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markosaar

Went for a 45 KM bike ride yesterday... just the perfect weather. Going to try to up it by 10 KM every weekend until I could do a ride like this:

http://www.strava.com/activities/142286387

May 20, 2014 @ 8:52 AM

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@markosaar

Nice.

I always go East or West... never North. That looks pretty cool.

I've been biking a lot, too. Did 50km last week. Will try for 60km this week.

May 20, 2014 @ 9:07 AM

this guest

knew a guy with a doctorate...his interests lay in economics and history
and politics...lost touch with him for 20 years....rediscovered each other
and I find that he became involved with buddhism...which led to this and that...
and now deeply into the shamanism of his european ancestors.

our conversations reveal a consciousness fully in this world
and fully in something from the past. quite opposed to rationalism yet not
an irrational person.

amazing story.

May 20, 2014 @ 9:27 AM

Lyle Lanley

Looks like the Habs are done. It was a good run.

I'm hoping for an Original Six final between Chicago and New York.

May 20, 2014 @ 9:35 AM

Yogi

It ain't over 'til it's over.

May 20, 2014 @ 9:38 AM

James Edgar

I rode yesterday too. 160 Km's . About half in parking lots and dead end streets getting used to new handlebars on my bike. Of course my bike is a Motorcycle. I bought a replacement rear shock off of ebay . Once I install it I'll be back in the parking lots again as i expect (hope ?) that my rear end won't be so wobbly.

May 20, 2014 @ 9:51 AM

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@James Edgar

Cheater!

May 20, 2014 @ 9:52 AM

Ryan G

I would have loved to gone for a nice bike ride with my wife yesterday, except some slippery twat jacked my bike from my garage while an electrician was in an out of it the other weekend.

Now I scour the downtown streets looking for some sketchy bastard on my bike, gleefully riding his hobo ass to some unimportant douchebag destination courtesy of my hard-earned money. I'd like to think I'll remain calm and call the police if that happens. I'd like to think that.


May 20, 2014 @ 9:58 AM

this guest

check the used bike shops Ryan.

May 20, 2014 @ 10:01 AM

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@Ryan G

That sucks. I've had a bike stolen, so I know that pain.

May 20, 2014 @ 10:05 AM

Ken

For anyone that enjoyed Monday's Google doodle of a Rubik's cube, other PC software program variations may be found here. Use the search terms cube and pyramid.

May 20, 2014 @ 10:17 AM

519 Rob

Who cares about the NHL playoffs, the most exciting hockey tournament in the world is on right now in London.
The Memorial Cup.

My home team, The Guelph Storm, punched their ticket to Sundays final with a pretty dominant win over Val D'or.
Now The Storm need to KO the host team (the dreaded) London Knights, who are 0-2.

It would appear that Val D'or and Edmonton (who the hell named them the Oil Kings?) will finish 2 and 3, and will face each other to see who makes it to Sunday's final.

Make sure to tune in on Sunday for some great hockey.

May 20, 2014 @ 11:02 AM

Ben Vidal

Was the TV show corner gas ever funny? I have tried countless times to watch it and find it to be abhorrently boring and unfunny. Imagine my surprise to find out they are making a movie out of it.

So again I ask was corner gas ever funny? For those that found it funny was it a small chuckle funny, a slight smile funny or falling off your chair hilarious? These are the questions I need answered to know whether or not I'm missing out on something....

May 20, 2014 @ 11:15 AM

Philly-Bob

@ Ben - I always found it "small chuckle, good to kill a half hour" kind of funny....

May 20, 2014 @ 11:20 AM

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Maybe I'm a tv comedy snob, but I can count the number of shows that I found funny on one hand.

In fact, let me try....

1. The Larry Sanders Show
2. Kids in the Hall
3. SCTV
4. The Simpsons
5. Seinfeld
6. Curb Your Enthusiasm
7. Louie
8. Arrested Development

Ok, maybe I need two hands. So no, I don't find Corner Gas that funny, but it's as funny as any successful American sitcom. Who finds Big Bang Theory funny? That's the #1 comedy and it's never made me laugh once.

