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Making Lemonade: The Job Hunt

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 320In this 320th episode, Mike shares personal news and is joined by Head of Customer Success at LinkedIn Canada, Perry Monaco. This episode is exactly 36:16.

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The Gifted Program

The Barenaked Ladies have been the topic of many conversations this past week, so it's no surprise their reuniting for the Juno Awards came up in last Friday's Open Mike. Commenter mrmojorisica linked to this video featuring interviews with Steven Page and Ed Robertson.

There it was, a quote from Ed Robertson that triggered a primary school memory. Here's the line I completely related to.

We were in this gifted program together, and I always felt like I was there by mistake.

Here's what I remember... I remember a series of standardized tests in grade three. Then, more tests. These were one-on-one tests where the examiner would present problem solving puzzles, have me put pictures in the correct order, and ask a hundred other such questions. I just did what I was told.

The end result was the gifted program. Starting in grade five, one day a week I would hop on a bus and subway and make my way to a school near Bathurst station. I did this for four years. I honestly never felt I had a choice. They told me where I was supposed to be and that's where I went.

I felt the way Ed Robertson felt for the entire four years. I was in this program with the school board's brightest students and I always felt I was there by mistake. These kids were geniuses, your classic eggheads, and I felt like an imposter.

I understand why the gifted program would be perceived as a good idea, but I despised the segregation. Kids in your regular class resented the fact you got a day off and were treated special. I despised the attention.

In grade nine, I was still told to show up for the program, but after the first meeting I asked if I could opt out, was told I could, and promptly did exactly that.

It's funny how you could spend one day a week for four years in a program and completely suppress the memory until you watch a feature on the Barenaked Ladies and it all comes flooding back.

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Rusty Staub, Dead at 73

Rusty StaubRusty Staub was 73. Known as "Le Grand Orange" from his years with the Montreal Expos, he was the prolific hitter who compiled a lifetime .279 average with 2,716 hits, 292 homers, 499 doubles and a major league record-tying 25 pinch hit RBI in 2,951 games. He played over 23 seasons with the Houston Colt .45s/Astros, Montreal Expos, New York Mets, Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers from 1963-85.

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The Pen Flip Heard Across the Country

On March 14, 1987, Dave Hodge had had enough of the way decisions were being made at CBC Sports with regards to live sports programming. Here's footage of the last straw and the pen flip heard across the country.

It really has become the stuff of legend, and I've been lucky enough to speak with a few people who were there, as well as Dave Hodge himself. Let's begin with Ron MacLean, who witnessed the entire incident and would go on to replace Dave at Hockey Night in Canada.

Paul Romanuk, currently calling games for Hockey Night in Canada, was even closer to the flip. Here's how Paul remembers that day.

Also working for CBC Sports that night was Ken Daniels, now the radio voice of the Detroit Red Wings. Here's how Ken remembers the pencil pen flip.

Last but not least, I asked the man himself about that night. Here's Dave Hodge telling me all about his pen flip.

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Corus Radio Cuts Get Al Joynes

There was a bit of a bloodletting at Corus yesterday. Amongst the casualties is long-time Q107 personality Al Joynes. Al Joynes had been at Q107 since 1988, although that includes two separate tours of duty at the station. Al will appear on Toronto Mike'd next week, so subscribe here so you don't miss it.

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The program directors at both 102.1 the Edge and Q107 were also let go. That's Ross MacLeod and Blair Bartrem, respectively. Tammy Cole, a program director in Winnipeg, will be assuming both roles.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 319: Ryan Doyle and Jay Maddog Michaels

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 319In this 319th episode, Mike chats with Ryan Doyle and Jay Maddog Michaels about their show The Rush on Newstalk 1010 before they kick out the jams. This episode is exactly 2:16:31.

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Ben Wagner and Dan Shulman Calling Jays Games on the Radio this Summer

When Jerry Howarth announced his retirement from calling play-by-play for Blue Jays games on the radio, we had a spirited discussion about who would replace him. Click over and read the comments for a refresher. I stated that Dan Shulman was in the city and the ideal replacement, and if he wanted the gig, it was his for the taking.

