Stephen Colbert left The Report to play the straight man in late night television. Jon Oliver took his talents to HBO. And even household favourite David Letterman is leaving late night.
Today, Jon Stewart announced his retirement from The Daily Show. This dramatic change in the television landscape opens the door for both fresh new voices as well as his “conservative” critics to fill the void.
If you lived in Toronto in 2014 you know that politics took front page on almost a daily basis. And not because of anything good. Mostly. The third and eighth most popular articles from 2014 highlighted two personalities from Toronto politics. Third place (coincidentally) features Olivia Chow. I met Chow over the summer at a friend’s backyard barbeque. I also read Crazy Town by Robyn Doolitlewhich ended up as the eighth most popular article of karimkanji.com this past year. The book detailed the various shenanigans of Rob Ford and his dysfunctional political family. I also wrote about meeting eventual Mayor of Toronto, John Tory.
The following three articles also ended up in the top ten most popular articles of 2014:
Tin Lizzie is the affectionate name given to the world’s first mass-produced car: Ford’s Model T. Made in the first few decades of the 19th century, the Model T was also the first car to be made on Ford’s assembly line. Today, all mass-produced cars are made on an assembly line. And many other industries use the same assembly line process in their factories and warehouses.
Last weekend, I went back to my favourite Ontario town that’s 2 hours away: Stratford. There was a classic car fair just outside City Hall.
And that’s where I met Tin Lizzie. Allow me to introduce you all to this piece of history:
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.
I thought of doing an introductory post for this series but thought otherwise. However, let me start off this post with an introduction of sorts.
No matter where you live, you’ve heard of our mayor here in Toronto: Rob Ford. He’s a polarizing figure to say the least. And most likely not someone people would be proud to call their mayor. Unless one happens to be part of “Ford Nation“. Now, I’m not a supporter of his politics or of him. Never have been. And I wish he would leave office or be kicked out.
To say that Toronto needs saving, or that we’re the butt of all comedians jokes, or that our amazing city is suffering irreversible damage is just plain lazy and wrong. Toronto has been and will always be the Brett Hart of cities: The best there was, the best there is, and the best there ever will be.
Toronto, in my opinion is what cities around the world want to be when they grow up.
So, for the rest of this year (hopefully everyday) I will write a quick blog post about why Toronto is awesome.
Clue #1: It has nothing to do with who our Mayor is or is not.
Hakka Restaurants! I LOVE hakka food. And Toronto is a city blessed with some amazing hakka restaurants.
My favourite is China Cottage in Scarborough. I love the variety of dishes and the flavour that stays no matter how spicy the food is. My favourite is the Hakka Fish. Order it. You will not be disappointed.
Every once in a while you meet someone who reminds you that there are amazing people in this world. I am fortunate to know many great people. Yet, if someone were to ask me to name a person who exemplifies the term “good person” I would, without hesitation mention the name Joe Botnick.
Now, I’ve only know Joe for a couple of years. We met at a golf tournament and have maintained our friendship even though I’ve only seem him a few times since. Yet he is someone I feel comfortable talking to and asking for his opinion.
However, I don’t want to spend anymore time talking about me and Joe. you NEED to know about a charity golf tournament Joe organizes every year called Shawn Tompkins Memorial Golf Tournament. This annual golf tournament raises funds to benefit the Shawn Tompkins Foundation. For those who don’t know who Shawn Tompkins was, he was a mentor, coach, trainer and friend to many mixed martial arts fighters. When he passed (the same day I met Joe) he left a void in the MMA community in Canada and around the world.
If you’re on Twitter, consider following Joe at @RelentlessJoeB. And if you’re a golfer and/or a fan of MMA consider supporting a great cause.