Municipal Voter Apathy

Toronto went to the polls yesterday and re-elected John Tory to a second term. I haven't written a word about yesterday's municipal election for two reasons:

  1. I've been very busy
  2. The results were a foregone conclusion

Less than half of eligible voters in Toronto cast a vote in this election. I personally never miss an opportunity to vote, and cast my vote between donating blood and picking up the two little ones at kindergarten and daycare, but the majority took a pass. This is nothing new. Municipal elections are always plagued by voter apathy.

John Tory is a bland, safe choice who was always going to run away with this election. I didn't vote for him, but I knew he'd win easy. In my Ward 3, the incumbent councillor also won easily, and I didn't vote for him either. As the only incumbent running, not even his shady developer dealings could cost him another term. Wash, rinse, repeat.

No judgement here... I'm not going to puff out my chest and wave my finger at non-voters in holier-than-thou fashion. I actually get it. I understand the apathy. With so many incumbents winning, it does feel as if the game is rigged. And if you do not play, you cannot lose.

But as long as I'm physically able, I'll vote. And I'm doing my best to pass on these values to my kids. Next time we vote for Mayor, two of my kids will be registered voters. We'll see how influential I was.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 389: Kevin McGran

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 389In this 389th episode, Mike chats with Toronto Star sports reporter Kevin McGran about covering the Leafs, the new Toronto Star paywall, the demise of Star Touch, the future of newspapers and more. This one gets very emotional. This episode is exactly 2:04:28.

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Raps Season For Ages Underway

The Raptors just played three games in four nights, and I made sure to catch each one. Much like the Leafs, this Raps team could be special.

The Raps are 3-0, despite playing a couple of strong teams in the Celtics and Wizards. They even rested Kawhi Leonard for last night's game in Washington, and still won. So far, so very good!

No DeRo, but no problem yet. BFF Kyle Lowry has been light's out, Fred VanVleet's been great, Serge Ibaka seems to have found a time machine, Pascal Siakam's been great, JV's been great, Danny Green's been great... But let's talk about Kawhi...

Kawhi Leonard in two games has been outstanding, averaging 27.5 points and 11 rebounds. He might already be the best player who ever played for the Toronto Raptors. This is going to be fun.

My son's excited, I'm excited, and you should be excited. Go Raps!

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Hebsy Tells Me His Scott Moore Story

On Tuesday, outgoing Rogers Communications executive Scott Moore dropped by for an 80 minute chat about anything and everything. Naturally, I asked him about firing Mark Hebscher from Sportsnet during his first tour of duty there. Scott told me he was saving that story for his book. It's the only time during our conversation that I received that response.

Yesterday, Hebsy visited as he does every Friday to record an episode of his podcast Hebsy on Sports. Naturally, I asked him to tell me the story I couldn't get out of Scott. Here's the clip from Hebsy on Sports, which was originally shared yesterday with Toronto Mike'd subscribers.

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Fresh Paint for the TMDS Studio

During my recent chat with Jeff Woods, he mentioned that he paints homes in Thornbury. I told him I needed my TMDS studio painted. Jeff laughed and said he only took gigs in Thornbury.

Chris Brown heard that episode and wrote me to say he'd paint the studio for free. Chris is a professional painter and long-time fan of Toronto Mike'd, and he explained that he wanted to be the official painter of the podcast.

I took Chris up on his generous offer, and quickly learned that Chris isn't only skilled at his craft, but he's a sweetheart. He'd greet me each morning at 8:30 with a couple of coffees and we'd chat about the Leafs, the Tragically Hip, our daughters (we both have a 14 year old daughter) and the podcast. I so enjoyed hanging around Chris and thought his work was so good, I hired him to paint my main floor.

Yesterday, Chris finished the work. It looks amazing, and now I miss him. If you need any painting done, call him at 416-220-2430 or write him at quotechris@chrisbrownpainting.com. Here's a few shots of the studio I took this morning.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 388: Joe Tilley

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 388In this 388th episode, Mike chats with sports broadcaster Joe Tilley about his decades reporting sports for CFTO / CTV Toronto, why he's no longer there, and much, much more. This one gets very emotional. This episode is exactly 1:14:57.

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Open Mike

Welcome to this week's Open Mike. I'm Mike and I'll be your master of ceremonies for the day.

Feel free to use this space to vent, rant, share a story and/or ask a question of the hivemind.

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Look at How High I Got Today!

I haven't been this high in a while. Today I reached #12 in the Apple Podcasts chart for my category. That's pretty good considering I share a category with heavyweights like This American Life and Dirty John, and I'm pretty sure the only Canadian podcast ahead of me is Grownups Read Things They Wrote as Kids, which benefited from national exposure on CBC Radio One.

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Over six years and 387 episodes and I'm still having a blast. Thanks for listening!

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 387: For Gord

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 387In this 387th episode, Mike is joined by Jamie Dew and Tyler Campbell on the anniversary of Gord Downie's passing. This episode is exactly 1:55:26.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 386: Jamar McNeil

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 386In this 386th episode, Mike chats with new CHUM morning show host Jamar McNeil about his move to Toronto working with Roger Ashby and Marilyn Denis, and the legalization of weed in Canada. This episode is exactly 1:45:30.

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