Today, Rogers announced that Buffalo Bisons play-by-play man Ben Wagner and Dan Shulman are replacing Jerry Howarth. Mike Wilner continues to be a part of the broadcast team and will host Blue Jays Talk throughout the 2018 season.

Dan Shulman is also getting his own podcast, because why not?! Everyone else has one! Dan, if you're out there, it's time for you to appear on Toronto Mike'd.

Now let's play ball...

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The Birth of #realtalk

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Old Toronto

This is pretty cool.

Sidewalk Labs, the sister company of Google that's partnering with Waterfront Toronto to build a "smart" neighbourhood of the future on the city's waterfront, has created an online tool that gives people a glimpse into the past.

It's a digital map that has incorporated more than 30,000 photos from the city's archives. People can pick a location and look at photos that are anywhere from 30 to 150 years old.

Visit https://oldtoronto.sidewalklabs.com/ to check it out.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 318: Ken Daniels

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 318In this 318th episode, Mike chats with Ken Daniels about his years at The Fan, calling Leafs games, working for CBC Sports, working at Hockey Night in Canada, joining Mickey Redmond in the booth calling Detroit Red Wings games and his son Jamie. This episode is exactly 1:57:02.

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Open Mike

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 317: 12:36

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 317In this 317th episode, Mike chats with Marc Weisblott of 12:36 about the current state of the media in Canada. This episode is exactly 2:03:37.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 316: Gord Deppe from The Spoons

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 316In this 316th episode, Mike chats with The Spoons' singer and songwriter Gord Deppe. This episode is exactly 1:27:37.

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Happy Gandharvas Day

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Stuck at 11

It's an interesting coincidence that both the Blue Jays and Raptors have strung together multiple win streaks of 11 games but never 12. I believe the Jays have hit 11 at least five times now and I know the Raptors have reached 11 at least twice. When I have time, I'll try and find precise numbers.

With the Raps loss today to halt their streak at 11, here's the longest winning streaks in franchise history for each of Toronto's main five professional sports teams.

Raptors - 11
Blue Jays - 11
Maple Leafs - 10
Argos - 10
TFC - 6

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Mike MacDonald, Dead at 63

Mike MacDonaldMike MacDonald was 63. He was the stand-up comic who starred in Mr. Nice Guy and appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman and The Arsenio Hall Show.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 315: Guilty Pleasure Jams

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 315In this 315th episode, Mike celebrates St. Patrick's Day with Elvis as they play their guilty pleasure jams. This episode is exactly 2:06:44.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 314: Darren Dreger

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 314In this 314th episode, Mike chats with TSN's Darren Dreger about his years at Sportsnet and crossing the parking lot to work at TSN. This episode is exactly 1:36:10.

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Open Mike

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Happy 2nd Birthday!

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 313: Tim Langton

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 313In this 313rd episode, Mike chats with Tim Langton about his years in radio and being the Blue Jays PA Announcer at the dome. This episode is exactly 1:44:07.

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Stephen Hawking, Dead at 76

Stephen HawkingStephen Hawking was 76. He was the visionary physicist who wrote several popular science books including A Brief History of Time.

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Pickering awaits an economy boost thanks to a new casino complex

Casinos and gambling definitely don’t have the best reputation, however, they have a great potential to boost local economy and increase the state budget. Something like that could soon happen in Pickering, where a new gambling complex is going to be built.

Toronto’s eastern neighboring municipality should become home to Durham Live, a huge entertainment complex that should contain a hotel, a casino, a water park, film studios and convention spaces. Toronto Sun reported that people behind the project hope the new complex could generate $625 million annually in tax revenues.

The new complex is scheduled to be opened in 2019 near the border with Ajax, more specifically near Highway 401. The deadline is pretty strict but not impossible to meet. The new complex will become the second largest real estate projects in Pickering, only inferior to the local nuclear power plant.

The plans for a new complex weren’t met without criticism

Gambling is always a sensitive subject. Although Durham Live is supposed to bring great economic benefits to Pickering, there always issues that need to be dealt with.

