Rats

Walking alone at 8 pm through a downtown park a cyclist careened by, knocking me.

Jeez, I shouted, startled. Watch where you’re going. Mistake.

Twenty feet later he was waiting for me. Fortyish, big, pony tail, Blue Jays sweatshirt, dirty red ball cap, brown shorts. “What’d you say?” I walked by. He attacked. And he beat me.

When he was done he took my picture. “I have friends who will find you,” he said, “and f’ing finish you off.”

About a dozen people were sitting on benches less than six feet away. Mostly Millennial-aged couples. They watched. When I got up, Pony Tail followed me for an agonizing block, until I limped into a subway entrance.

For a decade I’ve had a place near Berczy Park in Toronto with its dog fountain. Walked there a thousand times. But in that period of time the sky overhead has darkened with residential condo towers. Meters away is a new one of 58 stories with 525 suites. Hulking on the other side is another, 57 stories, 600 units. Along Front Street, within six blocks, nine new behemoth condo sites have turned sidewalks into tunnels and upended traffic. Slightly beyond that hoarding went up and excavators levelled a giant Staples, a Porsche dealership, car rental agency and Lexus store. More condos.

In every year since 2015 there have been more cranes in DT Toronto than anywhere in North America. Now 252 of them swing through the sky. The next busiest place, Los Angeles, has 51 construction cranes. Seattle’s in third place with 37. Calgary has 31. Washington, 26.

The provincial government is passing legislation giving the mayor of Toronto (and Ottawa) more executive powers, akin to those wielded by powerful US civic leaders. Soon they will be able to influence the municipal civil service as never before. The goal, Premier Ford says, is to enable more housing to be built and urban densification to accelerate.

In fact since Covid turned an impossible real estate situation into a political crisis, leaders from Trudeau to John Tory have all sung the same tune. Supply. People cannot afford to buy homes because we don’t have enough of them, they incant. We lack supply. So the fast-track of urbanization continues.

Six days ago in Kitchener, the prime minister threw $2 billion on the table as part of the ‘Rapid Housing Initiative’ and said this: “Making life more affordable for Canadian families starts with making housing more affordable. Everyone deserves a safe and affordable place to live and raise their families, but Canadians are finding it challenging to find one. That’s why we are making historic investments to put Canada on the path to double housing construction and meet our housing needs over the next decade.”

Economists at BMO have debunked this myth. Building more houses, making cities denser and more complex, does not make real estate cheaper, they have argued. In fact, the country does not have a shortage of real estate for sale or rent. And prices have been high for a reason, which has more to do with monetary policy and politicians doling out incentives to homeowners.

Says bank economist Doug Porter when looking at what happened in Bunnypatch during the pandemic: ““A certain segment of analysts—i.e., almost everyone except us—assured us that this was all due to a shortage of supply, while rampaging investment demand amid rock-bottom rates had almost nothing to do with the sudden price spike. Strange how cities as widespread as Windsor, Welland, Woodstock, and Waterloo all simultaneously had a pressing supply shortage, after decades of no such talk in this region.”

Meanwhile, see what’s happened since interest rates began to creep back towards normal.

Sales have crashed from Vancouver to Halifax. Days-on-market and inventory levels have shot higher. Sales-to-listing levels have cratered. Prices for detached homes have, on average, fallen 22% in Toronto. Declines of up to 40% are being seen in the burbs. During this time there’s been no surge in supply, just a decrease in demand – brought about by the fact we no longer have 2% mortgages.

Of course, none of this logic applies when it comes to the politics of housing. Now Canada is committed to seeing millions of new homes – mostly condos and multi-unit urban structures – erected over the next decade, with an ocean of tax money financing them. Ironically with mortgage rates having doubled, and almost certain to stay at that level, giving “everyone an affordable place to live” is utopian and unachievable.

But what we may give ourselves is a society where human behaviours are altered. Cities lacking green spaces. Wealth disparity based on property. Expectations unmet. Densities, congestion, frustration and anger that come when citizens are colonized like rats.

I  hate Pony Tail, but don’t blame him. He may have hurt me, but I can escape.

388 comments ↓

#1 Victor Llearna on 09.05.22 at 11:23 am

When the big banks decentralize their head offices away from the Toronto downtown core it will become an unlivable dystopian hellhole full of people like Pony Tail, gangbangers, drug addicts and homeless squatting in those now worthless taxpayer funded accommodations.
Better to stay away leave the downtown core to them.

#2 Bob in Hamilton on 09.05.22 at 11:25 am

You reported this incident to the police, right?

#3 Lee on 09.05.22 at 11:25 am

I am so sorry this happened. And how awful that nobody intervened. That part is almost as terrifying as the violence. I hope you recovery quickly and fully.

#4 crowdedelevatorfartz on 09.05.22 at 11:32 am

Hopefully only your pride was injured.
Probably not the first time that jerk has pulled something like that.
Gotta love the “silent witnesses”.

Anonymous Big City life I suppose.

And with all the random stabbings and “catch and release” judicial system.
No one wants to get involved.

#5 Bob in Hamilton on 09.05.22 at 11:32 am

“About a dozen people were sitting on benches less than six feet away. Mostly Millennial-aged couples. They watched.”

The Greatest Generation….?

Your unfortunate incident just reinforces most peoples’ attitude that older people are just prey in our big cities…especially downtown Toronto.

#6 Bob in Hamilton on 09.05.22 at 11:36 am

If you are going to visit Toronto in the future….time for a BFD (big freaking dog) to accompany you.

I vote for German Shepherd Dog (GSD).

No one would dare do that to you again.

#7 Bob in Hamilton on 09.05.22 at 11:38 am

Sorry, my manners.

Get well soon.

#8 earthboundmisfit on 09.05.22 at 11:41 am

Sorry to hear of your misfortune. Be well.

#9 Summertime on 09.05.22 at 11:43 am

So typical for the rate race our life has become.

Looking for humanity and soul in GTA is futile. Everyone is busy either bragging about how much their home is worth or calculating how to survive the stratospheric cost of living.

As for the incident – report it to the police asap, they can request records from the security cameras/plenty of it in the area and the guy will be facing 5+ years in jail, making the streets safer.

#10 Doug t on 09.05.22 at 11:44 am

Sorry to hear this Garth – makes me sick – violence has become so normalized and people sit and watch as though it’s all just part of life now – stay strong – and yes you can escape – pony on the other hand is doomed

#11 Philco on 09.05.22 at 11:44 am

I see heavy decay in society and the next 10 years will will be nothing like the last. South of us its way worse.
Their importing the crackers to my town. Peeps are talking about banding together for vigilante justice as craps getting out of hand. I’m in cause the authority’s can’t and won’t do jack!

On the finance side I’d listen to Michael Burry.
His call is a very distinct possibility. I sold my rally trade and wouldn’t be buying anything including RE. Safety first.

#12 Ricky on 09.05.22 at 11:45 am

This is recent? My sympathies.

I wish I could say I was surprised. The myth of “nice Canadians” has been shattered for a long time now.

The folks sitting around watching is the most shameful part of all.

#13 Faron on 09.05.22 at 11:50 am

I’m glad you are okay, Garth. That’s seriously messed up.

#14 Dan on 09.05.22 at 11:52 am

Garth, I hope you are well. Honestly I am shocked, but not surprised. Our city leaders seem to be more preoccupied by the ecological impact of outdoor cats than about the safety of its citizens.

Ditto for green grandstanding – see the Net Zero by 2040 city of Toronto strategy. Bankrupt before taking off, but, hey! Who cares about safety on the streets? There are more important things in this world!

#15 Inequity on 09.05.22 at 11:53 am

My sympathies Garth. I hope that you were not badly injured and have a speedy recovery.
Hopefully ponytail boy gets a big serving of justice.

#16 Dwilly on 09.05.22 at 11:54 am

Did this just happen, for real? Why there was no post Sept 4? If so, that’s crazy. I’m so sorry that happened to you, and I hope it’s something that doesn’t leave any lasting physical damage.

I am shocked that people would just stand by. I’ve never been in a situation like that but I will try to do better, if I ever am.

Yes, it is recent. – Garth

#17 Arlene on 09.05.22 at 11:59 am

I am a long time reader. I am very sad this happened to you. I have two 20+ year old daughters living downtown Vancouver – I worry about random violence happening to them.

#18 Albertistan on 09.05.22 at 12:06 pm

Glad to hear you are ok Garth, ponytail has a serious character flaw. I am sure he is known to law enforcement. I suspect he’s growing it out for a manbun.

The violence isn’t just in the large urban areas, Prairie Manhunt underway for the knife wielding “suspects”.
My Sask. relatives are fully underway with the harvest in that area, good common sense folk that will take care of themselves as usual, no need for Bill Blair or JT.

https://globalnews.ca/news/9106727/saskatchewan-stabbings-manhunt-timeline/

By all accounts the RCMP are doing a good job other than the initial catch and release, but admittedly, they don’t make the rules.

https://www.sasktoday.ca/north/local-news/crime-stoppers-four-on-wanted-list-5415304

#19 Yukon Elvis on 09.05.22 at 12:06 pm

Palm sized dog repellent spray at Canadian Tire. Under $20 bucks. Works on humans too.

#20 Sail Away on 09.05.22 at 12:06 pm

I hate Pony Tail, but don’t blame him. He may have hurt me, but I can escape.

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You don’t blame him? Did he somehow punch you repeatedly by random chance?

This wasn’t some collective society malaise, it was one personal decision by a violent person. Accountability.

Glad you’re ok.

#21 Diggstown on 09.05.22 at 12:07 pm

Sorry to hear you went through this and I hope you are doing okay.

#22 Stroller on 09.05.22 at 12:07 pm

Condolences and shared outrage from all of us.

However, this incident does reveal both your unexcelled discipline in posting and your supreme value to us all:

When I checked the site last night and saw no post I immediately said to the wife “something terrible has happened to Garth”.

What other possible reason could there be for the interruption?

#23 KrisTea on 09.05.22 at 12:11 pm

I know you are strong (and incredibly understanding given the circumstances) but please take care. I’m sure Dorthy must be worried sick. I know I would be. Time to buy some bigger dogs and welcome them into the office me thinks. SO SORRY, that happened to you. Wrong on so many levels.

#24 HPVictoria on 09.05.22 at 12:12 pm

I’m very sorry to hear this, Garth. I hope you recover quickly.

#25 ts on 09.05.22 at 12:15 pm

So sorry about your attack – best wishes for a speedy recovery. Like another poster commented, it might be safer if you walk with a guard dog from now on. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people with mental/anger issues and others who are shamefully apathetic. Our society is on a downward spiral I’m afraid.

#26 Beagleface on 09.05.22 at 12:15 pm

When you didn’t post a blog yesterday I feared something must have happened to you, but I never dreamed you’d been attacked.
Sending healing thoughts your way for a speedy recovery. xo

#27 F Cook on 09.05.22 at 12:18 pm

I hope you have a full and speedy recovery, Garth!

I look forward to your posts every day and when there was no update yesterday I felt a tinge of worry in my stomach. I’m relieved and grateful to find you well and alive (albeit a bit scuffed up).

Those “silent witnesses” that just sat by and watched ought to hang their heads in shame. In true Millennial fashion, I hope they at least took some selfies and videos that can prove useful in the investigation (should you wish to pursue legal action).

Also I second Bob’s suggestion of getting a German Shepherd! They are fiercely loyal, can act as punk-ass repellent and look good doing it.

#28 WTF on 09.05.22 at 12:20 pm

Similar story different ending.

Good Friend walking down Robson Denman area. Trailer Trash cyclist decided to bully people by riding down the sidewalk. My friend grabbed the bike by the handlebars and stopped him. Pleasantries exchanged,

#29 UmiouiuS on 09.05.22 at 12:21 pm

Garth, we are so very glad that you’re okay ..!!

Your unfortunate event reminds me of when I was young and walking along a sidewalk with my father. One time, when I didn’t move over for someone older, my dad boxed my ears. He only had to do that once.

Canadians generally have always be known as polite, respectful, and courteous folk. But society has changed.

“Me-me-me entitlement” is rampant, and having respect for others is now more a surprise than a given. The need to ‘stay alert & always be aware’ exists everywhere.

Such that I copied the English police ‘Bobbies’ program, and bought whistles for my wife and me to wear whenever we’re out alone, or together. Blowing a loud whistle makes people look over to see why.

She didn’t wear her whistle for quite a while, but now she does. I did NOT ask her what prompted the change.

But I’m pleased she does. Safer is far better than sorry.
Some peace of mind, for two bucks at the Dollar Store.

#30 Pump track on 09.05.22 at 12:21 pm

I used to work in Vancouver and experience these vigilantes daily. They caffeinate and then get pumped biking through traffic with no regard for road rules or any etiquette. Their behavior is no surprise. They were put in charge of the road. Drivers were cancelled.

