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C'mon Cheryl. Hurry up and be first.

May 25, 2018 @ 8:05 AM


I'm second, goody goody!

May 25, 2018 @ 8:16 AM


I am choosing to stay anonymous for this post because I fear retribution.

You may have heard about Doug Ford 's unethical involvement in securing a nomination in Etobicoke for Kinga Surma. Here's a CBC article about it if you need to catch up.

I have learned via multiple sources that Kinga Surma is Doug Ford's mistress and that the Ford family pays for Kinga Surma's condo. The implications go far beyond the obvious morality but if Doug Ford will offer to buy bogus PC Party memberships to get Kinga Surma the nomination, what will happen if she wins and Doug becomes Premier of Ontario?

May 25, 2018 @ 8:20 AM


I'm not first. I couldn't find this open Mike on time. It took a while to find it. My Indians lost last night. The game really sucked. My Orioles won though. My Cavaliers are going to win tonight. As I said, the Cavs are winning the championship again. Yes, they will. Who cares about Doug Ford. I'm voting Liberal. My trainer is also voting Liberal, so it's Liberal for me. I don't know what this Patrione thing is about, but I don't want to be on it. There's something about money, but I can't afford to send any money at this point.

May 25, 2018 @ 8:33 AM



Just say "allegedly" ;-).

It's looking like a minority government if you ask me which I think is great. Here's hoping. A nice, unstable, make them work for it minority. And Ford claims the Liberals are "desperate". Not really. They gave up hope of winning a while ago and what they do not is just targeting their enemies. At least call it like it is.

I can see the NDP getting some traction too. I've been here 8 months now and I find the level of poverty and struggle in Ontario really eye opening. There are a LOT of poor people. I can see things like free medication selling because it seems like everyone in Ontario is on medication. Having had to buy $800.00 of medication up front (I have benefits and was reimbursed) I definitely get how families feel about it. Same for dental care.

May 25, 2018 @ 8:34 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


Being a Patron and being on the Toronto Mike'd Patron call next Wednesday at 8pm is completely optional. You don't have to send money.

And I agree with you, the Cavs will win game six at home. Winning game seven in Boston is far less of a certainty.

May 25, 2018 @ 8:35 AM


This election just gets crazier and crazier and worse and worse. The next two weeks are going to be quite interesting.

I finally got my bike out after 5 years! TorontoMike I think we are somewhat in the same area - any good riding trails you'd recommend - I have heard talk that the Humber River/Old Mill is good.

Domino's Pizza is so close to me. I find myself ordering it often. It's cheap and not very good.

May 25, 2018 @ 8:52 AM


Hey Mike, what happened at Bell yesterday.

Sounds like big layoffs. Any inside scoop?

May 25, 2018 @ 8:59 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


These annual cuts (or are they more frequent than that now) come out in drabs, so it's tough to see the big picture at first.

All I know is 17 people are gone after Discovery cancelled Daily Planet and InnerSpace. Daily Planet, which was originally called, debuted all the way back in 1995. That's a pretty modern name for a show from '95!

May 25, 2018 @ 9:02 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


You're asking the right guy. Which Dominos is close to you? That will help me map out your routes!

Here's a rough idea of a route I really enjoy.

1. Hope on the Waterfront Trail and take it east to Sheldon's Point, which is just west of the Humber Bay Bridge over the Humber River.

2. Here is where you get on the Humber Trail.... take it north by Old Mill and through Etienne Brule Park and Lambton Woods to at least James Gardens. I typically turn around here due to time constraints.

3. On the way back, take the St. Marks hill (it's a nice steep hill which is good for you!) up to Jane and then get on the Annette Street bike lane and take that East to High Park Ave.

4. Go south on High Park Ave through High Park and then Colborne Lodge south to the Waterfront Trail.

5. And finally, take the Waterfront Trail west to your home.

May 25, 2018 @ 9:07 AM


The Domino's at Prince Edwards/Dundas. Though, I am closer to Bloor. I've been told there is a way down to the Humber River from the side streets. I'll have to investigate this weekend. Thanks for the suggestions!

May 25, 2018 @ 9:11 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


Ok, so start your journey by hopping on the Royal York bike lane and taking it south to the Waterfront Trail. There's a nice new separated bike lane now that will take you from Royal York to Norris Crescent, your gateway to the lake!

May 25, 2018 @ 9:18 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


Another idea for you, since you're quite north of me, is to hop on Royal York and take it north to Edenbridge Drive, then turn right to take a nice downhill ride to James Gardens... then ride that Humber Trail south!

May 25, 2018 @ 9:20 AM


In looking at places like New Zealand, I have always liked the idea of a proportional representation system. For some reason, the first knee-jerk reaction of Canadians is to shout "that's unstable". Uh, NO, it isn't. It is actually more stable than our present system. In our present system, some small rise in the polls (from, say 30 to 35%) by any party in a minority government situation compels them to trigger an election because they think they can win. But in a proportional representation system, such a rise in poll results doesn't make that much of a difference.
New Zealand's governments since moving away from the old "first past the post" system (that we still have in our provinces and federally) have all gone to their full term, or very close to the full term (it's three years there) when an election was called early.

The first negative thing I think of every time I see or hear John Tory or Justin Trudeau is their aversion to reforming the electoral system in this way. When he was the leader of the Ontario PCs, Tory moronically fear-mongered about how a proportional representation would be unstable, and after promising to reform the system, Trudeau quickly and cynically dropped the notion. "Harmful"? Pffft. The Liberals and Conservatives hate it for sole reason that it makes majority governments very unlikely, and no other good reason.

May 25, 2018 @ 9:24 AM


Observation: Irv really hates Ontario.

May 25, 2018 @ 9:26 AM


@Irv I agree with you in that I want to see a Minority government. I don't want any of these lunatics getting a majority. I hate this election so much, I don't really want to vote for anyone but will exercise my right.

