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Sweetner

What we learned this week. Four sweetners in you coffee ruins the coffee.

May 29, 2015 @ 7:51 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

Many of you have asked what took Erin Davis's daughter at the young age of 24. Erin tells us it was a "cardiac event". The cause of this cardiac event is still unknown.

A memorial for Lauren Davis will be aired live on CHFI today at 1pm. I will be there.

May 29, 2015 @ 7:55 AM

William T

Jade helm 15 /Maple resolve, Anyone read up on these topics and the hysteria that residents of Texas are freaking out of a Military take over. Interesting stuff.
Closed down walmarts, with Tunnels stretching across the USA with under ground cities. lol Crazy entertaining reading.

May 29, 2015 @ 8:04 AM

Not a Doctor

Spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD) is a rare cause of acute myocardial infarction (MI) in the general population, especially in younger patients without classic coronary risk factors. However, there have been many documented cases of SCAD causing acute MI in pregnant or postpartum women, a condition referred to as “pregnancy-associated coronary artery dissection” (PACAD).

May 29, 2015 @ 8:27 AM

Sarah

You should take over the sowny board. We can crowd source the $1000 funding for you.

May 29, 2015 @ 8:28 AM

Argie

So FIFA is electing their president today. Quite a choice the voters have: Septic Tank Blatter and Prince Ali Babba something-or-the-other.

I suppose as long they continue to provide entertaining footy, people will look past the corruption - both past and future.

A question for the hivemind: Why did it take that dynamic do of Wynne and Sandals 6 week to realize the lazy-ass teachers were on a illegal strike? Anyone?

May 29, 2015 @ 8:29 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

Remember those ads for Korry's featuring Saul Korman's son Michael and Todd Shapiro? Here's one that aired on 102.1.

Michael Korman passed away suddenly earlier this week.

May 29, 2015 @ 8:32 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Sarah

Oh, I'll take the $1000, but that's not my board to take over. I believe Iain Grant is on the case.

I wrote the new moderator over there a nice, detailed email as to how he could save the board (it was clearly deteriorating) and he basically said he'd rather shut it down than moderate it (i.e. ban a certain user). It's a shame.... one idiot (I'm not referring to the moderator here) killed the whole thing.

May 29, 2015 @ 8:35 AM

Rick C in Oakville

@Argie: The Liberals were too busy passing the ban on Killer whale breeding and acquiring, exempting Marineland the only viable group that this would really affect.
I think by the 2nd week of the strike it was time to move on back to work legislation. Some how I just can't understand how they weren't putting in 60 hours a week negotiating a settlement.
A friends kid in Durham is terrified he won't have the required understanding of the maths and sciences he will need at University this fall, cramming this much curriculum in a 1/3rd of the time is just not possible.

May 29, 2015 @ 8:43 AM

Irv

@Argie. Does the FIFA thing surprise you? I been watching soccer since the late 80's and FIFA has always reeked of corruption. It's about time they went down. And I can only imagine what we won't hear that went on. I'll refrain from commenting, I don't want a lawsuit.

@TorontoMike. Given the frequency of SOWNY moderators who up & quit, it must be really tough being a mod there. Perhaps we should have a Ontario day of remembrance for those fallen mods. As they listened daily to the screams that CKOC was changing formats. That CHUM didn't play Top 40 anymore. That if you just closed your eyes and wished hard enough AM stereo would come back. Shit, I been closing my eyes and wishing hard that Megan Fox would fuck me, but *sigh* still no luck.

The Mod's name was Phil. He was a successful businessman, father & a trooper. I'm saddened that he didn't want to have to deal with angry emails from old men unhappy the past didn't return & someone hurt their feelings LOL.

May 29, 2015 @ 8:53 AM

Sarah

@Mike

For a while I thought Ziggy was Bill Carroll because all he did was bad mouth Ted Woloshyn and post things against newstalk 1010. If it isn't him it's certainly his #1 groupie.

May 29, 2015 @ 8:54 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Sarah

Ziggy is not Bill Carroll, but Ziggy is the reason we can't have nice things.

May 29, 2015 @ 8:55 AM

Irv

@Rick C/Argie

The entire education system needs to be refined. It's living in the 1970's. There is a resistance to change and i think it's fair to put some blame on the teacher side.

In 2013, I scaled back my regular job & worked with a guy to build an app for restaurants. It was a interactive menu which helped automate some of the work in restaurants. The idea was to make waitresses more efficient (which sped up service and moved bodies out of chairs faster). After we sold the thing, we seriously considered doing the schema to bring technology to schools. It had things like a "news feed" for classrooms to promote interactive exchange on the STUDENT level. We wanted to record teachers & allow students to re-watch the class on their time. We wanted a fully collaborative system which was available 24 hours a day. And it would use big data to chart a students strengths & their likes. And it would allow skilled, smart students to move ahead in their studies & have the option of finishing early. You know, like people do on business projects. We nixed the idea because it was "unfeasible" as the research folks told us.

Education is a train wreck. It's everyone's fault & that includes the parents.

May 29, 2015 @ 9:05 AM

Not Ziggy

Here's Ziggy!

May 29, 2015 @ 9:35 AM

Lynne

Another one is bailing: Just announced that Peter McKay is leaving politics.

May 29, 2015 @ 9:39 AM

Dawn Keibals

I have a family member in employed in the affected school system.
What Col. Sanders (Wynne ) & Maude ( Sandals) fail to realize is that teachers can
no longer carry over their sick days year to year.
exhibit A...is sick today & Monday wink wink and still remains with 7 more sick days
to use em or lose em in the next 20 working days.
Soo said employe will only be working 13 out of the remaining 20 days at full pay.
OH and by the way there are hundreds of teachers in the exact same situation.
Then, you call in a substitute teacher for a day X 1000 for say 7 times that leaves
you with paying 2 people to do one job for appox 7,000 times

Well thought out Col. Sanders

May 29, 2015 @ 9:39 AM

Argie

@Irv
Its not the "entire education system" that's screwed - its the PUBLIC education system. I just wish I had the dough to send my kids to a private school. I know more and more people who are doing whatever it takes to go that route.

May 29, 2015 @ 9:41 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Dawn Keibals

IMHO, nobody will take your argument seriously if you call our premier "Col. Sanders."

May 29, 2015 @ 9:41 AM

willyT

The problem with the Education system is the UNION. Break the union and all problems are resolved. Incompetent teachers have a job for life because union protect these Incompetent people. Principles have no power to make change because of the union. it is a shit show

May 29, 2015 @ 9:46 AM

observer status

Yes willyT. 'Principles' have no power to make change. Well said and, uh, very revealing.

I doubt if there are that many incompetent teachers. The new ones (Thousands of them) mostly have Masters Degrees.

May 29, 2015 @ 10:02 AM

my view

I'd get rid of the standardized testing. It's corporate horseshit.

May 29, 2015 @ 10:04 AM

Tdotter

Has anyone here purchased tickets to the PanAm Games?

May 29, 2015 @ 10:12 AM

McNulty

A Masters Degree doesn’t mean you are a great teacher. It means you are educated and know the subject matter but that doesn’t automatically translate into the ability to teach high school students.
It’s funny how with a Liberal government the teachers are suddenly hard done by the government when it was a PC government the teachers were the entitled ones.

