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Willie McCovey, Dead at 80

Willie McCoveyWillie McCovey was 80. He hit 521 home runs during his 22 seasons in the majors, mostly with the San Francisco Giants. He hit 18 grand slams, the most in National League history.

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Rick Hodge Announces Retirement

Right on the heels of Roger Ashby's announcement that his last day at CHUM would be December 5th, Rick Hodge has announced his last broadcast at 105.7 EZ Rock will be this Friday, November 2. That's right, he's retiring from 105.7 EZ ROCK’s morning show following six years with the station and 45 years on the air, and it's happening in two days.

I have a lot of time for Rick Hodge. Following an eternity doing mornings on 104.5 CHUM-FM with Roger Ashby and Marilyn Denis, Rick left CHUM to become a part of 97.3 EZ Rock's Toronto morning team. I once sat in on a show and great controversy ensued.

All's well that ends well, and I ended up working with Rick Hodge, attempting to teach him social media and helping him blog.

Here's an interview I conducted with him in which he reveals the truth about why he left CHUM-FM and here's our deep dive when he visited for episode 116 of Toronto Mike'd.

Rick's a gem. Congrats Rick, and let me know when you're ready to come back and kick out the jams with me.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 392: Rachel Brady and Kristina Rutherford

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 392In this 392nd episode, Mike chats with the Globe and Mail's Rachel Brady and Sportsnet's Kristina Rutherford about being women in sports media, the ever-changing responsibilities of authors and so much more. This episode is exactly 2:01:42.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 391: Lou Schizas Returns

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 391In this 391st episode, Mike chats with Lou Schizas about why he's no longer on GNR 640 Toronto and what's next for him. Then, they kick out the jams. This episode is exactly 2:04:43.

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A Closer Look at Gambling Legislation in Canada

When it comes to casino gambling in Canada, anyone tasked with getting to grips with the legal landscape would be best advised to have a stiff drink beforehand. In comparison to other wealthy countries, online gaming in Canada is complex, diverse, and riddled with a high number of grey areas which make it difficult to determine how the law would actually apply in many cases - especially since there are many areas in which the law has yet to be enforced.

At a glance, the laws relating to gambling, both for players and casinos, seem almost too complex to fully grasp. However, when you break it down piece by piece, the picture starts to make more sense. If you're wondering how gambling legislation in Canada might apply to you, read on to find out more about the current state of the law. 

The Key Points 

The first thing you should know is that, on a nationwide level, gambling legislation is enforced by a number of different regulatory bodies, depending on location.

There's the Alcohol and Gaming Authority (AGA) for Nova Scotia, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO), and the Kahnawake Gaming Commission (KGC) for the Kahnawake Territories, to name just a few.

This means that all gambling is dealt with on a provincial and territorial level rather than on a federal level. In all but three provinces and territories, gambling in land-based casinos has been perfectly legal since the 1970s, when existing strict regulations (which only allowed racetrack betting) were repealed.

The general legal age minimum for gambling in 19, or 18 in British Columbia, with all most provinces operating a huge number of large casinos and gaming resorts. 

But What About Online Gambling? 

Now on to the more tricky part. At this particular moment, online gaming Canada rules allow for players in Canada to play popular games such as slots, blackjack and roulette online with minimum interference.

However, the current rulebook isn't well-adapted for the digital age. With online gaming now outstripping land-based casino gaming in terms of customers and revenue, attention has been drawn to how online casinos operate. Many aren't able to operate within Canada, meaning that the most popular operators tend to operate offshore while accepting custom from Canadian residents.

This has brought some ire from the provinces, who are missing out on revenue generated from activity by residents in those same areas. This has led to an uneven application of the law, with some casino sites and developers being banned from operating in Canada, while others continue to operate unimpeded.

Steps are being taken to make the laws more clear and equal and what happens next will determine the state of online gaming in Canada for decades. 

Future Outlook

The future for all kinds of gambling in Canada looks unclear. There have been a number of high-profile stories of land-based casino plans meeting fierce regulatory opposition, meaning that planned developments have been stalled.

