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Brian Gerstein (Raptors Devotee)

January 22nd 188.6 pounds
February 14th 177.4 pounds, lost 11.2 pounds in 3 weeks!

Cutting out salty snacks and not eating fruit helped! Now allowed strawberries, raspberries and blackberries. Also joined two exercise classes for toning and abs.

February 15, 2019 @ 8:09 AM


@Brian, congratulations!!

February 15, 2019 @ 8:11 AM


I finally found this open Mike. Things sucked last night. Maybe I would have been better off with Primus last night. Rogers has a good deal in my building so that's why I got talked into switching. Rogers was down for a bit last night. I have no idea why, but my phone and Internet were not working, so I missed my hockey. I couldn't get it because it didn't work. My Amazon echo didn't work or my Google speaker didn't work. Nothing worked. That sucks. Oh well, my Habs and Coyotes both lost anyway, so it was okay to miss those games, but Rogers sucked because of internet and phone going down.

February 15, 2019 @ 8:20 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

Is it even possible for me to be of the opinion the Amber Alert is far too loud on my phone without being accused of not caring about the death of an 11-year old girl? That's a tragic story, and I'm glad the alert worked, but when my phone is charging a foot from my ear and I'm sound asleep, the volume of the alert is absolutely frightening. My heart pounded for an hour, and I'm still feeling the effects. It was incredibly loud, and if technically possible, I'd just like a little control over the volume. Nothing else on my phone is that loud, and I'd wake up with an alert 10% of that volume.

Again, this is a tragedy and I'm not complaining that I was awakened by the amber alert, I'm just asking if it's technically possible to reduce the volume of said alert.

We'll see if I chicken out and delete this comment like I deleted my tweet this morning. The pitchforks are out for anyone who dares criticize any aspect of this program when a child is in danger.

February 15, 2019 @ 8:27 AM


@Mike, I understand where you are coming from. I too have my phone beside my bed and the volume along with the type of sound scared the crap out of me.

I also think they should change the notification. When the second alert came up a short time later saying the girl was found I said to myself "that's really good". I assumed she was ok only to find out the actual outcome this morning. Maybe they should change it to simply say the alert is cancelled.

February 15, 2019 @ 8:33 AM


Brian. - congratulations!!

TM - I didn't get a sound with mine, it just flashed across my screen. My phone is on vibrate, is that why?? I can understand the sound is frightening, maybe they worry a softer sound people will ignore it or learn to ignore it? :/

February 15, 2019 @ 8:37 AM


It certainly scared the hell out of us both. And if once wasn't scary enough, the cancel of the alert an hour later, just as we were calming down, just compounded things. I fully support this type of messaging, but like you, wish the volume could have been much lower. A very sad and sickening outcome.

My driveway is like a skating rink. I've never had it quite this bad. I scrapped away the lower portion of the ice on the driveway but I think it's going to return back to ice after the thaw today. The shoveling on Tuesday night was one of the toughest yet i had to do. Almost 90 minutes and it didn't help I came home late and had been drinking.

The chair throwing girl. Not much more can be said. Media though seemed to love her a bit too much.

Very cute moment last night with Marner and that girl who wanted to be her Valentine.

Had the FBI Pizza walk-in special the other night. That pizza is massive. Taste was only OK.

Enjoy your Family Day weekend everyone!

February 15, 2019 @ 8:39 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


It was extremely loud, and the alarm is already of a frightening pitch. I think when you're wake and you hear it, it just jolts you, but when you're asleep, it actually fucks you up.

February 15, 2019 @ 8:40 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


Didn't know you were a Mimico guy.

February 15, 2019 @ 8:46 AM


Kingsway actually but I love my pizza!

February 15, 2019 @ 8:47 AM

Mississauga Rob

Interestingly Mike that you have not made any mention of the departure this week of Jennifer Valentyne from Q107 to move to Global's morning gab-fest. She has been on "vacation" for a couple of weeks but it was released Tuesday.