I can't believe Cheryl hasn't sent money yet to get into the VIP Patreon party. Mike always holds a great shindig. If we can just get him to keep his clothes on for this one by the end of the night, we'll be doing something right.

Also, turn your pool heater on for this party Mike. The pool was obviously too cold last year according to the photographic evidence. It looked like a button on a fur coat.

May 25, 2018 @ 9:33 AM



Not really. There are some things I like about the province & some things I don't. I like the cultural diversity, I like the food & I'm sort of enjoying humidity again. And I like the countryside, nice small towns & proximity to nature. I also like the cost of food (substantially cheaper) & the choices of hole in the wall restaurants (difficult in downtown Vancouver because of the rent).

What I don't like is the whole nanny state, the people who seem forever in "misery" and the lousy choices in government. I don't need to be told I should wear my seat belt or when I can buy a bottle of beer. I haven't enjoyed my transformation to an #Easterner at all. It's been extremely tiresome getting a license, transferring my health care & dealing with "public services" here. And to complicate matters it seems like many members of the population WANT more government involvement. I can totally feel the stress small business owners have with all the regulations on everything. And don't even start me on the zero choice in government. While it wasn't perfect in BC or Alberta, at least the leaders stood up for their populace. Here it's just mudslinging. Sometimes I drive down the road and think wow, I committed 10's of thousands of tax money to the transfer payment system...for THIS.

I've yet decided if I'll stay permanently but I'm thinking Tobermory might be a nice place to buy a house & setup.

May 25, 2018 @ 10:00 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


Fun fact, the "people who seem forever in misery" exist in every province.

May 25, 2018 @ 10:03 AM



Sure they do but trust me they exist here in higher numbers than elsewhere. It's one of the first things I noticed when I returned to Ontario. It was like ground hog day. All these memories came back to me. Please don't go all defensive on your home province especially when you've never lived anywhere else

May 25, 2018 @ 10:32 AM


I’m not a nanny-state guy but there are some laws that make sense. The seatbelt law for one. I don’t think it should be someone’s choice. It’s for the greater good.
But banning smoking in your home or legislating where you can buy booze are things I disagree with.

On the Doug Ford front......the alleged affair will be proven soon (from what I hear.) I’m not a reporter and I can’t verify it yet but the talk is there is a video of him in an extremely compromising position in the back of an SUV. But that’s all hearsay.

But so was the crack pipe video of his brother.

May 25, 2018 @ 10:33 AM


@ Irv

Unless you have evidence than everything you’re saying is anecdotal. As a Toronto person and someone who lives in the Southwest of the province (quite close to you, I believe) I haven’t seen it that bad as you’re claiming. But mine is only anecdotal as well.

May 25, 2018 @ 10:35 AM



Well I lived in Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver & Banff in the past 11 years. I've been in Ontario since Oct 2017. I find a far higher "whine" factor about weather, snow, traffic & the daily onslaught of life. Now, in some ways I get it. The renewal of my drivers license took 10 minutes in Alberta and 20 minutes in BC. It took 2 trips and almost a full day in Ontario to "prove" I had been driving for decades (because I had a BC license for less than 2 years). I won't even get into the whole OHIP thing....

And there is a clear problem with the ability to drive here. I know stupid drivers exist everywhere. I'm a world traveler. But here blows my mind especially in snow. I have a dash cam and I'm in my car too much lately. The number of near misses has me now *waiting* to get hit.

And oh; For everyone's own edification when you use a roundabout the rule is "yield to oncoming traffic". And read the signs. It amazes me how so many people both whine about the roundabouts and can't use them. Is this really that difficult? Oh, and keep right except to pass. I turned on a dash cam going home one night. I passed over 100 people while I was in the slow lane.

May 25, 2018 @ 10:52 AM

Nigel Trousershrapnel

I follow politics strictly for the entertainment value and if nothing else, Mr. Ford would be the most entertaining of the three, which is just as good a reason to vote for him as any. Premier Wynn is a tragic figure (not a lot of chuckles coming from her) and Ms. Horwath has yet to make me laugh, so who knows, Doug could be the one.
Mind you, the ability of the cons to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in Ontario never ceases to amaze me.
I've never been a fan of "chicken little" politics. If the NDP win the sun will rise the next day, contrary to the HARBINGERS of DOOM on the Conservative side. The differences between parties is negligible in my opinion. I just have to decide what level of corruption I am most comfortable with and vote accordingly. Mr. Ford is a populist and as such history tells us that corruption is never far behind.
I am choosing to put my moniker on this post because I welcome retribution.

May 25, 2018 @ 10:56 AM


CP24 saying NDP is now in majority territory.

The Conservatives. Unable to pick a decent leader. Since Bill Davis LOL

May 25, 2018 @ 10:59 AM


@Nigel Trousershrapnel
Entertaining? I don't know about that. He really just comes across a cheap sloganeering and inexplicably cranky old white guy. As the Beaverton item TorontoMike referenced some time back mentioned,
"And don't forget... Rob was the likeable one."
When it comes to being a clownish buffoon we can all laugh at, he doesn't measure up to his late brother or Dolt.45.

May 25, 2018 @ 11:30 AM


i dont care if Ford is having an affair with Surma. ew is all i have to say about that.
as usual i wont be voting for any of the big three. ew is all i have to say about that also.

@irv. sounds like western Canada is better for you. maybe you shouldn't be living in Ontario.

May 25, 2018 @ 11:49 AM

Scoop Scooperson

All the papers have been sitting on Ford's side-piece for a long time. At the Star, the paper mostly likely to run with it, there's a fear it would remind people that the married Wynne was eating at the Y with her new girlfriend while hubby was living the the family home basement.

