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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 447: Kicking out the Charity Singles

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 447In this 447th episode, Mike and Elvis kick out the charity singles. This episode is exactly 1:55:39.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 446: Marc Weisblott from 12:36

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 446In this 446th episode, Mike chats with Marc Weisblott from 12:36 about the current state of media in Canada and what you oughta know. This episode is exactly 2:34:32.

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Five sporting events to look forward to in Canada

The 2019 NBA Playoffs and Finals

Despite missing out on the Eastern Conference title, the Toronto Raptors 2018-19 season has been a whirlwind success, with the franchise finishing second to secure a spot in the play-offs.

The Raptors lost Game 1 of their first round play-off tie with Orlando Magic, but rebounded in game 2 to win 111-82 over the Floridians and level proceedings at Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena.

Toronto are currently seen as 4th favourites to win the NBA Championship at odds of around 10/1 with Canadian betting sites.

Of course it’s the Golden State Warriors who are 1/2 favourites with William Hill to win the title, with Milwaukee Bucks and the Houston Rockets following.

Whatever happens from here on out, play-off basketball in Downtown Toronto will be a must watch this spring.

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The world’s premier professional ice hockey league currently includes seven Canadian teams (the Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators, Winnipeg Jets, Edmonton Oilers, Calgary Flames and the Vancouver Canucks) with the Calgary Flames topping this year’s Western Conference Pacific Division.

As well as in Calgary, play-off action will be also take place in Canada this season in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver.

The Canadian Open (Rogers Cup) Tennis Masters

The Canadian Open - known for sponsorship reasons as the Rogers Cup, or Coupe Rogers - takes place in August every year.

The biggest tennis stars from the ATP and WTA Tours alternate between Toronto and Montreal as they begin their preparation for the US Open, with the first hard court tournament after Wimbledon and the grass court season.

2019’s edition will see the men of the ATP Tour descend on Montreal, while the women of the WTA head to Toronto in a reverse of last year’s tournaments.

Defending Champions Rafael Nadal and Simona Halep are sure to be amongst those in action, as well rising Canadian stars Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Alissiame.

Fight nights at Casino Montreal

Boxing is booming in Canada under the watchful eye of Yvon Michel and his GYM promotions and with women's boxing on the rise worldwide, Michel has his own female superstar making a name for herself between the ropes.

Marie-Eve Dicaire has compiled an unbeaten 15-0 record on her way to becoming the current IBF and NABF Super welterweight champion and all of her fights have come on Canadian soil so far.

Dicaire won her last bout over Sweden's Mikaela Lauren at Montreal Casino on April 13th, and is set to return to the venue for her next fight later this year.

2019/2020 Curling season

The 2018/19 curling season ended in disappointment for Canada's men as they were beaten to Gold by Sweden in the final of the World Championships in Edmonton in early April.

But that will only fuel the appetite for success next season. Curling is always a big part of the Canadian sporting calendar and, before you know it, August will be here, and a new season will be underway.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 445: Keegan Matheson and Julia Kreuz from Baseball Toronto

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 445In this 445th episode, Mike chats with Baseball Toronto's Keegan Matheson and Julia Kreuz about the 2019 Toronto Blue Jays baseball club. This episode is exactly 2:05:31.

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Tucker & Maura Mornings on energy 95.3 - Not Virgins Anymore!

I don't often write about Hamilton radio, but this one seems to have a Toronto slant. Back in November, 999 Virgin Radio cut their Tucker in the Morning with Maura Grierson morning show and replaced it with Virgin Mornings with Adam Wylde and TJ.

Meanwhile, over at Hamilton's 95.3 Fresh Radio, Corus turfed their morning show that featured Darrin Laidman and Colleen Rusholme.

Today, 95.3 Fresh Radio rebranded as energy 95.3 and unveiled their new Tucker & Maura morning show. And here's a cheeky tease for the new show.

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And if you're a Colleen Rusholme fan like me, you'll be happy to see she's back on the station hosting the afternoon drive show from 2-6pm.

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It seems Hamilton's new energy 95.3 will present itself as a Toronto station, fighting for a slice of the Virgin Radio / KiSS 92.5 / CHUM 104.5 / CHFI pie.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 444: Garvia Bailey

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 444In this 444th episode, Mike chats with broadcaster Garvia Bailey about co-founding Jazzcast, working for the CBC and JAZZ.FM, raising a teenage daughter and more. This episode is exactly 2:01:35.

