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The end of summer. I've been out of school for a while but I still feel like I'm going back Tuesday.

September 4, 2015 @ 8:21 AM


Bring back the Tuesday "Open Mike".

September 4, 2015 @ 8:22 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


I feel the same.

I've been out of school since the late 90s and I still have that feeling in the pit of my stomach.

Maybe I'm feeling it on behalf of my two school-age kids who have to go back Tuesday, or maybe it's from years of conditioning.

September 4, 2015 @ 8:25 AM

Sam in Pickering

Yes! We want the Tuesday Open Mike back!

September 4, 2015 @ 8:27 AM


What Mr. Harper has done to Canada's reputation as a home for immigrants is truly shameful. We should all be disgusted. Refugees are not welcome in Mr. Harper's Canada.

September 4, 2015 @ 8:36 AM

John Ruskin

The civilians in Syria are in an impossible situation. It's not just ISIS (Islamic State). There are Al Queada militias and the militias trained and supplied by the United States. There is Hezbollah fighting ISIS. There is Al Queada, ISIS, and the American trained militias fighting each other. There is the Syrian army fighting all three of them.
And that description is probably the tip of the iceberg.
What a frightful scenario for people caught in the crossfire trying to keep their children safe.

September 4, 2015 @ 8:58 AM

Ryan G /

I'd hate to be the guy who has to do closing inventory for Active Surplus on Queen west, given the store's closing soon.

I must say though, that when I've poked and prodded for cheap cables and connectors from this place, I've often thought about the salt-mine like working conditions the parts came from. I think about the poor men, women (and children?) toiling in some shit hole foreign factory, getting a couple of bucks a day, and I must admit I feel guilty...then I see that the price for a 10' HDMI cable is eight bucks, say to myself: WOW THAT'S AWESOME and then I forget all about those people.

September 4, 2015 @ 9:09 AM


Mike: Do you still use your chromecast? Recently cut the cable and home phone, I find some things work fine like you tube vids but I have tried streaming shows like income property which my wife likes directly from the hgtv website they are glitchy and motion is jerky robotlike kind of funny but not watchable. Streaming from my DELL laptop thoughts?

September 4, 2015 @ 9:21 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


I use it all the time. I used it to watch the Track and Field champtionships that were streamed on, I use it for YouTube, I use it for Netflix. I'm often streaming from a Dell laptop, too.

Is it just the HGTV site that's giving you grief?

September 4, 2015 @ 9:33 AM


I was reading yesterday that the current Cdn govt admits more refuges than any other country (per capita) in the world. So much for that "cold-hearted" Conservative Party/Harper narrative spewed by the NDP, Liberals and their media party.

More relevant, if you look at the countries where these refugees are desperately trying to flee, you'll see most of them are infested with the scourge of Islamic extremism. Sure, if you want to, blame the US, Israel, George Bush, the UK, The Vatican.... whomever but all you have to do is to embrace the truth. That is, these groups (ISIS, Al-Qaida, Boko Haram, the Taliban, and God knows who else) must be stopped and stamped out like cockroaches.

That's the only way to peace and for these people to live happily in their home land.

September 4, 2015 @ 9:35 AM



Harper is combining immigrants and refugees, however, two different classifications. Canada does accept a lot of economic immigrants, around 165,000 last year. But refugees make up less than 10 per cent of the people accepted into Canada. And the number of refugees granted status in Canada is down from over 35,000 in 2005 to roughly 23,000 in 2014. 

September 4, 2015 @ 9:46 AM

Rob J

No way Harper in his wildest dreams thought he'd have to pretend to like brown-skinned Muslims so much in order to get elected. He's wishing for a new senate scandal.

September 4, 2015 @ 9:59 AM

get back jojo

Beware simplistic answers and slogans. Cause and effect is easy to identify but rarely accurately. Leading to a compounding of the original problem.

September 4, 2015 @ 10:00 AM

get back jojo

My observation is a general principle. Not aimed at any comment here. One would do well to analyze situations with new information. Usually we repeat the same misunderstanding.

September 4, 2015 @ 10:02 AM


@ Rob J. LOL!!!!!!!!