February 15, 2019 @ 8:56 AM


I know we can all agree that what happened to the girl this morning is a devastating tragedy. Your readers and listeners know that you are an empathetic person and so know that you would feel badly for her family and community.
I think the news story is still incredibly raw for people right now, so discussion about the technical side of the amber alert system is not the first thing on people's minds. People are still processing the story and to a lesser extent how receiving the amber alert has impacted them.
I think the technical side of the alert system is an important discussion to have. The system needs to be useful in that it calls people's attention to a serious situation. It should not stir people up in a destructive way either.
You ask good questions about the system and how it could be better. This is a helpful discussion to have... But not today. Let it breathe for a few days and let people come down from this situation. I think with people in a more level frame of mind you will receive more thoughtful constructive comments, and less anxiety-charged reactionary ones.

February 15, 2019 @ 8:58 AM


@ Rick
For a great pizza in this part of the city go to 850 Degrees at Lake Shore & 30th.

February 15, 2019 @ 9:08 AM


TM - yeah, I know the feeling. We have a door knocker on my door that people use, when they don't look for the doorbell. If I am in a deep sleep, it is really disconcerting. So, I can imagine that 10x louder. :/ Maybe they will look into that aspect.

February 15, 2019 @ 9:10 AM


I'd be happy if they could at least use a slightly less 'nuclear war is imminent' tone when they call off the amber alert. Also probably would have been better for police just to say the amber alert is cancelled in light of the outcome.

February 15, 2019 @ 9:27 AM

the brother

How much are we loving the new Totally 80's format on boom for Family Day Weekend? Kickoff at 8am YES! Stu Jeffries counting down the top hits of the decade channeling his inner Casey Kasem YES!

Everybody's working for the weekend.

PS: this week Stingray welcomed back Flow 93-5 (Toronto's Hip Hop)

February 15, 2019 @ 9:33 AM


Really, Mike?

An annoying noise that was used in the hopes of preventing the death of an 11-year-old girl is a minor inconvenience compared to the possible outcome.

It woke me up. But so what? The alert actually worked and that's how the man was found. While it didn't prevent her death it may prevent one in the future.

The pitchforks will always be out. It's just a loud noise.

One thing of note and I don't know why this partner and I both have iPhones and she has a work Samsung. The only phone that made the noise was the Samsung. I got the alert but it was silent.
This is not an "iPhone is better fight". I really don't know why it happened.

February 15, 2019 @ 9:33 AM


McNulty - my phone is on vibrate, are all your phones as well?

February 15, 2019 @ 9:45 AM

Dr. Seymour Light

Just curious if the hivemind have any creative ideas of the best use of Ontario Place lands...

February 15, 2019 @ 9:49 AM


I think I heard someone say you don't hear it if you have the phone on silent? I don't know, as my mobile device is not a phone, but a second-hand iPod Touch that is several years old, so I get nothing.
And I also don't want to sound unsympathetic, but I'm not convinced waking up someone in T.O.Mike's south Etobicoke neighbourhood at 11:30 pm with the air raid-like siren alert about a missing Brampton child has much chance of being helpful. Certainly do all the other stuff like having it on all of the radio, TV stations, etc.

February 15, 2019 @ 9:51 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


Excellent points. There's a reason I'm having this chat here as opposed to Twitter, etc. I believe we can talk about the effectiveness of the tech without taking away from the tragedy that is this child's death.

February 15, 2019 @ 10:06 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Dr. Seymour Light

Can we keep the cinesphere and make the rest like Trillium Park?

February 15, 2019 @ 10:08 AM


H.o.E. - dude, please. one alert, that really besides the noise is not bothering people and could save a child's life. why is this hard to conceptualize? it went out to people in the GTA, and I am sure that's where he was found after the fact.

