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Neil Clark Warren

Anyone else remember Rona Ambrose when she used-to be Hot ?
What the hell happened to her?

November 6, 2015 @ 8:27 AM


Mike, I want to thank you for turning me on to those CBC podcasts. I'm thoroughly enjoying them.


November 6, 2015 @ 8:47 AM


Anyone have thoughts on Babcock coaching Team Canada?
Read an article on Toronto Star..that Feschuk guy is a moron

November 6, 2015 @ 8:50 AM


The person to lead the conservatives for the next decade should be Brad Wall. Unfortunately, he can't speak French so that means Sen. Patrick Brazeau has a better chance of being PM than Wall. What a country we live in.

November 6, 2015 @ 9:07 AM


I love the fact our Minister of Transportation is a friggin astronaut.

November 6, 2015 @ 9:10 AM


I agree with you, Argie. Brad Wall would be an excellent choice. But besides the lanhuage issue, he has it pretty good in Saskatchewan.

The Conservatives will have to dig deeper. But the Reform vs Progressive battle will be the thing to watch.

November 6, 2015 @ 9:19 AM

Al The Royal Pain

@Neil Clark Warren

Used to be hot? Really? I guess in a Stiffler's Mom (Jennifer Coolidge) sort of way.

November 6, 2015 @ 9:19 AM

Al The Royal Pain

...which...come to think of it...

November 6, 2015 @ 9:20 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

Question for the hivemind:

If a methadone clinic were opening ~200m from your child's school, would you have any concerns?

November 6, 2015 @ 10:07 AM

this guest

Rona Ambrose was hot
when she starred as
a bounty hunter on that
TV show
Barnaby Jones
and captured the
exotic fish
Maybe I have the wrong

November 6, 2015 @ 10:34 AM

this guest

@ Mike: re 'clinic.'

November 6, 2015 @ 10:36 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@this guest

My wife and I have a difference of opinion on this subject.

I'm very curious what others think. Is there a history of drug addicts seeking help for their addictions bothers young children? Is there a safety concern I'm oblivious to?

November 6, 2015 @ 10:39 AM

Ben V

It's optics. Nothing more than that.

I did a quick search and I haven't seen anything on Methadone clinics leading to a rise in anything that could affect children.

November 6, 2015 @ 10:42 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Ben V

When word leaked a methadone clinic was opening in the area, I felt it was a good thing. This is for people with a disease trying to get off drugs.

Then, our councillor (Mark Grimes) decided it was too close to a school and needed to move. I fail to see the concern. It reeks of fear mongering and NIMBYism.

November 6, 2015 @ 10:48 AM


@ Mike

It is worse than NIMBY now. It is BANANA.
Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere. Nothing. Anywhere.

Everyone wants the problems solved but they don't want to see it. It's a sad reality.

@ comments about Rona

This is why things like a gender balanced cabinet is newsworthy. If a man was chosen to be the intermin leader there wouldn't be a single comment about his looks. If that's your comment than you should really look at yourself. Judge her on her merits.

November 6, 2015 @ 11:00 AM


The other concern I would have would be your property value. Many potential buyers wouldn't want that near their kids' school.

November 6, 2015 @ 11:00 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


I agree with you, but I've seen at least one family member post on Facebook about having a hot PM. So it's not just women leaders we're objectifying....


Lake Shore is already sketchy and littered with addicts, I'm just happy to see a clinic open where they can get help.

November 6, 2015 @ 11:03 AM

Feschuk = a petty, mean-spirited *******


Feschuk & his constant attempts to "belittle & stir up trouble" was the final straw which caused me to cancel my decades long Toronto Star subscription. Feschuk & his swarmy journalism doesn't belong in any respectable publication.

November 6, 2015 @ 11:09 AM

Al The Royal Pain


You're right...there haven't been any comments at all about how HOT our new PM is, or how robotic or alien our last PM was, or how fat and ridiculous our last mayor was. There is no judging (or this case) of looks about anyone but women.

There is a difference between commenting on someone's merits as a leader based on looks, and just having a little fun. I have no idea if Ms Ambrose will make a good leader or not, I don't know anything about her...except for her resemblance to Stiffler's mom. I'll reserve my judgement on her potential as a leader to when I know more about her.

