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Ryan G /

Only white people were nominated for acting Oscars, Joseph Fiennes is going to play Michael Jackson in an upcoming movie, and now Sting is the halftime singer at the NBA All Star game.

Just what the hell is going on exactly?

January 29, 2016 @ 9:08 AM


Certainly not a good week for the pro-affirmative action crowd.

January 29, 2016 @ 9:15 AM


A whol weekend without hockey. Oh well. All star games don't do anything for me, they never did. Anyway, my Nets and Suns didn't play last night so it was a quiet sports night for sure. My trainer's team did win on Tuesday without my trainer so they go to the A side of the playoffs. If they lose once, they are not out because I think two losses gets them out, but that won't happen. My trainer is going to win Major League.

January 29, 2016 @ 9:24 AM


Would love a report on the behind-the-scenes discussion that led someone on that committee to nominate Sting and others to agree. He's the worst possible choice, regardless of nationality.

January 29, 2016 @ 9:32 AM

Al The Royal Pain

If only the Toronto people knew of some current big time local artists who could have appealed more to the demographic...*cough*Drake*/cough*...*cough*The Weeknd*/cough*...*longcough*Heck even Justin Bieber or Shawn Mendes would have been a better choice!*/longcough*

January 29, 2016 @ 9:43 AM

Al The Royal Pain

Tonight, we're back in the city, Corktown to be precise (I hear that is a thing). We'll be playing at the Dominion Pub & Kitchen on Queen St.. That's east of Yonge so I don't expect to see Mike there (I know, I know he's in Europe), but it would be cool to finally meet some people from this board in person:

January 29, 2016 @ 9:46 AM


Anyone know the backstory on why Brian Bailey was canned from Indie88's The Morning After?

January 29, 2016 @ 10:25 AM


I have a question for the hivemind.
I am (finally) putting out some feelers to get some quotes on a (very much needed) new hardwood floor. I live in a very tiny bungalow - with lots of stuff.
What do you do when you are getting a new floor? Do you rent one of those storage pods and put your non-essentials in it?
My friend suggested rotating all the furniture from one room to another. This will not even come close to working - my bedrooms barely hold a bed/dresser.
I'm guessing the answer is storage pod? Also, how long after the install can you basically put heavy stuff on that floor - does it have to 'settle'?
Anyone with experience?

January 29, 2016 @ 10:52 AM



we just put in HW in our place..
I think your good to put stuff on it after a day tops..but most people I know do the furniture thing..if you can't then a storage pod or basement or garage ( we used the garage)

January 29, 2016 @ 11:37 AM

Inspector Gadget

@ Al/Pain
You should check your posting and link again....

January 29, 2016 @ 11:55 AM

Moon Zappa

Poor Milos

January 29, 2016 @ 12:01 PM

James Edgar

I was in France for two weeks from the 7th to the 21st meeting my wife's family, mostly for the first time and celebrating my mother in law's 80th Birthday. Had an awesome trip for the most part even though the weather was pretty damp . My failure to learn enough french beyond hello ,goodbye and more wine please was stupid and frustrating a lot of the time. I'm really unhappy with myself about my laziness but next time will certainly be much better as I've already committed to french classes.

Highlights included:
Meeting my french family who all tried to communicate with me sometimes successfully sometimes not so much which was cause for more than a little laughter.
The Ram who decided to protect his territory by standing in the middle of the road and giving me the evil eye, until i said Bonjour with my terrible canadian accent , which for reasons unknown (probably best) scared the shit out him.
Two afternoons riding a Bandit 650 around the neighbourhood of my in laws courtesy of a very good new friend named Thierry .
Who also provided the excellent food at my mother in law's surprise party.
Driving around the foothills of the pyrenees for most of a day .
Old stuff.
REALLY Old Stuff.
Singing ( probably a stretch) a karaoke version of Allumer le feu with my brother in law and a couple of nephews.

And a lot more I just haven't processed yet.

Low lights were the weather being somewhat damp. Which we expected it being January , but birthdays not being movable january was what we got.
The Cold i caught from my niece just as we were leaving and which has kicked my ass all week turning into a sinus infection over the last couple of days.

Glad to be home but i'm excited for my next trip in a couple of years as well.