#31 DLT INC on 09.05.22 at 12:22 pm

So sad to hear of your ordeal. This sort of thing shouldn’t happen to anyone. I’m wondering if this doesn’t say something about the way we develop our cities. Maybe bigger is not always better. A couple decades ago we moved away from a mid sized city to a small town and couldn’t be happier. It has it’s downsides but we can always make special trips to the big city to see the sites when the spirit moves us. Not that bad thing don’t happen in small towns but overall, interpersonal relationships are better here.

#32 Dogman01 on 09.05.22 at 12:24 pm

Toronto sounds a lot like “Rat Park”

Too many Rats in too small a space, no connection to nature, natural behaviors with instincts going in weird directions.

What does utopia look like , it might include limitless food (of course!), multiple levels and secluded little condos. These were all part of John Calhoun’s experiments to study the effects of population density on behavior. But what looked like rat utopias and mouse paradises at first quickly spiraled into out-of-control overcrowding, eventual population collapse and seemingly sinister behavior patterns.
“The mice were not nice.”
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-mouse-utopias-1960s-led-grim-predictions-humans-180954423/

https://www.stuartmcmillen.com/comic/rat-park/

Predators such as Felix would be happy.

#33 Steven Rowlandson on 09.05.22 at 12:27 pm

“Rats”
I was born in the year of the metal rat. Natural born gold and silver hoarder and stubborn if one believes chinese mythology. Take a happy pill Garth, it isn’t the end of the world….

#34 truefacts on 09.05.22 at 12:28 pm

Garth,

So sorry this happened to you. Why do people have so much anger? Hope you’re better.

#35 Flamed Out in Kitchener on 09.05.22 at 12:29 pm

Very sorry that this happened to you. To one of this country’s most loyal and patriotic citizens who gives so much and asks for nothing.

It’s a violent act, perpetrated by a pathetic loser who should be incarcerated in a real jail (Turkey or Mexico perhaps) where he could beg for scraps and for his life everday.

Our society is losing it! Makes me sick.

Glad you’re okay after this horrific assault.

Keep well, and stay vigilant.

#36 Philco on 09.05.22 at 12:29 pm

Ya Jesus Garth I’m very gad you are ok!
Brutal is going on. There are low life idiots going through my property. I kicked one off as he was yelling at one of my tenants. I grabbed a piece of pipe from my hydro room and screamed at him that I was going to split his melon if he comes back. Sadly that’s the ONLY thing to detour them. I had a private meeting at city hall, cops, ect with my neighbor. Useless…. He had to put up chain link.

#37 crowdedelevatorfartz on 09.05.22 at 12:32 pm

@#125 Love-the-Cottage
“What specific crime rate is up? Over what time frame?……”

+++++

Violent crime is up 5.1% in Canada from 2021
Reported crime is up 0.75% from 2021.
One would assume a lot of crimes go unreported…..

https://www.google.ca/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwjL287HiP75AhWxI30KHSloBb8QFnoECAcQAQ&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.statcan.gc.ca%2Fen%2Fsubjects-start%2Fcrime_and_justice&usg=AOvVaw1eNSPiNaiNLJbFnKfB7iSD

The Liberals have been in power for 5+ years.
“Catch and release” touchy feely empathy for criminals…….. isnt working.

#38 CJohnC on 09.05.22 at 12:33 pm

Garth, I hope you are on the mend. In a way you are lucky that you didn’t get knifed.
#20 Sail Away:
Although ponytail is the culprit, it was a collective society malaise because of those who watched and did nothing. Interesting that they were millennials.

#1 Victor Llearna:
Toronto and Vancouver downtown cores are already unlivable dystopian hellholes full of people like Pony Tail, gangbangers, drug addicts and homeless squatting.

Garth, maybe it’s time to contemplate a move. It’s not going to get better. Take care, glad you survived.

#39 Dogman01 on 09.05.22 at 12:35 pm

Perhaps a better article…

What Humans Can Learn from Calhoun’s Rodent Utopia

https://www.victorpest.com/articles/what-humans-can-learn-from-calhouns-rodent-utopia

“a younger generation of mice reached maturity, having never been exposed to examples of normal, healthy relations. With no concept of mating, parenting or marking territory, this generation of mice spent all of their waking hours eating, drinking and grooming themselves.”

#40 Oakville Rocks! on 09.05.22 at 12:39 pm

Jesus Garth, I hope you are healing. Very sad. I feel bad for you and Dorothy, she is going to be terrified to let you work late and the days only get shorter and darker from here.

The saddest part is that no one had the courage to intervene and assist. One extra voice letting this person know you were not alone might have been all that was needed and it seems there were several there.

Very sad.

#41 Stoph on 09.05.22 at 12:40 pm

I’m sorry to hear that you were attacked Garth. This is very disturbing. I’m glad that it seems like you’re okay.

#42 Yukon Elvis on 09.05.22 at 12:44 pm

When you get the dog repellent spray as i suggested you can go back to the park and find the guy. Couple of squirts in the face should do it then you can kick him in the nuts and drive off on his bike. Show him who’s the man.

#43 Don Guillermo on 09.05.22 at 12:44 pm

Terrible thing to happen to you Garth. This isn’t just a GTA problem. It’s happening everywhere. I’m sorry but I’d both hate and blame pony tail. Get well soon and thanks for sharing.

#44 yvr_lurker on 09.05.22 at 12:45 pm

Holly Cow! I am really sorry that this happened to you. There is no excuse for some ahole to just decide to take his frustrations out by deciding to beat on someone he may nearly have run over, just because you verbally called him out for the near miss. Civility? Common human decency? All lost? WTF? Does everyone else just sit on the park bench and pretend it is not happening? Nobody takes out their Iphone to do a little recording at least?

Just look to Seoul, Hong Kong, Singapore for the future as to how dense housing may become in Toronto and Vancouver (with their now proposed Broadway plan). These cities (or some reasonable facsimile) are the ghost of Christmas future for us.

If all of these towers are being built in downtown Toronto, the developers do not see worried that they will not be filled. The question then is are they sold to local and overseas “investors” who will rent out at exhorbitant rates that only a relatively few can afford?

I know that you will not like this comment, but I do believe that an influx of 450K immigrants each year planned for the next four years is way too much. Where will they all live? Doubtful that many will move to more rural towns that could use an influx of talent and workers. Most will likely concentrate in the big cities and surroundings, putting the pressure on all sorts of civic resources. Too much and too fast.

Couldn’t pay me enough to live in a box in the sky in downtown Toronto. You have never told us why you left Lunenberg? Is it time to reconsider?

Hope you heal up okay and no PTSD… am really sorry….

#45 Linda on 09.05.22 at 12:45 pm

There is no excuse for that persons behavior. Sadly, incidents like these have become commonplace. I & some coworkers witnesses a road rage incident years ago. I called the police to report it, but the person taking the details seemed to think it was a ‘mutual engagement’ & when I said that the two people involved had gotten back in their vehicles & driven off the responder ended the call. Turns out that the person being assaulted was one of our drivers. The maniac who had assaulted him had been beating him with a shovel handle & shattered bones in one arm. The police did ‘catch’ the assailant. How? Because the assailer called the cops to complain about being cut off by the man they had assaulted.

So maybe those photos could be found on the Net by the cops. Got to figure someone whose ego insists that they attack an older person for complaining about their behavior would want to post those photos & boast about how they acted.

Meanwhile, get well soon.

#46 The General on 09.05.22 at 12:45 pm

Is this what we’ve become as a nation? Where’s a cop when you need them? But the justice system works against the police, catch and release. If it were a judge, or defense lawyer on the receiving end of an unwarranted attack, would things change? Walk softly, and carry a big stick. Take care, Garth.

#47 Rjay on 09.05.22 at 12:49 pm

Heal well and quickly Garth

#48 Doug t on 09.05.22 at 12:49 pm

also the human trash now known as Pony Tail seems to have been on a mission to do harm – you don’t just ride around randomly bumping into a person when you can easily avoid them – and everyone reading this go out today and do something nice for somebody

#49 Right to Light on 09.05.22 at 12:50 pm

Right to Light.

Interesting how THAT one didn’t make it to us from the kingdom.

I’ve been in a few of the towers downtown, residential and commercial, and it is quite depressing.

I can imagine how it makes people cranky.

As for the biker, I regularly feel the need to thrown an elbow to passing bikers on their antiquated noisy useless Harley’s disturbing the peace and subjecting pedestrians and residents to this pointless juvenile noise.

#50 Broader Mind on 09.05.22 at 12:50 pm

So very sad. Dark days ahead if infestation is not brought under control. Sorry this happened Garth , really messed up society . Lunenberg must be calling.

#51 Faron on 09.05.22 at 12:52 pm

Large urban cities got their reputation for crime and violence in the ’70s and ’80s. Not coincidentally the time of high inflation and a poor economy. If the higher rates and softening economy trajectory continues, I think violent city centres will be back in full force.

Don’t take the bait when liberals blame XYZ while conservatives blame ABC factors (I already know what A, B, and C) will be. The underlying force will be the unaffordability, the evacuation of money from centres starting with COVID and the consequent dropping tax base to fund services.

#52 yvr_lurker on 09.05.22 at 12:55 pm

#20 You don’t blame him? Did he somehow punch you repeatedly by random chance?

This wasn’t some collective society malaise, it was one personal decision by a violent person. Accountability.
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Perhaps a first for me in agreeing with Sail Away. Credit when due. His comment completely nails it.

#53 Blair on 09.05.22 at 12:56 pm

I am sorry to hear about what happened, Garth. I hope you are OK, but I imagine something like this leaves an impression. Best wishes!

#54 cmj on 09.05.22 at 12:56 pm

I’m sorry that happened to you, Garth, and am hoping you were not seriously injured. It brings home to all of us the evolving of more violence in our country.
Instead of feeling helpless about it, becoming a bystander like the 12 people nearby, what action can we take? When will the vast majority finally speak up and say, “I’m fed up and won’t take this anymore!!!”

#55 Calgary Observer on 09.05.22 at 12:57 pm

Sad to hear your (pony) tale of woe. I’m firmly convinced that the internet and media are creating most of the problems that we see today. Regular folks of all stripes are great people, but the internet and media are radicalizing a few nut jobs for their own sad and sorry gain. The media has to push some agenda to compete aginst TikTok. Too bad they picked a counter-productive one.

Meanwhile back in Calgary, prices continue to drop by around $30 – $40K per month. Several homes had to slice by $125K to get takers.

There are still a few searchers for the greater fool listing at February prices, but those are sitting stagnant.

Interestingly the price rot has now invaded the high demand neighborhoods. Before August it was limited to the ‘burbs and close in burbs. Not anymore. The higher demand neighborhoods are feeling the pinch with asking prices several times before a sale, and the sale still coming in $15 -$50k below asking.

I think we’re just starting to see the effect of the last rate hike now. Next one up on Wednesday. It should be a turkey of a Thanksgiving for realtors.

#56 ogdoad on 09.05.22 at 12:57 pm

Jeesh, G. That’s awful. And must have been pretty frightening as well….man. Sending some good vibes your way.

Stay positive!

Og

#57 just a dude on 09.05.22 at 1:02 pm

Garth, so sorry to hear about your horrible encounter. Crazy how life can change in the blink of an eye. I’m very glad you were able to walk away from this terrible ordeal.

Sad that no one came to help but as you say, it’s likely a consequence of big city, dense crowd mentality. Reminds me of a great book I read years ago, Influence by R. Cialdini.

Wishing you a speedy and full recovery, both on the physical and mental front.

#58 Steve on 09.05.22 at 1:04 pm

Those Toronto Blue Jays fans are worse that the English football hooligans…

I’m surprised the perp wasn’t driving a leased Audi… that would have made more sense…

#59 Is anybody listening? on 09.05.22 at 1:06 pm

Sorry to hear Garth. Hopefully you’re okay. I remember going to Toronto often in the 70’s as a teen (lived an hour away) by train. I always had a great time. Nowadays we hate going there but we do go to see our daughter and son in law.

#60 Big Bucks on 09.05.22 at 1:06 pm

We too had a place on the Esplanade(sold in 2004)Now with the Novatel being used as a homeless shelter we haven’t been back to that area at all for 3 years.We call it Berserk Park now.It has always had a scary vibe down there but now it is much worse.Lawrence Park still feels pretty safe.

#61 Keith on 09.05.22 at 1:12 pm

Sorry to hear about this incident Garth, sadly violent incidents are part of life. As for the critics of the bystanders, they are at risk of escalating the incident. In a large city, you risk ponytail having a knife with far more serious outcomes. Taking on an assailant who may have a weapon is not something very many people are qualified to do. Real life isn’t the movies or the schoolyard.

#62 Mike Smith on 09.05.22 at 1:14 pm

A sad report but echoes what is happening as our cities deteriorate. Police seem to have given up.
Your remarks oh housing are right on. In Vancouver the demand for housing is coming from foreign immigration, almost all of it from China, India, and Iran. This is not a racist comment just a factual one.
The other issue is our ridiculous tax code. Exempting your home from taxation on a property increase in value is generous. Not fully taxing gains on investors is stupid. We must discourage housing as an investment.

