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The Voice of Reason

I read this week that Tony Romo was going to get a steel plate placed in his collar bone so he will not break it for the third year in a row.

This had me thinking about the Maple Leafs. Maybe the Leafs management should have every player have a tracheotomy in training camp. That way we can guarantee that the team does not choke next year.

March 11, 2016 @ 8:26 AM

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@The Voice of Reason

This season, the Leafs choke when they accidentally get two points.

Having said that, I was excited to see Nylander score the late tying goal the other night and I have enjoyed rooting for the kids. In the Shanaplan I trust.

March 11, 2016 @ 8:30 AM


I trust the Shanaplan - for the most part. My one concern is that after 3 or 4 brutal years and getting a lottery pick each time, we could still end up like Edmonton.

March 11, 2016 @ 8:39 AM


Was really intrigued by the Goose Gossage coverage yesterday. Thought his interview on Tim and Sid was cringe-worthy but also great for the 2 guys. Sid nearly lost it during the interview .

March 11, 2016 @ 8:51 AM

Ryan G

Speaking of cringe, I find Canadian media coverage of Trudeau's visit to DC embarrassing. It just makes us appear so desperately wanting approval from the coolest kid in the class. I get it - it's all largely symbolic and no real "talks" went down, and I suppose if it helps this country in some shape or form, such as reminding American tourists to come here, then I guess that's a good thing, but I just had to step away from CBC's nauseating coverage yesterday.

On a related note, Mike Myers looks pretty damn good for 78.

March 11, 2016 @ 9:10 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Ryan G

How could you tell?

March 11, 2016 @ 9:14 AM


Trudeau's meeting with Obama? Really? I checked CBC News & The Star's websites and I can't find anything about it. Must be one of those "secret" meetings.

March 11, 2016 @ 9:16 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

Why was I not invited to this meeting of the handsome ones?

March 11, 2016 @ 9:24 AM


So I'm not first. Doesn't matter. How about those Habs. Alex Galchenyuk does it again. PK Subban got hurt though. Get well soon, PK. I know. I don't like some of the things PK does, but he is really a good player and the thing is that he is a hab and I don't want anyone to get hurt no matter who they are. My Suns lost though. That sucks. Also Menard lost again. This sucks. I want my money, but I won't get it. Menard isn't winning much. My trainer is getting his car fixed so he will have it for now anyway, so he won't have to drive a standard car yet, but eventually it is going to happen and then he will need more lessons because he only drives automatic cars.

March 11, 2016 @ 9:25 AM

Ryan G

@TO Mike

Did you know that the original Michael Myers mask (could be the one in the pic even) was cast from William Shatner's face? It might have originally been made for star trek or something else but it was ultiamtely discarded in some studio prop department, and the producers of Halloween happened upon it when they needed something cheap and creepy.

On the topic of 80's slasher flicks, there's one I just re watched that's somewhat under appreciated. It features Linda Blair doing almost nothing in it, yet she does manage to keep her split-pea soup down, and Vincent Van Patten. It's called Hell Night and it's on the youtube thingy.

March 11, 2016 @ 9:29 AM

The Voice of Reason


The world. Is watching? The world is laughing. Obama has finally found someone who doesn't dismiss him for the ineffective and dangerous president that he is.

Sunny ways and very dark days.

March 11, 2016 @ 9:44 AM

Ryan G


you'd make an excellent Bond villain.

March 11, 2016 @ 9:53 AM


this was question TSN Radio earlier this week..
who's a better fit for Toronto Steven Stamkos or John Tavares

I lean towards JT, nothing against SS, but think his best years are now and not two years from now.

March 11, 2016 @ 9:57 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


Tavares is a better player than Stamkos, but a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.

So gun for Stamkos, and if that fails, gun for Tavares when it's his turn.

March 11, 2016 @ 10:01 AM


and land both players :)

March 11, 2016 @ 10:02 AM

Jody Thornton

@Voice - Just how is it that Obama is dangerous? It appears to me he has to put up with obstructionist Republicans that simply make it hard to put things through, so that they can ensure he leaves a crappy legacy.

March 11, 2016 @ 10:11 AM

The Voice of Reason


Trudeau does realize that Obama is a lame duck who will disappear in eight months, right?

March 11, 2016 @ 10:20 AM

Sam in Pickering

It's good all around for Obama and Trudeau to be seen chummy. There's no down side for Canada.

March 11, 2016 @ 10:58 AM

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@Sam in Pickering

Agreed. It's good for Canada to be esteemed and admired in the world.

March 11, 2016 @ 11:03 AM


From what I understand, your invite was about to be mailed but thanks to your Amber alert rant Sunday night, it was revoked. Oh well, I'm sure there will be another evening of "handsome men" you can attend.

March 11, 2016 @ 11:04 AM

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It turns out @Retrontario agrees with my Amber Alert rant and he's going to talk to me about it during his return visit to Toronto Mike'd in early April.

March 11, 2016 @ 11:07 AM

The Voice of Reason


I'm not sure why the CBC continues to report this that the Canadian PM visit is generating headlines around the world. A quick glance at some of the foreign daily's (WSJ, NYT, ..) show that this is clearly not the case. The kicker is on, there is little, if any, attention being given, even at home. This story, and ones like it, are meant to create the illusion of support at home. Reality check: the rest of the world couldn't care less and many Canadians are embarrassed.

March 11, 2016 @ 11:14 AM


@Toronto Mike

I'll change my approach. Are you still a daily listener of Humble and Fred?

March 11, 2016 @ 11:20 AM

The Voice of Reason


Quint I asked Mike the past few weeks about his issues with Humble and Fred. I am sure he is quite hurt by the way Humble trashed him on the podcast. We should just let sleeping dogs lay.

March 11, 2016 @ 11:35 AM



What evidence do you have that many Canadians are embarrassed? Besides constant editorials from the Toronto Sun, who is embarrassed that the PM of Canada was greeted with respect and treated to a state dinner by the President of the United States?

