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Sam in Pickering

First!

I'd like to know why Evan Solomon lost his job and Amanda Lang kept hers.

June 12, 2015 @ 7:41 AM

Frank

Mike, I heard you talking with Matt Galloway about Toronto's bike trails. You both (correctly) raved about the Humber River trail from Palace Pier that goes all the way up to Finch & 427.

Let me cast a vote for the Don River trail all the way up to Leslie & Steeles. You might even see your deer. :)

June 12, 2015 @ 7:45 AM

Tdotter

Solomon is gone and Lang is here because it's not what you did but who you are.

June 12, 2015 @ 7:47 AM

Lynne

@ Sam in Pickering

I'm asking the same question.

From my perspective, Lang would be out the door and Solomon would stay with some sort of financial disciplinary action and a heartfelt public apology. I do not see how his actions affected his integrity in the way he presented his shows on politics. He was a jerk to everybody! (I really dislike the guy.) If somebody can point out how selling art did affect his integrity with a concrete example of a clip from a show with Balsillie (sp?) or Carney, please be my guest. Lang has a far more direct and ongoing conflict of interest IMHO.

CBC sure knows how to move quickly when overt sexual harassment isn't the issue. Somehow, acting as an intermediate in art deals on the side is a bigger problem than making the lives of some of their female staff a total nightmare.

June 12, 2015 @ 8:30 AM

Sam in Pickering

@Lynne

The Solomon sins are not as egregious as the Lang sins, yet Solomon was swiftly shown the door and Lang was defended and protected.

Hmmmm

June 12, 2015 @ 8:36 AM

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@Frank

Most of my rides are along the waterfront, and when I do venture north, it's typically in the west end. Yesterday, for example, I took a trip to James Gardens.

I need some time to explore the Don River trail. It sounds great, I just can't do it in an hour or two.

June 12, 2015 @ 8:39 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

Good viewin': Center of Attention: The Unreal Life of Derek Sanderson

Narrated by John Slattery!

June 12, 2015 @ 8:52 AM

Argie

Re: Solomon
I admit I like Solomon as he was one of the few balanced journalists/hosts working for the publicly funded network. He was also good at what he did and seemed to have a bright future.

The reason he's fired and not Lang is mostly timing. When the Lang issue blew up it was the really first time we heard of CBC people doing things on the side (at least out in the open anyway). After Lang's problem hit the CBC, they made it a strict policy that no one can do what she did. Thus, the next sucker who broke the newly instituted rules would be canned.

I felt at the time and still do now that Lang should have been let go - like Leslie Roberts of Global (a privately funded company). Global acted swiftly and canned Roberts immediately after his indiscretions came to light. Up and until now the employees of CBC had the run of the place. After the Ghomeshi fiasco and how quickly Global fired their anchor, CBC had no choice to act swiftly.

Don't worry folks, Evan will be looked after in his going away package. He wont have to work for a long time.

June 12, 2015 @ 8:52 AM

Argie

I've criticized Jon Stewart in the past but I have to give him credit. He had a great take on the New York Times attack of Marco Rubio's "excessive" expenses. Quite funny.
http://www.politico.com/story/2015/06/jon-stewart-savages-new-york-times-reporting-on-marco-rubios-finances-118867.html

June 12, 2015 @ 8:56 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

IMHO, Leslie Roberts was getting PR clients on his programs. That's a clear conflict of interest. He had to go.

Solomon's customers (that bought the art he made a commission on) never appeared on his programs, except Mark Carney, who would have been on regardless. It doesn't smell nearly as bad.

But at this point, with the magnifying glass on the CBC, you can't be too careful. Any indiscretion will get you canned, unless you're Peter Mansbridge or Rex Murphy.

June 12, 2015 @ 8:57 AM

Lyle Lanley

If Kevin Donovan calls you, don't answer.

June 12, 2015 @ 9:03 AM

McNulty

See, Argie? He goes after the stupidity in the media. And this is one of those really stupid things. I wish there was more critical reporting of things like this.