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Of Tatti and Hebsy

Hamilton's TSN Radio 1150 has cancelled their afternoon drive show, which means Jim Tatti has been relieved of his duties there. Jim is still contributing to Leafs games on Toronto's TSN Radio 1050, however.

I used to love watching Jim Tatti and Mark Hebscher on Global's Sportsline. That was appointment viewing for me, and now I get to co-host Hebsy's excellent Hebsy on Sports podcast. Hebsy put yesterday's episode on YouTube, so sample this ep and if you like what you hear you should subscribe to the podcast at HebsyOnSports.com.

And yes, I've reached out to Jim and invited him to come on Toronto Mike'd. Last time he said no, but this time he said he may come on later this year. That's progress!

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Lottoland - What You Need To Know

Canadians love the lottery. In fact, the first nationwide Canadian Lottery game (Lotto) was created in 1982. According to recent studies, 58% of adults in Canada play the lottery at least once per week. The majority of these players are well educated, established people who are over 35 years old. Though the lottery is a game of chance, the thrill of the games and the possibility of big winnings make it a chance worth taking.

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David Rosen took great interest in the lottery. He could see that people were changing as the world around them evolved. In 2013, most adults had made the leap to computerize their world. It started small with email and easy to use programs. But, as Rosen predicted soon everyone would be online. Companies changed the way they did business. People began to enjoy the speed and accuracy of computer programs (thank you Windows) and utilized it in every aspect of their lives.


This is what prompted David Rosen to develop Lottoland. Lottoland is the first international lottery betting forum in the nation. Playing Lottoland gives you a chance to bet on a huge range of international lotteries. You bet on the outcome of the official draw. The exact same prizes are up for grabs. You have the exact same experience with Lottoland as you would have with the lottery game in these specific locations. The only difference is you are betting with Lottoland. You can go to one place and be a global player. Your winnings are paid out by Lottoland. It is streamlined with proven and professional methods of betting and paying out in the industry. Your winnings are available for you to withdraw at any time.

Is it for real? Is it safe?

Yes, Lottoland is for real. Lottoland keeps a close watch on client reviews. They do everything in their power to make the experience with their company outstanding. Their online reviews are overwhelmingly positive.


Every gambling site has rules and regulations These are necessary to comply with the law. The regulations are in place to keep the customers safe and the integrity of the site outstanding. Lottoland is licensed and insured, and all the details are easy to find on their website. If you have any questions, the friendly customer service agents will help you via email or chat.


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Well, I Saw A Negative Review!

Yes, there are always going to be a few people who grumble. This is to be expected anytime you offer a new concept or when someone doesn’t win. Lottoland is the first site of its kind. Generally, an unhappy client did not thoroughly read the information provided on the site. Then when something doesn’t happen the way they assumed it would happen, they get upset.


Here is one example: A customer sets up his account and begins playing right away. While the website is set up so that he can do that, the site explains that there are a variety of steps that will begin so that Lotteryland can confirm the identity and age of the person playing. This is not only the legal thing to do it is the ethical thing to do. A customer would be very upset if his child got his information and began gambling in his name. Sometimes the client has winnings before the confirmation is complete, and they will hold the winnings until they have completed the set-up. Sometimes it is the underaged kid who used his dad's information that is now ticked off because he is busted.


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Do they really pay?

You will not be in business very long in the lottery world if you don’t pay out. Lottoland currently serves more than 6-million players. They have paid out billions of pounds. In fact, Lottoland recently paid a winner $137 million CAD. You can see a list of winners by clicking on this link.


Lottoland is a unique and exciting way for adults to have fun. Nowhere else can you play games of chance all over the world from the comfort of your own home. You can breathe easy knowing you are using a legal and ethical site that is dedicated to the security and safety of its clients. Once you try your luck with Lottoland, you will return. Lottoland takes your passion for the game to the next level.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 443: Stephen Fearing

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 443In this 443rd episode, Mike chats with Stephen Fearing about his solo career, years with Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, and Fearing and White before he kicks out the jams. This episode is exactly 2:37:50.

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Open Mike

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 442: Michael Grange

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 442In this 442nd episode, Mike chats with Sportsnet's Michael Grange about his years writing for the Globe and Mail, his work at Sportsnet covering basketball, RJ Barrett, the Toronto Raptors and more. This episode is exactly 2:05:31.