And any time anyone says, "Let me be the voice of reason" you know that they are not.

And the following news organizations have covered this story...

That's just a quick glance. Sure, the Trump sideshow dominates the news but that's because it is a circus and Trudeau isn't.

March 11, 2016 @ 11:37 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


I don't know anyone who is embarrassed. Everyone I know is rather proud of the lauding.

March 11, 2016 @ 11:42 AM

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@Quint and @The Voice of Reason

I'm not hurt about anything.

To answer the original question, I haven't listened to the Humble and Fred podcast since early November.

March 11, 2016 @ 11:43 AM


The only people who claim to be embarrassed are the people who disliked Trudeau before he ran for Parliament. They hate the name. They hate the he doesn't meet their hypocritical criteria for Prime Minister.
I don't agree with all of his policies but he isn't an embarrassment.

Wait 8 months and see what a real embarrassment looks like when Trump becomes President.

March 11, 2016 @ 11:59 AM

The Voice of Reason


Trudeau is nothing more than a photo op looking for a place to happen....pathetic...but i guess it diverts attention from the car crash that is our economy...

March 11, 2016 @ 12:05 PM


Ok, VoR.

Your arguments lack proof, substance and effort. Have a nice life.

March 11, 2016 @ 12:11 PM

The Voice of Reason


Its not important for Canadians one iota. Remember them? Those are the people Trudeau is supposed to be serving, not the rich elitists.

I am sure you can provide a long list of Trudeau accomplishments that can be written on the back of a napkin. We both know you can't.

Thank you for keeping this non personal.

March 11, 2016 @ 12:19 PM


I'm enjoying the Obama/Trudeau coverage. And I haven't met anyone who's embarrassed by any of it.

Re: Humble & Fred. Can they please stop talking about their weight/diet? They are obsessed with it and sound like anorexic teenage girls...seriously...HH mentioned he used to take pictures of the scale every morning!

March 11, 2016 @ 12:49 PM

Nigel Trousershrapnel

For 10 years the Harper government steered the economic ship that is Canada. Their dutiful stewardship allowed for a surplus that would sustain us through the inevitable decline in the resource markets. When the crash came, these nimble conservative economists were ready, having anticipated this decline and socked away a rainy day fund.
Who can forget when the Right Honourable Joe Oliver, Mister of Finance, proudly proclaimed a surplus of $1.5 billion dollars and a balance budget. "Mission accomplished!", he professed from the deck of the HMCS Athabaskan, dressed sharply in his flight suit, as the navy throngs cheered wildly.
A moment we won't soon forget I'm sure!
But there was danger on the horizon my friends. Surely the steady hand of Capt'n Harper would navigate these treacherous economic waters and safe us all!
But an ungrateful populace had other plans in store for our valiant Conservative crew. They threw away substance and stability all for the chance of a selfie with he whose name I dare not speak.
All that work, all that economic wisdom .... gone in the time it took to mark a ballot.
And that surplus and balanced budget?
Ravaged by the Liberal hoards in less than 5 months as the chosen one preens and readies himself for the next photo op. All while Canada burns.
But fear not good fellows, there is a beacon of hope commanding the opposition benches.
She of substance and stability. She of humility and light. When the time is right, she will proclaim the location of the hidden rainy day fund that was created through the sheer determination and force of will of her predecessor Ol' Cappy, and return Canada to what it once was. And when that day comes my dearest brethren, when Rona reveals where rainy day treasure lies, she will, with her crew of stalwart economic wunderkind, free an ungrateful populace and Make Canada Great Again!
True story bro!

March 11, 2016 @ 1:09 PM


@McNulty & VOR
I dislike Trudeau and Obama, their policies and their parties but I can't honestly say JT has embarrassed the country. He's a people person with a cute wife and knows how to act in public.

March 11, 2016 @ 1:12 PM

The Voice of Reason


Most people that I have spoken too about his "60 Minutes" piece were embarrassed. The Americans that I spoke to had a hearty laugh though.

March 11, 2016 @ 1:13 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@The Voice of Reason

Are you a new commenter or an old one with a new handle?

March 11, 2016 @ 1:21 PM

The Voice of Reason


Long time view, first time caller.

March 11, 2016 @ 1:23 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

I think we surround ourselves with like-minded people with similar values and political leanings.

Nobody in my circle has anything negative to say about Trudeau's visit to Washington this week or his appearance on 60 Minutes outside of the fact that they showed a picture of Kim Cattrall while talking about Maggie.

March 11, 2016 @ 1:43 PM

The Voice of Reason


Mike I like to think that diversity is what rounds a person. I have friends that sit on both sides of the political spectrum in the US. Myself, I have no affiliation except for the party that will allow me to makes decisions with the dollars I earn.

"I think we surround ourselves with like-minded people with similar values and political leanings."

Trudeau seems to be seen publicly with Wynne quite frequently. That alone should scare most Canadians.

March 11, 2016 @ 1:53 PM

Ben V

Horse shit on anybody calling it an embarrassment. as someone stated above the only people calling it an embarrassment is the sun and the national post who haven't hesitated to go after Trudeau daily since he was elected. The same terrible newspaper I'm sure voice of Reason reads every single day.

The tongue and cheek way that Nigel put it is spot on. Whatever turmoil our economy is in, has nothing to do with the liberals. All the fault of the previous government. At least trudeau is out there meeting dignitaries vs. Harper sitting in back rooms masturbating to pictures of oil wells.

I'm sure Voice of Reason is the same guy that created the anti trudeau/ wynne facebook group. If you want to see the type of people that hate the liberals, go over to that page. You'll be able to read all the racist misogynist and utterly deplorable posts that go on there. From fellow Canadians unfortunately.

Can people also stop putting up that meme of how much a homeless person gets vs. the syrian refugees. As if it's unfair of Trudeau and our government to give them a helping hand. I especially like the one that hates on the refugees for having an iphone, but the supposed poor person has a nice golden lab..... It's not even comparing apples to apples and anyone who buys into that post are probably the same ones that say I can balance my chequebook the government should be able to balance their budget...

