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Ink StainAnyone is welcome to submit a Guest Blog Entry to torontomike.com. I received the following entry earlier today.

Re// Recent comments by reader Chris that are related to violence in Toronto. I find it interesting that he gives a birds eye view of the situation of escalating gun violence in Toronto and his solution he puts forward is to change geographic locations. I think it is easy to watch the news from Toronto and see it as a very scary and violent place. There’s also the issue of media sensationalism. The violence in Toronto is played up because people will watch it. Perspective is important. Violence does pose a serious challenge, but it weighs heavier on selected parts of the city, and selected communities, rather than Toronto as a whole. Overall I believe, Toronto remains a beacon of acceptance, dignity, and hope to people who are still persecuted throughout the world.

With our Consertive government I worry that they may also have an agenda and are promoting fear mongering. I would like to challenge Chris, and the youth of today.......How about working for change within our cities? I have made it known before that I feel the motivating factors for the gang violence are related to disaffected youth - people who feel that there is no place in this city or society for them. With the recent arrests related to the December 26 shooting death of Jane Creba, I read details about the suspects that illustrated the cause/effect patterns that lead to criminal behaviour.........no father in the home, mother works multiple jobs, previous episodes with the law that were dismissed as trivial, etc. We collectively need to demand our government bring relief to these troubled areas of the city.

      Jill

If nothing else, Chris has been persistent and consistent. His comments appear on this entry about Toronto being the most pricey city in Canada and this one about the "I Am Not Afraid" day. We have agreed to disagree.

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Ink StainAnyone is welcome to submit a Guest Blog Entry to torontomike.com. I received the following entry earlier today.

I was looking for a venue to write a "Happy Birthday" message to my brother Mike when I stumbled upon this website. For some reason, this site really speaks to me.

Happy Birthday, Mike! I hope you have a good one!

      Steve

You could have saved keystrokes and thrown me here!

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Ink StainAnyone is welcome to submit a Guest Blog Entry to torontomike.com. I received the following entry earlier today.

Quite surprised was I, when I was switching channels and caught the live performances of the 2006 Juno Awards - the first of my lifetime - shown on VH1, albeit a few weeks late. I enjoyed the show and found the sets & stage quite wonderful. Besides Pam Anderson was hosting and who does not admire her big...er eyes. I watched it from the performance of "Saving Me" by one of my favs Nickelback. I must say Mike, that I was looking forward to Broken Scocial Scene, having heard & read a lot about them on the net and in your site. But I did not really like it. I felt that there were too many guitarists on stage and way too many musicians as well to really appeal to me. They had a kinda, I dunno bohemian look to them. Also, I felt that the band members especially the women, looked very British (all pale & pasty skin) and did not strike me as being from Canada at all. The two drummers did rock though, I was totally into it. Didn't like the song and was kinda dissapointed. Enjoyed Bryan Adams & Michael Buble and although the Hedley song is cool, I couldn't stand the antics of their singer(they are new to me as well)! It was a nice show and devoid of over the top showmanship we get at the Grammys.

      Roshan

Let me get this straight. You love Nickelback but felt BSS was too "bohemian". I think it's safe to say BSS isn't your cup of tea, and that's cool. I don't like the Dave Matthews Band, so I know what it's like not to like something you think you're supposed to like.

Might I suggest giving BSS another shot. Judging a band on a single performance of one song on live television isn't fair. Have you heard their albums? Did you download "Cause = Time" and "7-4 (Shoreline)" when I shared the MP3s?

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Ink StainAnyone is welcome to submit a Guest Blog Entry to torontomike.com. I received the following entry earlier today.

Well its finally over the hockey season has ended with the stanly cup staying south of the 49th.

Now maybe it will be quiet around Mike's desk for a while NO HOCKEY talk.

But I am sure in a couple of months Mike will once again be planning the parade route for the leafs

      grinch

I'll plan it, as I do every year, but my feet are firmly on the ground.

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Ink StainAnyone is welcome to submit a Guest Blog Entry to torontomike.com. I received the following entry earlier today.

A group of CBC documentarians are trying to come to grips with one of the ties that bind most of us together, a hatred of Toronto. Filmmaker Albert Nerenberg, has a blog chronicling his trip across Canada to assess whether Toronto-hating is real or mere urban legend.