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Rodecaster Pro Added to TMDS Studio

Last week, I made the most significant upgrade to the TMDS studio since I first set everything up over six years ago. I purchased the new Rodecaster Pro.

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This really is the latest and greatest soundboard on the market. It's got channels for my four Rode Procaster mics, one for USB I use to record on my laptop, one for connecting a cable to a smartphone, one for Bluetooth and one for eight colourful buttons that will play pre-loaded audio.

It's pricey, but it features multistage dynamics, such as compression, limiting, de-essing and noise-gating. Robbie J can finally stop telling me I need to buy a compressor. Truth be told, I'm still getting used to this change. After seven years of getting on that mic, I'm now hearing Stoakley's voice in my head telling me to back off the mic. That's going to take a little time.

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Tonight, I gave the Bluetooth channel a thorough test. We called Bogota and recorded a phone conversation. It worked like a charm.

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I now play the Toronto Mike'd theme and Rosy & Grey from the board itself, and other audio (like Ralph Benmergui's jams) from my laptop. Recording calls is now super easy and if I don't have a laptop with me, recording to a microSD card is simple. And most importantly as far as TMDS is concerned, this new setup is much easier to take on the road for remote recordings.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 441: Ralph Benmergui Returns

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 441In this 441st episode, Mike catches up with television and radio personality Ralph Benmergui before he kicks out the jams. This episode is exactly 1:57:48.

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Dick Dale, Dead at 81

Dick DaleDick Dale was 81. He was the guitarist nicknamed "King of the Surf Guitar" whose signature single Misirlou was prominently featured over the opening titles of Pulp Fiction.

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Evolution Gaming: More Challenges, More Profits

One of the gambling giant across the world, the Evolution Gaming company, presented its report for the previous year 2018. By December 31, 2018, the total revenues of the corporation had gone up to $275.6 million. According to the company administration, such significant growth in revenue is primarily related to the growing commission income from actual and new clients. The upswing in earnings also resulted from the increasing demand for live casino environments produced by Evolution. The developer’s profits during the year were about to 93.8 million dollars.  

Latest Projects of the Developer 

According to the newest financial report of Jens von Bahr, Evolution Gaming founder, and CEO, the previous year is notable for fast growth of the profits which is related to the creation of three live dealer studios. The first studio appeared in Vancouver (Canada) in January 2018, and it was an incredible success.  

As von Bahr mentioned, the Canadian gaming market was controlled and divided into province-based Crown corporation providers. They offer their services but do not compete with each other. It allowed his corporation to launch a scalable studio with typical tables that serve many provinces, as well as particular tables for providers who needed them. 

Nowadays, Evolution Gaming is the only live casino supplier established in the Canadian gambling market. The company provides its services to such provinces as British Columbia, Manitoba, and Quebec. 

What to Expect from Evolution Gaming?  

The CEO also mentioned the intentions of Evolution Gaming to boost a new studio in Atlantic City (New Jersey) which would strengthen his company’s presence in North America. It is a long-term project that has started some years ago.  

Von Bahr says that for the moment, Evolution Gaming got an overwhelmingly positive response of the gambling operators licensed in New Jersey. Local Сanadian players are also excited to take advantage of such a project.  Most this news became popular in Toronto. Here you can find top casinos in toronto - https://greatcasinocanada.com/regions/toronto/

All that led to a considerable amount of the company’s market offerings which exceeded the CEO’s expectations. In the nearest future, Evolution Gaming is waiting for the legalization of iGaming by more US states. This trend will bring fantastic opportunities to all market insiders. 

Finally, Jens von Bahr said to the company’s investors that Evolution Gaming had struck hands with lots of operators licensed in New Jersey (Ocean Resort Casino, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City, PokerStars Casino, and 888casino) resulting from the opening of their new studio in 2018. 

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Howard Stern and Brian Linehan

I can now honestly say I've interviewed hundreds of people. I have no formal training or education under my belt, just a natural curiosity and interest in extracting compelling stories.

Throughout my life, two interviewers in particular have helped shape my style. In my younger years, I was always impressed by Brian Linehan's research. City Lights would air on Citytv and you could tell Brian had done his homework. I find nothing more frustrating than a longform interview by someone who clearly wasn't prepared for their subject. I decided if I was going to conduct longform interviews, I'd always be prepared.