May 20, 2014 @ 11:29 AM

Argie

@Ben
Agree 100% on Corner Gas.
@Mike
I like your list with one exception - Arrested Dev. I know a lot of people who like that show but I don't. Same goes for 30 Rock. Never got into it.

May 20, 2014 @ 11:51 AM

this guest

loved the Larry Sanders show.
And Ken ....oh jeez what's his name
'satire' on news rooms...Canadian.
Finkleman. Dry irony.

SCTV was classic
Seinfeld was great. Loved George especially.

Corner Gas was like laughing at your uncle's jokes
at the birthday party.

May 20, 2014 @ 12:07 PM

Ben Vidal

@ Toronto Mike: You aren't a comedy snob, but I think that The Simpsons hasn't been funny in about 6 years. Arrested Development was always hit or miss for me. Although your ability to judge shows is completely marred by the fact you enjoy madmen.

@Argie: 30 Rock I never could get into. There was one episode where I laughed. They were playing poker and the guy who comes across as simple was winning everything. That was it no other laughter ever.

I figured out another show or person rather I don't find funny. His name is Ron James and whoever said he is Canada's funniest comic clearly did so only to promote his show on CBC. That guy doesn't make me laugh, in fact he makes me mad, because he's completely the opposite of funny.

I will admit that Big Bang Theory is a guilty pleasure, in watching old episodes I find myself laughing out loud here and there. However if you go online and watch the youtube video where they remove the laugh track the show isn't even remotely funny. I also don't mind watching Kaley Cuoco grace my TV screen with her presence.

May 20, 2014 @ 12:27 PM

this guest

they should give those christmas fireplace videos
a laugh track

May 20, 2014 @ 12:37 PM

Philly-Bob

Anyone who thinks public sector employees don't make to much should read this:

I work for a large electrical contracting company. One of my neighbours saw a truck I had brought home this weekend and asked if I was an electrician. I told him no, that I was in sales, he said he was just curious as he was an electrician himself.

Now, my company is growing right now, and we are in a hiring phase as we grow. I told him he and I should talk as we were looking for Project Managers, and with 20+ years of experience behind him, my neighbour might make a good addition.

His response - "I work for the TTC man...no one's going to give me a cushier job than that..." (our PM's all make north of $30/hr.)

Should we be paying our bus drivers better than our skilled workers??

May 20, 2014 @ 1:10 PM

Argie

@Phil
True, man. Its not just their pay but their pensions are ridiculous. Oh, and that other benefit - they're impossible to fire!

May 20, 2014 @ 1:42 PM

Philly-Bob

@ Argie - but when I dared to say public sector people make too much, I was lambasted here...

May 20, 2014 @ 1:47 PM

Argie

@Phil
Get ready for the onslaught.

May 20, 2014 @ 2:00 PM

mrmojorisinca

what kind of Bikes are you guys using?

May 20, 2014 @ 2:02 PM

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@mrmojorisinca

I ride a Giant hybrid.

May 20, 2014 @ 2:06 PM

mrmojorisinca

I have an old (purchased it high school) Bianchi mountain bike (but has the smaller road bike tires, not regular mountain bike tires).

May 20, 2014 @ 2:08 PM

McNulty

@ Phily

Your story doesn't make sense. He's an electrician? Or is he a bus driver?

But your point is to vilify the public sector like they don't deserve to get paid and should be fired.

May 20, 2014 @ 2:12 PM

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@mrmojorisinca

The way I like to bike, I should be riding a road bike, I just can't afford the one I want.

May 20, 2014 @ 2:13 PM

Ben Vidal

@ Philly: You got lambasted because of several things. First is context. How many years has the guy worked for the TTC. What is the starting wage. What are the guaranteed pay levels for this employee. What are those levels for all other types of government employees. Is his job cushier because he earns more or because he doesn't have any responsibility for what he gets paid.

