Daily Photo: Sunny October
Published by Toronto Mike on October 24, 2014 @ 15:03 in Biking in Toronto, Toronto Photo Blog

Daily Photo: Sunny OctoberIt was such an amazingly sunny and warm October day, I had to hop off my bike and take a picture.

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Friday Open Mike
Published by Toronto Mike on October 24, 2014 @ 08:41 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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Waterfront Trail Gets New Signage
Published by Toronto Mike on October 23, 2014 @ 13:27 in Biking in Toronto

Waterfront Trail Gets New SignageI noticed on my ride today that they were putting up new signs in Marie Curtis Park. Here are a couple of pictures of the new Waterfront Trail signage that's going up.

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Here's the old signage that's being replaced.

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The Shootings at Parliament Hill
Published by Toronto Mike on October 23, 2014 @ 09:17 in O Canada

The Shootings at Parliament Hill in OttawaLike many of you, I was glued to the television and radio while the story unfolded in Ottawa yesterday. I watched CBC News Network and listened to CBC Radio One, and found the coverage anchored by Peter Mansbridge and Anna Maria Tremonti to be outstanding. There was a wonderful and refreshing lack of speculation and hyperbole.

We now know there was a single shooter, an angry young man who took the life of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, a reservist based in Hamilton with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders regiment. Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, who was shot while on honorary guard at the National War Memorial, had a son in kindergarten.

Some media outlets will speak of the terror and fear, but I prefer to focus on our national sense of loss at this pointless, cowardly act. We are not afraid, we did not awaken this morning with a sense of terror. This is Canada.

I can't turn a phrase like Rex Murphy, so here he is on last night's The National sharing sentiments I agree with.

In Pittsburgh last night, where the Penguins faced the Flyers, they honoured Canada and sang our national anthem.

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I'll close this entry with Bruce MacKinnon's touching editorial cartoon for the Halifax Chronicle-Herald.

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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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