@ Dawn

Name calling is never a way to make your argument worth reading. Just like anyone who starts off with “Herr Harper” or uses “LIEberals”. You look petty and I don’t bother taking anything written at face value. Kathleen Wynne is the elected Premier and won with a substantial majority. She deserves the respect to have her correct name used. And as a side note when you have to use parentheses to make sure we understand your cute nicknames it means your nicknames are completely foolish.

May 29, 2015 @ 10:28 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

To McNulty's point, who gives a shit if our leaders are attractive or not?

It reminds me of the Conservative ad that made fun of Chretien's face. Incredibly irrelevant.

May 29, 2015 @ 10:33 AM

Christos

Wow. I'm not sure where to start today.

Fifa:
One of the most blatantly corrupt organizations in the world. Ruining football for years, match-fixing, bribery and the list goes on. The fact that Mr. Blatter still stands a chance at being re-elected despite being so openly corrupt tells you everything you need to know.

Education:
"Lazy"? "Break the unions?" Has anyone here ever been an educator? Do you guys know how challenging it is to keep 20-30 kids motivated all day every day, 5 days a week? Of course there are teachers who suck, but for those few there are many more that take their careers very seriously and work long hours into the night preparing lessons. Many people act like they don't work with lazy people in their office or place of employment. Would it be fair if someone then labelled you in the same light? As for unions, they served and serve a very important function: taking care of people. Do many of them abuse power and get "sweet deals" for their bunch? Of course, but unions are what allowed for the creation of a middle class and more equitable work situations for the majority of people in the last 150 years.

Irv:
I respect the hard work you put into that program, but here is one thing you probably could not replicate: happiness. Many bosses/owners love to invest in this idea of efficiency, but no one talks about doing a job well. Do you know where the best restaurants I've eaten are? It ain't the ones where they "move more efficiently", it's the ones where the staff were happy. Their happiness and pride in their work influenced how they interacted with customers and each other.

I'll give you an example. I was in Portugal 2 years ago with my family. We're looking for a place to eat in a Lisbon suburb (we had been seeing the sites). The problem is it's 3pm and all restaurants in southern Europe close between 3-7pm. We come upon this quaint little restaurant where we see a table full of people all sitting down, talking loudly and having a great time. We grab a seat and it's only then we realize that table was all the staff sitting for their "family lunch".

As we got up to go, 3 of them rushed over and said please stay, we'll grab some menus. They took turns cooking and waiting on us, all the while still having their lunch and even chatting us up. The food was amazing and it was one of the best eating experiences i've had in my life. No program can generate that. Again, I respect the work you did, but my point is people are too quick to want to inject technology into everything when just treating people kindly and generating a positive atmosphere is the best result. I sincerely believe this philosophy works in education as well.

Cheers.

May 29, 2015 @ 10:34 AM

Ryan G / hobogauntlet.blogspot.ca

if you've got an hour to kill, episode 8 of my podcast is up at hobogauntlet.blogspot.ca, and i snark about ass clowns, $27 fish and chips at the Jays game and my ongoing battle with ten year old Russian children.. Musically the 'cast features Hawaiian Pups, Suede, Ministry, The Stills, a decent cover of The Smiths' How Soon Is Now and more.

And..to you aspiring dj's out there, I'm launching & hosting an Anyone Can DJ event Mondays down at Pacific Junction Hotel on King st next to Betty's, just east of Sherbourne. All you need to bring is your tunes since they've got a full-on booth. Space is limited but If you're ever interested in participating, email me at hobogauntlet@gmail.com.

May 29, 2015 @ 10:36 AM

Christos

@ McNulty

I'll own up to having used "Herr Harper" before. You are right, even if you don't respect the person, at least respect the position. I retract my use of that nickname.

May 29, 2015 @ 10:44 AM

Argie

@Mike
I suppose we can't write anything derogatory about the Premier. Every other politician is fair though. OK, got it.

May 29, 2015 @ 10:47 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Argie

I never said that. I never commented on our former mayor's weight, for example. I don't think belittling someone in public office's appearance is appropriate, regardless of what party / values they represent.

May 29, 2015 @ 10:49 AM

Argie

@Mike
Yeah but you never once removed a comment that made fun of his or any other politician's looks. Obviously our Premier is a special exception, no?

May 29, 2015 @ 10:53 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Argie

I didn't remove the comment about our premiere. I merely said it detracted from Dawn's argument.

May 29, 2015 @ 10:54 AM

Argie

@Mike
Oh sorry. I wrote she looked like Orville Reddenbaker. I assumed it was removed. My bad.

May 29, 2015 @ 10:55 AM

Broni

@ Argie

Mike never said you can't write anything derogatory about the Premier. He said "nobody will take your argument seriously".

There's a big difference between those two things.

May 29, 2015 @ 10:57 AM

Drunk Johnny Fever

@ Tdotter...I have i think . It has been a nightmare a FREKIN NIGHTMARE!!!!!!!!!!!
To anyone thinking of buying tickets..DON'T .It is not worth the bullshitt.

May 29, 2015 @ 10:57 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Argie

Apology accepted.

May 29, 2015 @ 10:57 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Drunk Johnny Fever

More details, please. What was your experience buying PanAm Games tickets?

I haven't bought tickets, but my kids' grandmother bought them tickets to see diving and field hockey.

May 29, 2015 @ 10:59 AM

Dawn Keibals

@ Toronto Mike So you disagree that our premier looks like Col.Sanders.Fair enough.But then you must agree that Sandals looks like Maude.

May 29, 2015 @ 11:03 AM

Broni

Re: SOWNY

I sure hope someone revives it and bans "that certain user" or at least keeps that person in check, in the same way Mike does an excellent job doing exactly that on this board.

I don't want to be negative about the previous moderator of SOWNY, because it was 100% volunteer time for a job nobody else was willing to take on. However, instead of telling a certain user to cut it out and be respectful of other people, he told the rest of us to block that user's comments.

Users shouldn't need to be asked to block comments. Comments should adhere to general acceptable levels.

May 29, 2015 @ 11:03 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Dawn Keibals

I never said I disagreed with any of it, merely that it's irrelevant and detracts from your argument.

May 29, 2015 @ 11:06 AM

Argie

There are also a lot of angry Torontonians who wanted the women's world cup soccer to come to town but they're playing elsewhere - because of the Pan Am games.

Just a complete disaster - thanks to former mayor Miller and former Premier McGuinty.

May 29, 2015 @ 11:07 AM

Cheryl

No, I am not and won't get tickets for the Pan Am games. No fricken way. I am not going. I know it's going to be a big thing that will mess up traffic big time. I do not want Pan Am games at all. Anyway, my Orioles played a doubleheader yesterday and lost the first game but won the second game. AT least they won one. It was a light baseball day yesterday. Angels beat the Tigers which makes no difference to me as both are in my pool. I got wins from the Pirates and Giants as well. I did well yesterday. I'm winning the pool. I'm way ahead of him. It's great.

May 29, 2015 @ 11:26 AM

Theo

There is a difference between 'good,' 'incompetent,' 'not-incompetent,' and 'highly educated.'
It's far too easy to sling around preconceptions, misconceptions, etc...