June 12, 2015 @ 9:04 AM

Lynne

@ Lyle Lanley - Good one!

@ Mike - Yes, the Leslie Roberts situation stank to high heaven.

I'm still waiting for somebody to show me how Solomon's art dealing activities affected his integrity when it came to how he presented his political shows. By some accounts, he's the type of person who probably would have made contact with the likes of Balsillie and Carney on the cocktail party, benefit circuit. He and his wife were known to be pretty active movers and shakers in the rarefied circles of the "Canadian Establishment", even before the CBC. I agree that his position with the CBC helped, but I'm not at all sure he wouldn't have figured out a way to insert himself into social circles that would be advantageous to his ambitions regardless.

Peter Mansbridge looked and sounded shaken on the National, right after word came down about Solomon. He had trouble putting words together on the panel concerning Type II diabetes.

June 12, 2015 @ 9:20 AM

Anonymous

Soloman was fired to detract attention from the senate audit. Pure and simple timing.

June 12, 2015 @ 10:13 AM

Ray

Do we know what killed Joan Chang yet? 31 years old and seemingly healthy, passed away last weekend.

June 12, 2015 @ 10:20 AM

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Quick plug for the podcast.

Matt Galloway is the current episode. Our chat is here: http://www.torontomike.com/2015/06/toronto_miked_podcast_episode_125.html

On Monday, I'm sharing my chat with Roger Ashby. Don'tcha dare miss it! Ashby's been at CHUM since '69.

June 12, 2015 @ 10:44 AM

Ben V

Everything now with the CBC will be a knee jerk reaction. Due to what they let happen with Jian, then Lang and now Soloman, they have no wriggle room.

Someone in that office is going to fart on camera or sneeze in the wrong direction and they'll get canned.

It's sad that regular oversight wasn't occurring in the first place.

June 12, 2015 @ 10:49 AM

Derrick

Re: Soloman, it's the clear appearance of a conflict that forced the CBC (a publicly funded agency) to remove him.

With his little side agency deal, he is (or was) financially motivated to use his position within CBC to meet with people that would further his personal gain, which could conflict with the mandate of the CBC and the mandate of his position within the CBC.

I.e. Soloman uses his position to book John Doe to meet him and comment on issue A on his show because John is more likely to purchase art, but he will not book Jane Doe, even though she is more qualified to comment on issue A, because of her lack of interest in art. Also, Soloman may not be so critical of John as well in order to curry favour with him. Soloman is clearly putting his interests above those of the CBC.

June 12, 2015 @ 11:04 AM

The Sane Voice

Tory just made a divided city more divided. The Councillors from the "the old Toronto" wards voted unanimously today for the Boulevard to replace the ugly and archaic Gardiner East. And still lost. The old Boroughs, a right wing cabal dominated by the Fordian Right, many of whom had to make a special trip to the East Gardiner to even see what it looked like, voted in lockstep with Tory. In so doing, they ignored the facts laid out in their own Official Plan, the approved Plan for Waterfront Toronto, the Environmental Assessment, the multi-million dollar third party Consultant's Report findings that they themselves commissioned, the last 4 Chief Planners, David Crombie, Anne Golden, the entire City planning staff, and thousands of highly-concerned citizens. All so that 5,000 drivers at rush hour can save somewhere between zero and two minutes on their commute.

But you nailed the Archie Bunker and Homer Simpson vote for sure, so you got that going for you.

Seriously, nice job, John: $100 million more expensive, 4,000 fewer permanent jobs, 900 fewer trees, 12% more greenhouse gas, $150 million less land sale cash profit for the city, $6 million a year in operating budget FOR THE NEXT 100 YEARS, crushed a $2 billion development site, and likely triggered a mega-million dollar lawsuit just for kicks.

You must not care that you hurt everyone today except the road hogs, the insular far right, and the craven suburban Councillors who shouldn't give a toss about surplus infrastructure in that part of the city, especially when removal saves millions, but who probably firmed up their nasty little bases today.

