The Great Toronto Fire, April 19th 1904

On April 19, 1904, the largest fire in Toronto's history engulfed a large section of downtown. 118 buildings were destroyed in eight hours.

Here's some footage of the blaze.

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Tuesday Open Mike

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

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Don Berns Dead

Don Berns He was the longtime Toronto radio personality best known for his seven years at CFNY from 1985 to 1992 and his many years as Dr. Trance, Godfather of the Toronto rave scene.

I was hoping to have Don Berns on my podcast, and when he came in, I was going to play him this vintage CFNY clip.


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Cycling: February 2015 vs. February 2014

February was the coldest month in Toronto's recorded history, but trust me when I tell you last February wasn't much warmer and seemed to include more snow and ice. And the analytics tell me I managed to bike a great deal more this year. Here is how my cycling in February 2015 compared to February 2014.

February 2015: 217.29 km

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February 2014: 28.47 km

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I'm chalking up this vast improvement to an improved mindset. Quite simply, temperatures I deemed too cold to bike in back in 2014 felt a great deal warmer this year. And the more winter biking you do, the more confidence and ability you gain.

My goal for 2015 remains a personal best 5,000 km. I'm currently at 609.63 km with the worst two cycling months behind me.

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Anthony Mason, Jaromir Jagr and John Taveres

Anthony Mason died today. I remember him well from those 90s Knicks teams with Patrick Ewing, John Starks and Charles Oakley. He was only 48.

You have to understand, the mid-90s feel like a few years ago to me. It feels like only yesterday I saw Anthony Mason driving to the hoop like a linebacker with a great haircut. Now he's dead.

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And Jaromir Jagr's been on my mind lately. He was just traded to the Florida Panthers. The man is 43-years old.

I like knowing Jagr is still playing in the NHL. After all, he's older than me. This fun fact led me to research how many current NHL players are older than me. The answer is exactly two: Jagr and Sergei Gonchar.

NHL: New Jersey Devils at Buffalo Sabres

That brings us to John Tavares. No, not the New York Islander, but the Buffalo Bandit. John Tavares is still playing professional lacrosse at the age of 46. That's just awesome.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 112: Mark Hebscher

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 112In this 112th episode, Mark Hebscher tells a series of awesome stories. Mike also talks to Hebsy about the David Clarkson trade, Dean Blundell's new morning show and the Mike Wilner episode. This episode is exactly 1:12:22.

You can listen to this episode in a variety of ways:

Catch up on all episodes of Toronto Mike'd at http://www.torontomike.com/podcast/.

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Leonard Nimoy, Dead at 83

Leonard NimoyLeonard Nimoy was 83. He was the actor, film director, poet, singer, and photographer best known for his role as Spock in Star Trek. He lived long and prospered.

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Friday Open Mike

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Leafs Trade David Clarkson (This is Not a Joke)

The Toronto Maple Leafs have traded forward David Clarkson to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for forward Nathan Horton. This is not a joke. This is the real mofo deal.

Clarkson was signed in July 2013 but didn't last two seasons. My doppelganger has been given the boot and nobody will be sorry to see him go.

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Horton has not played this season due to a back injury, and may never play again. He is in the second year of a seven-year deal he signed with the Blue Jackets prior to the 2013-14 season worth an average annual value of $5.3 million.

The Leafs, a much richer team than Columbus, can afford to pay Horton to be on the long-term injured reserve. As long he's on it, there isn't a cap hit. Shanny might just be the executive of the year.

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What Jack Black Said at the Oscars

If you watched the Oscars, you might have caught a little of what Jack Black sang in the opening number. It was a rare moment of Academy Awards honesty.

Here's a transcript of what Jack Black said.

Stop! This is what you sound like: movies, movies, wow, they rock. Listen up, kid, it’s all a big crock. Now it’s market trends and fickle friends and Hollywood baloney. Believe me, Neil, you’re better off just polishing your Tony. This industry’s in flux, it’s run by mucky-mucks pitching tents for tentpoles and chasing Chinese bucks. Opening with lots of zeroes, all we get are superheroes: Spider-Man, Superman, Batman, Jedi Man, Sequel Man, Prequel Man, formulaic scripts! And after Fifty Shades of Grey they’ll all have leather whips! In a world where our greens dropping common machines, only screens we’ll watch them on are the screens in our jeans. Screens in our jeans! Screens in our jeans! The only screens we’ll watch them on are the screens in our jeans! 

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