Second you speak in terms of absolution as if this one neighbor of yours is all workers. Even the opening to your post is absolution "Anyone who thinks public sector employees don't make to much should read this" wreaks of painting everyone with the same brush.

Argie talks about their pensions. People go nuts about teachers pensions, but rarely do they address how much teachers pay into their great pensions. Or how well their pension plan invests their money. Are there others that get great pensions with little contribution. Yes. Ontario hydro is a big one for that. Do I feel those pensions should come more in line with Private. Yes. Do I think you a public sector or any employee should get a full dental plan upon retirement?. No. These are things that have to change, then again Philly Bob what makes you the judge of who makes too much and who doesn't make enough?

As for your neighbor, he's a lazy A-hole and those types of people exist everywhere. In my place of work there is a guy with 30 years of employment leads a sales team. He works from home, his computer is never on and he takes days to reply to e-mails when he does. He doesn't contribute anything to his team and doesn't manage anything. He makes over $160K with a company car sitting up at his house in Barrie, probably laughing and counting his money the entire time. In the end he's a lazy A-hole too. He got a cushy job and he knows it. He knows he would never get that job anywhere else. He knows he should be fired or at least packaged out, and at times dares the company to do so. Is it bullshit? Hell yes. He hasn't been fired though. He should be, but he hasn't been and he'll suckle that tit for as long as possible. He's not in a union either. That's the real truth behind it there are people suckling the tit everywhere public and private. Nobody cares if that shit happens in the private sector because it isn't their tax dollars, but don't you think waste labour in the private sector leads to cost increases in the everyday goods you buy?

As to whether or not we should be paying bus drivers better than skilled workers who is for me to say. If they do get paid better for doing nothing as you seem to think then why don't the skilled workers get jobs at the TTC? If you get money for nothing at the TTC why isn't every new grad out of highschool lining up to get a job there? Why aren't people leaving the skilled work force to work for the TTC?

Again what do i know I'm as far left as Fox News is right.

May 20, 2014 @ 2:25 PM

mrmojorisinca

yeah I was just on the Giant site, and some of those bikes are way over my limit..I'm good with spending about $500..but seems most are above that..and I'm sure retail is much more.

I like this http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-ca/bikes/model/roam.3/17634/73463/

May 20, 2014 @ 2:33 PM

Argie

@Ben

I admit Phil's story is anecdotal but its not rare.

The reason why someone would conclude you're "as far left as Fox News is right" is because you seem to put a great amount of effort in slamming anything and anyone conservative. You've slammed Hudak, Harper, Ford (OK, understandably) and the Republicans in the US yet you've never once mentioned anything about the McGuinty/Wynne fuck ups or your boy Justin.

You'll frequently make excuses for those noted liberals and public unionized workers (as evidence by your previous post).

I don't mind being called right-wing. Why do you have a problem with being called left-wing?

May 20, 2014 @ 2:49 PM

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@ mrmojorisinca

I bought mine at Gears in Port Credit and managed to bargain them down quite a bit from the sticker price.

May 20, 2014 @ 2:53 PM

markosaar

I primarily ride a weird Orbea CX bike, bought from Craigslist three years ago for $950. Would have probably cost around $1600-1700 new with the 105 components and carbon fork. It wasn't the greatest price, but it's a fantastic bike and it's hard to find used stuff in my size. (I'm 6' tall.)

I wanted the carbon fork after riding an all-aluminum Trek hybrid for years. It rides like a dream and takes potholes like a champ. I still keep the hybrid for bad weather and when I need to lock a bike outside... which means I've only ridden the Orbea once this year.

I'd like to invest in a new road bike eventually, but don't feel I've hit the limit of performance on the cyclocross bike yet.

