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The Jesus and Mary Chain tonight! So excited!

May 1, 2015 @ 8:21 AM


Montreal VS Tampa tonight.

Canada, lets rally and cheer on our boys.

Go Habs Go.

May 1, 2015 @ 8:32 AM

Sam in Pickering

I just bought my Bolts jersey! Go Lightning!

May 1, 2015 @ 8:37 AM


$27.50 for the express train to Pearson is too damn high!

May 1, 2015 @ 8:42 AM


Took UberX from the airport with my wife at 1:00 AM on Tuesday. I apologise for nothing: $31 to downtown.

May 1, 2015 @ 8:47 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

Billie Holiday from 92.5, 99.9, 102.1, etc. is my next guest on Toronto Mike'd. Let me know what you'd ask her.

May 1, 2015 @ 8:58 AM



Ask Billie, why she chose the stage name Billie Holiday.

May 1, 2015 @ 9:17 AM


I'm glad to see the parents of that First Nations girl who was being treated with traditional native medicine for her leukemia had a change of heart. They've started chemotherapy again after the girl's cancer returned. Initially she was going to a Florida alternative therapy clinic who's cancer treatments included massage therapy and eating a raw food diet. The other native girl who's parents also removed their daughter from chemotherapy and were treating her at this clinic died a few months ago. At least this girl has a very good chance of surviving and living a full life. Good news.

Here's the story in the National Post....

May 1, 2015 @ 9:36 AM

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Those stories infuriate me.

On another note, it's sad that the singers of such classic staples as "When a Man Loves a Woman" and "Stand By Me" have both passed this past month. You can't put together a classic soul collection without those two!

May 1, 2015 @ 9:38 AM


Nice weather this weekend. Enjoy, Toronto!

May 1, 2015 @ 10:32 AM

Lou Sipher

It is now MAY 1st.There is NO reason to still have YOUR Christmas Lights still up never mind having them come on every evening.
If you are plugging in each evening then you are a WHOLE.
If they are on a timer and YOUR life is to EFFING busy to un-plug it then you are a WHOLE.

While i am at it,what should be the cut-off age for a man to be wearing a baseball cap backwards ??
I say 25,if you are over 25 and wear a ball cap backwards EVER then you are a W

Feeling much better now....

May 1, 2015 @ 11:00 AM

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@Lou Sipher

Because January and February were so shitty weather wise, I think the holiday tree lights deadline for removal was extended until March 1 this year.

But March 1 was two months ago.

I've never worn a baseball cap backwards, but I've never been particularly cool.

May 1, 2015 @ 11:04 AM


Agree 100%. To extend the baseball hat rant - if you're indoors and you're a male, take off your effing hat.

May 1, 2015 @ 11:06 AM



I'm not condoning it, but I will explain why some natives refuse modern medicine. It's because they don't trust the medical system. They're hesitant to trust it because at times the system excludes them. A case in Winnipeg recently where an old native man literally died sitting in the ER because no one tended to him. These incidents rarely hit the media because the media ignores them. Just like the media ignores the 1200+ missing/murdered native women but has all hands on deck when some suburban kid gets capped in a shopping mall.

You have to put the situation in context and understand their point of view. Again, not condoning it but I am saying I get it.

May 1, 2015 @ 11:07 AM


Geez, there goes Irv on his anti-establishment rant again. I wonder if there's anything I agree with you on. I really doubt it.

May 1, 2015 @ 11:10 AM


+1 on Mike not being cool.

May 1, 2015 @ 11:13 AM


Give it up Argie. This is nothing to do with anti establishment & everything to do with understanding different perspectives. And it's entirely a professional perspective.

May 1, 2015 @ 11:15 AM


I'd say I've had a rollercoaster of a time in the month, but really there were no "downs".

Finished a course at Ryerson on April 11. I was rather stressed about studying. Was a terrible student the first time around, wanted to do this 'right' even though ultimately it didn't matter. Managed to pull off 87% which was amazing for me.

I got married on the 18th. Wedding was almost a total blur. Was stressed about writing vows, but I was happy with the results. My wife was beyond stunning. The whole day was beautiful. The photographers staged a "reveal" prior to the ceremony, and I have to say it made the whole process so much greater. We got to do photos and other stuff 'together', rather than me not seeing her until the moment she appears at the aisle, nervous and awkwardly waiting.