Rona Ambrose. Well there is enough said right there. She's partisan trash, who suddenly had an epiphany on pot after 10 years.

March 11, 2016 @ 2:01 PM

Ryan G

Everybody is entitled to their preferences and views but there are limits. My wife likes to put jam on a bacon sandwich, which is something I find revolting. Likewise, when I make french toast, I put salt and pepper on it (and maybe hot sauce), whereas she coats it with powdered fucking sugar and maple fucking syrup. This is why she is my ex wife. That, and she had a "moment" at a concert a few years back when James' lead singer Tim Booth came off stage and danced suggestively with her. I think he was singing "Laid" too.

March 11, 2016 @ 2:07 PM

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@Ryan G

Great song, though.

March 11, 2016 @ 2:14 PM


discovered this the other day and thought this is pretty cool..

March 11, 2016 @ 2:22 PM

Ryan G

@ Mike

It is, and they are fantastic live. In actuality, I encouraged my wife to dance with him when he came off stage (he danced with a lot of people..not just her). But, I'd happily join their entourage and travel the world in exchange for her dignity.

March 11, 2016 @ 2:24 PM


Why I bother..but...

@VoiceofReason. The "car crash of an economy" you refer too is the result of oil at 38.69 USD & natural gas at 1.82 USD. Natural Gas prices peaked in 2008 & have been on a long, slow decline. Oil started it's decline in June of 2014. It's simply impossible to produce fossil fuels at these prices even in "right wing" jurisdictions (think Saskatchewan). Last time I checked Brad Wall was right wing & pro business. Secondary to this is the decline in the price of copper, iron ore, potash, etc. All of these are international issues & out of the control of the government. Perhaps the question is why was so much focus placed on the development of natural resources.

Politics is show business for ugly people. The pomp & grandeur you're witnessing is simply part of the spectacle. I'm not sure what school of business you went too but "networking" is a commonly accepted way of developing business interests.

Finally, what's the harm with Trudeau appearing on Vogue, etc? In case you missed it, people like attractive people. That's how humans work. Nearly every products marketing campaign uses attractive people. Trudeau & his wife are attractive & they have the classic "nuclear family". That may not matter to some corporate executive but it does matter to Joe & Jane Average. And they may well buy Canadian products because of that image. I live in a mountain resort town in Western Canada. International tourists play a huge part of the booming economy here. I'm quit sure all the hotel owners, restaurant owners, etc have no issue with a good looking PM getting publicity in the largest potential market for tourists.

March 11, 2016 @ 2:30 PM

James Edgar

@ Mike yes it is a great song!

@ Ryan salt, pepper and hot sauce actually sounds like it might be good...
I will say though that powdered sugar is the way it was originally served in France so it's hardly a crime for your ex to put it on hers. and of course with maple syrup being one of the 4 food groups in Canada it's extremely unpatriotic to complain about it's use at any time. no doubt CSIS is watching you carefully

March 11, 2016 @ 2:31 PM

The Voice of Reason

@ Irv

And who exactly are you "Irv"? Clearly someone of your self proclaimed accomplishments would understand that substance over style is what ultimately controls what we do and who we are. Steve Jobs would have never made "People Magazine's" most beautiful peoples list.

If you think that having a "Ken and Barbie" doll representing Canada will help you gain customers in your "mountain resort town" you are far more delusional than most here actually believe.

Remember plastic on the outside, empty on the inside.

March 11, 2016 @ 2:46 PM

Ryan G

@JamesEdgar - My family came to Toronto from Belfast in ' 66 so we grew up enjoying the culinary delights of the po' working class (Northern) Irish. Yes I'm being ironic. As such none of us really embraced so called Canadian food until we got older. I remember losing my mind when I first tasted a properly cooked steak at about age 21.

This is part of the reason why I never have been able to understand the appeal of dessert. To this day I don't eat any kind of cake, pie, gummie bear or god damn tic tac. It's probably a good thing nowadays that I don't have a sweet tooth, but my folks just didn't have the dough to give us dinner AND dessert.

March 11, 2016 @ 2:47 PM

Nigel Trousershrapnel

Remember plastic on the outside, empty on the inside.
Just like Kim Kardasian
Mind you her lack of substance hasn't hurt her financially.

What's that old salesman saying?
"You sell the sizzle not the steak!"

March 11, 2016 @ 3:02 PM


@Voice of Reason

#Awwmuffin, did I crawl under your skin? A comment like that doesn't sound like someone with the name Voice of Reason.

I suspect your anger at Trudeau and his "good looking" family is because you're not good looking lol. And the only way you'll ever have a hot chick is if you use your Visa or put 300$ in the envelope when you visit your fav. call girl.

PS. Odd you mention Steve Jobs. The "good looks" of the Apple product line plays a huge part in their success. Do you imagine the iPhone would be the success it is if it was brown & boxy like a Blackberry? Bad example. Maybe try something different.

March 11, 2016 @ 3:03 PM

The Voice of Reason


No one of your calibre can get under my skin.

If you want to support a "trust fund kid" the power to you. Living in Ontario for the past 15 years and witnessing the most corrupt government in western civilization history (and that includes the Chretien government) I as most people that paid a tax dollar know that Trudeau is way over his head.

Marc Garneau should be leading the party. That man has the class, vision and "networking skills" that would bring Canada to the big persons table at most world summits.

The next time I am in Whistler can you please add a bit of extra wax to my right ski? You missed a spot the last time.

March 11, 2016 @ 3:13 PM


seriously how do conversation here get to heated.
People are allowed to have different views no need to get on each other...maybe it just me reading to much into the verbage

March 11, 2016 @ 3:26 PM



Well given your previous post it certainly seems my presence got under your skin LOL. And where did I say I supported Trudeau? Argie said he didn't see how Trudeau was an embarrassment. Does that mean Argie is a Trudeau supporter too?

