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Hurry up and be first, Cheryl. The rest of us are waiting.

June 22, 2018 @ 6:59 AM

Rick C in Oakville

I was at a clients office this week, and we went out to lunch, he opted to drive.
Realised quickly once I jumped in his car that he is a smoker, and even though he had the window open, I could feel the smoke absorbing into my clothes.
All day I could sense the smell on my clothes.
It has probably been at least 15-20 years since I drove in acar someone has smoked in, and 10 years since I was in Nashville that had a smoking section in a restaurant.

June 22, 2018 @ 7:24 AM


He wants to extend the subway system into the suburbs? Is this is a joke?
Star article
Ontario Premier-designate Doug Ford -- “we are the first government that’s going to run a regional transportation system,” he said.
Uh, no. There already is a GTA regional transit system. It's called GO Transit, operated by the "Government" of the province of "Ontario" -- you know, that province where you're about to become Premier. Improve that. Nobody wants to go all the way between Pickering and downtown Toronto by stopping at a subway station every 500 metres.

June 22, 2018 @ 7:45 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

Radio fans will be interested in today's big announcement from CHUM FM.

I believe it's the beginning of the end for the longtime morning duo of Roger Ashby and Marilyn Dennis. But first, they'll add a third person to the booth to ease with the transition. But who will that be???

I believe (after consultation with 12:36) that Roger Ashby is the last remaining on-air personality who was on Toronto radio in the 60s.

June 22, 2018 @ 7:59 AM


Max Domi was traded to Montreal.

June 22, 2018 @ 8:00 AM


I met Marilyn once.

Hebsy was friendlier telling that kid to fuck off when he mistook him for Jim Tatti.

June 22, 2018 @ 8:02 AM

Kipling Birchmount

I think they traded for Tie Domi

June 22, 2018 @ 8:04 AM


I'm not first. Well, these things are posted earlier. I guess this is a regular thing now. Well, my Orioles lost even though Mark Trumbo hit a home run. The pen blew it though. My Diamondbacks won though. That's great. They deserve to win the NL. My Indians will win the AL though. My Indians were off last night, but play tonight. My Habs are back to opening up against the Leafs on October 3. Max Domi is on my Habs. Alex Galchenyuk is on my Coyotes. Habs and Coyotes to the finals. Cavs and Suns to the NBA finals.

June 22, 2018 @ 8:26 AM


Cheryl I'm just as upset as you are that Mike chooses to change the time that he posts this. (Or even hides it from us). He gets his jollies off it or something...

June 22, 2018 @ 8:39 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

Lately I've been posting the Open Mike from my bed via my Android. I get out of bed at 7 to wrangle the two little ones and pull 'em to daycare.

That's why I'll just post it with the title and then add the body from my laptop later when I'm back from daycare.

Now you know, the rest of the story...

June 22, 2018 @ 8:41 AM


You telling us you post this from your bed gives "Open Mike" a creepy new meaning...

June 22, 2018 @ 8:48 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


You don't need to be in bed for that...

June 22, 2018 @ 8:52 AM

Rick C in Oakville

J Michaels has been on this week, is he the possible replacement?

June 22, 2018 @ 8:53 AM


Mike, why are Humble and Fred bullshitting their listeners with this "technical difficulties" bullshit. They tweeted this yesterday!

Having tech difficulties sorry. New shows are available as a podcast every day.

— Humble & Fred Radio (@HumbleFredRadio) June 21, 2018

Give us some credit.

June 22, 2018 @ 9:01 AM


You might need to add a visual element to the posting of the weekly Open Mike's page for those
followers with a creepy sleep-eyed and bed-head fetish!!

June 22, 2018 @ 9:14 AM


H.o.E. - I just rolled my eyes. While he worked for Toronto, he couldn't even understand our transit needs and now he thinks a subway out there makes sense?!!

I also wondered if Jay would be the third person, Marilyn got married this week, and she has her show, it is indeed ushering out the end of an era (whatever the announcement is)

June 22, 2018 @ 9:30 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


It's really a question for H+F, I don't know why they're still tweeting "technical difficulties". I am of the opinion it's better to say nothing than to blow smoke up your fans' asses!

June 22, 2018 @ 9:33 AM

Jody Thornton

As long as he doesn't usher in a new bathroom segment called "BM by TM". Now that along with all the other bed-related visuals would be a tad scary.

Hey, I'm just happy for a new Weisblott eppy. So Mike what was the announcement on CHUM-FM?

June 22, 2018 @ 10:11 AM


Sadly, methinks that "BM by TM" would definitely have a niche audience similar to that of
television late night sign-off or perhaps that insipid parliamentary channel (can't bother
to look its name up, but I think that it somewhat resembles CPAP machines!!). CPAC!!!