May 20, 2014 @ 2:56 PM

markosaar

Oh on the off-chance anyone cares, my ride looked like this yesterday:

http://www.strava.com/activities/143210526

My original plan was to do laps in High Park but I didn't realise people would still be flocking to it to see the lame (this year) cherry blossoms hah.

May 20, 2014 @ 2:58 PM

mrmojorisinca

Bike shop bargained with you..that pretty good!

May 20, 2014 @ 3:08 PM

519 Rob

I loved Corner Gas, and I'm excited to see the movie.

Sure, it was generally PG level comedy, but I found I laughed constantly.
I've found those people that love Seinfeld, but hate Corner Gas to be confusing. There are many similarities between both.
-A show about 'nothing'
-Characters, that if you take them in a one-on-one scenario, are actually quite un-likeable.
-No real 'lead' character, any given episode could feature all characters in equal roles.

But I think I generally chalk it up to, 'It's Canadian, so it must suck'.
We hate our own. That's what we do in Canada.

May 20, 2014 @ 3:18 PM

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@519 Rob

2 out of the 8 shows I mentioned are Canadian. And when reminded about it, I did watch and thoroughly enjoy Ken Finkleman's The Newsroom.

Isn't it possible that Seinfeld is funnier than Corner Gas and we're not just saying so because Corner Gas is Canadian?

Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David wrote better comedy than Brent Butt. Shocker!

May 20, 2014 @ 3:22 PM

Argie

I thought Little Mosque on a Prairie was funny - in a "I can't believe our taxpaying dollars are paying for this crap" funny.

May 20, 2014 @ 3:29 PM

519 Rob

As much as I love SCTV, I'm willing to debate it's Canadian-ness.
I'm not saying it isn't, I'm suggesting that we wave the red and white over a show with SEVERAL American hands all over it.

I'm certainly not suggesting that Seinfeld and David aren't funny. But I will suggest that many viewers didn't watch, or wouldn't watch simply because it was made here.

I'll say it again, in Canada, we eat our own.

May 20, 2014 @ 3:38 PM

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@519 Rob

But you can't deny the other side of that coin. The truly bright lights in this country work in the USA where they're appropriately compensated.

Brent Butt is like the world's tallest midget. If he was as funny as Mike Myers, Jim Carrey or Norm MacDonald, he'd be making television down south.

So it's not that we dislike Canadians, it's that the Canadian ecosystem for such entertainment is minor leagues.

May 20, 2014 @ 3:42 PM

Argie

I totally agree with what Mike is saying but ultimately it comes down to individual taste.

Having said that I still can't think of a show or movie that I truly enjoyed that would be categorized as Canadian. God that's sad.

How come we can't do anything besides hockey and curling - and recently made-up women's Olympic sports???

May 20, 2014 @ 3:53 PM

Ben Vidal

@ Argie: I don't want to monopolize this open mike with my response to your last question so I'll post my response in here when the next open mike goes up. You can then decide for yourself if I'm truly left wing. Which I don't think I am, but I digress.

You did actually make me laugh with your comment about little mosque on the prairie, which is another show I never found funny.

@ 519 rob: I don't think in Canada we eat our own all the time. If a show is of good quality it makes it's way across the border and all over the world. The success of degrassi in the 80's and again in 00's was because it was a good show , not because it was Canadian.

I actually try to like or at least give anything Canadian content a try. I enjoy Gerry Dee and that's Canadian. I don't like Corner Gas and I never will and not because it's Canadian. there is an inherent feel to a Canadian show that is easily discernible. even if it's a show I've never seen before I don't know the actors, you show me 10 seconds and I can tell whether it's Canadian or not. Especially comedies.

May 20, 2014 @ 3:59 PM

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It wasn't a comedy, and it's going back a bit, but I thoroughly enjoyed the original Degrassi series.

To recap, here are good Canadian shows, excuding news, sports and documentary-style programs:

1. SCTV
2. Kids in the Hall
3. Degrassi
4. The Newsroom (season one)

Gulp... that's not a very good track record.