September 4, 2015 @ 10:05 AM


@argue: Declan pointed out the fallacy of your point. Were you reading the sun when you got you incorrect information?

Yes all those terrorist organizations should be stamped out. Unfortunately the growth of ISIS All Qaida and the Taliban are all the result of American hubris and decisions to invade. Are any of these countries better off after the help of the big Ol USA?

Even their dreaded enemy IRAN is the result of American intervention.

September 4, 2015 @ 10:16 AM

James Edgar

So I just Googled refugees by capita and i got quite a few conflicting results.

The feds themselves ( )say that they are allowing 10000 a year ,clearly that's been ignored. as the average since 1990 is around 29000.

The immigration policies are 250000 immigrants a year according to a few places including Wikipedia. But i didn't find that on any Gov site yet.

But "In 2010, Canada accepted 280,681 immigrants (permanent and temporary) of which 186,913 (67%) were Economic immigrants; 60,220 (22%) were Family class; 24,696 (9%) were Refugees; and 8,845 (2%) were Other.[" Wikipedia .

The point being the numbers are all over the place making it very hard to get a handle on whether we are doing the right thing.

And I've been refining searches even as i type this and found this page which shows numbers fro 1990 -2014 .
Some good info there actually.

And I'm still confused but seen a picture of the 3 year old finally this morning ( I admit I've been avoiding ) I think in this case we need to open our doors and make a difference.

September 4, 2015 @ 10:17 AM

James Edgar

@ Anon Isis is without doubt a result of the misguided and hopeless invasion of Iraq the rest were already around and being dicks long before.

I do agree I'd like them stamped out though.

I have no idea how that might be accomplished though. Short of an all out ground war or maybe dropping some nukes. And those are pretty bad ideas. In fact probably insane ans stupid ideas.

No doubt that will be trumps next campaign idea then come to think of it.

September 4, 2015 @ 10:25 AM


Well, I am glad I don't have to go back to school anymore. I was in a boarding school. I hated that place, especially in the younger grades. No more boarding school for me. I used to hate Labour Day because that meant that the next day I would have to go back to school. Well, Orioles and Diamondbacks didn't play last night so that means they didn't lose. Anyway, Kean won the first game of the spiel 7 to 2, so yea for Team Kean. Kean is going to be the bet team this year. They are going to show the other guys that they can do it and they will be going to the Brier again. The only team who won't be able to beat them is my trainer and my trainer doesn't play until November. Kean is the best team. They'll be winning lots more. Next is at 2:00 this afternoon.

September 4, 2015 @ 11:14 AM


According to the UNHCR, Canada was ranked #5 in the world for accepting refugees in 2010. Now we're ranked #15 and dropping fast. On a per capita basis, we're not #1 either. We're #26.

from 'Project Democracy.'

September 4, 2015 @ 2:36 PM

CFL Labour Day Weekend/Classics (Douglas)

Time for your friendly neighbourhood Hamilton Tiger-Cat fan from Ajax to check in. Both of this Monday's CFL Labour Day Classic games are games for first place in the respective divisions. Throw in the intense rivalry between the teams, and the fact that they play each other again on this week's visitors' home fields and you have the making of what should be top-notch competition and games.

Having said that, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats are favoured by 7½ points over the Toronto Argonauts. After losing for the first time at Tim Hortons Field last week to les Alouettes de Montréal, on the night of retiring Angelo Mosca's number, no less, the Cats will be even hungrier than usual for a win at home, and look to repeat that again at SkyDome/Rogers Centre next Friday. Calgary, at home, is a 6-point favourite over Edmonton. If the Stampeders can get to whoever is playing behind centre for Edmonton, they'll cover that easily.

For Blind Dave, if you're still following the Roughriders, they'd better beat Winnipeg at least once in either Sunday's game at home or in the Banjo Bowl next week at IG Field. Neither of those games is worth putting money on. Save your money for the 50/50 draws.

Oskee Wee Wee!!! I wonder if I'll have a voice for work on Tuesday.

September 4, 2015 @ 3:01 PM

I did not know this

The al-Assad family has been in control since the 1970s. Beginning in 2006, four year of devastating drought left 800,000 Syrians with nothing. Many of these people fled to the cities where there were already one million Iraqi refugees and 250,000 Palestinian refugees. The internally displaced Syrians agitated for Assad's government help and the basis of the 2011 Syrian civil war took form.

