Whiskey Jack Presents Stories & Songs of Stompin' Tom This show is officially a hot item and is now for sale. To view some scenes, go to their most recent TV appearance at www.orchardtv.com/whiskeyjack
For bookings contact Marilyn Gilbert Artists Management at 416-534-4993 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Jesse Brown This is officially the most important podcast in Canada. Jesse Brown is a broadcaster, journalist, reporter...etc. with NO official ties to anyone. That makes him unique in Canadian news reporting...he is beholdin' to nobody. He's fun, enlightening and his guest tell the truth, or at least describe the truth as best they can. Check out his first podcast with CBC's Michael Enright... very good!
Ellen Roseman Blog According to her blog, "Ellen is a personal finance and consumer affairs columnist with the Toronto Star’s business section. Her columns appear Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday."
She is to the local newspaper scene, what Erin Davis it to the media scene... that is, a "must read".
Erin Davis's Official Homepage Erin always has a finger on the pulse of this vibrant city. Her blog is informative and fun. If you want to know what's happening or what's happened, don't bother listening to the news reports, go to this blog. My guess is this is one of the most popular sites in Toronto.
If you've received an email from me lately, you've maybe seen my new promotional video embedded in my signature. It was produced by Tim Thompson, a young film maker who's making a mark for himself in Toronto and beyond. His company is called Boundless Productions and he creates much of his work at Hockey Night in Canada (CBC).
He just recently sent me his latest project. I'm not often envious but I sure wish I had been asked to come along and hold up a microphone or some other menial task that I'm barely qualified to perform.
Check out Tim's interview with Gordon Lightfoot and his musings on hockey in Canada.
What many of the electorate thought when Rob Ford won the election many months ago, we now ALL know. This mayor is out of his league and is not equipped to manage the affairs of this city. Fortunately, there are many councillors who have what it takes to take over and they are collaborating on our behalf. We should each send them a letter and thank them. They're saving our ass.
It is surprising that this mayor was not "outed" by some of his allies long before now. I'm referring to the councillors who now vote against him but were siding with him months and even years before. They had to know that he was blowing smoke long before he was elected. But as with most bully's, they were intimidated by him, and afraid of him.
He isn't exactly a chameleon. His colours have not changed. No one can ever accuse him of sucking and blowing at the same time. He is what he is and always has been.
Most of us have been bullied at one time or another. It takes great courage to challenge them. Bullies speak loudly and our mayor is one bully with a large brother standing behind him. This is a formidable opponent.
I salute those who are no longer afraid to speak their mind.
Karen and I have been searching for a "partner" to join us in our business. We've been looking, unsuccessfully, for well over a year. It's been a most edifying few months.
I learned the value of a "partner" shortly after Karen joined my solo operation 3 years ago. My business has grown enormously since we became a real estate twosome, not simply in terms of volume of sales, but more importantly in terms of quality of service and job satisfaction. Together we're much more knowledgeable, efficient and our customer satisfaction has soared. The most valuable strategic byproduct of this union is that our quality of life has improved. We have more fun, more time and each of us spends more time doing what we like to do.
Before the search began, we knew that there were job responsibilities in our operation that neither of us particularly enjoyed. So, we thought, why not find a licensed Realtor who has an aptitude for these duties and bring them in to the operation? The result would be that we'll do more of what we like to do and the new partner will work at what they like to do. The end result? A more efficient and happier operation. The three of us would be better agents. We'd learn from them and they'd learn from us. Real estate nirvana?
We've interviewed and considered numerous licensed Realtors this past year but have not found the right person. We yearn for someone who shares our values... honest, ethical, painfully reliable, tireless work ethic and all that. It's not easy to find agents (people) like this. However, the biggest obstacle we've discovered will be finding someone who shares our vision.
Our industry is full of successful Realtors who can make a good living selling houses. That's their focus. They sell a house on Monday and they begin focusing on selling another the next day or the next day or whatever. It's the linear approach to real estate (and life for that matter).
This is not, nor has it ever been my focus.
When I began my career as a Realtor 25 years ago, my idea was to use the basic model I used in developing the Whiskey Jack brand. Whiskey Jack was, and is, successful because they work tirelessly to provide a quality product, they're more reliable than most of their competitors and they continue to develop strong personal relationships with everyone they meet, both onstage and off. That's the foundation of this company.
That has also my real estate model since I began in July, 1987.
The fact is, we don't sell houses. Our clients sell houses. We sell our experience, our expertise and our time. The focus is not on the next sale. That will happen organically if our business foundation is solid.
So, when searching for a partner, we've learned that this is what we have to identify in the potential candidate before we move onto step two. If they don't share this vision, the union won't work.
I have a friend who works for the CBC. He's been a life long employee. He expects to lose his job soon.
Over the years I've listened to him bemoan the politics of working for someone else. A bad office manager can make an employee's life hell and nothing can be done about it. The unreasonable (as in dumb and stupid) office rules that he had to conform to must have tormented this intelligent man. It felt to me like he was in jail.
As he tells his stories, my mind wanders and I enter this wonderful dream like state and feel gratitude for my perpetual state of self employment. Of course, as I was developing and growing my business, I didn't always feed dreamy about it. There were a lot of "nightmares" and "hellish days" to contend with. Much of it was very painful - the failures, the rejection, the massive amount of time spent laying the ground work for what I hoped was going to be a lifetime career.
There are many other government workers who will be going through this "downsizing" in the months to come. The banks will also begin their own downsizing cycle soon as perhaps will other industries. This is the way of the world, at least as we know it. This too shall pass. Eventually, some will be hired back. Most will not. But for those on the receiving end of these pink slips, the stress must be unbearable.
They're puppets at the mercy of a greater being and there's nothing most of them can do about it.
Yes, it's like being incarcerated. Some will break free and perhaps redefine themselves for a better future. Many however, will not.