Worst. Campaign. Ever.

May 25, 2018 @ 12:15 PM


Gunter. I can't leave anytime in the near future just because of medical & family stuff. What I'm saying is Western Canada has a more positive vibe than in Ontario. It would be easy for me to say that but I know my own pool of friends (all out west) feel the same.

As for Ford having a mistress. While it's certainly poor moral behaviour it's hard to criticize the guy given most of society is divorced and has committed the same act at some point in life. Just as I cared less about Rob being a crackhead & more about him lying about it.

Ford espouses he's going to 'save us" from political corruption, etc. Kind of hard to swallow, no? I firmly believe the Patrick Brown ouster was a PC plan. And we've seen the total mishandling of candidates from Mike Harris (who said goodnight to a single woman as a single guy) to Ms Anal Sex who was a perfect candidate then drummed out later. It shows absolutely ZERO integrity from a guy espousing the merits of integrity . Too bad his drum beating followers can't see that. But, those drum beating followers are essentially just morons (yeah I said it).

May 25, 2018 @ 12:38 PM

Nigel Trousershrapnel

You have to admit the jokes pretty much write themselves with this trio.
I'll get you started:
A redneck, a lesbian and a socialist walk into a bar.......

May 25, 2018 @ 12:40 PM


I don't care that much about the affair but that he bought memberships in order to secure her a nomination for a seat. It's corrupt and doesn't bode well for a government run by him and his party.
It's also the hypocrisy of the party to oust those for doing far less.

13 days left. Still a lot of things to come.

May 25, 2018 @ 12:47 PM



The messed up part is I see a lot of people who support the guy just shrugging it off. Now we're shrugging off alleged political corruption.

I think what baffles me about the Ontario PC party is how hard headed they are. They *can't* get over themselves. They keep thinking the path to returning to power is recycling the past. I am more right wing than left wing but I honestly could never stomach it and vote for the party. The only time I voted for the NDP was for Notley.

Oh well, I had a good sandwich for lunch & it's pay day so who can complain. Long live the Reuben sandwich.

May 25, 2018 @ 12:52 PM

Ben V

Not sure that Ontario is forever in misery. Depression and suicide rates are much higher out west than they are here. Even the supposed happy province of BC is worse off than Ontario. I was out in BC and Vancouver for awhile last year. There was one sunny day and people couldn't get over how little sun they'd had in the last 6 months. It seemed like they were "happier" complaining about how little sun they'd had on a sunny day than just enjoying it. So I think it's what we get used to. Complaining about long wait times and electricity is Ontario.

Not being able to buy booze at the corner store is a pain when you have spent a lot of time in Europe and see how effortless it can be. However it shouldn't be a massive election issue. There are more important things to focus on.

Long wait times for drivers license and health card. We live in the most populace province there is an inherent amount of wait times that would come with this. Just because there are long wait times doesn't mean the province should set up more service Ontario outlets. Look at Walmart there are always long ass lines, but they don't put any more cashiers on, because it ultimately won't increase foot traffic. Not to mention service Ontario is privatised, so for all those that say government runs things worse than private entities look no further than this example

Watching Doug Ford go down in flames is entertaining. The PC's had a chance for a walk on role into majority territory, two competent women that could have helmed the party. No lets walk in the hot air bag. You know the guy that comes with tonnes of baggage. The guy has a dubious past. The guy who enjoys the occasional dog whistle for race, sexual orientation and special needs bashing. This is even more epic than the Liberals being reduced to a third party status. I'm only upset that there hasn't been more coverage and bigger light been shone on the hacking scandal and Dougie selling bogus memberships. The mistress thing is oh so juicy though and sounds about right for the type of character Doug portrays. Unfortunately his trump like base doesn't care.

May 25, 2018 @ 1:30 PM


@ Irv

Are you really trying to suggest there isn't poverty in Western Canada? Did you actually spend anytime in Eastside Vancouver or in Bowness or Ogden in Cowtown (or even the Tsuu T'ina reserve)?

The sky has being falling in Alberta for sometime (ergo the NDP in power) and things aren't much better in BC. The intra-Provincial infighting over resources is embarrassing (banning BC wines?? really?) and politics are just as maudlin there as they are here (although Calgary's mayor has seemingly been doing a decent job).

Neither Alberta nor BC have anything that resembles the 400 series highways (and I am including the bridge traffic in and out of Vancouver). Yes there are bad drivers here and that gets compounded when the weather turns bad. But the urban cowboys driving their 1.5 and 2.5 ton pickups on the Deerfoot drive just as poorly (& aggressively) as the Audi and Infiniti drivers here. Same story, different characters.

I do agree with you that folks in Southern Ontario need to shut up about winter weather. Compared to the rest of the country, we get off easy ... but that won't be on the radar for the next 5 or 6 months. So until then let's enjoy the humidity and the summer that awaits.

May 25, 2018 @ 1:59 PM



Is Nigel even your real name ? I know a Peter Trousershrapnel, but have not heard of any of the Trousershrapnel's named Nigel.

May 25, 2018 @ 2:18 PM


@Irv don't take any shit from these guys, and if you need any help yelling at all those kids to get off your lawn give me a ring to help.

May 25, 2018 @ 2:20 PM

twins from bolton

MPP for Dufferin/Caledon Sylvia Jones (PC) has done great for our constituency for a long time.
Met her last week & I asked the question "do you really believe Doug Ford can lead the PCs to victory"
She didn't say anything until I said Elliot should have won the leadership. She nodded.
Do you vote for your local person or the party?

May 25, 2018 @ 2:52 PM


Just curious, do either of these Trouershrapnel gents know the slightly less dignified Craven Moorehead?!? All such pseudonym-friendly fellas must bow down in perpetuity to the infamous Michael "Mike" Hunt!!!