In 1997, I watched Private Parts, and discovered Howard Stern. I was taken by how Howard was able to withdraw real talk by making guests comfortable. I've been modelling my personal interview style on a blend of Linehan, Stern and instinct.

Toronto Mike'd listener Steve M. discovered this footage of Brian Linehan interviewing Howard Stern and correctly suspected I'd dig it.

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Happy 3rd Birthday

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Open Mike

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The Furniture Bank

This afternoon, I was given a tour of the Furniture Bank at 25 Connell Court near Kipling and Evans. It's quite remarkable what's happening there. Here's what they do in their own words, and then I'll follow that up with my own words and photos.

Furniture Bank is committed to offering a hand to the formerly homeless, women and children escaping abusive situations, and newcomer families and refugees. In fact anyone in need of a fresh start.

We work in partnership with over 90 community agencies and shelters to assist individuals who require furniture and household goods for their homes. All items selected by our clients are provided to them free of charge.

Our partner agencies play a critical role by helping to screen potential furniture recipients. This helps us focus on our commitment to ensuring those who transition out of displacement are given the best possible chance to succeed in life.

It all starts with you. Let's say you have a dining room table and chairs you no longer need, or a couch you're replacing, or a television you're upgrading, or dinnerware, or any furniture or household items you're willing to part with, you donate that to the Furniture Bank. You can drop it off, or pay a nominal fee to have it picked up. And before you squawk at having to pay a fee to get your donations picked up, just know that the bulk of their financing comes from those fees.

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Your donations arrive at the Furniture Bank and are inspected. Some may be ready for the showroom floor immediately, other items may need cleaning or some additional tlc. I saw chairs getting fresh paint, new upholstery, and other such repairs. Electrical items are tested by an electrician. Once the furniture or household items are deemed ready for primetime, they're put on display in the showroom.

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Here's a few pictures of the showroom. Shoutout to Endy Mattresses for donating every mattress that's returned within their 100 day window.

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Families in need book appointments through a partner agency and spend time in the showroom deciding what they want for their home. The chosen items are then delivered to the recipient.

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It's remarkable what's been happening a short 15 minute bike ride from my home without me realizing. If I was clueless, you may be as well. The Furniture Bank needs your furniture and housewares, but they could also use your money. To donate money, visit https://www.furniturebank.org/create-a-home/. All donations come with a tax receipt.

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If you're in the GTA and would like your donation picked up, visit https://www.furniturebank.org/furniture-pickup-request-2/. If you'd prefer to drop it off yourself, visit https://www.furniturebank.org/furniture-dropoff/.

The Furniture Bank furnished the homes of more than 10,000 marginalized neighbours in 2018 and provided meaningful work for over 20 individuals facing barriers to employment. I tip my hat to them!

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Ping Me When the Seasons Start

Last year, it felt like the Leafs season was 82 exhibition games until the real season began against Boston. It was a (mostly) entertaining 82 games, but it just didn't feel like it mattered. When the real season started, we bowed out in the first round to Boston.

This season feels awfully similar. Last night, I was picking up my kids at YYZ and by the time we got home the Leafs were down 5-0. That's no fun, but I sure didn't panic. We clicked over to the OKC / Brooklyn game and came back when it was 5-3. The finish was great fun, even though we lost, but again, it really didn't matter. The real season for this team starts in April.

I feel the exact same way about the Raptors. The Raps are essentially playing an 82 game exhibition season before the real season begins in a month. Nick Nurse is mixing the new in with the old and trying various combinations and strategies before things matter. More often than not, it's thoroughly entertaining, but when we lay an egg as we did against the Cavs, it doesn't faze me. This regular season simply doesn't matter. Like the Leafs, the Raptors will be wholly judged by what happens in the playoffs.

For what it's worth, I could see the Raps winning the Eastern Conference, but I'd be shocked if the Leafs escaped the second round. Still, I'd like to see what happens when the seasons start.

We're almost there...

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 440: Laura Armstrong

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 440In this 440th episode, Mike chats with The Toronto Star's Blue Jays beat reporter Laura Armstrong about her career, Vladdy, and more. This episode is exactly 1:51:50.

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How Can Toronto Close Gender Gap in the Workforce?

Last month, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives released a report of Canada’s 26 biggest cities, and it found that Toronto was one of the worst cities for women in the workforce.