#63 Red Knave on 09.05.22 at 1:15 pm

I’m stunned enough to write today but hardly know what to say. Also gobsmacked by your seeming acceptance of the outcome. Yes, times are difficult, they always are, but decency still matters no matter the current socioeconomic situation. Pigtail learns nothing by not having his barbaric behaviour held to account. If not, how are you different than the dozen watchers.
Heal up and give that guy hell.

#64 Oil_driller on 09.05.22 at 1:18 pm

What? You got assaulted because a cyclist nearly hit you? How does that even work?

#65 Observer on 09.05.22 at 1:19 pm

Very sorry to hear you were attacked Garth! Wondered why there was no post yesterday. I hope you feel better soon and the loser is charged.

#66 JP Brichta on 09.05.22 at 1:21 pm

I hope the dirtbag is arrested, tried, and convicted. That behaviour is disgusting. Please get better soon.

#67 Damifino on 09.05.22 at 1:21 pm

#9 Summertime

…and the guy will be facing 5+ years in jail, making the streets safer.
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Surely you don’t actually believe that. In Vancouver there’s typically no consequence for such actions. Just a revolving door back to the street. Downtown is rife with angry screwballs. I stay clear at night and keep a sharp eye out in the daytime.

#68 Oil_driller on 09.05.22 at 1:22 pm

@19 Yukon
>Palm sized dog repellent spray at Canadian Tire. Under $20 bucks. Works on humans too.

Nah, get the good stuff – bear spray. Perfectly legal, more effective, just learn how to use it without discharging it on yourself because you will get knocked on your ass if you take the plume.

Toronto is a zoo. Come down to Berta’ Garth, cheaper gas too.

#69 Marc Roger on 09.05.22 at 1:23 pm

I’m only “fortyish,” but I think I’ve watched Canada drop to second-rate country in my lifetime. Hopefully I don’t have to watch the slip to third-rate. Garth, you’re a beacon of civility.

#70 Sparrow on 09.05.22 at 1:24 pm

Sick.

Sorry to hear that this happened to you Garth. I hope you are feeling better.

#71 The Woosh on 09.05.22 at 1:26 pm

When he was done he took my picture. “I have friends who will find you,” he said, “and f’ing finish you off.”

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That doesn’t sound like a random attack. The way you describe it feels more targeted and a threat. This has weird written all over it. I’m hoping you reported it…don’t let this go. Be well.

#72 dosouth on 09.05.22 at 1:29 pm

Retired from law enforcement and now would only call if it was homicide in my house (for insurance purposes). “We are all in this together” mantra has long dried up and now is more like – hey, there’s a tiktok video waiting to happen.

Not only is it painfully obvious what has happened to you being victimized by Bun Head but that you would probably be the first to step up if you saw that happening to someone else.

Moral of my message is, I guess, age makes a difference in accepting advice, responsibility and moral eptitude. Someone or something else is always to blame. Carry a can of pepper spray (available to Cabela’s) or even small hair spray.

It always only takes one to turn your world upside down, but I would like you to know that Bun Head doesn’t know what kind of resolve you have. “Walk softly but carry a big stick….”

#73 Overheardyou on 09.05.22 at 1:31 pm

I was worried why there was no post yesterday, sad to hear my assumption of something bad happened rang true.

I hope you have a speedy recovery Hon Mr. Turner!

This gutless piece of meat must be caught LE. Justice must be served. Hopefully someone caught it on Camera nearby, even if they were too cowardly to step in and help.

#74 Just Breath on 09.05.22 at 1:38 pm

What happened to you is a shameful example of the ongoing erosion of civility I see daily.
Did it start with the pandemic or with populism? Which came first, the rise of trump, or the selfishness of the ‘me first’ idealism?

Kindness and civil discourse taking a pause due to the collapse of trust in social systems, confusion with public health directives, emerg closures, understaffed hospitals and exhausted and frustrated nurses, doctors, counselors, community workers?

Thank you for sharing this personal experience Garth and I’m glad you didn’t let this angry misfit who lost his civility and reverted to a barbaric act of violence – silence you.

Many depend on your insights, humour, intelligence and above all – your civility – in a world that desperately needs all of the above.

#75 JP on 09.05.22 at 1:38 pm

I hope you aren’t seriously injured, Garth, but the mistake you made was not saying something after he bumped you, it was walking by him after he challenged you instead of walking away from him. The best option is always to stay as far away as possible from these types of people, you never know if you’re dealing with a rational person or not.

#76 Old gringo on 09.05.22 at 1:38 pm

Sorry to hear that Garth.
Hope some of your followers can find him as he’s obviously a local that uses that path regularly.
Then beat him like a baby seal for several minutes.
Let’s hope the locals watch and not step in.
Mexico style revenge best served cold!!

#77 Sask to AB on 09.05.22 at 1:39 pm

How awful. Hope you have a speedy recovery.
F59AB

#78 wallflower on 09.05.22 at 1:40 pm

I will never call police again.
First time, (to report a slow moving drunk driver taking out hydro poles, telephone booths etc along College St Toronto) I was fined for not having my license sticker on plate. It was in the car and two days late being affixed. Then same police started to arrest me on fraud charges for someone with same name who lived in Sudbury.

Second time, even worse.
Pointless calling police.

If someone were killed in front of me, I would pray it is one of those common times I forgot my cell phone and walk away.

Police…useless.
Recent bad two car collision outside my home. Police never showed.

#79 Julie on 09.05.22 at 1:40 pm

It saddens me that people behave like this.

It must have been so scary, hope you recover completely from this trauma.

#80 Grumpy Panda on 09.05.22 at 1:44 pm

Sorry to hear about about this. I have been nearly hit few times by bikes and e-bikes. Hopefully pony-tail was dumb enough to post his accomplishment on social media to speed his incarceration. Your thoughts on making High Park car free would probably be unwelcomed by cyclists.

#81 Sad on 09.05.22 at 1:46 pm

I’m very sorry to hear that you were assaulted. I wish I could say shocked but I’m not. Just very sad. I’m sure that you and Dorothy are very shaken by this nasty incident.

Talk about making cities livable is wishful thinking. I feel sorry for people who have no choice. This explains why people want out of Toronto

You’re a trooper Garth.

#82 Bear on 09.05.22 at 1:47 pm

Very sorry to hear this. Glad to hear you are ok. Can you imagine what this person does when nobody is around in closed quarters? The lack of character and morales of those that were watching is appalling.

#83 Philco on 09.05.22 at 1:48 pm

#37 Damifino on 09.05.22 at 1:21 pm
#9 Summertime

…and the guy will be facing 5+ years in jail, making the streets safer.
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Surely you don’t actually believe that. In Vancouver there’s typically no consequence for such actions. Just a revolving door back to the street. Downtown is rife with angry screwballs. I stay clear at night and keep a sharp eye out in the daytime.
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Dam
You are EXACTLY right. I have to protect my tenants with force.
Had a private meet with city with my neighboring business.
a couple Counselors, cops, ect.. mayor skipped out.
A joke. We put up more chain link.

#84 Carla on 09.05.22 at 1:49 pm

So sorry to hear about this, Garth. I hope you recover completely soon.

#85 dave on 09.05.22 at 1:54 pm

Sorry for this happening to you, glad he didn’t have a knife.

#86 Bezengy on 09.05.22 at 1:56 pm

I had a bud take two bullets on Queen last year. He recovered thankfully. No motive, no charges. Senseless. I’m over on Bloor West taking a stroll today. Last time I was here someone decided I was a nice target for a tennis ball throw. I guess it’s better than a bullet. Sorry this happened to you Garth. Hope you fully recover quickly.

Happy Labour Day to all, and thanks to all who who make our country a better place through their work.

#87 tbone on 09.05.22 at 2:00 pm

Ever notice how almost every accident is a hit and run ?
They should have a mandatory 5 year jail sentence for this.
Pricks leave people dying on the street while they run and find a place to hide.
Hire a thousand more police officers and build bigger jails.
This city has lost its way .

#88 Herb Gibson on 09.05.22 at 2:02 pm

Garth – you get a pass for no post yesterday then. Just joking … hoping you can see a bit of humor with this. It used to amaze me the number of “entitled” people I would meet, now I expect it from a certain age demographic. Now this same demographic is becoming boorish and aggressive, particularly towards outsiders – anyone they see as not being like them. Garth, hoping you get back to yourself soon, and maybe you should bring back the amazon guard detail.

#89 Mehling on 09.05.22 at 2:06 pm

Thank God you’re ok Garth.

Those male millennial cowards on the bench should be ashamed of themselves.

How can their girlfriends’ take them seriously going forward knowing they won’t / defend them?

I see similar and worsening urban decay in downtown Vancouver on a daily basis (which coincided with covid / work from home).

Prayers for a speedy recovery Garth and thanks for letting us know.

#90 Jim on 09.05.22 at 2:08 pm

Pretty sick society. There is no longer an appropriate deterrent for violent attacks. Victims are the guilty ones. As long as politicians can live in their ivory towers everything is fine. Awfully sad state of affairs.

#91 rampant inflation on 09.05.22 at 2:21 pm

in a previous life when i was employed, i used to work down town toronto. it’s a sh!t hole. no offense to people living and working there. we used to find dead bodies in the parks on a regular basis. drug needles. knives/machetes. prostitutes and pimps.. etc. i tried never to have to be down there by myself.

that corner around Dundas and Bathurst was particularly bad. Alexandra and Bellevue parks. the other end Moss Park and Allen Gardens were pretty nasty. now these have all become tent cities. people living there en masse.

i had to get to downtown last week. couldn’t believe how bad Allen gardens is now. glad i left. dread having to go down there.

actually saw a similar incident on the Danforth same day. between a bike and pickup. yelling at each other. trucker ran down the biker.. picking a fight.

toronto is disgusting.

what happened was terrible. sorry it happened to you. but it’s far more common than people think.

#92 Leechy Fruit on 09.05.22 at 2:22 pm

The outpouring of well wishes and concern here is a testament to your character. I’m inspired.
A lesson I learned too late in life; there’s no sense in reasoning with crazy.
Wishing you all the best and a speedy recovery.
Thank you for everything you do on this blog.

#93 Jane24 on 09.05.22 at 2:22 pm

Reading this Garth made me so angry. The really awful thing is that even if Pony Tail was caught he wouldn’t be punished because that is the justice system now here in the Western world. Revolving door for crime. The good have to hide from the evil as the system does nothing about the evil, too much work, too many excuses.

#94 Nick on 09.05.22 at 2:27 pm

It saddens me to hear of this incident Garth and I wish you a quick recovery.

#95 Moose7612 on 09.05.22 at 2:34 pm

So sorry to hear this Garth. It’s just disgusting.

I thought you had finally taken a day off for yourself, on a long weekend. I hope they find the guy. Those who can escape are fortunate.

#96 Joe on 09.05.22 at 2:35 pm

Seeing the news out of Saskatchewan, I can only think this assault could have been so much worse. These horrible, violent people exist and are all around us.

That said, I hope you will make a quick recovery, both physically and emotionally. I certainly don’t mean to downplay what happened to you.

Hopefully some of the bystanders at least snapped some pics on their smartphones and handed these over to the police….

Also, if you do have pics of the perp, perhaps post those here?

Given 6 degrees of separation theory, I can’t help but think a few hundred thousand blog dogs might be able to sniff out a certain pony tailed rat.

#97 Faron on 09.05.22 at 2:37 pm

#131 jess on 09.05.22 at 12:39 pm
#45 Faron on 09.03.22 at 10:25 pm

correct.

https://violationtracker.goodjobsfirst.org/

Great resource Jess. Out of respect for our host, I’ll leave commentary aside at least for today.

#98 West New West on 09.05.22 at 2:38 pm

Garth been thinking about this all morning. I have seen a steady increase in general aggression and harshness in the last months. Others say the same. Wife is a somatic psychotherapist who helps clear traumas like the one you just suffered and she is seeing giant wave of clients coming toward her….all messed up over the last two years of general disconnect (and fear)…..she reminds me that actions like what this guy did are ALL based in FEAR…..and that fear leads to anger and anger unchecked is the path to hatred. I know it is not easy…..but don’t let it change you….. the sooner you can find your way back to compassion, the sooner you and everyone else heals. I’m sure you’ve heard all of this already, but I’m putting it out there for anyone who cares to read. Be well.

#99 Retired in Kelowna on 09.05.22 at 2:38 pm

Garth, this is terrible. I feel sick about this. Maybe it’s time to shut this all down. For your own safety. You have done so much for so many people. Take your own advice – “live quietly among that masses”.
My best to you. Take care of yourself.

#100 A Believer on 09.05.22 at 2:40 pm

I am so sorry this happened to you. Frightening that no one intervened. I had said to my son yesterday that for the first time in all the years I have been following this blog there was no post. Something has happened to Garth. Regrettably I was right and I hope no further bad effects than a profound sense of anger and despair.

#101 PeterfromCalgary on 09.05.22 at 2:40 pm

Too much money means it has less value. Houses were the first to impacted now everything is going up in price. Modern monetary theory is a disaster.