May 25, 2018 @ 3:19 PM



The population shouldn't make a difference on the ease of access to services. You've got more people, more taxes, etc. Vancouver's population density is *huge* compared to anywhere in Toronto yet they seem to handle public services much better & faster. Alberta is privatized and smooth. BC is public yet, mostly efficient. Each time I visit Service Ontario I'm met with this look of misery and I get it. I'd be nuclear doing that job too. Ontario's government privatized the services & they do a poor job at choosing vendors (like the snow plow people).


I'm not saying there isn't abject poverty elsewhere, what I'm saying is that here in Ontario there is a stark difference between the have & have not's. And there is a lot of have not's. I live in a town like that. I'm part of the upper crust. A well paid technical guy with a future. But around me I see a lot of despair & it's not about a recession, it's about general economic conditions. Just you wait till Fentanyl arrives here full force. It'll wipe out these old industrial towns.

As for Western politics, I feel the opposite. Rachel Notley IS a leader. She's NDP, she's pro pipeline and she represents HER province. A province with the right to EXPAND a pipeline to an ocean port. While it's easy to blame the recession and debt on her, let's remember that Jim Prentice called and election and predicted a 6 billion dollar deficit coming because of declining oil prices. Meanwhile you've got a bumbling idiot in BC who has NO trouble with 600 tankers a year going down the coast from Alaska, who supports the mining and forest industry (clear cuts, mountains cut in half) but a pipeline is wrong (unless it's a natural gas pipeline then it's OK because it's BC natural gas). Further, when the banking industry died. Bailout. When the auto industry died. Bailout. When the lumber industry died. Bailout. When the Energy industry died? NO bailout. In fact you didn't even see it mentioned. Edmonton didn't come cap in hand.

I'd love to see Rachel Notley as the mayor of Toronto. Hey Queens Park can we get that transit funding you promised? No? OK, we'll just stop sending in your portion of our tax payments. I'll take a Rachel Notley or a Brad Wall over anyone in Ontario 7 days a week. I don't always agree with them but they DO represent their provinces. FIRST.

@Beatts. I'd never yell at kids to get off my lawn. I'd walk up, ask them politely to leave and if they didn't I'd put on my cowboy hat and pull out my .357, shoot out a street light and say "now move it or the next slug is in your ass". Cowboys don't bow to kings my friend.

May 25, 2018 @ 3:33 PM

Kipling Burchmont

It has to be said sooner on later, so here goes.
Roberto Osuna is finished as a Blue Jay for 2018..
And a real chance,forever
OK been said .

May 25, 2018 @ 3:39 PM


Apologies to the hopefully understanding Trousershrapnel family for misspelling their very descriptive last name in my previous comment in this thread. Haven't posted in over a week, and feeling a wee bit rusty/ overly-excited to be contributing again!

May 25, 2018 @ 3:56 PM



I should clarify, I do understand poverty. I worked 2 years on First Nations land, did DTES street outreach (and in YYC) and worked on missing women files for years. I've seen the ugly side of stark ugly poverty.

To best describe what I'm referring to I will use Cambridge. It's a city of have and have not. The NE corner of the city are the have people. Most work in Toronto. They own nice homes on good streets. They have good paying city jobs. The rest of the town is have not's (for the most part). Once a glorious part of the industry heartland, it's now just a dying brownfield. The mayor never bothered luring down tech companies from north of the 401. All streaks of government did little for it. If Toyota ever goes, look out. Toyota is their "energy industry".

The result? High levels of poverty & a growing fentanyl crisis. Now, it's nothing like the DTES, but it will be. A few people here follow me on Facebook and have seen me argue with certain friends about why drugs are so endemic there. That type of economic stagnation fuels drug addict. And it's rampant because those people have no hope. I see a LOT of that type of economic despair in Southern Ontario.

I do volunteer stuff where I encounter a lot of people in poverty. Unlike the DTES or First Nations (where it's a pocket) it seems to be everywhere here. That's likely a reason for the misery.

May 25, 2018 @ 4:02 PM



interesting article in Toronto Life on Anais Granofsky the actor who played Lucy on Degrassi Junior High.....

May 25, 2018 @ 4:16 PM

Ken U Barrett

I don't care whom is running for Premier.
My mechanic is voting P. C. so I am voting P.C.
( I am just not sure he is legal to vote in Canada)

May 25, 2018 @ 7:35 PM

Rick C in Oakville

@Twins, I had the almost the same conversation/encounter with my local PC candidate 2 weekends ago. She readily admitted supporting Caroline Mulroney, I told her I supported Christine Elliot. Asked her to not let the vocal minority to derail looking after the main things I am concerned with, like the provinces debt for my kids to pay off, deficits, and keeping the Trump like culture out of the party. She said there were people keeping these things on a short leash, hope she is right.
As for your question, I am voting for my local PC candidate, not for Ford.
This election is a shite show.

May 25, 2018 @ 9:48 PM

Blind Dave

@ Irv

Your Bill Davis reference just brought back the earworm jingle "Davis can do it..." Scandal after scandal, but somehow he held on for a good fifteen years or so.

I've got my summer weather and walking trail back again and it is pure joy. I still get regular use out of the treadmill but there is just something about the summer weather and outdoors feel that make it so much more wonderful. My Lovely has only complained about the heat twice (or maybe three times). So far, so good!

May 25, 2018 @ 9:56 PM


Well, my Cavs won. Trust me. I know they haven't won a game on the road. They'll win tomorrow so they'll win in seven. My Indians are a different story. They were leading through seven innings. Corey Kluber was pitching a gem, but the pen gave up 11 runs. It's so bizarre. My Orioles won and my Diamondbacks won though. I'm so glad it's summer. No snow to worry about or anything. I'm voting Liberal. My trainer is voting Liberal.