Education is a system. The educators are part of the system.

Christos is right about the hard working requirements for teaching. Unbelievable taxing and demanding. And yet they make less than a policeman guarding a pothole or construction 'mini-site.'

May 29, 2015 @ 11:27 AM

Argie

"Unbelievable taxing and demanding"

And yet the application line for teaching positions is a mile long. Funny that.

May 29, 2015 @ 11:36 AM

Christos

Argie, I don't understand. Rick Santorum and his family deserve respect in your view, but the people who are in charge of essentially helping to raise the next generations aren't worth any recognition? This seems a very warped view to me.

The lineups are long because it is a specific career. There are also lineups and a lot of competition for law firms, engineering positions, etc. People want defined careers. Do these also not merit recognition?

My kids are in school, and while it's not possible to make all parents happy, I have never questioned the commitment and passion those in the teaching profession have. So now whenever someone in a specific field stands up and tries to leverage better working conditions, we're supposed to call them "lazy"?

This strike wasn't even about money and they tried to not have it impact students as best they could. It's not those who make noise that concern me. It's the quiet ones that I'm suspicious of. The CEO's who bankrupt companies and create thousands of lost jobs but have multi-million dollar golden parachutes. The Senators who have no major role in the government but are tenured for life. The city council who has but to cast a vote and can magically give themselves pay hikes.

May 29, 2015 @ 12:05 PM

4x4 Time

I have converted my whole house to LED Light Bulbs. Other than the softer look, I see no difference for things like reading and they are definitely not as hot ...Anyone having similar or different experiences?

May 29, 2015 @ 12:11 PM

Douglas

The comments about the teaching system hit home in a number of ways, but this joke, given to me by a neighbour who is a retired but called in every week for substitute work math and science teacher, does a good job of summing things up, particularly in the TDSB and Durham Region:

How Teaching Math Has Changed

Teaching Math in the 1960s and 1970s:
A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is 4/5 of the price. What is his profit?

Teaching Math in the 1980s:
A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is 4/5 of the price, or $80. What is his profit?

Teaching Math in the 1990s:
A logger exchanges a set “L” of lumber for a set “M” of money. The cardinality of set “M” is 100. Each element is worth one dollar. Make 100 dots representing the elements of the set “M.” The set “C”, the cost of production contains 20 fewer points than set “M.” Represent the set “C” as a subset of set “M” and answer the following question: What is the cardinality of the set “P” of profits?

Teaching Math in the 2000s:
A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is $80 and his profit is $20. Your assignment: Underline the number 20.

Teaching Math in the 2010s:
By cutting down beautiful forest trees, a logger makes $20. What do you think of this way of making a living?
Topic for class participation after answering the question: How did the forest birds and squirrels “feel” as the logger cut down the trees? There are no wrong answers and you are allowed to cry.

May 29, 2015 @ 12:17 PM

Argie

@Christos
You're clouding the issue with "at least they're not as bad as x,y,z..." arguments. Look, I know its not easy being a teacher and the importance of the profession to our kids and society as a whole BUT, my bigger problem is with their union. The more I speak with teachers and other public sector employees the more I realize its not so much the teachers at fault, its their damn union.

That of course is a much larger, convoluted issue - and its not worth going into on this beautiful sunny Friday. Also, I'm starving and must grab a bite to eat.

May 29, 2015 @ 12:33 PM

The Sane Voice

Why do I get the feeling that.......the NDP in Alberta who were just elected to office will in the next 5 months of office...BEING TIME ENOUGH TO....show all Canadians as to why....THEY SHOULD NOT VOTE NDP or LIBERAL come the federal October election....!

Reason being that 5 months in political time.....is an eternity and more then long enough to show people how inept and utterly incompetent a political party can be at running a country.

May 29, 2015 @ 12:43 PM

Irv

@Christos

Well actually, thought was given to "happiness" or should I say communicating on the level of someone that was 13. Young people by nature are unstructured and neither children nor adults. Hence we call them adolescences . The education system is, by it's nature, authoritarian. It is top down & a "father knows best" sort of thing. Our initial idea brought in using the technology youth embrace & are comfortable with. How does happiness fit in? Well generally when you develop something for a person to fit their needs ,that brings about contentment or happiness.

I said that teachers are part of the problem. Don't take that as me undermining their job or calling them lazy. I'm not. Frankly, I'll take a life of being threatened with death before I'd want to be a teacher. Especially in Junior High.

BUT..we've all got to move forward and open our minds to improving things. What worked 40 years ago may not work now. In fact it might not of worked then. Teachers are a part of all this but the fault is on the system.

I've worked in all types of business in the past decade. Everything from oil and gas to national security. I have my fair share of doing work for public institutions. It's easy to say they're this and that, but the truth are crippled by a few things. First is the requirement to remain transparent to all parties. This makes life very complex. Each taxpayer is a pocketbook citizen who feels they have the answers. They deal with that. Further, teachers pay aside, they are just cogs in the wheel. They are the "auto line union workers". They didn't design the system. They aren't the architects. They aren't the engineers. But they are required to follow the platform.

The real problem with all government institutions is the leadership. Senior positions in the government are not built around innovations but bureaucracy. To flourish IN that system you have to be that way. It's like a subset of being a politician. The problem is those with vision & ingenuity are not attracted to those positions. The pay for civil servants for "average jobs" is good. The pay for senior managers is poor compared to what you make in the private sector. So, it attracts a certain group of people..the folks who can stick handle politics. Well innovators & visionaries usually don't come with that quality. And those motivated by profit are not going to choose that type of environment because..it's financially not worth it.

May 29, 2015 @ 12:59 PM

James Edgar

FIFA- What mess I have no idea why that kind of crap is tolerated. I'm going to a Women's world cup game in Hamilton tonight ( NOT MY IDEA) and it pisses me off to no end that there is 100% chance canada paid off some of those scum for the privilege of holding the tournament .

Jade helm 15 /Maple resolve - Fucking hilarious. I had not realized that maple resolve was part of the paranoia . Maple resolve is part of an ongoing series of exercises that date back to at least 1981. Back then it was called "RV81" I took part in RV85 ( I Think that's an acronym but after this long ii have no idea for what) which took place in 1985 . Also in Wainwright Alberta. Pretty much the whole army less the Brigade in Germany was there. Just like Maple Resolve 2015. And without doubt just like Jade Helm. It's a chance for training larger formations that can't get together on smaller bases .That's it that's all. As for the date. April 20th is a Monday. Again it's been too long but i suspect that RV85 Started on April 22nd another monday. Yes the military like to start things on Mondays too. The paranoia going around the net about all this is enough to melt my brain.

Teachers strike- I work for a school board not one that's affected yet but ...it will be in the fall. I'm glad the kids are going to get to finish there years especially those graduating and hoping for University and College. And I think the government are making a hash of this . And have been since they introduced a piece of legislation freezing pay and changing the Sick days (amongst other things) a few years ago. It's going to be a stormy fall. The math joke is funny but remember it's not teachers or school boards for that matter that set the curriculum. It's the Ministry.

May 29, 2015 @ 1:15 PM

Argie

Speaking of the public education system - former deputy minister Levin is going to prison.
http://www.thestar.com/news/crime/2015/05/29/sentencing-for-today-for-benjamin-levin-on-child-porn-charges.html

May 29, 2015 @ 1:22 PM

Irv

Speaking of FIFA, guess who just won the election.