One last thing: You can kiss your "Mr.Uniter" title good-bye, although no doubt you will continue to claim it 'cause it sounds good.

June 12, 2015 @ 11:05 AM

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@Derrick

I understand why Solomon was shown the door, so I guess the question is why wasn't Amanda Lang shown the door.

Is it simply a matter of timing? You'd have to assume if the Amanda Lang news broke today, she's be gone, too.

And I sometimes wonder if it has anything to do with who breaks the story. The CBC clearly doesn't like former employee Jesse Brown. The Lang story was his. The Solomon story belongs to The Star's Kevin Donovan. Just thinking out loud here...

June 12, 2015 @ 11:09 AM

Lynne

@ Derrick

When you can present concrete evidence that any of that actually happened, I will agree with the firing of Solomon.

June 12, 2015 @ 11:10 AM

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@Lynne

Aye, but in journalism, the optics matter. The appearance of impropriety is enough to tarnish the integrity.

June 12, 2015 @ 11:13 AM

Derrick

@Lynne,

It doesn't matter whether you agree with it, removing Soloman was the right thing to do. The art agency agreement clearly put him in a position where his personal interests could (and probably would - 10% commission on high end art is a lot of coin) conflict with the performance of a job that the CBC was paying him for. The CBC had no choice but to remove him.

@TorontoMike,

I don't recall the specifics of the Lang issue (payment for speaking engagements at the RBC or BMO?) but it's probably timing more than anything. If she was caught doing that now she would probably be dismissed also.

June 12, 2015 @ 11:19 AM

Argie

@Lynne
Mike and Derrick are correct. Even if Solomon didn't use his influence as a CBC host, the optics are bad and also there's always that possibility he could in future use that said influence.

June 12, 2015 @ 11:24 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Derrick

More than just taking their money, she took their money and gave them favourable coverage on CBC. If that's not black-and-white conflict of interest, I don't know what is.

http://canadalandshow.com/article/amanda-lang-took-money-manulife-sun-life-gave-them-favourable-cbc-coverage

June 12, 2015 @ 11:27 AM

Cheryl

Well, let's get out the brooms. It's time to get out the brooms. The Orioles swept the Redsox. Yes, last night was another great game. Chris Tillman got a little shaky in the fourth inning though, but he won the game and Zack Britton the save. Homers by Adam Jones, Nolan Reimold and Manny Machado. I love my Orioles. My Diamondbacks didn't play last night. I don't have a pool anymore. Jack died apparently really early yesterday morning and so no pool. Oh well, I don't really need it anyway, but it's always sad when someone died though. My trainer says he is still planning to make it during Pan-Ams, but who knows how long it will take him to get here. It takes him about an hour now, as he leaves really eearly so no traffic, but who knows. I wish they would just cancel Pan-Ams or at least keep it all in one spot like it's all everywhere in other cities too such as Hamilton and then if you have all kinds of things in different places at once, it will be a mess. Now if there are games at 5:00 in the morning which you never know. There could very well be, then traffic will be like rush hour 24 7 and be like there is a snow storm every day, but obviously without the snow.

June 12, 2015 @ 11:29 AM

Lynne

@ Mike

Time will tell...

I guess we will have to see what happens next. His lawyer (if he engages one) might argue that the "optics" are being way overblown in this case. It appears that his union is considering backing him if he so desires. The problem of course being that he can never return to his former position at CBC regardless of the outcome of any legal or union transactions. That bridge has been burned. (The union sure wouldn't touch the Ghomeshi case with a 10 foot pole.)

@ Anonymous

As far as firing Solomon on the same day as Ferguson's Senate Scandal Audit Report broke (albeit following some incredible leaks days before), I can only see that as an unhappy coincidence. The Senate Scandal holds far more weight going forward, and it was probably a big ratings-getter for avid CBC news junkies like myself. I certainly felt Rosemary Barton's pain that day .... She fills in on the Power and Politics program very well. I hope they give it to her.