May 26, 2018 @ 7:15 AM


Car2Go leaving Toronto. Wow, what a backward city council. I use C2G in Calgary all the time and just parked them everywhere. The poor #muffins who had those cars parked on their streets. Proof even the "liberal minded city hipster" can be backward as F

May 26, 2018 @ 9:13 AM

collingwood dave

I channel surfed last night and came across Frank DeAngelo (sic), and it got me thinking. This guy has an 11 piece band and thinks he can sing ( he can't ). He is promoting 3 movies that he stars in. He thinks he can act ( he can't ). He has the money to draft in all these washed up actors and pay them. Has anyone actually seen one of his movies, he actually plays a mobster vampire in one of them. WTF.

May 26, 2018 @ 2:21 PM


It all started with Tory & now it will end with Ford. 3 consecutive elections for the taking only to be lost to idiots.

& how the hell can the NDP win this thing, You hear some of what their candidates are saying. This is an activist party. You think Bob Rae was bad, just wait till Horwath assumes control.

Ontario RIP.

PS Jim Flarehty did alot for the Conservative Party, what did Christine Elliot do to deserve this kind of treatment. Pat Brown & Doug Ford????

May 26, 2018 @ 2:23 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@collingwood dave

These projects were being bankrolled by Barry Sherman. Now that Barry is dead, I'm not sure how much longer he'll be able to keep up the facade.

May 26, 2018 @ 2:34 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


This is Ontario. Yes, there are staunch conservative voters and members of Ford Nation but the majority is what I'd refer to as "progressive". The progressive vote, also hungry for change, is merely flooding to the third option.

Doug Ford is the best thing that could have happened to Andrea Horvath.

May 26, 2018 @ 2:36 PM

Rick C in Oakville

@TM, I label myself a red Tory, compassinate to give a hand up, fiscally responsible, like OHIP, etc. I don't believe tax cuts really produce anything, as its a rounding error a year on your taxes( $200 lets say), and because I travel a lot for work in Canada and USA and see the differences, we do have a pretty good system here, just need to take the agenda driven Ontario Liberals down a peg or 2, Wynne clucking her tongue and wagging her finger at anyone who disagrees with her agenda, are the nails in her party's coffin.
Bill Davis struck a balance, and that is what I don't see from any party.
I want my kids/ grandson to inherit a province that has the potential to succeed for all, not mire them in debt, and "Stretch goals" with other peoples money.

May 26, 2018 @ 3:22 PM


I'm more right wing than left wing, but I don't think if the NDP wins they would destroy the province. When Rae came to power he was a young idealistic guy. He later admitted he had no plan & that he was wrong. Of course his ideas came at a time when the Ontario economy was reeling because of the US free trade deal. The NDP leader now is different. She's a professional politician & professional politicians have the capacity to realize you can't push through pipe dreams even if you wish you could.

As for "Ford" supporters. The "left" fail to recognize that supporters on the extreme left & right are all agenda driven. They don't care for facts. As hard core union lovers don't care about modern competitiveness, Trump supporters don't care if you see them as racists. Because they're actually proud TO be racist. Left wing get baffled they won't listen.

The Ontario PC party has a serious problem. They *don't* use common sense. They can't let go of the Harris past. They can't seem to grasp that social conservatism doesn't sell in Ontario. They use the same tired drumbeat in the hopes of winning & they seem to consistently fail. And their is a very thin coat of paint over their ugly side. You've seen it with the recent treatment of some MPP's. The espouse the merits of "grassroots populism" yet they're no where near grassroots.

May 26, 2018 @ 3:31 PM

Urooj Islam

My dog is voting Libertarian. I'm voting Libertarian.

May 26, 2018 @ 4:09 PM


@Urooj Islam
Good call! Your dog is undoubtedly more informed than Cheryl and or her trainer!!

May 26, 2018 @ 4:11 PM

Rick C in Oakville

@IRV, honestly believe there is a place in Ontario for a moderate party of Liberals/PC in Ontario. The province has evolved from WASP voters, (of which my family history is from), to our current Multi Cultural/different needs society. Never thought I would say it but it's our reality and lets move on.
Brad Wall was someone I admired, he had his constituents in mind regarding federal over sight, knew where the buck stopped, and know the provinces financials would not improve if all the Carbon tax, regulations etc. were piled on Saskatchewan's economy, other politicians have just bought into the pass it on to the taxpayer, and it will balance itself.
Still hoping for a PC Minority with the NDP as the balance, the last few majority Governments haven't been very beneficial in my opinion.

May 26, 2018 @ 4:18 PM


I think there's no chance for a minority government. Everybody is putting their eggs in either the NDP or PC basket, there won't be enough seats left for the Liberals to really have the balance of power.

I got a sick feeling we are going to get a repeat of Trump/Hillary with Hillary getting more votes but Trump wins electrol College. I think Horwath will get more votes but the PC will get more seats. Didn't Christine Elliot get more votes as well?

It's always be such a flawed system. We should have had ranked ballots a long time back.

Right now I got NDP winning the most votes with 37%, PC 35% & Libs 21%, with Green having 5%. But the seats I have it PC 67, NDP 50 and Libs 7.

May 26, 2018 @ 5:44 PM



I can't say I like the Libertarian party in Ontario. It seems like cast off from the "angry right wing" or at least what I see on Facebook.

@Rick C

Western politicians tend to be a little more vocal because they can be. Western alienation is real. Brad Wall did a service to his province in supporting them. I feel the same about Notley too. While I don't always agree with either on policy, they *do* support the people of their province. And the pipeline fiasco is just that. Trudeau is *nowhere* to be found on the issue. He should be playing leader, but he knows Alberta has the right, but has no votes, but BC has lots of votes. So he goes and hides leaving the two provinces to fight it out. What a sad ass sorry case for a leader. You wonder why "More Alberta, Less Ottawa" signs still exist. It was nice to see the Sask types get behind Alberta too. It's something Easterners cannot ever understand.