June 22, 2018 @ 10:17 AM

Jody Thornton

Haaaaaaaaaaaaa! Very good Basement Dweller :)

June 22, 2018 @ 10:18 AM

Jody Thornton

@Basement: I misread. I thought you were going to call it C-Crap. But still I hear ya. :)

June 22, 2018 @ 10:22 AM


@Jody Thornton
However, this hypothetical show might be able to hold its own with my annual beloved Xmas Yule Log broadcast. Aah, sometimes this SHIT just writes itself!!! And maybe there are still some scratch
and sniff cards left over from the original Odorama release of John Waters' infamous "Polyester"
from 1981 that can be easily recycled for this bound to be fragrant event!!!

June 22, 2018 @ 10:23 AM


@Jody Thornton
That would totally work for those government gasbags. Nice one!!

June 22, 2018 @ 10:24 AM


While I would love to see good public transit all around the GTA and even further, does Doug know the cost to build a subway to Pickering? Pickering!!! Seriously.....where will he find that money?

If run correctly, the Ontario government will have a cash cow with the pot taxes. I really hope he doesn't take credit for it. But he will.


June 22, 2018 @ 12:13 PM


Jody - unless Mike figures it out earlier, we'll all know by 3pm what the CHUM announcement is.

June 22, 2018 @ 12:48 PM

Jody Thornton

Oooops, I thought it was this morning.

June 22, 2018 @ 1:05 PM


Saw a tweet from Candace who worked at indie and now at chum saying the CHUMFM announcement means her dream job. Mornings?

June 22, 2018 @ 2:31 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

My money is on the big CHUM FM announcement being that Adam Wylde is joining CHUM's morning show.

That, and the rebranding, of course.

June 22, 2018 @ 2:32 PM


Candace and Adam in the morning?

June 22, 2018 @ 2:34 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


I can't see that far ahead. That's why I've never been great at chess. Here's what I see.

1. Adam leaves Rogers
2. Non-compete expires
3. Adam joins CHUM morning show
4. Roger and Marilyn announce they're leaving
5. Much cake is devoured as Roger and Marilyn are celebrated
6. New co-host for Adam is announced

Those are six distinct steps.

June 22, 2018 @ 5:02 PM

Jason from Sudbury

@Rick C: Re: smoking
While I don't smoke, almost my entire family smokes and I've also got friends that smoke. If one or 2 people are smoking it doesn't bother me, but 10 people all smoking is a different story. I remember last fall I went to NB to visit fam, we had a get together one night in my uncle's garage, there was about 10 or 12 of us and I was the only non smoker. Needless to say I had to go outside a few times that night.

June 22, 2018 @ 5:56 PM

Jason from Sudbury

This is just crazy. Never really gave this much thought but was thinking about it as I was writing my last post. In New Brunswick cigarettes are about 17 bucks a pack. Both my aunt and uncle smoke, so that's 34 bucks a day, times that by 30...=1020 bucks...times that by 12...12240. That is just fucking insane! I'm guessing they're almost just as expensive in Ontario. Now I know why all my friends hit up the rez for their smokes.

June 22, 2018 @ 6:07 PM


Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Roberto Osuna has been suspended without pay for 75 games retroactive to May 8 as per MLB's investigation into the assault allegations against Osuna.

June 22, 2018 @ 7:03 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


The question is, will Osuna ever pitch for the Toronto Blue Jays again?

June 22, 2018 @ 7:06 PM


@ Toronto Mike

I don't know how I feel about Osuna returning or whether or not he should. On 1 hand, there should be zero tolerance for domestic violence/assault. But why treat it different then any other offence? Kevin Pillar made a homophobic comment and only got a 3 or 5 game suspension and he's still with the team. Why is homophobia less than assault? I'm by no means defending Osuna and in fact I'm quite disgusted but if his actions are going to ruin his future with the team or MLB as a whole than surely there are mistakes other players have made that should have been taken more seriously. If Osuna did come back, I can just imagine fans booing and walking out. The length of Osuna's suspension is similar to what some players get for doping.

Osuna's lawyer says he's going to plead not-guilty but was also in discussions with the prosecution about resolving the matter and seeing if he can get Osuna into counselling. That doesn't sound like 'not guilty' to me. Its quite common in Canadian courts for accused to agree and follow through with a list of conditions and in exchange for those conditions being met then the prosecution agrees to withdraw the charges and the accused doesn't have to plead guilty nor do they have a criminal record.

June 22, 2018 @ 8:46 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


I don't think assault and homophobic comments are comparable. I mean, one is assault and the other is a word. Assault will and should carry a much heavier sentence.

Osuna will play major league baseball again, but I'm not sure it will be with the Blue Jays. I could see them trading him at the deadline.

June 22, 2018 @ 9:59 PM

Urooj Islam

Re: Aidan and Toronto Mike's point about Osuna's future

Just going by recent precedent, Jeurys Familia of the Mets (15 game suspension) and Aroldis Chapman of the Yankees (30 games) were both suspended for violating MLB's domestic violence policy over the last two years and were welcomed back by their respective teams.