I did not know this.

September 4, 2015 @ 3:10 PM

I did not know this

So Syria had taken in one and a quarter million refugees. But we're number one.

September 4, 2015 @ 3:28 PM


"Right now, and for the foreseeable future, we are focusing 100% of our time on helping stop Stephen Harper and the Conservative party from ruining our country."

Taken directly from the "Project Democracy" website. Reliable source you have there.....

September 4, 2015 @ 3:58 PM

Argie's heroes

'Simply arriving on our shores and claiming hardships isn't good enough. This isn't a self-selection bonanza or a social program buffet."
Chris Alexander, 2014

Jason Kenney examined limiting refugees with health problems – including torture victims: documents

Benjamin Shingler, The Canadian Press | September 3, 2013 8:52 PM ET
More from The Canadian Press

September 4, 2015 @ 4:01 PM


Project Democracy is quoting UNCHR statistics.

September 4, 2015 @ 4:08 PM


It's all Harper and the Conservatives fault.
You anti Cons are unbelievable in your bias. I'm sure you I'll find a way to blame the depleting Deer population on Harper.

September 4, 2015 @ 5:45 PM


So what I discovered I was streaming direct from the website on chrome. If you download the app and cast from there it works much better, still experimenting.

September 4, 2015 @ 5:46 PM


This may be a bit long in length, but is VERY important to me.

My brother David 47 yrs old passed away with health problems this past Wed. afternoon. He had Downs Syndrome (an extra chromosome) which affects mental & physical abilities. He was diagnosed approx. 1 month after he was born as the family in 1967 but had to wait 2 weeks for results. It was sheer HELL on everyone as 4 other kids as he was the youngest & I was the oldest. 3 sisters in between. 5 kids in 10 1/2 years.
When my Dad came home after he was born I was in heaven - finally a brother, dreaming of playing sports & other boy stuff - I was only 10 years old.
Things got progressively worse as he need constant attention. My Dad worked as a laborer 6 sometimes 7 days a week for 8-12 hrs. to put food on the table & clothes on our back. My Mom stayed home to look after us. It was difficult. Finally a social worker came & suggested to talk to our local MP about placement in a home for David. After all said & done the earliest anyone would take him would be 6 years old. He was placed in Oriilia institution for 2 years when he tuned 6 & he was fortunate not "living in cage" like others. He then transferred to a home in Haliburton which was awesome but the costs were expensive.

Because of the severity of his disease (5th degree which is the highest - mental capacity 4-5 years old & physical 4-5 years old) the family was given an option - he be classified as a person
to the ward of the Ont. Gov't. They would look after lodging, clothes & his meals. It still cost $ but lot lesser scale. Parents took this option, with still full availability to visit, etc. He moved to another home in Pickering after he turned 20 & was living there since he passed. The staff loved him & so did many other patients. He worked everyday putting beads on string to sell at local stores - to make $ for the facility. He knew to put 1,2,3,4,etc. in sequence.

Early on our family would visit 2-3 times/year & then somewhat less & less as he didn't recognize any of us. ! have visited & my 1 sister has kept the most contact with the home the last few years. He actually passed away in her arms as she called by doctor that death was imminent. His breathing & heart finally failed him. Initially we were told live until 16, maybe 20.
He was cremated today & the Nursing home is having a service & reception in his honor in the next couple of weeks.
Even tough I was not "close" with him I thought of him a lot just imagining WHAT IF? especially after Dad & Mom passed away many years ago.

He Ain't Heavy BUT HE' MY BROTHER.
RIP David - Love Ya

Dale (Dad)

September 4, 2015 @ 6:22 PM

Rick C in Oakville

@ dale, unbelievably heart felt, I have been blessed with healthy siblings, son and daughter and a father who is almost 90 years old with excellent health. I can't imagine how difficult the decisions were for your parents and the effect it would have on the rest of your family. My condolences.

September 4, 2015 @ 7:17 PM

Rick C in Oakville

@ryan, I didn't realise Active surplus was still going, did they still have the Gorilla out front?