November 6, 2015 @ 11:16 AM

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Let me know if you have a question you want me to ask Nelson Millman, longtime Program Director at The Fan 590.

November 6, 2015 @ 11:19 AM


I had a boss (female) who once said about Harper "I don't like his eyes....." I just nodded and went back to my desk.

November 6, 2015 @ 11:20 AM


@ Mike
I can only presume that said clinic will be located in a retail space on busy Lake Shore Blvd where it will be visible and accountable, and easily policed if necessary. In that area, 200 metres equals 2 blocks, which is a hard-to-argue buffer.
Besides, it is probably a better opportunity for us to teach our kids why they shouldn't do those drugs.

November 6, 2015 @ 11:29 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


Yep, on busy Lake Shore Blvd.

The 200m distance might have been a bad estimate on my part. Google Maps tells me it's actually 140m.

November 6, 2015 @ 11:33 AM


@McNulty, @Mike
In case you missed it (likely), this was a great article in the National Post a couple of weeks ago. Great points made all around, especially with respect to NIMBYism/BANANAism.

November 6, 2015 @ 11:35 AM

Ben V

@ Argie: Everyone gripes about what it will do to property values when things like this come up. As if to say putting up a methadone clinic is the same as having a landfill open up next to your house or a nuclear power plant. These people need somewhere to go and generally speaking this type of clinic is being set up in that area because there is already a drug problem. So either you have a clinic to give them help or you stare at them strung out at the bus shelter three doors down from your house.

@ McNulty: I have judged her on her merits and she's terrible. She drank the koolaid on the crazy conservative movement and she did more harm than good in her role as the minister for status's of women. She was an abysmal failure as minister of the environment, but I can't blame her Harper didn't believe we needed to worry about the environment.

As for judging looks, AL is correct there are very few leaders or people in the public space that don't get judged on their looks either positively or negatively.

November 6, 2015 @ 11:35 AM


With the exception of Trudeau and Rob Ford, the comments about a politicians looks are predominately aimed towards women. Hell, FreddieP used to have a "Hot Women in Politics" posting.

It's this crap that I cannot stand.

And using the "it's just a little fun" is a bullshit excuse. It reeks of OBC and it's insulting. I am pretty sure you'd feel differently if people "were just having some fun" at your daughter/wife/mother's expense.

I won't change any minds with my words but I also don't want to sit by and let it happen.

As for her mertis, yeah, she's not a great choice. But she can't run for the leadership and that's why she is doing it.

November 6, 2015 @ 12:43 PM


Last Argo game at the Skydome/Rogers Centre tonight. Anyone going? Anyone care?

November 6, 2015 @ 12:53 PM

this guest

Harper's eyes
are as warm
as his
belt buckle

November 6, 2015 @ 1:07 PM

this guest

I was once married
to a move star
Roma Ambrosia
who left me
for a magician
leading a white

November 6, 2015 @ 1:09 PM


@Derrick - No, I am not going to the Argos game, but I do care, because the Argos will likely be playing in Hamilton on Sunday the 15th, a game I will be at.

@Mike - I saw your tweet over on the right of the home page:
"The auto-play videos on articles is annoying. We should have the option to turn auto-play off."
Auto-play should not exist. The default setting should be "Press PLAY to play." One should never be force-fed data they have no interest in. For those who have bandwidth caps (in other words, most people not in the USA), that unwanted/unintended/likely useless data can really add up. Auto-play is not limited to sports sites, as we all know. I am on various financial sites during the day in the office, and absolutely hate it when some voice or music intro starts playing through my speakers. Grrrrr.

November 6, 2015 @ 1:13 PM



I assume you're a TiCat fan, which is why you would be going to the game in Hamilton.

Do you care it's the last game for the Argo's at the Dome?

November 6, 2015 @ 1:16 PM

this guest

I would incorporate clinic concerns
servicing unfortunate addicts
into a sense of caution
and be observant
nothing more

November 6, 2015 @ 1:17 PM

this guest

the white donkey
outside the methadone clinic

November 6, 2015 @ 1:20 PM



Why does it need to be on Lakeshore Blvd? Why not Horner or Evans? Or even New Toronto? Lakeshore is slowly starting to clean up and a methadone clinic seems like a step in the wrong direction.

Close to a school? Doesn't bother me that much. (I think I live in the same neighbourhood as you).