Like them, Osuna is a great relief picther and there hasn't been any carryover from their suspensions to how fans perceived them or the teams that employed them. Osuna will be back, will pitch for the Jays again and will likely be back next season.

June 22, 2018 @ 10:21 PM


@ Toronto Mike

In my opinion, assault is assault whether it be with words or physical. I agree physical assault should have a much higher penalty than other conduct.

Mistakes will be made nobody wants a woman beater on their team. I'll still support the team as a whole, but I won't be giving Osuna a standing ovation while he's pitching nor will I be buying any merch with his name on it.

June 22, 2018 @ 11:00 PM


IMO, Osuna will never play for the Jays again.
A season of disasters overall.

June 22, 2018 @ 11:10 PM



I'd disagree. Words hurt as much and sometimes more than fists. Perhaps you could volunteer to unwind the belts around kids necks who hang themselves because they're bullied and "words hurt". I suspect by Day 2 you'd have a difference opinion.

Up until 2 weeks ago I escorted a 9 year old girl to see her "monster father". He never once laid a hand on her physically. Now...verbally..emotionally..a completely different story. That little girl found her peace; she swallowed all her Mom's medication. She's gone to heaven. Because words hurt.

Years ago my words hurt you Mike. You never forgave me. So why would it expect it elsewhere.

June 23, 2018 @ 2:13 AM


Making his first transit priority the extending of Toronto's Yonge subway north into York Region would be the perfect way for soon-to-be-Premier Obnoxious D to extend his middle finger to the "downtown elites" who didn't vote for him. The Yonge-University subway during rush hours has for many years been so overcrowded that people have to stand and wait and let already jam packed subway trains go through without boarding. Building the Sheppard line and extending the Spadina line into Vaughan has already fed more people onto the line upstream to increase this flooding downstream, so of course DoFo purposefullly wants to do more of the same to make the situation worse. Never mind that the ones affected most aren't these supposed "downtown elites" who don't need the subway to get home, but actually all the people trying to get back home to Etobicoke, Scarborough, and North York -- what would matter to DoFo is that he would not want to be appearing to spend the money for something downtown.

June 23, 2018 @ 7:42 AM


Well, how about those Indians. Another shutout. Shane Beber is an awesome young pitcher. That's great he got another win. Homers by Franky Lindor, Edwin Encarnacion finally hits one again after a long drout. Also Yonder Alonso hit one. Indians are awesome. My Orioles won another one. It was very long though, but they won. Also my Diamondbacks won an extra inning game. Well, it's the Indians and Diamondbacks to the World Series. You have to trust me. It will happen.

June 23, 2018 @ 8:20 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


Maybe. But when the punishment for saying "fag" is close to the punishment for throwing your girlfriend down a flight of stairs, ping me and we'll talk.

June 23, 2018 @ 8:46 AM


Perhaps whatever penitentiary this Osuna fella one day winds-up in (without any quick anger
management assistance and such!) will be in dire need of an up and coming pitcher for
their inter-penal softball league?!?

June 23, 2018 @ 9:36 AM


Thanks for the Twitter tip regarding that McCartney Carpool Karaoke segment. Just the other
day he released two new lyric videos for songs from his forthcoming album. And he just turned
76 earlier this week. FYI: His current backing band has been together since the early Aughts, so
almost longer than The Beatles and Wings combined!!

June 23, 2018 @ 9:52 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

This Carpool Karaoke with Paul McCartney is one of the greatest things I've ever seen. It's unbelievably good.

— Toronto Mike (@torontomike) June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018 @ 11:06 AM


The fact that he keeps recording, promoting and touring behind new music even though most
of his contemporaries largely rest on their laurels (cough...Billy Joel...cough) is quite admirable.
Not sure what reunion round The Who are currently on but they last released an album of new
music in 2006. Sure, many fans are content to just hear the classics and at the prices charged
I can't say I blame them, but I always enjoy checking out the most current music by my favourites.

June 23, 2018 @ 11:12 AM


H.o.E. - UGH, such a dodo. I am sad, Scarborough really needs a new LRT, not a damn subway!!! And to think we could have had it if city council had gotten their acts together... SMH.

I am so upset he's our premier.

June 23, 2018 @ 11:36 AM


Anyways. Health bad. Be nice to each other.

June 23, 2018 @ 11:39 AM


Sad news: Vinnie Paul, 54, the drummer for Pantera and Hellyeah, has passed away at the age of 54.

June 23, 2018 @ 12:16 PM

Jason from Sudbury

That's really shitty...54 is still young. Wonder how he died. RIP Vinny.

June 23, 2018 @ 2:07 PM

Blind Dave

I'm 54. That's scary. RIP.

I have zero tolerance for domestic violence, having it seen happen to my sister back in the 70's and my step-daughter a few years ago. I was thrilled to have Osuna as the jays closer, but in light of recent events, he can go pitch for someone else. I don't care if he is in MLB or not as he has a right to earn an income, but just go away.

