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The bright side about this election debauchery:

If voters are crazy enough to re-elect the Ontario Liberals they must also be crazy enough to re-elect Rob Ford. Financially corrupt gets re-elected, who's not to say morally corrupt can't also get back in office? Robby will have my vote.

June 13, 2014 @ 9:34 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


I was hoping the election chatter would stay in the previous thread.

p.s. @Justin: Ford already had your vote. You're voting for him no matter what.

June 13, 2014 @ 10:14 AM

Scugog Scribbler

My wife wants to eat more vegetarian meals. Fine and good. But I like to barbecue. Does anyone have any tips for a good meal -- something more than just grilled veg? Looking for something that will provide lots of leftovers for lunches, too.

June 13, 2014 @ 10:21 AM


I wanted to give some feedback on PREPD, the meal delivery service featured here a couple weeks ago.
The coupon entitled me to one week's menu (basically 3 diiners for 2 people) and I felt a bit guilty using it, because I knew going in that I wouldn't become a regular customer. I live outside of their delivery area, and it's just not convenient for me to drive into Toronto every week to pick up the delivery.
I would highly recommend this service to anyone who does lives in their delivery area and struggles every week with the age old, "what are we gonna make tonight" problem. The meal ingredients were quality and fresh (and most already portioned out and packaged to the recipe specs) the recipes well laid out and simple to follow, and the results were excellent. No, you're not going to end up with a Michelin-star worthy meal but it's going to be a cut above your usual weekday fare, and all 3 meals took us less than an hour to make, start to finish.
for $10 a plate, you're going to get good meals, cut down on your grocery shopping, save time every night cooking, and save yourself the mental anguish of figuring out what to make every night.

June 13, 2014 @ 10:21 AM


Well I knew if I came here I'd find the usual suspects & their galvanized political opinions. The outcome of this election was clear from Day 1. Ontario is a politically centrist province. It has been since the days of Bill Davis. Mr Hudak seemed to think if he could wish hard enough he could revive the corpse of Mike Harris. What he never realized is that the Harris 'revolution' was as much of an anamoly as Bob Rae & the NDP was. Of course the Hudak supporters will scream that Wynne ruined Ontario yada yada yada. The reality is much different. The near destruction of the auto industry wiped out Ontario as did it's continued love affair with having the US as it's only real trading partner. These single points of failure were brought up decades ago by people who warned the province to diversify it's economy. The bold, arrogant Ontario ignored that advice. Would Ontario be broke if it had 500 billion barrels of oil underneath it? Of course not. It would instead be gleefully bragging about it's superior business acumen.

The Conservative party must ride motorcycles without a helmet because they seem to have hard heads. They would show up at a Vegan festival with hot dogs & try to convince everyone to buy one. They're many things but they are especially not self aware. The proof is out there. The people choose a bunch of liars & thieves instead of choosing you. If you can't grasp that, maybe you're simply too stupid to be in politics.

As for the argument about voting and spoiling your ballots why not just admit it's ceremonial at best? To spoil your ballot does nothing but neither does voting. In fact, voting simply perpetuates this endless circle of corrupt, lying scumbags that are in power. Change will come when there is a barricade around Queens Park and cops with AR15's feel the vibration of the ground under them from the millions standing there protesting for change. Assuming voting will fix the system is like imaging the blue box will fix the environment problems of the planet. Democracy takes real work & that goes beyond calling 1010 CFRB and yelling in the phone.

The people should not fear the government. The government should fear the people - #Anonymous

June 13, 2014 @ 10:31 AM


I appreciate the subtle name.

June 13, 2014 @ 10:38 AM


Well, can the Rangers win tonight? I hope so so I can get money from my dad. As for the Prepd thing, I'm single. Also these meals can't be cooked in the microwave, can they? Anyway, I have to have a colonoscopy on Monday. No problems, but I have to have one every five years because my mom died of colon cancer. The preparation sucks. I'll have to drink a gallon of this stuff that smells like bananas. I don't even like bananas. I will be dreading it. Anyway, this could be the last hockey game tonight, but I hope not. I want my money.

June 13, 2014 @ 10:54 AM

Ben Vidal

Instead of watching the election results roll in last night I went to see a move. It's called the Grand Seduction.

If you get a chance this was a pretty good Canadian movie.

small little fishing harbour on the east coast does whatever it can to get a manufacturing plant built so they can have jobs. They are tired of Welfare cheques and shame that comes with it. The sotry was genuine up until the end. That was probably the only downfall it felt rushed in the last 10 minutes.