November 6, 2015 @ 1:27 PM


its great to see 'this guest' back. i enjoy their posts/poems.

@mike - i too am near that new methodone clinic and have no problem with it (i have no children - but i'd like to think even if they were in the school near it i would still have no problem)

i try to avoid NIMBYism whenever i can. its just wrong.

November 6, 2015 @ 1:29 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


I'm not saying it should be on Lake Shore, it's just that's where it's going.

November 6, 2015 @ 1:36 PM


I'm not sure I'd want to school within 200 m of the u.s.a.

The Washington Post headlined: “Nearly 60 percent of Americans — the highest ever — are taking prescription drugs”. Reporting on a study by the Journal of the American Medical Association, the article revealed: “Nearly three in five American adults take a prescription drug, up markedly since 2000 because of much higher use of almost every type of medication, including antidepressants and treatments for high cholesterol and diabetes.”

Based on the same study, NBC News headlined: “More Americans than ever use prescription drugs”. The channel reported that “the percentage of people taking prescription drugs rose from 51 percent of the adult population in 1999 to 59 percent in 2011.”

November 6, 2015 @ 1:38 PM


@Derrick - It is probably most accurate to say that I am a CFL fan. One of the reasons that I started to regularly attend games in Hamilton, which eventually turned into getting season tickets, was that the game experience was many, many times better in Hamilton than in Toronto. Even at old Ivor Wynne Stadium, there wasn't a bad seat in the house, view-wise. Conversely, there really aren't any good seats at Rogers SkyDome Centre for football, given that it was designed primarily to be a baseball stadium. I've gone to many Argos home games over the years. The people attending games in Hamilton were and still are real football fans. Although, given how few actually show up for home games in Toronto these days, that may be the case for the Argos now, too.

Never mind what the ticket prices were for the various "Bills in Toronto" games (actually fairly close to typical non-Buffalo/large American market with a decent team prices), as bad as I think the seats are for Argos games at Rogers SkyDome Centre, they're pathetic for the NFL field, which is about 62% of the area of the CFL field. The group I was in was about two-thirds of the way back in the 100 level (no, I wasn't paying, thankfully), around the 30 yard line. Just a bit behind us and a section over were a bunch of guys shouting "Where's the field!?!?!?" I couldn't help but laugh - and join in with their chant.

The September 11 game with Hamilton in Toronto had reported paid attendance of 17,694, according to the CFL website. As a Ti-Cat season ticket holder, we were given a discount code for buying tickets through the Argos ticket office or ServicechargeMaster. It was reported that there were over 4,000 uses of that code for the September 11 game. I really hope that moving to BMO Field works out well for the Argos and the CFL.

November 6, 2015 @ 2:23 PM



Be careful what you ask for. I'm not sure what your experiences (if any) have been like at BMO field but it is a soccer specific stadium (105x68 meters) vs. a CFL field (101x59 + 18 meters at each end for the end zone) so fans could have the same experience there that you did at the Bills games.

Plus, nothing beats the location of the Rogers center. The restaurants, bars, public transit, all within walking distance. There is very little in the vicinity of BMO in terms of bars and restaurants and the transit is much more limited.

And it's no fun to be there if the weather is at all less than ideal. There's a lot of wind coming off the lake.

November 6, 2015 @ 3:01 PM


Well, Habs won again last night. Amazing Habs. I can feel it. They are going to win the cup. Coyotes also won as well. It's going to be a great hockey season. My trainer lost on Tuesday. That's not good, but he lost. Hopefully he wins the next game.

November 6, 2015 @ 3:12 PM


@Derrick - No argument with having a roof over my head for any sports event in bad and/or cold weather. Modifications have to be made to BMO Field, yes. My hope is that the atmosphere and environment is better for Argos games there. If you're going as a fan to see the game, the existing facility is, while conveniently located, far less than ideal. I finally saw my first soccer game at BMO Field this summer. I don't know if/when I will ever see another, mostly because I'm just not into the game (and yes, I did play as a child, and coached my sons' team one year, so I do understand and appreciate some of the fine points of the game, but it's just bloody boring to me when the mostly likely game outcome has at least one "nil" in it).