I posted here in February about my bikes getting wrecked in my building's storage. After our thank-you speech at the wedding, my wife started talking about the bikes and I was beyond confused as to why she would bring that up... only to present me with a brand new bicycle. It wasn't just any bike, it's a high-end model I've had my eye on for years.

She'd run a secret Indiegogo campaign, conspiring with my family and friends to buy a replacement. I think the original intention was to buy a nice functional commuter, but the campaign went far beyond that.

I was so shocked, surprised and touched. I don't know how I can possibly thank everyone involved enough.

After that we spent seven nights in Turks and Caicos. Was absolutely amazing. I've never really understood 'vacation' or really enjoyed it terribly much before. Especially with beaches. I'd been such a codger sometimes, flying seems like such a hassle. My idea of vacation previously would be to stay at home and work/play at hobbies. I get it now, ha.

I can't recommend the islands enough. They're regarded as pricey, but they really don't have to be. We got a good flight/resort deal from Expedia. We cooked our own breakfasts, bought beer from the grocery store ($13 USD/6-pack vs. $7 for the same thing at the resort). Could have them down on the beach, etc.

Get to ride the bike for the first time tomorrow.

May 1, 2015 @ 11:19 AM

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If your child's appendix burst, and you believe surgery is unnecessary as prayer will heal it, I understand why you don't want emergency surgery for your child.

I also understand that you're murdering your child and will be held accountable.

May 1, 2015 @ 11:19 AM

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May 1, 2015 @ 11:20 AM


Yes, go Habs. They're winning the cup. My pool was great last night four out of four wins by \Royals, Angels, Cardinals and Nationals. My Orioles and Diamondbacks didn't play. Christmas lights? I don't bother to put any up in the first place so I don't have to take them down. Who needs those things anyway. They're just a waste of energy.

May 1, 2015 @ 11:21 AM

r. etch

I love Glen's 'concern' for the native child. How so 'great white fatherly' of you.

May 1, 2015 @ 11:34 AM

we shall save you o aboriginal

P.S. Mercury in the drinking water? NO PROBLEM. Quit your bellyaching.

May 1, 2015 @ 11:37 AM

Jason from Sudbury

Anyone here own or test drive a Ford Edge? If so what did you think of it? We might be getting the Edge Titanium

May 1, 2015 @ 11:55 AM


@ r etch
Takes such courage to be racist against white people, eh?

May 1, 2015 @ 11:57 AM



I certainly didn't say I agreed with it, what I did point out is why there is an inherent distrust of the system. "Religious" nuts forgo modern science because they believe some imaginary God will save them if they just pray. In native culture it's not a case of believing the "Creator" will save the child. It's often a serious mistrust of the medical system. It's a "last resort" especially for older natives. Remember Mike, many older folks went to residential schools where "modern medicine" was a source of experiments on them.

May 1, 2015 @ 12:04 PM


@Toronto Mike,


May 1, 2015 @ 12:34 PM

r. etch

Using the phrase 'Great White Father' describes an attitude all too familiar. Associated with forcing people into desperate conditions on reservations, practicing genocide, the outright theft of land, and patronizing, Christian views of 'savages.' Let's not forget Residential Schools. Where sadists could victimize children at their whim.
It's fascinating to see white people who seemingly have no problems with mercury in drinking water, lack of dental and medical care, and missing, murdered aboriginal, indiginous women suddenly having oh, so great concerns over one child whose parents are desperately trying to provide the best care.
I would like to know if anybody has read about this family in detail, in their words, describing their efforts, and what motivates their decisions. What is their personal history and motivation. I somehow doubt if it is something that can be understood through a one minute broadcast on TV news.

May 1, 2015 @ 12:39 PM


Question for Billie- I've heard her say a few times that she took the morning show job at the Edge because she really needed a job.Does she regret it now and does she acknowledge that her co-host mocked her regularly on the air? I remember once when Billie had been at an event the night before, Dean started saying she was still drunk, was slurring her words etc. when she clearly wasn't but Billie went along with it. I felt awful for her because she was the new girl and probably wasn't allowed to stand up for herself. And does she think working on DBS is the reason she hasn't worked in radio since?
Interested to hear how she's doing now.

May 1, 2015 @ 1:01 PM

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@Jason from Sudbury

I test drove the Ford Edge a couple of times. All my write ups about it are here:

So roomy and a very smooth ride.