The results confused many Toronto residents on the street as the city is known for its liberal attitudes and cosmopolitan ideals of equality and empowerment.

But the report puts Toronto as the third-worst city for women in Canada in terms of the gender employment gap.  The gap also increased from 2013 to 2017 indicating that trend is getting worse.

Researchers cite the difficulties many immigrant women face in entering the labor force as a reason for Toronto’s declining female workforce participation numbers.  According to the report, immigrants account for 47% of the greater Toronto area, and Toronto has also seen a recent influx of new immigrants. For a variety of factors, these women participate less frequently in the labor force, and more work needs to be done to provide these women with better opportunities.

Toronto has some of the highest childcare fees in Canada, and many women with partners in the labor force may not be able to get a job because of the high cost of sending their child to daycare.  The lowering rate of female workforce participation comes despite the fact that Toronto is experiencing strong economic growth, and rerouting this prosperity into childcare services could be a strong policy proposal to increase woman in the workforce.

In other areas, Toronto ranked near the middle of other Canadian cities, indicating that workforce participation is one of the city’s biggest issues when it comes to female empowerment.  Toronto ranked second in security and third for education, and women in Toronto are more highly educated than men.

However, the government has to step in to ensure that highly educated women and new immigrants to the country are able to participate in the workforce on a more level playing field to their male counterparts.

Lorena Castillo of ABOUTWOMEN argues that women are vital to the workforce especially in industries that make products for women.  Her employer reviews products for women, and she said, “it is important to have a female perspective in all industries, but especially in spaces that are for women.  If a woman wants to select a beauty product then she should hear what a woman thinks about it instead of having a man trying to describe how the product works.”

Other than government support for more women in the workforce, societal changes also need to occur before Canada reaches a more equitable working world.  According to Plan International Canada, women become less confident about their prospects as they get older. 60% of girls aged 14-17 reported that they feel they have the same opportunity to lead as men, while only 38% of women aged 18-24 say the same.

Perhaps younger generations will do more to change the stigma against women in leadership roles, and with more women in high positions, there are now role models for young women to look up to.  But Canadians need to work harder to make sure that women and young girls feel they are welcome in the workplace and can achieve the same success as men.

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Will Canadian Alcohol Brands Break Through Internationally?

Canadian drinking enthusiasts may be dismayed at rising taxes on alcohol and spirits, but Canadian alcohol brands may be looking to grow business abroad for a multitude of reasons.

Canada is now known as one of the countries with the laxest laws on marijuana after the federal Cannabis Act came into law on October 17, 2018.  Thus, the country is growing a reputation in the marijuana industries as one of the most important countries for developing products and brands related to cannabis.

On the other hand, Canadian alcohol has yet to break through into the international market.  A quick look at the highest grossing alcohol companies shows that Western Europe, the United States, and Japan dominate a large portion of the global market.

According to research, the most popular beer in Canada is even an American product, Budweiser.  Big American beer companies have also announced plans to further enter the Canadian market after the ruling on cannabis in hopes of selling alcohol products infused with cannabis.

But, are there Canadian companies attempting to break through and break this global dominance?

Unfortunately for Canada, much of the beer market has been swallowed up by large American companies and other multinational corporations.  But that does leave room for Canadian companies in other markets.

Perhaps Canada’s biggest hope to break through in the world of alcohol is in whiskey.  One of the top whiskey critics in the world crowned Canada's Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye the World Whisky of The Year, earning a record-high score.

Canadian whiskeys are becoming more popular and several are produced by multinational corporations such as Japanese company Suntory Beverage & Food and England’s Diageo.  These companies rely on Canadian distilleries to produce top quality whiskey.

Also, smaller distilleries are popping up around Canada similar to the trend of beer’s microbreweries.  These smaller establishments typically have less desire to become a massive worldwide name, but they still can produce high-quality products that may soon become popular in America.

Jannik Lindner of canadiangentleman.ca commented on the future of Canadian whiskey, “the new emphasis on whiskey in Canada indicates that foreign companies and consumers are catching on to the popularity of Canadian whiskey.  With whiskey, it is often about presentation, and if companies begin designing their own glasses and accompanying products, these new up-and-comers can really build a strong Canadian brand.”

Canadian whiskey brands will also have to differentiate themselves from American bourbon in order to better infiltrate foreign markets.  The product has to be distilled, fermented and aged in Canada, and it has to contain at least 40% alcohol.

