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Citytv/Rogers, what the hell were you thinking?!!?

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For those fellow Canadians who watch Citytv programming, especially in Vancouver and Toronto, there are going to be some drastic and saddening changes.  Citytv announced today that they’re eliminating local newscasts in Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary.  Toronto is also greatly affected as there will no longer be the 12 or 5 o’clock news, Citynews International and possibly weekend newscasts.

What’s the most shocking is they laid off Toronto TV/journalist /reporter legend Anne Mroczkowski, who was with City for over 30 years.  They also let go one of my other fave reporters, Laura DiBattista who’s been with the company since 1983.  In total about 60 jobs will be lost, with about 35 coming from T.O.  I knew Rogers was going to do something dumb to mess up things after they bought the company in 2007.


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January 19, 2010 at 11:16 PM

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Aaaaaaa-rab Money!!!!!

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The grand unveiling/opening of the Burj Dubai…..the world’s tallest skyscraper.  Just ridonculous.

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January 5, 2010 at 12:18 AM

Woah, 2009 in review….

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Man, where to begin.  2009 has definitely been an eventful, tragic, random and strange year, to say the least.  I know there are dozens and dozens of ‘top 10’ this and ‘top 10’ that, but this is my retrospective on 2009.

◙   The tragic and sudden death of the King of Pop, Michael Jackson.  This most certainly tops my list for what has happened in 2009, and I don’t care what anyone says.  People are still talking about it and he passed away on June 25.  Even though the rest of the family (ie. his brothers and Latoya) have tried to monopolize on their brother’s death, is tacky and distasteful, it still doesn’t downplay the fact that he’s gone. 

◙   The continuation of the stupid recession aka economic downturn aka tough economic times.  Glad that we don’t hear those statements every two seconds in the media, but it still negatively effected all of us, especially those who lost their jobs and are still struggling to make ends meet.  I empathize with you completely and I hope 2010 treats you much better.

◙   What goes hand-in-hand with tough economic times?  Douchebag fraudsters who deserve all the pain and suffering = Bernie Madoff, for example, or even Earl Jones, who was dubbed the ‘Canadian Madoff’ – he wasn’t as successful in milking billions like Madoff was.  Succkkeerrss…

◙   Whitney Houston’s comeback post-crack-chronic-Bobby Brown. 

◙   The fast-unravelling of Tiger Woods’ life and bag of dirty secrets: the pathetic ‘accident’ he had in front of his house; the few dozen women who’ve come out admitting to their affairs with him, the loss of his big endorsements and his indefinite leave from pro golf.  Hahahahaha another sucker!!  Elin, take him to the cleaners, girl!!!

◙   The neverending steroid saga in baseball….shouldn’t have been a surprise that the Yankees won the World Series this past year.  A-Rod loves steroids and I’m sure the rest of the team relishes in them too.  Woopdeedoooo!

◙   Who could forget (I almost did) the passing of the best ad-man of all time — Billy Mays.  Oxyclean will never be the same without him; frankly no cheesy infomercial is the same without “Billy Mays here!!”.

◙   The volatile and wonky stock market – from hitting record lows to silly highs (can we say Apple or Google stocks??).  If you were brave enough (or had some really good insider tips) and managed to keep your investments in the market throughout the rollercoaster, you probably made some good $$$$. 

◙   From Lady Gaga, Drake, Adam Lambert’s steamy AMA performance, to hearing more crappy Miley Cyrus songs on the radio, and who can forget Kanye’s “Imma let you finish” moment….the music world has seen some definite action this year.  Drake, hurry up and release your album already – we’re all patiently waiting, friend; the mixtapes aren’t cutting it anymore.

◙   Oh, as much as I want to forget this – the ‘big 3’ automakers asking for their ridonculous and uncalled-for bailouts.  We taxpayers will be paying for that crap for the next 20 years…..bureaucracy democracy!!!

◙   Susan Boyle made waves with millions and millions of hits on youtube and setting records for album sales in the UK and the US.  Another lesson to Simon Cowell and the rest of the world – don’t judge a book by its cover.

◙   The television world had some new life breathed into it with ‘Glee’ being brought to the airways.  Alongside the last episode/series finale of The Sopranos, and ‘Glee’, they both contributed to “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey, becoming the most downloaded song in iTunes history.  Personally, I think The Sopranos had more to do with it…..

◙   Ellen DeGeneres finally joined Miss Oprah Winfrey on the cover of ‘O Magazine’, being only the second person to join Oprah on the cover (after First Lady Michelle Obama, of course).  Congrats again, Ellen!!

***Dang, how could I forget – honourable mentions, so to speak:
– Balloon Boy:  it’ll never be referred as the Seinfeld character anymore…
– Chris Brown & Riiiihanna draaaaama : hit her again, and slap some steak on it!  or did she hit him too?  Draaama.
– The passing of numerous stars: Charlie’s best and original angel, Farrah Fawcett, and one of the coolest US politicians ever, Edward “Ted” Kennedy…In addition to Patrick Swayze (I’ll heart Dirty Dancing forever!) and Natasha Richardson, most famous for her role as Lindsay Lohan’s mother in The Parent Trap.
– President Barack Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize??  Still scratching my head on that one…

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December 31, 2009 at 11:00 PM

News, news, news

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◙   Ahhh, the ‘Balloon Boy’ saga continues.  Richard Heene will be spending 90 days in jail and Mayumi Heene will be serving 20 days of community service.  Womp, womp.  I’m sure they thought they would be getting away with it – NOT! hahaha

◙   How did Time magazine come up with the idea to name Ben Bernanke the ‘Person of the Year’?  He didn’t save the economy; such a sham!  He’s the head of  the Federal Reserve, which in case you didn’t know by now, is a private company (not the government), run by a few really rich men, who decide the fate of the US.  He shouldn’t be praised for nothing.