As for the situation with Wynne in Ontario, well you people elected her. 3 times LOL. And if you believe Wynne is the most "corrupt" government in Western Civilization then you've never drove past Highway 10. I'm sure American's, Italians, Brits, Spaniards, & the Greeks would definitely disagree. Further, Turkey is in negotiations to join the EU. Is Erdogan's government less corrupt than Wynne? Or does Wynne support ISIS & shoot those who protest against them?

I'd like to ask you a question though. Explain to me how "Trudeau is in over his head?" I don't want your opinions, I want facts. How is he "over his head?".

Ya know what I think though VoR? I think you're a lot like those Christian types who hate gay marriage because it's "anti family". They say that because they can't say "I hate fucking faggots". You just hate Trudeau. If he fed every hungry kid in Africa, you'd probably complain there was too much salt in the food.

Well I have networking skills, so maybe I could be PM too. Are we talking Layer 2 or Layer 3 man?

March 11, 2016 @ 3:39 PM



It's a gift God gave me to antagonize others. In fact, recently one of my haters freaked out thinking something some troll wrote was MY writing lol. I'm so good at being a troll even when I'm not a troll, trolling is attributed to me. THATS good man.

March 11, 2016 @ 3:41 PM

The Voice of Reason


How did you get from Trudeau being "in over his head" to me questioning the ethics of marriage?

Mark, can I call you Mark? Please try to stay on topic.

March 11, 2016 @ 3:43 PM


Well VoR, let me explain again. I said that your dislike toward Trudeau was like the hate radicalized Christians have towards gay people. It's thinly veiled so it can be passed off as legitimate. Does that help you understand what I said?

You can call me whatever you want dude. It ain't me having to use an alias lol. Did you have a preferred name you wanted me to call you?

March 11, 2016 @ 3:47 PM

The Voice of Reason

@Irv aka Mark

Mark, your ADD is likely at an all time high. Meds are your friends, don't forget your 1'oclock dose as it seems that you may have missed this mornings tablets.

Who is in millennium uses "dude".

A bit of advice, reading more than one opinion is a good thing. Not taking your daily meds are a bad thing.

March 11, 2016 @ 3:51 PM

Irv aka Mark

So should I write dude as d00d in 1337 speak? Or, in modern internet lingo, should I refer to you as a "summerfag" (a term defining a lightweight internet wannabe). If you need more clarification, ask for help on the /b/ channel on 4chan.

I don't take Meds man, I SELL them. Living in a "have province" I simply grew tired of sending rail cars of money to Ontario. So, after much thought I realized the best solution would be to work at a job where I don't pay any taxes. Plus I can mostly set my own hours too.

PS. did you know I'm actually Cheryl? I wrote a python script called /home/root/ I set up a cron job so I wouldn't have to be near a computer. Instead I can be out peddling meds.

March 11, 2016 @ 4:02 PM

@VoR aka Earl

@VoR aka Earl

whenever i witness cynical, bitter, mean-spirited conservative bleating, i picture Earl.

March 11, 2016 @ 4:03 PM

Irv aka Mark

@VOR aka Earl

~LOL~ (oh shit, no one uses lol anymore).

Is there any guy that's MORE perfect for a angry old man meme than that guy? Makes you wonder if he wasn't a plant put there by the Left? It's just too perfect. The guy should be in House of Cards.

March 11, 2016 @ 4:08 PM


Jesus what a lame back 'n forth between VoR buddy and Irvine. Where's Cheryl and some talk about her Cincinnati Redlegs and Springfield Isotopes?

March 11, 2016 @ 4:37 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

Does anyone have a question for 102.1's Kid Craig?

March 11, 2016 @ 4:39 PM

mac the fife

The merging of celebrity and politician is currently at Stage 1.
By the time Stage 4 is complete they will all look like a Hollywood awards event.

And still the 1% will control everything.

March 11, 2016 @ 4:42 PM



I told you, I'm Cheryl. It's a python script I run against this site. In fact, as we speak I'm working on ransomware that uses Cheryl as a concept. Instead of asking you for money, it says the same thing, over and over, until you finally just key in your credit card number !

March 11, 2016 @ 4:43 PM

Lyle Lanley

Mop up on aisle 7.

March 11, 2016 @ 4:59 PM

Nigel Trousershrapnel

The merging of celebrity and politician is nothing new.
Many of you are to young to remember the cringe worthy duet between Ronald Regan and Brian Mulroney back in the 80's, so as a public service and for your viewing pleasure, I give you Ron and Brian and their show stopping rendition of "When Irish Eyes are Smiling" from the Shamrock Summit in Quebec City 1985.

The world was watching, and laughing , if I can steal this line from VoR. And many Canadians were embarrassed. This is obviously the substance that Trudeau is sadly lacking.

March 11, 2016 @ 5:03 PM


The world mourns the loss of Berta Cáceres, an Indigenous woman who peacefully yet persistently resisted the destruction of waterways in Honduras for mining projects.

Berta Cáceres, a hugely influential environmental activist, Indigenous leader, and winner of the 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize, was murdered in her hometown of La Esperanza, Honduras, on March 3. She would have turned 46 the next day. It is a tragic ending to the life of this courageous woman who risked everything to protect her beloved homeland from desecration.

March 11, 2016 @ 5:05 PM


The suitcases of money are missing from that Mulroney video. It must be fake.

March 11, 2016 @ 5:13 PM



Whether or not JT has "substance" is moot. Trudeau & family are visiting the USA. Said country has a love affair with all things celebrity. Trump is a celebrity. Reagan was a celebrity. Arnold was a celebrity. Jesse Ventura was a celebrity. Kim Kardashian is a celebrity.

The PM acts as a representative of Canada. He is in the United States. The view him as a celebrity (rightly or wrongly isn't the point). The country also has strong roots in traditional marriage & the family to which Trudeau's family fits to a T. It's symbolism.