February 15, 2019 @ 10:09 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Mississauga Rob

I wrote a lot about Jennifer Valentyne leaving Derringer in the Morning on Q107 for a new Global Toronto morning show on Twitter, and updated the page about her joining Q107. :)

Yep... Jennifer Valentyne is leaving Derringer in the Morning on Q107 for a new Global Toronto morning show

— Toronto Mike (@torontomike) February 12, 2019
February 15, 2019 @ 10:11 AM


A few months after Mike's post about it, I went to take a look the new lakefront park at the eastern edge of what had been Ontario Place, and I was surprisingly impressed, and stayed there for about 20 minutes just watching planes take off from the island airport. That's what should be done with the rest of it that's immediately along the water. What they do with the rest of it and the buildings doesn't matter much to me.

And similarly I don't gamble, so I don't care whether or not it involves a casino somewhere in the CNE/OP area, as long as it's not right along the water where it would be kind of a dumb place for a huge windowless building. And hopefully some potential gigantic Exhibition Place casino complex (like the 2013 MGM proposal) wouldn't mean the end of the Toronto Indy race there, or maybe something could be worked out to have it at Downsview Airport if that will still exist.

I like having a permanent purpose-built music venue like The Budweiser Stage (as it's now known) that could be used year-round instead of just in the summer, but then again it seems like a waste of waterfront to have it there when it could be anywhere in the GTA.

February 15, 2019 @ 10:55 AM


Amber alert aside, the results are extremely tragic

I actually feel bad for you if you need to keep your phone on, volume up, beside your bed every night…. but don't get me wrong, I know there's a million reasons why one would need to do that, and I certainly sympathize with yours!

February 15, 2019 @ 11:10 AM


Mike's point about the trolls or the vitriol on Twitter is true. While I disagree with him about the Amber Alert, to me the sound is fine, I won't get nasty about it.

In related news, I have stopped using Twitter for that very reason. There is so much hostility and anger and awfulness on the platform that I found it bringing me down. During the Superbowl I found so many tweets insulting Maroon 5 that I became frustrated. I don't much care for the band but why all the hate?
I am finding life without social media to be a lot better. Plus my phone battery lasts longer.

February 15, 2019 @ 11:32 AM

Jody Thornton


I am feeling similarly about Facebook. I like some of the groups about favourite hobbies or topics (more like forums), but I feel even these groups become political more than they need be. Imagine being on a group about turntables, and arguing about belt-drive vs direct-drive merits? My Gawd!

But I also find that on Facebook, many folks put out an exaggeratedly terrific image of themselves. Or they'll post something elusive, and you ask what's going on, and they say "I'll PM you", or "Mind your business". So why post it? Just attention?

I like when folks post something funny or positive on Facebook. But it's coming down to a precious few.

February 15, 2019 @ 12:22 PM

Urooj Islam

I have a 3+ year old Samsung S4 with a phone plan that has long since elapsed so I've never gotten one of those new intrusive Amber Alerts on it. I'm not sure why, but I'm not complaining.

It's unfortunate that a young girl's life was taken but my opinion on these alerts hasn't changed. Every Amber Alert is the same story, a parental abduction usually during a custody transfer between two separated parents. It feels like airing a family's private matter out in the open and I am not comfortable with it. It's none of my business and I can't do anything to help, it is between the parents, the police and the family courts who decided on their custody agreement.

February 15, 2019 @ 12:52 PM

Sheldon Cooper

Could I suggest we allow people to opt out of the Amber alert? This would include thier missing children not being on the system. This way you could sleep well knowing your missing child didn’t have alerts waking up others. L

February 15, 2019 @ 12:59 PM

Urooj Islam

Complaining about the volume of the Amber Alert is the epitome of "White people problems", though.

Funny to see so many people trying to backtrack this morning from their comments last night.

I am very entertained. Have a good weekend.

February 15, 2019 @ 1:51 PM


Ugh. Work on finally building a direct pedestrian connection between the Bloor GO/UPExpress station and the TTC Dundas West subway station platforms almost right underneath it, looks like it won't even start until at least "late in 2020 with an expected completion date of 2022”, so it's probably another three years or more of confused looking people pulling suitcases behind them exiting the train station onto the Bloor Street sidewalk looking for the subway station they've been led to believe is connected.
The GO station opened in 1974, eight years after the subway station.