#102 Shawn on 09.05.22 at 2:41 pm

It’s truly sickening to picture Garth being attacked like that in a busy Toronto Park for simply shouting “watch where you’re going”.

Escape was mentioned. Smaller cities may be safer. And they may just be better for our mental health.

Garth mentions anger and frustration. It’s so true. Read any story on Facebook or Twitter with more than a dozen comments and you are almost certain to see some angry ones. It’s scary how angry so many people are.

#103 GeoTM on 09.05.22 at 2:43 pm

Stay strong Garth! I am totally shocked by the bystanders. This is what the Canadian society has come to?

#104 Søren Angst on 09.05.22 at 2:45 pm

Animal.

Misericordia.

#105 Financial Ramen on 09.05.22 at 2:47 pm

Sorry to hear about your incident Garth. People have zero patience these days. Praying for your recovery

#106 Wrk.dover on 09.05.22 at 2:47 pm

Haven’t been off premises, where ever I am after dark in several decades.

Trouble has aplenty though.

With all of our travel, city cores have rarely been seen.

Calculating risk, and making assumptions.

The Big Smoke aye? Have at ‘er.

#107 Sue your Attacker on 09.05.22 at 2:55 pm

The politicians and elites live in vast acres of untouched hills while the serfs live packed like sardines in the cities. Roman Empire in action.

#108 The Original Jake on 09.05.22 at 2:58 pm

I have had a similar experience with cyclists but not to the extent of being beaten. That is atrocious.

There are many decent law abiding cyclists on the roads but some for whatever reason think they come first over everyone else. I often see a complete disregard of road signs, running red lights and riding on sidewalks careening past pedestrians at full speed.

It’s a shame the law can’t intervene more often. Pedestrians should never fear their safety.

#109 espressobob on 09.05.22 at 3:02 pm

There’s nothing like a bully. True mamas boys who deliver lots of lip and nothing more. Cowards by definition and full of hot air.

Deal with clowns like this in my hood all the time. Feel sorry for the fool’s.

#110 Hublot on 09.05.22 at 3:10 pm

Bernie Ecclestone, former owner of Formula 1 was beat up for his Hublot watch.

So…they made an ad.

“See what people will do for a Hublot.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1336679/F1-boss-Bernie-Ecclestone-battered-face-new-ad-200k-Hublot-watch.html

#111 Quixotic on 09.05.22 at 3:11 pm

Garth, you turned near tragedy into a teachable moment to model understanding and compassion and determination to do good. You’re a great teacher. Glad you’re okay. Disappointed no one stepped in.

#112 Kevin on 09.05.22 at 3:19 pm

Sorry to hear about this, Garth. People are so messed up. Hope you speedy recovery, and hope this bastard is caught!

#113 Søren Angst on 09.05.22 at 3:22 pm

Russia CUTS OFF NAT GAS to the European Union TODAY and until sanctions are lifted
https://www.ft.com/content/2624cc0f-57b9-4142-8bc1-4141833a73dd?shareType=nongift

von der Leyen not happy but we will win this
https://twitter.com/vonderleyen/status/1566796117857259520

Gazprom publishes a video of Europa freezing this Winter
https://twitter.com/ukraine_world/status/1566863881842167811

ENEL, 2nd largest electricity firm in the World, says Europa will be fine “Europe can make it through the wintertime.”
https://www.cnbc.com/2022/09/02/energy-ceo-calls-out-europes-foolish-dependence-on-natural-gas.html

AND we are already starting to help each other out…
https://www.rainews.it/articoli/2022/09/francia-e-germania-si-alleano-sulla-solidariet-energetica-6854806c-fae3-4130-99ea-2754d43de501.html

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I would rather freeze (while I check the long term Winter forecast for Italia 2022-2023).

Russia delenda est.

SLAVA UKRAINI.

#114 Captain Uppa on 09.05.22 at 3:28 pm

That’s awful!

I grew up in Toronto and it’s not the same place. I moved to a GTA burb up north and have not looked back. In saying that, this can happen in many places, not just Toronto.

However, Toronto gives me a unique and strong feeling of anxiety. I just visited today with my family and while it is nice to see now and again, there is always something that immediately reminds me of why I left.

It’s a feeling of something bad could happen here at any turn of a corner. All the homeless smoking weed in front of family friendly areas doesn’t help.

I may have to leave GTA entirely one day if the burbs become infected.

#115 macjack on 09.05.22 at 3:30 pm

Speedy recovery, Garth. Sadly, the lack of action by the witnesses to your assault probably justified that jerk’s actions in his mind. Stay safe.

#116 T-Rev on 09.05.22 at 3:31 pm

Garth, so sorry this happened to you and I hope you’re ok. That’s horrible- I don’t know what kind of monster gleefully attacks a senior- you should be protected, not targeted, by those younger and stronger. The tone out there is not kind these days and I hope Pony Tail is found and charged. What a creep.

Stay well, stay safe, and remember the majority of people are still good. Incidents like this make us all more jaded, which just adds to the apathy and compounds the problem so try and stay positive.

Love ya brother

#117 Jimbo on 09.05.22 at 3:31 pm

Feel better Garth. Time to walk the dog in the bunny patch. I am seeing a surge in homelessness in TO.

I don’t give an inch to people who ride their bikes on the sidewalk and I’m a road cyclist myself.

Builders control the rate at which subdivisions and condos get built not the government. This is tightly controlled.

#118 Pricedoutmillenial on 09.05.22 at 3:31 pm

Soo sorry this happened to you Garth.

It’s unbelievable such things happen in Canada. Feeling terrible this happened. And people not intervening is definitely not ok. Whatever happened to people being kind and the good samaritans.

Be well and stay safe.

And truly wish ponytail is found soon and learns his lesson by going to jail.

#119 Basil Exposition on 09.05.22 at 3:35 pm

Garth. Sorry to hear you were assaulted by one of the ever increasing number of unhinged people living amongst us. The shocking fact that no one stepped up to help you indicates that we’ve succeeded in creating a low value society in which very few people are willing to stand up and take a risk to defend it. Other than virtue signal on social media, of course.
Your daily work is greatly appreciated. Hope you overcome your injuries. Get well.

#120 Jim on 09.05.22 at 3:36 pm

Love your enemies, and carry dog spray…

#121 SHANE GALLANT on 09.05.22 at 3:39 pm

Sorry to hear this Garth. I hope your okay. What is this world coming to?

#122 pBrasseur on 09.05.22 at 3:40 pm

So sorry for what happened to your Garth, what a shameful, cowardly act!

Best wishes. Get well so we can continue our friendly arguments!

#123 Squire on 09.05.22 at 3:40 pm

Hope you’re better quick. I bet you he’s a woke loser too. Like the spray paint type. Pffft

#124 Sail Away on 09.05.22 at 3:48 pm

#113 Søren Angst on 09.05.22 at 3:22 pm

Russia CUTS OFF NAT GAS to the European Union TODAY and until sanctions are lifted

I would rather freeze (while I check the long term Winter forecast for Italia 2022-2023).

———-

Logically, Dolce, it would be much more sensible to spend the winter in Mexico or SEA.

You can express outrage while wiggling your toes in warm sand. Costco has Tilley hats; I’ll send one your way to bring you up to scratch sartorially.

#125 chalkie on 09.05.22 at 3:49 pm

Sorry to hear about your incident from that low life Garth, beating a Senior Citizen, I can’t get my head around that, too bad there was not a couple of 60- or 70-years old’s setting there instead of a few millennials, he would have gotten a taste of how quick someone would have come to your aid, then perhaps he would have left Toronto for good. We are in your corner Garth, wishing you a speedy recovery.

#126 Retired Investment Banker on 09.05.22 at 3:50 pm

Faron your insults are as lame as your fake investment prowess. Both garnered from Twitter so no surprise there.

I retired at 48 because I didn’t need to work any longer, and life is about personal happiness and fulfillment, not piling up cash.

The projects I worked on since then were for pure love of building things, and a couple of them turned out to be quite profitable which was a real surprise.

Carry on with your nonsensical investing “ideas”, there is a natural justice in the world called “meeting reality” and you will no doubt experience it.

In the next big tech crash TSLA will no doubt take a big hit and you will be happier than 99% of your days, but Musk will still be far richer and have lived a far more interesting life than you or I.

I just wish I hadn’t been so skeptical of him all this time. Now I have to wait for him to be out of favour before I invest in his companies.

I do own a chunk of Alphabet stock, which has a stake in Starlink, another huge winner for Musk. Might turn out to be the best of all, at least so far.

#127 Bluebird on 09.05.22 at 3:57 pm

Thankful your recovering/okay Garth. Hope Dorothy has hired someone to do the evening dog walk titanium man, new routine for you.

#128 Daveyboy on 09.05.22 at 4:00 pm

I am embarrassed to be a millennial. If you think Toronto is bad, Portland is on another scale . Sorry to see that happen Garth.

#129 Nonplused on 09.05.22 at 4:11 pm

That’s an awful story Garth. Believable, but awful.

I wouldn’t blame the bystanders. With today’s crazy enforcement of the law (or lack thereof) they would have been charged with aggravated assault if they intervened.

I blame the schools. If a fight breaks out because of a bully, both parties get suspended, as well as all the kids that try to break it up. But the bully don’t care about suspensions, so it’s only the victims that suffer.

#130 Just a normal guy on 09.05.22 at 4:11 pm

Sorry to hear what you experienced sir. Hoping you would share with us the news that he is caught by the Police.

#131 Søren Angst on 09.05.22 at 4:12 pm

#124 Sail Away

Thanks caring SA.

We’ll be fine.

Already told thermostats no more than 19 deg C this Winter. Condo buildings regulated for heating usage hours during the day and night – the law.

Coldest it gets here is 0 for a low in Winter
https://weatherspark.com/y/72490/Average-Weather-in-Pordenone-Italy-Year-Round#Figures-Temperature

You can go to Mexico. Been there 40 times, at least. Prefer Italia hands down.

And no, you can’t wear your Tilley hat here in Italia. If you do, another Milanese in Il Quadrilatero della Moda will die.

You know, just like Canadians extolling their “pizza” … another Napoletano dies.

#132 Grandma on 09.05.22 at 4:15 pm

I am so sorry this happened to you. Wishing you a speedy recovery.

#133 Maple tree on 09.05.22 at 4:22 pm

Very very sorry to hear that Garth, i hope you’re feeling better now..

#134 Interstellar Old Yeller on 09.05.22 at 4:23 pm

I am very sorry you were assaulted Garth, and hope you recover, physically and psychologically. Under pressure, human behaviour certainly becomes ugly (which doesn’t excuse any of it). I’m not surprised no one helped, but very sad that was the case.

If you choose to report to police I hope they take you seriously and treat you respectfully.

#135 FerrisWheel on 09.05.22 at 4:25 pm

Hi Garth,

Sorry to hear about your attack. You should take up some combat training (Karate, etc..). I recommend Shorinjiryu Kentokukan or a similar style.

https://kentokukan.com/

All the best,
FerrisWheel

#136 zxcvbnm on 09.05.22 at 4:27 pm

Why are people so mean?

#137 Grateful in Victoria on 09.05.22 at 4:27 pm

Very sorry this happened to you.

Ponytail could also be called Coward. A real man doesn’t hit a senior citizen. Only cowards do that.

#138 Kiwon Kim on 09.05.22 at 4:31 pm

I am very sorry this happened Garth, I hope the police get this guy, 30 years ago bystanders would have had the courage to intervene to calm this guy down, nobody wants to get involved now days, the moral fabric of society is going downhill

#139 Ustabe on 09.05.22 at 4:33 pm

#126 Retired Investment Banker on 09.05.22 at 3:50 pm

A post about as tone deaf as a sturdy conservative man could make it. Today of all days you can’t even summon up some thoughts and prayers for our host?

Garth I know you possibly do not need any advice on this matter from steerage but the bear/dog spray advice is demonstrably wrong. Pepper sprays used human to human are regarded as assault with weapon by our RCMP and most civic jurisdictions follow along. Only in BC do you have a chance as charges are not laid by police out here.

However you can use a whistle or horn to both attract attention to your predicament and to warn off your attacker. The camping section of your local big box will have small, easy to pocket air horns that are nominally sold as bear repellent noise makers.

One of those, inadvertently set off as close to your attacker’s ear as possible leaves the various authorities needing to prove you were using it as a weapon as opposed to you stating you were trying to attract some help. Meanwhile your dancing partner has at least permanent tinnitus, at best partial to total deafness in that ear.

#140 James Richy on 09.05.22 at 4:35 pm

Ponytale is a coward. If he’s got off his bike and asked me “what did you say” I’d have gone to jail and he would be in the hospital. Of course, these guys never get tough with people that look like they might be able to fight back. A pathetic, garbage human being. I’d love to meet him.

#141 Steven on 09.05.22 at 4:35 pm

Sorry to hear of your misfortune.

Sadly the shape of things to come.

Have vs. Have nots. When people are put in a position to SURVIVE, the noticeably well off will be targets and there are far more of them vs well off.