Otherwise it was a nice movie, with some great laughs. There was a genuine Canadian feel to the people and the movie. I left happy I saw it. I took both my parents and they enjoyed it as well.

I know Canadian movies have a tendency to fall short. This one does not.

Brendan Gleeson and Gordon Pinsent were fun to watch and were thoroughly likable tin their character portrayals.

June 13, 2014 @ 11:09 AM


Gleeson is always worth the price of admission. Have you seen the Guard? Great movie!

June 13, 2014 @ 11:18 AM


Despite the fact that for perhaps the first time in history I actually agree with most of what Irvine wrote at 10:31, that comment should be deleted, or if not, his banning declared over.

June 13, 2014 @ 12:28 PM

this guest

That sounds like an interesting film. You know when somebody says 'nice little film' as a super good compliment? It sounds like that sort of film.

June 13, 2014 @ 1:13 PM

4x4 Time

Was in Montreal earlier this week when the “anti-loitering” spikes were a hot topic. I had never heard of this before, can they be found in Toronto?

June 13, 2014 @ 1:27 PM

Ben Vidal

@ARgie: The CBC has perhaps the Best world cup app I've seen out there. It is honestly phenomenal. If you are as big a soccer buff as I am I can tell you that without a doubt it doesn't disappoint. I think it's actually proof tax dollars can work. Tongue in cheek. Cheers though.

Actually cheers to everyone in Toronto mike land. Tomorrow I head off to Brazil to be part of this world cup. Going to catch a couple games and enjoy the the quieter towns outside of rio and sao paulo.

I think this would also be a good opportunity to be mike's senior World Cup correspondent if he wants.

June 13, 2014 @ 1:52 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Ben Vidal

The gig is yours.

Have fun in Brazil!

June 13, 2014 @ 1:55 PM


Safe travels. Keep us updated.

June 13, 2014 @ 1:55 PM

519 Rob

Thankfully there will be at least 1 more Stanley Cup game this weekend.
Between the NBA, the World Cup, and US open, it might be the worst weekend of sports...EVER.

Bring on the CFL!! (seriously).

June 13, 2014 @ 2:21 PM


People are going to hate me for saying this

I sincerely thought Bob Bannerman had hired a special needs adult to do voice over work for his latest Chrysler Dodge dealership radio commercials.

I was proud of him for giving a job to someone who might have down syndrome or other mental disorder.

I didn't know it was the voice of Munenori Kawasaki who plays for the Buffalo Bisons on the commercial.

This is the radio ad:

June 13, 2014 @ 6:35 PM

this guest

He was possibly trying to pronounce words that are difficult for his level of
English proficiency. And perhaps in a certain 'radio mood?'

'We' would no doubt be in the same boat with some languages.

But if I offered the 'down syndrome or other mental disorder' interpretation
in my circles I'd be quite severely chastised.

June 13, 2014 @ 7:15 PM


I'll be visiting downtown Toronto in the morning for some condo rental shopping. My 19 year old son Paul is joining me. I'm making a big move - in many regards.

I got to thinking about Gary Lautens, a wildly popular columnist who wrote for the Toronto Star many moons ago. I remember lining up at 1 Yonge Street to write in his book of condolences after he died too young. I still have a letter he sent me, encouraging my interest in journalism and radio and tv at Ryerson - back when it was known as 'Ry High' and was a polytechnical institution. I loved the columns Gary wrote about he and his wife and their Saturday morning ritual of visiting St. Lawrence Market and eating fish for breakfast. I'll think about him tomorrow while at the market.

It's funny what pops into your head.

June 13, 2014 @ 7:45 PM


@ Ben - wow, sounds like a dream vacation! Enjoy the games, looking forward to hearing about the experience when you get back. (Go England!)

@ Scugog - my hubby and 2 kids are vegetarian to varied degrees, and all are partial to M&M Veggie burgers. They don't fall apart and they are tasty. Grilled veggies are really good, especially if you put them on top of toasted garlic bread yum yum. However, we often only have leftover veggies from a BBQ. They can be used as a side to the next omnivore meal. :-)

June 13, 2014 @ 8:43 PM


I remember Gary Lautens. I liked him. He seemed to have a sports writers style about life in general. That might be put the wrong way. Can't really express what I mean.

June 13, 2014 @ 9:02 PM

this guest

anonymous was me just above.

