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Nigel Trousershrapnel

interested to hear everyone's take on the NDP taking Alberta.
Anomaly? Trend? Implications for the national stage?
So many questions.

May 8, 2015 @ 7:33 AM

Chopsticks in the submarine

Alberta: I think it will affect the national stage positioning the NDP with their principled opposition to C51 to be a legitimate alternative.


Rob Ford has told the children of Toronto he is getting enough pussy at home so the school kids can learn the good ol' fashioned way what sex is. From a drunk.

May 8, 2015 @ 7:49 AM


Oh great, another Rob Ford and sex-ed blast. How original.

From what I hear, Notely (who looks much older than her reported 51 years) is not a socialist NDPer. She doesn't wan to privatize the oil sands and tax everyone to death. However, she will surrounded by a bunch of ultra-left wing kooks who will go from delivering pizzas to being a highly compensated MLA. Good luck to that province.

The only implications it will have will be that other provinces will ensure something like that never happens again.

May 8, 2015 @ 8:26 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


For an ex-mayor and current councillor he sure does spew a lot of fiction as fact. Some might actually believe him when he says is kid's going to learn about blow jobs and anal sex in grade three.


May 8, 2015 @ 8:34 AM

Old Man Sedgewick

On one hand, it is good to see that Alberta has decided to de-Americanize themselves. It is nice to have a change in government after forty years. That being said, I think that the NDP government is likely set up to fail as they will have to raise taxes to pull through on promises they have made. It will be interesting to see if they have the infrastructure to govern strongly and efficiently.

May 8, 2015 @ 8:45 AM


What does Notely's appearance have to do with anything, Argie? You're the first to comment on anyone referring to Ford's weight. I get that you don't like anything or anyone remotely left of centre but a personal attack is unwarranted.
There are some really inexperienced MLAs in her caucus. That will be a huge hurdle, however, we said the same thing about the MPs elected in the Orange Crush and so far not one of them has made any big mistakes. They learned their job (and in some cases French!) and have seemed to become competent at their jobs. I expected some craziness from them but they seemed to blend in well.

Time will tell with Alberta but anything is an improvement over the wildly corrupt Redford. And hell, the NDP in Alberta are more right wing than the Ontario Liberals right now. This won't be a Rae Day repeat from the 90s.

May 8, 2015 @ 8:50 AM


How bad were the Conservatives in Alberta that they ended voting in a majority NDP government? Was it really that bad? I don't really follow Alberta politics, but I always thought they would never vote in an NDP government.

May 8, 2015 @ 9:14 AM

Rick C in Oakville

This will be the biggest test for the NDP brand. If they pull it off and show they can be good money managers, and don't spend worse than the out going Alberta Conservatives (and Bob Rae), it could be the spark for the NDP federally.
NDPer's elected federally are not in a place where their actions can do harm, Notley's crew are.

On another note, surprising how in the GTA and southern Ontario we are so use to good reliable access to technology, internet, cell etc. I've been in remote areas of Newfoundland Labrador, and even in small centres such as Goose Bay, Lab City and St. Anthony, and not being able to connect sometimes (and Rogers has no Cell service in these areas) low MBPS transfer, time outs, causes you to have huge first world problems when trying to get things done.

May 8, 2015 @ 9:24 AM

Al The Royal Pain

I got a new job! Finally leaving the bank after 14 years. Leaving the financial district and heading closer to your neck of the woods Mike. I'll be at Bloor & Islington. Isn't that practically Etobicoke? Rob Ford country? Yikes! What have I done!

Anyway, looking forward to a fresh start on a new team. Sadly, this takes my off the GO train and back in the car. Not looking forward to THAT.

May 8, 2015 @ 9:34 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Al The Royal Pain

My brother works at Islington and Bloor.

That's not really Rob Ford country. You have to go north of Bloor to get to Ford Nation.

And congrats!

May 8, 2015 @ 9:40 AM

Al The Royal Pain


Thanks Mike. It was a long time coming. Been stuck in a rut for awhile. Not a fan of the commute, but hopefully a good career decision.

May 8, 2015 @ 9:54 AM

Minotaurs in Love

When Rob Ford goes public with his 'sex ed' views (after having publicly announced he was 'getting enough pussy at home') are we supposed to A. laugh B. sneer C. wonder if having a life-threatening condition affected his sense of humility at all.

May 8, 2015 @ 10:34 AM

Anal Ogy

Rob Ford, Fundamentalist Muslims, Argie.
Tag Team Heaven.