February 15, 2019 @ 2:11 PM

Dr. Seymour Light

@Mike on Ontario Place...Sure sounds good to me, a nice high tech cinesphere, ample family park lands for picnics, maybe a small concert venue with a retractable dome to be used year round. How about carving out some inland water ways and building cafes, bars, eateries with walking and bike lanes. Maybe a ferry port for transportation and accessibility for folks living around the Golden Horseshoe lakefront without needing to drive in?

February 15, 2019 @ 2:38 PM

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@Dr. Seymour Light

Sounds amazing.

February 15, 2019 @ 2:57 PM


All this Amber Alert talk here is making me upset. Some of y'all are coming off as really cold and heartless.

February 15, 2019 @ 3:24 PM


ON here, on Twitter, on Facebook - just a bunch of people complaining. Seriously? She was 11, yesterday was her birthday. Everyone here, gets to go to sleep tonight. But who knows when her mother will ever get a peaceful night's rest again.

February 15, 2019 @ 3:33 PM


I've been thinking about amber alert situation. I definitely wouldn't run to the police about it because it disturbed my sleep. And in the case of last night, it helped locate the dad.

But I do believe in general the alert/sound is slightly intrustive (overly loud). If you are up at home, you're likely to hear your phone at a reduced sound level regardless. Same applies if you are watching TV. Same also applies if you are driving, whether that means you are listening to the radio as well on top of the alert on your phone.

Dare I say it, but if you are sleeping, chances are you aren't going to get out of bed and get dressed and go out and about trying to locate a vehicle throughout a wide radial range of Ontario.

I wouldn't be perturbed about it personally. But I can see why people said they were completely startled having been awoken by it. I know had my kids heard it, they would have been petrified for days.

It's not like this is a new complaint regarding the new alert system though. Many said the same thing when they tested it out.

Besides debating that, it's sickening someone would do that to their child. On her birthday no less. Kids have no reason to be pawns when it goes to domestic dealings.

February 15, 2019 @ 3:49 PM

Urooj Islam


Damn, it was the little girl's birthday? I did not know that.

That dude is pretty evil then and it seems like there was some premeditation because he went all the way in trying to spite the ex by killing their daughter on what should have been a positive day. Now that poor mother will associate her daughter's birthday with something so negative.

February 15, 2019 @ 4:14 PM

Neil Clarke Warren

PHUCK Ticketmaster..Jacking Stones tickets $60.00 per ticket ( + $20.00 service charge ) midway thru the public sale. Phuck them !! I realize they can do what they want but we the public can do what we want and never EVER,EVER EVER purchase ANYTHING from Ticketmaster again EVER !!

Did I mention PHUCK Ticketmaster !!!

February 15, 2019 @ 4:15 PM


Urooj Islam - yeah, her birthday. he obviously has issues.

Pete - I get that no one is rushing out of bed to look for missing kids, and that of course the noise is jarring. but to say they're useless, and why do we need them in certain areas vs others. Like, this guy could have easily made it from Brampton to Oshawa for example, and someone might have seen the car. I don't know where he was found even, but the alert did help find him.

February 15, 2019 @ 4:19 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

On a lighter note, isn't it unfair that Ray Allen plays in the Celebrity All Star game?

February 15, 2019 @ 7:51 PM


Fyi - the father was found in Orillia. Someone spotted his car after getting the Amber Alert sent to their phone, and called it in. This is the whole point. To be saying it's useless, or annoying, or whatever - is honestly really whack just beyond whack. Like really beyond the pale.

February 16, 2019 @ 1:28 AM


I didn't hear this alert. Well, I don't have a smart phone and I'm not going to get one because I hate touch screens. I don't need one anyway. Well, Internet worked all day yesterday, so that's good, but there was no hockey yesterday I wanted to listen to. Well, Leafs at Coyotes tonight. Coyotes will win and Habs at Lightning. Habs will win after losing to the Predators. It will be a good hockey night, that's for sure.

