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ontarionewswatch.com has been created to serve as a one-stop source for daily and breaking news and commentary about Ontario. Our site aggregates important political and general interest news stories from media across the province. We also produce in-depth stories about timely, relevant issues, about politicians in power, and those who aspire to be. Our twitter feed automatically follows Ontario’s opinion-leaders in real time and thanks to our extensive list of media sources, ontarionewswatch.com users are among the first to know of the latest news as it’s happening. 

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Susanna Kelley
Susanna Kelley

Susanna Kelley is Editor-in-Chief and Queen’s Park Bureau Chief for ontarionewswatch.com. A veteran political and investigative reporter, documentary-maker, host and media commentator, Susanna oversees and has final editorial control over all news production on ontarionewswatch.com.

Susanna has reported for the CBC, the Canadian Press and served as Queen’s Park Bureau Chief for TVOntario for 13 years. She has also hosted a number of documentaries for CBC’s The Current, CBC Radio News and TVOntario’s Studio 2.  

Passionately dedicated to excellence in political journalism, and having covered both Parliament Hill and Queen’s Park, Susanna believes quality political reporting is essential to a healthy democracy.  In that spirit, Susanna continues to serve as an Associate with the Canadian Centre for Investigative Reporting.

You can find Sue here: @susannakelley   


Contributors
Michael Bryant
Michael Bryant
Michael Bryant served as Ontario’s Attorney General, Minister of Economic Development, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, Government House Leader and, more recently, founding President and CEO of Invest Toronto. Elected to the Legislature as a Liberal MPP for 10 years, Bryant won three elections in the riding of St. Paul’s. Currently, Mr. Bryant is a senior advisor at Norton Rose (formerly Ogilvy Renault LLP) in Toronto. Prior to his career as a legislator, Mr. Bryant was a commercial litigator for a large national law firm, clerked at the Supreme Court of Canada, and taught politics and law at Osgoode Hall and King’s College (London).
Ernie Eves, QC
Ernie Eves, QC

Ernie Eves served as Ontario’s 23rd Premier from 2002 until 2003. Prior to serving as Premier, Eves was Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance, overseeing a provincial budget in excess of $70 billion. First elected to Queen’s Park in 1981 as a Progressive Conservative MPP, Eves held numerous portfolios during his 24 years in public life. Currently, he is the Executive Chairman of Jacob Securities Inc., and previously served as Vice Chairman and Senior Advisor at Credit Suisse First Boston (Canada). Mr. Eves is an advisor and board member for several firms in Canada and the United States.

Hugh Mackenzie
Hugh Mackenzie

Hugh Mackenzie is principal of Hugh Mackenzie and Associates, an economic consulting business based in Toronto. He has worked for over 35 years in a variety of public policy development roles in the trade union movement, the private sector, and at all three levels of government. He is also a Research Associate of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, where he has conducted and authored a number of high-profile studies. Hugh is a frequent public commentator on fiscal policy issues, most notably as the author of several op-ed pieces and essays advocating an “adult conversation” about taxes and public services. From 1991 to 1994, Mr. Mackenzie was Executive Director of the Ontario Fair Tax Commission. A graduate of the University of Western Ontario, Hugh holds a Masters degree in economics (public finance) from the University of Wisconsin (Madison).

Andrew Pinto
Andrew Pinto
Andrew Pinto is a workplace and litigation lawyer with Pinto Wray James LLP, based in Toronto.  He teaches as an Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto, where he provides media commentary and training on legal, human rights and governance issues.  Andrew is an inaugural recipient of the Lawyer of the Year award from the South Asian Bar Association of Toronto.
Bob Richardson
Bob Richardson

Bob Richardson is President of Devon Group, a public and government relations firm in Toronto. Prior to founding Devon, Bob Richardson made a name for himself blazing his way through Ontario political circles.  With over 20 years’ experience in providing communication and strategic council, Bob developed his knowledge of Ontario politics working as Chief of Staff to the Leader of Opposition, as an Executive Assistant to the Minister of Natural Resources and Energy and as Executive Assistant and Press Secretary to the Minister of Colleges and Universities.  Bob was also the Senior Vice-President at IPSOS-Reid. Currently Bob sits on several boards, including the Board of Governors of Carleton University, the Ontario Media Development Corporation and chairs the board of Gilda’s Club of Greater Toronto.