September 4, 2015 @ 7:18 PM


Thanks for sharing this story about your brother. May he rest in peace.

September 4, 2015 @ 8:01 PM


@dale my condolences. =(

September 4, 2015 @ 8:18 PM



Your pain in losing your brother is palpable. Every syllable oozes love.

September 4, 2015 @ 8:36 PM


I'm a social media person. A friend of mine was charged yesterday with texting & driving with a minor collision rear ending. $ 490 & 3 demerit points.

41 people in GTA have died because of Texting, tweeting & talking on cell phones this year.
I pull over & do my stuff then. This is almost as bad as drinking & driving.

September 4, 2015 @ 8:46 PM

get back jojo

Declining deer populations? Let's look into this.

Herbicide spraying on Crown land hurts deer herd: biologist February 18, 2014 New Brunswick, CBC
... A coalition of biologists, hunting and recreation groups is calling for a ban on herbicide spraying of public forests.... a joint letter to Minister of Natural Resources Paul Robichaud... attacks the government for underestimating the impact of spraying on deer herds...

September 4, 2015 @ 8:55 PM

get back jojo

I had no idea deer populations were declining. From a quick scan I see it has to do with (what I think is) 'fracking,' herbicide spraying, climate change (leading to impossibly deep snows and cold). I would imagine 'pipelines' fit in there also.

My question is: what political decisions are being made, and by who, that affect deer (and other wildlife) both positively and negatively.

September 4, 2015 @ 9:06 PM

4x4 Time

Look, I do not normally care about most political issues in Canada, because I do not think any of the parties we have in Canada really give two fucks what real Canadians think or care.
I am not shocked but embarrassed at all parties trying to build an isolated immigration issue into something more than it should be.
Harper - More guns will solve everything
Lib Guy - It's Canada's fault
Smiley Tom- I would let everyone in...

September 4, 2015 @ 9:34 PM


The biggest problem in my area is Coyotes (according to farmers). They are out of control for whatever reason. Haven't seen a deer since early spring. Sad indeed.
And where are the skunks these days? Haven't seen one , or smelt one in years?

September 4, 2015 @ 9:41 PM

Abner Doubleplay

Oh i wonder how the Baltimore Orioles did on Friday?
8 different sports channels...two 24 hour all sports stations and i still don't know
Maybe the ole fat lady who sits behind home plate for most Blue Jay games knows?
Then again she is there just to be seen..she has no idea there is a baseball game going on right in front of her.
Oh how i could possibly find out? And as a bonus find out what at least one other team did on Friday.
Oh Kreskin where are you?

September 5, 2015 @ 3:46 AM


@ Dale

What you wrote about your brother David really touched me. I am very sorry for your loss.

September 5, 2015 @ 7:26 AM


Dale, I'm so sorry to hear about your brother. This is so sad. It's awful. Anyway, how about those Orioles. A big win. They needed it. Jimmy Paredes was playing. He got a couple hits. It's about time. Chris Davis, Adam Jones and Matt Wieters homered. Now let's win again today. My Diamondbacks lost though. Not good. Kean won their first game, lost the second one badly, but won the third game so they are 2 and 1 and don't play again until 4:30 this afternoon. Kean is the best team this season other than my trainer's team when they play. My trainer's team will beat Kean, but hardly anyone else will. Kean will win lots this season. I just know this.

September 5, 2015 @ 8:07 AM


So this is going to go over like a lead balloon but who is going to pay for all of these refugees in the countries that accept them? Germany is taking in 10,000. England is pledging 6,000. This will not stop the tide of human misery but increase it. I think the only solution is troops on the ground. Take over the whole region. Topple Assad and squash ISIS. Help these people rebuild there own countries. The have countries will be over run by starving, desperate, people unless we solve the problem where this is happening. Say what you will, if its ww3 then it must be.

September 5, 2015 @ 9:59 AM


Dale - Your story was touching. Even though you were not close to your brother, my condolences to you and your family.

Abner Doubleday - Great post. If only the game result was different.

September 5, 2015 @ 10:16 AM


@ All

I want to thank you all for your comments regarding my brothers passing. I really means a lot to me & my family.

Much appreciated.

September 5, 2015 @ 12:14 PM

John in oakville

Any word if Maddog will be returning to radio this fall?