Long shabby clothes, no jewelry, older rusty cars, no cash on you and being discreet.

#142 Ponnaps on 09.05.22 at 4:37 pm

“why did we have to migrate here, if its the same congestion, anxiety and constant fight for resources like back home”

#143 Ponnaps on 09.05.22 at 4:43 pm

#62 Mike Smith

the demand for housing is coming from foreign immigration, almost all of it from China, India, and Iran. This is not a racist comment just a factual one.
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First there was colonization now there is real estate…

both mechanisms for transfer of “3rd world” wealth to develop and sustain western nations…

deliberate govt inaction, wanton encouragement to pour in immigrant funds from back home and sucking up of immigrant incomes into real estate thereby indebting them for a couple of generations.. Canada Australia NZ it’s the same storyline… modern version of economic slavery and colonization..

#144 Cuervo Jones on 09.05.22 at 4:49 pm

Sorry to hear this news Garth and hopefully the pony tailed perp will be dealt with by law enforcement

Re. The soulless concrete jungle of downtown T.O. in the future it may resemble a cross between the infamous Walled City of Kowloon https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kowloon_Walled_City
and the mayhem of the movie Escape from LA with a few blizzards thrown in for good measure

#145 Derric on 09.05.22 at 4:51 pm

Very sorry to hear that happened to you. Horrible. I’m from BC and it seems there are reports of senseless attacks everyday. Don’t understand what’s going on. Hope you are recovering quickly.
Take care.

#146 Down on 09.05.22 at 4:54 pm

I haven’t read all of the comments so I don’t know if it was mentioned but is there cameras in the area you can have the Police review?

That’s a nasty thing to happen and hopefully someone on this blog can help you address the issue accordingly.

People like that need to be relocated.

#147 Toronto_CA on 09.05.22 at 4:55 pm

This post is insane. I’m so sorry Garth – I hope your injuries are minor and heal quickly. I can’t be the only one who got a bit of the man-rage going and felt like finding this pony-tailed idiot and giving him a beat down for hurting our G-man. After 14 years posting here I feel like someone hurt a friend.

#148 Habitt on 09.05.22 at 4:55 pm

Am so sorry Mr. Turner. What a disgrace. I can’t say anymore as it wouldn’t be very nice and may upset the woke crowd. Much love to you and Dorothy.

#149 MS on 09.05.22 at 4:58 pm

Sorry to hear about the incident, Garth. Wishing you full and speedy recovery. Hope you didn’t sustain any major injuries and that the police catches the pony tail.

#150 Kathy on 09.05.22 at 4:59 pm

I am so sorry to hear this, it makes me so sad. As a resident of Toronto I apologize. Please be well.

#151 Yukon Elvis on 09.05.22 at 5:00 pm

#113 Søren Angst on 09.05.22 at 3:22 pm
Russia CUTS OFF NAT GAS to the European Union TODAY and until sanctions are lifted
https://www.ft.com/content/2624cc0f-57b9-4142-8bc1-4141833a73dd?shareType=nongift

von der Leyen not happy but we will win this
https://twitter.com/vonderleyen/status/1566796117857259520

Gazprom publishes a video of Europa freezing this Winter
https://twitter.com/ukraine_world/status/1566863881842167811

ENEL, 2nd largest electricity firm in the World, says Europa will be fine “Europe can make it through the wintertime.”
https://www.cnbc.com/2022/09/02/energy-ceo-calls-out-europes-foolish-dependence-on-natural-gas.html

AND we are already starting to help each other out…
https://www.rainews.it/articoli/2022/09/francia-e-germania-si-alleano-sulla-solidariet-energetica-6854806c-fae3-4130-99ea-2754d43de501.html

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I would rather freeze (while I check the long term Winter forecast for Italia 2022-2023).

Russia delenda est.

SLAVA UKRAINI.
++++++++++++++++++++++
Europeans are now buying LNG from China. Yes, China. China buys it from Russia at a 30ish% discount from market price and resells it to Europe. The Europeans will suffer and pay more for a while but they will get thru the winter. Supply chains will get sorted out and they will carry on. Russia will be screwed for decades.

#152 Alex on 09.05.22 at 5:03 pm

DELETED (Conspiracy nut)

#153 wallflower on 09.05.22 at 5:03 pm

https://www.express.co.uk/travel/articles/1663847/safest-country-in-the-world-retirement-canada

#154 Chris on 09.05.22 at 5:05 pm

I hope you recover quickly. Many people are stuck in the city due to their financial situations. I agree we need more green space so people can feel like they aren’t trapped in the urban jungle.

To get away and cross over to the Toronto Island, even costs money. It may not be much to you or I, but to a lower income family it might not be an option.

This will have negative mental health impacts on people and its something very few people talk about.

#155 Shelly on 09.05.22 at 5:11 pm

I’m not sad, I am incredibly angry. Jerks like this are taking over the city. It’s already turning ugly. And before any bleeding heart says I’m over reacting I wish you would have taken my place when I was mugged. It is demoralizing, dehumanizing, painful and a triggering. I hope there is a video so you can nail the guy and stop him from doing it again. If he took a photo and shared it with his friends then his phone should be traced to usage in the area. Burner or otherwise.

#156 tkid on 09.05.22 at 5:15 pm

Are you okay?

#157 Ed on 09.05.22 at 5:15 pm

Sorry you were assaulted. TO has turned into a world class sh_thole. Hope you recover unaltered!

#158 Ponzius Pilatus on 09.05.22 at 5:15 pm

Garth,
I’m shocked.
Crazy people out there.
But he messed with the wrong guy.
All the best.

#159 Sail Away on 09.05.22 at 5:17 pm

#131 Søren Angst on 09.05.22 at 4:12 pm
#124 Sail Away

Thanks caring SA.

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You’re welcome

#160 Doug t on 09.05.22 at 5:24 pm

#135 ferriswheel

Krav maga but as you get older bear spray

#161 Lorne on 09.05.22 at 5:27 pm

#108 The Original Jake on 09.05.22 at 2:58 pm
I have had a similar experience with cyclists but not to the extent of being beaten. That is atrocious.

There are many decent law abiding cyclists on the roads but some for whatever reason think they come first over everyone else. I often see a complete disregard of road signs, running red lights and riding on sidewalks careening past pedestrians at full speed.

It’s a shame the law can’t intervene more often. Pedestrians should never fear their safety.
…….
This was a person riding a bicycle wearing a dirty red ball cap….not a true “cyclist”.

#162 Islanddave on 09.05.22 at 5:31 pm

Bummed to hear of your unfortunate event. The person who did this should get a life sentence of living in the kind of world that he is creating for himself.
Life style choices are something that we all choose for our selves. Inflicting those choices on others is not acceptable

#163 604Sam on 09.05.22 at 5:31 pm

That’s brutal man. Hope you feel better soon.

#164 Cheese on 09.05.22 at 5:31 pm

If I had witnessed this, he would be in a world of hurt. Attacking someone over nothing, deserves the kind of punishment you feel decades later when the weather gets cold.

#165 Penny Henny on 09.05.22 at 5:33 pm

Time to get the hell out of Toronto.
Toronto has been going downhill since 2000.
I pulled the plug in 2017 and couldn’t be happier.

Funny little anecdote but when first moved to Welland even little kids say good morning when you pass them on the sidewalk. Also every cashier will say ‘have a great day’ when you are leaving.
This is how Toronto was in the 80’s.

#166 Reality is stark on 09.05.22 at 5:35 pm

I had a guy do something similar to that and confronted me.
Doesn’t take long to figure out by the way they approach whether they can box or not. I hit him with a straight right and busted his eye socket and carried on.
Just left him there, I assume he recovered.
Just as with investing risk needs to be assessed.

#167 Nonplused on 09.05.22 at 5:37 pm

#161 Lorne on 09.05.22 at 5:27 pm

“This was a person riding a bicycle wearing a dirty red ball cap….not a true “cyclist”.”

Bike was probably stolen.

#168 SW on 09.05.22 at 5:38 pm

Sorry to hear you were assaulted Garth. Completely unacceptable. Wonder what is going on in that guy’s life to lash out so easily. Middle aged bully. Someone like that will get what’s coming to him eventually. What comes around goes around…

#169 Paul B on 09.05.22 at 5:39 pm

I’m so sorry to hear of the attack on you, Garth.

We have an increasingly angry society – from angry music to angry podcasts to angry videos. Increasingly, this is also compounding with the substance abuse that seems to be more ubiquitous. Anger also seems to be very contagious.

I hope you recover both physically and emotionally from this gross violation.

#170 Ponzius Pilatus on 09.05.22 at 5:41 pm

#68 Oil_driller on 09.05.22 at 1:22 pm
@19 Yukon
>Palm sized dog repellent spray at Canadian Tire. Under $20 bucks. Works on humans too.

Nah, get the good stuff – bear spray. Perfectly legal, more effective, just learn how to use it without discharging it on yourself because you will get knocked on your ass if you take the plume.

Toronto is a zoo. Come down to Berta’ Garth, cheaper gas too.
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Sure, the prairies are safer than Toronto.
Also, maybe I’m wrong but this was a vicious real life assault and not a scene from a Hollywood movie, starring Charles Bronson.

#171 Nora Lenderby on 09.05.22 at 5:44 pm

I’m sorry this happened to you, or anyone.
People are even crazier since the pandemic than before.
Let’s hope your picture isn’t put up on some social media account.

Time to get a minder? Dog or human. Or both.

#172 Paddyd3733 on 09.05.22 at 5:50 pm

When I was a kid in grade school in grade 4, I was being bullied by an older kid in grade 6 so he had at least 2 years and 20-25 pounds on me.
After the customary parents meeting at the principal’s office (this was the second such incident with the same kid) and on the way home, my father said to me, “Son, the only way to deal with a bully, is to bully him.” He also told me that because he was bigger, heavier and probably stronger that I would have to take advantage and to use whatever kind of weapon within my reach; a stick, a handful of dirt thrown at his eyes to disable him or whatever else I could find. He told me the point of a fight was not to fight fair but wo win the fight.
While I am close in age to you, Garth and am not in the physical condition to actually fight, I was saddened to hear that none of the millennial couples did anything to stop the vicious attack.
The parents of these couples get an F in parental skills and they obviously did not teach their kids the values required to make good decisions as they matured.
YOU GUYS FAILED TO PROVIDE A GOOD EXAMPLE FOR YOUR KIDS AND MUDT HAVE BEEN POOR ROLE MODELS.
What if the tides were turned and you were the ones getting attacked?
Would they expect someone else to intervene on your behalf? Remember, we reap what we sow

#173 The Awakened One on 09.05.22 at 5:51 pm

Sorry to hear this Garth.. what a coward character, taking on an elderly person.

Sad to see how Canadian society has become these days.. less decency, more violence and selfishness.

Hope you’ll get well soon. Bring a bear spray next time Sir.

#174 Kenneth Upton on 09.05.22 at 5:51 pm

Garth ~ this should/could still/be reported to TPS forthwith. But, it’s up to you the victim to decide if you want this reported. Now here’s the next level, two criminal charges of assault (possibly bodily harm ABH ) Accompanied by Utter Threat. I will bet you a Leaf ticket this perp has a criminal record for all the usual baggage. These guys are all the same. Anyways Garth, you might look back down the road and be glad that you reported it. The next thing you would have to decide is whether you would want charges laid but you would need ID this guy. Can you remember his TATS ? ;). Doing nothing, though your option, might bother you down the road. Just my thoughts brother. Keep up the great work with this pathetic blog!

#175 Nonplused on 09.05.22 at 6:07 pm

Well time to weigh in on the European energy crisis.

First, gas don’t flow down the pipe unless it is compressed. In this case by turbines. For Nord Stream 1 anyway, Russia bought those turbines from Siemens Canada. (Believe it or not Canada has a pretty good oil & gas supply industry, at least for those items the Chinese don’t produce.) Turbines and indeed any rotating machinery needs maintenance. The parts are under sanction by the west. But Russia don’t care, the gas was heading west anyway and they aren’t getting paid in currency they can spend. Nobody sells stuff they can’t get paid for. Verdict: Problem made in the west.

Russia says they won’t resume flows until the sanctions are lifted. The west says “ok, we’ll send parts for the pipeline.” Russia say, “Ok, but we still want to be paid for the gas in currency we can spend.” The west says “no mas”. Russia says “Oh. Well no rush on the parts then.”

So the Chinese are sending LNG to Europe. Well, maybe some. But it won’t be enough. All the LNG in the world can’t make up for all the Russian pipelines. Not yet anyway.

There is an old story from a movie where a swordsman explains his new skill of throwing his sword at a target to his master. The master laughs and says “throw the sword at me!” The student does and the master swats it away with his own sword. “Monsieur”, says the master, “only you could disarm yourself!” This is what Europe is doing by sending all their weapons to Ukraine for Russia to bomb from the air while it is still in the trucks. That is, what doesn’t end up on the black market.

Then we have food, aluminum, titanium, platinum, neon gas, and satellite launches, to name a few.