May 8, 2015 @ 10:40 AM


Congrats on your new job, Al the Royal Pain. Hope you like it as much as you think you will. How about those Habs. Now what did I tell you? I said that the Habs are going to win. They have three more games to win. The same thing is going to happen this year as it did a few years back. Habs will beat the Lightning in seven now because the Lightning will collapse. Then they will beat Washington in the eastern final and then go on and beat Chicago for the cup. Trust me. That's how it will go. I did okay in my pool last night as well except my Orioles lost again. This sucks. I got wins from my Diamondbacks. They're hot, 11 to 0. I also got wins from the Royals, Angels, Cardinals and Nationals. When will my Orioles win again. I have no idea. They better soon though.

May 8, 2015 @ 11:41 AM


The Alberta NDP isn't the Federal NDP or anything close to it. The party is pro oil sands. Her claim of raising business taxes might sound harsh but it's not. You see, just weeks ago everyone ELSE had their taxes increased (substantially). Prentice said we all had to pull up our bootstraps but the energy industry didn't. And with people watching senior energy managers getting bonuses in the range of a typical income in another province it didn't sit so well. Notley also said she'd REVIEW the royalty scheme not increase royalties. That seems to be lost on some people especially those who don't spend time in Alberta.

Notley's platform was actually closer to Prentice than anything Mulcair would put out. And, Ms Notley is very much like Peter Lougheed. Lougheed is by far the most respected politician in the history of Alberta.

As for the failure of the PC's, it's not surprising at all. And it's been coming for a while too. In Ontario a "PC" is a suit and tie guy. There is often a business element. That's not the case in Alberta. In Alberta, it's very often a working class person, a rancher..just a regular type of guy. And what many Easterners don't understand is lots of them don't like "big oil" or "big banks" or "big business". The big oil comes on their land, rips it up, drills & leaves them with nothing but polluted wells. The big "banks" refused to lend the oil companies & the ranchers money which is how ATB (Alberta Treasury Bank) came about. It's a credit union on steroids with 167 branches in Alberta.

Prentice forgot about all those supporters. The rural supporters leaned Wildrose & I don't blame them. Notley is from Edmonton & her family has been in Alberta for generations. That matters. You can't survive and thrive in Alberta for generations without understanding the energy industry..especially in a city where the night sky is lit up with sour gas flares from Refinery Row.

Alberta is a complex place. It's often viewed as redneck & stupid by outsiders. It's not. The voters are savvy people and the province is broken down into regions. And there is a quiet disdain to any politician who puts "big business" before the people especially if that business isn't home grown. That's why ATB exists. It's why Budweiser sued countless small breweries over "lime" beer but left Big Rock alone. C'mon over and step on Ed McNally's toes and you'll never sell a drop of Bud in the city again. It's why Calgary has the CO OP, a grocery store with over 1 billion in sales (in 1 single city). It's why cars, houses, businesses, etc have the Alberta flag on them (especially in the southern half of the province).

Mr Prentice forgot all of the above. Notley and the WR didn't. Notley will do just fine too.

May 8, 2015 @ 11:46 AM


Flying on the Canadian Air Force CC-150 Polaris, the Prime Ministers plane, Steven Harper looked at Mike Duffy and said " You know, I could throw a $1,000 bill out the window right now and make somebody happy.

Mike Duffy shrugged his shoulders and replied, " I could throw ten $100 bills and make ten people very happy.

Pamela Wallin, who was sitting back, sipping on champagne and dining on caviar, then added: "That being the case, I could throw one hundred $10 bills out the window and make one hundred people happy.

Hearing their exchange, the pilot rolled his eyes and said to the co-pilot, "Such big-shots back there. I could throw all three of them out of the window and make 35 million people very happy

May 8, 2015 @ 12:03 PM


@ Irv

Thank you for illuminating Alberta's complexities. That province has always mystified me. Living in Vancouver for 11 years, I worked alongside some pretty "ugly Calgarians". I'm sure they thought I was an "ugly Torontonian". Being from Toronto didn't help in job interviews. Canada needs to stop thinking in stereotypes.

Everything you said makes sense. Are you connected to Alberta in some way?

I liked your joke too.

May 8, 2015 @ 1:51 PM


Fords comments on the curriculum actually made me laugh heartily. HEARTILY.
And for that I thank him.
Him and his Ford Nashun can never be convinced of truth - so let them spew nonsense that entertains at least me.

May 8, 2015 @ 2:11 PM


Apropos of nothing, can I just say that Omar Khadr has the nicest smile! Literally ever recent photo of him has him smiling a big toothy grin that you can't help but like.
I'll leave it to smarter people to debate his present situation, but I just wanted to note that...

May 8, 2015 @ 2:12 PM


You just made me throw up a little. Unless of course you're kidding.