Marketing Canada as a center of whiskey production may seem like a punt, but it would be easier than fighting with the massive corporations in control of much of the beer market.

Toronto has its own quirks when it comes to beer and alcohol, but could the next big drink come out of our city?  It might be wishful thinking, but there might be an enterprising Canadian whiskey seller out there looking to change how the product is viewed on the world stage.

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Federal Agency Researches Tracking Employees Health with Watches

According to reporting from CBC, a federal agency is doing exploratory research into tracking public employees with smartwatches in order to lower healthcare costs.

The Impact and Innovation Unit is doing the research, and it is part of Prime Minister Trudeau’s Privy Council Office.

In West Virginia, a teachers’ strike was in part mobilized by the state’s plan to track teacher’s health with smartwatches and adjust health care costs levied against their employers accordingly.  The plan caused a fervor, and the state was forced to scrap the plan along with offering the teachers’ union more concessions on pay and healthcare.

Fortunately for Canadian, the standard and cost of healthcare is much better than their American counterparts.

Fitbits, Apple watches, and other smartwatches are able to collect health data ranging from heartbeat, steps and general exercise down by the user.  Several American insurance companies are offering incentives for customers to share their healthcare data with them.

In the case of Canada, researchers are looking if implementing a smartwatch policy for public employees would reduce healthcare premiums for active and healthy employees.  The Impact and Innovation Unit lists several drawbacks to having smartwatches on public employees, including pushback from employees about their privacy being breached.

The research unit is also looking at other incentive programs to make employees eat and live healthier.  This could take the form of a mobile app or website that offers discounts on products and other bonuses for making health-conscious choices.

This incentive-based system contrasts with other policy solutions such as making it more affordable to eat healthily or providing more health education.  Nudging is another somewhat controversial policy solution where policymakers design laws based on creating psychological nudges that increase outcomes without offering any incentive.

Many Canadians are likely to be wary about any sort of program that tracks health data through smartwatches, and if the policy was implemented it might face harsh pushback.  And in terms of improving health and fitness, there are likely better options.

Alexander Eser of FITBOOK remarked that increasing fitness is often personal, “someone has to have the desire to improve their health in order to see real results.  No one will make massive life changes and buy into a healthier lifestyle if they receive small or negative incentive to do so.”

Policymakers are often attempting to change bad habits of citizens either through increasing taxes on unhealthy products or subsidizing public transport.  While the smartwatch policy is still in the exploratory phase, and it may never see the light of day, Canadian politicians will continue to look at how they can improve their citizens’ health.  So far, the committee has only done initial research on the fitness tracking policy, but they will continue to look for solutions.

Eser added, “I would advise more of a focus on education if people know more about the health impacts of different products and foods that are available to them, then they can make more informed decisions.”

Canadian employees are unlikely to be forced to wear a smartwatch to work any time soon, but the public will have to hold their policymakers accountable for providing better alternatives than tracking their every move.

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Much Music Down to One Hour of Videos

Much Music is down to one single hour of videos during weekdays. Previously, they were still playing seven hours of videos weekdays from 6am to 1pm. This new schedule as the videos being played for an hour at noon.

I'll be the first to admit this change won't affect me in the least. An avid watcher of Much Music in the 80s and 90s, I haven't tuned in for more than a Simpsons episode or two in many years. In fact, I was surprised to learn they were still airing seven hours of videos. Bell Media, owners of Much, say their block of videos attracted less than 4000 viewers a day. That's a paltry figure.

Without a doubt, the Internet killed the Much Music video star. But Much isn't its first victim! Here's a quick list of stuff I used to consume regularly but have abandoned because the Internet made it obsolete.

Encyclopedias
I wrote many essays in high school and university, and at some point in the process, I'd reach for an encyclopedia. Often this involved a trip to the library and a photocopy machine. It was quite the endeavour, and it's been completely replaced by the Internet.

Map Books
I owned a GTA map book for driving (that I paid real money for!), and free foldable TTC and Toronto cycling maps. Although I still have that old GTA map book in the trunk of my '99 Mazda (where it's been for twenty years), I haven't had to look at a paper map in this country in many, many years. Blame the Internet!

Video Stores
I loved my local video store. The owner, who shortly thereafter was arrested for selling drugs, tipped me off that I might like this movie Reservoir Dogs by this new director I'd never heard of. So many of the movies I watched were recommended to me by the video store guy, and I watched a lot of movies in the 80s and 90s. Although there are still a few video stores around, I haven't set foot in one since... I can't remember when!