Andrew Pinto
John Snobelen
John Snobelen is a former Progressive Conservative Minister of Education and Minister of Natural Resources. Mr. Snobelen is the president of Beyond Consensus Inc. and has worked on ending hunger as the Chairman of the Hunger Project. He assisted former U.S. President Jimmy Carter in monitoring the first free elections in Zambia. An internationally-renowned horseman, Snobelen has also been inducted into the NRHA Hall of Fame. A regular columnist for the Toronto Sun. Mr. Snobelen now calls Georgetown home.
   
   
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David Agnew
David Agnew
David Agnew is President of Seneca College. He served as Secretary to the Cabinet and was Principal Secretary to the Premier in the Government of Ontario. David has served in various leadership capacities throughout his career, including Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments, Principal at Digital 4Sight – where he led the firm’s global research initiative on Governing in the Digital Economy, President and CEO of UNICEF Canada and Executive Vice-President for the Credit Union Central of Ontario. He began his working life as a sports reporter for a Toronto daily newspaper, and continued as a journalist in St. John’s, Ottawa and Edmonton, including working in three bureaus of The Canadian Press. David remains active on numerous boards and committees.
Isabel Bassett
Isabel Bassett
Isabel Bassett is the past Chair and CEO of TVO. She served as the Member of Provincial Parliament for the Toronto riding of St Paul’s and was Ontario’s Minister of Citizenship, Culture and Recreation. Prior to that she spent 12 years as a host and producer of award-winning documentaries on CFTO-TV, part of the CTV network. She currently writes freelance articles, speaks, lobbies and campaigns on behalf of women’s issues. Isabel also devotes her time to a number of organizations and causes, including the Huntsville Hospital Foundation, the York University Library and YWCA Toronto.
Murray Campbell
Murray Campbell
In his 31 years with the Globe and Mail, Murray Campbell worked as a reporter, editor, feature writer and foreign correspondent. From 2002 until 2009, he was the paper's Queen's Park columnist.  He is now the director of corporate communications for an Ontario government agency.
Seymour Epstein
Seymour Epstein
Seymour Epstein has an extensive background at the highest levels of Canadian media, most notably as a founder and past Director and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Global Television Network and CanWest Broadcasting Limited. He also served as Chief Engineer for Essex Broadcasting (CKLW AM/FM/TV) and as Acting Director General, Policy and Planning for the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission. Active in a number of voluntary endeavours, including the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair and the Law Society of Upper Canada, Seymour currently serves as Chair and CEO of several companies including Epstein Enterprises, Kelman Technologies and CE Network Inc.
Murray Campbell
Hershell Ezrin
THershell Ezrin is the Managing Director of Ezrin Communications and has more than 30 years’ experience in senior executive roles in both the public and private sectors, as a political advisor to elected officials at all three levels of government, trusted director on several Boards, public policy expert, not for profit advocacy leader and strategic communications counselor. Hershell served as Canadian Consul in both Los Angeles and New York and was a member of the federal-provincial relations team within the Privy Council Office under Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. He served as Deputy Minister and Principal Secretary to Premier David Peterson and was the Founding CEO of CIJA (Canadian Council for Israel and Jewish Advocacy). A regular media commentator, Hershell blogs regularly at www.hershellezrin.com and will be a regular contributor on ontarionewswatch.com.
Seymour Epstein
Peter Jacobsen
Peter Jacobsen is a founding partner of Bersenas Jacobsen Chouest Thomson Blackburn LLP and has over 30 years of experience in practice as a litigator and provider of legal advice, primarily in the areas of defamation, media and constitutional law. Peter has participated in several pivotal cases that have advanced freedom of expression in Canada involving libel and slander issues, free press rights, access to courts, publication bans, sealing orders and subpoenas to journalists and editors. He has also appeared in several significant cases at the Supreme Court of Canada. Peter has worked and volunteered with many organizations including the International Bar Association, Ad Idem/Canadian Media Lawyers Association, the Toronto Arts Council Foundation and the Writers’ Trust of Canada. He also served as Ontario Chief Negotiator, in a number of negotiations with First Nations communities.
John McGrath
John McGrath
John McGrath has been at the crossroads of politics and communications for more than three decades, covering issues and events on Parliament Hill, at Toronto City Hall, and Queens Park.