I know the CBC haven't told you but this convicted terrorist killed a US medic and severely wounded another servicemen. But yeah, go ahead and enjoy that "toothy grin."

May 8, 2015 @ 2:27 PM


Was he a 'terrorist' or a 'child soldier?' Wasn't he fighting the U.S. Army (not civilians) with a 50 year old rifle?

May 8, 2015 @ 2:55 PM



My connection to the province is this: Lived in Alberta, on and off since 1979. Most of it was in Calgary, but some was in Edmonton with a bit west of Red Deer. I've worked all over the province doing work in a variety of different industries (a whole bunch in oil & gas at the corporate & "on the ground" level). I have maintained a residency in Calgary (cheaper than a hotel) but that's coming to and end.

The resentment of Toronto & "The East" goes back as far as the 30's. The government at the time pretty much let Alberta (mostly ranchers at the time) go broke because of drought. Later, when the oil industry was blooming "Eastern" banks refused to lend the industry money (it's a risky business). This further alienated people in Alberta. It all came to a head when Trudeau created the National Energy Program. In layman terms, it forced Alberta to sell oil to the east at lower than market value. Out of that came a resentment of "The East" mostly due to politics in Ottawa. The reaction was classic "Albertan". They created their own "bank", grocery store & a variety of other businesses which are mostly Western based. Edmonton is actually the incubator of new business in Alberta. Long the butt of jokes & ignored by big corporations it's incubated many corporations because the citizens of the city support their own first. There is a real streak of libertarian values & independence in Alberta. Hence the Paul Brandt lyrics.

It’s a pride that’s been passed down to me
Deep as coal mines, wide as farmer’s fields
Yeah, I’ve got independence in my veins

Speaking of the song "Alberta Bound" by Paul Brandt the video is filmed down near Pincher Creek & Crowsnest Pass. I know most of the places in the video. Jim Prentice should have watched the video because those were the people he forgot. Even Lethbridge voted NDP (it's just a few miles east of Pincher Creek). I think his biggest gaffe was saying that if Albertan's want to know why the province was messed up to "look in the mirror". That isn't going to sit well with some rancher who wakes up 7 days a week at 5 AM to attempt to carve out a living.

The people are pretty cohesive & they're friendly too. They live in a place that has traditionally been ignored by the East & faces crazy economic swings. Plus you can add in the wild & violent weather. The worst snowstorm I've seen was in Alberta. It was literally so bad I couldn't see my hood. I've had my car literally blown right off the road with freak plow winds. I've seen temps past -50 where you get ice fog. I was living in Edmonton when a storm hit. I was on Whyte Ave & the place I was at had all it's windows smashed. Golf ball hail is common and you sometimes see it the size of baseballs.

Google "Frank Slide". A huge chunk of a mountain broke off and slide down & buried a town. The bodies were mostly not recovered. They left it as is and in some spots the rock is 100 feet deep. Yet people just continued on. That's the spirit of Alberta. Resilient is the word to describe people out here.

May 8, 2015 @ 2:56 PM



Irv, I used to do business trips to Innisfail Alberta. Great little Country Town, the nicest people you will ever meet.
Have you been there?

May 8, 2015 @ 3:17 PM


A question of the hive mind. Do you lose things? i lose things all the time. I lose keys, important papers, wallets it seems I am always thinking of something else ,i put something down and poof it is gone. Does anyone have any suggestions for me to prevent this from happening. Mental tricks to keep focused. The last important document I lost is a workplace uniform voucher. It is the second time I have lost it.

May 8, 2015 @ 3:23 PM



Been many times. Just south of Red Deer before you go up the big hill. Its the start of thunderstorm alley and RV central. It is a nice town.

Small town Alberta ppl are usually really friendly. My favourite place is Crowsnest and Waterton Parks. Do the RV thing at Waterton. Its beautiful. I would love there if I could figure a way to work based out of there.

May 8, 2015 @ 5:10 PM

Blind Dave

So far the NDP victory has not been getting positive reviews from the business community. I'd say it's a matter of wait and see. If the federal election in in the autumn, it may not be enough time to cause a positive or negative effect either way.

We are back to early spring after a few glorious warm days out here. There hasn't been any snow in several weeks so I am not complaining. I am getting my outdoor walks in again and it is an absolute pleasure.

Indoors I am still pounding away on the treadmill 5 days per week. I had a customer come in earlier this week who heads to Arizona in winter. He hadn't seen me since October and asked if I had lost weight. I said I had only lost 5 pounds but was moving the rest of it around to better places. He was glad to hear that and said he hesitates to ask if someone is losing weight just in case it is a bad thing. Very nice guy.


Congrats, buddy. Hope you enjoy your new job!