Personal Snail Mail
Do you remember writing (or typing) a letter, folding it up, putting it in an envelope, affixing a stamp and dropping it in a mailbox? This was a regular event. I'm not referring to business correspondence or any sort of administrative duties, I'm talking about a letter to a friend or family member. The Internet has killed this practice.

35mm Film Development
I used to own a single-purpose film camera. Listen up kids, because every word I type here is fact. I'd buy film, either 24 or 35 exposures, I'd carefully put it in the camera, and then I'd selectively take pictures until the film was used up. Did someone blink? Was it blurry? It all remained a mystery until I took the film into the drug store or grocery store and waited for it to be developed. Then, I'd come back days later, pay some more money, and get my photos. It's not so much the Internet that killed this ritual, but digital cameras. The Internet just killed the physical photo album.

Record Stores
On a Saturday morning, I loved heading downtown on the subway to check out the records stores near Yonge and Dundas. Sam the Record Man, A&A Records, HMV... you'd walk in and get lost (with apologies to Honest Ed) and it was the best. At different points in my life I bought cassette tapes, 45 vinyl singles, and then CDs. Some of my fondest memories are getting an anticipated release on day one. In Utero, Vs., and the Use Your Illusions to name a few. When I went to U of T and lived downtown, I'd do this daily. Those days, sadly, are long gone.

Lining Up for Concert Tickets
We used to collect at a TicketMaster location to buy concert tickets. You were sure to get their really early to ensure you got your tickets. At some point, they had a wristband policy and you would go there days earlier to get your wristband and then collect at the TicketMaster location at 10am on a Saturday (or whenever) for the lottery. At some point, the Internet killed this, for better or worse.

I could go on... mobile phones themselves eliminated the need for payphones, having to call a landline shared by an entire family, leaving your house and being unreachable for several hours... but that's an entry of its own.

I'd close by lamenting the loss of videos on Much, but truth be known it was lost long ago. To Youtube I go for an eternal playlist of every video I ever loved. Catch you later.

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12:36 Podcast Episodes Get Their Own Home

If you've been paying attention, you've probably noticed that Marc Weisblott from 12:36 is now appearing on Toronto Mike'd monthly instead of quarterly. There was a December episode, a January episode, a February episode and we just scheduled our March episode.

I'll say this about the 12:36 episodes of my podcast, and I state this with great confidence. Those who like them, like them a lot. If you get what Marc's all about, the thought of a 2.5 hour monthly recap should make you giddy. I know it's what I crave.

In fact, I'd use a line I also use when talking about Mark Hebscher's podcast, Hebsy on Sports. I wish I wasn't in the room during the recording because it's precisely the type of local content I'd love to listen to during my daily bike ride. For my taste and sensibilities, the content is that strong.

So if you dig the 12:36 eps, I've created a special category for them. This should make it easier for you to find them and delve into the archives. You'll find every Marc Weisblott appearance on Toronto Mike'd here.

By the way, I'm trying to organize a Toronto pop culture panel featuring Tyler Stewart from Barenaked Ladies, Ed Conroy from Retrontario and Weisblott from 12:36, but getting our schedules to jive is giving me high school calculus flashbacks. It's that difficult. Thank you again to Blue Sky Agency for the fourth RØDE Procaster mic!

Oh... and this entire site is now secure. https ftw!

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6 Reasons Why You Should Choose a Career in Information Technology

If you already have a knack for working with computers, then you are in luck, for a career in IT will surely transform your life. This technology-driven era is less likely to reduce its demand for competent IT specialists to drive the economy and keep business running. Besides, a career in IT will offer you constant change, challenges, and opportunities, all of which will give you a fulfilling career life. This article takes a closer look at six reasons why you should choose a career in IT:

You get to work in a wide variety of industries

IT is universal; every single industry, from hospitality, to healthcare, entertainment, law, diplomacy, manufacturing, and research applies the use of computers somewhere in their operations. This exciting aspect makes it possible for you to work in absolutely any area you like, and specialize in that area. You can start by getting yourself a broad skill set, then take specific courses and apply for work.