Our good friends at OPEC are cutting supply just 2 months after Biden begged them for more oil. Turns out OPEC don’t care about infidel invaders and winter. They only care about price.

Some politicians in Europe are suggesting people stock up on wood to heat their homes for the winter. How many people even have a wood stove? I don’t, and I live in Canada! And how much wood is that going to take? And I thought it was smoky during the late summer due to all the forest fires! I predict in addition to deaths from the cold, also add carbon monoxide poisoning and house fires.

By the end of the winter Europe will surrender, and on Russia’s terms.

As a reminder, the 5 stages are denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance. The west is in denial right now. Anger comes next but that won’t work because there is no way to win a conventional war against Russia in Russia in the winter. Everyone knows that. Bargaining will begin I figure in December. Assuming the freezing masses don’t take out their frustrations (anger) on their politicians first. Anything can happen. And it probably will.

#176 Retired Investment Banker on 09.05.22 at 6:07 pm

#139 Ustabe

Why am I not surprised that you are one of the herd followers?

Ukraine flag on your fb page no doubt, before that it was a mask, before that a BLM black square.

Always have to do what everyone else is doing.

Maybe read the rest of Garth’s post, there was more to it than the assault.

I doubt he needs the 178th ‘so sorry to hear’ but you can say it a few more times I am sure it will at least make you feel better.

#177 dutch4505 on 09.05.22 at 6:07 pm

Back in the day…first year of university in the late 1970s. A required first-year course was sociology 101. Remember the prof repeatedly stating that cities would crumble in the future forcing millions into the countryside. We all laughed at the time…..but now I wonder.

#178 fishman on 09.05.22 at 6:09 pm

That story was a wake up call. I’ve been getting complacent around shit rats lately. I run into them early in the morning. Their passed out in places like mini malls, dope sick, but generally passive. As night approaches they get jacked up on dope & adrenalin. The fear in the combat zone makes one feel alive like nothing else can. . Beating up a skinny old white guy early in the evening a hors d’oeuvres. Taking the picture & threatening? I’d guess he doesn’t want any square johns in his park at night. Small time shit rats running dope on their bikes. Feral & dangerous.

#179 THE DANDADA on 09.05.22 at 6:10 pm

The Plant Manager where I work lives in Detroit but works in Ontario……… and he/she is white.

When I questioned why not just live in Ontario he/she replied “because they can’t carry their handgun on them when living in Ontario”.

Would have saved you some scars and bruises.

Pony Tail would have been reduced to just a tail and he would have deserved every round put in his arse.

#180 Eco Capitalist on 09.05.22 at 6:11 pm

Saddened to read this. Wishing you a full and speedy recovery.

#181 Ko on 09.05.22 at 6:12 pm

Sorry to hear about the attack, hope you recovered ok.
Karma will get him. Stay safe all.

#182 Don Guillermo on 09.05.22 at 6:22 pm

170 Ponzius Pilatus on 09.05.22 at 5:41 pm
#68 Oil_driller on 09.05.22 at 1:22 pm
@19 Yukon
>Palm sized dog repellent spray at Canadian Tire. Under $20 bucks. Works on humans too.

Nah, get the good stuff – bear spray. Perfectly legal, more effective, just learn how to use it without discharging it on yourself because you will get knocked on your ass if you take the plume.

Toronto is a zoo. Come down to Berta’ Garth, cheaper gas too.
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Sure, the prairies are safer than Toronto.
Also, maybe I’m wrong but this was a vicious real life assault and not a scene from a Hollywood movie, starring Charles Bronson.
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Highest crime in Canada:
1. Kelowna
2. Lethbridge
3. Moncton

I don’t believe it’s regional. It’s a societal problem.

#183 IHCTD9 on 09.05.22 at 6:28 pm

You’re right Garth, you got the means to escape, but Ponytail ain’t going anywhere. Probably been doomed to arrive at his current miserable condition his whole life. I know guys like this, all they got left is throwing their weight around. He’s got maybe another 5-6 years of doing this before he pays dearly for it. Hopefully those Mils at least had their phones out…

Heal well Mr. T, put your feet up; and plan your escape.

#184 bankish on 09.05.22 at 6:31 pm

Sorry to hear of the unwarranted attack , I hope the A hole gets his just reward.
I read your column everyday (though I have only occasionally written in), and I really missed the voice of sanity speaking on my favorite subject finance. Best of luck to you and your wife and a speedy recovery to you.

#185 Franco on 09.05.22 at 6:32 pm

Sorry to hear that this happened to you, it is not right at all. Wish I had been there, things would have been very different. Hope you heal quickly.

#186 Musquo on 09.05.22 at 6:35 pm

I hope you injuries weren’t bad and you are recovering well.

#187 The General on 09.05.22 at 6:36 pm

British Professor Helen Thompson teaches political economy at the University of Cambridge. She wrote an article featured in the Financial Times (FT) on August 19 about the real state of the Russian economy. Anyone who appreciates sober realism, minus politically correct bias, should read it. Especially future investors. Back to you, Mr. Fartz.

#188 under the radar on 09.05.22 at 6:40 pm

Sorry this happened to you and wish you a speedy recovery. A lot of angry people on edge with hair trigger tempers. Densely packed people living on top of each other in the core ready to risk life and jail over nothing. Decency and values have decayed . Toronto lost it innocence with the slaying of shoe shine boy Emmanuel Jacques.
When I walk DT its with the family German Sheppard, she is from a long line of police dogs. Nobody gets too close.

#189 Loonie Doctor on 09.05.22 at 6:41 pm

Sorry to hear about this Garth. It is his fault for being a jack-ass. Wish we had his picture. You have way more friends.
-LD

#190 Rowdie on 09.05.22 at 6:43 pm

Terrible incident that happened to you. Some people nowadays do not want get involved. What is happening to humanity! Have to watch myself when I shop in Langley BC, after the recent shootings downtown.

Keep safe, and hope you recover. Not sure if the police can be of any help. Don’t worry about Mr. Goofy Pony Tail getting you back, it is just hot air.

Take care… carry pepper spray (I use too).

#191 palpha on 09.05.22 at 6:44 pm

Very sorry to hear about this. Best wishes.

#192 Faron on 09.05.22 at 6:45 pm

#176 Retired Investment Banker on 09.05.22 at 6:07 pm
#139 Ustabe

Have some respect RIB.

#193 GB on 09.05.22 at 6:45 pm

Garth,

Your generosity with this blog over the years makes me find “pony tail” a repulsive individual.

I’m angered by the behaviour of both pony tail and the yard birds sitting on the benches.

But I truly think it’s a symptom of a society that has lost its way.

This blog….generally (aside from a few dolts who post here) represents the good in society.

Take care Garth and know….most folks actually care.

#194 cuke and tomato picker on 09.05.22 at 6:45 pm

Unacceptable the same thing happened to my daughter
she got hit by a bike, swore at and he left. She was not beaten but suffered a concussion and was off work for
awhile.

#195 the Jaguar on 09.05.22 at 6:46 pm

I am very sorry to read about this terrible event.

Only days ago a 39 year old navy veteran and recent arrival to Calgary from Vancouver Island was stabbed to death in a random attack in an inner city area of Calgary (Inglewood) as he entered his apartment building. Charges have been upgraded from manslaughter to second degree murder for the man who murdered him and who was well known to police.
This isn’t the first such incident, nor is it unique to Calgary which has better safety record than some other places.

Michael Shellenberger has written a very good book about the root causes of some of this violence. Here’s a link for those who may be interested:

https://www.amazon.com/San-Fransicko-Progressives-Ruin-Cities/dp/0063093626

Beyond the shock of what happened to Garth, if one reads his words carefully the issue of the types of housing and communities we are building says a lot about the unravelling of society, values, and social norms. 252 cranes in the Toronto sky? That seem rather obscene. If that’s what some think makes a city “world class”, I don’t share your values.

Comments from #143 Ponnaps on 09.05.22 at 4:43 pm seem to ring true, especially when read with the BMO economists comments.

As for Pony Tail, there is only one word. It’s “Venganza”. It will find him. Maybe with the help of CCTV or with the assistance of “Karma”. Either way, as Sean Connery so aptly put it : ‘He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue.’

That’s all right by the Jaguar.

#196 Dave on 09.05.22 at 6:48 pm

Glad you are okay. I am shocked.
Toronto is becoming like the city portrayed in the 1980s movie, Bladerunner.

#197 Lisa on 09.05.22 at 6:52 pm

Sorry this happened to you. Worse yet, that no one came to your aide. I’m glad you were able to still walk away (though injured) from it.
It seems a lack of responsibility, lack of consequences, and a lack of purpose has collided to produce the perfect storm in society and people where these kinds of actions flourish.
Maybe slowly getting rid of classic Canadian culture for the past 20 yrs hasn’t been the best idea. No one person is to blame as we all let it slide as it seemed too much trouble to really put up a big fight against it and few wanted to deal with the mob mentality.

#198 jess on 09.05.22 at 6:53 pm

…he took your picture without your permission threatened/blackmailed further violence and attacked you ? perhaps the ones on the bench took pictures too?
…obviously a ticking time bomb who needs to be removed from the streets and charged!

#199 Schadenfreude on 09.05.22 at 6:54 pm

GT – this will unfortunately become more common especially in big cities. Canada is becoming so much like the USA with its have and have-not society. Do you think Poney-tail has a well B&D portfolio you can go after as part of a lawsuit? I guarantee you not, he has his street version of B&D (bruisings and detritus.)

Get well and maybe next time offer him a $1 instead of a complaint. You could always ask the Tiffsters for a refund with another round of QE to help out that B&D portfolio.

#200 Kootenay Dave on 09.05.22 at 6:54 pm

Really sorry to here this Garth, get well soon.

#201 Editrix on 09.05.22 at 6:55 pm

Back in the 80s, Toronto strived to be a “world class city” like New York.
Great, but with it comes the crime and social issues. Whether it is the large population of homeless and mentally ill people, whether it is the fact that the inhabitants are packed together like sardines either in their condo buildings or on the subway or walking on downtown streets, it will get worse before it gets better.

My husband looks at a lot of the condo development in Toronto and says, “There are the slums of the future.”

#202 50 YEARS OF MAPLE LEAF INCOMPETENCE! on 09.05.22 at 6:56 pm

So sorry, Garth, I should have brought this up with you sooner. I’ve warned here and been very aware of the psychopathic violent narcissism of typical car drivers in the Torontoilet, but forgot to point out how this behaviour has migrated over to cyclists.

Just look at High Park this summer, with all the selfish chaos created by the urban MAMILS (middle-aged men in Lycra)

https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2022/08/22/in-high-park-everyone-can-agree-on-one-thing-something-needs-to-change.html

https://www.blogto.com/sports_play/2021/07/toronto-woman-says-too-many-near-misses-between-cyclists-and-pedestrians/

Such a warm and livable city – but wait, there’s more!

The Make Believes have not lost a single game in over 100 days!!!!

#203 Kootenay Dave on 09.05.22 at 6:57 pm

*hear… need that new twitter edit feature, or even better, actually re-read before I post!

#204 Buy Low Sell High on 09.05.22 at 6:57 pm

Sorry to hear about your misfortune, Garth. I hope you heal well and in expedient fashion.

Doesn’t always bode well for the cyclist either. More than 10 years ago, Michael Bryant, then Attorney General for Ontario, took a crazed cyclist who had clung to his windshield for a death ride!

#205 Ordinary Blog Dog on 09.05.22 at 7:00 pm

Get well soon Garth.

#206 Hit Job on 09.05.22 at 7:00 pm

I never comment. I always just read. Thank you for all you do and have done, Garth. This absolutely smacks of a paid ‘hit’ from an up-n-coming political psycho. I can guess who. $1000 or less, paid to a street thug to ‘motivate’ you to watch your mouth, your place and especially your pen.
#GarthforPM

#207 Capt. Serious on 09.05.22 at 7:02 pm

Sorry to hear that happened to you Garth. Hopefully you filed a police report but unfortunately it’s unlikely your guy will be found. Be well.

#208 Brett in Calgary on 09.05.22 at 7:02 pm

Sorry Garth, that’s awful.

#209 Toronto on 09.05.22 at 7:05 pm

#1 Victor Llearna on 09.05.22 at 11:23 am
When the big banks decentralize their head offices away from the Toronto downtown core it will become an unlivable dystopian hellhole full of people like Pony Tail, gangbangers, drug addicts and homeless squatting in those now worthless taxpayer funded accommodations.
Better to stay away leave the downtown core to them.

WRONG!

Is special and full of the most valuable real estate in the world!

#210 GFD on 09.05.22 at 7:05 pm

Dog spray may as well be a bear spray……., if a person was to carry bear spray or pepper spray in their pocket walking around in the city, they may be charged for carrying a concealed weapon under s. 90 (1) of the Criminal Code of Canada. It is a criminal offense to use the bear spray on humans.