September 5, 2015 @ 12:36 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@John in oakville

I haven't heard of anything on that front. I know he's hoping to, but I don't know if it's happening yet.

September 5, 2015 @ 12:39 PM

John in oakville

It seems across the country there have bit a lot of format shifts. Toronto has been pretty stable except for the Corus layoffs. Both the fan 590 and AM 640 are getting new programming directors so perhaps there will be changes there.

September 5, 2015 @ 12:52 PM

Abner Doubleplay

@ Douglas Thank you.But read again its Abner Doubleplay

September 5, 2015 @ 1:14 PM


and after World War three we'll all eat cotton candy and dance to the Bay City Rollers and Paris Hilton will become a schoolteacher in Sudbury.

September 5, 2015 @ 1:18 PM


***We prefer drowned children thank you***

The government regularly boasts how refugee claimants have dropped in half in the last several years. It’s no surprise, given their tactics. Like border agents installed in airports around the world, preventing refugees from boarding flights. Or billboards in Europe telling the Roma to forget about seeking asylum. Or new laws that arbitrarily label countries as “safe” - even decidedly unsafe ones like Hungary and Mexico - and thus prohibit people there from applying for refugee status. Those lucky enough to try are being rejected by a bureaucratic selection rigged to take less and less people.

Refugees that reach Canada discover it resembles more a fortress than a liberal country. The government throws into detention any “irregular arrivals” – as desperate people are bound to be. 10,000 people every year – including hundreds of children – wallow in detention facilities that go by disturbing names like Montreal’s “Immigration Prevention Centre,” surrounded by razor-wire fences, on the outskirts of major cities. Others are thrown into provincial prisons, including maximum-security: that makes Canada the only western country that jails refugees and migrants in the same place as convicts.

from the Guardian

September 5, 2015 @ 2:31 PM


*******drowned******** in red tape, in detention centres, in restrictions, in hopelessness, in bureaucracy,

preferably out of sight, our mission as a so called Christian nation is to extend the hand of helpfulness as minimally as possible.

September 5, 2015 @ 3:49 PM


Well, my Orioles lost. That was no good. I do not want to talk about that game. They lost it. Hopefully we win today and win the series. Orioles can do it. Also my Diamondbacks lost again so baseball didn't go good either. Kean lost yesterday. They play again in a bit. If they lose again, they are out of the spiel. I need them to win. Kean can do it. They have to. They're playing some team from New York, so of course they will win.

September 6, 2015 @ 7:24 AM

Dr. Who

from The Beaverton:

NEWARK, UPPER CANADA -- Citing his strong personal conviction that refugees must complete proper screening before entering Canada, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander has traveled back to the 1780s to deny his ancestors’ refugee claim.

Alexander, acting as a colonial administrator for British North America, intercepted seven of his ascendants trying to cross the Niagara River who were fleeing the American Revolution.

“We are betwixt two frontiers and not ample supplies to last us a fortnight,” explained Herbert John Alexander, a farmer who was fleeing Pennsylvania because of his loyalty to King George III. “I hath already been tarred and feathered as a traitor. I face a certain death by hanging if I return.”

“That’s unfortunate, but there is no evidence of who you are, nor any paperwork,” Minister Alexander responded with a list and feather pen in hand. “You don’t even have any titles to this land and there are many other refugees who have been waiting for years to enter. Additionally, there aren’t five signatures from His Majesty's Subjects that can vouch for you as refugees.”

Alexander also pointed out to his ascendants that two of the five children have scurvy, which would place a burden on Upper Canada’s fledgling farming economy.

more at site

September 6, 2015 @ 8:50 AM

agree with Argie

I completely agree with Argie that ISIS should be stamped into the ground never to rise again. We need to find who is supporting them. Who is selling them those pickup trucks. Who buys their oil. Who sells them weapons. Who is buying the artifacts they strip from ancient, heritage sites.

Can you shed light on this Argie? Perhaps we can contact out MPs to apply war-making against these supporters of ISIS.

September 6, 2015 @ 9:01 AM


@dale - I usually just skim the comments, but I read every word in your post. My condolences to you and your family.