On the odd occasion, getting from Ajax to Hamilton for a game can be somewhat less than convenient. That is usually on a rare weekday evening game. Most of the time, I leave early and can do a bunch of things along the way or out that way, shop at some stores that I miss from when I lived in Oakville, etc. The drive home from Tim Hortons Field takes me about the same amount of time from seat to driveway as it does from a baseball or football game taking the GO.

Probably until the whole thing becomes too much of a PITA, I'll keep driving to Hamilton to see CFL football live. I like the view:

November 6, 2015 @ 3:35 PM

Rob J

Now that I've had the chance to let the Hot Legs anecdote settle a little, it's officially my new favourite torontomik'd moment, pushing the 'being in the same room as Jian Ghomeshi' into 2nd place. One offered physical chills, the other, psychological ones.

November 6, 2015 @ 9:27 PM


Raptors off to a great start.

They sign Bennett 1st pick overall a couple of years ago & hasn't produced for the Raptors or his previous team. He played 5;30 min. & NO points tonight. No wonder why he left looking for better opportunities
This team looks solid going forward & a Toronto sports team to follow the next while.
The Leaf. Haven't seen a minute of their play this season. Will watch in 2-3 years when maybe a competitive team.
Why would Babcock take the Canada team in Sept. 2016 when he will have major decisions with the Leafs at training camp at the sane time.Want's to be a HERO again. WHERE IS HIS COMMITMENT - after signing MEGA BUCKS contract with the Laffs.

November 6, 2015 @ 9:54 PM


My Suns and Nets both lost again. That's not a good thing. My Nets haven't won a game this season, not one. I don't know when they will win. Habs play Bruins tonight in Montreal. Habs will win. As I said, the Habs are winning the cup. I can feel it. Habs and Coyotes will be in the finals. Well, Kean is sure hot this weekend. They won their first two games yesterday. They play a couple more games today. Kean will win this siel. The other teams in it aren't very good. My trainer will be in a spiel next weekend and no Kean. Oh well, Kean is going to the Brier again next year. I just know.

November 7, 2015 @ 8:03 AM

twins from bolton

I was at a function early today for clothes donation for those who are in need in Caledon & volunteered somewhat reluctantly as a good freinds wife was involved also.

After a few hours of sorting clothes into bins all decided to go for lunch at a local new venue. About 25 of us sat & ordered food & bevvies. Music (from 70's) was playing constantly over the sound system. After a very short while, a few of us would stand & would say who knows name of the song & the singer or band. The server said you people are having fun & if you want we could have a contest as everyone is having a great time. Short while later server came back & said whoever can name the song & singer (band) will win gift certificate. Those who wanted to participate would sit at the bar without help from freinds. Of the 25 - 20 of us went to the challenge. Paper & pen in hand for all of us it began. After 3 songs played 5 or 6 dropped out.
Us left were late 30's - early 60's. I love music & have followed it since born. If you missed more than 2 answers you were out. 20 minutes later 5 of us left, all about the same age & we all were chirping each other all in fun.
All of a sudden early 80's crap came on - & 3 more were gone. They didn't know Simple MInds or Pearl in a Shell (Howard Jones). Down to 2 of us head to head & we both haven't had an error yet. We told them 70's music, not 80's. Took 5 minutes to change their Music Loop.
Next song is 1 of my favorites from a 1 hit wonder band & I knew he was toast. I told him I know & you don't & asked me for a hint - I said a "boat captain". He gave up. I bought him a brewskie for his competition. A fun day all for a worthy cause.

Ride Captain Ride - Blues Image wins - Gift certificate won will be donated also.

November 7, 2015 @ 6:20 PM

twins from bolton

"In united we stand, divided we fall & even if our backs against the wall WE WILL BE Together ...
there's nowhere else in this world I would rather be".

Brotherhood of Man - United We Stand

November 7, 2015 @ 7:44 PM

Rob J

Am I the only one who doesn't consider chocolate bars to be in the 'candy' category? It's separate, right?

November 7, 2015 @ 11:19 PM


Twins; I was hoping the hint was for Captain Sensible. "Women and Captains First" is a great album.

November 8, 2015 @ 9:36 AM

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@Rob J

I'm with you. Just ask my kids.

They know Daddy wants chocolate from their Halloween loot, but no candy.