And yes, words hurt. Words hurt very much. I was the classic small, odd, poorly-sighted kid who got verbally abused and rejected on a daily basis. It took me DECADES to realize my self-worth.

June 23, 2018 @ 2:54 PM



Do you have any idea how many kids put a noose around their neck because they get called fag or get bullied for it at school?

And speaking of "giving me a call" you give me a call when you do something as part of YOUR job to change this planet versus making podcasts and writing XML scripts. And once you're not scared to go East of Yonge. You can bring 1236 too.

June 23, 2018 @ 11:13 PM



A proper LRT like the one Calgary has is perfect for serving the suburbs. The Calgary LRT is successful and Calgary is a perfect example of a city of suburbs. An LRT is cheap to build, they're fast and you can commercialize the LRT stations.

@Blind Dave. For certain people words are extremely damaging and it's abuse. It's just a different form of violence. Society has yet to acknowledge the nastiness that is online bullying and intimidation. There are a whole bunch of kids (and adults) who are pushed to suicide because of words, not fists. And there are too many of us that just say "oh toughen up". The advent of the computer and the internet has changed everything.

I'll be the first to say it, but we are ill equipped to deal with this. Police departments are not equipped for the most part. The legal system has no teeth and getting a conviction is difficult. If I was to walk up to someone on the street and say "bitch, I'll rape you and slit your throat" within minutes I'd be in the back of a cop car. Online, it's far more complex. First, is "Irv" a person or a character. Did I really say it or was it someone else using my name. And there is the onus to prove it was me (which requires expensive and time consuming forensics..which is part of the way I get paid). You factor in proxies and VPN's, Tor, or using Burger Kings wifi and that's another level of complexity. I'm currently working on a revenge porn situation and it's like groundhog day. The mother of the young girl is at her wits end. The girl herself wants to "jump off the balcony".

As a side note, I used to offer personal protective services. There is something to be said for the "Tony Soprano" school of intimidation. Arrive in suit, have a polite discussion with the person doing the bullying and offer them some sage advice. It taught me one thing. To speak to a bully you need to speak in their currency: fear. It's effective. Now, all I needed was a Grey Buick !

June 24, 2018 @ 12:01 AM


How about those Indians. Another awesome game. Franky Lindor homered again. That's great. My Orioles also won. They're heating up. Mark Trumbo hit another homer. My Diamondbacks won as well. That's great. Paul Goldschmidt with another homer. Well, I'm looking forward to the Diamondbacks and Indians in the World Series. I have no idea who Vinnie Paul is, but 54 is really young. Sorry he died.

June 24, 2018 @ 8:28 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


Are you so bored you're inventing an argument?

All I was ever saying is the obvious, which is that Osuna's suspension should be much longer than Pillar's was. I'm sure every reasonable person on the planet would agree with me.

As for being scared to go east of Yonge, HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. If you're going to make up nonsense, do it somewhere else, please.

June 24, 2018 @ 9:08 AM


re: Irv: "@TM .. And speaking of "giving me a call" you give me a call when you do something as part of YOUR job to change this planet versus making podcasts and writing XML scripts..."

re: Irv: "@JJ .. Society has yet to acknowledge the nastiness that is online bullying and intimidation..."

Geez .... what irony. Suggest Irv look in the mirror.

It's a shame that Irv is relapsing to his old mocking self. The recent enlightened Irv had been a much more welcome, informative, engaging, respectful contributor.

Here's a thought. If you want to piss on people, go spend the time & effort to create your own platform instead of polluting others who've done the work.

June 24, 2018 @ 9:56 AM


I think the Blue Jays should just let Osuna sit for the rest of the season, even after he comes off his "suspension", and then move him once the season is over or even just buy out his contract should there be no trade possible. Just wipe the slate clean and move on. Better for the team (and the city) and probably better for Osuna given the issues he's been having over the last few years.

Might be a good fit for him to be on a team in the south western US that's closer to his family and such since he probably lacks the support up here that he needs.

I also can't see a publicly traded company like Rogers allowing him to stay on something within their empire either. Call me cynical but I can see that board be more worried about their stock price dropping than being worried about what is effectively being an employee having problems.

June 24, 2018 @ 2:19 PM


4 homicides & 3 stabbings in the last 24 hrs in GTA.


June 24, 2018 @ 4:27 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


Year of the knife.

June 24, 2018 @ 4:48 PM

Urooj Islam

I thought it was the "Year of the Automobile", running over everyone and everything in sight.

June 24, 2018 @ 4:57 PM


As Brian Adams sang - Cuts Like a Knife. Love the song then but now, NO.
What is GTA becoming? Couldn't believe Mark Sanders (Police Cheif) saying a few days ago, there has been an increase in homicdes but we have a large population & the ratio is still no that bad. GIVE ME AN EFFIN BREAK. DoFo your time has come to do some business with policing in GTA.

June 24, 2018 @ 5:27 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


It's a big city. Do the math and you'll see it's way safer here than most places.