May 8, 2015 @ 5:59 PM

Rick C in Oakville

@Tim. I not only lose things, but my memory for immediate things said to me is embarrassing. The only way I keep things from going missing is a file folder in my laptop case for receipts, physical things I can't put in the folder. My phone I always use the calendar to put down things I need to do. I have driven all the way home, with the intention of stopping to do something because it sipped my mind, but putting it on my phone gives me that reminder. Seems to be getting worse as I cruise toward the mid 50's.

May 8, 2015 @ 6:55 PM


@ Irv

Thanks for the time you took to explain things to us eastern dunderheads. A lot of history there that I had no knowledge of. I think we all sense your Alberta pride. It shines through in every sentence. We all noticed how Calgary pulled together after the big flood.

Having said that, I will probably take Alberta weather over the crap they live through every winter on the east coast. Alberta weather is always surprising!

I have driven across Canada once, through the Rockies three times, stayed in Calgary with my ex-roommate's parents, stayed in Lake Louise and Banff, shopped at the big Edmonton mall, dropped.into Jasper for a day, and worked 3 years with transplanted Calgarians who fled their city for Vancouver in the early 80's looking for work. In short, I have only a tourist's knowledge of Alberta. It is beautiful, that's for sure.

However, my heart still longs for BC. I need the mountains and ocean again. Family keeps me here in Toronto. Maybe someday I will make one last trip out west.

May 8, 2015 @ 7:03 PM


@Tim & Rick C

In my late 50's & same about forgetting especially a list of 3 or 4 items on grocery list.
I get to the store & only remember 2, usually the least needed & forget the required. I don't lose things, yet.

ALS is something we all have to be aware of as we get older. Both my Grandmothers had it, but they were 102 & 96 when they passed away & had it for over 10 years.

May 8, 2015 @ 8:08 PM


Despite the fact Texas has the third largest rate of HIV infection in the country, Texas House Republicans have voted to give funds targeted for HIV screening to abstinence only education.

"I get enough HIV at home!"

May 8, 2015 @ 8:12 PM



It might surprise you, but I live in Vancouver (West End) now. I do a fair bit of work in Alberta though so I travel a great deal. I do like Alberta & would live there again without a second thought. It defies stereotypes too. You can head south through a place like Black Diamond. It's the heart of classic Alberta, yet full of artsy little stores. The most diverse radio station in North America (CKUA) is broadcast across Alberta. The area I like is driving the Cowboy Trail. The drive from Longview to Crowsnest is over 130 kms and you see maybe 5 to 10 houses.

Alberta weather is prone to rapid change. Sometimes it's 20C in mid January. And sometimes you wake up in late May to 40 cms of snow. The cool part is when the weather is changing you can see and hear it coming. It can be dead still & suddenly there is a wild crazy wind. A buddy of mine had his BBQ blown off his balcony (17th floor) once. The only thing I get sick of it the constant sunshine. The light arrives at 3 30 AM and disappears at 11 PM or later in summer. That can get annoying too.

BC is just as nice. Who can argue with living next to an ocean & the mountains? Or having the option of living on an island a few minutes from Vancouver..where you can live semi off the grid. Check out Bowen Island or the off the grid stuff on Gambier or Keats. You actually commute to work in your own boat or commute to the ferry. Peple don't have cars they use Quad's to drive down the trails which are the road. Vancouver, costs aside, is the best of all worlds. And if you need a real get away, you just go to the west side of Vancouver Island. The rain isn't so bad you just need to carry an umbrella. The only time it's really crappy is during a storm when it rains hard & it's windy.

@Blind Dave: Business is "upset" with the NDP because said business has had the government in their pockets for 2 decades. Lougheed pushed back against the energy industry. Getty, Klein, etc were in bed with them. They're used to getting what they want. It's in their best interest anyway to make amends. Everyone hates the oil industry because it's did a poor job at managing it's image.

May 8, 2015 @ 8:25 PM


I had to Google it, but the area along Hwy 22 is called the "Waldron Ranch". It's 30 000 acres of foothills that's left it the natural state. On the west side is the Rockies, on the east "porcupine hills".

The second picture is the Frank Slide. The grey area of rock was once a town named Frank. Around 4 AM in the morning 90 million tons of rock broke off a mountain and came down. Some of the boulders are the size of a small apartment building.

May 8, 2015 @ 8:48 PM

Blind Dave

As a young man I used to be able to go to the grocery store with a mental list and almost always get everything I was supposed to get. At work I never used a day planner. I just knew what I needed to do.

I am 51 now and need frequent reminders. We carry a grocery list and I keep a daily notebook at work.

I have never forgotten an anniversary. I have forgotten my wife's birthday. Once.