May 20, 2014 @ 4:04 PM

Glen

I had hoped the Ontario Pension Plan would have become more of an election issue.
I know a few of you on Toronto Mike have expressed sympathy for those making minmim wage at McDonalds. How are you going to tell them that they will making even LESS money if this thing becomes reality. A few hundeed dollars a year doesn't seem like alot but to them it could mean rent or groceries. If they move to another province can they take their contributions with them or does the government get to keep it? No answers.
How do we know the Ontario Liberals won't use this billion fund for other purposes? The Feds has used EU surpluses that way even though it's suppose to go to people who are unemployed. Why would the province be any different? The healthcare premium DOESN'T go to health care even though the Liberals promised it would. The premium goes into general revenues. Maybe we should just trust them.
Kathleen Wynn says we need to provide Ontario businesses like OpenText, with direct subsidies because other jurisdictions in North America are doing the same thing. She wants to make Ontario a level playing field in other words. If that were true then why are we burdening them with a huge payroll tax that doesn't exist in places like North Carolina?


Consumer spending is already down in Ontario and now we're going to take even more money out of people pockets for this ridiculous pension plan.

But it's Tim Hudak who will turn Ontario into a burnt match stick, right?


May 20, 2014 @ 4:08 PM

Ben Vidal

@ Argie: I do enjoy Canadian content at times. I enjoyed the movie One Week, more so for it's Canadian background scenes, but the movie itself was rather enjoyable. I didn't mind good cop bon cop.

There is however one bane on the Canadian movie scene and his name is Paul Gross. what he did to the movie Paschendale should be considered a war crime. It made an absolute mockery of Canadians and any memory people should have of Paschendale. Gunless was another POS. Men with Brooms infuriating. He gets a pass on Barney's version, but other than that he should not be allowed to produce or star in any Canadian movies.

On a completely different note there is only a couple of weeks to the world cup. For me the world cup and euro cup are my Christmas times when it comes to sport watching. I'll be making the trek down to Brazil to enjoy some games and the country. I decided to pick a spot in brazil and go there and whatever games happen while I bought tickets to. Hoping this time out will be even better than the Euro Cup in Poland.

Spain all the way, but look out for Belgium and Germany. I'd love to say England would do well or that I have high hopes for them, but when your best players are in the twilight of their career like Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard there is little hope.

May 20, 2014 @ 4:16 PM


Ben Vidal

Sorry for the grotesque spelling of Passchendaele.

May 20, 2014 @ 4:25 PM

Cheryl

You don't believe. Anyway, I was wrong again last night. My Habs lost. Well, here's what will happen now. Rangers will win game 3 on Thursday. Then Habs win games 4, 5, 6, and 7. That's how it will happen. It's not over yet and the Habs are going to win, trust me. They will. Then they'll win over LA and win the cup in another seven game series. Trust me. Anyway, I got more junk mail from Rogers. They send me a stupid Entertainment magazine every month. I don't want it. They keep bugging me about getting their internet service. Primus is great. They don't bug anyone. Bugging people doesn't give you customers. Anyway, I would never get rid of Primus. They have been awarded for customer service whereas Rogers has not.

May 20, 2014 @ 4:58 PM

this guest

Phil and Argie think ttc bus drivers should make less
than 30.00 an hour because they aren't 'skilled.'

good lord.

May 20, 2014 @ 5:21 PM

this guest

Glen that image of Hudak as a burnt match stick
seems somehow....aesthetically....
in sync with his
persona


May 20, 2014 @ 5:33 PM

Al Reda

Beachcombers was great!

May 20, 2014 @ 7:45 PM

Argie

@Ben
I heard as much about Gross' performance in Passchendaele. One has to ask "why does keep keep getting work?"

I agree with your picks for WC. Being an England fan, it will tough to watch them eliminated in the first round. They never should have fired Capello. True, they rely too much on their old boys but there are some younger players who should mature into world cup caliber players in a few years.

