3 Topics I Choose Not to Write About

The following are topics I choose not to write about. Luckily for you interested parties there are thousands of other websites covering all three in great detail.

1. The Royal Birth
I hear a young British couple just welcomed a healthy daughter into the world. Good for them. I wish them all nothing but happiness, but my interest level is minuscule.

2. The Death of Boxing
I understand a couple of boxers just made gobs of money. Neither are guys I'd want to grab a coffee with, but that's not why I'm not going to write about how boxing died on Saturday night. I'm not going to do that because I already wrote that entry three years ago.

3. Bruce Jenner's Transition
I'm casually following this story, and from what I gather, Bruce Jenner has dealt with gender dysphoria since his youth and now identifies as a woman. My only hope here is that she's true to herself and finds happiness. I have no interest in writing about her personal journey.

There are dozens of other topics I choose not to write about, but those are the big three of the moment.


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Argie

I couldn't care less about the other two but I was interested in how the fight would turn out. Maywaether is a dirt bag and Manny is a bit odd but it did have a good guy vs. a bad guy element to it. Also as a fan of boxing in the 80s (especially Sugar Ray Leonard) it was kind of like going back in time but yes, boxing as a big time sport may well be dead. There are no other American fighters that grab the headlines like a Mayweather so even though MMA seems to be slipping in popularity, boxing seems on life support.

May 4, 2015 @ 3:14 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Argie

Pacquiao came out against contraception in the Philippines, which really disappointed me, even more than his anti-gay equality stance.

But yes, he's the better of the two.

May 4, 2015 @ 3:25 PM

Hector

Wait a second...didn't you just write about topics you don't want to write about??

May 4, 2015 @ 3:53 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Hector

No, these are topics I won't write about.

May 4, 2015 @ 3:56 PM

Gump

Yet the midges, High Park cherry blossoms and flu shots are going to get full entries every single year without fail!
Just like Cheryl's updates on 'her' teams, I can predict that 100% of the time, those topics will appear 100% of time.
Not complainin', just sayin'

May 4, 2015 @ 4:59 PM

Handsome Rob

I'm with Hector and call shenanigans. You wrote about topics which you won't write about, but in doing so you did wright about them.... You're very tricky Mike!

May 4, 2015 @ 5:00 PM

Speysidephil

The sooner MMA goes on life support the better.
And to think it was McGuinty who legalized it in Ontario. Because his daughter was a big fan'
Go figure"

May 4, 2015 @ 5:02 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Handsome Rob

I'm clearly not writing about these three topics. Search the site and you'll see!

May 4, 2015 @ 5:04 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Gump

The midges have only had two entries, ever... but yes, I plan on writing about the High Park cherry blossoms this week. I'm biking over there tomorrow to see how they're doing.

May 4, 2015 @ 5:05 PM

Gump

Oh, and can I remark that I was at a bar on Saturday and the only people interested in the televised Kentucky Derby were a bunch of near-pensioners and pensioners? Everyone else picked at their chicken wings and wondered why the guy with the white hair (the trainer) was always being shown.
As a child growing up in the 70s and 80s, I feel that all those big ABC Wide World of Sports 'events' are now dying sports -- Indy 500 (remember watching TV on a Sunday morning!), the Kentucky Derby (and those other 2 in the Triple Crown), and boxing (Ali, Spinks, Fraser, et al).
However, no sport thrown at us now (MMA, Ultimate Frisbee, X-Games) will be as cool as "Evel" Knievel jumps.

May 4, 2015 @ 5:08 PM

Gump

@Mike
It is called torontomike.com, so have at it Mike!
grumpypantsgump.com will be up soon and then I can yell from my lawn chair virtually...

May 4, 2015 @ 5:13 PM

this guest

@ Speysidephil,
With you on that one all the way. Was this fight the other night MMA or world heavyweight or welterweight boxing or something?

@ Mike.
Not sure how we'll live without an in-depth discussion of what Kate wore when she left the hospital.