June 24, 2018 @ 5:40 PM


You must be comparing cities in Canada vs. US. There is NO comparison with their laws.
Thankfully our family left 19 years ago.

June 24, 2018 @ 5:58 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


No, I'm comparing us to other Canadian cities. I wouldn't compare us to US cities, because like you say, it's no comparison.

June 24, 2018 @ 6:19 PM


Even with other Cdn. cities is TO's crime rate overall especially homicides even compare with them considering Toronto's population? I don't think so. Regardless SO Sad to be a former Torontonian for most of my life.

June 24, 2018 @ 8:45 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


No need to panic. A 2017 ranking of 60 cities by The Economist ranked Toronto as the fourth safest major city in the world, and the safest major city in North America.

June 24, 2018 @ 9:20 PM


Not anymore. Still maybe in top 10 in North America.
Still mystified with all the violence & hope it stops.

Just WHY?

June 24, 2018 @ 9:44 PM


Well, how about those Indians. That's awesome. Another win. Adam Plutko is an awesome pitcher. How about Edwin Encarnacion. He hit a grand slam. Yes, a grand slam. Franky Lindor and Jason Kipnis homered as well. My Orioles lost though, but Mark Trumbo homered again. My Diamondbacks won again though. Trust me. Indians and Diamondbacks to the World Series. The World Series will be great. Maybe it will deserve a party.

June 25, 2018 @ 8:17 AM


If you look at the numbers, then we are better off that a lot of other cities, and even countries in terms of murder rates - Trinidad and Jamaica have a killing every day of the year, and usually hit the 365 murder mark by the halfway point of the year. Trinidad and Toronto have similar sized populations...

But this is going to be a "hot" summer for crime, so we have to all be safe.

June 25, 2018 @ 11:04 AM


On Saturday afternoon I was waiting for my Sweetie on the northbound platform of the Bloor
subway station, and I had the great displeasure of hearing the two Eastern European subway
buskers play "Despacito" on accordion and violin for 15 straight minutes!! Not a problem for
people who are just passing through momentarily, but a real ear buster for folks like me who
always show up too early!! Mind you, not nearly as annoying as those two infamous subway
brothers, but forever is too soon to ever hear that song again in any iteration!! Very financially
lucrative for those two older gentlemen! Man, do I ever miss that blind old dude (sadly, now
deceased), who used to play his Kalimba in that same spot for a number of years. And there
is also that fella who rocks out on a bassoon hooked up to a couple of looping pedals. That
guy sure has mad skillz(!).

June 25, 2018 @ 1:25 PM


48 homicides so far this year in Toronto & more than DOUBLE at the same time last year.
Toronto is still a safe city??? Maybe but with guns, gangs, etc. in certain areas the city is becoming smaller & smaller with targeted areas.
Another homicide last night - 5 in 4 days.

June 25, 2018 @ 5:14 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


It's actually not fair to compare this year to last year, because there was a sudden dip in murders last year. A statistical anomaly, if you will. So it's better to compare to two years ago and three years ago. The rate is pretty much the same, but when you consider the Yonge Street van attack killed 10 people, and they've found eight victims of Bruce McArthur this year, you sort of see how the number can spike.

I know you're from Bolton, so maybe you forget just how damn big a city we have here in Toronto. It still feels super safe to me.

June 25, 2018 @ 5:49 PM

Franky Lindor

Muchas gracias, Cheryl!

June 25, 2018 @ 6:53 PM

Ben V

@dale & torontomike: this is the problem with feelings over facts. Dale feels crime is out of control and doesnt regard the statistical facts as mattering. This how politicians work people. It's how trump came to power it's how ford ran his campaign. You could show dale 18 different facts and he will still disagree.

In science this year would be called an outlier. Not a trend. But hey why let that get in the way of a good hunch.

June 25, 2018 @ 8:59 PM


The bus just crushed me big time with some comments.
I lived in Toronto for 45 years & loved every moment, but there was a time to move on with young kids & TO cop Todd Bayliss being killed 2 minutes from our house & many other crimes in our "secure" neighbourhood 20 years ago. It was time to move on & still consider TO my home as it WAS, NOT NOW AS IT IS.

BTW previous info was for only homicides - shootings & stabbings, not including Yonge St. & MacArthur.

June 25, 2018 @ 11:16 PM



Oh please. I pulled down this entire blog years ago to analyze it after you continuously allowed your ilk to attack me. Cut the shit. Wasn't it you that said you have "asshole tendencies". Or did you forgot your past slick

@Relapse. Blah blah blah. Sorry, I've never bullied any of your radio ilk. You all know my name, how to contact me, etc. But if you'd like me to go Soprano on you, I can. did you think you're safe hiding behind an alias? The only reason I don't get bullied by your ilk anymore is I don't back down. Ask 1236. He's TM's buddy.