June 12, 2015 @ 11:30 AM

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I had a change of heart. Episode 126 with Roger Ashby is now live. Click through and listen! http://www.torontomike.com/2015/06/toronto_miked_podcast_episode_126.html

June 12, 2015 @ 11:38 AM

Tdotter

@Cheryl

The Jays have won 8 in a row.

June 12, 2015 @ 11:43 AM

The Sane Voice

Lang is trying to hold on to her job at CBC in order to keep her large overpaid salary, benefits and especially her golden pension so don't hold your breath waiting for her to resign. I have not watched her very often on TV as I considered her a lightweight as far as a business journalist and often wondered how she ever got the job in the first place. It seems to me that CBC management is circling the wagons. Amanda, do the honourable thing and resign.

June 12, 2015 @ 11:59 AM

Douglas

Typically Toronto. Council finally votes. 24-21 in favour of the "hybrid" plan that keeps a continuous limited-access highway loop around Toronto. Those on the losing side say "this is far from over" and suggest that any physical progress will be delayed by court injunctions, etc. for up to four years. The division of votes is right along the lines of those that have to drive into the city core vs. those that probably never do. One wonders if those who voted for "tear it down" won't be happy until there is only public transit (laugh) as a viable way of getting into the city core if you don't already live there. In at least one way, what a screwed-up city.

As a financial person, I have noted a trend in the past couple of years to use inflated future dollars for cost estimates, specifically when arguing against how "expensive" something is. "This is going to cost $X in 85 years!" In today's dollars, which is what we all truly understand, $X is much, much smaller. I go through this doing retirement planning on a regular basis with clients. Inflation is real and has an incredible effect, even at "just" 2% per year. The $500,000,000 ($500 million) in "savings" that was touted? $76 million in present day money, according to City of Toronto staff. As Terence Corcoran notes, that is 0.24% of Toronto's 10-year capital budget plan. Yes, a drop in the bucket.

If we (residents of southern Ontario) lose the freeway connection between the Gardiner and the Don Valley Parkway, which was built to establish a full highway connection between the Gardiner and the 401 for the eastern part of Toronto, Toronto will become one of the largest cities in the world, and the largest city in the western hemisphere, that does not have full freeway access in, through and out of its city core. Is that "progressive" (it depends on what you mean by "progressive", I think)? Commuter and tourist friendly (does Toronto want commuters and tourists coming into the car by something other than transit)? Every few months, I spend a day or two meeting with clients in downtown Toronto, coming in along Kingston Road, which used to be like driving on the moon west of Victoria Park Avenue. Given locations, timing and all the documentation I have to bring with me, transit is simply not a consideration. The trip is not a quick one, and for years has been jamming up in the morning at about Leslie St. Congestion relief comes when traffic splits between the Lakeshore and the Gardiner. All that traffic at ground level on a boulevard with stop lights, etc.? Kiss more business goodbye, Toronto. Not just mine.

June 12, 2015 @ 12:00 PM

Lynne

@ Mike

I have been pondering your Jesse Brown vs Kevin Donovan hypothesis. You may be onto something there. Of course, we will never know. The Lang thing really ticks me off. Who reported that one first? Before today, I was unaware that "canadalandshow.com" even existed.

On another note: Robyn Doolittle (who worked with Kevin Donovan on the Ford crack video story) went to The Globe and Mail following her departure from The Toronto Star. Then she wrote a well-researched book about Toronto and the Ford family called "Crazy Town". Judging from yesterday's vote at City Hall, it seems the title still holds.

PS: Go Jays, Go!

June 12, 2015 @ 12:21 PM

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My friend Jason wrote this on Facebook alongside a picture of the vote results yesterday.

Toronto's actual gravy train... everyone in green basically. Why? Well they just limited millions of dollars of development and investment potential on the eastern waterfront. They also just spent half a billion of your dollars so as 3% of the Gardiner's traffic saves 3-minutes or so in the future.

