Toronto's Mayor Has Little Power Beyond Consensus Building
Published by Toronto Mike on October 22, 2014 @ 10:40 in Toronto News ~ Toronto Focus

Toronto's Mayor Has Little Power Beyond Consensus BuildingThe last four years have been a political nightmare for this city, but it has shed light on how little power Toronto's mayor actually holds. The mayor of Toronto is more of a figurehead with merely a single vote at council. As we learned first hand, you're better off with no mayor than a bad mayor, but a bad mayor can cause little actual damage beyond embarrassment and shame.

There are three candidates who will share the bulk of votes cast in this municipal election, and only one would make a lousy mayor. Doug Ford has demonstrated time and time again that he would be unable to work with council and other levels of government to reach consensus and move this city forward. And when you can't do that, you've given up your primary power as mayor. We'd be far better off with no mayor than Doug Ford as mayor.

That leaves Olivia Chow and John Tory, and I believe both would make fine mayors of this city. Yes, my values and ideals better align with Chow's, but John Tory would represent this city with dignity, would work well with council and other levels of government and would help us rebuild after four years in the wilderness.

Only five days to go...

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Tuesday Open Mike
Published by Toronto Mike on October 21, 2014 @ 08:22 in Open Mike

Open MikeWelcome to this week's Tuesday 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.

Open Mike

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Raptors Shirt Finally Fits 7 Years Later
Published by Toronto Mike on October 20, 2014 @ 11:00 in Toronto Raptors

RaptorsOn December 5, 2007, I took my kids to see the Toronto Raptors take on Steve Nash and the Phoenix Suns. At the time I thought it was important that they see the greatest Canadian basketball player who ever lived.

Little did I know Nash would still be playing seven years later, but that's not what's most interesting about this December 2007 game. My son, who was 5-years old at the time, won a Raptors tee shirt that day. As you can see, it was awfully big on him.

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Seven years later, he's finally started wearing that shirt.

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Awesome Heritage Minutes Posters
Published by Toronto Mike on October 19, 2014 @ 15:57 in O Canada

Awesome Heritage Minutes PostersI loved the old Heritage Minute vignettes that aired on TV during commercial breaks. Historica Canada and Christopher Hemsworth Creative have designed a series of 13 limited edition Heritage Minutes posters with iconic quotes from each Minute. You can buy these as a set here.

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The True Story of How I Left My Bike Unlocked Outside BMO Field
Published by Toronto Mike on October 19, 2014 @ 12:42 in Biking in Toronto, Toronto FC

toronto fcThanks to my buddy Elvis, I was able to take my daughter to her first TFC match yesterday. She had a lot of fun, heard a lot of swear words in the Supporter's Section and we both scored free toques.

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We biked to the game, but because I totally screwed up, we ended up at BMO Field with three bike locks and no keys. When I realized this 20 minutes before game time, I felt terrible. What was I going to do with two bikes and nothing to lock them up with?

My first thought was to have a heartfelt chat with a security supervisor. I explained the situation, that it was my daughter's first match and suggested there must be a creative solution. Alas, there was no way I was getting these bikes inside of BMO Field. I was going to have to leave them unlocked outside the facility for the two hour game.

I leaned them right up against the BMO Field fence, with my bike on the inside and Michelle's bike on the outside, and I wrapped my cable around them as if they were locked. Holding the cable together was a stick I found on the grass. Here's a pic of our bikes, from inside BMO Field and outside BMO Field.

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The bikes were still there at the end of the 1-1 draw with Montreal and we enjoyed a cool ride home. Bullet dodged and lesson learned.

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Friday Open Mike
Published by Toronto Mike on October 17, 2014 @ 09:02 in Open Mike

Open MikeWelcome to this week's Friday 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.

Open Mike

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What is This Gym You Speak Of?
Published by Toronto Mike on October 16, 2014 @ 09:42 in Health and Safety

What is This Gym You Speak Of?Lots of people go to the gym. I'll bet many of you have a gym membership and go regularly. I have never been to the gym. Not even once.

Feel free to insert your jokes about my tiny muscles here. It's true, I don't lift. I probably should, but if I start weight lifting, it'll likely be something I do at home. Because I know myself, and I know I'm not a gym guy.

I exercise daily, for at least 45 minutes, and I live an active life. If I can walk somewhere, I'll walk. If I can bike somewhere, I'll bike. I'm always playing catch with the kids or soccer in the backyard. I think I'm in pretty good shape, but it's all gym-free.

Do you have a gym membership? Do you use it regularly?

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Elizabeth Peña, Dead at 55
Published by Toronto Mike on October 15, 2014 @ 19:19 in Celebrity Deaths

Elizabeth PeñaElizabeth Peña was 55. She starred in the series I Married Dora as well as well as dozens of movies, including John Sayles's Lone Star in which she was awesome.

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Daily Photo: Foggy Lake
Published by Toronto Mike on October 15, 2014 @ 15:36 in Toronto Photo Blog

Daily Photo: Foggy LakeThis was Lake Ontario this afternoon.

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Don't Worry About Ebola, Worry About the Flu
Published by Toronto Mike on October 15, 2014 @ 10:14 in Health and Safety

Flu ShotsThere's lots of chatter about the Ebola outbreak in Africa, and if social media is to be believed, even many North Americans feel threatened.

I'm not your doctor, or your dad (unless your name is James, Michelle or Jarvis in which case I might be your dad), but I care about you and the herd immunity. I'd like you to stop worrying about Ebola and get a flu shot instead.

Here's Dr. Agus on Howard Stern telling him what he should do to live a longer life. As you'll hear in this 23-second clip, it's a no-brainer. It won't just help prevent you from getting the flu today, it will reduce your chance of getting cancer and heart disease in the future.

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