May 4, 2015 @ 7:15 PM

dale

@ Mike

Reading some of your Tweets regarding Sex Ed in school & cannot beleive the ignorance of some parents comments.

A curriculum to be done with social media today & the best place to learn is school. Parents yes have input but a program is beneficial for everyone, especially the students at a young age. It's a question of the students being INFORMED & some parents don't like it, but it's REALITY TODAY. When do have a talk to your kids about Sex Ed, when its too late? My children don't want to be exposed to this subject.

For those parents who disagree - Why not teach your kids Math at home also.

P.S. For those students out of school with lock out - keep studying, not partying - LOL.

May 4, 2015 @ 7:42 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@dale

Most of those who pulled their kids from school today to protest the new sex-ed curriculum aren't against the new sex-ed curriculum, they're against any sex-ed curriculum. They simply don't want their kids learning about sex in school.

Considering the Education Act in this province clearly states a parent can pull their kid from any class that offends their religious sensitivities, the entire protest is unnecessary. These parents can, and will, simply yank their kids from class when it's sex-ed time. That's their right, and there's nothing we can do about it. I'm not sure why they don't want other kids learning.

May 4, 2015 @ 7:51 PM

Speysidephil

@this guest
It was a boxing match not MMA, not sure what weight class it was?

May 4, 2015 @ 8:19 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

I'm not sure what weight class it was, but both fighters weigh less than I do.

May 4, 2015 @ 8:26 PM

Alvin

Most of those who pulled their children today likely have never read the curriculum.

May 4, 2015 @ 8:50 PM

Eekan Boo

Kids today have more and easier access to sexual content than I did when I was young and impressionable (born in '60).

I think it is wise to give them the tools to decipher what they are exposed to and thus the ability to make their own informed decisions, hopefully not to be influenced by peer pressure.

My advice; remember when you were young.

May 4, 2015 @ 9:42 PM

Al The Royal Pain

@Eekan Boo

Great advice. Sadly, many adults have lost the ability to do that.

May 5, 2015 @ 8:36 AM

Argie

@Mike
You know you're being misleading here, don't you? There is currently a sex-ed curriculum which exists that no one has pulled their kids from class. Its the "new" one that this protest is about.

As for having your kid excused from any instruction due to personal or religious views - well that's not true either. In most cases yes, that's true but with the new curriculum there are elements where no one can be excused due to "charter rights" BS. You know the parts where they tell the kids there are about 20 different genders available to pick from.

The final point is that isn't it our role as parents to educate our kids on societal issues? Would you want a teacher preaching about Jesus or Mohammed to your children?

May 5, 2015 @ 10:13 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Argie

This change in the curriculum just woke them up and reminded them they could make some noise about it.

I've heard explicitly from Liz Sandals that parents can remove their kids from the sex-ed classes as per the Education Act.

May 5, 2015 @ 10:20 AM

Argie

@Mike
I've heard differently but if I'm wrong I apologize in advance.

May 5, 2015 @ 10:33 AM

Al The Royal Pain

I've read through the curriculum and I have absolutely no problem with it. Yes, its' the parent's job as is it the teacher's job for many decades now. It is especially important that they teach those "BS" things you mention that are in our Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Sorry if this is inconvenient for you Argie.

May 5, 2015 @ 10:56 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

Have you noticed that all opposition seems to be rooted in religion.

I'm so glad I'm raising my children without a stitch of religion. It's so limiting and often breeds ignorance.

May 5, 2015 @ 10:58 AM

Argie

"It's so limiting and often breeds ignorance"... and moral values as well. That's always important too.

May 5, 2015 @ 11:01 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Argie

You don't need religion for morality. In fact, I'd argue we're more moral because we do the right thing because it's the right thing, not because we're trying to get into heaven.

May 5, 2015 @ 11:03 AM

Al The Royal Pain

I love how "Patriot" conservatives are always reminding us why we fight the wars—to protect our rights and freedoms and then those same people are the first to pick apart those same rights and freedoms.