Opportunities for growth

With new inventions rolling in by the day, careers in IT are dynamic and filled with chances to broaden your experience and skills. There are many marketable courses out there that you can take part-time so that you can take advantage of the new, evolving opportunities. You can quickly become an IT expert by taking certified courses in software engineering, systems and database analyst courses, programming, networking, among others.

Innovation

Many businesses are always researching ways to leverage the advantages of IT further to improve their business activities and edge out the competition. If you are deeply interested in research where you can bring forth your ideas, then IT is a perfect choice for you. Working in IT will enable you to develop entirely new programs, prototypes, and solutions that will improve people's lives.

Job stability

Unlike many careers out there whose security is threatened by the development of IT, yours will actually be made more stable. There are plenty of IT Jobs in Montreal and other places offering you competitive benefits and remuneration. If you go the extra mile by enhancing your skill set and being excellent at your job, your talents will earn you a salary that other careers may not have. Right after CEOs and surgeons, IT professionals are the best paid in many companies.

Job satisfaction

Many aspects of life nowadays are driven by technology. If your priority in selecting a career is to reach out and have a positive impact on people’s lives, a support position will enable you to do that by assisting customers in fixing their technical problems. Again, you can also develop an algorithm that can significantly improve people's quality of life.

Offers numerous challenges

If you are seeking a career that will keep you on your toes and your mind running, then IT is one of the best options. IT presents new problems requiring unique solutions every day. Again, programming and coding are also great ways to engage your mind's muscle.

Conclusion:

IT is a vast area offering you numerous opportunities and careers that can never be boring.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 439: Tom Stephen from The Jeff Healey Band

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 439In this 439th episode, Mike chats with The Jeff Healey Band's drummer Tom Stephen about the band, Jeff Healey and his new book, Best Seat in the House. This episode is exactly 1:39:35.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 438: Jake Gold

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 438In this 438th episode, Mike chats with Jake Gold about his 18 years managing The Tragically Hip, his six seasons as a judge on Canadian Idol, other musical acts he's managed and so much more. This episode is exactly 2:05:57.

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King Kong Bundy, Dead at 61

King Kong BundyKing Kong Bundy was 61. He was the WWE wrestler who gained fame in the 1980s for defeating opponents with "the avalanche". I remember a three-count wasn't sufficient for Bundy, so he'd always ask the ref for a five-count.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 437: Steve Buffery

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 437In this 437th episode, Mike chats with the Toronto Sun's Steve Buffery about his decades covering sports for the paper, his love for Etobicoke, and the interesting characters he's met along the way. This episode is exactly 1:59:05.

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Luke Perry, Dead at 52

Luke PerryLuke Perry was 52. He's the actor best known for playing Dylan McKay on “Beverly Hills, 90210”. To me, he'll always be Sideshow Luke Perry.

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Ted Lindsay, Dead at 93

Ted LindsayTed Lindsay was 93. He was part of “The Production Line” for the Detroit Red Wings, playing with Gordie Howe and Sid Abel, winning four Stanley Cups over 17 NHL seasons. He was pivotal in organizing the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) in the late 1950s, an action which led to his trade to Chicago.

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Keith Flint, Dead at 49

Keith FlintKeith Flint was 49. He was best known as a vocalist and dancer for The Prodigy singing lead on their two biggest hits, "Firestarter" and "Breathe".

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Flying Drones in Canada Legally and Safely

There are new rules for flying drones in Canada. These come into effect on June 1, 2019. Before we look into these new rules, let's understand that "drone" is a term used to refer to any type of Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS).

You're not going to be able to legally fly your drone without a drone pilot certificate. it's just a question of whether you need advanced training or basic training. You need advanced drone training if:

  • You are 16 years old or older;
  • Your drone weighs between 0.25 – 25 kg;
  • You want to fly in controlled airspace;
  • You always stay under 120 metres (400 feet) above ground level;
  • You want to fly within 30 metres (100 feet) horizontally from bystanders or fly over them; and
  • You will always keep your drone in sight.

Find a dependable drone training expert and learn to fly your done safely and legally.

Drone pilots must follow the rules in the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs). Part IX – Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems contains most of the rules that apply to drones. You should read these regulations in full before you fly your drone for the first time.

Drone pilots must carry a valid drone pilot certificate and only fly drones that are marked and registered.

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Katherine Helmond, Dead at 89

Katherine HelmondKatherine Helmond was 89. She was the actress best known for her roles as Jessica Tate in Soap and Mona Robinson on Who's the Boss?.

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