Click a button, make someone smile

Posted By: John Moore · 11/28/2012 11:00:00 AM

A real pleasure this morning to welcome Valerie Pringle into the studio. I was a big fan of Midday and remember eating lunch sometimes with Valerie and Ralph Benmergui (they were on the TV. I was eating Kraft dinner). Valerie got her start on CFRB and would still be a natural for radio is she craved it but it's pretty clear that in spite of all her success she doesn't NEED to be on the airwaves. Maybe that's the heart of her charm. 

Valerie was on to talk about a great initiative called Gifts of Life. The program allows to you to send a gift to someone at CAMH. It says everything about how we think about mental illness that CAMH is one of the city's largest hospitals yet it doesn't have a gift shop. If someone you knew was at St Mike's you'd drop in for a visit. Would you do the same if a friend was an in patient at CAMH? 

You can visit the website here and with the click of a button let a stranger in bad times know someone is thinking of them. 

Some last thoughts on the whole Ford business. I think Torontonians are moving on. It will probably be three months or so before all of this settles down but I don't think people want to hear the topic dissected for hours at a time now that we've absorbed the shock of Monday's decision. But a couple of interesting e-mails from listeners:

Tim writes an explanation of the mayor's three minute apology:  "After stonewalling for as long as I can, and not even understanding what I did wrong, I would like to apologize to anyone who does understand what I did wrong in hopes of saving my job".

And Donna makes an interesting point: "What lessons has Rob Ford taught the youth he is trying to help?

1. you don't need to be informed is Ok to get by on what you think you know. 

2. It is ok to stubborn, boorish, defensive.

3. that you are above the law because you are the mayor and may have had good intentions. 

4. Blame others for the bad results because there is a left wing conspiracy that is out to get you. You did nothing wrong.

I applaud Mr Ford for taking an interest in helping these young people, but the students must be  getting a mixed message about what is right and wrong. These kids need a consistently, positive role model."

 I've seen the mayor working with young people. He gets them and they love him. It makes him a better person but not necessarily a better mayor. 

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  1. Marco Menezes posted on 11/29/2012 04:43 PM
    I voted for Rob Ford and would do so again in a heartbeat. Would I do so just to see the staunch left beaten down and put in their place? If that is what you believe, then your naivety and ignorance is also part of the problem.
    Rob Ford is by no means the “Polished Politician” we’ve witnessed at the federal and provincial levels. For me that’s a very good thing. On a good day, he may only put one foot in his mouth. That said, he’s the most fiscally responsible mayor we’ve ever had. I don’t want a polished mayor. I don’t even want to see the mayor on television. I want an accountant as a mayor. One who looks at a spreadsheet before he makes a decision. I couldn’t care less if the mayor goes to the Pride Parade or if he’s a cross dresser. It’s not about your lifestyle, it’s about the affordability of it!
  2. Una Norrie posted on 11/30/2012 06:22 PM
    I don't understand Toronto politics that well, but what would happen if both Doug and Rob ran for mayor?
  3. Una Norrie posted on 11/30/2012 06:25 PM
    I don't understand Toronto politics that well, but what would happen if both Doug and Rob ran for mayor?
    1. Mike posted on 12/18/2012 05:59 PM
      @Una Norrie hell you can't even post properly so how in hell would you understand politics period?????????
  4. Brad posted on 01/29/2013 07:20 AM
    Mayor Ford is the overwhelming choice of the people. This is to say he is better than the alternatives. His plans and policies are mostly doing good for Toronto. So what, he needed to learn a little lesson about swagger. The good outweighs the childish waste of Toronto's time. However Rob, you have already spent your forgiveness.
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