A monthly podcast about Doug Ford.

Wag the Doug

Hosted by Allison Smith and Jonathan Goldsbie
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#36 Kory & Nick: The Backroom Boys

The Toronto Sun likes to blast the “unelected” public health officials informing pandemic policy in Ontario. But who’s really calling the shots in Doug Ford’s government? Allison and Jonathan look at the sway held by pollster Nick Kouvalis and PC campaign manager Kory Teneycke. Not only are they unelected — they don’t even work there.
January 19, 2022

#35 Rolling the Dice on Internet Gambling

It was only a matter of time before Doug Ford dragged us back into a casino debate. Except this time, it’s not on the waterfront but in your pocket.
December 15, 2021

#34 Doug’s Labour Loss

With an election seven months away, Doug Ford’s government has suddenly decided it’s pro-worker. But would any of their proposed reforms actually improve the lives of low-income and gig workers in Ontario?
November 17, 2021

#33 Yes, He Won’t

How do you put a smiling, election-ready face on a government that’s done little but slash regulations and mismanage a pandemic? That calls for a brand refresh!
October 20, 2021

#32 Anatomy Of A Flip-Flop

Doug Ford used to oppose vaccine passports. Now’s he super in favour. That he changed his mind wasn’t surprising; that he did so before Ontario hit a new crisis point was. With Allison in New York, where she’s coming to love her vaccine passport, she and Jonathan pore over clues as to why Ford reversed himself sooner rather than later. What does it take to change the premier’s mind?
September 15, 2021

#31 Ghosts of Ontario Place: Past, Present, Future

Opened in 1971, Ontario Place was an idealistic effort to celebrate and cement a provincial identity. Fifty years later, and having been left to rot, it’s about to be carved up and privatized by the Doug Ford government.
August 18, 2021

#30 Everything You Wanted To Know About Doug Ford (And Did In Fact Ask)

Allison and Jonathan answer listener questions, such as: Will the government really give a boost to personal-support workers? And what’s the deal with Doug Ford’s brother’s hat? Join them as they venture into the Ford Family Extended Universe.
July 21, 2021

#29 What’s Doug Ford So Afraid Of?

Doug Ford is getting ready for next year’s election by increasing donation limits, shuffling his cabinet, and overriding the Charter of Rights and Freedoms to pass a law limiting the criticism he’ll face. This sudden bonfire of political capital has our hosts wondering: given the state of Ontario’s opposition parties, just what is Ford so afraid of?
June 23, 2021
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