As Queens Park bureau chief for CBC Radio News, he reported on the elections and the governments of Mike Harris, Ernie Eves, and Dalton McGuinty.

After leaving CBC Radio, he began working for the energy consulting firm, “Elenchus”, and established the strategic communications firm, “The McGrath Group” with clients in the energy, environmental and municipal sectors.
Graham Murray
Graham Murray
Graham Murray has been well-known at Queen’s Park for 35 years as a lobbyist, caucus staffer, consultant, political activist and pundit.  He publishes the must-read bi-weekly newsletter Inside Queen’s Park and is considered an expert on Ontario government and politics.  A past president of the Public Affairs Association of Canada, Murray was in 2007 named an Honourary Intern by the Ontario Legislature Internship Programme.
Mark Rosario
Mark Rosario is a cameraman, editor and web specialist with 15 years experience in the broadcast industry,

Mark began his career in Montreal working for a varitey of television stations before moving to Toronto in 2002 to take a position at CBC Radio-Canada. At CBC, Mark worked on a number of shows including Le Telejournal, Decouverte and The National.  

Mark is currently at TFO working on a several French language programs, most notably, TFO's flagship current affairs show, Relief.
Peter Russell
Peter Russell
Peter H. Russell is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Toronto. He is one of Canada’s leading constitutional scholars, has published widely in the fields of aboriginal policy, the judiciary and parliamentary democracy, and is a frequent commentator on Canadian government and politics. He is the founding Principal of Senior College at the University of Toronto. Peter Russell is an Officer of the Order of Canada and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
Graham White
Graham White
Graham White is Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto and a former President of the Canadian Political Science Association. His involvement in Ontario politics dates from the mid 1970s, when he was selected as one of the first group of Legislative Interns (he later served as Director of the programme). He worked for several years in the Clerk's Office at the Ontario Legislature before joining the University of Toronto, where his teaching and research have focused on Canadian government and politics, with emphasis on Ontario and the territorial North. He has written or edited a dozen books and published many academic articles and book chapters and is frequently asked to comment about politics in the media. His book, Cycling into Saigon: The Conservative Transition in Ontario (co-authored with David Cameron) was shortlisted for the Donner Foundation Prize for the best book in Canadian public policy in 2000.
Randall White
Randall White
Randall White is a former senior policy advisor with the Ontario Ministry of Finance. He has subsequently worked as an independent public policy consultant for public and private sector clients. He has a PhD in political science from the University of Toronto, and is the author of a number of books on Canadian history and politics, including Ontario 1610-1985: A Political and Economic History, and Ontario Since 1985. He also serves on the editorial advisory committee of the quarterly journal Ontario History.
   
   
Tristan Irvine
Tristan Irvine
Video Editor/Technical Producer

 

Tristan Irvine is the Video Editor for ontarionewswatch.com. Having previously edited productions for Freak Media, the Brampton Library and having served as a post intern for Cream Productions, Tristan is a graduate of the Media Arts program at Sheridan College in Oakville.

Tristan tweets at @hethdude

 

Justin Schmitz
Videographer


Justin Schmitz is the videographer for ontarionewswatch.com. Having previously edited productions for BaskinRobbins, Imperial Tobacco, and the CBC during his video production internship.