May 8, 2015 @ 9:45 PM


I don't understand why more people aren't upset over the actions taken by the Ontario’s public elementary school teachers these last couple of weeks. 3 boards are on strike and the rest plan to work to rule on Monday. But you don't care. Your not angry at Kathleen Wynne who promised to protect public services and peace in the classroom during the last election. She's bullet proof. Your not angry at the teachers who have been doing this for over a decade now. You dutifully paid your education taxes and what are you getting for it? In places lie Peel nothing. But I only hear crickets from you.
Earl Manners former head of Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation was on CBC's Metro Morning today droning on about Mike Harris during the interview. He mentioned Harris threats of privatization of public assets yet Wynne just sold the largest public utility in North America to private business. Galloway didn't bother to bring that up.

What is with this province?

May 8, 2015 @ 10:00 PM


@Blind Dave

I was reading someplace that the amount of information our brains take one single day is equivalent to what a human took in during an entire year 100 years ago. We're not genetically "ready" for this life. I experience the same thing all the time.

May 8, 2015 @ 10:35 PM



Its because of all the Tech $hiT why our brains aren't working properly. FACE TO FACE & TALK THE TALK.

Let your fingers done the walking BUT KEEP YOUR HEAD in the game also.

May 8, 2015 @ 11:12 PM


@ Irv

Great photos. There is nothing like it anywhere else on earth.

If I became a billionaire (hah!) I would choose Saltspring Island for my main home, with a nice little condo in Yaletown for backup. I'd go whale watching in Tofino and learn more about bald eagles at Harrison Mills - I am a total eagle freak. One gently glided over us at the Vancouver Folk Festival while a singer from South Africa sang about apartheid. The magnificent creature stayed there for the whole song. I still get chills thinking about it.

As far as memory goes, I'm not too bad (yet), but everything is neatly organized in my spreadsheets, etc. - so who needs a memory when it's all there? And, of course, there's always the IMDb and Google. Just don't ask me what I ate for supper two nights ago.

May 9, 2015 @ 8:46 AM


My memory is still okay, thank goodness. I don't lose things, at least not very often anyway. I don't really want to talk about my Orioles. They lost and they're in fricken last place. Diamondbacks lost as well. Royals lost. I got wins from the Angels, Cardinals and Nationals so 3 and 3 again for my pool. Habs will win tonight. As I said, they are goingi to win the next three, beat Washington in the next round and then beat Chicago to win the cup. It will happen. Count on it. Habs are winning the cup this year. There's no stopping them. You see, the Lightning had luck the first three games, but they ran out of gas. The Habs know how to come back and win it in seven. Cup here we come.

May 9, 2015 @ 9:03 AM


@ Cheryl

I hope you're right! Gotta love your dedication to the Habs. Hockey is not for me, but I can watch baseball forever. Go Jays!

May 9, 2015 @ 11:30 AM



Housing is surprisingly cheap on Saltspring if you're not looking for an oversize home. It's much cheaper than Vancouver. Houses start around $250K but you can find well maintained mobile homes for much less. The biggest problem is leaving the island. You can't feasibly commute anywhere & the ferry costs are huge as you can't directly commute. Getting to the mainland is at least a half day if not a full day. The only reasonable commutable island is Bowen which is 15 minutes on the Ferry to Horseshoe Bay. It's not heavily populated and a very nice place. Translink (Vancouver Transit) even has 2 city buses on the island. You just wave the guy down. As long as you're OK with returning home by 10 PM, you're good. Otherwise it's water taxi.

To see eagles, sail the inside channel. There are lots of fjords you can sail into & gunkhole in (anchor boat). The west side of Van island is really nice especially around Ucluelet & Tofino. You can drive out there too. It goes right through Clayoquot Provincial Park, ground zero for Eagles (and big ass trees)

Speaking of Saltspring & area. If you have a kindle & read "Jesus of Vancouver" (a book written about 2 people who end up in the Downtown East Side), the end of the book the writer talks about buried treasure on a certain island. He claims it's in an island pond and marked. I've always thought to sail out there and go looking just never did the real research. Victoria is beautiful too. Reminds me of an Ontario city.

I've many dreams in life & one is a cob house on Bowen complete with solar & wind panels. Now Tesla has those new batteries it's feasible. Of course island life comes with limitations (like no late nights in Vancouver) and large COSTCO runs, but otherwise it's really nice. I stayed on Bowen to "test commuting". There were something like 12 street lights on the island. All within 12 kms of downtown Vancouver.

May 9, 2015 @ 12:17 PM


Wow, the Ontario PC's just shot themselves in the head again. They haven't won an election since 1999 (think about that) and they choose a hard right wing guy.