February 16, 2019 @ 7:15 AM

Michael Lange

In thinking about the negative public reaction to the Amber Alert, we'd benefit from stepping back and looking at those Amber Alert complainers before we say society has gone to hell. Maybe 200 people called 911 in Peel, which has a population of 1.3 million? That's 0.015% of the population, hardly a widespread problem. It speaks to the outright stupidity 200 people in Peel Region, not the 99.985% of the rest of us. And who cares about anonymous Twitter comments by people who get brave behind a keyboard? And yet, we keep being told that the public reaction to the technical side of the Amber Alert is overwhelmingly negative? How is this possible?

When the news starts spouting negative opinions about the Amber Alert complainers, remember that the same Bell- and Rogers-owned news outlets have an intrinsic interest in public acceptance of that system, not matter how flawed.

Now it makes sense.

There were legitimate concerns raised about how the Amber Alert system has been implemented. It's possible to have a nuanced discussion of the current Amber Alert system without resorting to hysteria, and without Bell and Rogers forming the opinion.

February 16, 2019 @ 7:56 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

FWIW, I don't know a single person who complained that the Amber Alert happened. Not one.

And it's really unfair to lump the people (like me!) who think it's too loud and jarring with those calling 911 or wanting the program cancelled. It seems we're living in a black and white world where you're either with us, or against us.

And finally, there's at least one comment here from someone feeling sorry for people who have their phones on a foot away from them when they sleep. I've seen comments that these are pathetic people with fears of missing out. This is so wrong.... I keep my phone on every night and keep it on the nightstand beside my bed because I have a fear of not being there if one of my kids needs me at 3am. Maybe this is a divorced dad thing, but it's something that's very important to me. I've told my teens that if they're ever in any degree of trouble, at any time, be it out with a friend who's been drinking or feeling uncomfortable in a situation, they can call me and I'll be there asap without judgement or anger.

So yeah, I sleep with my phone on a foot from my bed.

February 16, 2019 @ 8:33 AM


I have no problem with the amber alert, it’s how they implemented it that bothers me.

A few things they can do to avoid this situation from repeating itself and still maintain the effectiveness of the amber alert system are:

1-Do not override the DND or silent function on the phone, most people using these functions are sleeping and are very unlikely to be in a position to help.

2-Turn down the volume and change the tone of the alert. Most people will check their phone regardless of the volume of the chime, it doesn’t need to be full blast and sound like an alert for an inbound missile.

3-Send out the “amber alert ended” message without sound. This is pretty self explanatory

February 16, 2019 @ 8:49 AM

Brian Gerstein (Raptors Devotee)

The Amber Alert is purposely designed to get your attention, it is not something that whether you are in a deep sleep, or doing something else nearby, you can dismiss. It 100% will hold your attention, and you will check it out, if only to read it and turn it off.

Mike's point about the volume and incredibly jarring sound effects it employs makes me wonder why they do it to that extent. My theory is that it is done to make sure that 99.99% of the population will respond to it, and the 0.01% that don't are either dead or recently deceased on their own.

You would think that a lot of work was done with the carriers to determine what volume needs to be used, so the real question is via their testing, if they reduced it by 25%, or 50% of its current volume, how many people would either sleep through it, or not bother to look.

Since we have no access to that we don't know. I commend Mike for bringing it up, as it has absolutely nothing to do with the tragic death of the 11 year old girl, but all to do with how the Amber Alert is administered. Mike's business is all about this i.e. checking sound volumes for his guests in their headphones, how the podcast sounds for the listeners, so I actually can't think of anyone more qualified, other than his friend Andrew who set him up for his sound equipment in his basement to comment on this, from a purely technical POV.

In my case, I was at my desk with my desktop, had headphones on, with my Samsung phone next to me. I was watching something on You Tube, and was awake, so the actual Amber Alert was quite muted for me, and I barely noticed it. As a result, I had to take off my headphones, and pay attention to the alert, read it, and turned it off.