◙   Dave Matthews Band is the Number One most grossing concert tour of the decade.  Hellllll yaaaa!  For all those DMB haters, you have no idea what you’re missing out on, until you see Dave and the boys live.  It’s no wonder they are ranked number one because they have such a huge following..and their music is amazing.

◙   Serena Williams has been named Female Athlete of the Year by The Associated Press.  Meh…

◙    Ohhh, the joys of having a Blackberry.  The uber popular smartphone experienced it’s second server outage in less than a week.  Either upgrade your systems RIM or get your crap together.  People pay really good coin to have and utilize a bb; I don’t blame people for questioning RIM’s reliability and credibility. 

◙   Susan Sarandon and her long-time partner Tim Robbins are splitsville.  Too bad, because they were together for something like 20+ years.  I guess if they’re not happy it was the best thing. 

◙   Another rockstar/celeb who’s gone in and out of rehab.  Steven Tyler has entered rehab again, this time for a pain killer addiction.  Yikes.

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December 24, 2009 at 1:06 AM

Some randomness to share…

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◙   I really didn’t think ICQ was even in demand anymore, or for that matter, still in use.  I remember the good old days of repeated “uh oh’s”; ICQ was crazy popular back in the day, wayyy before MSN was even a thought.  Looks like AOL may be selling the service to a Russia-based company for around $300 million.  Wowwowweeewow. 

◙   Oh ya, in case you didn’t hear, Tiger Woods is leaving the world of golf indefinitely.  Only he knows if he’ll ever return.  Also, he lost endorsements with Gillette, Gatorade and Accenture.  Boooo freakin hoooo.  His lame statement he posted on his website bothers me – why should we feel one ounce of empathy or compassion for him?  Paaa-leez.  His family are the ones who deserve it, not him.  On the bright side of things, he can feel proud about being named Athlete of the Decade by the Associated Press.  Which lady friend will he call to celebrate??

◙   Starbucks may be offering free Wi-Fi in their stores to compete with McDonald’s, since they’ll be offering it for free; while McDonald’s is trying to compete with Sbux to become a cool, hang-out spot. 

◙   Christmas is 9 days away!!!!!!!!

◙   Roy Disney, the nephew of the late Walt Disney (the founder of Disney) has died at the age of 79.

◙   Roy Halladay, is officially leaving the Toronto Blue Jays to head to the Phillies.  Too bad that he never won a championship with the Jays – but I guess they never worked around his amazing talent after all these years.  Good luck Doc!!

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December 16, 2009 at 5:44 PM

Because you’re worth it, right?

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L’Oreal heiress Francoise Bettencourt-Meyers is caught up in legal drama with her mom – the richest woman in Europe and who has a 30% stake in uber-comestic company, L’Oreal.  She thinks her Mom is losing her ‘faculties’ and she is requesting a court order in Paris to have her money spending monitored.

Apparently, Mrs. Liliane Bettencourt, who by the way is 87 years old, gave her friend (Francois-Marie Banier) $1 billion Euros over several years…..I guess because she wanted to or Mr. Banier is a great con-artist.  To go to court and have a judge say that your Mom’s spending has to be monitored is a pretty intense situation.  On the flip side, just giving someone $1 billion Euros is a bit ridonculous too.  It is Mrs. Bettencourt’s money, but I guess her daughter thinks she’s worth it.

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December 2, 2009 at 10:47 PM

Time to catch up a bit…

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After what feels like months away from the blogosphere, I really need to catch up on a lot.

◙    Coca-Cola is stepping things up a bit more, with the introduction of their “PlantBottle” which is derived from 30% plant-based waste material.  The extra cool part is they’ll be selling it all over the place at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games, which I’m sure will land the bottle/drink on store shelves soon.  I’m sure their competition will follow suit soon enough.


◙    Beyonce featuring Lady Gaga – Video Phone music video.  It made me laugh a lot; such a cheesy, bad video and the song sucks.  Her videos are getting more and more cheap and cheesy lookin’.  Sorry, just saying.


◙    Dwyane Wade to Anderson Varejao: In your FACE!!  Michael Jordan’s expression is hilarious too.


◙    I almost forgot about the Gosselin’s.  Jon Gosselin is up to no good again; this time he’s counter-suing TLC for $5 million dollars.  I’m sure TLC tarnished his image a wee bit but his own actions didn’t help things either. 


◙    The “Belle de Jour” has a real identity – a cancer scientist from the UK – Brooke Magnanti.  Of course, there’s the classic reasoning behind it – she was a sex worker to get her through her doctoral education.

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November 16, 2009 at 11:28 PM