I feel sorry for Ontario. It's going to be a long, messy, Liberal dynasty. There are no options in Ontario at all.

May 9, 2015 @ 12:30 PM


Came here to post basically the same. So stupid.

I don't even know if it's possible for Wynne to screw up hard enough to get Ontarians to swing toward Brown.

May 9, 2015 @ 1:40 PM


Thanks for the advice. I think I will start carrying a knapsack or case and put physical things in it. As for putting reminders on my phone, the physical act of doing it, enables me to remember

May 9, 2015 @ 3:30 PM


Ditto your comments Irv. First Hudak now this guy Brown. Must of been the charming endorsement from that guy who played hockey but hasn't lived in Canada for what 30 yrs. Worry about California Wayne, we'll take care of ON.

Elliot is a lot more likeable than either Wynne or Horwath. The Old Boys must of not wanted another female in power.

PS Do all female leaders of the NDP go to the same hairstylist. Horwath & Notley seem to have the same cut.

May 9, 2015 @ 4:22 PM

Rick C in Oakville

@Irv, spot on. Elliot was the logical choice, an unknown such as Brown provincially gamed the system signing up new members who probably have no real interest in the politics. Going to be many more years in the wilderness for the Torys. Been a PC supporterfor20 + years, grimest I have felt for this province ever.
Horvath actually looks like a possible contender to Wynne, maybe she should study what Notley has done in Alberta.

On another note, Rob Fords driver Sandro Lisi was acquitted of his charges. Never was a big Ford fan, but Ex chief Blair and the TPS look like a bunch of Keystone Cops over the Rob Ford caper. Funny how no one is ever held responsible for this.

May 9, 2015 @ 4:51 PM

this guest

Absolutely love your reports on the west Irv.

May 9, 2015 @ 8:42 PM


@Rick C

I simply don't understand the Ontario PC's. They remind me of Jehovah Witness'. They believe if they just show up enough and tell you what to believe you will cave in. On the topic of police & Rob Ford, I was digging around last year and my conclusions actually concerned me (enough I didn't post them). Think rabbit hole.

@Tom. I think the hair style lets them appear youngish, feminine, but with the all important professional look. If Ontario is scared of the ghost of Mike Harris, it's even more afraid of Bob Rae.

Harris' problem was how he enacted his cuts & the end result. Harris not only cut back, but he immediately slashed taxes. This was as stupid as Harper cutting the GST. Harris should have left taxes at the same level, paid down the debt THEN cut taxes. Instead, the population watched nasty cutbacks AND the public debt increased 50% during his tenure. Had he paid down the debt THEN cut taxes (like Klein) he might have been liked

It's interesting to note that after the Liberals replaced Harris the debt increased just 20% in 6 years compared to 50% in 7 years with Harris. The debt exploded after the "Great Recession" started (as it did with the Federal Conservatives). Rae, on the other hand, nearly tripled the debt.

What it really goes to show is that government has less to do with rising public debt than the economy in general does. Ontario needs to do 2 things to recover. Raise taxes & slash/privatize government services. And tell people why it needs to be done. But the Liberals are useless communications. I see people whining over higher power costs. Not once have I seen anyone in the Government mention it was because coal fired generating was phased out. At one time Nanticoke produced almost half of the CO that ALL of the oil sands produced. The Feds cleaned it up. That cost money.

May 9, 2015 @ 9:54 PM

speaking of

An NDP member of the prov. legislature was 'escorted' out for insistently protesting Wynne's money-losing sale.

May 9, 2015 @ 10:02 PM


How about those Habs. I told you so. To more to go. Next game is on Tuesday and then I think Thursday is game 7. The Lightning only had luck, that's all. The Habs are the better team. Then it will be on to Washington and then Chicago. Of course I'm right this time. As for my pool, my Orioles won. That's great, but they need to win a lot more. I also got wins from the Royals and Nationals. Diamondbacks, Angels, and Cardinals all lost. Another 3 and 3 day. Oh well, hopefully I'll have another good winning day. Anyway, if you don't like the Habs, too bad. The cup is theirs this year. They're the best.

May 10, 2015 @ 7:50 AM

sifting pan

Talk about fool's gold everywhere you look. Get a load of this:
NHL just might be ready to gamble on hockey in Vegas: DiManno
The league’s board of governors will hold its meetings in Las Vegas next month, fueling speculation the NHL might choose that moment to reward a team to the city in the desert.


May 10, 2015 @ 3:19 PM


Babcock given permission to talk to the Leafs. Of course he talks to get more from somebody else & he is not really interested in Leafland. Money talks & Leafs offer MUCH $ & will take his services elsewhere.