June 13, 2014 @ 9:03 PM

Rick C in Oakville

Good Luck Liz, downtown living maybe a bit of a culture shock, from the north of TO living.

June 13, 2014 @ 10:47 PM


Thanks, Rick C. You lovely man.

I lived at Spadina and Bloor while at university. Back at the turn of the century. :)

All that's happening these days is surreal.

I'll be making the move downtown alone. My husband will keep our century home. Our son will be back in Peterborough for September 1st - second year of his science degree in Geography. Living in a brand new townhouse currently being built right at the entrance to Trent - The Resort, as we call it.

Looking forward to seeing where I am a year from now.

June 13, 2014 @ 11:07 PM


The Rangers lost. This means I'm going to lose my money. I have to pay my dad. This sucks. The Rangers suck. As for soccer, I don't really care about it except my trainer's wife. My trainer's wife isn't doing that well though they lost two games and won one. Well, good luck with the condo hunting, Liz. Anyway, I don't like CFL. I want NFL so I can get my Cardinals.

June 14, 2014 @ 8:45 AM

Jason from Sudbury

What a game last night. Could've went either way but I'm glad the Kings won it.

June 14, 2014 @ 9:30 AM


Go figure. My wife and I really want to get away for a quick vacation. My credit card is overdrawn because I've been spending like crazy. I called the bank to explained the situation. They seemed concerned because I was behind in payments and my current job doesn't not carry the same salary as the one I had when I applied for and received the card. The result? They took me card and was informed they will be taking legal action against me. How is that fair?

What really pissed me off was when I explained that I live in Ontario and that we don't believe in paying back our debts quickly or with any sort of plan. That they could just trust me because I repeat the same thing over and over so it has to be true.That in fact we are taught that the only reasonable way to pay down debt is by spending more and more.

The bank laughed at me. I'm so confused.

June 14, 2014 @ 10:22 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

Great game last night. One of the most exciting overtimes I've ever seen. I'm glad my eldest son stayed up until the end so we could share the moment.

Someone commented earlier that they hate this time of the year in sports. I feel the exact opposite. I love that we get NHL and NBA finals, the Jays are in full swing and the World Cup is underway.

This might be the very best time in sports. And I'm not even a golf fan who's crazy about the major this weekend.

June 14, 2014 @ 11:24 AM

Rocco Biffoni Jr.

@ Chris..PERFECT... The first paragraph,thought you were just another goof wanting to see his name.
Second paragraph,S000 trew and funny!!
Ontario voters and Leafs fans are one in the same DUMB !

June 14, 2014 @ 2:10 PM

twins from bolton

Doing duties this morning at 11AM, residents already waving flags & partying for the big game tonight, Italy vs. England at 6PM.

Only the 1st game & heaven forbid if Italy goes to the final. My street is like a parking lot now at 5PM.

June 14, 2014 @ 5:27 PM


Well, not happy with the game because I have to pay my dad $5.00. I wanted to win that money. If only the Rangers could have won the cup. The Rangers had to suck after beating my Habs. Anyway, now let the NFL begin and my Cardinals win the Superbowl.

June 14, 2014 @ 9:02 PM

twins from bolton

Happy Father's Day.

Always a difficult day for me & wifey as both Dad's have passed on many years ago.

My kids have never had a Grandfather as they were born after both had passed.

Cherish your time with your Dad & I just wish I could have spent more time with him.

June 15, 2014 @ 8:46 PM


Well, happy Father's day. I didn't see my dad today, but he's taking me to my colonoscopy tomorrow. Anyway, that stuff I said that smelled like bananas doesn't taste as bad as it smells. That's good. Anyway, it will be good to get the thing done and over with. I have to give my dad his $5.00 as well because the Rangers suck. They can beat my Habs, but they can't beat the Kings.

June 15, 2014 @ 9:21 PM


Well, the colonoscopy went okay today. No cancer. That's a good thing. Boy it felt good to eat again after it. Anyway, My Cardinals play their first game on September 8 which is about 11 weeks from now. Cardinals are going to win the Superbowl. You'll see. I got more junk mail from Rogers. I wish they would stop. They aren't very good because if they were, they wouldn't have to send out all their junk mail. Anyway, I hate Rogers. Primus is so much better. Well, Bell has stopped sending junk mail for now anyway which is good. Anyway, I'm not buying anything from Rogers. I don't need them.

June 16, 2014 @ 5:47 PM

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