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

Scary stuff happening here with HEAVY rain & HIGH winds at 10:00pm. The power went out for 15 minutes 1 hour ago. Garbage day is tomorrow & recycle box's items & garbage is strewn all over our street. "Dad come in the house & don't worry about the garbage". I was almost knocked off my feet - that's how bad the winds were. The rain was worse than when freezing rain hits your face in winter. This was serious $H!+.

The lights are flickering again & the winds are picking up.

I've never seen anything like this in my 40 or so years as things were sunny & calm to lightning & thunder & HEAVY rain in less than 5 minutes.

Too much heat & humidity - things will only get worse as its only the middle of July.

As i'm writing this, the Caledon detachment of the OPP are saying through their speakers in their cars to stay indoors as they are driving through our streets now.

GTGo.

      twins from bolton

Last night at about 10:30 we lost power for about ten seconds and then it came back only to leave us again five minutes later for about twenty minutes. Looking out the window I remember noting how ominous the sky looked and enjoying nature's little light show. It sounds like Bolton got it worse than west Toronto.

'Cause it's the new mother nature taking over. It's the new splendid lady come to call. It's the new mother nature taking over. She's getting us all, she's getting us all.

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

Driving home tonight I happened to accidently turn on CHUM AM & one of the the most influential songs from the late 60's came on & it brought back memories. Abraham, Martin & John by Dion. Give a listen to the words.

Part of my time capsule for the mid-late 60's. My era.

"I read the news today oh boy" & it looks like CHUM will be bought by another investor.

      dale

'Tis true, Bell Globemedia is offering to buy CHUM Ltd. in a blockbuster deal valued at $1.4 billion. Bell Globemedia already owns CTV and that would mean more media outlets in the hands of fewer large corporate entities. That ain't good.

It has to get by the Competition Bureau and the CRTC, so it will be a while before it's finalized. Here in Toronto the deal would put the following outlets into one big happy family:

  • The Globe and Mail
  • CFTO
  • Citytv
  • TSN
  • MuchMusic
  • Bravo
  • CTV
  • Newsnet
  • The Comedy Network
  • Discovery Channel
  • Outdoor Life Network
  • Report on Business Television
  • CablePulse24
  • Star!
  • MuchMusic
  • Drive-In Classics
  • CourtTV Canada
  • CLT
  • BookTelevision
  • Bravo! NewStyleArtsChannel
  • MuchVibe
  • Razer
  • SexTV: The Channel
  • SPACE: The Imagination Station
  • TV Land Canada
  • Animal Planet
  • CTV Travel
  • Discovery Civilization
  • Discovery HD Theatre
  • ESPN Classic
  • NHL Network
  • MuchMoreMusic
  • MuchLOUD
  • FashionTelevisionChannel
  • CHUM FM
  • 1050 Chum

I'm sure I missed something. That's a lot of media under one umbrella. Be afraid. Be very afraid.

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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 can't belive all the changes already made in the rosters. Chris Pronger I hate you for leaving the Oilers. But is that a big problem now? Are many top Canadian players having American wives who force them from sticking to Canadian teams? In recent moves I found out that both goalie Roberto Luongo & defenceman Ed Jovanovski have Florida women as wives (although Luongo moved to Vancouver) and now Pronger. Is that's what keeping some hi-profile Canadian players from joining Toronto, Ottawa, Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver & Montreal? A shame.

      Roshan

Luckily for all of us, I've come up with a brilliant solution. Along with teaching our young hockey players the fundamentals of skating, passing, checking and shooting, we'll strongly encourage them to marry young. If our talented young hockey players marry at the age of eighteen, nineteen or twenty, it's highly likely they'll be marrying a Canadian girl. You see, our players usually play in Canada until drafted by an American team. Then, they move south and it becomes likely they'll meet and marry a local girl. If our players are married before they move to play in America, they'll seek to return home when they become a free agent.

It's worth noting that a number of players have recently publicized their desire to play in Toronto. Carter said it, Roberts demands it, Lindros has said it, Allison has said it and, most recently, Mike Peca has said it. As Peca said, "it would be a dream come true".

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

Andrew Smith a 20 year old charged with manslaughter in the Jane Creba case was let out on bail today. WHY?????? He was the person caught on tape escorting another person to a hospital after they were shot during the melee. He even acknowledged it what himself on the tape.

Within 1 year (since July/05) he has been let on bail 2 other times on charges for assault & major drug offenses.

He had no comment when released. BUT I DO. LOOK OUT TORONTO he's out AGAIN much like many others due to technicalty's or no room at the T.DOT. INN.

David Miller OPEN YOUR EYES.

I don't want to hear about innocent until proven guilty - that's a cop out. Maybe the count on him is 2 strikes & 3 balls & he's wating for a walk. Next pitch!!!!!!!!!

      chris

No other event since I started this blog in 2002 has struck a nerve the way the shooting of Jane Creba on Boxing Day did. Here's a quick glance at the guest blogs written on the subject and my initial response the day after. The location, the time of day, the holiday, it truly got people talking about our city, the increase in gun-related crime and hopeful solutions to the problem at hand.