As for the people who are embarrassed my guess is that most of them already disliked Trudeau. They're simply robot partisans who follow the party line. Nothing Trudeau could do would satisfy them. They want him out of office. They still can't get over the fact that he won & they "lost". And come the next election Trudeau will win again too.

Political slant aside, I really fail to see how JT doesn't have the substance to be a politician. He went to Washington. He's developed good relations with the most powerful person on earth (Obama). He's created a bridge between the two nations. That is EXACTLY what a politician is supposed to do. Last time I checked the economy of your province (and mine) relied heavily on trade with that country.

Trudeau and family have carried themselves with class on this visit to the United States. Good for him. Good relations is good for business.

March 11, 2016 @ 5:50 PM



We can't even begin to imagine how dangerous it is to be an activist in places like Latin America. A few years ago a Mexican blogger named Felina spoke out against a drug cartel in her Mexican town. The drug cartel butchered her & posted the murder (photos) on her Twitter feed. It is suspected that her killer was actually a follower using an alias. Prior to that, a faction of #Anonymous had challenged the drug cartel (@freeacuna) . They suddenly disappeared from the internet & have not been heard from again. The Mexican marines wear masks to cover their face & have no insignia to mark their rank as a means of safety.

Side note: Did you know what of the largest & most dangerous gangs (MS13) which are resident in the Honduras are active in Toronto?

Our corruption has nothing on theirs. Same for Brasil, Colombia, Venezuela, etc.

March 11, 2016 @ 6:08 PM


RIP Keith Emerson from Emerson, Lake & Palmer.

There must be 1 HELL of a band with GREAT singers up in Heaven making music together.

Lost 2 many vintage rockers the last couple of months.

March 11, 2016 @ 6:32 PM


@ Irv,

Yes I was thinking about how easy we have it when things like that are going on in other parts of the world. Our problems of whether J. Trudeau was 'embarrassing Canada' are just silly things. Seems like we live in a dream world here in Canada. Maybe we're lucky. We can argue over inconsequential things.

March 11, 2016 @ 6:39 PM

The Voice of Reason

@ Nigel

Canadians were so embarrassed by Mulroney in 1985 at the Shamrock summit that they elected him to a second landslide majority in 1988.

Nice logic.

March 11, 2016 @ 6:42 PM


How "important" good looks are. The "Hot Felon" lands a modelling gig


Oh definitely, Canadians do often forget how fortunate they are. I think that's just human nature though to argue over inconsequential things. Perhaps we're bored? I suppose it's much like commenting on a blog. In the end it's a pointless endeavour which fixes nothing at all.

In other news 4 people have been shot at a Muslim Cemetery in Cochrane Alberta (which is no where near Whistler BC). lol

March 11, 2016 @ 6:50 PM

The Voice of Reason


I was reading about the incident in Cochrane. Very sad of what this world is coming to, I will have to defend Irv on this though. I highly doubt he has the intellect to find Cochrane Alberta on a map. I heard he used a GPS once and ended up in Cochrane Ontario.

March 11, 2016 @ 6:58 PM



Well "Voice of Reason". To start, "Anonymous" was me. I neglected to put in my name when I wrote the comment. Secondly, I know exactly where Cochrane, Alberta is. Aside from living in Calgary for years I've gone through the town several hundred times. I think I worked there too LOL. I can't remember. I'm too dim to remember.

March 11, 2016 @ 7:11 PM

The Voice of Reason


I am adding to simple to detect sarcasm along with too dumb to realize I am putting you down to your long list of abilities.

March 11, 2016 @ 7:17 PM


RE: Trudeau & Obama State Dinner

I didn't vote for Mr. Trudeau because I think his economic plan is a bad one and his refugee plan is poorly thought out, but he hasn't embarrassed the country at all. I liked the job Mr. Harper did in the role and I would've voted for Mr. Obama both times he ran for President.
I think the visit to Washington was a great idea and it was fun to watch 'our' first family getting some attention for a couple of days in the US media.
Besides, we've seen what a benefit it is to both countries when the President and PM get along (Reagan/Mulroney, Clinton/Chretien) and how bad it is when they don't (Bush/Chretien, Obama/Harper), so let them break bread together-there is no negative in this :)

March 11, 2016 @ 7:19 PM


That would be "too simple" slick. Which of course begs the question why does a brain dead idiot like me have superior grammar skills than you.

March 11, 2016 @ 7:26 PM

The Voice of Reason


Your self analysis was 100% bang on.

March 11, 2016 @ 7:31 PM


The situation in Cochrane must be dire. Cochrane is served by RCMP (K Division) and the detachment is located there. CPS has the HAWCS chopper over the crime scene. Looks like one of the victims was a kid too.

March 11, 2016 @ 7:33 PM

Nigel Trousershrapnel

When Trudeau lands his second majority, your point will be mute.
Soooo...... I guess we'll have to wait to see who's right.
In the meantime, you might want to up your game with our buddy Irv.
Your efforts so far are pretty weak. You really have to want it if you're gonna play with the big boys.
Maybe you could start with Argie and work your way up.
If you need help with some clever digs, I'm here for you.
Irv and I might not see eye to eye on everything, but I do enjoy his insults when they're on point.

March 11, 2016 @ 7:43 PM

The Voice of Reason


I have read your creative posts, they really seem more like a desperate troll that seeks attention and the approval of others. A fine example is your last post.

Argie actually seems like a decent person that clearly is educated.

I still am not convinced that Irv and yourself are not the same sheep in different clothing.

Now when you come up with something witty I will consider it entertaining, until then run along and take your alter ego with you.

March 11, 2016 @ 7:48 PM

Jimmy 'call me Jimi'

I think it's time to bring up Hitler.

March 11, 2016 @ 7:56 PM

Nigel Trousershrapnel

@ VoR
At least can you appreciate creativity so there is hope for you yet.
Keep chuggin away! ( that's a clever the Little Train That Could reference). You'll get there.
For future reference, calling someone a troll, or a desperate troll in my case.....weak!
Try again junior. We have time.