As for Toronto. I'm well acquainted with crime. You don't get to be me in life without having an understanding of crime, etc. I'm don't teach snowboarding lessons for a living. Toronto has a crime problem. And as for comparing crime stats in Canada to like Rio or whatever. Did you want to live in Rio? I have. Be my guest. This is not Bogota, but it's also not what it was 25 years ago.

June 26, 2018 @ 1:28 AM


I didn't know Franky Lindor was on this blog. Franky, maybe I should invite you to my party. My World Series party because my Indians and Diamondbacks will be there. That would be good to meet Franky Lindor. Is Franky Lindor really on this list? Well, my Indians lost last night. That's no good. They got shut out. My Orioles and Diamondbacks also lost. Last night sucked.

June 26, 2018 @ 6:49 AM


Kind of bummed I found this blog late and missed all the scrappin' :)

June 26, 2018 @ 8:32 AM


Cheryl, that's the legit Franky. He's posted here in the past.

June 26, 2018 @ 8:35 AM


What did I miss? Not previously familiar with this Franky Lindor person at all!
Ah, a quick Google/Wikipedia search filled me in. As you all were previously, people!!

Glad to see that you appear to be on the ornery road to recovery after your very cryptic
ill-health message of late Saturday morning. Dont'cha dare ever lose that spiteful fighting

Oh, and completely sorry, but none of my irregular health updates regarding Robert Seger
and Johnson Mellencamp this morning. Sorry, will try hard to hack their medical records and
social media accounts in the very near future!

June 26, 2018 @ 9:30 AM

James Edgar

Well i see i missed some fireworks while away on my bike trip over the weekend.

I went to a Motorcycle rally in Quebec about 150km's straight north from Ottawa. Great riding (some of those Quebec roads are in seriously crap shape though!) a little too much beer and a little too little sleep but a fun weekend that i really needed. Between work and home my stress is through the roof lately.

Osuna , should not pitch on TO again. sad for the Jays but i don't think he should come back. That kind of thing can't be normalized even a little bit.

I still think of Toronto as a Safe city. There have been spikes in crime before and will be again. As safe as a small town no. But safer that most cities it's size around the world and safer than the majority of cities a fraction of it's size. That doesn't mean i think we "ok" , that means i don't think we should panic. Actions based on facts not feelings will go along way to solving the problems. Of course politicians only act on their loudest constituents feelings so it will probably get worse. Hmm maybe we should panic.

June 26, 2018 @ 11:39 AM


I'm from a small town.

Toronto is just fine. I always feel comfortable and safe.

"Don't go looking for trouble, they're be no trouble"

June 26, 2018 @ 11:45 AM

Urooj Islam

Anyone read the latest Toronto Life crime long-form piece?

Crazy case, dude goes into the same house in Mississauga three times over several years and kills a family one by one.

Horrific police work here.

June 26, 2018 @ 12:45 PM


I certainly feel a lot safer (and happier I'll add, despite that stupid story a few weeks back claiming people living in the middle of nowhere are somehow happier) living in Toronto than when I grew up in a town north of the city. For one thing, I don't have to own a car or drive, and can walk or easily take transit to get almost anywhere. About the only time I feel slightly nervous is the rare occasions when I visit a friend or relative outside the city and they drive me somewhere. It's amazing how normally sane people can be afraid of getting randomly murdered, yet think nothing of driving or riding in cars where they're far more likely to be killed in a crash. I've never known anyone who was murdered, yet several people I knew as a kid died in crashes.

June 26, 2018 @ 1:21 PM


re: Irv: "@Relapse. Blah blah blah. Sorry, I've never bullied any of your radio ilk. You all know my name, how to contact me, etc. But if you'd like me to go Soprano on you, I can. did you think you're safe hiding behind an alias? The only reason I don't get bullied by your ilk anymore is I don't back down. Ask 1236. He's TM's buddy."

Incorrect. I've never been part of the radio ilk.

Other than Irv, Irvine, WCI, etc, I have no clue who you are or how to contact you.

"you'd go Soprano on me"?. Hmmm, not sure what that means. One could construe it as a threat. Surely, you wouldn't stoop that low.

I commented a few times on how refreshing the new reflective, non-combative, non-mocking, non-patronizing, non-condescending Irv was. I guess I'll now retract that as you're reverting to your old self. A shame as, for the short while, the reflective Irv was a positive contributor.

Seriously, spend the time & effort to create your own platform & post however you wish till your hearts content. You & your ilk will revel in your "awesomeness".

June 26, 2018 @ 2:02 PM

Urooj Islam

Relapse is probably the worst Eminem album by a wide margin.

June 26, 2018 @ 2:12 PM


@Urooj Islam
Congrats on the best segue in Toronto Mike'd history (or at least for the two years
that I've been fully aware of its existence!!). and you're also not wrong about that Eminem album,
although the second D12 album was nothing special to write home about either!

June 26, 2018 @ 2:20 PM


Great British Invasion Music News: Just announced that the 3 remaining original members of
The Kinks have reunited and are currently working on a new album. Wonder if it will be more
true to their sixties sound or the arena rock tinge of their late seventies and early eighties
albums? My personal preference, aside from their greatest track "Waterloo Sunset."