I think I stumbled on why they do it this way. For those people who are already hooked up with earbuds listening to music, or using headphones, the volume level is done to reach them, which actually makes sense to me.

February 16, 2019 @ 8:57 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


I've looked into this. Essentially, we're doing it wrong.

In the USA, there are different tiers of alerts.

1. Presidential - nuclear attack is imminent! Immediate danger!!!!
2. Severe - tornado warning, imminent threat
3. Amber alert

They aren't treating all alerts the same. Here, the CRTC and OPP have decided every alert will be treated the same as the USA's Presidential alert.

Furthermore, depending on our carrier and phone, you get it differently. I'm with Rogers and use an LG Android phone, and here's what I get at an unbelievably loud volume.

Again, I'm pro-Amber alert, and not interesting in opting out, I'm just hoping we consider implementing this correctly with the American tiered system so that Amber alerts aren't treated the same as an imminent nuclear attack.

February 16, 2019 @ 9:28 AM

Brian Gerstein (Raptors Devotee)

Mike, my wife and daughter feel the current Amber Alert system is fine as is, since it happens so rarely. They also feel that by using your #3 alert, many people will ignore it.

If the goal is to reach the highest % of the population then mission accomplished, though reading above their are inconsistencies on depending on your carrier and model how it is received.

As a realtor I am all about bringing two sides together to strike a deal, and I do feel that there are areas of improvement for the system without compromising it. Time will tell what the future holds, but for now, this is what we have to deal with.

My concern though is that some people will now turn their phones off completely so as to avoid the full fledged alert, so in essence the current system inadvertently will be doing more damage than adjusting it to more reasonable tones and volumes. At the end of the day, no system is perfect, you just hope to have the system being used that is most effective.

February 16, 2019 @ 10:00 AM


TM - I am not lumping you in, because your technical query is very valid. It's other people, who say it is useless, and pointless, that I have the issue with.

People may have only complained in a small percentage compared to those who didn't, but the fact that even one person called to complain, is one person too many.

February 16, 2019 @ 10:34 AM


TM - also, it is so valid why you keep your phone on. it reminded me i should maybe set it up so i can hear if certain people call, after a certain time.

February 16, 2019 @ 10:40 AM

Urooj Islam

Don't take this stuff too seriously or to heart, jj.

Like most things, people don't really give a shit unless it happens to them no matter how much sympathy they feign.

That's just how the world is, unfortunately.

February 16, 2019 @ 3:59 PM


2 words.. airplane mode.

This is my key to a good nights rest while also charging my iPhone faster.

When I wake up I reconnect and I find all the missed calls, texts and amber alerts...

February 16, 2019 @ 6:41 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

Took the 3 oldest kids to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse today and all four of us LOVED it. It was fantastic.

February 16, 2019 @ 7:16 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


"They also feel that by using your #3 alert, many people will ignore it".

I'd argue two things are true:

1. Those who would opt-out of an Amber alert are likely not going to help anyway. The overwhelming majority will check their Amber alerts and help if they can. I know I would.

2. If all three tiers of alerts are treated the same, it's quite possible probable that people will figure out how to ignore them (by hack or airplane mode or whatever), and then when there is an imminent threat, they won't get that alert.

I'll drop this now, but I don't think it all makes sense to treat every Amber alert the same as an imminent nuclear attack. I find the decision rather puzzling and very short sighted.

February 16, 2019 @ 7:34 PM

Urooj Islam

I wonder which of her teams' game Cheryl listens to, the Canadiens or Coyotes, when they're both playing at the exact same time.

February 16, 2019 @ 8:05 PM


@Dr. Seymour Light on Ontario Place....check out the Navy Pier in Chicago and that's probably what Mr. Ford has in mind for the spot....restaurants, cultural exhibits, family zones, a cruise ship terminal and a Ferris wheel to boot. Throw in some sort of decent public transport to get there, combine it with the CNE, add in the Budweiser Theatre, Echo Beach, Trillium Park and it would probably be one of the top tourist destinations during the summer in Toronto.
On the other hand, they could just sell the land to a developer and make a boatload of money too.