This all despite the fact that 72% of people enter Toronto's core *not* in any private vehicle whatsoever and that adding transit capacity desperately needs that money more (i.e., DRL, SmartTrack, Queens Quay East ROW, etc.).

Here's your real elites in action Toronto. Don't ever let them call you that again.

June 12, 2015 @ 12:27 PM

meta 4

the people who like concrete, even concrete falling now and then in chunks, tend to have fossilized brains, which probably explains the attraction to the Gardiner, which is quite unlike any garden

June 12, 2015 @ 12:41 PM

meta 4


2.
without concrete we have no modern world and being modern puts us in fossil fuel territory...our brains fueled, our bodies transported...we are all fossilized...we have no choice

June 12, 2015 @ 12:52 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

Without concrete, there would be no ballpark formerly known as Skydome.

June 12, 2015 @ 12:54 PM

Nigel Trousershrapnel

Amanda Lang is the daughter of Otto Lang, a Liberal Cabinet Minister during the Trudeau years. Bachelor of Environmental Studies, focus on architecture from U of Manitoba. No formal business training to speak. Learned most of her financial journalism on the fly. Attractive but I wouldn't buy a used car from her.

June 12, 2015 @ 1:01 PM

meta 4

Yes true Mike. I suppose we can't exactly return to carved stone temples.

June 12, 2015 @ 1:02 PM

The Sane Voice

If you take money from two sources (eg the CBC and the RBC - or the financial industry if you prefer) then you have two masters and therefore you have the potential for a conflict of interest.

If you then mix the work of one with the other (eg interviewing a representative of one master for the clients of another ) then you have a real conflict of interest. Not a perception of a conflict, but a real actual conflict. That's what a conflict of interest is.

It's one of the most basic rules of working for multiple clients that you keep them completely separate. If you don't think you can then you are open and honest with both clients.

If Lang doesn't understand this then she simply isn't good enough for the job.

June 12, 2015 @ 1:07 PM

Derrick

What I find very odd about the Solomon/Lang issues are that, presumably, these are two intelligent individuals. Or, at the very least, they would surround themselves with intelligent people - lawyer, accountant, agent, spouse. Either they or one of their intelligent friends would have told them - "Listen, in the short term, this little paid speaking gig/art agency agreement may pay some dividends, but in the long-term I/you will live to regret it because of the perceived conflict of interest. Maybe it isn't such a good idea."

It should've been painfully obvious that these side deals have a lot of risk attached to them in terms of endangering their primary profession, and it probably isn't worth taking the risk. Why do it?

June 12, 2015 @ 1:50 PM

Lynne

@ Derrick

Why do a lot of people in the public eye do what they do?

Intelligence aside, it doesn't take much brain power to put nude pictures of yourself in the cloud, and then get all huffy about being hacked. (They got a lot of free publiclity though.)

Nor does it seem likely that a topless Royal princess would allow the paparazzi possible access to her on a boat with someone other than her Royal hubby sucking her toes. Fergie paid dearly for that blunder.

People are endlessly amazing. I wake up daily to see what's next.

June 12, 2015 @ 2:17 PM

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Amanda Lang wasn't just profiting from RBC while covering RBC, she was literally sleeping with an RBC board member.

June 12, 2015 @ 2:22 PM

Lynne

@ Mike

I thought everybody knew that. That’s why I said she probably has an ongoing conflict of interest, as opposed to Soloman who ended his relationship with Bailey prior to his firing - and who also disclosed his art business in a legal document at the CBC, weeks ago.

To be fair, one wouldn't expect Amanda Lang to be sleeping with a used car salesman just to keep her job. She crossed the line more than once though, and still she remains.

At what point do we draw the line between private lives and the execution of a job performed with integrity when also in the public eye?

Apparently bad optics is all it takes in the case of Soloman. The Salem Witch trials come to mind. Never mind the facts, let's deal with "optics".