June 26, 2018 @ 2:29 PM


Urooj Islam - the Toronto Star also did a long piece on this family as well.

So sad, now these kids have no mom, no dad and no family on their dad's side in their lives.

I honestly cannot fathom how people can sink to these depths.

June 26, 2018 @ 4:45 PM

Rick C in Oakville

@Irv, in one of your comments, you said "health bad", did your health slide back? Hope not. Cheers

June 26, 2018 @ 10:18 PM


So Franky Lindor is really on this blog. Franky, my Indians got clobbered last night 11 to 2. I can't believe Corey Kluber gave up 11 runs. The stupid rain delay made the game start so late. I guess that's why I didn't like baseball in the first place. It's so unpredictable. So many rain delays. There was one yesterday and one today. My Orioles lost, but my Diamondbacks won.

June 27, 2018 @ 7:16 AM

James Edgar

One thing i forgot to mention about my bike trip to Quebec. If you go to the region around Maniwaki Quebec DO take some bug repellent, I swear i have 100000 black fly bikes on my head and am going even madder than normal.

I have no idea why how i could have possibly forgotten what Canada in June can be like for those blood sucking pieces of shit.

June 27, 2018 @ 9:25 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@James Edgar

Gordon Lightfoot tried to warn us with that great jam "Black Flies in July".

June 27, 2018 @ 9:36 AM


Totally gutted that I didn't receive an impersonal Robocall from the incoming Commandant Ford with
regards to attending his swearing-in ceremony at Queen's Park on Friday!! I mean, it's not like I voted
for the guy or anything, but can't help but feel slighted and left out in the extreme. Story of my life
thus far, I guess!! Not to worry, if he turns Ontario into the second coming of those horrific Mike
Harris regimes, I can always set up my future cardboard (box) condo close to the legislature and
attempt to catcall and heckle him on a daily basis! Wonder if his attendance record as Premier will
be any better than his days as a Municipal Councillor?!?

June 27, 2018 @ 9:49 AM


And there was always that great no hit wonder band from the early '90s Flies On Fire and
their infectious(!) little ditty called "Cry to Myself." P.S., forgot to include the name of my
future theme song as an inevitable forthcoming homeless denizen: "Living In A Box" by the
snazzy British group of the same name. Never has the band name or the song title of a near-hit so neatly helped to encapsulate the unenviable futures of its band members!!!

June 27, 2018 @ 9:54 AM


Question for Dart Guy: Will there eventually be a make-up free Dart Guy akin to mid-period Kiss, and will he then switch to a more professional look, like a 3-piece suit, for instance? No, seriously, any advice for how to successfully infiltrate the media from my current subterranean home would be most welcome. Thanks in advance!!

June 27, 2018 @ 10:01 AM

James Edgar

@TM dammit I should have listened to more Gordon Lightfoot!

June 27, 2018 @ 11:35 AM


I don't know about anyone else living in downtown Toronto, but I have been seriously doubling
down on my remedial English classes as well as my Rosetta Stone language tutorials in the
hopes that they will enable me to better understand the TTC's recent pamphlet about summertime
service disruptions. Seems to me like that this is an issue experienced all-year-round these days,
and not just when school lets out! Too blind to drive, to clumsy to bike, and too lazy to walk
any distance greater than my couch to the fridge (mere inches!!), so I guess that leaves me stuck
with the horrific Toronto Trainwreck Commission!!

June 27, 2018 @ 1:44 PM


Sorry, the above comment should have read as 'too clumsy to bike!'

June 27, 2018 @ 1:45 PM

Urooj Islam

The infamous "Dart Guy" is coming on Toronto Mike'd?

I can't wait to listen, easily the weirdest guest in show history.

June 27, 2018 @ 5:22 PM

Jason from Sudbury

Looking forward to the Dart Guy ep even though he chears for the wrong team. lol Just kidding. Its gonna be interesting though. I know he's born and razed in Sudbury, so ask him how often he makes it back home.

June 27, 2018 @ 7:22 PM


My Indians won. It's about time. Edwin Encarnacion hits another homer. Lonnie Chisenhall hit his first homer of the season. Shane Beber pitched another gem. He's a great pitcher. My Diamondbacks won as well with a Dan Descalso homer. My Orioles lost again. The fricken pen blew it. Well, Indians and Diamondbacks to the World Series. If I have a party, Franky Lindor will come. Indians and Diamondbacks will be there. I don't like Gordon Lightfoot. I don't like his voice. I like some songs, but sung by other people.

June 28, 2018 @ 7:14 AM

James Edgar

So ,Twitter which i started using thanks to Mike has become a little weird for me. NOT because of the politics and trolling. That's all pretty normal "social" media at this point.

But the fact that i have 121 followers is pretty odd. A couple of them are (in twitter at least) kind of famous (including of Course @torontomike) i just got followed by a guy with 753K followers. And Strombo who has 940K followers follows me too.