#211 Ole doberman on 09.05.22 at 7:07 pm

Obviously thug hired by Brad Lamb

#212 G Unit on 09.05.22 at 7:15 pm

Garth,

I’m very saddened to hear that news. Please file a police report if you haven’t. If this SOB will attack someone like you, he’s a risk to others more vulnerable than you as well. Get well soon.

#213 Shirl Clarts on 09.05.22 at 7:18 pm

Sorry this happened to you, Garth. Ignorant of him to not just shout out a quick sorry. His fault. But don’t worry, this goof is going to pay his dues soon.

If just a few of us blog dogs were there.. oh boy. Different ending.

#214 Andrew on 09.05.22 at 7:21 pm

I hope you reported this to the police, and hope you make a full speedy recovery. So many unhinged people out there salivating for their opportunity to blow up. Please look into carrying a 1000 lumen flashlight and hefty cane. (Just to help with finding things in the dark and walking of course.)

#215 Ballingsford on 09.05.22 at 7:25 pm

Sickened me to read this happened to you. What is this world coming too!

And the woke crowd want to defund the police. Maybe they can have a nice conversation with ponytail and explain to him the error of his ways. Maybe he’ll change. NOT.

He should be in jail and let the other inmates know what he did to you and probably others.

#216 Yansong Gao on 09.05.22 at 7:25 pm

Sorry to hear of this,
Get well Garth!

#217 Annek on 09.05.22 at 7:28 pm

I was born and raised in Toronto. It used to be called “ Toronto the Good.” I was proud of it.
I am glad I left Toronto a few years ago. I do not understand why people want to live there anymore, except for jobs.
I also feel we should not generalise Canadian cities with Toronto. There are still lots of cities in Canada where people are polite, kind and considerate.
My advice to people, especially with all the new construction happening there… Toronto may become a modern day Getto… Get out ASAP!

#218 WTF on 09.05.22 at 7:29 pm

Similar story different ending.

Good Friend, 60 yrs young, short fuse, walking down Robson @ Denman . Trailer Trash cyclist decided to weave down the busy sidewalk. My Buddy grabbed him and Pleasantries were exchanged.

Since common sense and decorum wasn’t working, An elbow smash was thrown to the tip of the miscreants nose. No contact. Message sent.

One of them had martial arts training. Woops! ” You didn’t have to do that man” whined The 40 something man child as he scuttled away like the pathetic coward he was.

Had a good laugh over a beer later that day when I heard about the “afternoon excitement”.

As mentioned I hope you reported the dick to the TPD. He deserved to be mired in the justice system. Maybe they will take away his precious bike, which is probably stolen………

#219 The real Kip (Ret) on 09.05.22 at 7:30 pm

My cousin was stabbed to death in Toronto in 2007 over a comment to a homeless group at Trinity Bellwoods. Escape that cesspool while you can.

#220 EdwardBear on 09.05.22 at 7:31 pm

I can only say that is terrible and we are sorry to hear of this unprovoked attack. We can only hope that this waste of hide is brought to justice.

#221 Well Travelled on 09.05.22 at 7:31 pm

So sorry to hear about your experience. Toronto used to be a great city and I have many awesome memories growing up there but not anymore. Thank goodness we moved West! Calgary is night and day better in every way!

#222 Grunt on 09.05.22 at 7:32 pm

Garth rest assured ponytail will get the beating of his life because he’s full of himself and he’ll pick on the wrong person.

Should have grabbed that ponytail and punched him hard in the Adam’s .

Best wishes.

#223 Doug t on 09.05.22 at 7:42 pm

#210 gfd

I give 2 SH*TS about “criminal offense” when it comes to piece of trash humans – spray spray and spray away lol

#224 Adam on 09.05.22 at 7:48 pm

I hope you reported this to the police. This guy sounds unhinged. Especially the threats afterwards and taking your photo. And what kind of people just stand by and watch as a helpless 90 year old gets beat up? I hope you are okay Garth. Take the time needed to get rest.

#225 Polozi Scheme on 09.05.22 at 7:54 pm

I hope police catch this guy, charge him, and then you can sue him for all he’s worth (might not be much though). A certain small percentage of humanity really suck unfortunately.

#226 Steve french on 09.05.22 at 7:57 pm

That loser Toronto aggro-cyclist with the pony tail is damn lucky that Garth was not amongst his steerage section friends.

We would have sure finished him off !

Dust yourself off Garth. The bums will always lose!

#227 Mike on 09.05.22 at 7:59 pm

Garth this is beyond terrible let’s hope he bought in Bunny Patch during the peak and doesn’t have a B and D portfolio.
In all sincerity I wish you a speedy recovery.

#228 Canadian Turned Foreigner on 09.05.22 at 8:03 pm

Born Canadian and I’m now a non-resident.

As a Canadian and world traveller, I can make a personal statement that it’s a better country than many others. What’s unfortunate is who this country is designed to attract.

Canada is an ideal stomping ground for my generation, filled with gutless idealists that are weak-willed and inclusive to the point of detriment.

We raise taxes in Vancouver and overcharge motorists to diminish roads for cycling lanes. While not all cyclists are created equal, the laws and public attitude drive results that make the non-contributors the decision makers. Those that contribute and pay, are punished while the freeloading woke generation of wishful thinkers in government and academia drain the system from the few people left that contribute.

Having a company that employs nearly 400 people, Canada did everything to make the process as unattractive as possible. The result is those opportunities went outside of Canadian borders.

This further compounds the nature of those that live in Canada. Live elsewhere and visit Canada rather than be a member of what could be a great country.

Canada is a beautiful place to visit but a terrible place to live. Criminals are celebrated which actually makes sense considering who is running the country.

Canada is like an aging supermodel, she’s way past her prime and it’s only downhill from here.

#229 Steven Rowlandson on 09.05.22 at 8:03 pm

I see I am not the only one who is aware of the mouse utopia experiments. Yes it is happening to people and the only countermeasure that might work before things get too far gone is to enlarge the habitation area and make it possible for normal lifestyles and behaviors otherwise people don’t act normal and don’t breed just like the mice. They grow old if they are lucky and die without offspring. End of mouse colony… Having a speculative and high priced real estate market is like running one of John Calhoun’s mouse colonies. The end is the same every time.

#230 Tom on 09.05.22 at 8:05 pm

So the perpetrator showed the “work ethic” that you keep insisting is lacking and bad for society….

#231 Wrk.dover on 09.05.22 at 8:06 pm

I regret my previous posting showed no compassion.

I do feel for your unasked for lumps. I once got some broken ribs in Shelburne Ontario of all unlikely places!
(They/plural wanted my unique ball cap!)

Aunt Bea was never fond of leaving Mayberry to venture forth to Mt. Pilot, either.

To my wife’s chagrin, I only travel afar wearing tall unlaced steel toed work boots. You’ve got to look the part in a war zone.

Perhaps pity the souls that can’t work from Bunnypatch and must hunker down in this future utopian dream gone wrong. All a part of globalization, warehousing the masses like chord-wood, so they will all be dependent on the supply chain functioning, while the ticker tape goes Brrrrr.

#232 Soviet Capitalist on 09.05.22 at 8:12 pm

It’s a shame, I hope police gets him.

Get well soon, Garth!

#233 RP on 09.05.22 at 8:17 pm

Garth – very sorry to hear of this incident. I hope you reported it to the police, I hope they get that arrogant a** on assault charges. Hopefully you didn’t get hurt.

#234 Repurchase Disagreement on 09.05.22 at 8:19 pm

Sorry to hear you had to endure that. Please stay safe Garth.

#235 opee on 09.05.22 at 8:22 pm

Most of us agree, bike riding in major cities is unruly. It’s ironic isn’t it; no license, not sharing in the cost of road upkeep and painting safety markers especially for them, no rules enforced(license would teach laws), no lights, no indicators, and in many cases and they treat motorists and pedestrians with contemp. Why, because of the above.

#236 Christina on 09.05.22 at 8:23 pm

Garth,

I have read your blog since you started it, and yet have only commented a handful of times. This post indeed made me want to comment.

This post brought a tear to my eye. Mankind is not going in the right direction at this point. Is it strange that I truly wish I could give both you and Dorothy a big hug right now? If that had happened to my dear husband (and best friend) I would be a mess. I hope you both are doing okay. I wish I could help somehow.

#237 Steven Rowlandson on 09.05.22 at 8:25 pm

“The Liberals have been in power for 5+ years.
“Catch and release” touchy feely empathy for criminals…….. isnt working.”

Sure it works for the criminals, violent minorities and governments that cater to them. It doesn’t work for the people who really did create this country. The liberals in different guises have been in power for more than a century. You just got to experience the results of their efforts. Get well Garth and for gods sake and yours stay away from big cities without having an armed body guard. This isn’t the Canada you or your ancestors grew up in.

#238 I don't know on 09.05.22 at 8:30 pm

I am saddened to hear about what has happened to our host, and I wish him a speedy recovery.

For all those bashing Toronto over this incident. Get real. Given its population size and economy, Toronto is far safer than any other comparible city worldwide by any measure and it’s not even close.

Some human beings are terrible. That’s common to our entire species, not to any geography. Anyone over 6 years old knows that.

Why do people live in Toronto? No other city in Canada compares if you want “big city feel”. World class hospitals, universities, and entertainment are the perks. The city also known for being accepting of immigrants..and they continue to come from all over the world, further powering Toronto’s economic engine.

Then there are the jobs. Toronto is a jobs super power, and has been for decades with zero hint of slowing down. High paying tech and finance, to name a few industries that are flourishing.

Toronto real estate? always a good bet (if you can afford it). Anyone stating otherwise is simply in denial.

IDK

#239 Christina on 09.05.22 at 8:32 pm

P.S. And if Dorothy (or you!!) needs to talk to someone kind, or even cry with someone please get in touch, and I will gladly provide you with my phone number. No joke. Sometimes you just need a good dose of kindness and care, especially after someone has treated you in an inhumane way.

You sound like a special person. Thank you. – Garth

#240 Cat Lady on 09.05.22 at 8:33 pm

Garth,
I’m so grateful for you and the time you put into this blog. I read it daily and, like other commenters have said, I also noticed that there was no post yesterday and was concerned. I can only imagine how violating and dehumanizing this experience has been for you.

I ahave anecdotes of how the city that I live in, Kitchener, has changed as a result of skyrocketing rent and housing. We have two tent cities within a few blocks of each other and they’ve been there since February and are not going away any time soon. I totally agree that both Ford and Trudeau governments are doing little to nothing to fix the crisis. Instead, they are gaslighting us by telling us it is a “supply” issue while doing nothing to address the underlying problems. It is inhumane what is happening.

#241 Steven Rowlandson on 09.05.22 at 8:34 pm

RE#210 Carry openly. The police do.

#242 Paully on 09.05.22 at 8:37 pm

It is just terrible that that happened to you. Get well soon!

#243 Unpinned on 09.05.22 at 8:38 pm

The last visit to the “Big Smoke” was way back in 1997 where I was being verbally accosted by a Homeless Mentally Ill person but a “good samaritan” on a bike interferred on my behalf. Of course, now 25 years later and Garth (God Bless and Get healed) was not visited with the same societal moral compass. Can the Toronto area keep their real estate values if the Garths of the world can’t walk there? Who wants to live in a violent hood?

#244 statsfreak on 09.05.22 at 8:38 pm

Oh, Garth, I am just sickened to hear of this. I really hope you are not suffering any long term physical (or mental) damage due to this absolutely horrific nightmare you had to endure. Please make sure to report to the police – this person could be a repeat offender and the more information they have the better they can try to serve the public in getting him off the streets. Please seriously consider getting out of the downtown core and back to the quieter places you’ve lived and enjoyed. Life is much too short to be living where you have to keep looking over your shoulder all the time. I bet Dorothy is completely freaked out and wants to move too. My heartfelt good wishes to you both for a speedy recovery. xoxo

#245 George Mctimm on 09.05.22 at 8:40 pm

That’s awful! Is it any wonder people don’t feel safe any more? Speedy recovery. Hopefully, the incident was caught on video.

#246 Ponzius Pilatus on 09.05.22 at 8:41 pm

#182 Don Guillermo on 09.05.22 at 6:22 pm
170 Ponzius Pilatus on 09.05.22 at 5:41 pm
#68 Oil_driller on 09.05.22 at 1:22 pm
@19 Yukon
>Palm sized dog repellent spray at Canadian Tire. Under $20 bucks. Works on humans too.

Nah, get the good stuff – bear spray. Perfectly legal, more effective, just learn how to use it without discharging it on yourself because you will get knocked on your ass if you take the plume.

Toronto is a zoo. Come down to Berta’ Garth, cheaper gas too.
—————————-
Sure, the prairies are safer than Toronto.
Also, maybe I’m wrong but this was a vicious real life assault and not a scene from a Hollywood movie, starring Charles Bronson.
##########

Highest crime in Canada:
1. Kelowna
2. Lethbridge
3. Moncton

I don’t believe it’s regional. It’s a societal problem.
—————-
I don’t think they have crime stats about London and Paris in the 18th and 19th centuries.
But if you believe all the novels and books written by famous writers, it must have been quite bad.