June 12, 2015 @ 2:39 PM

Argie

@Mike
She was "allegedly" sleeping with a RBC executive. Just so no one here gets Brian Burked (i.e. sick the lawyers on you).

June 12, 2015 @ 3:28 PM

4x4 Time

I have been told by friends in the Industry ( I am not in this field, so I do not know) that Rex Murphy has often been a keynote speaker at oil, gas and mining industry events. I would assume these are paid appearances. Should he resign as he seems to be the CBC crier for these industries?

June 12, 2015 @ 3:28 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Argie

No "allegedly" necessary. She disclosed her relationship with Geoff Beattie to her executive producer.

http://canadalandshow.com/article/update-amanda-lang-%E2%80%9Cserious-relationship%E2%80%9D-rbc-board-member-while-reporting-rbc

June 12, 2015 @ 3:33 PM

Argie

@4 x 4
The only explanation I have for Murphy is that he's not a host or newsreader (a la Solomon or Mansbridge). He's a columnist/political pundit and is known for being biased.

Thankfully he's one of the few conservatives currently with CBC. I hope he doesn't get canned...

@Mike
OK. I heard it on the radio but they were using the famous "allegedly" tag with it.

June 12, 2015 @ 3:44 PM

tiptoe

Rex Murphy allegedly (cough cough)

June 12, 2015 @ 5:35 PM

Cheryl

Well, my Orioles do it again last night. They won again 11 to 3. That's wonderful. Home runs by Caleb Joseph and a three run homer by Chris Davis. Ubaldo Geminez got the win. He started off shaky, but still got the win. My Diamondbacks also won a squeaker 1 to 0. That's wonderful beating the world champion Giants. Anyway, if we get rid of the Gardiner, does this mean my trainer won't be able to commute anymore? I hope not. Anyway, let's cancel Pan-Ams first. Ii don't want them and II'm not the only one.

June 13, 2015 @ 7:09 AM

James Edgar

Suzuki 1 and 2 to start the MotoGP race in catalunya Spain tomorrow. AWESOME.

Probably won't win but if they do it would be there first in quite a long time early 90's at least.

Full disclosure I ride a Suzuki , I don't want to get fired down the road for a conflict of interest!

June 13, 2015 @ 12:33 PM

Bill

@Cheryl YES it's true if we get rid of the Gardener then your trainer will not be able to commute.
He will have to buy a Condo in central Toronto.
Also by 2016 if you don't own a laptop then you will have no access to the internet.
You will be able to apply for (non laptop status) but i hear that the process will take a long time.

June 13, 2015 @ 4:02 PM

Rick C in Oakville

Toronto still needs the east Gardiner. Sorry that everyone doesn't work in one location and can avail themselves of public transit. I know many service, delivery companies that need to get to their customers that use this.
Can't see where the loss of development is keeping it, seems the Condos by Spadina are virtually touching the Gardiner, and 8 lanes of Boulevard is going to take up a sizeable piece of real estate. Isn't most of the land in this district partly contaminated from years of industrial dumping?

June 13, 2015 @ 5:14 PM

Lorne

@rickC: contaminated land's no obstacle when there's developers who need to make money.

I mean, there's entire subdivisions in Maple that are built ontop of a landfill. They just dumped dirt ontop of it and built houses. FFS, there's still active methane-release chimneys. How much confidence can you have in your land when there's literally flaming pillars of gas running 24x7 so that the entire places doesn't explode?!?

June 13, 2015 @ 11:30 PM

Cheryl

Well, my Orioles do it again last night. This is wonderful. Another home run by Nolan Reimold. Manny Machado hits another one and David Lough hits a pinch hit home run. Norris was shaky, but Chaz Roe came on in relief and got the win. Also my Diamondbacks do it again beating the World Champion Giants. It was a great night. Well, that would be no good if my trainer couldn't commute anymore. Does this mean that nobody would ever be able to get from Hamilton to Toronto? That wouldn't be good. My trainer is in Hamilton so he can be closer to his wife's family. Also he says houses in Toronto are too expensive. So why make it impossible for people to commute. Let's cancel Pan-Ams. We don't need them.