The first of them regards Ajax Downs, an Ajax based horse racing track with a long history and a strong position in Canadian horse racing in general. The provincial rules dictate that there can be only one gambling facility in the provinces of Pickering, Ajax and Whitby. If the new casino is opened, Ajax Downs will be closed, at least if nothing else changes.

Apart from that, the idea of a new casino complex was met by opposition of people that are strongly against gambling and believe that nothing good can result from a new casino. That being said, the mayor of Pickering expressed his support for the project. The Ontario Municipal Board has also ruled in favor of the development plans.

Is gambling bad for the community?

There are many arguments to be had against gambling. It’s definitely true that this ill-advised activity has the potential to ruin lives, but at the same time it’s able to create new jobs and be beneficial for local communities. However, conservatives generally believe that gambling is inherently bad and any gambling-related project should not be put forward.

This is noticeable even in the online gambling market, which operates in a legal “grey area” across Canada. The gambling regulations in Canada fall under provincial jurisdiction, which means the rules are not the same across the country, however, generally speaking it’s illegal to operate an online casino business in Canada.

That being said, it’s not illegal for the players to participate in online gambling. There are hundreds of offshore online casinos in which Canadian players can play without worrying about any sorts of punishments from the local authorities. The operators might get into trouble by offering betting opportunities to Canadian players, but that doesn’t endanger the players themselves.

With a limited selection of brick-and-mortar casinos, online gambling can be considered a quite interesting alternative for players interested mostly in gambling itself and not in other entertainment options available in complexes like the planned Durham Live.

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Steve Anthony is Leaving CP24 Breakfast

Steve Anthony has announced he is leaving CP24 Breakfast to "do other things" and that his last day will be March 29.

Steve Anthony was just at my home two weeks ago for another great convo and left no hint he was about to leave. He did take great pride in talking about the success of CP24 Breakfast and that it was the most watched morning show in the city, beating his old show Breakfast Television on City. In fact, if you watch the clip below, you'll hear him extrapolate that it's actually the most watched morning show in the country.

I've been visited by Steve twice, and thoroughly enjoyed both conversations. In fact, he's one of my all-time favourite Toronto Mike'd guests.

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Here's what Steve has shared on Facebook.

Well? That's almost done. This morning I announced that, after 9 years as a host on CP24 Breakfast, and 25 of almost 40 years waking up at around 3am to be a 'broadcaster', I am stepping away from being on TV and radio. Tanya Humphrey-Anthony and I have been working towards this for a while. We have a bunch of businesses and projects that we have nurturing, and are no ready to devote much more time into.

So that's the story. I can't say you won't SEE me around. But I can't say where or when if you do.

Here's video of Steve's announcement.

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French Immersion Summer Camp: Support Our New Sponsor

Toronto Mike'd has a new sponsor. For the next few months, Camp Tounesol, the largest French camps in Ontario, has stepped up to support local, independent podcasting.

Since 2001, Camp Tournesol has provided French camps in the GTA for tens of thousands of children ages 4 to 14. Whether your child is Francophone, in French Immersion, or has no French experience, they have a day camp or an overnight experience for them.

Camp Tournesol joins Great Lakes Brewery, Property in the Six and PayTM Canada as proud sponsors of Toronto Mike'd, and I'm incredibly grateful for their support. Please consider rewarding these companies for stepping up in this manner.

If you have a child between the ages of 4 and 14, send them to French camp this summer. The benefits are many, and for a limited time you will get $20 off your first order by entering promo code "mike". Learn more at https://www.camptournesol.ca/.

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Daylight Saving Time Forever

Did you remember to spring ahead? 1 am magically became 2 am as we lost a precious hour this weekend.

We left Standard Time, an old relic from the days when we were all farmers relying on the sun to determine when we awake and when we literally hit the hay, for Daylight Time. If I had my way, we'd stay here for good. Why move a good hour of sunlight in the evening to the morning for the sake of an antiquated lifestyle?

If we unite as one voice, we can do something about this. Standard Time is for suckers. Resist adjusting your clocks on November 4. Daylight Saving Time Forever!

