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

WoW, Heavy news week, lets all do our best to keep this government in check while we all continue to voice ourselves on behalf of our country. This is an important time for Canadians to assert who we are, and what we expect from our Leader(s) and each other. Who else feels like its time to get real, and hold strong for the people of Canada&Quebec.

This on the same week as Super Mario calls it Game Over. Here's 6 fireworks to you & 1000000pts!
<banG!> <banG!> <banG!> <banG!> <banG!> <banG!>
I'm sure he'll be back in another sequel to save a princess or kill a dinosaur. ya no

Looking for a change of topic, Got 2 cents to give on New Music?? Why not say it on the SLS page? I like it! So many great new tunes its ridicules. Props to Mike on his 106 song recap; I wonder how many people didn't know of half of em', (or did)

- This is Coach C saying -

Calgary is a great city to live! Alberta is an awesome, welcoming, positive action kindof province; Calgary and Edmonton have the best crowds in the Land. Let's keep our Country in the highest working order! <Rattle some cages> and lets win Lord STANLEY and Madame GOLD for CANADA!

Peace/Action

      Carter

It takes more than a Conservative minority government to strip this nation of its excellence. I hear many good things about Alberta and I rooted for Gretzky's Oilers in the 80s. Gold in Turin, the Stanley Cup in Toronto and the ultimate demise of Bowser!

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

Sorry to see one of the best of all time retire but it was surprising he came out of retirement a short while ago. One of the best playmakers ever.

ALL THE BEST SUPER MARIO - you made the hockey fraternity VERY proud.

      A penguin (from T.O.)

You've stolen my thunder. I was just about to write an entry about the Magnificent Mario Lemieux.

I never had the pleasure of watching the Rocket, Gordie Howe or Bobby Orr play, but I got to enjoy two talents that far surpass all others I've witnessed. I consider them 1a and 1b on the list of all time greats. One wore #99 and the other wore #66.

Pound for pound, there was no one better. I remember Lemieux's trips to Maple Leaf Gardens when he'd skate in on goal with a couple of Leafs literally on his back. He'd always score. I'll never forget 1987 when Wayne Gretzky set him up for the winning goal with 1:26 left in the final game of the Canada Cup series against the Soviet Union. That was my generation's Paul Henderson goal. I'll never forget how he came back from Hodgkins' disease, played only 60 games and still won his fourth scoring title with 160 points. I'll never forget the two times I watched him play live, knowing I was witnessing a slice of NHL history.

He truly was magnificent.

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

Soooo Mikieee how's the parade planning coming along? He He He

      The Grinch

I'm pretty sure my tongue was firmly planted in my left cheek when I started planning the parade. On August 3, 2005, I offered a more accurate preview of what I feared was looming ahead.

I'm quite concerned. We looked entirely disinterested on Saturday night. I'm not sure who can score on this team, I'm not sure who cares that we're mired in a five game losing streak, I'm not sure who can actually play solid defense and I don't trust the average goaltending we've been receiving. We're clearly outclassed by the Sens but I'd love to slip into the playoffs just to see what would happen if we met them in the post season. If we lost in four, nobody would be surprised, but if we somehow managed to pull off the upset of the decade...

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

To the people of Canada,

I ask all of the clear thinking men and women to consider carefully the voting choice they will take tomorrow. This Federal election is potentially a disaster for the Canadian way of life if we permit the fanatics of a Harper led gang to form a government. This Conservative gang is NOT the same "progressive" minded Tories' like Joe Clark or Robert Stansfield of yesteryear.

What's at stake is clear and simple;

  • Womens rights,
  • Canadian involvement in Iraq,
  • National Medical Plan vs. Private Clinics,
  • Same Sex Relationships, (Read into that the protection of the Canadian Charter of Rights).
  • Canadian way of life over American pressure, the list is almost endless.

I will be watching the city of my birth during this election and I'm confident the Liberal minded people of Toronto will elect Liberal M.P's. In this matter I hope Ontario will make us proud tomorrow. I don't know if I believe in miracles but I hope the voters of Ontario will carry on the proud tradition of supporting the Liberal party since October 2003.

      The Leaf fan in B.C.

I share many of your sentiments. I do, however, wish to make a comment about strategic voting.

In 2004, I voted Liberal as a defensive maneuver to keep Harper out. I even wrote about how I couldn't vote NDP because a vote for the NDP was a vote for Harper. I've had a change of heart and mind regarding this strategy. I now realize it's important we vote for the MP we want representing our interests. If that's the Green Party, vote Green. If that's the NDP, vote NDP. We should all vote for who we want to win. I'm hopeful and confident that the majority of Torontonians share my values and will vote red, orange or green.

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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 have to agree with anonymous a few weeks back. I as well do not see any election signs in my area. We only had 1 person (representing a candidate) come to our door since the election was called. 2 of the major party candidates (NDP & Conservative) don't live in this riding. How can THEY represent us? Tomorrow is a LOSE-LOSE situation. Another election will be upon us shortly.

What a waste of taxpayers $$.

I still haven't made a choice-much like the rest of our country. It will be a game time decision.

      Twins from Bolton

The Liberal and NDP candidates in my riding have a bunch of signs in my neighbourhood, but I see as many Green Party signs as I do Conservative Party signs. We've had visits from Liberal, NDP and Green reps.

I wonder how many Canadians are making a game time decision? I wonder how game time decisions will break down? My hunch is the majority of game time decisions will benefit the Liberal Party as Canadians vote defensively as opposed to offensively.