May 29, 2015 @ 1:24 PM

Argie

Blatter is re-elected. In other news, Kim Jong un and Raul Castro also win their elections in their respective (but not so respected) countries. And now the weather......

May 29, 2015 @ 1:25 PM

bdot

Jade helm 15 - it is hilarious on what down south are worried about. China taking over, isis attack, Astoid coming. Burry your wepons just in case. lol Nutzo!
Walmart closing to become military command centers.

May 29, 2015 @ 1:30 PM

The Sane Voice

@ Argie

The corruption and kick backs will now resume as normal.

May 29, 2015 @ 1:34 PM

Irv

@Bdot

RE: Jade Helm 15 (which is a rumour the US feds are going to invade Texas).

My thoughts are this. The flags of Texas and Cuba are close man. Perhaps too close.

May 29, 2015 @ 1:34 PM

willyT

Jade helm 15
No worries, Texas has Chuck Norris on their side.

May 29, 2015 @ 1:36 PM

Lynne

@ Mike

I have just finished watching the live stream from Koerner Hall of Lauren Davis's Memorial. The truth is, I finished watching about 20 minutes ago, but it took that long for me to un-blur my keyboard enough to write this. I doubt that there was a dry eye in the place. So beautiful - everything.

I am glad you attended.

May 29, 2015 @ 2:17 PM

Lynne

@ Douglas
Re: Teaching Math through the decades
I needed that laugh. Thanks. BTW, I am relieved that I didn't learn math in the 1990s. I read the question 3 times and still can't figure it out. will send it along to some teacher friends.

May 29, 2015 @ 2:27 PM

Christos

@ Irv,

I appreciate the reply. I think we got our signals crossed. It was not you with whom I was addressing the "lazy" namecalling.

For me, technology has a role in education but not a pivotal one. Kids will already know how to use electronics by the time they have a foot in the door, and electronics can be as distracting to education as beneficial. Frankly, they and the majority of adults could do with much less screen time.

For me, making kids inclusive in education is key. I agree that the "Father knows best" philosophy sucks. But I also believe that the pillars of mutual respect, attention to teachers and participation are paramount to a healthy learning environment. Not to mention the most obvious pillars of safety and having a full stomach. Paulo Freire, a wise Brazilian educator once said of his own perceived weaknesses as a child student:

"I didn’t understand anything because of my hunger. I wasn’t dumb. It wasn’t lack of interest. My social condition didn’t allow me to have an education. Experience showed me once again the relationship between social class and knowledge."

May 29, 2015 @ 3:01 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Lynne

Yes, I was there and it was absolutely beautiful.

The music, the speeches, the entire vibe was perfect.

And the venue was perfect, too. Wonderful acoustics.

In all honesty, I didn't think I should go because it was for family and friends, but Erin personally invited me yesterday and I'm so glad she did because it was a beautiful memorial for Lauren.

May 29, 2015 @ 3:03 PM

Lynne

Koerner Hall is my favourite concert venue in Toronto.

May 29, 2015 @ 3:42 PM

Alvin

That's too bad about Michael. People are leaving us way too soon. My condolences to his family.

May 29, 2015 @ 3:56 PM

Irv

@Christos

Well this isn't about teaching technology. It was about using technology as a delivery medium. Yes, I agree, we could all do with a bit less technology, but reality is reality. The concept of what we were thinking was having lessons, etc available on demand, collaborative sharing (eg can someone help me with this question) and making it portable.

The problem with education is that it's limited to it's current platform. This is restricting and it's not accepting of others who may not learn so well in that manner.

May 29, 2015 @ 4:20 PM

4x4 Time

What does the hivemind think of a the recent public appeal by Eugene Melnyk for a liver donor, and the media coverage of Baby Delfina’s Father for a liver donor?...Not judging, and if I was in their position would likely do the same. Will this become more of the norm moving forward, taking certain dire medical conditions into your own hands? Are there laws preventing people for paying for body parts that other people can live without? I have no idea, just curious..

May 29, 2015 @ 4:29 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@4x4 Time

In Canada, you can't sell body parts.

I think these public appeals are great because they get people donating which inevitably helps many more.

May 29, 2015 @ 4:33 PM

GUNTer

@ 4x4 Time
I also would do the same if it were my child who needed it - i would do anything.
Interesting to note that those people who came forward for Melnyk were asked if they would be willing to donate to someone else and only a VERY small percent said yes. Sad but true.

May 29, 2015 @ 4:38 PM

Rick C in Oakville

@Douglas, still chuckling on the Math joke.

Lynne, my son went through Math in the 90's and I felt like my father telling me that my Math was the new Math, and he only knew the old Math. I went through Electronics Engineering, Sciences and Math in the 70's/80's which were all very Math intensive, and felt I had a good grasp of the fundamentals, I was sadly mistaken. We had no choice but to have a tutor help my son. It did pay off as he is a Manufacturing Engineer, and floors me with the calculations he has to do for his CAD designs.

@4x4, all the more power to the desperate parents and family looking to find donors for their loved ones. Sometimes we need something to jolt us out of our everyday routine to help someone at deaths door.

May 29, 2015 @ 4:52 PM

Jillian

Wasn't it openly known that Ziggy from SOWNY was a former radio guy from eastern Ontario- John Kato? I've seen it mentioned many times on that board. Or am I wrong?

May 29, 2015 @ 5:26 PM

Anonymous

Now I know why I suck at math. lol

May 29, 2015 @ 6:00 PM

Lynne

@ Rick C

That must have been extremely frustrating for you to have to hire a tutor with your background. Glad it all worked out for your son. I did Business and Computer Science in the 80s - fairly math intensive, but nothing compared to engineering. I still have nightmares about calculus exams.

It occurred to me that it's no wonder people in their late 20s-early 30s can't make change without the cash register telling them what to do. And, though it's much more complicated than poor math education, this is the generation that seems to be blithely signing up for mortgages in the $700K range with little or no thought to rising interest rates, and the likelihood of going a year or two on one income. Just thinking...

May 29, 2015 @ 7:14 PM

Irv

The moment you connect you lose control
I can target anyone. anywhere.
No fingerprints. No trace.
No mercy.

#Blackhat

May 29, 2015 @ 7:56 PM

Anonymous

@ Argie,


Levin going to prison has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with public education.
Your sneering aside is irrelevant.

May 29, 2015 @ 8:02 PM

Anonymous

Argie

"Unbelievable taxing and demanding"
And yet the application line for teaching positions is a mile long. Funny that.


the fucking lineup to work at Tim Horton's is a mile long too.

May 29, 2015 @ 8:03 PM

Don't let the door hit you on the way out.


Peter MacKay, who killed the old PC party, will leave politics | May 29 2015 | Karl Nerenberg | Seeking support to win the PC leadership race in 2003, Peter MacKay promised that there would be no merger with Stephen Harper's party, the Canadian Alliance. Months later, he engineered a merger.

Robert Standfield turns over in his grave.

May 29, 2015 @ 8:07 PM

Anonymous

typo.
Stanfield.