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 312: Troy Burtch

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 312In this 312th episode, Mike chats with Troy Burtch about his work in Toronto's craft beer industry before they play and discuss his ten favourite songs. This episode is exactly 1:35:06.

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Open Mike

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Can We Talk About the Raptors?

When DeMar DeRozan drove to the net with a thunderous dunk to give the Raptors the lead late in the fourth quarter last night, I leapt out of my seat. OG Anunoby is still hurt, Serge Ibaka got ejected and Delon Wright left the game with a sprained toe, but DeRo had us. We beat the Pistons by capping an awful OT with a long bucket from Fred VanVleet.

It's our sixth win in a row, and our franchise-record 17th game in a row scoring over 100 points. Oh, and we clinched a playoff spot. It is the earliest point in the season a Toronto team has ever clinched a playoff berth.

And did I mention the Raptors lead the Eastern Conference by 2.5 games? This team is both very good and very likeable.

We're the beasts of the east and all bandwagon jumpers are welcome!

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 311: Dan Speerin

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 311In this 311th episode, Mike chats with Dan Speerin about his years as Toronto's millennial spokesman and the state of podcasting in Canada. This episode is exactly 2:11:20.

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Roger Bannister, Dead at 88

Roger BannisterRoger Bannister was 88. He became the first person to run a mile in under four minutes when he ran it in 59.4 seconds on May 6, 1954 in Oxford, England.

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David Ogden Stiers, Dead at 75

David Ogden StiersDavid Ogden Stiers was 75. He was the actor best known for his role as Major Charles Emerson Winchester III on M*A*S*H.

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What People Do For Fun in Toronto

Toronto is a city which offers so many interesting activities, so life is never boring. For many fun-seekers, it appears as a peaceful and relaxed place to be, which would eventually become monotonous, but that is not the case. It offers a wide range of fun and exciting things to do, so people actually never get boring. If you are asking yourself what people in Toronto usually do for fun in their free time, here are the answers.

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Long Walks
There are so many places to visit in Toronto, both fun and relaxing. People love taking long walks in the numerous parks or other historically important locations.A lot of fun activities can be found in every area of the city. For example, you can visit the Toronto Islands if you want to escape the busyness of the city and fill up with positive thoughts and energy. Next, if you want a unique experience, you can visit the Distillery District from the 19th century and see the most famous brewery, where a degustation is available. Fun, isn’t it? Also, there is the popular CN Tower, considered as one of the Seven World Wonders, so people very frequently enjoy the sight of it.

Game Events
Toronto is a city with various game events organized throughout the year. There are some really unique and exquisite games you can rarely see in other parts of the world. People of Toronto love organizing, as well as participating in these events. For example, there is the Bad Axe Throwing, a game event including social games with axes, which is very popular among the people. Next, many escape rooms games are popular and are very frequently organized. These games are quite popular online, as well.

Internet Gaming
As in every other city, people of Toronto use the Internet on a daily basis. Many games and interesting apps are enjoyed in free time. Also, one of the newer trends would be the live casino played online. People enjoy this social and challenging way of online gambling and its popularity rises very quickly.

Movies
The cinemas are very frequently visited in Toronto. People enjoy watching the latest movie’s premiere, and very frequently their nights out are dedicated to going to the movies. There are many cinemas in Toronto, but undoubtedly the most popular are the Cineplex Cinemas.

Nightlife
At night, Toronto turns to one of the liveliest cities in the world. There are many restaurants and clubs providing music and dance for every taste. Most of the smaller restaurants offer a unique experience with, maybe not so well-known musicians, but certainly memorable. Many nightclubs are offering great atmosphere, where people totally relax and enjoy the show. Also, there are many jazz bars offering smooth music, and coffee bars offering Latin music that makes you body dance all night. In addition, many concerts are often organized including different types of music, so Toronto definitely provides something good and quality for everyone’s taste.  

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Open Mike

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 310: The Horseshoe Tavern

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 310In this 310th episode, Mike chats with Horseshoe Tavern historian David McPherson about the history of the legendary Toronto concert venue. This episode is exactly 1:17:13.

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