January 29, 2016 @ 12:19 PM

Brian Gerstein

Devastated for Milos Raonic who was up 2-1 in sets over Andy Murray, and seemingly on his way to the Australian Open Final, to have his body betray him once again and basically forfeit the match, even though he played on. It was obvious he was not the same player, and even risking further injury to his adductor muscles in his hip, he finished the match, knowing he could not win.

He will rehab and come back again, stronger and better than ever, as he has in the past.

To see him so devastated after the match in the presser really hurt, and I feel badly for his family who I know well.

January 29, 2016 @ 12:22 PM

Al The Royal Pain

@Inspector Gadget

I checked the link and it worked fine for me...what happened when you clicked it?

January 29, 2016 @ 2:24 PM

the brother

sad Milosh lost to Anne Murray as well.

Open Mike Cooper is gone.

Enter the Lamb.

January 29, 2016 @ 2:29 PM


Would love a report on the behind-the-scenes discussion that led someone on that committee to nominate Sting and others to agree. He's the worst possible choice, regardless of nationality.

No, the Black-Eyed Peas is the worst possible choice (see Super Bowl XLV).

January 29, 2016 @ 2:30 PM


@ Hamish,

I'm going to guess that it was garbage and sounded like a first year radio production - actually, I take that back. First year radio classes are much better.

Maybe the PD felt they needed to go in a different direction or there were conflicts. I'll be honest, I haven't listened to Indie in over a year - I just couldn't listen anymore.


January 29, 2016 @ 3:19 PM

Inspector Gadget

@ Al If you click on the map link it directs you to North Queen St. Etobicoke.

January 29, 2016 @ 4:53 PM



I am quite surprised you have no interest in this year's NHL Allstar game. There is a most interesting storyline which I thought you would be all over. John Scott, once a player for Arizona, who was traded to the Habs a couple of weeks ago, was voted in as captain for the Pacific Division Allstars. Why are you not all over that? That's gotta be more exciting than beerleague sports?

January 29, 2016 @ 4:58 PM

Al The Royal Pain

@Inspector Gadget

So it does! Thanks for pointing that out! I have fixed it.

January 29, 2016 @ 4:58 PM

Rick C in Oakville

@gunter, pods make it much simpler if you have the outside space, getting everything out of the way is the best practice, nothing worse than having furniture in the way when installing anything. You can put your furniture back immediately, no settling necessary. You should have the flooring in your house for a few days so it acclimatizes, to your houses moisture level before installation.
@james Edgar I also am embarrassed by my lack of French, after this last week travelling through Quebec, had a good grasp of it 25 years ago, but haven't had to use it fully. I can still get by basically, but I have a goal of getting back to being semi fluency.

January 29, 2016 @ 6:32 PM


John Scott playing in All Star game this weekend.

I've been listening to his conversations & reading his conversations for the past couple of weeks.
For those who haven't followed this story line - John graduated from Michigan Tech with an Engineering Degree & is well educated, articulate & well spoken person. He has never bad mouthed the NHL about his inclusion in NHL A/S game. The NHL effed up with any players being chosen on line via vote.

Good for John for attending & I'm sure he will have a job after playing hockey probably next year,

BTW - named goon George Laroque NHL player who played for many years graduated from an Ivy League University with a Law degree & now a lawyer.

I don't care for the NHL All Star game, but this year I'll be watching like many others because John made it. The ratings will be explosive & Cheryl you have to be happy as John Scott is now with the Habs team.

January 29, 2016 @ 7:45 PM

Jason from Sudbury

Yeah, definitely pullin for John Scott.

January 29, 2016 @ 10:16 PM


@Gunter: I had a POD, but that was because I was getting a massive reno done. This was after the flood, so it was everything on the main floor, and most stuff on the second floor. Got the carpets done, walls, ceiling, drywall, and hardwood. Not fun.

Anyways, if you're just doing hardwood, rotating room to room might be possible, depending on exactly how much space you have. It's extra labour, for sure. The caveat being if your place is open concept. If so, then you effectively have ONE room, as far as floating a floor goes. You may have to evacuate everything.

Word of advice, learned the hard way. Go cover EVERYTHING in your basement in plastic dropcloth. The flooring guys will be sawing and hammering. It'll create a lot of dust-- which will fall through the cracks in the underfloor. It will also knock loose bits of wood from the floor joists. Your entire basement will be covered in sawdust and splinters, and you'll have to clean everything. Instead cover it in cheap dropsheets, and you can get away with a quick vacuum.