I start school on Tuesday. I don't think I've ever had a good night's sleep on Labour Day. The "back to school" feeling never goes away no matter how many years you've been teaching. Seeing the Halloween stuff at Dollarama is just another reminder summer is really over.

Question for anyone - the new rules of the road for Ontario that came into effect Sept. 1 , does a cyclist require a light or will a white front reflector and red rear reflector suffice? I don't have a light because I never ride at night, but can't seem to find clarity on what is required. Thanks.

September 6, 2015 @ 6:32 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


All bikes must have:

A bell or horn.
A front light and back light (or front and back reflector strips)
Proper brakes.

September 6, 2015 @ 8:43 PM


Some of the comments here are really hilarious. No seriously, keep them coming.

September 6, 2015 @ 9:38 PM

Tinklebell (your conservative candidate)

Conservative candidate Jerry Bance was caught on CBC-TV's Marketplace in 2012 urinating in a homeowner's coffee mug and dumping the contents into the sink.

Bance, the Conservative candidate for the battleground Toronto riding of Scarborough Rouge Park, has been a service technician for the last 25 years. He owns and operates XPress Appliance Service, an appliance repair company in the Greater Toronto Area.

September 6, 2015 @ 10:33 PM


My Orioles lost again. That sucks, but they lost again. Oh well, they'll win today I hope. My Diamondbacks also lost. Kean did really well yesterday until that last game when that Sweden team beat them so now they are out of this spiel. That sucks. I thought they were going to win it, but they didn't. Anyway, next spiel in a couple weeks in Brockville and they will win. Football starts on Sunday. I can't wait. Ravens and Cardinals will win.

September 7, 2015 @ 7:45 AM


Pro tip: bet the farm against any team Cheryl says "will win".

September 7, 2015 @ 8:30 AM


I sure hope that Cheryl doesn't play Pro Line.

September 7, 2015 @ 9:03 AM


A party spokeswoman said Monday that Bance will not be running in the riding.

The Star couldn’t reach Bance or a spokesperson for the Conservative Party for comment Sunday.

A person who answered the phone number listed for Bance on the Conservative Party website said he was at the cottage.

September 7, 2015 @ 10:10 AM

Is this even possible?

The Conservative candidates just keep getting 'better and better.'

September 7, 2015 @ 11:55 AM

Prank or Rank?

The Conservative Party stumbled into the GTA Monday as it was forced to boot two of its Toronto candidates, one for prank calls reportedly involving his faking orgasms and mocking mentally disabled people, another for being caught on videotape urinating in a mug when he was on a contract call as a repairman.

Prank Calls? More like frightening harassment.

September 7, 2015 @ 3:37 PM


I propose a winner take all election. Pick the most disgraced candidate from each party, pit them all against each other in one federal riding 'Canada'. Winner takes all. Dig up all the dirt you can throw.

So far, I'm betting Ala Buzreba winds by a landslide, a tsunami, an avalanche. The PeeC party will need to have a last minute 'leadership' convention to elect the worst representative.

September 7, 2015 @ 7:39 PM


I'm thinking wanking off to a viagra rep (was it viagra) or pretending to while wearing a hoodie and sunglasses and videotaping yourself takes the cake for sheer disgrace.

September 7, 2015 @ 7:54 PM

tip of the iceberg

At the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), experts warned that, "In 2020, the UN has projected that we will have 50 million environmental refugees," the AFP reports. ...

The Marshall Islands are currently trying to figure out if they will remain a country when their island nation disappears underwater. They may be forced to flee even before their land is lost, due to predictions of dangerous tropical storms and rising salt levels in their drinking water.

September 7, 2015 @ 7:55 PM


conservative weirdness galore. You call this merely a crank call?

September 7, 2015 @ 10:10 PM


My Orioles lost yesterday. They should have won, but they blew it again. That sucks. My Diamondbacks won though. Anyway, my Orioles are slipping and slipping that's for sure. Oh well, hockey in a bit over a month. Habs will beat Leafs. Shutout for Carey Price.

September 8, 2015 @ 5:15 AM


Any word on "when" Saudi Arabia or Kuwait or Jordan will be taking in ANY reugees??? Didn't think so.

September 8, 2015 @ 9:06 AM


That's "refugees". My deepest apologies.