As for being left or moderate, you would know better than me where you stand.

Cheers and enjoy Brazil and the WC.

May 20, 2014 @ 8:22 PM

dale

@ all

You're ALL probably sick of me promoting Mike's ride for cancer but it means a lot to me & BOTH Mikes. I'm a survivor of Cancer & am fortunate. Mike Kic wasn't.

Mike Kic donated before he passed just willing for everyone to respond also. MANY have. I send these mssgs. from my heart as Toronto Mike has provided us all a site to comment on for so many years & it's time to give to Mike for his ride.

Less than 3 weeks until Boon's ride for him & his BUDDY & gotta get to the Golden Goal of $ 5000.00

May 20, 2014 @ 9:32 PM

Lorne

@dale: I'll brag that I made the donation that pushed Mike over the $4k mark, so he could go kick Cancer's ass.

That said-- c'mon, which of you fine folks wants to steal that thunder than be the one that puts him over the $5k mark and let him COMPLETELY MURDER CANCER'S FACE?!?!

May 20, 2014 @ 10:49 PM

Jason from Sudbury

Never cared much for Corner Gass. I loved Puppets Who Kill although it took me a little while to get into it. Also loved Trailer Park Boys and looking forward to new stuff from them.


May 20, 2014 @ 11:45 PM

Jason from Sudbury

@Cheryl: If the Habs lose game 3 they're screwed. They must win game 3 and maybe even game 4 in NY. I'm a Habs fan too, pretty sure everybody knew that by now lol, but anyway, would love for them to beat NY in 6, but they absolutely have to win game 3 on Thursday.

May 20, 2014 @ 11:48 PM

James Edgar

I really like Corner Gas and Really liked Seinfeld. I love Big Bang Theory and laugh out loud all the time. And I liked Puppets Who Kill too but hardly got to see it. The Frantics show from the early 80's was very funny.


Bus drivers not skilled? Have you driven in this stupid city ever? We're lucky 20 people aren't run over daily . $30/hr Skilled? I don't know.

I do know that people seem to assume that they are more skilled/harder working/better than the person next to them and if that person happens to work for any level of government ...they stop assuming and begin to KNOW. even if they spend 0% of there time in that persons shoes.

Sometimes they're right. Probably wrong more often though.

May 21, 2014 @ 9:41 AM

Ben Vidal

Well said James

May 21, 2014 @ 9:54 AM

tea party tiara

Personally I think we'd be better off if bus drivers were using food banks. I mean when you think about it it makes sense right?

May 21, 2014 @ 10:23 AM

Cheryl

Remember 2010. The habs were down three games to none in the first and second round. Everyone counted them out, but the thing is they won four straight both times and came back so they can do it again this season. I thought maybe Rangers win at home and then Habs win four, but it is going to go seven. Maybe Habs win tomorrow, then Rangers game 4, Habs games 5, 6, and 7. Habs will win though. Then play LA to win the cup.

May 21, 2014 @ 10:52 AM

Argie

@Cheryl
I'm afraid its time to, as Bob once said, "turn the page." The Habs have run out of luck.

May 21, 2014 @ 10:58 AM

mrmojorisinca

The HABS have to do one thing more then they have been doing and that's get to King Henry first and keep going at him. Like Canada did against Sweden in the Olympics, get him off his game and keep him there. If they Win tomorrow this is going 7 games.

May 21, 2014 @ 11:15 AM

Liz

@Argie

This completely made me laugh! ha ha. You had me at, "As Bob once said..."

@Cheryl
I'm afraid its time to, as Bob once said, "turn the page." The Habs have run out of luck.

Fucking Hab fans...

May 21, 2014 @ 12:41 PM

519 Rob

Despite the fact that I am not a 65 year old, I like Murdoch Mysteries. OK, it's fluff, but I like it.

If you're willing to take a chance, there are lots of great Canadian movie options out there.

