Toronto News ~ Toronto Focus
Toronto Blog Stars (Or Kids Today and Their Pangs for Fame)
Published by Toronto Mike on March 11, 2010 @ 21:45 in Toronto News ~ Toronto Focus
A few Toronto bloggers are hosting an event they're calling The Guide to Social Media Success: The Ultimate How-To with the Toronto Blog Stars. As you'll see in the promo YouTube video below, it's featuring "the top three bloggers" in this city.
I must admit, I hadn't heard heard of Sean Ward before I saw that clip, and I only first heard of Casie Stewart earlier this year when I caught a Raymi tweet about her. Raymi I've known for years, having interviewed her not once, but twice. In 10 seconds, this Sean Ward guy comes across as such a pretentious douche bag I just broke my laptop screen trying to punch him in the face, but I digress...
What do you get from these Toronto Blog Stars for your $20? According to the Toronto Blog Stars registration page, you will learn everything you need to know about living the Blog Star lifestyle using blogging, Twitter, Facebook, and social networking, including:
- how to get - and keep - the attention of movers and shakers in your industry
- how to turn your everyday life into compelling content
- how to brand yourself online
- what programs and applications to use to host your site, keep track of your statistics, and promote yourself & your blog
Full props to these three Toronto bloggers for trying to make a little coin from kids today, desperately panging for some semblance of celebrity. If they can get a bunch of local blogger star wannabes to cough up $20 a pop for this content, good on 'em.
I invented compelling content. I have the attention of movers and shakers. I've branded myself online. If you want to learn all these things and more, I'll sing like a canary for $15, and I promise you'll never feel compelled to kick my ass.
CN Tower Goes Gold
Published by Toronto Mike on March 1, 2010 @ 10:09 in Olympics, Toronto News ~ Toronto Focus
In honour of Canada's golden Olympics, culminating in Sidney Crosby's golden goal, the CN Tower went gold last night.
Giamboner Beats Boner
Published by Toronto Mike on February 9, 2010 @ 15:17 in Toronto News ~ Toronto Focus
Adam Giambrone, member of Toronto City Council and chair of the TTC, wants to be mayor of Toronto. Now that his affair with 19-year old university student Kristen Lucas has been revealed, he's got some heat to deal with first.
With a name like Giambrone, the fist natural reaction is to nickname him Giamboner. It's just too easy, and this is a pain I know all too well. In grade six, my teacher anointed me "Boner".
That nickname stuck for a while, until I successfully morphed it into "Booner". But still, Boner creeps up now and then.
Giamboner beats Boner. And don't worry Adam, this too shall pass.
Elmer Safety Elephant Statue Saved From Trash
Published by Toronto Mike on January 25, 2010 @ 10:10 in Memories, Toronto News ~ Toronto Focus
A few years ago, I shared my memories of Elmer the Safety Elephant. Elmer was a character who would visit my primary school back in the 80s to teach us about bike safety, not walking on train tracks and such.
I just received the following email regarding Elmer the Safety Elephant.
Hi Mike, just read your article on "Elmer the Safety Elephant". Excellent. I noticed a picture of the flag and Blinky, but none of the Elmer statues that used to grace our schools in the good old days. Just wanted to let you know that I am in possession of one of the original 8 statues (8 being the number of districts in the Toronto area at that time). I know 1 statue is in the police archives, and the rest are probably in safety officer's basements. I saved one from going into the trash as it needed some repair to the trunk and was to be disposed of. It is a beautiful sight to see, all original paint etc.
Here are pictures of this rare Elmer statue.
The person who saved this statue wishes to remain anonymous, but he would like you to know that Party Boy DJ Services is "very good and in-expensive compared to most companies". Just remember.... safety first!
TTC Sleeper Hit of the Season
Published by Toronto Mike on January 24, 2010 @ 16:22 in TTC ~ Toronto Transit Commission, Toronto News ~ Toronto Focus
I waffle between loving the TTC and hating the TTC. On any given day you can find me singing the TTC's praises or wondering why a world class city like Toronto is so under served by its public transit system.
Here's a nice YouTube video sendup of the infamous TTC sleeper. The TTC sleeper, who appeared on the cover of Friday's Toronto Sun, has been revealed as George Robitaille. George, an almost 30-year TTC vet, claims his nap can be explained by "health issues".
Anne Mroczkowski Valentine's Day Card
Published by Toronto Mike on January 19, 2010 @ 14:37 in Toronto News ~ Toronto Focus
Anne Mroczkowski was let go by Rogers' Citytv yesterday. Two years ago, I had this idea to create Toronto-centric Valentine's Day cards. I started with four and the plan was to add to the collection until I had a dozen or so.
One of my initial four featured Anne Mroczkowski and Gord Martineau. It was modelled after the infamous "fu*king bint" episode.
Happy Valentine's Day!
Free TTC on New Year’s From Midnight to 4am
Published by Toronto Mike on December 30, 2009 @ 10:55 in TTC ~ Toronto Transit Commission, Toronto News ~ Toronto Focus
For those Torontonians planning their New Year's Eve festivities, don't forget that the TTC is offering free service from midnight to 4am.
I'm pretty sure other transit systems in the GTA have free service as well. GO Transit, for example, is free from 7pm on December 31 until 2:10am on New Year's Day, and Mississauga Transit is free from 7pm to 4am.
Note how the TTC makes you pay to get to the party whereas everyone else is taking you to and fro free of charge...
It's Like Hoth Out There
Published by Toronto Mike on December 22, 2009 @ 12:08 in Toronto News ~ Toronto Focus
Toronto weather is currently Hoth-like. See for yourself.
Toronto's Video for UN's Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen
Published by Toronto Mike on December 9, 2009 @ 12:01 in Toronto News ~ Toronto Focus
Mayor Miller will be in Copenhagen to represent Toronto as Chair of the C40 at the Climate Summit for Mayors. This video is being shown at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. This is what our city is doing to fight climate change.
Is it enough?
Maple Leaf Gardens Reborn
Published by Toronto Mike on December 1, 2009 @ 14:01 in Toronto News ~ Toronto Focus
I have fantastic memories of attending Maple Leaf games at Maple Leaf Gardens. As a kid in the 1980s, I'd get to one or two games a year, usually against bottom-feeding Norris Division teams, where's I'd sit in the Greys and cheer like hell. I loved that old barn, so I'm glad they're bringing it back to life.
A $60-million partnership between Ryerson University, Loblaws and the federal government will bring Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto "back to life."
On Tuesday the federal government announced a $20-million contribution from its infrastructure fund to get construction started.
Another $20 million will come from Ryerson students, while the final $20 million will be raised in partnership with Loblaw Cos. Ltd.
"We're bringing Maple Leaf Gardens back to life," university president Sheldon Levy told a morning news conference announcing the renewal project.
The iconic building at the corner of Church and Carlton streets will become a multi-purpose facility. Part of the building will be a Loblaws supermarket, while other parts will be turned into an athletic centre for the university.
"This new centre will be a 150,000-square-foot space for Ryerson students and the public to use," said federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty. "Once completed it will include an NHL-sized skating rink, a running track, basketball and volleyball courts, a fitness centre and more."
I can't wait to take my kids skating at MLG.