Right Wing Rule

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Tara and Kate discuss the Ford government’s commitment to balancing the Ontario budget at any cost after they “discovered” that the budget deficit was greater than reported by the previous government. They talk about this phenomenon in the broader context of a trend demonstrated by right-wing governments around the world, focusing in on the United States and the Kavanagh hearing as an point of departure.

 

La Petite Saison: Where Do We Go From Here?

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Tara and Kate discuss the impact of the Ontario election and give a sneak peak of what’s to come for the pod.

Though what we’re seeing with the Ford government so far is concerning to say the least, there are opportunities to make your voice heard and to make change. The first opportunity is the upcoming municipal elections across Ontario. By voting in your municipality for a city councillor, mayor, and schoolboard trustee that are championing the issues you care about, you can stand up to Doug Ford’s regressive and hurtful policies. This season, we’re talking about what municipal elections are, how to vote in them, and how to figure out who to vote for.

If you like the podcast, please consider contributing any amount to our patreon to help keep the wheels running: https://www.patreon.com/undecidedpod

Resources from our news run-down:

Episode 12: Ontario Election Wrap Up

Listen to episode 12 here.

In their last episode of the season, Tara, Kate, and six other young women sit down for a glass of sangria, a run down of the highlights from the party platforms, and a discussion on their respective decisions in the Ontario election.

If you are in Ontario and have yet to vote, you can find your polling station at https://www.elections.on.ca/

Resources:

Kathleen Wynne’s concession

Doug Ford’s platform

On declining your ballot 

Episode 11: Queer Issues (DYQWIQ Crossover)

Listen to episode 11 here.

Kate and Tara sit down with the hosts of ‘Do You Queer What I Queer?,’ a Toronto-based podcast which serves as a platform for diverse voices of politics and human interest in the LGBTQ community to educate, entertain, and expand world-views of listeners. In this crossover episode, Tara, Kate, Elliott, and Thom talk about queer issues in Ontario and what the three Ontario parties have to offer the community and its allies in the upcoming provincial election.

PARTY PLATFORM BREAKDOWN

PCs:

  • stated will roll back inclusive sex ed curriculum
  • historic connections with anti-queer advocates

Liberals:

  • maintain 2015 sex ed curriculum
  • symbolism of Kathleen Wynne as party leader and Premier of Ontario
  • pledged to establish a new Local Service Priority Fund to strengthen mental health supports for LGBTQ+ individuals
  • pledged an additional $2.1 billion more over the next four years to increase the level of care and access for mental health and addictions services with a special focus on queer individuals
  • committed to piloting Canada’s first dedicated LGBTQI2S Community Legal Clinic

NDP:

  • maintain 2015 sex ed curriculum
  • fully cover the cost of transition medicine for trans individuals
  • improve access to primary and secondary procedures

Episode 10: Poverty & Homelessness

Listen to episode 10 here. 

 

On this special 10th episode, Tara and Kate chat with friend of the show Kiki Cekota about the news from Ontario politics this week, as well as the three party election platforms and how they rank in terms of the way they plan to address poverty and homelessness in this province. Tara and Kate also sit down with Jocelyn Helland, Executive Director at Eva’s Initiatives for Homeless Youth in Toronto to understand the challenges facing some of our most vulnerable communities and what government can and should do help.

Resources:

407 data breach story: www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto…legations-1.4671063

LIberals promise to end auto-insurance discrimination: www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto…stal-code-1.4668052

Patrick Brown book: www.cbc.ca/news/politics/brown…c-ontario-1.4665677

PARTY PLATFORM BREAKDOWN

PCs:

  • Ford stated repeatedly he will cut provincial spending overall by $6 billion
  • will cap the minimum wage at $14/hour and eliminate income tax on minimum wage earners
  • will cover up to $6,750 in childcare costs per child under the age of 15

Liberals:

  • increased the minimum wage to $14/hour in January 2018, rising to $15/hour January 2019
  • pledged to provide more community-based mental health services to more than 12,000 young people in 2018–19, growing to approximately 46,000 over four years
  • committed to adding 525 more supportive housing units for people with complex mental health and addictions needs
  • pledged $17.1 billion over 10 years for mental health spending
  • offered free childcare for children over the age of two and implemented full-day kindergarten

NDP:

  • committed to follow the Liberal minimum wage plan, but increase parameters to all workers (including students and servers)
  • pledged to invest in 30,000 new supportive housing units over the next 10 years, building at least 3,000 every year
  • pledged to hire 2,200 new mental health care workers (including counsellors, social workers, case managers, system navigators and assertive community treatment staff)
  • pledged free childcare for households earning under $40,000 and averaging $12/day for households earning more

 

 

Episode 9: Public Transit

Listen to episode 9 here.

Tara and Kate chat about why public transit is a social justice and a climate justice issue and what the three provincial parties are offering in terms of investment in transit. Tara and Kate also talk with people waiting for public transit at Kipling station in Toronto about what’s lacking in public transit in Toronto.

Watch the livestream of the three debates from this week:

Laidlaw Youth Town Hall: twitter.com/laidlawfdn/status/993545797848346625

CityTV Debate:
toronto.citynews.ca/cityvote-the-debate/

Northern Debate:
globalnews.ca/news/4202000/north…-ontario-election/

PARTY PLATFORM BREAKDOWN

PCs:

  • endorses all-day GO transit service to the Niagara region
  • pledged $5 billion for Toronto subway in addition to the billions already committed for public transit by the federal and provincial Liberal governments
  • stated that PCs would upload responsibility to the province for the Toronto Transit Commission’s subway infrastructure, but the city would still be responsible for day-to-day operations, as well as bus and streetcar lines, and would keep the revenue
  • supportive of  Phase Two of LiteRail in Ottawa
  • in the past, Ford voted to reduce the TTC’s funding by 10% which led to higher wait times and poorer user experiences

Liberals:

  • pledged $9 billion for TO subways
    • Downtown Relief Line, the Yonge North subway extension and the Waterfront light rail transit service.
    • SmartTrack has already passed a few key votes at Toronto city council and is expected to be completed by 2025. The project would see increased service on the GO line, with trains running every 5.5 to 10 minutes during peak periods.
  • stated that fares within the city will match that of the TTC, at $3 for PRESTO users
    • The cost for GO Transit trips will also be reduced to the same price for PRESTO card users who are travelling under 10 kilometres anywhere on the GO network, starting in 2019
  • committed $79 billion for public transit province-wide over 10 years
  • introduced the Ontario Seniors’ Public Transit Tax Credit, giving seniors a 15 per cent  ax credit on their public transit expenses

NDP:

  • pledged to extend GO transit service to Niagara
  • committed to introducing two-way all-day service between Kitchener/Waterloo and Toronto
  • dedicated $800 million annually for transit with $330 million for the Toronto region
  • committed to restoring service on the Ontario Northlander to bring service to northern communities/inter-regionally (Toronto to Cochrane)
  • stated will cover 50% of municipal transit operating costs
  • pledged to build Hamilton’s LRT immediately
  • pledged to build Toronto’s Downtown Relief Line immediately