September 8, 2015 @ 9:08 AM


Interesting question found in a commentary:
Would Rob Ford have rinsed out the cup?

September 8, 2015 @ 10:08 AM



Jordan has quietly accepted 1.5 million refugees. Their population is 8 million.


I'm sorry for your loss. Beautiful write-up.

@Toronto Mike & Anonymous re: bike laws,

You only require lights at night. The law is worded that you technically must have them half an hour prior to sunset. Source. The fine was $20, I believe it's $85 now after the recent changes.

September 8, 2015 @ 10:09 AM

Ben V

@Markosaar: Had Jordan not taken in any it would have fuelled the self written narrative Argie loves so much. You may have just ruined his day.

September 8, 2015 @ 10:24 AM


I believe they've taken in the second-most in the world. Only Turkey has more.

Argie's right about Saudi Arabia and Kuwait however. And I believe Qatar is also notable for having kept its doors closed. They have been apparently donating substantial humanitarian funds for what it's worth.

September 8, 2015 @ 10:41 AM

Ben V

@ Markosaar: I'm sure Qatar has let some people in although not talked about it. I don't say that as they are being charitable, I'm sure they've just thrown more human misery at the undertaking for the World Cup. Cheap slave labour if they have transients showing up leaving a war torn country.

Saudi Arabia doesn't surprise, they have always had strained relations, between the two countries that is.

September 8, 2015 @ 11:38 AM


So now the question is what kind of horn does Mike have for his bicycle? Inquiring cyclist minds want to know.

I'm pro-cycling safety, but a permanently mounted horn on a bicycle is, for the most part, a pathetic effort. Non-iPhone plugged in and closed off from the world pedestrians might hear a bicycle horn, but with car windows generally closed? That horn had better be in the 100 decibel range of a motor vehicle horn. Even if a driver heard a bike horn, the response, more often than not in Toronto, would be ignore at the least, most likely a finger or the spouting of something that shouldn't be printed on this page.

September 8, 2015 @ 11:39 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


I've got a bell I bought at MEC on King Street for $7. I use it dozens of times a ride, especially on the Waterfront Trail when the pedestrians are plentiful.

I also got my lights at MEC. My kids have the identical setup on their bikes.

September 8, 2015 @ 11:42 AM


I use the bell to let people unaware know that I'm nearby/passing. It seems to work well enough. I specifically use it around parked cars where I'm not sure if there are people inside waiting to catch me with their doors.

But yeah, in a panic I shout. Need both hands to emergency brake!

September 8, 2015 @ 12:10 PM


Saudi Arabia? Who the Conservatives gave OUR Wheat Board to? Have they taken any refugees?

Good Question Argie.

September 8, 2015 @ 12:43 PM


Harper's Worst Offense against Refugees May Be His Climate Record

Scorching effects of rising temperatures add to chaos in the Middle East, scientists say.

September 8, 2015 @ 12:44 PM


@Mike - I've got a mix of Cateye and Nashbar front and rear lights from Bike Nashbar. I rarely ride when it's dark, but I want to be seen. Life out in the burbs and on the trails in Durham must be quieter, as I rarely have the occasion for a bell or horn. Occasionally, I announce "Bike on your left!" (or right, for people walking towards me, faces down in their cell phones), certainly at a volume higher than a bike bell. Thank yous and waves of acknowledgement are the most common responses.

On Saturday, I drove my car to the Port of Newcastle and picked up where I last was heading east on the Waterfront Trail. I rode to Port Hope and back. Lovely ride, nice scenery. I don't need both hands to count the number of cars en route, including in Port Hope. A few dozen motorcyclists, most of whom gave a greeting as they went by. A handful of cyclists, too. I thought I would see more cyclists. I also thought that being on Lakeshore Road, not far from the shore of Lake Ontario, would be flatter. I was wrong. It was a nice ride and good workout, though.

September 8, 2015 @ 1:25 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


For me, it depends if I'm going east or west on the Waterfront Trail from my place. If I'm going east, there are lots and lots of people. By the Humber Bay, towards the big white bridge and all the way to Queens Quay, it's cyclists, roller bladers, pedestrians and everything in between.