February 16, 2019 @ 9:51 PM


While i get the need I think they dropped the ball on when it shouldve been rasied. Was suprised it happened on my phone(note5 carrier branded model) twice with the same identicle message 20mins. apart since aside from downloading julys patch this past week I didnt have cell data turned on during previous test either. the vibrate option is just as jarring @ night it would be nice to have a quiet hours blackout for these low level alerts. 1 has to wonder if this data usage will be correctly tracked since it seems carriers can be imcompetent when tracking select useage

February 17, 2019 @ 12:12 AM


I was mainly listening to my Coyotes. Good thing because they won. My Habs sucked last night. That is not a good thing. My Habs got shut out. My Coyotes won. Well, I have no cellphone so don't get amber alerts. Even if I did, there is probably nothing I can do about them. If it happens in my building, I am on special needs so someone would come and get me. I don't need a smart phone.

February 17, 2019 @ 7:05 AM


Urooj Islam - I just think it's crazy that people are so callous I think, but you're right I shouldn't take it to heart.

Hopefully they work on the technology part at the least over time.

February 17, 2019 @ 11:46 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


The vast majority of people care about others. But some people only care about their own. And a sliver of people only care about themselves.

February 17, 2019 @ 1:39 PM


TM - what's scary, is that the people who only care about their own, or themselves, are the ones who are shaping our province. I think that's what gets to me.

Meanwhile, how about Danny G on Saturday in the 3pt competition ! So proud of him!

February 17, 2019 @ 11:50 PM


Well, my Habs lost again today. Come on Habs. You need to win. Oh well. More snow on the way again. I'm really tired of this. We need Mel Lastman. He should come out of retirement and run for Mayor again because he's the best Mayor we ever had. Anyway, Mel really is the best. My Coyotes play later today. Hopefully they will win again.

February 18, 2019 @ 6:50 AM

Jason from Sudbury

You guys are gonna hate me...Didn't get the alert on my phone, didn't even know what happened. Crashed out Thursday night, woke up Friday morning, checked Facecrack and seen people bitching about how they were woken up.

February 18, 2019 @ 11:18 AM

Urooj Islam

Who's a better Mayor than Mel Lastman?


February 18, 2019 @ 5:01 PM

Joey Wasaga

OH my tooth hurts today............

February 19, 2019 @ 6:27 AM


You're right. Nobody is better than Mel Lastman. Mel Lastman was the best Mayor we have ever had. Remember that. Well, my Coyotes lost yesterday. That game sucked. It was no good. My Coyotes lost. My Habs and Coyotes better win tonight, but who knows if they will or not. More snow on the way again. That's no good, but I don't have to go out tomorrow.

February 19, 2019 @ 6:57 AM


Received a nice promotion on Friday. Was brought into HR and thought at first I was being shown the door. Instead, was happily moved into a higher tax bracket and given a car allowance and gas card (that can be used for work and pleasure). I'll be spending less time in the office and more time at various job sites (When I'm down your way Mike I'll buy you a GLB and lunch). More stress I would assume with the responsibilities, but I'm up for the challenge. I won't be here as much to keep Cheryl's postman in check, so please help me in that regard :)

February 19, 2019 @ 3:53 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

If I go missing, @Beatts would be a prime suspect.

February 19, 2019 @ 4:01 PM

Nobody is better than Mel Lastman. Mel Lastman was the best Mayor we have ever had.

What. The. Fuck.

February 19, 2019 @ 6:01 PM

Urooj Islam

Congrats, Beatts!

Well deserved, my friend. Hope to still see you around, especially for Open Mikes on Friday.

February 19, 2019 @ 6:08 PM


Thanks Urooj!

