Canada Day Open Mike

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Happy Canada Day everyone. Enjoy.
Gotta love this country we live in.

July 1, 2014 @ 9:29 AM

Rick C in Oakville

@Dale: Could never imagine living any where else.

July 1, 2014 @ 9:35 AM


Happy Canada Day as well. Let's hope my trainer's wife wins this coming Sunday. That last game was disgusting. Well, two months and a week and my Cardinals will start playing.

July 1, 2014 @ 9:57 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

Happy 147th birthday, Canada!

July 1, 2014 @ 10:00 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

To Anonymous:

I initially snipped your comment on the other thread because I didn't think it was fair to a nice lady who has agreed to visit me with her husband and appear on my podcast.

Honestly, she's the nicest person.... but yes, I did restore your comment after a little reflection that it's fair game. After all, cheese is the staple of most morning radio.

July 1, 2014 @ 10:08 AM


Happy Canada Day everyone....

There will be 47-48,000 people at the Dome today for today's game. Should be a great afternoon as long as the Jays can hold up their portion of the deal.

Going to watch the fireworks above the Falls tonight - always a great show.


July 1, 2014 @ 10:09 AM

Lyle Lanley

Go Milos!!!

July 1, 2014 @ 10:19 AM


its fun having competitive tennis players!

July 1, 2014 @ 11:09 AM


If you work with Americans, ask them if they get today off for Canada Day. They always ask us if we get July 4th off. Their reaction is as ridiculous as the question.

July 1, 2014 @ 11:15 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

Another game for Milos!!!!

July 1, 2014 @ 11:35 AM

Lyle Lanley

So proud of Eugenie and Milos. Happy Canada day!

July 1, 2014 @ 11:46 AM



Ha! ha! That is SO true. This morning I was asked my plans for July 4th - where would I be celebrating.

July 1, 2014 @ 12:25 PM


@Liz - My first day at my current American employer was July 4th three years ago. Apparently HR in California had a major meltdown thinking I was told to start on a holiday.

July 1, 2014 @ 12:29 PM

Blind Dave

Happy Canada Day everyone!!

@Toronto Mike

I checked the other thread and I agree the comment is valid. I am not one to put others down, and I saw the question as a reflection on the radio industry itself. As for the bit about it coming naturally, if @anonymous doesn't know Erin personally, then it's still a fair question, as many people in radio DO have it come naturally. I am, however, delighted to know that Erin and her husband are great people.

I haven't listened to morning radio, and brick & mortar radio in general, since the 90s. The two guys and a girl morning zoo format with juvenile jokes and crank phone calls just put my teeth on edge. With all due respect to the better pesonalities out there, if I want to hear you talk I will listen to a news or sports station. Otherwise, please play the music, announce the song list, then shut up.

The deluge has continued on the prairies, but we do have a sunny & warm front that just started today. Parts of my walking trail have become rather lake-ish lately so it will be nice to get back on track again.

Oh, and for those who recall I started a variation of the TO Mike exercise and diet plan in Feb of last year (after clocking in at 200 lb and being rather embarrassed at my yearly physical), my doctor saw me last week. I am 180lb, stronger, and in much better shape. She was delighted with the results. Slow and steady wins the race...

July 1, 2014 @ 12:47 PM

Jason from Sudbury

Wow...Gorges to Buffalo for a 2nd round pick in 2016? Brutal! I know the move was all about freeing up some cash but what the hell was Bergevin thinking? They gave him away!

July 1, 2014 @ 1:13 PM


Happy Birthday Canada! What a great country.
Thanks Dad for going off to war to keep this country free.

July 1, 2014 @ 1:14 PM


NHL Free Agent Frenzy - Nonis & Shanahan must still be in bed & thought it was tomorrow.

Leafs already lost Raymond & Bolland to other teams & many other teams have gotten stronger, especially Buffalo & St. Louis.

Hardly anybody of significance left.

Happy Leaf (Canada) Day

July 1, 2014 @ 1:32 PM


I read recently that Chapters-Indigo lost $31 million in 2013 and in the 4th quarter of this year they lost over $14 million.

I found it interesting since Chapters is the only book store chain in Canada

How can you possibly lose money with a monopoly?

Maybe Heathers next pick should be a book on business management and profitability.

July 1, 2014 @ 2:08 PM

Rick C in Oakville

@Glen: I think Heather being married to Gerry Schwartz of Onex, may have a bit to do with keeping afloat. Play money for him.

July 1, 2014 @ 2:29 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

Re: Leafs activity today

I'm pleased we haven't overpaid anyone yet. I'm glad the Leafs didn't resign Bolland to that money and term. We fucked up with the Clarkson contract and it's nice to know we won't make the same mistake again.

Komarov coming back is a positive as well. And the little deal for Frattin is nice. We did sign UFA Stephane Robidas to a reasonable contract ($3m a year x 3 years) and although he's nothing to write home about, it doesn't break the bank.

Are we much better now than we were? Not really.

Are we much worse? No.

Let's hope Bernier plays well and we finish 8th in the conference!

July 1, 2014 @ 4:34 PM

this guest

A happy, beautiful Canada Day to everybody.
Ken Dryden as editor invited a number of essays on Canada for today's
Toronto Star.
Loved Sarah Polley's thoughts about Canada.

July 1, 2014 @ 7:15 PM

Jason from Sudbury

Damn. I just read that had Gorges agreed to go to the Leafs the Habs would've gotten Franson in return. I think I'll gamble on the 2nd rounder.

July 1, 2014 @ 8:37 PM


I finally cracked and turned on the a/c. Damn you promised thunder storm for not arriving and breaking the humidity.