If you live in a small townhouse, I'd be surprised if it takes them more than a day to finish the whole job. Maybe stretched over two days just because of scheduling.

January 30, 2016 @ 12:14 AM


Today was the last day of the semester at my wife's school. Her Grade 10s figured out she was pregnant, and made her a gift:

It's a Diaper Cake, decorated with booties and washclothes, and topped with a stuffed toy. It had my wife in tears. =)

January 30, 2016 @ 12:17 AM


I really have no interest in Jian Ghomeshi but I do have interest in watching on tv every day him and his robot lawyers coming and leaving the courthouse.
Do you think they practice walking and showing complete disinterest in everything going on around them?
It is like watching the Robert Plant video over and over again.I think it is so funny.

January 30, 2016 @ 2:50 AM


My Nets and Suns both lost so another bad basketball night. That's no good at all. Well, al star games never do anything for me. They never did. As for Sting, I really don't like him. He's not very good. Why did he have to win.

January 30, 2016 @ 7:54 AM

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That's awesome... and will definitely come in handy!

January 30, 2016 @ 9:17 AM

April Whyne

@ Cheryl What did Sting win? Anyway i did not know he was a curler.
Anyway Bob Seager is an old man.

January 30, 2016 @ 11:06 AM

Rick C in Oakville

Anyone else see the clip of Dennis Wideman cross checking the linesman from behind. Purely deliberate, he should get a seasons suspension for this.

January 30, 2016 @ 12:01 PM


@lorne (and others)
thanks for the tips re: hardwood. (especially the dropsheets in the basement - never would have thought of that). I have discussed with my dh and he reluctantly agrees that we need to get the POD for temporary storage. our house is just too small to move stuff from room to room.
might be a good opportunity to get rid of shit (I think this is why my dh doesn't like this idea - he is a hoarder (seriously)).
I'm not looking forward to the upheave and packing/unpacking but I'm looking forward to a shiny new floor that does not give me splinters!

January 30, 2016 @ 12:05 PM

Jody Thornton

@April Whyne: (LOL)
(Hello Myles :p)

I think Cheryl's referring to Sting winning the bid/opportunity to play the half time at NBA All-Star game, is that right Cheryl?

January 30, 2016 @ 2:03 PM

April Whyne

@ Cheryl i also don't think Carrie Price should be playing men's hockey. Anyway she should be forced to still play women's hockey also.

January 30, 2016 @ 2:29 PM


@GUNTer: glad to help

If you're going to be doing the POD thing and looking to de-clutter, then a suggestion. As you're preparing for this and moving things around etc, come up with three piles:

- Keep: this will go into the POD. Your and dh must justify EVERYTHING that goes into this pile. Is it being used? What for? When was it actually used?

- Donate: Anything not being kept, but is in good condition. Your local Salvation Army will thank you. Or Freecycle. Or scrap metal recycler.

- Trash: Everything else. Your flooring people will be bringing in a bin to get rid of the old material. Take advantage of it. Throw away boxes and boxes of junk. Broken things that "I'll fix some day". Collections of crap that have no value. Empty boxes. Everything that's just cluttering up your space and your life.

The thing is, by default, EVERYTHING is going to Donate or Trash. The only way something makes it to Keep is if it explicitly justified. Some of the stuff will be obvious. "This is our couch. We're keeping it". Some will need to be argued for. But there has to be a damn good argument. It's your opportunity to locate and get rid of stuff that has no VALID argument for keeping.

Do we really need Popular Mechanics from 1978-1984? The paper's worn, the articles are out of date, the information is old (or available online), and you haven't even looked at them in a decade.

Pretty much everything would be argued for one one of a few ways-- most of which are easy to counter (or in very rare cases, accept)

"It's valuable / will be valuable". Really? Look it up on ebay. Is it worth hundreds? Thousands? Why don't we list it, then (that falls under "Donate", except it's "Sell"). Or does it turn out to actually be worthless. Is it worth spending hours on ebay to sell $5 worth of drink coasters from a defunct hotel in Hawaii? Some collectables become valuable. 99.9% of them don't. Get rid of it.

"It's useful / will be useful". Really? When was the last time you used this. When you actually had it in your hands, and used it for it's intended function. Is it more than two years ago? Longer? When, realistically, do you plan on using it. Under what circumstances? A 1% chance you might use that half-empty bucket of paint? How much does a can of paint cost, $20? We can take that risk. Get rid of it.