I'll have both eyes on Ottawa tomorrow night. One will be watching election coverage, the other will be watching the Leafs and Sens.

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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 only one day to go. I was hoping that people would start to take notice and change their opinion before a grave mistake is made.

What is more distubing, that is in my Ottawa area we are set to become covered in blue. This from an area that depends on federal jobs. As a husband and father of a young daughter my biggest fear is the set back for womens's rights. The conservatives will set them back 100 years and they might as well wear pilgrim hats.

Wake up Canada before it is too late!

      Mark from Ottawa

I emphasize with you, but I fear it's already too late. I don't sense a last-second-Hail-Mary-come-from-behind victory.

Here in Toronto proper, also known as the 416, it's still pretty red with a little orange here and there but the 905, a force in its own right, looks to be turning true blue. For what it's worth, women's rights should be preserved in full by a Conservative minority and if Harper veers too far to the right he won't get re-elected. The majority of this country is small "l" liberal and won't tolerate pilgrim ideals.

We'll let the general will take the test drive it desires and we'll do this all again in 18 months. With the right leader in place and the message signed, sealed and delivered in January 2006, we'll once again be the progressive, liberal-minded voice of reason in the world and the envy of open-minded, educated souls across the globe. Sit tight buddy, we're in this together and it's going to be okay.

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

Congratulations to you both and thank you for sharing. The world would be a better place with more of that "mushiness" all around.

      Jill

You mean, I was mushy?!?!? Yikes, what's this going to do for my rep?

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

There is not 1 election sign ANYWHERE within my community promoting the Federal election. Are people afraid to let others know who they are supporting or don't they give a S#*T. I think the latter. I have not had 1 person come to my door since the election was called promoting their candidate. I know in my riding with 9 days to go there is still a problem getting candidates to run. The best thing that could happen is another minority gov't with another election called within a short time. There is no resonable choice & that's why I will probably vote GREEN - at least they have a candidate in my riding. I still will vote - even though there is NO choice-Martin, Harper, Layton - put them all in a wrestling ring & whoever wins gets to run our country! NO tag teams as in the past.

      anonymous

Where are you that there are no signs or even candidates? I'm certain the three major federal parties have candidates in ever riding. We've got lots of signs around my house, but I've never been a fan of candidate signs. I doubt they persuade anyone and they're an eyesore. You're blessed to be in a sign-less neighbourhood.

FYI: Today is an advance voting day. In the past, I've often voted on the advance days because it's pretty slick and you don't have to worry about ensuring you're in your riding between 08:00 and 20:00 on January 23. If you've already made your decision, exercise your right this afternoon.

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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 Big Bag of Pot-Pourri

1) Is it time to start watching the Raptors again? I have thoroughly enjoyed the last couple of games and we are developing a 1-2 Punch with Bosh and James that has me thinking - read a bedtime story to my son or watch the Raptors Game? Sorry Zander.

2) Thanks to 2005 for:

  • Green Day (no need to elaborate)
  • Coldplay's "Fix You" (I love how the song seems to take you on a journey, changing tempo at just the right time)
  • Bringing back my Blue and White and NHL (although I hate the shoot-out)- What a future there is for The NHL - Crosby, Ovechkin, Phaneuf....
  • "My Name is Earl" (my favorite new show of 2005, very endearing and funny) - Weeds and The Simspons must be recognized as well

3) I was sick to my stomach while reading the posts being left in response to the "FOOTLOCKER SHOOTINGS". I'm glad you post everything Mike, because it reminds me of the fact that we are surrounded by people like Jaydee and Mona. Ignorance breeds ignorance, and If I keep my eyes open and remember these people are out there, I may be able to keep my 18 month old away from them and their demented thoughts.

4) Let me finish by saying that I feel there is nowhere to turn. No where to run. I will be voting Liberal. But it is becoming increasingly clear that I am attempting to keep the crazed rapists and murderers from coming in the front door, while settling for the lesser of two evils; the thieving, lying criminals who have already made their way into my home, and won't get off my couch and leave me alone. We are screwed!!

Thanks for your time!

      Ryan

1. I'm totally shocked that our Raptors have now won five in a row. I was sure they'd finish this season worse than 21-61, our franchise low. Don't look now, but we're 2.5 games out of a playoff spot. It's time to start watching the young and exciting Raptors again.

2. I enjoy "The Office", so one day I decided to give the lead-in show "My Name Is Earl" a shot after hearing good things. I hated it.

3. When I launched the Guest Blog feature in November 2003 I decided I'd post everything. I copy and paste the entry with no edits and throw my two cents in beneath the block of blue. There have been some entries I've seriously objected to, but Mona's and Jaydee's were the most disturbing. This is 2006 people, it's time to get a clue.

4. I'm predicting a Conservative minority government will be formed later this month. The GTA, a massive chunk of this country that the Liberal party has to dominate in order to keep power, has had enough. It won't be the end of the world. Their power will be limited and their effect on our socially liberal values will be inconsequential. Hopefully, a fresh new face in the Liberal Party without such ties to previous corrupt regimes will rise to the forefront, supplant Martin as leader and send Harper back to opposition status. Canada will persevere.

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

The emotion the Cdn.Jr. team displayed when they won the GOLD medal was awesome. ALL were singing O'Canada. I stand corrected - their focus was on this 1 & only game. That's the way is should be. Focus to the task at hand.

My apologies, I stand on guard for them.

      A PROUD Canadian

Apology accepted.

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