Of course a few of the followers appear to be porn stars /strippers which now that I've typed it sure seems odd.

And maybe 10 are actual friends.

Most of rest are bands ,authors ,comedians etc that i have followed. Which makes a certain sense as they are using it for exposure.

Anyway 121 is not anything like a lot of followers but still seems pretty huge to me.

And I rarely post anything I'm definitely a voyeur

June 28, 2018 @ 8:58 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@James Edgar

Dart Guy visits soon, and he had 16 followers when he attended that game in Washington.

June 28, 2018 @ 9:12 AM

James Edgar

No doubt. 20K now what a cool story. I'll try to listen later.

June 28, 2018 @ 11:21 AM


So I get most of my most important and up to date music news from that well-known cultural
kingpin Benedict Mulroney and his savvy cohorts on CTV's Your Mo(u)rning(!) Anyhoo, this morning
they announced that a couple of musical milk carton 'kids' from wayback would be teaming up
again and recording a new album: Ja Rule(!!) and Ashanti(!!!) Wasn't their previous hit collaboration
"Always On Time" released shortly after 9/11?!? Not trying to go all conspiratorial on everyone, but
music has never been the same since (in a bad way, most obviously!). Apparently they are inspired
by that current hit team-up between Beyonce and that 'handsome' fella who must have serious dirt
on her if they're still together!! You'd think that Ja Rule would still be in the Witless(!) Protection
Program after that whole Fyre Musical festival debacle on that Bahamian island Great Exuma, no?
Me, I would have sooner taken my chances with the infamous "Chesterfield Island", best-known
from its 45 second jingle on the 2 Live Crew's vastly underrated 1996 album "Sports Weekend!!!"

June 28, 2018 @ 11:45 AM


As an unsociable person who has no interest in attracting online 'friends' or followers (or whatever they're called), I have no interest in joining Twitter and only reluctantly joined Facebook a few years ago when the Toronto JFL comedy fest insisted on it in its first incarnation if you wanted to purchase a pass and attend events, only to cease that practice the next year. I have only used it since on a small number of rare occasions to ask or answer questions from others.

I also did not get a robocall invite. I thought I had heard a mention of free hot dogs, but a search of articles found no mention of any such free food being promised. I would have accepted it and quickly left, ignoring the rest of the event.
If DoFo intends to seen and heard as little as possible, and be a largely absentee Premier while letting the rest of his "team" do all the work and all the talking, I think I would prefer that over his past antics.

June 28, 2018 @ 11:49 AM


Um, lousy research from my non-existent cracked backroom squad, as "Sports Weekend" was
actually released in 1991. I remember having to buy it on import as it was a very controversial
release at the time. Now it would seem pretty tame by comparison. R.I.P. Fresh kid Ice!! (July 2017)

June 28, 2018 @ 11:53 AM


It has often been suggested that I join Twitter as a way of connecting and following others, but
I have no activated tech devices of my own, and even if I did, I'd have the least visually-interesting
social media account of all time: No photos or videos whatsoever!! Plus, none of my responses
would be even close to occurring in real time the way things currently stand. Made this joke before,
but I'm thinking of starting up a rival site called "FACELESS", where the person with the least amount
of friends wins (or, loses, as the case would more likely be!!!).

June 28, 2018 @ 11:57 AM


with championships coming down to penalty shots, and people being upset by that, Senegal just got knocked out of the World Cup due to the "Fair Play" tiebreaker...they were tied with Japan over everything, so it went down to who had the least amount of yellow/red cards, and Japan won that tiebreak, and is moving on. Now that would suck. It'd be like missing the NHL playoffs because you had too many penalty minutes.

June 28, 2018 @ 12:09 PM

James Edgar

I was wondering what the tie break would be. Yes that would totally suck ;( on a related note my German friend Stefan is gutted .

June 28, 2018 @ 2:32 PM


NO TMI today - It's Thurday?

June 28, 2018 @ 9:37 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


I published one this morning.... before 8.

June 28, 2018 @ 10:03 PM

Rick C in Oakville

@James Edgar, I quit Twitter about a year ago, and only use facebook for family/friends. I get several requests over the month for facebook friends, mostly eastern European and surprisingly Philipino women. Wonder if they are sincere??
Give Doug Ford a chance, have been working in Ottawa this week and the buzz is Trudeau taking many personal days over the month, leaving Gerald Butts and Kate Telford to run the country.
We all know in politics it isn't the leader that really runs the show, and I suspect Doug is a marionette, just like Trudeau.

June 28, 2018 @ 10:19 PM


@Rick C in Oakville
How can any of us have trust in these so-called shadow puppeteers who would allow/enable the sorry
likes of Doug Ford to take the political leadership reins of their provincial party? Today could
be the start of the ultimate disruption of anything that is still truly great about Ontario. Just askin'/
sayin', that's all!!

June 29, 2018 @ 9:39 AM

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