-Exotica
-Whale Music
-Last Night
-Strange Brew
-Les Boys
-One Week
And one of my favourite movies of all time, The Sweet Hereafter.

May 21, 2014 @ 1:40 PM

Glen

Christie Blatchford has an interesting column in todays National Post on the current situation in Caledonia, Ontario.

I wish some reporter would have the courage to ask Kathleen Wynne about this.


Here's the link:

http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2014/05/20/christie-blatchford-caledonia-natives-still-calling-the-shots/

May 21, 2014 @ 3:14 PM

Rick C in Oakville

@Glen: I heard this on the round table this morning. None of the parties want to touch this with a 10 foot pole. I don't want to hear Wynne's response of just another "conversation" yadda yadda. This issue got buried by all the other scandal BS sticking to the Liberals.

May 21, 2014 @ 7:47 PM

this guest

listened to a great documentary tonight on cbc radio program Ideas:

Say No to Happiness
tongue in cheek title
very meaningful conversations

now listening to a podcast on artist Kara Walker
fascinating

May 21, 2014 @ 10:39 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

CBC Radio documentaries are the best. Always interesting and educational.

May 21, 2014 @ 10:41 PM

Has a Brain

Well Glen, if you had half a brain you'd know that native rights are a Federal thing, not a Provincial thing. The Federal government deals with land claims. Try putting down your camera there in Beamsville and learn something instead. PS. I find your girlfriend unattractive and obese.

May 22, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

this guest

It dawned on me to try and compare the CBC Ideas documentary
I heard tonight to a TED talk or even a TEDx talk.
I guess the simple answer is 'many voices on one theme.'

The interview with the artist had a more spontaneous feel than
a TED talk. The interviewer (Eleanor Wachtel) had a sympatico
with her subject and drew out some personal (not canned) responses.

May 22, 2014 @ 12:40 AM

this guest

People come in all shapes and sizes.
Why do we judge ourselves and others harshly for 'imperfections?'
Is it because of our constant exposure to advertising and celebrity media?
We need to be gentle with each other in this area.

I met this girl in grade 10. We had a chemistry between us.
My best friend ridiculed something about her looks and so I
rejected her. And yet there was a chemistry that in retrospect
was unique.

May 22, 2014 @ 1:22 AM

Gary

Dean Blundell will be on The Fan this morning at 9:00 co hosting with Jeff Blair.

May 22, 2014 @ 7:38 AM

Argie

If only "has a brain" had a clue.

The OPP is responsible for the policing in Caledonia. Thus far, they've let the natives do whatever they want - under orders from the dynamic duo of McGuinty and Wynne.

May 22, 2014 @ 8:25 AM

this guest

Dudley George

May 22, 2014 @ 8:34 AM

Idle No More

It's you that should grab a clue Argie. Native land rights are under control of the Federal government through the Indian Act. In a case of land rights the police can be involved but the final say will be the Federal government. Maybe you should bring your tough guy act out to one of the reserves and shoot off your mouth. I respect a man with balls but we both know you don't have them.

May 22, 2014 @ 10:53 AM

McNulty

Not that Argie and I will go on a couples retreat anytime soon but vague threats are never a good way to get point across.

So Idle No More...it's you who needs balls to have a respectful discourse.

And whomever is Has a Brain (which may be the same lovely person), insulting someone's girlfriend? That's classy. Way to show who you really are.

May 22, 2014 @ 11:15 AM

this guest

In terms of 'veiled threats' Argie's comment dripping with derision and violence.


May 22, 2014 @ 2:42 PM

Glen

@hasabrain


I bet you don't have the balls to say that to my face you gutless piece of shit.

May 22, 2014 @ 5:04 PM

Cheryl

Well, no score yet. Go Habs. They'll win this one though. It will go seven games. If they lose it will be like 2010 and they win the next four. They are not done.

May 22, 2014 @ 8:35 PM

this guest

Good call Cheryl! Looks like they pulled it off.

May 22, 2014 @ 11:45 PM

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