February 19, 2019 @ 10:06 PM


Well, great night. My Habs and Coyotes won. That's so awesome to have them win. They're goth going to the finals. I know this. Well, congrats to Beatts. Nobody was better than Mel Lastman. I'm glad some people are agreeing with me. Mor snow and junk. Well, good thing I don't have to go out in the white garbage. I want spring. Well, baseball spring training games start on Saturday.

February 20, 2019 @ 7:14 AM


Thanks Cheryl!

February 20, 2019 @ 7:47 AM

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For the record, let me formally congratulate Mr. Beatts and state, again, for the record, that I would be honoured to have a beer with him.

February 20, 2019 @ 8:00 AM


Beatts - awesome, congratulations!!!

February 20, 2019 @ 9:21 AM


Thanks Mike and JJ !

Looking forward to it Mike :) I will even wear pants.

February 20, 2019 @ 12:51 PM


I submitted a comment at about the Feb 14 alert volume on Bell Satellite TV. The alarm I got on my phone didn't seem excessive, but on TV the alarm (and especially the voiceover that followed) seemed like they were going to blow the speakers. I'm pretty sure that someone watching TV with headphones would have been at risk of hearing damage.

I really think that there should be at least 2 different levels of alarm severity so that it doesn't impact people far from an incident as much). And there should be a difference between "help us out" and "get the f out of there" alarms (different alarms / volume, full-screen text vs bottom scroll).

I hope the current systems is tweaked a fair bit. For instance, I don't think that most people watching TV at 11:36PM were in much of a situation to help with a search. Nor would anyone who had already gone to bed and had set an alarm to be awoken in the morning. (An AMBER alert requirement is that the public can actually be of assistance, but the public's usefulness here is impacted by their location and whether or not they're out driving or even awake).

February 20, 2019 @ 3:06 PM


@Beatts! Congratulations! With that gas card (for work and pleasure), you could be the official chauffeur of TMLX3!!!
And could you not book weekly Friday meetings at 7:55am so that you can be first on Open Mike???

February 20, 2019 @ 3:30 PM

Urooj Islam

It's amazing to me how much traffic and general discussion your stories about any change on AM640 generate, Mike.

I bet you wish you could report on that station every week.

February 20, 2019 @ 4:12 PM

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@Urooj Islam

This entry and the Elliott Price one... because the MSM ignores most radio stories now.

February 20, 2019 @ 4:33 PM

Jason from Sudbury

@TO Mike: Which episodes do you need to edit? 4 of them? That's insane. What's going on?

February 20, 2019 @ 5:31 PM


Thanks @LieveFamke!

LOL That's a great idea :)

February 20, 2019 @ 6:51 PM


@Mike, I agree with Jason from Sudbury.. need more details! why? which ones? You have too many episodes to keep track of which ones you are pulling!

February 20, 2019 @ 7:21 PM

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Bill King
Dani Elwell
Jaymz Bee
Heather Bambrick

I will have edited versions of the Bill King and Dani Elwell eps up shortly.

February 20, 2019 @ 7:35 PM


yikes.. Jazz FM shit...

February 20, 2019 @ 7:42 PM

Jason from Sudbury

Lucky for me I have the Bill King ep already downloaded I just never got to it yet. I tend to cherry pick a bit but I will download some that I think I might be interested in based on the description. I don't think I have James Bee though and that's gonna piss me off cause I'm gonna wanna hear the unedited version. Boooooo!!!

February 20, 2019 @ 10:57 PM


Well, basketball is finally back. There is a game with my Suns at my Cavs. Something has to give here. I don't know who will win honestly. Also my Nets play tonight. Yes, Nets back to winning because they'll win it all this year. My Habs play the cryer Flyers tonight. They'll be crying because my Habs will beat them. My Coyotes also play the Canucks. Coyotes will win. Habs and Coyotes to the finals.

February 21, 2019 @ 7:05 AM


Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team the Red Arrows will be a part of 2019 CNE Air Show.

February 21, 2019 @ 1:54 PM


RIP Peter Tork from the Monkees.

February 21, 2019 @ 3:13 PM

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