May 29, 2015 @ 8:07 PM

argie

@anonymous
With that language and anger issues I sincerely hope you're not a teacher.

There's an effn long line to work at Tim's?

May 29, 2015 @ 8:45 PM

Anonymous

Teachers shouldn't use the 'f' word ever! It demonstrates an 'anger' issue?
No I'm not a teacher but I know teachers. And man are they beyond beat at the end of the day which often isn't the end of the day. Lesson plans. Prep. Shopping for the classroom. Grading. The list is quite endless.

May 29, 2015 @ 9:00 PM

Anonymous

Endless 'initiatives' from the great geniuses at the Ministry of Ed. The Principal's pet causes, approaches, beliefs reflected in Bd. of Ed. Consultant's who steer and corral the teachers into a proper herd. Oh and 'Team Teaching.' We can't have any individuals at loose in the school.

Is there a union for teachers in private schools? I doubt it. They are totally at the mercy of egomaniacal directors.

May 29, 2015 @ 9:06 PM

Irv

Republicans label Rand Paul "left wing" #LOL. Classic Republican. If you aren't with us, you're a left wing pinko. Go back to Wall Street assholes. #Libertarian !

May 29, 2015 @ 9:06 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Jillian

That's my understanding, yes.

May 29, 2015 @ 9:07 PM

Irv

@Anonymous

The major reason private schools are preferred by the wealthy is the same reason Ivy League universities are. It's not about the education. It's about the status & the connections garnered WHILE in school.

May 29, 2015 @ 9:09 PM

Let's Play Twister with Shawn's Mom

That's true Irv. Networking from birth.

May 29, 2015 @ 9:29 PM

4x4 Time

@ Let' s play Twister ..... Did you win?

May 29, 2015 @ 10:33 PM

Anonymous

@ 4X4 Time

LOL. :- ) Shawn's Mom won. :- )

May 29, 2015 @ 10:50 PM

Let's Play Twister with Shawn's Mom

Sorry. that was moi.

May 29, 2015 @ 10:51 PM

Drunk Johnny Fever

@ TORONTO MIKE
Pan -Am Games
I could write 10 paragraphs about probs but I won't here are some points

- called Ticketmaster 2 times..they have no Pan Am games listed on their computer.
actually one lady asked me if that was a "Rock Band" ??
- went to Ticketmaster outlet...told they don't sell games tickets
- phoned Official games website 6 times in 9 days got answering machine each time saying someone will get back to me.....9 days..no return call.
- bought tickets on-line credit card charged,but cannot print tickets
- get e-mail 3 days later telling me there is a delay...DELAY in what does not say...

What a mess...

and i could go on and on...

May 30, 2015 @ 5:27 AM

Cheryl

So it's tough for you to get tickets for the Pan Am games. Well, you're right it will be a mess. Traqffic will be a mess. I wouldn't be surprised if my trainer won't be able to make it. If I get my groceries at 6:00 a.m., it shouldn't be as bad as getting them later. Anyway, Orioles won last night. That's great and my Diamondbacks won as well. My Orioles won with a walk off hit by JJ Hardy in the bottom of the ninth. Chris Davis also homered. My Diamondbacks won and Paul Goldschmidt is hot. Three doubles. Well, elsewhere in my pool I got wins from the Royals, Cardinals, Giants and angels. Nationals, Pirates and Mets all lost.

May 30, 2015 @ 8:17 AM

Cheryl

So it's tough for you to get tickets for the Pan Am games. Well, you're right it will be a mess. Traqffic will be a mess. I wouldn't be surprised if my trainer won't be able to make it. If I get my groceries at 6:00 a.m., it shouldn't be as bad as getting them later. Anyway, Orioles won last night. That's great and my Diamondbacks won as well. My Orioles won with a walk off hit by JJ Hardy in the bottom of the ninth. Chris Davis also homered. My Diamondbacks won and Paul Goldschmidt is hot. Three doubles. Well, elsewhere in my pool I got wins from the Royals, Cardinals, Giants and angels. Nationals, Pirates and Mets all lost. So even buying tickets is a mess. Well, I am not buying any. I know it will be hell out there. I wouldn't be surprised if my trainer decided not to show up. Trafic will be bad. Also groceries may not show up, but I'll be getting them at 6:00 in the morning so maybe things wouldn't be so bad then. My Orioles won last night. JJ Hardey got a hit in the bottom of the ninth for a walk off win. Also my diamondbacks won with three doubles from Paul Goldschmidt. I also got wins from the Royals, Angels, and Cardinals and Giants. I got losses from the Nationals, Pirates and Mets.

May 30, 2015 @ 8:23 AM

Jason from Sudbury

Oops, the anonymous person posting above that sucks at math is me. lol

May 30, 2015 @ 11:43 AM

Jason from Sudbury

Kinda sucks that the Rangers lost. I know I'm being vendictive but I wanted Tampa to get nocked out just cause they knocked out my Habs. lol The Rangers kinda reminded me of the Habs last night. Lundqvist kep them in it, they just couldn't score. Oh well, go Hawks.

May 30, 2015 @ 2:14 PM

Irv

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/residential-schools-findings-point-to-cultural-genocide-commission-chair-says-1.3093580

Well Argie, you wanted a reasonably recent example of the evils of Christianity. 6000+ kids died in or right after they left residential schools. It's likely that more died but poor record keeping and the "John Doe" status of natives was the cause. The number of kids in the system was around 150,000. The government essentially came to your home and took your kids by force. The goal was to get rid of the "Indian" in them. The last school closed just 19 years ago.

The result is parents who had their kids taken from them. That tends to destabilize the parents & in turn they find drinking or drugs to escape. The kids who suffer at the hands of abusers are unable to parent and often unable to cope. The result is a broken culture who get blamed for being lazy drunks.

- one estimate made in the early part of the 20th century was that 24 to 42 per cent of aboriginal children who attended the residential schools died at school or shortly after leaving school.

- Some children who attended the schools in the 1940s and 1950s were even subjected to science experiments in which they were deprived essential nutrients and dental care.

- The last residential schools, St. Michael's Indian Residential School and Gordon Indian Residential School, both located in Saskatchewan, closed in 1996.

May 30, 2015 @ 7:21 PM

Sal

Have you heard this? Bell Media has claimed another victim on the radio dial. Yesterday, TSN announced that long-time oldies station and favorite of many Southern Ontario listeners, CKOC 1150 AM will turn into TSN 1150 AM in the fall. Just like 1050 CHUM before it, it will change from classic rock to all sports beginning in the fall. It will be the exclusive home of the Ti-Cats and it will also carry Leafs games that are also found on TSN 1050. This is truly the end of an era.

May 30, 2015 @ 7:25 PM

Irv

Well Sal, the last ratings came out just a few days ago. CKOC had a 2.9 share of the market 12+, a total cume of 37,400 listeners. And I "think" they had one live on air shift. It's a marginal AM station at best.

On top of that it's very likely it was not profitable even with an almost non existent staff. It very likely gets propped up by it's bigger FM brothers. If it stood on it's own it would be out of business.

It might be the end of an era but it's more likely a dim light fizzling out.

May 30, 2015 @ 7:51 PM

argie

@Irv
LOL.

May 30, 2015 @ 9:05 PM

Irv

Oh you think its funny Argie?