May 1, 2015 @ 1:05 PM


@r etch
Last time I checked no one in this country is "forced" to live on a reservation. So that pretty blows almost our entire hate-filled, inaccurate argument out of the water.

May 1, 2015 @ 1:08 PM

4x4 Time

Arrived In Las Vegas last night for some meetings and a trade show. An interesting mix of people on the strip this morning getting ready for the "Big Fight"...Based on the condition of a lot of these people at 9:00a, should be a wild weekend here.

May 1, 2015 @ 1:18 PM

r etch

Nice try Argie.

May 1, 2015 @ 1:36 PM



Life changing year! Congratulations.

May 1, 2015 @ 2:10 PM



Yeah. That's on top of a relatively recent spectacular job implosion, and then new employment. It's such a novelty working for a company that actually gains clients.


May 1, 2015 @ 2:51 PM

Being Frank

It seems some village out there really misses Irv.

May 1, 2015 @ 3:46 PM



So because you're not forced to live someplace it means we should skip basic public necessities? Tsuu T'ina Nation had land used by the military & they occasionally still find live shells/ordnance, Is that acceptable? It certainly wouldn't be in your pasty white suburb, would it bud. I hope you keep your nasty comments on this forum away from the eyes of your kids dude.

@BeingFrank. It must piss you off to know that the "village idiot" is happy & successful in life. If you'd like to come wash my car or Harley, feel free. I'll pay you min wage and then bounce the cheque.

May 1, 2015 @ 6:58 PM


Brian Burke looks like a genius now with Calgary in 2nd round of playoffs & weren't even expected to make the post season.

May 1, 2015 @ 8:10 PM


Nasty comments? You really are clueless. Sorry was that "nasty"?

May 1, 2015 @ 9:02 PM



I remember an article where Billie talked about only taking may leave for 6 weeks. A quick google search will pull it up. A star article. Looking back now would she do it again?

May 1, 2015 @ 9:13 PM

r. etch


@r etch
Last time I checked no one in this country is "forced" to live on a reservation. So that pretty blows almost our entire hate-filled, inaccurate argument out of the water.
May 1, 2015 / 13:08

Note the use of 'OUR'
'our entire, hate-filled, inaccurate argument...'
I love Freudian slips.

May 1, 2015 @ 9:18 PM


@r etch
Good one. You got me there.....

Have a good night.

May 1, 2015 @ 9:33 PM


Jack Ely (kingsmen Louie Louie) also passed this week. According to Rolling Stone it was the 4th most influential recording of all time. Thus sayeh tg&m.

I will sometimes wear a baseball hat backwards when running esp with a headwind. That ok?

I gotta go now.

May 1, 2015 @ 9:55 PM

r etch

Sometimes a typo is only a typo. And sometimes the typo betrays the life of the mind. Who knows when and how? Only The Shadow knows for sure.

And Glen: You are not alone in acting out the dominant (white) culture's narrative. We all play our part.

May 1, 2015 @ 11:39 PM


My Nets lost. They just got eliminated. That's no good. My Habs lost. Apparently that winning goal was off side, but they allowed it anyway. Sucks, but it's only the first game. So it will be Habs in five. Trust me. In my pool, both my Orioles and Diamondbacks got shut out last night. This is no good. Nationals got shut out as well. I got three wins though, Royals, Angels and Cardinals all won.

May 2, 2015 @ 7:10 AM


The Jays season is over.

May 2, 2015 @ 7:50 AM

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A wise man once said.... it's early.

May 2, 2015 @ 7:57 AM

Rick C in Oakville

My dad is off to Holland for the Liberation ceremonies, as he is a WW2 vet having been in the Merchant Navy delivering fuel and supplies to the Allies. At 89 he is one of the younger participants, most unfortunately could not make it with deteriorating health etc. The Dutch have a special affection for Canadians, and they truly show it with their treatment of our vets when they go over.

Congrats Markosaar, hopefully the whirlwind of life stuff happening with settle down, so you and your new bride can enjoy your time together.

May 2, 2015 @ 11:25 AM


After running through the cold weather this winter, tomorrow looks like a beautiful day to run the Mississauga 1/2 marathon. I have never run this course, however, I grew up in the area and am looking forward to running these streets I normally drive on. Wish me luck!

