the big screen.
February 27, 2020
#16 The Hamilton Debacle
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?
January 27, 2020
#15 Dirty Money, Expired Eggs: The Auditor General’s Annual Shaming
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 ten fascinating things we learned. And Doug Ford begins his unity tour.
December 11, 2019
#14 The Best Of Doug Ford’s Propaganda Channel
A deep dive into the past, present and future of Ontario News Now, the PC Party's online propaganda outlet. Is it dangerous misinformation 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?
November 21, 2019
Introducing COMMONS: DYNASTIES
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. 
October 24, 2019
#13 Doug Ford Is Toxic To Andrew Scheer
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. So we take a look at how Doug is playing a role in the federal election.
September 25, 2019
#12 Doug Ford Vs. The Arts
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? What are they supporting? And what art does Doug Ford actually like?
August 8, 2019
#11 How To Promote Friends And Alienate People
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.
July 4, 2019
#10 The First Annual Douggie Awards
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.
June 6, 2019
#9 “Unfortunately, That Tree Can’t Employ Anybody”
In the month since the budget was released, we've gotten a lot more details about the Ford Government’s cuts. The environment has been hit hard. We look at how some of Ford's biggest cheerleaders are reacting. And we find a glimmer of hope.
May 16, 2019
#8 Locked Up By Doug (Budget Special)
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.
April 12, 2019
#7 All The Promises Doug Ford Has Broken Lately
And the one he fulfilled that blew up in his face.
March 21, 2019
#6 The Tragically OHIP
Is the Ford Government trying to privatize healthcare? Plus, a list of things Doug Ford has broken.
January 23, 2019
#5 OPP, Yeah You Know Me
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.
December 6, 2018
#4 Live From Ford Fest!
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.
September 24, 2018
#3 What’s So Funny About Peace, Love and Notwithstanding?
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.
September 11, 2018
#2 The Many Lawsuits Against Doug Ford’s Government
The Ford Government just lost their first lawsuit. What makes it even worse is they lost to Elon Musk.
August 30, 2018
#1 Dark, Dirty and Disruptive
Welcome to Wag the Doug, a pop-up podcast about Doug Ford.
August 1, 2018
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