May 30, 2015 @ 9:31 PM

Jesus christ hates christianity

The Residential School 'school board' was founded for the explicit purpose of Christian bullies, perverts and thugs abusing, destroying, molesting native children.

May 30, 2015 @ 9:43 PM

Question

@Irv,
If you recall the NDP leadership convention (Mulcair elected) had a computer 'glitch' during voting on the final ballot. Results were delayed.. I always wondered about that. It was put down to mischief makers. Do you have any thoughts on how such a thing could have delayed voting?

May 30, 2015 @ 10:17 PM

Rick C in Oakville

The damage from the Residential school experiment will take several generations to correct if ever. Right up there with Black slavery in the US.
Shameful what occurred.

May 30, 2015 @ 11:15 PM

Jason from Sudbury

Go Hawks!!

May 30, 2015 @ 11:26 PM

Irv

@Question

I find it 'unlikely' it was mischief makers who attacked the NDP convention. I have no inside details, but it was likely a "DDoS" (distributed denial of service). This is when a large number of packets are sent at a computer system & overwhelm it. To start a DDoS attack, you use what is called a "bot net" which is thousands of infected computers which are used to attack. They are controlled by "handlers" and the person who builds these systems is called a "bot herder" (they herd in bots).

Overall, there typically 3 sources of attacks on systems. They are:

1. State Sponsored.
2. Organized Crime
3 Hacktivists.

It's unlikely it was hacktivists. It doesn't "smell" like a hacktivist attack. Hacktivists will attack governments but it's generally those governments who support corporations, spying on civilians, etc.

It's also unlikely it was organized crime. There is no reward for them for doing that. While they WILL hack government and politicians, it's usually for intimidation, information theft, etc. Something they can use for their own cause.

So that leaves "State Sponsored" which means government. Cyber threats against politicians are as common as death threats. To imagine none of this happens is nothing short of naive (to say the least).

Now, I can tell you that placing the blame on "hacktivists" is pretty commonplace, so writing it off as mischief would be something that you expect. Except, any person who lives/understands the culture knows different. The "hacker ethos" is about freedom of information, speech & wiping out perceived douche bags "for the Lulz". Examples? Taking down the Westboro Baptist Church. Taking down pedophiles. Pointing out the failures in the system (think Rehtaeh Parsons).

As to how they could have delayed voting? Well they would have did what is called reconnaissance. It's basically data collection. Someone spend that time & energy to discover the infrastructure & analyze it. They had a motivation & it's unlikely they did it to "watch the world burn". The silence of the NDP on the matter tells me many things.

And as a side note, this stuff is more serious than people imagine. Let's talk people receiving documents (PDF, Word doc's, etc) which contain code which is not picked up by anti virus or even Malwarebytes. Take a file, open it in a text editor and inside you find a DNS redirector. Or code to turn on your webcam & mic to listen and record. Or a keystroke logger. You only catch it when you run something like Wireshark on the system & audit everything at layer 2.

Hope that helps.

May 30, 2015 @ 11:34 PM

Irv

So Argie, shall I assume that your "LOL" is you mocking what was institutionalized rape of children? Probably a poor choice on an insecure medium.

May 30, 2015 @ 11:58 PM

Lynne

@ Irv

Your comments about the residential school tragedies are based in fact, and definitely not LOL-worthy.

May 31, 2015 @ 7:06 AM

Cheryl

Don't get me started on residential schools. I was in one during my school life. I hated it, especially in the younger years. I only got to go home on weekends and there were some weekends I couldn't even go home. I'm just glad that's all behind me now. As for Stanley Cup, I don't really care. I have followed hockey until the bitter end, but now that I'm liking baseball, I'm paying more attention to that. Next year the Habs are winning the cup though. Just wait. Trust me. It will happen. My Orioles lost yesterday That sucks. They lost 3 to 0. My Diamondbacks won though. I also got wins from the Pirates and Angels. Lots of losses though. Giants lost. Nationals lost. Mets lost. Cardinals lost. I didn't have a very good pool night.

May 31, 2015 @ 7:54 AM

Belinda Bisset - Cathraw

I think Argie was saying LOL to this line from Irv:

'It might be the end of an era but it's more likely a dim light fizzling out.'

May 31, 2015 @ 8:01 AM

Question

Thank you Irv. and it raises many questions but suffice it to say, your info relates that all is not peaches and cream.

May 31, 2015 @ 8:36 AM

fourteen

I have a BlackBerry Z10. Can someone recommend a good podcast app for this device?

May 31, 2015 @ 12:08 PM

AuntZee

Ziggy killed Phil's incarnation of Sowny plain and simple. Had noting to do with thin skinned old men. He took up 25 % of the content with meaningless gibberish and had a fixation of talk radio and negative and repetitive comments about hosts on said format. Put that together with his gross fixation on feces, genitalia and menstrual cycles and it made for tune out reading as another 25 % of the posts were understandable responses to all of his BS.

The new mod at Sowny.net is actually the old mod just before Phil and I think he will have things back under control and we can read without wading through threads filled with nonsense.

Again nothing to do with thin skinned old men but more do do with not having to tolerate meaningless repetitive nonsense.

May 31, 2015 @ 12:55 PM

Irv

@AuntZee

For your own clarification & every other poster who frequents the "incestuous circle jerk SOWNY radio forum, let me give you an explanation of what a troll is

Not a troll: AM radio is dead. Alan Cross is a Wikipedia reader

A troll: A person who mocks a suicide victim. A person who adds things like swastika's to their profile just because it offends people. I once saw a troll tell a Jewish business leader he would "stuff him in an oven because that's where he belonged". Another time, a woman who had miscarried was sent online coupons for pizza with the comment "go heavy on the tomatoes bitch". Add in death threats, the release of personal information (including that of family members) and sometimes hundreds of harassing phone calls. Anonymous trolled Hal Turner, a white nationalist by sending him countless pizzas, hookers & construction equipment "to be left on his front lawn".

THAT is trolling.

Finally, the new mod is the old mod who was going to close down the site. You do remember that right? Every single moderator has thrown in the towel (excluding Craig who passed away) because they can't handle it. You really believe it was 1 guy responsible for all that? Try again. WAY too many radio people are thin skinned whiners. You're a public figure, expect it. It's like a cop being surprised "bad people" want to kill him.

May 31, 2015 @ 1:13 PM

Irv

@Question

If you knew the truth about security, organized crime & how "safe" is really an illusion, you'd get no sleep. Took me a while too. I once found a flaw in a online ordering site. The flaw was a simple fix & just proper due diligence of anyone with a website. The result was that it would have been very easy to pull a "man in the middle" and steal everyone's personal information. I mailed them several times & got no answer. So then I had my BOSS mail them & nothing.

In fact, if you use Google Chrome sometimes in a TLS session (that's https://) you see a yellow triangle. That signifies that the site has SHA-1 certificate which are no longer seen as secure. I've seen countless "secure sites" some hosted by government, etc which are not secure. Further, I see sites with a red X through them. The fix is to "re-key" the certificate. It's easy and I do it all the time.

Here's an article on it. https://www.globalsign.com/en/blog/google-to-display-warnings-on-sites-that-use-sha-1-certificates/

May 31, 2015 @ 1:22 PM

Irv

One last thing. Install something like Firebug in Firefox & visit your favourite site. You'll be amazed at how many different servers you connect too. In some cases it's dozens of different locations. Try it on Toronto Mike.