November 8, 2015 @ 9:39 AM


Well, how about those Habs. They were losing 2 to 1 after two periods, then come back win 4 to 2. See, they can come back and win the game. Coyotes didn't do so well though as they lost 4 to 1. Oh well, my Nets also lost. Kean is now in the quarter finals and they are tied 2 to 2. Come on Kean, you can win. They better win this. They won 3 and lost 1 in the round robin. No Ravens or Cardinals today as they are both on a bye. My Nets lost last night again. They are always losing. Will they ever win.

November 8, 2015 @ 10:46 AM

Mainstream media

CBS reporter Benn Swann. Vaccine controversy. Holy shit.

November 8, 2015 @ 4:58 PM

This Guy

@ mainstream media.

Yah. Okay. Hmmmm, sounds familiar to this debunked story discussing same "news" but involving different percentages.

November 8, 2015 @ 7:12 PM


Phase 2 of the BMO reno (this winter) includes a partial roof - that was decided long before the the disastrous decision to have the Argos share the stadium. Weather should be less of a factor next year.

November 9, 2015 @ 8:17 AM

Al The Royal Pain

That's great news! I've only been to a couple of TFC games and they've been miserable affairs. The team, stunk and the weather was bitterly cold and rainy.

I'm ecstatic about the Argos at BMO! It's what should have happened right from the beginning. Of course, I could care less about the soccer team.

November 9, 2015 @ 9:06 AM


Well, my Suns lost again. That sucks. My Nets and Suns aren't doiong very well. Anyway, Kean did not win the quarter final. That's no good. They lost it and it looks llike they aren't in any more spiels so that's not good. Oh well, they'll be in zones in December. Kean will make it to the Brier again. I know they will and win it this time. My trainer does curl this weekend in one of the few weekends he does curl. I had my flu shot yesterday so that's done. Now I'm protected from the flu. I really can't afford to be sick so that's why I get it.

November 9, 2015 @ 10:50 AM

Ben v

I'm not trying to be a cynic or negative against charities, but do any people feel like there are too many charities out there? It's not to say that each and every charity isn't important in their own right, but wouldn't I have more impact making a bigger donation to one charity than a bunch of smile ones. Are we burdened with too many options?

My mother donates to about 30 different charities and they are small $10 donations. I feel like her money probably covers some overhead than actually making it's way to a charity.

I myself have 4 I donate cold hard cash to quite regularly and make an effort to donate food to the kerr street ministries out here in Oakville.

I'm not saying 4 is the magic number, but do others have their own thoughts?

November 9, 2015 @ 1:56 PM


So I say to the kid collecting for It's a Girl or some such thing what do you make and what does the president of your org make and how much actually gets to gets to you know the kids. Because I gave a whack of change after the haitian earthquake and from what I can see hundreds of millions of dollars disappeared and there are now six houses.

November 9, 2015 @ 5:04 PM

Mainstream media

There is debunking and there is debunking. There is also smoke where there is fire.

November 9, 2015 @ 5:06 PM


and I had a feverish dream,

November 9, 2015 @ 5:38 PM


Well, my Coyotes had a comeback win. That's great. They will go to the finals with my Habs. It will be a great final.

November 10, 2015 @ 10:06 AM


At what point did boredom become a mental disorder? Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) seems to have become an epidemic in the United States, with roughly 19% of Americans diagnosed.

Meanwhile, in France, the diagnosis rate is only .5%. So what explains such a wide disparity?

Well, first and foremost, one must recognize that ADHD is an extremely questionable "disorder". A few decades ago, ADHD would have just been called "boredom".

In fact, even Dr. Edward C. Hamlyn of the Royal College of General Practitioners stated, "ADHD is fraud intended to justify starting children on a life of drug addiction."


November 10, 2015 @ 6:42 PM


Coyotes won again. That's great. Habs play tonight in Pittsburgh. Let's beat the Pens. Habs are winning the cup. Nothing will stop them. I can't wait for the Habs and Coyotes final in the spring.

November 11, 2015 @ 10:55 AM


Habs lost last night. The fricken Pens won. Too bad. Anyway, we'll get the next one nd apparently Carey Price will be back in a week. Anyway, Habs will win the next one for sure. My Nets won though which is great. They finally won and it's about time.

November 12, 2015 @ 9:51 AM


Open Mike tomorrow - Sports Activities (esp. hockey) vs. RESP's for further child's education.
A debate.

November 12, 2015 @ 6:18 PM

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