In the digital realm, the current trends suggest that provinces are all taking unilateral measures to bring digital casino gaming "home", so to speak. According to recent reports, future online casinos may have to have a physical presence (i.e. a server) in a certain province in order to operate there while abiding by local laws. 

While the future is far from clear, it looks like necessary steps to clarify gaming regulation are not far off. Once this happens, both players and operators will be able to enjoy a much clearer idea of where they stand. 

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 390: Dani Elwell

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 390In this 390th episode, Mike chats with Dani Elwell about her years at CKLN and CKFM, her on-air resignation at CFNY, her time at JAZZ.FM91, sad departure from the station and what's next. This episode is exactly 1:58:15.

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Roger Ashby Announces Retirement from CHUM

One of my favourite fun facts to share on episodes of Toronto Mike'd is that Roger Ashby is the last person on Toronto radio who could have been heard on Toronto radio in the 60s. After a long career at 1050 CHUM, Ashby moved over to 104.5 CHUM-FM in '85 where he'd spend many years as part of the Roger, Rick & Marilyn morning show with Rick Hodge and Marilyn Denis.

Rick moved on years ago, and today Roger Ashby announced his last day at CHUM would be December 5th. Of course, this is not news to listeners of Toronto Mike'd. John Donabie came on and spilled the beans in July, the same week Jamar McNeil joined Roger and Marilyn in the booth.

When Jamar visited last week, I told him we knew Roger was retiring by the end of the year and that he was his replacement, but that guy deserves credit for playing it cool and saving the internal announcement for Roger himself. Roger made that announcement this morning.

That episode with Jamar is great and I strongly recommend you give it a listen. I also recommend my conversation with Rick Hodge.

Roger himself also dropped by, and even though he told me he only had 30 minutes, it's jam-packed with interesting tidbits about his 50 years on the air. You'll find that episode here.

Roger's a great guy and has been an institution on Toronto's airwaves for half a century. Congrats, and enjoy what's next!

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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 chris@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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All you need to know about multi-light pendants for decorating your home

Multi-light pendants are used in many lighting installations in homes, commercial offices, restaurants, and many others. The pendants can provide you either single or multiple illuminations. They are stylish and versatile and provide the much-needed elegance in your home. Their aesthetics can transform the overall appearance and feeling in your home. If you are looking at installing lighting: multi-lighting pendants in your home, you are in the right place. This article takes you through all that you need to know about multi-light pendants to achieve an elegant home.

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Can be used in a variety of places

The multi-light pendants are versatile so that you can use them in your residential home, in hotels, commercial offices, high-end offices and even places of worship. You’ll find them placed on kitchen tops, hotel reception tables, dining hall counters, and many other areas. Their use accentuates the surrounding with the ambiance of beauty and elegance.

Come in a variety of designs

The pendants come in different designs to satisfy different unique needs. You can readily get multi-light pendants in traditional design, rustic design, contemporary design, classic design, and many other alluring designs. Regardless of the design you choose for your home, the multi-light pendant will uplift the general outlook of your home and provide an ambiance of relaxation, and outright elegance.

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They are made of different materials

Pendants are made from different materials thus you can achieve different interior design look with different types of pendants. They can be made from stone ceramics, crystals, alabaster, wrought iron, and many other materials. Therefore, you can choose to use a pendant made from a specific material and design to achieve a certain look and feel. Knowing the different types of materials will give you an upper hand in coming up with a unique multi-light pendant for your home.

Compliment the surrounding

Choosing the perfect multi-light pendant for your home is not an easy task. The appropriate lighting should be one that compliments the surrounding of your home. Choosing the wrong type would have a devastating effect on your interior design endeavor. Therefore you need first to understand your home so that when you are out there shopping for a pendant, you only select one that is made from a material that can rhyme with your interiors. Also, since the pendants come in different designs, you ought to choose a design that compliments the design of your home. The right pendant will uplift the look of your home, make it appear pleasant, and above all provide an aura of relaxation, calmness, and elegance.

Different types of illumination

When shopping for a multi-light pendant, you need to decide what type of light you require. If you desire soft light, you can go for a large pendant that lights in all direction. Such a light becomes the center of attention. For the dining room, a focused light can give the best results. Lamp shades are excellent at diffusing light. Should you want to achieve background lighting for your room, then we'd suggest you go for space lighting.