March 11, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Irv aka Nigel aka Ziggy

@Voice of Reason

Not sure if you understand what a troll is but a troll is "never desperate". A troll exists to annoy & distract people who post on the internet. They are never desperate. If they were desperate they wouldn't be a troll. BTW, do you use the online handle "Beat Box"?

This shooting gets more interesting. There is no danger to the public, but CPS has tactical outside of Foothills (hospital).

March 11, 2016 @ 8:09 PM

The Voice of Reason

@ Nigel

The fact that you could not resist and had to respond is a clear sign that are are grasping for straws. Now if you really want to impress me, come back with a epigrammatic brilliance, vigour, and uncompromising revolt against all conventions in science and conduct it owes its persuasiveness.
Only this time use the Irv moniker as that one comes off with a bit more wit.

March 11, 2016 @ 8:10 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

Everyone needs a timeout.

Take an hour and listen to my chat with Kid Craig from tonight:

March 11, 2016 @ 8:14 PM

Nigel Trousershrapnel

Swing and a miss!
I did like that you tried to use bigger words. That shows effort.
Give it another go!

March 11, 2016 @ 8:24 PM


It's true. If someone writes a comment you don't like, it's me. Even when I'm working in a Faraday Cage without any cell or network connectivity. It was me. It was always me. And I want to apologize for surfing on computers without any network connectivity while doing forensics on them. It's my fault I made all that evidence inadmissible in court.

Due to this, I've just contacted Public Safety Canada along with CERT (Homeland Security) to advise them that I am a "threat" to society. I better turn off my webcam or the NSA will use the SET to turn on my monitor and watch me drink this beer.

I suppose I should contact the RCMP as well. As they handle "internal national security threats" it only makes sense. It's good though. I think I left my sunglasses at the Calgary detachment that last time I was there.

On the plus side I'm now cooler than Kevin Mitnick. Once I finish my prison sentence, I'll write a book like "Ghost in the Wires" too. #Winning

March 11, 2016 @ 8:26 PM


Is he any relation to Kid Crockit aka Kid Kelly. Crockit worked at WKSE & now works at Sirius Hits 1. I've always been a fan. So if Craig is like a relative, could he get me a shirt.

March 11, 2016 @ 8:28 PM

The Voice of Reason


I appreciate the cheap entertainment, however I have a life to live with real people. You should try it sometime. The fact that your rebuttals are getting shorter sort of proves that you really have minimal left in the tank.
Like I said use your Irv moniker, it makes you appear to have something upstairs. As Nigel you are very limited.

Mike i'm about 20 mins into the interview. Very informative.

March 11, 2016 @ 8:30 PM


Voice of reason. You're like seriously hard core. the Rustle League has shit on you. Tr1ck too .


March 11, 2016 @ 8:33 PM

Nigel Trousershrapnel

The fact that you think that Irv and I are one and the same tells me one of two things. Either you're challenged and I don't pick on the slow ones, or you're just stupid, in which case you'll eventually bring me down to your level and beat me with experience. Your inability to differentiate a comment from a rebuttal is a clear indication that we are dealing with the latter. Its probably for the best that you go and play with your real friends at this point. If and when you want to try again, Irv and I, we, us, shit now I'm confused. Anyway, Irv and I will be trolling our little hearts out awaiting your return.
Peace out.
Nigel the Troll

March 11, 2016 @ 8:59 PM

Irv aka Nigel

If I am you Nigel I hope you're a hot chick with big tits!

March 11, 2016 @ 9:01 PM


So. What's up?

March 11, 2016 @ 9:13 PM

Rob J

Jason Spezza recorded his 800th point tonight.

March 11, 2016 @ 10:14 PM


My Coyotes won last night. This is great. My Nets lost though which is not so good. Menard lost the last game. They won't be in the playoffs so I am not going to win my money. It really really sucks. Anyway, Habs and Coyotes will win tonight. Hopefully PK Subban is going to be okay.

March 12, 2016 @ 6:44 AM

The Voice of Reason


Well you certainly did not disappoint me. As predicted you responded to the hook. There is no mistaking you for Irv as Irv as least seems to have a personality and possibly a sense of humour.
Irv is no rocket scientist but you definitely are a few notches below him on the pecking order.

Either way great pod casts Mike. What are the chances of getting Mark Hebscher on? I am sure there is some comedic insight that he could add.

March 12, 2016 @ 8:53 AM

Jody Thornton

The Voice of Reason wrote:

@ Nigel .... Canadians were so embarrassed by Mulroney in 1985 at the Shamrock summit that they elected him to a second landslide majority in 1988. .... Nice logic.

Then along came Kim Campbell who took over for Mulroney. And the PC party was absolutely decimated in 1993 by .... er wait a minute .... gotta think this one through .... oh yeah the Liberals.

Doesn't Harper show a bit of conceit and ego by re-branding their government as the "New Government of Canada"? Doesn't he trade in our sovereignty by proposing to let US war planes fly over our air space? Didn't he want to do something stupid by saying we should participate to the Iraq war?

I'm really nauseated on Facebook by the constant anti-Liberal tirades that are running rampant. I voted neither for the provincial or federal Liberals, but I think Toronto Mike said it best that people just consult with whomever thinks like they do. These Trudeau and Orville Redenbacher haters all repost stuff from anti-Liberal groups or Consrvative love-in groups, so there is definitely an Agenda.

March 12, 2016 @ 9:34 AM

Dawn Keibals

So,the Toronto Star boasts that they have 40,000 to 50,000 downloads of their newspaper every day.Just because when you turn on your tablet it automatically downloads for free,Does not mean people are actually reading it .Also,if they are giving away 50,000 downloads a day does this not mean that they are selling 50,000 less newspapers a day?
Good try by the Star people for trying to whip up Chicken Salad from Chicken S t.