I still have no idea who I will vote for.

May 26, 2018 @ 11:21 PM


My Indians finally won again. That's great. It was a slugfest and close, but they won. Homers by Yonder Alonso, Edwin Encarnacion as it's about time Edwin Encarnacion hit another homer. Edwin Encarnacion has slumped lately. Jason Kipnis also homered. It's about time for that as well. Now my Indians have to keep it up and win more. My Orioles and Diamondbacks lost again which sucks. My Cavs will win tonight. Cavs are winning it all this year. You have to trust me. Well, I'm still voting Liberal. I like Jo-Ann Davis. My trainer is really voting Liberal.

May 27, 2018 @ 8:06 AM

Urooj Islam

Wow, I've never seen the type of activity on your blog that the Andy Frost retirement/final show story is attracting.

It's still weird to me that you are the only one in this city who gives media stories like these the attention they deserve.

May 27, 2018 @ 10:57 PM


Well, nobody said anything about my Cavs. My Cavs won. I told you they would, but none of you believe me. Now we have the finals. My Cavs are going to win it all. My Indians also won last night. Well, it was a real slugfest. They were losing badly, but then won in 14 innings. They poured it on in the ninth. Well, Jose Ramirez hit a home run. Greg Allen hit a walk off home run. My Indians are great. My Orioles and Diamondbacks both lost again. People are hanging cards and stuff on my door. I mean I am home, but they just assume I'm not home so they hang stupid cards on my door instead of knocking first. Well, apparently the cards are Jo-Ann Davis for whom I'm voting anyway, so she didn't need to put a card on my door. Also there was some other guy who left a card, some independent or some stupid thing. Don't bother with stupid cards, especially if I don't know they're coming.

May 28, 2018 @ 7:54 AM

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I watched the entire game. I still can't believe that LeBron took that team to the finals. This is his greatest accomplishment yet, IMHO. I already thought he was the GOAT, but he's even better than I suspected.

I hope he wins another championship. If he can even keep it close with this team, it'll be something special to watch.

May 28, 2018 @ 7:59 AM


IF LeBron wins, it will be amazing as he seems to be doing the most work out of all his team mates. I am confused if this is what he had to do, why did he blow up the whole team? Boston tired them out, and for that I am glad but they have until Thursday to relax so they ain't that tired.

I don't much care since the Raptors were bounced :'(.

Everyone stay cool and hydrated today please!

May 28, 2018 @ 10:39 AM

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I think LeBron needed Isaiah Thomas out... so the "blow up" was primarily to get him out of Cleveland and get LeBron players he could win with. Seems to have worked!

May 28, 2018 @ 10:41 AM

James Edgar

So Kinga Surma is my PC candidate in my riding. So I won't be voting for a candidate. Not that would have anyway I'm a natural liberal right in the middle of things. I think.

My rant of the day. I work in a datacentre and monitoring the UPS's and AC is part of my responsibility. Friday afternoon at about 4:15 the AC units shut down. Both at once. So we called our contractor and they got them back online pretty quick. Still the room temperature was up over 90F .

Our security staff were directed to closely monitor the AC in the datacentre over the weekend. Sunday morning about 10am I get a call from a coworker that he is getting alerts regarding temperatures on one of the SANs. I check my email and sure enough i have tons of alerts as well. I call security and ask them if they know there are alarms of course the answer is yes , since a few hours ago. Ok did you call the contractor? Or anyone. Nope. WTAF???? "Ok please call and tell them it's a priority 1" I head to work. Contractor and I arrive together and he restarts AC. same guy from Friday and he says he thinks it's a building power issue.Four of our ESX hosts shut down due to over heating during all this. Lucky to are a dev cluster and two are part of a three node cluster and the third node hung on and carried the load until i brought the downed systems back up. Ok good in the mean time security is once again directed to monitor the datacentre hourly. They do that until about midnight sending hourly reports . Everything is fine. at 0530 the facilities supervisor sends an email for an update and they send back an picture of the AC unit in alarm. Probably since about 0330. I arrive at 0800 and the temperature in the datacentre is 89F and no AC . I ask if they called the contractor and NOPE. contractor finally called and arrives around 0930. In the mean time i have incredibly loud fans blowing air out of the datacentre via open doors and everybody in the office giving me a hard time for the noise.

The AC is back online and they think that the root cause has been discovered so hopefully things will be ok now. But now that this has happened I have to spend hours in stupid meetings ,re-write the emergency procedure docs and answer stupid questions from a ton of people.

So f%$K you you useless drone security F%$KS!

May 28, 2018 @ 10:46 AM



Amazon Web Services or Azure. Keeping you cool. Since 2010!

May 28, 2018 @ 12:10 PM


Toronto Mike'd will now be my unofficial go to place for all my Summer of 2018 office air conditioning
news/updates and I don't even work in an office!! Better this than more sad testimonials on the
Andy Frost has left Q107 front!!

May 28, 2018 @ 12:15 PM

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Addicts find a way...

May 28, 2018 @ 12:50 PM


As the son of a deceased addict, I'm all too aware of that sad fact. As a bookkeeper my father
had more obvious avenues available to him, i.e. embezzlement. Rock stars (especially those
of the homegrown variety, have to obviously be a lot more creative/sneaky!!)

May 28, 2018 @ 12:54 PM


Mike - wouldn't that be amazing if LeBron orchestrated this and we find it out later on??????

And IT is out, Kyrie is out, he swept the Raptors. SO now his path is clear to the finals, and of course he will be well rested by Thursday evening!

May 28, 2018 @ 2:10 PM


What am I saying, we know he wanted IT gone once he realized he had 0 to offer at the beginning of the season!