Nerenberg, who plans to turn the whole adventure into a movie called Let's All Hate Toronto, started his journey on May 23 in Vancouver with Mr. Toronto (aka his co-director, Rob Spence). The pair have been holding "Toronto Appreciation Day" rallies to gauge the level of ire and so far have been punched, embraced and ignored.

You can follow Mr. Toronto's journey at http://mrtoronto.blogspot.com/

      Jill

Yes, I stumbled upon Mr. Toronto's blog a few days ago. He was in Edmonton taunting people there with a #99 Gretzky Leafs jersey. If done right, "Let's All Hate Toronto" could be pretty damn funny.

I'm well aware the rest of Canada hates us, but I take that as a compliment. As the centre of not only Canada but the entire planet, it's expected others would envy us. Their jealousy is a constant reminder that we're on top.

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Ink StainAnyone is welcome to submit a Guest Blog Entry to torontomike.com. I received the following entry earlier today.

God Bless America! Good Monday to everyone.

Watch it!

What a great song/video.

      Carter

Let me guess. You're a big RHCP fan, right?

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Ink StainAnyone is welcome to submit a Guest Blog Entry to torontomike.com. I received the following entry earlier today.

Well I thought it might be time for a reminder that the MuchMusicVideoAwards came and went again without much of a Bang!. Sure I like an awards show as much as the next guy, if its music even better. But Much Music really gave me no incentive to even notice it's event again this year. Being a member of the "Touch Much" concile sure does a hell'a bean. Can't say I tuned in for the Show so don't think I witnessed what I referring to. I just knew it wasn't something I would be interested in. That said I'll probably take in 5-10 concerts this summer. wassup? NotMuch

      Coach Carter

There were enough promos to ensure we knew it was on, but I still didn't feel compelled to tune in. I played Trivial Pursuit outside on a glorious hot night and then I watched one helluva movie.

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Ink StainAnyone is welcome to submit a Guest Blog Entry to torontomike.com. I received the following entry earlier today.

I just want to wish my sons, Michael and Ryan a very Happy Father's Day. They have taken on the role of fathers in a very responsible way. When they speak of their children it is with an excitement and pride known to most of us who are parents. Their children are very lucky. Happy Father's Day boys. Enjoy your day. You deserve it.

      Love, Mom

Happy Father's Day Ry!

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Ink StainAnyone is welcome to submit a Guest Blog Entry to torontomike.com. I received the following entry earlier today.

Senator Jerry Grafstein, MP Dennis Mills & conultant Warren Kinsella plan another "Sarstock 2006" to let tourists know that T.O. is still vibrant & a place to visit regardless of the 17 "terrorists" charged last week.

June 25th is the day during the Toronto Blue Jays game with MANY Cdn. celebrities already willing to participate (including Mike Weir). Plans are in the early stages.

They have 18 days to plan the event & should be no problem as oringinal Sarstock 2003 was done in 14 days. Hopefully this comes to fruition. "I'm not afraid" is the name & reason.

      dale

Here's Kinsella's I Am Not Afraid page. We'll see which celebrities participate. I smell another Blues Brothers performance... yawn. I'm not sure what Weir can do that would actually be entertaining. Is he going to play nine holes during the seventh inning stretch?

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Ink StainAnyone is welcome to submit a Guest Blog Entry to torontomike.com. I received the following entry earlier today.

Canada Day is 3 weeks away & I all see is Italy, Portugal, Brazil, England, etc. flags on cars driving through T.O. Nowhere to be seen A CDN flag. to buy a Cdn. Our country has no clue about celebrating our heritage. I was in the U.S. 2-3 years ago during July 4th weekend & THEY were so proud of the Red, White & Blue. Every house was PROUD to display their flag. Canadians be proud & SHOW IT.
I guess Italy & Portugal rule for now.
Go Netherlands Go.
My CDN. flag ripples within the wind.

      anonymous

If our damn country would qualify for this damn tournament I'd be flying my damn Canadian flag on my damn car. Why can't we figure this soccer thing out? Toga is there, where the hell are we?

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