March 12, 2016 @ 12:24 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Dawn Keibals

I'd give it a spin, but I only have a laptop and smartphone, so the Toronto Star won't let me download their app.

Tablets-only, for some reason....

March 12, 2016 @ 12:27 PM


Brian Burke is the equivalent to Donald Trump listening to his comments about Wideman's reduced suspension.
Burkie is a reason why Calgary won't make the playoffs this year. Traded 1 of their best players (Russell) for virtually nothing.

March 12, 2016 @ 12:33 PM

Dawn Keibals

@ Toronto Mike.... Tablets-only, for some reason....
Re the comment " Good try by the Star people for trying to whip up Chicken Salad from Chicken S t."

March 12, 2016 @ 12:44 PM



The demise of the Federal PC party wasn't due to Kim Campbell. It was due to the rise of Preston Manning & the Reform Party. Mulroney did what every other Quebec politician did. He ignored the West and put their concerns on the back burner. And at that time the West wasn't just a bunch of hick farmers anymore.

There are two types of Conservatives. The first is the suit and guy type who kisses the ass of corporations (Harper, Mulroney). The second is the grassroots type (think Ron Paul in the USA). Mulroney had become "Big Ottawa" and let down the West. You drive south of Calgary and you can still see signs that say "More Alberta, Less Ottawa". It was that arrogance that destroyed the Federal PC party. And to be blunt, it was that same arrogance that wiped out the Alberta PC's. Corrupt, big corporate ass kissers.

March 12, 2016 @ 12:58 PM



The newspapers have no choice but to give away their paper because no one is reading the paper copy. And the associated cost of that paper copy was all about the transportation of it. The tablet only thing is likely because you couldn't read the paper on a small phone (and there are many out there still).

There is apparently a newspaper in Montreal that spent millions building a digital version of the paper. I recall reading someplace that it was successful to some degree. I think what the papers need to realize is that even on a tablet, the "conventional" newspaper is dead. They need to rip the whole thing apart and come up with something different

But they likely won't. Media is a business owned by a bunch of old people resistant to technology. And would you pay to read the dribble the Star, Sun or Post creates? A typical newspaper is filled with either political conjecture or idiots who believe most of us really give a fuck what some actor was wearing. In this case it IS a case of substance versus fluff.

If you're in the media business, get out because you're going to get fired and be homeless and destitute sometime in the future. Same reason I stopped keeping up to date on Novell Netware years ago.

March 12, 2016 @ 1:08 PM


Trouser Nigelshrapnel, per your context, it's "moot", not "mute".

March 12, 2016 @ 6:37 PM

Jody Thornton


I wasn't saying that Kim Campbell was to blame. I was suggesting that it was Mulroney's legacy that led to the PC party's "near-demise". No different than Ernie Eves taking on all of Mike Harris' legacy and landing in defeat. :)

March 12, 2016 @ 11:08 PM


My Habs lost again. That was not a very good game at all. PK Subban didn't play, but apparently he is day to day. My Coyotes won though so that's a good thing. My Suns lost though. Anyway, no Menard. They're gone. I'm not winning any money. It sucks. I want my money.

March 13, 2016 @ 5:54 AM



Check out the book "On the Take" by Stevie Cameron. It's about Mulroney & the corruption around him. Great book. She wrote "On The Farm" about Willie Pickton. Another excellent book that goes deeper than what the Missing Woman Tribunal did.

March 13, 2016 @ 12:33 PM

Awards Unit

Phrase of the day:

'Trudeau and Orville Redenbacher haters'
@ Jody Thornton
March 12, 2016 / 09:3

March 13, 2016 @ 2:16 PM


@ Mike,

Why do you let this asshole Irv, a.k.a, Irvine, a.k.a. Mark Irvine, and maybe a.k.a. Ziggy on your board? He has fucked up / been banned from Quad Cities and SOWNY. Obviously a troll who obviously has no life except to spend it on someone's board trying to sound erudite. This pompous ass enjoys comments about himself, so I expect a vitriolic reply, Other than that, I don't really give a shit about him or his ilk.

Thanks for letting me rant.

March 13, 2016 @ 4:17 PM

Awards Unit

Meant to add this to the previous 'Quote of the Day' posting:

:- )

March 13, 2016 @ 4:30 PM


I would like to know what Humble Howard said? This blog has discusses these sorts of things when it involves other people....why not tell us what happened between you and Humble. What episode of H&F was this discusses on? Come on, I can't be the only curious one.

March 14, 2016 @ 1:02 AM


Well, not much sports yesterday at all, but my nets lost again. That sucks, but they lost. I didn't win my money. I can't remember who had Koe in the pool, but the guy who had them won the money so I don't get my money. Menard should have won. I really wanted them to win.

March 14, 2016 @ 5:32 AM



In cased you missed it, I wasn't banned from either radio forum. I asked years ago to be banned from SOWNY. And if you read Quad Cities (or do you need me to post the link) I ASKED to be banned because I was sick of starting threads which ended up being hijacked.

And I am not "Ziggy". My understanding is the person people assumed was Ziggy has started a lawsuit against some guy named Mike Cleaver. I quote "He goes on a personal vendetta to out Ziggy. He was proven wrong and hit with a major libel and slander suit as well as a DOS attack on the station Ziggy works at. Massive financial penalties and jail time upon conviction. And now he posts the following". As all court records, criminal or civil are public, logically the legal action would have my name tied to it.

So, I am not Ziggy. Further He even posted false video claiming the innocent person was an amateur. That is there and of record. The innocent party then contacted a recent former poster here and with his assistance, was able to confirm the originating IP of Mr. C thru a traceable .gif code. Using that information, an action was both launched in BC where the poster lives and Ontario, the home of the former moderator. That, too, is searachable and available for your review.

Said assistance was provided by ME. I gave said individual the information and showed him where to get the tools to find the information he required. Other than I don't know what he did with it. So again, I'm not Ziggy.