July 1, 2014 @ 10:09 PM


I keep hearing how wonderful Canada is as a country to live in but we can't seem to attract Canadian hockey players - or Canadian basketball players (Steve Nash) either. Georges, Spezza, Thornton have no interest in playing in Canada. There must be a reason.....

July 2, 2014 @ 8:30 AM


I know. This all sucks. No more Briere and no more Gorges. Who else is going to go. My Habs better make the playoffs, but why did they have to trade Briere and why did Gorges have to go. This sucks. Well, we better sign Subban and Eller or we'll be screwed. I remember Canada's 100th birthday. I was in boarding school at that time finishing grade 1. Unfortunately I had to miss the celebration because I had a stomachache with bad diarrhea and I was in the school infirmary. I think they planted a tree or something like that, but I missed it. My teacher visited me in the infirmary though and brought me a paper hat with a maple leaf and a centennial pin. I don't have those things anymore though.

July 2, 2014 @ 8:47 AM

James Edgar

A belated Happy Canada day to all!

I had a nice surprise last night discovering that I can see fireworks from Centennial Park clearly from my Balcony. Nice to watch them without having to deal with post Fireworks crowds and traffic.

July 2, 2014 @ 9:04 AM

James Edgar

@ Argie I doubt it has anything to do with Canada that those players didn't want to play here. (maybe Nash but I bet there's more to it) It's all about the Franchises I think.

July 2, 2014 @ 9:06 AM


That's too coincidental. The Cdn teams tend to be the richest in the league so I'm not sure why a Canadian hockey player would rather go to Buffalo or Florida.

July 2, 2014 @ 9:21 AM


It's simply sponsorships. The teams might be rich, but companies here don't don't drop the kind of cash on athletes that American ones do.

July 2, 2014 @ 9:25 AM


@ Argie - and you have to remember...They get the same money in Florida taht they would in Toronto...and none of the insane media coverage.

If Kessel goes on a 5 game goaless drought here...he has to go into hiding to avoid the media and armchair coaches who want to ask him the same question a dozen different ways.

If he goes on a 5 game goaless drought in Florida....he can just go golf after practice...

July 2, 2014 @ 10:08 AM


I realize the media coverage and fan craziness has something to do with it but there must be more to it.

I've read that if you have money, like these players, The US is much more desirable (i.e. better private hospitals, private schools, etc).

Either way, Canadian teams seem to be playing at a disadvantage.

July 2, 2014 @ 11:06 AM


@Glen (July 1st, 14:08)
Really, Indigo bookstores make tons of revenue by selling those piles of trinkets they display near their checkout counters, lol.
There is a pile of government welfare that flows throughout the publishing world. 'Support the Arts' and all that. Plenty of millions for lavishing advance cheques to celebrity authors.
When books are advertised as selling a million copies; that's only between the publishers and the retailers. Give it a year and most copies still unsold to actual real customers get destroyed. Indigo lessens its revolving inventory costs with return credits.

July 2, 2014 @ 11:11 AM

this guest

There is a pile of government welfare that flows throughout the publishing world. 'Support the Arts' and all that. Plenty of millions for lavishing advance cheques to celebrity authors.

Please detail the millions of dollars in 'government welfare' given as advance cheques to 'celebrity authors.'

Facts and figures. Not innuendo.

July 2, 2014 @ 11:40 AM


Great post! Most wives of rich dudes have a pet project that might be a flower shop, tea shop/café. Heather gets a large corporation to piddle away millions. Must be nice to be sticking rich.

July 2, 2014 @ 11:47 AM


Rob Ford's 'disease' is called Rob Ford.

July 2, 2014 @ 6:12 PM


Be proud to be a Canadian today.

Bouchard & Roanic moving on to the semi finals at Wimbledon.

Good Luck to both.

July 2, 2014 @ 6:22 PM


Great to see Kulimen go. Never understood what purpose he served for the Leafs.
Grabovski at 5 Million per year. Really??

July 2, 2014 @ 6:55 PM


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July 2, 2014 @ 8:37 PM



I also believe part of the problem is the lack of a Canadian nationalism. We don't feel the same way about Canada as other people do about their countries. Canada is a shrug.

Matt Sundin who played for the Leafs lives in Sweden. It's cold, higly taxed, and has very limited sponsorship opportunities for him but he's a proud Swede. That's his home.

Joey Votto, one of the best baseball players in the game today born in Etobicoke Ontario lives in Cincinnati, Ohio. He'll probably live there the rest of his life.
Masters winner Mike Weir lives in Utah. Brett Lawrie a Canadian playing for the Toronto Blue Jays.......does he even live here?

I don't think it's cool that we wave the Bosnian Flag (that great bastion of democracy and stability) during the World Cup. Or that freedom loving country of Ghana. It depresses me.

It's more than patriotism. It's the sense that when you see the the Canadian Shield on a cool misty morning or the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia you FEEL something close to rapture.

It's home. It's YOUR home.

July 2, 2014 @ 9:04 PM


You can be racist against people that eat little red apples': Doug Ford

July 2, 2014 @ 11:42 PM


Well, I was hoping my Habs would get Radim Vrbada, but he signed with Vancouver instead. He would have been good and they should have signed him. Anyway, no Briere. That really hurts and no Gorges.

July 3, 2014 @ 9:53 AM


And PK.

July 3, 2014 @ 11:20 AM


PK isn't going anywhere. He really isn't. We lost Briere and Gorges. We're not losing PK. We should have gotten Vrbada. I really thought we would, but didn't.

July 4, 2014 @ 7:25 AM

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