When I go west, to Jack Darling park or wherever, it's much less busy.

September 8, 2015 @ 1:29 PM


Mike Richards back on TSN with his journey with cancer. His talk with his doctor on air along with Wendal & Dougie & their promotion starting a foundation for colon rectal cancer for doctors can & hopefully make a difference.

Very heartwarming. The C word is terrible as I've been there & clean since 1996.

All the best Mike Richards.

September 8, 2015 @ 1:56 PM

Tory Hill, Ontario

Say what you will about Mr. Harper but there are people who do deeply and truly appreciate all he has done!
Especially these doctors!

September 8, 2015 @ 4:02 PM

Kawarthas Monarchist Society

What do those doctors mean by this:

Because, well, it would look extremely hypocritical to mourn the deaths of refugee children abroad while fighting a costly appeal with tax-payer money to take away health care from refugee children here at home -- wouldn't it?


September 8, 2015 @ 4:06 PM

Monarch Butterfly Coffee House (Tory Hill location)

This refugee stuff is too complicated for me. I'll stick with Wheel of Fortune and Vanna's nice gowns.

September 8, 2015 @ 4:10 PM


This blog is dying. Get the paddles!

September 8, 2015 @ 9:09 PM


There is only one horn anyone should have on their bicycle:

September 8, 2015 @ 9:28 PM

cut and paste

By: Michael Coren Published on Tue Sep 08 2015

I will not be voting Conservative at the forthcoming election. Not because I am committed to party politics — far from it — and nor because I am convinced of the righteousness of any particular politicians — I am certainly not — but for one very simple reason. I am a Christian. Yes, I will not be voting Conservative because I am a Christian.

September 9, 2015 @ 9:44 AM


Orioles won last night. That's great. It was close. Ryan Flaherty and Chris Davis hit home runs. Darren O'day got the win. Diamondbacks lost though. Anyway, Kean is curling in Newfoundland this week. They'll win hopefully.

September 9, 2015 @ 10:20 AM

Dr. Vinny Boomba

You did not hear this from me...
There is some hard evidence that Kean has tested for Performance Enhancing Drugs.

September 10, 2015 @ 6:26 AM

Jason from Sudbury

@Toronto Mike: Is it true Ross MacLeod is gonna be the new pd at the Edge?

September 10, 2015 @ 9:30 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Jason from Sudbury

Yes, Corus announced it yesterday.


102.1 the Edge Welcomes Back New Program Director

(Toronto, Ontario) Corus Radio Toronto welcomes Ross MacLeod to 102.1 the Edge (CFNY-FM). MacLeod will return to Corus as Program Director on September 21, 2015.

“We are happy to welcome Ross back to the Corus Entertainment family,” says Chris Sisam, General Manager, Corus Radio Toronto and Hamilton. “He has had a highly successful career in radio and we’re excited to see his passion for rock radio, combined with his talent and expertise, at the helm of the Edge.”

MacLeod held previous roles at Corus that include programming and hosting for Rock 101 (Vancouver), Q107 (Toronto) and Talk Radio AM640 (Toronto). Since leaving in 2007, he moved west to work with Fuel 90.3, 107.7 The River, Team 1260 and most recently was Program Director for the past four years at CJAY 92 and Funny 1060 AM.  

September 10, 2015 @ 9:34 AM


Kean has not tested positive for drugs. I know nothing about it and he wouldn't do such a thing. Kean won again last night 7 to 2. That's great. I know they can do it. Anyway, my Orioles got a win as well. Steve Pearce hit a homer to win the game in the 11th. My Diamondbacks also win. This was a perfect night. My Ravens and Cardinals will win the football games on Sunday as well.

September 10, 2015 @ 9:51 AM

canada first

I don't want to sound without empathy concerning refugees but I totally agree that some of these tribes no matter how much help they need like the Naledi Hominini people need to be thoroughly checked with security clearances.

September 10, 2015 @ 11:09 AM

canada first

I hope Chris Alexander is monitoring the Naledi Hominini situation closely and looks into what they are doing, if they are legit and all that. I know we have civil rights and liberal values and all that but some of them practice homo erectus and I'm not sure that's been legalized.

September 10, 2015 @ 11:16 AM

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