May 5, 2015 @ 11:03 AM

Argie

@Al
The problem is some of those "freedoms and rights" were defined by that idiot Pierre Trudeau.

May 5, 2015 @ 11:06 AM

Al The Royal Pain

You're wrong Argie, in this country, no one person has the power to make those changes. Those freedoms and rights were defined by a generation of Canadians. They're what make this country what it is...and the only thing saving us from being more like...other...less desirable countries.

May 5, 2015 @ 11:08 AM

Argie

@Mike
How do we know "what the right thing is"? Is it from a piece of paper you found in the garbage? Is it from a tree who told you so? No, its from (in our western society anyway) Judeo/Christian values. You know stuff like, do not kill, cheat, lie, steal, etc???

May 5, 2015 @ 11:21 AM

Al The Royal Pain

@Argie

Perhaps to people with no religious affiliation, the rely on documents like The Canadian Charter of Rights a Freedoms. Works for me.

May 5, 2015 @ 11:23 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Argie

I know you're a staunch Catholic, and this argument will just spin and spin with neither of us changing our minds, but I raise my three kids to practice good citizenship and treat others the way they'd like to be treated.

Although one is too young to know, my kids are respectful, courteous, and moral. And none of them believe in heaven, fear hell or believe any religion is anything other than man-made.

Studies consistently show that religion doesn't make people more moral: http://www.livescience.com/47799-morality-religion-political-beliefs.html

May 5, 2015 @ 11:29 AM

Argie

@Mike
I'm not telling people how to raise their kids. And in return I don't want people telling me as well. I'm just saying the origins of "good behavior" towards our fellow man is from scripture.

I don't want to shove anything down anyone's throat - believe me. We all have free will.

May 5, 2015 @ 11:45 AM

Irv

Many native tribes got along Argie and even cooperated with each other. They had no scripture to advise them.

And if there was a jesus he would have smite you dude. You are about as far from a God Fearing Christians as you can get

May 5, 2015 @ 2:03 PM

James Edgar

Argie on of the biggest changes in the new curriculum is an emphasis on teaching kids how to deal with predators in social media. I would think that the only people against that are predators who want to use social media to prey on the unknowing ,right?

A great deal of the other bits have already been taught to varying degrees ,now it's just a more specific curriculum that gives teachers AND parents a better idea of exactly what is being taught.

As a step dad of a 10 year old girl I have zero issues with this curriculum nor does her mother.

May 5, 2015 @ 2:39 PM

Anonymous

@ Mike

The new sex-ed curriculum is apparently opposed in predominantly Muslim communities.

"In Toronto, some 20,000 more children were absent Monday than were away the previous week, and many of the schools were in the area of Thorncliffe Park, which is home to the largest Muslim community in Canada.". The Toronto Star

Also from The Star:. This is a must-read:

http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2015/05/04/fact-checking-10-claims-made-by-parents-against-the-ontario-sex-ed-curriculum.html

4 of the 10 examples were sourced from an anonymous letter written in Arabic and circulated in Peel Region. The others came from emails to The Star.

Example:

“Grade 6 is about the promotion of self-discovery through masturbation. Our 12-year-old daughter or son, who is not even a teenager yet, will be asked in class to explore his or her own body by touching their private parts, masturbating and pleasuring their body.”


May 5, 2015 @ 4:18 PM

Lynne

That was me quoting The Star above. It went in aonymously by mistake.

Mike, I agree completely with you. It seems to me that parents who wish to "educate" their children according to their own religious and cultural beliefs (including Catholics) ought to withdraw from the publicly-funded system entirely.

May 5, 2015 @ 4:36 PM

this guest

I would advise extreme caution when allowing fundamentalist 'communities' levers of influence or vetoes over the Boards of Education.