May 28, 2018 @ 2:16 PM

Urooj Islam


LOL! That's hilarious.

There is a CFL commercial airing on TSN for the upcoming season that shows a bunch of young people watching and celebrating CFL games and moments and I can honestly say, I haven't laughed harder in the last week.

May 28, 2018 @ 3:32 PM


Anyone else seem surprised that Travis Dhanraj is jumping from CP24 to Global? Figured if he were to go anywhere it's to CTV-something like other have in the past instead of a different station altogether.

May 28, 2018 @ 3:57 PM


And you can just picture the reactions the humourless, angry old-white-men CFL types must have had if they saw these.

May 28, 2018 @ 5:28 PM

Rick C in Oakville

@James, surprised the alerts don't go to your phone and bypass the sleeping security guards.
My brother in law is a retired HVAC guy and over saw the clean rooms for Litton systems when they were building the gyros for the cruise missile, and for BlackBerry for 5 years, and he would curse because he couldn't escape when the alerts went off.

May 28, 2018 @ 8:32 PM

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Bell Media is making more cuts, so it's possible Travis had to jump ship to Corus / Global in order to continue his news career.

May 28, 2018 @ 10:38 PM

Dawn Keibals

@ Anonymous

cp24 well grade school gets out in a few weeks so,many non-paid interns will be joining cp24 for the summer as long as they know how to ride the TTC. Can only assume he saw the writing on the wall and decided to jump ship. Also he was not the first to jump nor will he be the last.

May 29, 2018 @ 5:58 AM


How about those Indians. They were awesome yesterday. They started out losing, but they ended up winning. Adam Plutko is another awesome pitcher. Edwin Encarnacion had a great game. He hit another home run and got a couple more doubles. That's great. Edwin Encarnacion has these hot streaks, but then he cools off. My Diamondbacks finally won another game which is about time. My orioles lost though. It looks like my Orioles won't make the playoffs. My Cavs are going to win. I can feel it. Cavs in 2018.

May 29, 2018 @ 7:03 AM


JFL42 Comedy fest is announcing performers today, although you can already see them listed on Ticketmaster. Seth Meyers is one of the headliners.

May 29, 2018 @ 7:38 AM


Mike - Didn't know Bell was still making cuts. Thought they were over and done with in the fall. Do you have any word if there will be any other known names, minus the Kevin Frankish news today, moving and/or getting cut?

Dawn Keibals - I have heard via friends and such that CP24 has almost no upward movement for talent and once you're in a spot that's where you remain. Would explain why the Katie Simpson's, Tracy Tong's and now Travis Dhanraj's all jump ship to do better than rising from within.

May 29, 2018 @ 8:20 AM

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I only know of 16 jobs cut when they cancelled Daily Planet and Innerspace, but I'm told there's more coming and these things tend to come out in dribs and drabs.

May 29, 2018 @ 8:57 AM

Urooj Islam

It's amazing to me that the restaurant bombing in Mississauga is barely a story. Imagine if the roles were reversed and it was an Indian or South Asian suspect targeting white people. The army or RCMP would have been brought in to block off Hurontario/Eglinton indefinitely until the suspects were caught.

Always soul-crushing when the ethnicity of the victims and the ethnicity of the perpetrators can have so much impact on how a crime is portrayed publicly.

May 29, 2018 @ 2:10 PM


Urooj Islam - most definitely agree with you.

May 29, 2018 @ 4:41 PM


Well, another win by my beloved Indians. That's great. Jose Ramirez, Michael Brantley, and Jason Kipnis all hit homers. Mike Clevinger pitched a gem again. Corey Kluber pitches today. He's my favourite pitcher. My Diamondbacks also won last night. Dan Descalso hit a home run. That's awesome. My Diamondbacks are getting good again. Indians and Diamondbacks to the World Series. Trust me. My Orioles lost another one. Boy, they're so fricken bad. Well, Cavs are winning it all. Next game is tomorrow. Cavs are the 2018 champions.

May 30, 2018 @ 7:20 AM


Great TMI this morning!! Caught that "Happytime Murders" trailer yesterday on Youtube
and can't wait for its August release, even if it is a Melissa McCarthy movie!! Can't beat pervy
puppets in flagrante delicto!! "Sausage Party" will soon have some stiff competition in films seemingly
meant for the kiddies in some bizarro pocket universe!!

May 30, 2018 @ 9:22 AM


Any one taking bets on whether a non-traditional outlet such as Fox News picks up that cancelled hot potato Roseanne show and gives it another go? Wiser folks than I have made the following comment
in perhaps more eloquent ways, but here goes: How the hell is Trump still president after all the
horribly misogynist, politically incorrect, racist, dangerous and hurtful things he says on a minute-to-
minute basis? Would never make excuses for Ms. Barr because I find her to be an inexcusable crank,
but the beyond explicit double standards and hypocrisy at play here are numerous!!

May 30, 2018 @ 9:38 AM


Pretty damn sure that TPL (Toronto Public Library) has plenty of job openings in their woefully-
understaffed I.T. department!! There has never been a worse time to be a broke-ass, chronic
library computer user in downtown Toronto than right now!! Multiple busted computers
at various branches and the problem is only getting worse. And here I thought most people
had their own tech and didn't have to rely on the library for their Internet. Stupid Me!!
I'm sure that various library staff are getting awfully sick and tired of my endless griping!!
They just work there-it's not like they have any pull in getting the ball rolling!!!

May 30, 2018 @ 3:03 PM


Well, my Indians won again. Another Corey Kluber win. Jose Ramirez and Edwin Encarnacion hit home rung again. Edwin Encarnacion is really heating up now. My Orioles and Diamondbacks both lost though. Yes, my Indians and Diamondbacks will be in the World Series. It will be a great World Series. My Cavs will win tonight. Trust me.