As for the use of my name, do you really think that alarms me? And why the anonymous attacks slick? Afraid to use your real name? And I didn't start any flame war. I posted on why the economy was weak (low oil) and said that was beyond Trudeau's control (or any PM). Then I was attacked.

March 14, 2016 @ 10:45 AM


@ slick, dude, irvy etc.

I rest my case, asshole.

March 14, 2016 @ 10:49 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

Threats on this site will not be tolerated. If I see a threat, I'm killing it.

If you can't play by the rules, I'll ban you.

March 14, 2016 @ 10:52 AM


Watch out what you say about the Ted Rogers statue in front of the dome now. It seems the company can and will send the cops after you if you say you'll do something to it, at least on twitter

Kinda sad that both Rogers and the Toronto Police took a venting/angry fan serious enough to act on it. I mean, do they actually think people will go and toss it in the lake?

March 14, 2016 @ 11:04 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


Idea for Rogers: build statues to commemorate athletes, not founders of the business. How about a Joe Carter touching them all or a Jose Bautista bat flip?

That Ted Rogers statue looks pretty heavy. Nobody's picking it up and tossing it into the lake.

March 14, 2016 @ 11:07 AM


For all you haters. In the future when I post on this forum, I'll include an email address. When you have an issue with an opinion, feel free to email me about it. This way you can take YOUR trolling off this forum and target it at me.

March 14, 2016 @ 11:23 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

Nobody wants to contribute to an Open Mike that's devolved into some sort of turf war between Irv and anonymous commenters.

So, any comment attacking one side or the other is getting deleted.

March 14, 2016 @ 11:29 AM

Jason from Sudbury

Nice to see Irv back out here again.

March 14, 2016 @ 12:32 PM

Ben V

I always enjoy Irv's comments. Even if I disagree with them.

March 14, 2016 @ 1:19 PM

King and Weber

From Irv's Facebook. I took a picture but I can't figure out how to post it. Millard was charged with her murder more than 2 months later. I follow Irvine on his Facebook. He is hardly the asshole you think he is.

Mark Irvine
February 7, 2014 ·
I've grown tired of this society as it mourns TV stars & famous people while ignoring common people. Meet Laura Babcock. She was a rookie sex trade worker who disappeared. Later "Anonymous criminologists" pointed out that this woman had dated Dell Millard (the guy who allegedly killed Tim Bosma). Police later reopened the case and began investigating her disappearance. Her body has never been found but Dell Millard did purchase a "livestock incinerator". RIP Laura, Your life mattered too.

March 14, 2016 @ 3:04 PM


I want the 15 minutes of my life back reading this post...

March 14, 2016 @ 4:47 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


Sorry, no refunds.

March 14, 2016 @ 4:51 PM

The Voice of Reason


Irv, I am truly sorry that you are upset over our conversation. Lets let dogs lay.

Please respect Mike and his wishes and attempt to try to provide positives. After all what does anyone of us gain when the forum starts attacking you en masse? Nothing I say.

Keep your chin up kid.

March 14, 2016 @ 5:15 PM


I'm not upset over any conversation. I get tired of the constant bleating I'm some evil "troll" terrorizing forums. Let's hope you do the same and actually think about who started this.

@King & Weber: Obviously a reference to my home town. And I did post that. We also ascertained Dell murdered his father. The death was originally ruled a suicide but it made no sense. His father was just in the processing of setting up a charity for animals. Positive people don't kill themselves. Further, he apparently shot himself in the eye which also makes no sense. If you commit suicide with a gun it's usually under the chin or to the temple. It's a matter of how your hands work best holding a weapon. But the most telling give away was when I found Dell's "Gaming Account". I believe it was XBOX. He had a photo of himself with his eye shot out as his avatar. It struck me as beyond fucking odd (and creepy). It is in my OPINION that Dell Millard who is right up there with Bernardo. Given the guy owned a livestock incinerator (I believe he bought it in Winnipeg, likely to deter any paper trail) but has no livestock on his Ayr farm,'s not hard to raise an eyebrow.

Speaking of Waterloo Region, a 15 year old girl is missing there. Her name is Genevieve Catala. She has used several online "handles" --> emo_chick_gen" & "misspwediepie". The latter appears to reference a Swedish Youtube star. Whatever social media you use, copy and paste those in the search. If you find anything (comments, post, etc) that was recently made by her (last week or so) send it to Waterloo Regional Police. They may be able to extract information out of her. From what I read she has no phone but has a computer with her. Based on what I extract from photos, she's using a Mac. Downtown Kitchener (where she may be) is no place for a 15 year old girl.

March 14, 2016 @ 5:55 PM


My Suns won last night. It's about time but too little too late for playoffs. Anyway, I sure wish I got the money, but didn't get it because Menard didn't win. Next year Kean or my trainer will be in the Brier and win it.

March 15, 2016 @ 6:16 AM


Congrats, Mike!

Hope Monica and baby are doing well.

March 15, 2016 @ 11:18 AM


Congrats Mike & to all of your family.

Good luck & all the best.

March 15, 2016 @ 6:06 PM

Baby on Board

Congrats Mike & family!!

we all know this bike accessory will be a purchase very shortly :)

March 15, 2016 @ 6:20 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Baby on Board

Way ahead of you.

March 15, 2016 @ 9:29 PM


My Habs lost again. Not a very good game at all. It actually sucked. They weren't in it from the beginning. My Nets won, but probably too little too late. I congratulated Mike on the other post, but congrats again. I like the name. Not many people have Morgan as a first name or Jarvis for that matter either. Those names are so unique and that's why I like them.

March 16, 2016 @ 6:36 AM


How about those Habs. Great win last night. Yes, wonderful win. Ben Scrivens does it again. Now don't you guys miss him. By the way, my trainer did get his car fixed, forgot to mention, but he got it back on Monday. For now he does not have to learn how to drive a standard car, but he probably should because he might have to do that soon.

March 17, 2016 @ 7:47 AM

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