May 2, 2015 @ 11:49 AM


@ Mike - as per your tweet

I worked part time at Sam the Record Man at Jane & Bloor for 1 summer. Great job & could listen to any music I wanted to when I worked. If you remember a tall skinny guy with LONG black hair - it wasn't me but a member of April Wine. Sam Sniderman looked after his employees & at times bought lunch or dinner for those working.
A great experience.

May 2, 2015 @ 1:26 PM

Blind Dave

I'd like your opinion on the online streaming services such as Netflix, Showmi, Crave and so on.

I'm not big into movies or conventional tv tripe, but I do like shows about nature, the planet, UFO's, the unexplained, the universe, and so on -- you get the idea.

One thing I would like to do is to be able to download content (as I would have legit paid for it) and watch it later without being restricted to just the stream itself.

What do y'all think? (and thanks!)

May 2, 2015 @ 3:06 PM

Old Man Sedgewick

@ Torontomike
When does it stop being early?

May 2, 2015 @ 4:15 PM


Does anyone really give a $h!t about the new "princess" born today.
I don't.

May 2, 2015 @ 4:38 PM


@ Rick C
Please thank your Father for me for the contribution he made.
My folks went over in 1995 for the 50th. They treated my parents like gold---my Father especially as he was a WW2 vet. According to my parents the people they met were lovely folks who adore Canadians, and it's wonderful of them to look after our vets when they are there.

May 2, 2015 @ 5:41 PM

Rick C in Oakville

@jenny, thank you, my dad also went to this ceremony, if I knew how to link with my cell phone, the Sun interviewed my dad a few days before going over.

May 2, 2015 @ 7:09 PM


@Rick---I found it---just searched the Toronto Sun. What a lovely article. Your Dad looks so proud standing there in his Legion jacket with his medals. :)

May 2, 2015 @ 8:04 PM

Jason from Sudbury

@Andrew: I hear ya buddy, I feel the same.

May 2, 2015 @ 9:54 PM


Any veteran who has served for Canada during their lifetime has to be congratulated on behalf of us Canadians & be proud to serve for our country. Congrats to ALL.

Our Monarchy has a newborn & celebrations galore. Does Kate change diapers?

WHO CARES. The baby will eat, sleep, $hit, just like everyone else but will the next coming.


May 2, 2015 @ 11:26 PM

Selective Vision

Many thanks to the veterans who served in World War Two and subsequent peacekeeping missions.

May 3, 2015 @ 8:09 AM


Yes, who cares about the dutchess and the new baby. Big deal. Well, I got three wins in my pool and three losses. My Orioles won 4 to 0. Gonzo pitched a great game and Brad Brach saved it. Caleb joseph homered. Wonderful. Nationals and Cardinals also won. Royals, Angels and Diamondbacks lost. Let's get six wins today. I need it. I want my money. Habs will win tonight. As I said it will be Habs in five. They won't lose another one this series. Habs are winning the cup. We have a very important date this Wednesday, May 6. It's Bob Seger's birthday and he is going to be 70 so let's all wish him a happy birthday on Wednesday. Also Brendan Gallagher from the Habs has a birthday on Wednesday as well.

May 3, 2015 @ 8:10 AM


Missing white rich spoiled brat teenaged blonds who received the identical media coverage and police attention as missing aboriginal women and girls discovered in Liberty Village AKA Pukefest Central.

May 3, 2015 @ 8:15 AM



Couldn't love your post more if I tried - beautifully expressed. So happy for you.

May 3, 2015 @ 12:34 PM

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@Old Man Sedgewick

July 1.

May 3, 2015 @ 5:36 PM

jack it up

Even Macleans magazine identifies the problem. Gives us some ideas on what to work for. Those of us who are so CONCERNED with the well being of natives.

May 3, 2015 @ 8:39 PM


@ J9
I hope you had a good half-marathon run today. I ran the Mississauga 10k on Saturday. Every time I run a 10k, at about 6km in I think "Thank God I'm not doing anything longer". So congratulations to you.

May 3, 2015 @ 9:28 PM


@Rick C & Liz - thanks!

@Blind Dave,

None of those services will allow you to run off-line. For the value and variety I feel Netflix can't be beat. Certainly have shows about nature, the planet, UFO's, the unexplained, the universe, and so on. It's free for a month and $9 after.

If you don't have a large data-transfer cap every month, you can set Netflix to use less bandwidth.

May 4, 2015 @ 2:29 AM


Yay adult-onset allergies + insomnia!