May 31, 2018 @ 7:06 AM


Cheryl, I'm still going over my options for the provincial election.

Any thoughts on who I should vote for ?

May 31, 2018 @ 7:51 AM


The CNE has announced a bunch of music performers.

BTW -- I did not know the story behind why the Wilson sisters of Heart are each touring separately with their own bands. It seems Ann's cranky-old-guy husband (and possibly drunk, since part of the plea was agreeing to avoid alcohol and drugs) punched and choked Nancy's twin 16-year-old sons a couple of years ago.

May 31, 2018 @ 1:26 PM


H.o.E. - I laughed at the Practically Hip, and Kenny V (I thought it was Kenny G)

Looks like there is something for everyone though! And I'm going to a soca fete there in july, i cannot wait!!!!

May 31, 2018 @ 1:43 PM


Did Doug Ford buy Kinga Surma's home? We need to find out 1) her address 2) who owns her property.

June 6, 2018 @ 10:40 AM

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She's living in a condo owned by the Ford family.

June 6, 2018 @ 10:55 AM



Likely budgetary. I would imagine the technical support is outsourced and they have a strict SLA, limits, etc. If you want a cheap computer for yourself, I'd recommend pick up an old laptop for 50 bucks. Install "Linux Mint" with cinnamon on the desktop. It's Windows like and runs on older hardware. It'll get you online assuming you have internet at home.

@john: Some of that information isn't difficult to find out some may be protected by privacy rules. The media knows how because that's their job. It's not about getting the information, it's about knowing where to look.

June 6, 2018 @ 11:37 AM

Jody Thornton

@Basement Dweller and @Irv:

Q4OS appears to be a nice Windows-like build too. I use the live CD when I want to access NTFS partitions without files being open in Windows.

June 6, 2018 @ 12:08 PM



Yep. I know of it. Mint is nice and really intuitive compared to the garbage that is Unity and Ubuntu. Mate or Cinnamon are good desktops, if a bit new. I run Mint on a partition as my "do stuff" Linux distro because I run Kali in root when I'm hacking.

June 6, 2018 @ 12:44 PM


What I will never understand is why Conservatives need to pick the creepiest most unqualified guys to be their leader? Look I get democracy can be a see-saw at times and I can live with that. But out of everybody why the hell are they attractive to such shady guys like Trump and Ford. They are not even smooth.

June 6, 2018 @ 1:14 PM


These lawsuit papers might be the closest thing to anything larger than a take-out pamphlet
that "our dougie" has ever read/or had read to him, as the case might presumably be!!!

June 6, 2018 @ 5:55 PM



I think what baffles me is what I saw on the news yesterday about the "For Sale" sign out front of the house and the number pointing back to one of the gangsters that was arrested. I was like WTF. Truth is stranger than fiction sometime I tell ya. Glad I'm just a plain old fashioned civilian now.

Cleanse has begun. Blech !

June 6, 2018 @ 6:40 PM


Doug isn't looking too healthy or happy so even if he does win the big enchilada tomorrow,
who knows how long he'll be around to enjoy it!?! We have to pray that one of his many
scandals will finally catch up with him and that his personal reign will ultimately be quite
brief! A poor Parkdalian middle-aged man-child can dream, can't he?!?

June 6, 2018 @ 6:44 PM



Less than an hour after my colon cleanse started, they FOUND MY HEAD !!!. Where it's always been.


Doug does seem to appear to wear makeup in some pictures. I think it's just his facial structure to be honest. He has a thick neck and ruddy face. From what I'm told Doug lives pretty clean and doesn't even drink.

I honestly feel sorry for his wife. She's just trying to raise her kids and Ford didn't even put her as executor. Maybe she's crazy, maybe not, but you've got kids so step UP and make sure they & their Mom have a place to live, etc.

June 6, 2018 @ 6:59 PM


He might not indulge in the same vices as his baby bro, but he does appear to be losing
the battle of the bulge (not that I should talk!!). As for Rob's estate, her allegations might have
plenty of merit, but if the stories about her addictions are even remotely true, then perhaps
her hubby was correct in not naming her his executor. Either way, their kids are probably
messed up in irreparable ways for life, sadly.

June 6, 2018 @ 7:11 PM

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More importantly, there's yet more evidence that Doug is an inept manager who operates recklessly without strategy or even a plan.

June 6, 2018 @ 7:31 PM


I can attest to that. Doug & Randy Ford have driven Deco Labels a very profitable co, in the past to a sheer shell now. I know as I dealt with them for many years for a supplier & as time went on the demand for $ was overwhelming with overtime & additional costs not outlined in their pricing.
Doug has buried himself but politically with no platform & all the promises & company dwindling big time.

June 6, 2018 @ 9:33 PM


Today was D Day 74th anniversary June 6th 1944. I'm sure Don Cherry will be proud & mention on Coaches Corner tomorrow.

June 6, 2018 @ 11:16 PM


Tomorrow is a day for a decision for future of our province.
Make sure you all get out & vote, regardless of the potential future premiers.
Enny, Minny or Moe or Curly, Larry or Moe.
3 stooges all but VOTE as our resposibilty & don't anyone complain about the outcome if you didn't vote.
I vote for Shemp, the 4th stooge.

June 6, 2018 @ 11:32 PM



If what you say is true, it definitely sounds like a company that's lost it's way. Typically, a successful company promotes it's virtues, not the hard sell. As a guy who was self employed I often wonder why these business people get into politics anyway. If you run your own place, it consumes *all* your time. I didn't have time for a weekend vacation let alone running a city or a province and sometimes not a household. The only reason I've ever imagined that business people got into politics was a greater agenda in building their own empire.

June 7, 2018 @ 5:26 AM

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