Dale Hunter is my choice already with brother Mark on staff now & Dale was great a few years ago in Washington taking them to the playoffs when they were far out.

May 10, 2015 @ 4:09 PM


@Sifting Pan

Water problems will affect more than just Cali & Nevada. Anywhere east of the Rockies is in the "rain shadow" where all the precipitation falls in the mountains, not on the other side of them. It's why Revelstoke gets 10 metres of snow a year & Banff gets 2. There have been warnings against draining the aquifers for decades. Now, at least in California, they probably won't come back. The biggest problem is mono-agriculture. It not only uses massive amounts of water it's also unrealistic (it can't support bees, etc).

And the costs are now starting to roll in. The flood in Calgary cost Alberta 5 billion. Flood remediation because of climate change will cost billions more. That is a cost we get to pay. Same will happen in California. Perhaps they'll use desalination for water but that's expensive & requires huge amounts of electricity. Average price of a KW/HR of electricity in California is 15 cents.

I've spent most of my working life in technology in some capacity. I have to scoff at the human notion that technology will "save us". It can be beneficial but sometimes the real answer is to simplify life & live within the means of nature.

May 10, 2015 @ 7:01 PM

David Rhind

Toronto Mike I was wondering if you had any Idea what happened to John Downs & Jack Berkowitz on CFRB 1010? I looked on the station's website without any luck.. Thank You D

May 10, 2015 @ 7:14 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@David Rhind

1010 let John Downs go back in January.

As for Jack Berkowitz, I'm not sure, but I always assumed his show was either paid programming or some sort of thanks for buying advertising space.

May 10, 2015 @ 9:21 PM

David Rhind

Thanks for that Mike.. I'm happy to find this site.. Cheers!

May 11, 2015 @ 7:46 AM


I found a new receipt on the weekend:

1 part aging hippie
1 part a lot of wine
The result: a rambling, batshit crazy (to use an over-used catch phrase) rant by Elizabeth May in public

May 11, 2015 @ 8:36 AM


I got four wins in my pool yesterday. The only two losses I got were my Orioles and the Cardinals. I just hope my Orioles will start winning soon. I got wins from my Diamondbacks, Nationals, Angels and Royals. Well, Habs will win the cup. Just wait and they will win tomorrow. Luck helped the Lightning win the first three games and now they don't have it so the Habs will win two more. The Rangers did win last night. Caps will win game 7, but who cares. The Habs will beat them and then beat Chicago. Enjoy it.

May 11, 2015 @ 10:47 AM


Ontario PCs - pro-life and anti gay marriage.
So he is a 10 years younger than me and 20 years behind the times.
Seriously, the PCs are close to dead in Ontario with this choice.

May 11, 2015 @ 11:13 AM


Hippy? Elizabeth May is a Progressive Conservative who jumped to the Greens.

May 11, 2015 @ 1:28 PM


The problem with May is that she leans too "green hippy" and not enough anything else. The Green platform IS progressive & more right wing than left wing. But it gets overshadowed by her hippy like thing. It's why the party will never progress in Canada. May choose her riding & her riding IS a bunch of hippies LOL. That's Vancouver Island.

The big problem with eco-politicians is they seem to lack the ability to understand Joe Average. Case in point is Ontario. Ontario set out to shut down all coal fired generation by 2007. They reached it in 2014. The result is higher & tiered power prices. But even an oil guy will tell you that coal is dirty, especially lignite coal. It's poison. But the Ontario Liberals seem unable to communicate WHY prices went up & what was done. Instead, an uneducated population just blows their lids. I tell ya, I can see it in Ontario when I'm there. The sky over Toronto isn't as polluted as 10 years ago.

May 11, 2015 @ 1:44 PM

What's in my file?

Elizabeth May for whatever her faults & including her P.C. background made excellent points about Bill C51.

May 11, 2015 @ 3:55 PM

Ian from Etobicoke

I wasn't sure you could get any more ghoulish than Hudak but I think the P.C.s have pulled it off.

May 11, 2015 @ 9:42 PM

Al The Royal Pain


"The sky over Toronto isn't as polluted as 10 years ago."

I agreed 100%. Before I became a train commuter, I drove in to the city everyday and in the summer, I remember seeing the yellow smog cloud that would hang over the city's skyline. You could see it clearly!

Now, I can't remember the last time I saw it. I know it's not scientific, but it passes my eye test. Couple that with the fact that there were no smog warnings last year for the first time in 20 years and I'd say we're heading in the right direction. According to Huffington Post, now Edmonton has lower air quality than Toronto.