May 5, 2015 @ 6:10 PM

Irv

@James Edgar

And the issue of internet predators is far more common than people realize. The "dark net" (the unlisted internet) has endless sites which host all types of personal information, photos, etc. There are sites where child porn is rampant. There are sites where women & children are sold as slaves (sometimes sexual). People assume child predators only collect child porn. They do not. They will go to a playground & take photos of young children just to have them and look at them. And social media is filled with "groomers" who groom kids for nefarious reasons. The average citizen has no idea.

To be frank, these people are clueless.

May 5, 2015 @ 6:21 PM

this guest

Two things re: Argie:

One could ask 'Which Scriptures?'
Character Development. In no period of the History of India, was so much stress laid on character building as in the Vedic period Vyas Samhita states 'The result of education is good character and good behaviour.'
The Vedic period (or Vedic age) (ca.1750–500 BCE) was the period in Indian history during which the Vedas, the oldest scriptures of Hinduism, were composed

&
Interesting points about nobody walking out now. I wonder what is so different about the new curriculum. I do have one thought: Does this new approach give a sense of 'ownership' over ones own physical body? Imagine what custom that might circumvent.

May 5, 2015 @ 6:29 PM

Lynne

@ this guest
I don't have to imagine....
Female genital mutilation is still occasionally taking place in Canada. (Ask any doctor who serves the Muslim community.) Some of the women who came here from Africa are so messed up, Canadian trained doctors don't know what to do with them when it comes to routine gyne examinations (which must take place with their husbands present). Normal childbirth is out of the question without prior surgery. These are some of the families who protest against teaching their daughters about ownership of their own bodies, albeit a minority. And, even if they have decided against illegally mutilating their young Canadian born girls, they are not that far removed from the practice and custom in terms of their cultural history. This is how they can mutilate them without a knife.

May 5, 2015 @ 8:46 PM

this guest

Exactly what I was thinking about Lynne. I hope the province doesn't back down on this.

May 5, 2015 @ 9:07 PM

Lynne

@ this guest

I should have added that they certainly don't want their boys to learn respect for girls. Male dominance must be preserved, at all costs.

If the Liberals back down on this, I will be very surprised. They have already told the parents they can excuse their children from those classes. How that will work in Peel and Thorncliffe will be interesting when more than half (or is it 90%?) of the students walk out.

May 5, 2015 @ 9:28 PM

this guest

The fundamentalist Christians, Muslims and devout Catholic children can listen to Lady Gaga on their phones during the break from class.

May 5, 2015 @ 10:01 PM

Ben V

http://gawker.com/texas-high-school-has-no-sex-ed-policy-raging-chlamy-1702074486

What happens when religion overrules common sense and a good education in sex ed. Praise the lord.....

May 6, 2015 @ 6:42 AM

Lynne

@ this guest

Exactly! In my day, Catholic girls (and I was one of them) were known to be the ones most likely to "put out". I was married at 18 (already on the pill, not pregnant, just dying to get away from home). Repressive upbringing doesn't work. It often has the opposite effect.

Heather Mallick (who almost always makes me laugh) writes in the Star that one of those kids at the Queens Park demonstration is ultimately going to publish a book in 2045 called "How my mother f****ed me up".

May 6, 2015 @ 7:46 AM

Argie

Wow, the anti-religion crowd is out in full force. Good job, Mike! Enjoy.

May 6, 2015 @ 9:39 AM

this guest

@ Lynne,

Yes, funny that's how it goes. The 'backfire' principle in full effect. The 'mystification' of sex process doesn't lead to 'following the light' but rather blind stumbling. Hence the results.

May 6, 2015 @ 10:55 AM

Frederic 'Chip' LaCroix

The logic of calling anti-STD, anti-HIV transmission, anti-teen pregnancy, anti-genital mutilation, anti-sexism & anti-misogyny an anti-religious attitude escapes me. Or does it.

May 6, 2015 @ 11:47 AM


Lynne

@ Frederic "Chip" LaCroix

Well said!

May 7, 2015 @ 7:51 AM

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