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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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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 385: Scott Moore

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 385In this 385th episode, Mike chats with outgoing President of Sportsnet and NHL properties for Rogers Communications Scott Moore about everything from Bob Cole to Bob McCown to Strombo. This episode is exactly 1:22:50.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 384: Moe Berg

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 384In this 384th episode, Mike chats with Moe Berg about The Pursuit of Happiness, Love Junk, and being a Canadian rock star. This episode is exactly 1:32:29.

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Open Mike

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 383: Mike Zeisberger

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 383In this 383rd episode, Mike chats with Mike Zeisberger about his many years at the Toronto Sun, those he worked with, stories he covered, his move to NHL.com and realistic expectations for the 2018/19 Toronto Maple Leafs. This episode is exactly 1:56:20.

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Customer Communications via Podcast

A securities firm in Toronto's financial district uses TMDS to handle the A-Z of their client-only podcast. Their clients love the valuable information they learn from these episodes, and the firm only needs to provide the content. I handle the rest.

That means once a month I tear down my recording studio, take it on the road and set it up in their boardroom for a morning of recording. We record three episodes and then I head home to edit the files. The feedback from their investment clients has been extremely positive. It's a value-add asset exclusively for their clientele on a variety of topics from cannabis to cryptocurrency.

If you're responsible for client communication, we should talk. This proven model disseminates key information with minimal disruption to your day-to-day business. If you know what data you wish to share, I handle the rest. It's time you had a podcast for customers.

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When the City Sets You Up to Crash #biketo

I attended the Million Pound Game this afternoon at Lamport Stadium, and after a disappointing Wolfpack loss, rode my bike west to enjoy dinner with the fam. On the Waterfront Trail, just west of Norris Crescent, I was set up to fail by the city itself.

I was cruising around 22 km/h in the new separated bike lane between Norris Crescent and First Street when I suddenly crashed to the ground. In my life, which includes approximately 50,000 km of city cycling, I have only ever crashed due to rain, snow, ice, or most recently, a bike-on-bike collision by the Palais Royale. This time, I hit the ground hard, and had no idea what caused the crash.

Luckily, unlike my last crash, no bones were broken. I scraped my leg and tore up my hand, but otherwise survived unscathed. An Uber driver and his customer witnessed my crash, and once they discovered I was okay, were quick to point out I had hit this stump where a sign was once posted. I took a couple of pictures of this stump I hit. I didn't see it, but it sure took me out.

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I was so angry, because it's one thing to crash due to mother nature, and another thing to crash because a cyclist veers into you, but this is completely unacceptable. The city cut down a sign and left a six inch stump without so much as a pylon in place to alert cyclists like myself. Its pure luck that I didn't break anything and my bike is relatively okay. I put my chain back on and slowly pedaled home.

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I'm contacting 311 and asking them to either remove this stump or put a marker on top so cyclists can see it and avoid it. It's tough enough to cycle in this city, we certainly don't need to be set up for failure.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 382: Marc Weisblott of 12:36

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 382In this 382nd episode, Mike chats with Marc Weisblott of 12:36 about the current state of the media in Canada. This episode is exactly 2:20:50.

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Puck Drops Tonight

Tonight, I'm watching the Leafs game. The regular season has finally arrived and I'm pumped.

No Nylander yet, but otherwise it's looking sweet. The Leafs landed their biggest free agent fish ever and on paper, we're finally a top tier team. Yes, the D line is a little thin, but the depth up front has this lifelong Leafs fan optimistic.

Optimistic, but realistic. We (fuck the first person to call me out for writing "we") haven't won a playoff series since 2004 when Ed Belfour was between the pipes, so I'm not in the "Cup or bust" camp, but we definitely have a shot. Personally, I'd be delighted to play in the Conference finals this season. This window has just opened!

I have a sixteen year old son who follows this team closer than I ever could, and I'm just looking forward to a promising season with him at my side. He was two the last time we escaped the first round and he's all in. I hope we win it for him.

Now let's drop the puck already. Leafs and Habs is on Sportsnet tonight at 7pm.

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