May 31, 2015 @ 1:29 PM

AuntZee

@Irv

We`ll have to wait and see what happens with Sowny.net.

Does not matter what your definition of troll is, I did not say it was a troll prob. but rather who wants to read a forum where 45 % of the content is controlled by one person spouting nonsense. A person who considered himself a cutting age proponent of the new age of radio but who in fact had only a shallow understanding and got off in spouting meaningless gibberish.

His repetitive ruminations about Toronto talk radio got old a long time ago and were well past their due date.

May 31, 2015 @ 1:34 PM

Irv

So AuntZee, if you don't want him to monopolize the forum, why didn't you create content of your own?

The repetitive rantings of ALL members of SOWNY get pretty fucking tiring after a while slick. So do the dreams of AM stereo, CHUM returning to play Oldies, etc, etc, etc. Strange, but I was an active member of SOWNY and I fundamentally disagreed with Ziggy on issues (like the CBC). I didn't get offended, nor did I write the Moderator, while sobbing & sucking my thumb. I *wait for it* IGNORED the comments.

May 31, 2015 @ 1:51 PM

First they came for

"Any MP who voted for this bill should not get any Canadian citizen's vote. Any candidate who is running for a party who voted for this bill should not get any Canadian citizen's vote."
Constitutional lawyer Rocco Galati Plans to challenge Bill C-51 in Federal court

May 31, 2015 @ 3:08 PM

Rick C in Oakville

@fourteen: I haven't used it yet but a friend with the Z10 uses BPod from Crack Berry

May 31, 2015 @ 3:09 PM

AuntZee

Don't really want to get into a tit for tat with you Irvine. I have already made my point. Just realize that the vast majority of visitors to Sowny are not members but simply readers and wading thru all of Ziggy and related nonsense got tiresome.

May 31, 2015 @ 3:15 PM

Irv

@First they Came. I agree. Only a retard would vote for a political party that wishes to spy on them & even label them a threat to the country.

@AuntZee. Whose looking for a tit for tat? I'm saying that the claim that Ziggy is completely responsible for the decline of SOWNY is nonsense. Other things that took down SOWNY were the trolls who hijacked threads with the whole expose Ziggy. And there was repetitive & endless threads about re-hashing the past. Over and over. And over.

In fact if you go to the "NEW SOWNY, you can see there are only 2 threads of like 20 which have a fair amount of discussion. One is the mourning of CKOC changing formats. The other is "Welcome Back". Over HALF of the threads have no replies. The rest have 1 or 2. OH and it's Ziggy free (for now).

May 31, 2015 @ 4:04 PM

Irv

@First they Came. I agree. Only a retard would vote for a political party that wishes to spy on them & even label them a threat to the country.

@AuntZee. Whose looking for a tit for tat? I'm saying that the claim that Ziggy is completely responsible for the decline of SOWNY is nonsense. Other things that took down SOWNY were the trolls who hijacked threads with the whole expose Ziggy. And there was repetitive & endless threads about re-hashing the past. Over and over. And over.

In fact if you go to the "NEW SOWNY, you can see there are only 2 threads of like 20 which have a fair amount of discussion. One is the mourning of CKOC changing formats. The other is "Welcome Back". Over HALF of the threads have no replies. The rest have 1 or 2. OH and it's Ziggy free (for now).

May 31, 2015 @ 4:04 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

IMHO, as a guy who popped over to the old SOWNY forum to see what all the chatter was about, Ziggy is responsible for the board's demise.

Irvine, I know you felt some kinship with Ziggy, and I appreciate that, but his posts made most stop posting and I can tell you he's the reason I stopped reading.

That's when I wrote the moderator and suggested he ban Ziggy to save the forum. He refused, and now the forum is gone.

If Ziggy had been doing here what he did there, I'd have banned him. It has nothing to do with freedom of speech.

May 31, 2015 @ 4:41 PM

Irv

@TM

I have no kinship with Ziggy. It's simply logic. Long ago I was accused of ruining SOWNY because others didn't like my opinions. The focus was always on me & never on the those who attacked me.

Further, Ziggy claimed publicly that he had received actual death threats. And indeed he had. Further, there were those who took offense with his opinion & attempted to take away his credibility with business partners. All because they didn't like his comments on a forum they didn't have to go to WHICH also had the option to block all posts from certain users. Ziggy did talk to me personally about cyber forensics on how to find out who was making threats (physical and death).

I've told you a dozen times you simply don't seem to understand how vicious some people can be especially in the media industry. And while I disagree with Ziggy's opinions (sometimes) and I have publicly stated he was over the top and an asshole at time, he doesn't deserve to have his life threatened. Over comments on a forum.

May 31, 2015 @ 5:34 PM

argie

@Irv
Don't you have anything better to do than ruin this blog with your non-stop rantings?

Get a hobby. Just so you know this doesn't qualify as one.

May 31, 2015 @ 5:51 PM

dale

@ Irv

NEVER EVER use the word retard as it's the same as using the N word.

My brother has a major disability (Downs Syndrome) at 48 years old & still alive being told that he probably would be gone by 20 yrs. old.

The R word is worse then the N word for me.

May 31, 2015 @ 5:53 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Irv

I know absolutely nothing about any death threats or interference with business partners. All I'm saying is that the constant comments left by Ziggy chased away most contributors and caused me to stop reading.

p.s. I didn't read back when you commented there, so I missed all of that.

May 31, 2015 @ 5:59 PM

Irv

Dale: The use of the word you don't like is not associated in any way with people with disabilities. Nor would I refer to someone with that word. Now, I will use that term to describe people who are idiots. Just like I use "motherfucker". I am not advocating sex with someone's Mom.

But maybe be consistent. The term upsets you because it directly affects you. Remember that when you see other derogatory terms on this forum. Maybe you'll have a gay, Muslim, black or "Indian" cousin.

May 31, 2015 @ 7:15 PM

Frank Sinatra's Butler's Cousin's Mailman's Therapist

I don't think Irv is 'ruining' the blog.

May 31, 2015 @ 7:22 PM

Ziggy Starbust

re Ziggy. Come on death threats even on the internet are not to be taken lightly. Could have been reported and seriously investigated. Phil the the mod clearly stated that there were no legal complaints. More bluster from that crybaby who loved to dish but could not stand to receive. Anyway no need to flog a dead horse this site has been Ziggy-free and should stay that way.

May 31, 2015 @ 8:21 PM

Irv

@Ziggy Starburst

No, death threats shouldn't be taken lightly. That's why I offered Ziggy some professional cyber forensic advice as a courtesy.

May 31, 2015 @ 10:49 PM

Irv

*Sudden Life Changes* *Wow*

see ya on the other side.

May 31, 2015 @ 11:04 PM

Cheryl

Well, my Orioles lost another one. That's no good at all. Also my Diamondbacks lost another one they should have won as they were leading, but gave it away. Royals also lost. I did get wins from the Cardinals, Mets, and Angels. Astros lost. Pirates lost. Giants lost. Anyway, not a great day for my pool, but I'm still ahead in it.