Was planning on a 6:00 AM pre-work bike-ride. Going to try hard still to do it -- I always fail at developing these habits due to one excuse or another. No time in the evenings, and traffic is of course so much worse.

Besides, it's an opportunity to check out the High Park sakuras before it becomes a madhouse...

May 4, 2015 @ 4:17 AM


@Broni - thanks for the shout out and congrats on your race! It was a beautiful weekend for running, and I enjoyed the half. Great course, well run, and only a few midges to bug me along the lakeshore. Hope to be back next year.

May 4, 2015 @ 6:48 AM


fan 590 story..

I coworker just mentioned how he can't stand the new 590 morning show, he says all they seem to do with criticize people..
I had to laugh, seems Dean just picked up where he left off..

May 4, 2015 @ 10:31 AM


Habs had a bad day. Boy did they ever like nothing went right. Okay. It will be Habs in sikx. They are really winning the cup. You have to trust me. They will win the next four. They just had a setback, that's all. Remember one year when they were down three games to none in the first two rounds, but came back and won it in the next four. It will happen again. Anyway, my baseball pool gave me three wins. My Orioles won which was great. That was a comeback win because they rallied to win. Also I got wins from the Cardinals and Nationals. Royals, Angels and Diamondbacks all lost. That Diamondbacks game dragged on and on. I still hate long games that go into extras. Nobody could score for a long time, but the Dodgers go and beat my Diamondbacks.

May 4, 2015 @ 10:36 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

I'm not sure where the name of the royal baby ranks on my "give a shit" list, but it's pretty low. But I don't particularly care that they procreate at all. I do understand the allure, however, in this celebrity worshipping world, it's just not my cup of tea.

May 4, 2015 @ 1:07 PM


Well, not much happened in baseball last night. My Orioles did not play and my Diamondbacks got rained out in Colorado. Nationals and Cardinals gave me two pool wins. Angels lost. Habs will really win the cup. As I said, it was a setback. They will win it for sure. Today is Bob Seger's and Brendan Gallagher's birthday eve. They both have birthdays tomorrow so let's wish them a happy birthday.

May 5, 2015 @ 9:57 AM

Jason from Sudbury

Bring back the Tuesday Open Mikes.

May 5, 2015 @ 1:23 PM

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@Jason from Sudbury

But what if you're the only one who misses them?

May 5, 2015 @ 1:30 PM


Other posts seem to get more discussion going with the Tuesday Open Mikes gone.

May 5, 2015 @ 10:01 PM


Just noticed that resizing the window roughly between 980 and 1170 pixels wide causes the header and right-sidebar layouts to screw up.

May 5, 2015 @ 10:06 PM

this guest

Congratulations on all your good news markosaar.

May 5, 2015 @ 10:34 PM


My Orioles lost. That was no good. Bud Norris pitched well except for the fourth where he gave up three runs and fricken lost. No good. My Diamondbacks got rained out again. That sucks. Well, Royals, Angels and Cardinals won. Nationals lost. Habs will win tonight. As I said, they will come back. They won't lose. It was a setback. They won't let it happen. Trust me. The Habs are winning the cup. It's theirs. Now be sure to wish Bob Seger a happy birthday. Listen to his music today if you can. May 6 is Bob Seger day. It's also Brendan Gallagher's birthday so he will score on his birthday.

May 6, 2015 @ 10:48 AM


Habs lost again. Well, they will do the same thing they did a couple years ago, win the next four. They will do it. The good thing is that Brendan Gallagher score on his birthday so the birthday boy gets a goal. Not so good for baseball though. My Orioles lost. That sucks. Well, my Diamondbacks won two games of a doubleheader. Angels and Nationals won. Royals and Cardinals lost.

May 7, 2015 @ 9:58 AM

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A great goaltender can mask a number of problems. The Habs aren't a very good team, they just ride an awesome goalie. I've been watching this series and they're pretty damn mediocre.

May 7, 2015 @ 10:01 AM

twins from bolton

I cannot wait to post on open mike what I've been reading in local newspaper the last few weeks regarding sex ed in public schools from a parent of kids in grade 4 & 6 who don't beleive they should be subject to sex ed at their age & it's the parents responsibility to discuss the "birds & the bees". Many rebuttals & the last was hilarious & yet true.

May 7, 2015 @ 9:25 PM

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