May 12, 2015 @ 9:50 AM


Well, my Orioles won last night. That's great. My Diamondbacks lost though to the Nationals. The Nationals are also in my pool, but so are my Diamondbacks. Royals lost. I only got two pool wins. Hockey tonight. Habs are winning tonight so it will go to a game 7. The Lightning don't have luck anymore. They ran out of luck. Habs are the better team. Of course my Orioles will win tonight as well.

May 12, 2015 @ 9:57 AM



Sorry, it took so long to get back to you.

I enjoyed your comments concerning living in the Gulf Islands. I would still prefer Saltspring, even though it looks like the billionaire thing would have to include flights to Vancouver ($123 one-way). True, using the ferry would be painful from there. Ferry prices are pretty scary these days too. I would probably want to travel to the city no more than 5 times a year anyway.

If you want a laugh, I found my dream home:
If you're gonna dream, dream big!

Bowen is okay and its proximity to Vancouver is ideal. (A few people I worked with lived there and commuted fairly easily to downtown jobs.) But Saltspring has a population of 10,500 +, and lots of famous and/or interesting characters. I gather daily yoga and organic food would be mandatory.

Elizabeth May would be my MP if I lived on Saltspring. I have to wonder about her repeated lapses in judgment. I clearly recall that she tweeted something in defense of Jian Ghomeshi before most of us knew even one-half of the story. She had an excuse for that mega-blunder as well. Poor Elizabeth has an excuse for everything. She seems to lack personal insight. The Green party is fairly right-leaning; the majority of Canadians don't seem to register that fact. Interesting fact: Claire Martin (former CBC meteorologist) will be running for the Greens federally in North Vancouver.

As far as the Ontario PC party goes, I am still shaking my head. They don't seem to learn... If the NDP were eliminated as an option, and I was given the choice between Kathleen Wynne and Christine Elliott, I would have to go with Elliott. If you knew me at all, you would find that to be quite alarming.

My condolences to Erin Davis and family. Heartbreaking doesn't begin to describe it.

May 12, 2015 @ 10:15 AM


MONTREAL—A Montreal artist has resigned his spot as a Conservative candidate in this fall's federal election after suggestions he had sought the nomination as part of an elaborate performance art project.

May 12, 2015 @ 3:22 PM

webcam johnny

Well mr. engineer certainly learned his lesson the hard way:

“Respect for all people is engrained in the Code of Conduct and in our Core Values and we are committed to a work environment where discrimination or harassment of any type is met with zero tolerance.”

Roderick identified the employee as Shawn Simoes, an assistant network management engineer who made $106,510.50 a year.

Earlier today, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment said the Toronto FC fans involved in the incident will be banned for “at least” a year.

May 12, 2015 @ 9:13 PM



HURRY you have only a few minutes left in your season. GO to nearest church & pray.

Habs losing 3-0 & Orioles losing to Toronto 10-2 ( bottom of 9th).

NA NA NA NA NA Hey Hey GOODBYE. CU next year.

May 12, 2015 @ 9:51 PM


It was not a good sports night. Well, my Diamondbacks won and I got pool wins from the Royals, Angels and Cardinals. That Orioles game was disgusting. It was 10 to 2. I don't want to talk about it and my Habs lost. This was no good. I really thought the Habs were going to win the cup. Well, I won't be winning the playoff pool after all. The guy who took the Habs was not interested so he gave me the Habs which I wanted in the first place and told me he wasn't interested in being in the pool. Well, now I'm out of the pool. I don't care. I just want to hide in a hole.

May 13, 2015 @ 10:17 AM

Jason from Sudbury

I'm a Habs fan and was watching the game with my buddies who are Leaf fans, so no it wasn't a good night for me lol. Ah's a saying Leaf fans know all to well, "There's always next year." If there was 1 goalie I thought could come back and win 4 straight, it was Carey Price. But as much as Price can win you games, the team also needs to score and that's been a problem all year.

What's with Tampa fans chanting "USA USA" at the end of the game. What a bunch of dicks. Here you are chanting "USA USA" when your best players are Canadian.

May 13, 2015 @ 1:31 PM


@ Cheryl

Hiding in a hole? See you on groundhog day in Feb. 2016 when you make your next appearance.
OH I forgot you have the Ravens & Cardinals in the NFL. Go back to your bunker.

May 13, 2015 @ 9:07 PM


My Orioles won last night. That was great. They're coming along. They don't play tonight, but play the Angels this weekend who are also in my pool, but I am hoping my beloved Orioles win this weekend. My Diamondbacks lost. Adison Reed blew a save. That was no good. He gave up a grand slam in the ninth. Well, I got an Angels win, but Royals and Cardinals lost. Anyway, Habs and Coyotes will be in the finals next year as well as the Suns and Nets.

May 14, 2015 @ 9:58 AM

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