June 14, 2015 @ 8:18 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Cheryl

Blue Jays have won 10 in a row.

June 14, 2015 @ 9:49 AM

Bill

@ Cheryl Yes they have thought of that.
By boat.I think there will be three boats daily 5am,1pm and 7pm
There will be entertainment,a buffet and a open bar.I hear the cost will be $55.50 + GST each way.
It leaves from STELCO in Hamilton and docks where Captain John's used to be. (That is why they towed away Captain John's a couple of weeks ago.
Of course there will be no service December thru March 15th.

June 14, 2015 @ 11:00 AM

Cheryl

You need a boat to go from Hamilton to Toronto now? That's no good. Are you really serious? So my trainer will have to take a boat. I should complain about that. Does this mean my trainer won't be able to come from December to March. That means he won't be able to take me ice skating in the winter. That's awful. Well, my Orioles lost yesterday. That's a bummer, but my Diamondbacks won yesterday. I got one win.

June 15, 2015 @ 8:27 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Cheryl

Someone is having fun with you.

And wrestling is not a sport. Well, the Olympic wrestling is, but the Rowdy Roddy Piper stuff isn't.

June 15, 2015 @ 8:33 AM

Argie

@Bill & Cheryl
I've often taken the "golden horseshoe express" (at least that's what I call it). I love how they serve booze and gambling is permitted (except craps - not sure why) so its quite a party. A jazz bland plays nightly and the dames are a plenty. Good times, good times.

June 15, 2015 @ 9:14 AM

traffic patrol

I think the idea for the east end 'lands' was mixed use. Business, housing, green space. I think the idea was to not go wall to wall condo. The 'boulevard' (8 lanes?) would still be open to trucks and delivery vehicles. Apparently studies show they would lose 3 minutes per trip.

June 15, 2015 @ 10:48 AM

Jason from Sudbury

Hawks win the cup!

June 16, 2015 @ 12:03 AM

Cheryl

I hope that boat thing is not true. That wouldn't be good. Anyway, my Orioles won. Awesome win by Wei-Yin Chen and Matt wieters hit a three run homer. My Diamondbacks also won and another homer by Paul Goldschmidt. As for the cup, who cares. The Habs will win it next year or the Coyotes. One of those teams will win it. Ravens and Cardinals to the Superbowl.

June 16, 2015 @ 6:44 AM

Cheryl

How about those Orioles. They were just awesome. They won 17 to 3. Yes, you heard right. They were so awesome. Home runs by Manny Machado twice, Cris Davis, Chris Parmalee, and my favourite player, Jimmy Paredes. I like all the players, but Jimmy Paredes is my favourite. He is a DH most of the time though, but he is so good. Anyway, Diamondbacks lost which was not good.

June 17, 2015 @ 10:52 AM

Anonymous

A Canadian senator who is under investigation for workplace sexual harassment is facing a new allegation that he had a sexual relationship with a teenager during the past two years.

Don Meredith, 50, has been a senator since 2010 and is also a Pentecostal pastor with the Praise Centre in Toronto.

According to the young woman, who is now 18, the relationship began soon after she turned 16. She met Meredith at a church event in Ottawa.

She said it began with sexually explicit chats over Skype and Viber in which Meredith asked her to remove her top and underwear. She said he then masturbated on camera.

The relationship progressed to physical intimacy, kissing and touching before the girl turned 18. Soon after she turned 18, the woman said, they had intercourse twice.

Meredith was appointed to the Senate by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in 2010. He had run unsuccessfully as the Conservative candidate in the 2008 by-election in Toronto Centre.

June 17, 2015 @ 10:03 PM

Cheryl

Well, How about those Orioles. Another win. This is great. Anyway, my Diamondbacks won as well so a great night. Now let's keep it going. My teams are great.

June 18, 2015 @ 4:19 AM

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