"It's decorative" Really? When was the last time it was used for that purpose? When was it last seen? Where would you put it? What decor does it fit? 99.9% of the time: get rid of it.

"It's sentimental" Be careful of this one, for it is a trap. It is had to argue with emotional reasoning. But still-- how sentimental is it? Why? Do you really want those memories and emotions? If so, how can you keepsake it? Do you want to make a scrapbook for newspaper clippings (rather than keeping the whole paper)? Photobooks? Can we frame this and put it on the wall, rather than having it rolled up in the corner? What about digital? Can we archive these things with digital photos, or scanning them, or doing something, rather than keeping the artifacts? If this is so sentimental, why is it in a drawer covered in dust? You're more likely to keep actual sentimental things, but most of them are being kept because it feels good to keep them.

And then the biggest questing for ANYTHING that goes in the "keep" pile:

"After the reno, where will it go?" Have a plan for everything. Furniture is easy, you know the layout. But all the stuff-- where will it go? Where will you put it away afterwards? Be exact. This exact shelf, this exact drawer. If something doesn't have a place to be, it doesn't have a place in your house. That leads to clutter, to accumulation for forgotten stuff.

It's a very, very hard thing to do-- especially since, as I mentioned, there's a lot of emotional reasoning going on. You need to approach everything calmly, pragmatically, and without anger or blame.

But you know when it will all be worth it? That moment the hardwood is done, and you haven't put back the furniture yet, and you're standing in a HUGE WIDE OPEN room. You never knew you had this much space to move and breath and just exist. You wont want to fill it all back to the brim with STUFF. And because you front-loaded getting rid of things, and have a place for everything you kept-- you won't have to fill it back to the brim. You will have a beautiful, open home.

January 30, 2016 @ 2:59 PM

Rob J

The ratings for the 3 game tournament in Nashville on Sunday will not be "explosive". They will be very very very very low

January 30, 2016 @ 10:37 PM


My Nets lost again, yes again. This is no good. Carey Price is a man, not a girl. Yes, why would Sting win. I hate Sting. I don't like him at all. Who does. Bob Seger is 70 years old. He's going to keep on living. He's not that old. He has another 20 to 30 years to live and even when he is dead, his music lives on. Bob Seger ia great.

January 31, 2016 @ 8:30 AM


Oh Cheryl.

Art is not sport. If done well, it nourishes the soul. Tis' a salve that rejuvenates and invigorates ones spirit, washes away the weight of being, restores the strength of the will.

Art is not sport, Cheryl, but you are too full of hate to be saved.

January 31, 2016 @ 10:40 AM


Apologies for the non sequiturs in the above, it was a stream of conscience cry of despair.

January 31, 2016 @ 12:33 PM



I understand totally with what you're saying, but SHE won't get IT.

January 31, 2016 @ 4:43 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

Ivar Hamilton, who worked at CFNY from '79-'88, will guest on Toronto Mike'd this week. Let me know if you have any questions for him.

February 1, 2016 @ 10:14 AM


I don't know what you mean by art is not sport. Anyway, my Suns lost again. They never seem to win anymore. it's no good. Hockey starts again tomorrow, and that's great.

February 1, 2016 @ 10:36 AM


@ Cheryl

Your Habs have the MVP from the All Star game yesterday. You must be elated & happy the John Scott is a Hab. Good for John & the NHL. NO better script can ever be written.

February 1, 2016 @ 12:29 PM

Jason from Sudbury

Really happy for John Scott. Things couldn't have turned out better for him this weekend.

February 1, 2016 @ 2:46 PM

Jason from Sudbury

@Toronto Mike: Ivar Hamilton was before my time...was born in 82 and even in 88, I was 6 years old and, living in New Brunswick and sure as hell didn't know about any radio stations in Toronto. But I always enjoy those podcasts anyway just cause you get to hear what it was like back in those days.

Definitely looking forward to James Duthie next week though.

February 1, 2016 @ 2:51 PM

April Whyne

Also can't wait for Toosday night men's kurling.
Wish i could go watch live in-person

February 1, 2016 @ 3:12 PM


My Nets lost again. That's no good. Oh well, hockey tonight and both my Habs and Coyotes will win. Of course they will. My trainer curls tonight or his team does anyway. I guess he will be playing. As long as they win. I need them to win Major League.

