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INSIDE THE VILLAGE: Inflation is soaring—and it's going to get worse

On Episode 6 of the podcast: The cost of living continues to skyrocket at the fastest rate in decades, leaving many Ontario families struggling to pay for groceries, gas and housing

Welcome back to Inside the Village, a one-of-a-kind podcast where all news is local—and no topic is off-limits.

On this week’s episode, we take a closer look at an issue that’s impacting everyone across the province: inflation.

The cost of living continues to climb at the fastest rate in decades, and the sticker shock you’re feeling at the grocery store and the gas pump is going to get even worse before it gets better. Here to help us understand what’s behind the soaring inflation stats—and when we might feel some relief—is Jean-Paul Lam, a former assistant chief economist at the Bank of Canada and now an economics professor at the University of Waterloo.

Also on the program: a big change at the iconic French River Trading Post, a nostalgic stop for countless summer travellers. Co-owner Tracey Biggs joins us to explain how customers can find the well-known family business now that the new Highway 69 is open.

Finally, we take a closer look at a disturbing trend featured in our inaugural Big Read: Toronto-area street gangs branching out into rural and northern Ontario in pursuit of hefty drug profits. Antonio Nicaso, one of the world’s leading experts on organized crime, explains the story behind the story.

Launched last month, Inside the Village is a news and current affairs podcast that provides a weekly window into some of the best local journalism from across Village Media's chain of Ontario newsrooms. The program also explores bigger-picture issues that impact people all across the province.

If you prefer the audio version, it is available wherever you find your favourite podcasts.

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