June 1, 2015 @ 6:53 AM

We're here to discuss your embroidery project.

As Canadians learn more about the bill, they will continue to turn away from the two parties responsible for passing it.

The Anti-Terrorism Act is perhaps the most disturbing piece of legislation in recent history.

It expands the power of government to spy on Canadians and arrest individuals who will never commit a violent act. Citizens can now be jailed for making statements perceived as advocating or promoting terrorism in general. News reports, poetry, or any other expression interpreted as glorifying terrorism could be subject to arrest and prosecution.

The government also granted itself new powers to censor Internet activity it deems “terrorist propaganda.” History has shown that such legal ambiguity will be exploited to harass, intimidate and silence citizens.

Read Brent Stafford's column here.

June 1, 2015 @ 12:07 PM

Speysidephil

Looks to me like the Ministry of Natural Resources has failed miserably in the death of the Bear in Newmarket.
Why were they not out monitoring the situation on the weekend
Why did it take almost 3 hours to show up this morning.
So many questions that need to be answered.

June 1, 2015 @ 2:23 PM

dale

@ Speysidephil

Agree 100%. Why wasn't MNR ob standby knowing the bear was loose.
The black bear was carded by the police.

June 1, 2015 @ 3:19 PM

Argie

Apparently the bear reached for the officer's gun. Never a good idea.

June 1, 2015 @ 4:13 PM

andrew

MNR you are to blame knowing a bear was loose & not responding or constantly monitoring.

The newscast with The MNR stupidvisor was a joke. "I was sleeping at 5.45AM & then got at a call".

Boo Boo doesn't have a daddy anymore. Yogi RIP.

June 1, 2015 @ 4:36 PM

double check

Mike am I allowed to mention an article I read about a former salesman for vaccine maker Merck & Co. who wouldn’t vaccinate his son? One would wonder why.

June 1, 2015 @ 5:40 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@double check

You just did.

June 1, 2015 @ 5:45 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@andrew

Boo-Boo Bear was not Yogi's son. They were friends.

June 1, 2015 @ 7:27 PM

Rick C in Oakville

Further to the earlier discussion on the teaching of Math in schools: CBC's Cross Country CheckUp's Sunday show was about this topic. Quite a number of Math Professors, and Provincial Education Ministers commenting on how we are going about it the wrong way.
Here if you want to listen http://www.cbc.ca/radio/checkup/is-there-something-wrong-with-the-way-math-is-being-taught-1.3093910

The MNR or whoever would look after the collaring of the bear, had 3 days to go and join the search with the police, should this not have been their investigation to lead? Seems to be in the North when they capture and disperse nuisance animals.

June 1, 2015 @ 9:28 PM

Rory Storm and the Gust

re math. I'd be curious how they do it in India for example. A country that produces zillions of math geniuses.

re the bear. 'Bear control officers' in small, rural towns usually carry live bullets and not tranquilizer darts as far as I know. Although in this case there seems to have been a lot of lead time.

June 1, 2015 @ 10:30 PM

Cheryl

Well, my Orioles lost another one. That's no good at all and my Diamondbacks lost which is also no good at all. Not a good night. Cardinals lost which doesn't help my pool. Angels won which is good for my pool although I also have the Rays. Pirates lost. Anyway, I need my Orioles to win and my Diamondbacks to win. I'm tired of losing.

June 2, 2015 @ 8:34 AM

Lynne

@ Rick C in Oakville

I listened to the Cross-Country Checkup podcast on how math is being taught in Canada. Our national scores are bad and slipping. It was really interesting to hear the young students speak up, quite eloquently, on their experiences. I do hope they get back to basics in the early years. Application to abstract problem solving can come later. They need the fundamentals first. There is nothing wrong with memorization of multiplication tables. As one commenter noted, it helps train our brains to memorize other things later in life, including lyrics to a song.

I also liked the comment about calculators. Sure, we can use calculators for most of our daily problems - so why learn math at all? Well, our computers can now read the page to us too - so why learn to read???

The first caller, a licensed tradesman, noted that some young people on the job don't know how to use a tape measure. That is truly frightening on all kinds of levels. I thought the inability to make change was bad enough....

June 2, 2015 @ 11:29 AM

Anonymous

fucking alabama north. Children in residential schools had a greater chance of dying than Canadians who served in WWII.

June 2, 2015 @ 12:22 PM

Cheryl

Well, my Orioles blew it. They had a 4 to 0 lead, but Houston came back and won 6 to 4. This sucks. My Diamondbacks won though. Royals lost. Tigers lost. Angels lost, Nationals lost the second game and only won the first. Mets lost. All these losses. It was not a good pool night except Diamondbacks, Pirates and Cardinals won.

June 3, 2015 @ 6:07 AM

Alison in Ottawa

@gunter @4x4time
I agreee thet the optics of the Melnyk plea may not have been good to some but I think the 20 people who agreed to donate to someone else is fantastic. The law prohibits anyone from profiting form a donation and in Melnyks case the person is anonymous. This was a good article from the CBC.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/eugene-melnyk-wagner-twins-raise-crucial-awareness-for-organ-donation-1.3084300

"But advocates say that high-profile cases like Melnyk in fact boost organ donations, raising awareness and potentially encouraging others to become donors.

"Every time there has been one of these public appeals, it brings greater attention to the need for organ donors, and we then hope that drives more people to register as organ donors," says Melanie Kearns, a spokeswoman for the Canadian Liver Foundation."

June 3, 2015 @ 10:13 AM

4.77

This is very interesting. And still Harper says there is no need for an inquiry.

Report links residential schools with missing and murdered women
KATHRYN BLAZE CARLSON
The Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Jun. 02 2015, 8:37 PM EDT

June 3, 2015 @ 11:16 AM

Mel Preston

Stanley Cup Playoffs start tonight. An interesting stat I just heard - If Tampa wins they will be the first team (since the expansion era) to beat an Original 6 team in each of the rounds to win the Cup. Detroit, Habs, NY Rangers and now the Black Hawks.

I don't dislike either of these teams - so am not really pulling for anyone. Will likely just watch parts of the games here and there. Too nice out to be inside watching hockey.

June 3, 2015 @ 12:54 PM

guff aw

You know, the Bible really should come with a book of Irony
In a classic Luke 4:23 moment, this week conservative Catholic science-denier and presidential hopeful Rick Santorum admonished the Pope to stay out of climate change and “leave the science to the scientists.”
You may now make the Jesus Facepalm.


BTW, The Pope has an MA in chemistry.

June 3, 2015 @ 4:58 PM

Jason from Sudbury

@Toronto Mike: Who's next on the podcast?

June 3, 2015 @ 10:21 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Jason from Sudbury

Matt Galloway comes over next week.

But I might record a catch-up with Elvis on Friday.

June 3, 2015 @ 10:29 PM

Cheryl

My Orioles lost another one. It's really getting to be pathetic. My Diamondbacks won though. Anyway, Royals also won. I got wins from the Cardinals and Pirates as well. Tigers lost and Angels lost. Anyway, when will myOrioles win again. I hope really soon. Anyway, I don't care about the Stanley cup. Now that I am into baseball, I'm listening to more of that If my Habs or Coyotes were in, it would be different though.

June 4, 2015 @ 9:59 AM

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