Nine are facing murder and manslaughter charges and 25 people in total have been charged following Creba's murder. I'm not about to share your outrage that this one of the 25 got bail. All are innocent until proven guilty and all 25 deserve a fair trial. May justice prevail.

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

No horns honkin' tonight as last night was a nightmare driving to the baseball diamonds (5 minutes awa) & the drive took 1/2 hr with the Italian revellers.

My 1 son actually wanted a Ukraine flag but the store didn't have one so he changed his alegiance to France & bought a flag on Saturday before they played Brazil.

Heaven forbid if Italy wins Sunday.

Go France Go!!

      twins from bolton

Toronto would have gone totally bonkers on Sunday if we were having an Italy ~ Portugal final. As I drive around the city I rank those flags as 1a and 1b in terms of popularity. When the final goes down on Sunday, I'll be far, far away from any television or computer. Still, I hope those cheese eating surrender monkeys win.

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

Steve Yzerman has announced his retirement playing his whole career in the Motor City. A true professional in all respects. A Hall of Famer for sure (without waiting the designated time). Good luck Stevie Y.

Chris Pronger reportadly going to Anaheim for players & high end draft picks. I thought he wanted to play in Eastern Cda. I guess $$ talks. Chris your a whiner & complainer & fortunatley not coming to T.O.

Five BJays selected to the all star game & all deserved so.

      dale

Stevie Y
I have nothing but the utmost respect for Stevie Y. The man was a class act throughout his entire career and I'm just sorry he didn't give it one more year so we could let him now how appreciated he is. I always hated the Red Wings but that became harder and harder to do with Yzerman in the fold and guys like Brenden Shanahan suiting up in red and white. Yzerman has been captain of that team for twenty years, an amazing feat, and with 692 goals, 1,063 assists and 1,755 points in 1,514 NHL games he's a lock for the HHOF.

Chris Pronger
I think it's a damn shame he didn't realize he couldn't play in Edmonton before he signed the long term deal there. As I understand it, his wife is a St. Louis native who wants to live in the States. I was surprised by the rumours he might come to Toronto because last time I checked this was still a Canadian city. I feel bad for Edmonton fans who fell in love with this guy only to be dumped so harshly and quickly. The Anaheim Ducks just traded Joffrey Lupul, Ladislav Smid, a first-round choice in 2007, a conditional first-round pick and a second-round pick in 2008 to the Oilers to get him.

Jays All-Stars
There haven't been this many Blue Jays at the mid season classic since 1993 when we sent seven. Roy Halladay, B.J. Ryan, Troy Glaus, Vernon Wells and Alex Rios will join manager John Gibbons at the 77th all-star game next Tuesday at Pittsburgh's PNC Park. That's awesome and well deserved.

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

glad to visit your blog.

Have you listened to the song "Upside Down" by Jack Johnson? I'm now searching a similar song beginning "but it's over..."

Have you noticed any song similar to that?

      Jay

Although I have four Jack Johnson albums in my collection, I'm actually not a fan. In fact, his music puts me to sleep, which might just be the point considering he put "Lullabies" in the title of his latest effort.

I see "Upside Down" is on that very album. I'm listening to it right now... The song you're thinking of is called "When It's Over" by Sugar Ray. There's a definite similarity.

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

So long Tie & Eddie. It will be tough to know you both aren't going to be around anymore in the blue & white.

The game has changed & Mr. Domi your required services aren't the same as previous & EDDIE - see you in the HALL.

MLSE should do something early next year for both.

      dale

In my farewell to Tie I forgot to mention that the Leafs also declined to pick up the option on Ed Belfour's contract today. When Cujo headed to Motown to win his cup, Eddie was immediately snatched up and he gave us a couple of great years. There were incredible highs and gut wrenching lows. He'll be in the Hall.

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

World Cup fever is upon us. Germany just upset Argentina in the 1/4 finals. Italy is going to play Ukraine (I'm a 2nd generation Ukranian)later today & the flag will be flyin high if they beat the Italians. Spent the morning looking for a Ukranian flag as 1 of my kids wanted it. None to be seen. Italy, Argentina (sorry - their now done), Portugal but no Ukraine flag. See what happens later today - his loyalties may change. I can see paying double for a damn flag tomorrow if they beat the Italians.

I do have a Canadian flag as well & it will be flying as well.

      twins from bolton

I was just chatting with my bud Alexi who took the day off to root for Ukraine. As you know, there's a nice little Ukraine community in the Bloor and Runnymede area. I'm rooting for them too, because they're the underdog.

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Mr. Bertuzzi has some splainin' to do if you read the latest about putting his $1.2 million home in his wife's name just before the civil suit from Steve Moore's parents. The home has been priced at $2MM. Money not countable against Todd, all of a sudden! Do I detect fraud here?

Todd is a great hockey player but I truly beleive his playing days are over. He will MELT in Florida. How unfortunate - ability but NO MIND.

      dale

Yeah, I've turned a little sour on Bert myself. I used to be a big fan, but now I think Vancouver's move was genius. I don't believe he'll ever be the player he was and I haven't forgiven him for that cheap shot.

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