February 2, 2016 @ 9:57 AM

Tim Legere

Have you been following the Jian Ghomeshi trial?

February 2, 2016 @ 1:14 PM

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@Tim Legere

I've read the odd tweet here and there about it, but I'm not really following it.

I am following the Tim Bosma trial, though.

February 2, 2016 @ 1:49 PM


I have no doubt that Tim Bosma's alleged killer, Dell Millard is a serial killer. And it begs questions to be asked of police.

Dell Millard's father, Wayne Millard

- apparently a victim of suicide with a shot to the face. The position of the gun was strange & not typical of suicide with a gunshot to the head (shot at the eye)

- It was claimed Wayne Millard committed suicide. Yet, the same individual was in the process of setting up a charity for animal welfare. Suicidal people do not engage in large projects before their death.

- Dell's obituary to his father mentioned no other members of his family and was just strange

- Wayne Millard owned a business at the Waterloo airport. Associates were told that he had died of an aneurysm and were not invited to his "wake" held in Vaughan.

- After his fathers "suicide", Dell took to posting a photo on his gaming accounts online showing his face with a huge bloody mark over his eye (photoshopped). This is not normal behaviour.

- After tips were received, police reopened the investigation and charged Dell Millard with killing his father.

Laura Babcock

- Laura was a prostitute who was deemed a missing person. She used the sex trade name of "Elle or Elle Ryan". Laura went missing in late June of 2012 yet made a call to Dell Millard on July 3rd 2012. It is alleged this was the final phone call she would make. There are claimed sightings of Laura and Dell together at a hotel at 14 Roncesvalles (*Howard Johnson). My understanding is Elle was "new" to the sex trade. Her lack of experience in the trade & "filtering" males would have made her vulnerable. Predators understand that.

- There are claims nude photos of Laura were discovered on Dell Millards smartphone.

- After tips, police reopened the investigation and charged Dell with the murder of Laura Babcock.

Other notes

Dell's company (which I believe he inherited after his father was murdered) purchased a livestock incinerator. It was shipped to his farm in Ayr Ontario. A fly by of the farm in Google Maps shows no signs of animals. Further research showed the same thing.

It's not difficult to imagine Dell Millard may be a serial killer. There are 3 possible victims. Are there more? And what plans did this guy have with his livestock incinerator? This case is right up there with Paul Bernardo.

February 2, 2016 @ 8:52 PM


Well, what a night. My Habs and Coyotes both lost and my Suns lost. My Habs have to turn it around. They have to because they are going to win the cup. I miss Carey Price. We need him back. My Suns lost as well. This sucks big time. My trainer didn't curl last night either. Provincials are on so there was no other curling. Next week he will curl.

February 3, 2016 @ 11:06 AM



Hopefully you don't play Proline or any other sports Lottery picks as you would be broke. Hey the Nets didn't lose because they didn't play, but possibly lost in their practice.
Carrie Price is not the answer to the Habs woes, it's the team overall. 1 player does not a team make, there seems to be NO accountability withing the "room". Remember the movie Carrie, seems like your team is going in the same direction.

Do you have any teams that are doing well this year?

February 3, 2016 @ 1:39 PM


My Habs lost yet again. Carey Price is an incredible goalie. Nobody can beat him. My Habs always win with him in goal. My Nets lost as well last night again. It never ends. No teams are doing well this year. Oh well, baseball will start and then my Orioles and Diamondbacks will do well.

February 4, 2016 @ 9:58 AM

Tim Legere


The "cliffhanger" from the Ghomeshi case yesterday ...

- Henein (Ghomeshi's Defense Lawyer)
- DeCoutere (Complainant/Accuser)

As the clock hit 4:30, the normal end of a court day, Henein alluded to something she had in her pocket or up her sleeve.

“Ms. DeCoutere I am going to do you a favour,” Henein began.

“Do you want to tell His Honour the real conversation? The one that you have not told anybody even today, even when you met with the police? Do you want to take a moment and tell the truth of the real conversation that was going on? Not the one you’ve been reporting to the media, not the one in press releases. Do you want to tell His Honour the real conversation that was going on?”

DeCoutere looked back at Henein. “I’m not sure what you mean.”

“All right,” said Henein and looked at the judge. “Your Honour I wonder whether this is a good place to stop and I’ll finish tomorrow.”

February 5, 2016 @ 8:13 AM

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