#247 Ballingsford on 09.05.22 at 8:46 pm

#224 Adam on 09.05.22 at 7:48 pm
I hope you reported this to the police. This guy sounds unhinged. Especially the threats afterwards and taking your photo. And what kind of people just stand by and watch as a helpless 90 year old gets beat up? I hope you are okay Garth. Take the time needed to get rest.
*******
Don’t think our man is 90 yet, but your point is correct. Age is only a number.

#248 Tri State Pat on 09.05.22 at 8:49 pm

Glad you are recuperating from your unfortunate experience. There’s so many weird people out there, a lot on drugs, that have no respect for anyone. Hope they find him and put him away.

#249 david on 09.05.22 at 8:51 pm

Hope you get better Garth and I hope justice will be served.

#250 Ustabe on 09.05.22 at 8:54 pm

Some of you, well quite a few of you actually, need to come to a clearer understanding of the differentiation between federal and provincial responsibilities.

How many RCMP there are in a given jurisdiction and how they are deployed is a provincial matter. Blaming the feds…rather blaming Trudeau is lame, It is the (mostly) conservative Premiers who you need to be whining about.

#251 crowdedelevatorfartz on 09.05.22 at 8:56 pm

@#187 General Mayhem.
“British Professor Helen Thompson teaches political economy at the University of Cambridge.”

+++
If history is any indication of pro Russian bias……British Universities are breeding grounds for KGB spies.

As for the Russian economy.
Lets have a look shall we?

Western sanctions will take time to bite.
Oligarchs:
Putin doesn’t care about Billionaire Oligarchs that are as corrupt as him.
They become weaker as sanctions bite…..while he becomes stronger…and if that doesnt work. There’s always a window….

Airlines:
Executives expect the ongoing cannibalization of existing Western passenger jets for needed parts in Russia to reach a dangerous tipping point in less than two years.
If you plan on flying back to Moscow…Fly Air China.

Assets:
Of Russia’s $400 billion in assets in Western banks. $50 billion has been seized so far.
SWIFT ( the international banking trade system) has blocked Russia from 11,000 Banks world wide.
This has caused the value of the Ruble to fall and return to normal as Russia jacked it’s interest rates from 9% to…..20%. Russia just dropped its rate back down to 9%
Oil and Gas:
Russia relies on 36% of its entire GDP on the export of oil and gas ( still in US $$$$).
Europe will be cutting Russia off by Dec 31(oil) and Feb 28( gas).
China and India are buying Russian fuel at $25/barrel while the current price is around $90/barrel
(Can you say the Russian people are getting hosed?)
Russia will earn about $85 billion selling to India and China as opposed to $295 billion if they were still selling to Europe.
(Thats one way to “win” I suppose. Cutting off your nose to spite….your face.)
Insurance:
Dec.31, 2022 will see Freighters carrying Russian goods (oil, fertilizer, wheat, etc) banned from aquiring European and British insurance. Many world wide ports and canals….require…insurance.
Russia has offered insurance payouts…in rubles…that no western banks can touch.
Computors:
Global chip exports to Russia are down …90%
Bad news for Russias’ manufacturers…unless, of course your a Russian weapons manufacturer and then it’s REALLY bad news since they use about 70 different American or European products to build their weapons.
Tractors, trucks, mining equipment, oil refineries, on and on and on ….all rely on western tech.

:)

#252 Juve101 on 09.05.22 at 9:03 pm

I feel ashamed this has happened to you. DT Toronto has indeed become more crowded and less inviting as compared to a decade or two ago, but this incident is just low.

#253 45north on 09.05.22 at 9:06 pm

The provincial government is passing legislation giving the mayor of Toronto (and Ottawa) more executive powers, akin to those wielded by powerful US civic leaders. Soon they will be able to influence the municipal civil service as never before. The goal, Premier Ford says, is to enable more housing to be built and urban densification to accelerate.

Premier Ford started the bidding with the Housing Affordability Task Force.  The Task Force was a big topic at our community association. There was an election. Instead of moving forward with the Task Force, Premier Ford passed Bill 109 which dealt only with obscure and technical delays. The Task Force was effectively buried. The opposition parties watched but didn’t do anything else.  In the election, Premier Ford won a bigger majority.

I got news for Premier Ford. Anyone who can solve housing affordability will be the next Premier. If I can make the analogy with boxing, anyone who can stay in the ring with housing affordability will be the next Premier.

Sorry about your encounter with Pony Tail. Too bad the people watched but didn’t do anything else.

#254 Bill on 09.05.22 at 9:13 pm

I am very sorry to hear what happened to you, Garth. This is outrageous. I wish you a speedy recovery. And every reader here should use our ballot to ask for safer cities.

#255 crowdedelevatorfartz on 09.05.22 at 9:14 pm

@#243 Ustabe
Re:RCMP
“It is the (mostly) conservative Premiers who you need to be whining about”

++++
Conservatives?
Try again.
Nova Scotia Premier in 2020: Stephen MacNeil Liberal
Saskatchewan Premier 2022: Scott Moe Sask Party

Premiers that rule during Mass killings have little to do with the enforcement of the Federal Laws of Canada.

They just have to deal with the “catch and release” agenda currently infesting the land.

#256 Moh on 09.05.22 at 9:17 pm

First I want to say I’m super sorry that happened! As a millineial if I was at the scene I would have defended you bro and sent that a$$ clown packing.

Based on what you said that’s why we didn’t opt to buy our home in downtown and went with a gta burb home. More space, parks for my baby boy to run around. Yes it’s souless and it costs 1 litre of gas with the car warming up in the winter to buy a lite of milk but it’s a better place to raise a child. Not to mention bigger home that my son stuffs with toys and runs around all day.

#257 Old Ron on 09.05.22 at 9:23 pm

Hope you are on the mend Garth. Thanks for sharing your story.

#258 When the Whip Comes Down on 09.05.22 at 9:23 pm

#147 Toronto_CA
You said it, I feel the same. Boils my piss.
That shit doesn’t stand with me.

#259 TurnerNation on 09.05.22 at 9:24 pm

Terrible and unfair happening. The only possible defense these days is an Iphone. Try and get snaps of the bully.
Whip that thing out at the first hint of trouble.

Put a post onto Reddit Toronto at any rate, put this description on blast:

“”Twenty feet later he was waiting for me. Fortyish, big, pony tail, Blue Jays sweatshirt, dirty red ball cap, brown shorts. ”

Post it there with a catchy title: ‘Former MP attacked downtown, have you seen this perp.’
With the times, location. Put the internet denizens to work for you. Someone will have seen something.
I do not miss much in my area.

#260 Don Guillermo on 09.05.22 at 9:35 pm

#246 Ponzius Pilatus on 09.05.22 at 8:41 pm

I don’t think they have crime stats about London and Paris in the 18th and 19th centuries.
But if you believe all the novels and books written by famous writers, it must have been quite bad.
*******
I enjoy reading novels from those times. The ratio of have-nots to haves was very high then. In recent centuries the world has managed to lower that ratio (especially in the west) with an emerging middle class. It seems we may be drifting back in that direction.

If you want to go back in time even further read the 5 book series by Conn Iggulden. They cover the rise of Genghis Khan and the Mongols quest for world domination. It would really suck to be poor then.

#261 crowdedelevatorfartz on 09.05.22 at 9:37 pm

@#259 TurnerNation
“With the times, location. Put the internet denizens to work for you. Someone will have seen something.”
++++

Yep.
With the amount of cameras and video in Downtown cities.
Im pretty sure ponytail doesnt have as many friends as a well known former MP.
Cops probably know this guy already.

#262 Mohamed on 09.05.22 at 9:38 pm

What a senseless violence! Get well soon, Garth.

#263 Bill Burr on 09.05.22 at 9:39 pm

Bill Burr just played two nights in Toronto a week back.

I think he ran into the same element Garth…here is what he had to say about the Toronto “element”. Starts at 8 minutes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1dc-R6Pc9w

Should cheer you up Garth. Remember – FRONT KICKS!

#264 JimmyJoners on 09.05.22 at 9:41 pm

Rarely comment, but long time reader. I’m very sorry to hear what happened to you. I’m also very impressed with the grace in which you seem to have handled it – something for us all to aspire to! Hope any recovery is short and complete.

#265 Doug t on 09.05.22 at 10:04 pm

#239 Christina

THIS is what society needs more of people – REACH out to those you see in need for the love of DOG – that post choked me up a bit

#266 Iris on 09.05.22 at 10:08 pm

Wow. It is so wrong on so many levels. He needs to be reported and punished so his friends will think twice about doing similar things. He obviously got away with it before. Sad human waste targeting seniors. Would love to see him pick on someone his own size.

#267 Robert B on 09.05.22 at 10:14 pm

Sorry that happened.
Problem is we have to live with
these parasites….

#268 Doug t on 09.05.22 at 10:15 pm

HELL I AM STILL SO PISSED OFF BY THIS – Garth take some time to recover, mend – both physically and mentally- just keep being YOU and know that this piece of shite is going to suffer far more then you

#269 In the cold on 09.05.22 at 10:19 pm

Sorry to hear about your being beaten up. Hope you will get well soon.

#270 SmarterSquirrel on 09.05.22 at 10:29 pm

I met you a few years back while you were sweeping around the general store. I didn’t mention I was a blog reader. But my girlfriend and I had some pleasant chitchat with you.

To my mind you seemed a sweet and kind person. And a gentle fellow.

It maddens me to think of someone harming you and nobody rushing to your defence.

I hope you are able to heal quickly from this. I hope karma or the justice system catches up with this assaulter.

And I hope you are able to know that there are still people who would rush to defend a victim of violence but that they unfortunately just weren’t there. I would have rushed to your defence had I been there.

I hope you are ok.

#271 GarthSTRONG on 09.05.22 at 10:35 pm

“I hate Pony Tail, but don’t blame him. ”
Garth, you are a better person than I. Our society needs more decent citizens like you. Get well, stay strong!

#272 kommykim on 09.05.22 at 10:52 pm

That’s terrible Garth. Don’t let that guy decide how you live your life. That’s giving him power that he doesn’t deserve. Good to hear you’re back on the blog again so soon.

Take care,
Kim

#273 TurnerNation on 09.05.22 at 10:53 pm

#1 Victor Llearna on 09.05.22 at 11:23 am

^^ It already is. “Corvid” was used as an excuse, turning 5-6 downtown Toronto hotels into permanent homeless encampments. One day walk by one…it’s basically East Hastings Van. in-a-box.
A hotel in North York is next up. Marching northward.

Our crowded and fetid UN Smart Cities. By design.
Even the ‘burbs will not be spared. Why the Ontario mayors have been given even more power, to implement all this. And, ‘safe injection’ sites everywhere.

What about return to Lunenberg – with it’s crackpot militant anti-Canadian faction. Nope. This country is done. T2’s regime cemented it. Nice hair tho. Not any longer. (pun?)

#274 LG on 09.05.22 at 10:57 pm

JT: “Everyone deserves a safe and affordable place to live and raise their families, …”

There’s that word ‘deserve’. Canadians have a government they deserve. They elected a government to take care of them. They want the government to supply housing?
Socialism becomes Fascism when a Government controls business.
I don’t understand why voters want government involvement in the housing/Real Estate. It won’t be nice.

#275 Black Flag on 09.05.22 at 11:01 pm

Firstly, cyclists have been molded into violent entitled pricks by city governments pandering to the extremists. It’s a major issue in our two biggest cities. Billions have been wasted on cycle tracks only used two months out of a year.

Second. Canadas urban planners are tasteless talentless goons, public and private. I’m not a Torontonian, but I can tell you all about how Vancouvers waterfront bounty was bastardized by unimaginative illiterates , turning a potential bonanza of mixed commercial and recreational space, into what is today a black out zone under towers that blot the area into sex stops, drug use and a soulless spiritual wasteland. All in the name of ‘cycle paths’.

I spend a lot of time in Singapore, it’s the example every Canadian dullard city councilor should have followed. In SG the waterfront areas are bright, festive, open, airy, rich with life , secure, fun, society, and the offerings of a brilliant city. There are no dark holes and long blackened tunnels for junkies , thugs and whoring. SG’s ‘Esplanade’ planning is absolute quality. The loss of our waterfront areas are an unquestionable mistake in the name of cycle paths.

Canadas urban planners shut down at 5:00 and drive out to some bucolic suburb and the city plans they leave at the office represent that mentality. Canadian cities aren’t, they are planned like strip malls that go dark and lifeless after 6:00. Canadas cities are bleak and lifeless concrete surrounded by flat lands of plans that stopped progressing in the 1950’s.

#276 Nat on 09.05.22 at 11:18 pm

Inspired by your strength and grace in the face of senseless violence. I, along with everyone else it seems, also noticed the missed post yesterday and had me worried something happened. A lot of people care about you Garth. Stay well.

#277 Carlyle on 09.05.22 at 11:22 pm

A few days ago I was walking into the Burger King across from the Eaton Centre. A homeless vagrant at the door asked me for change and I said sorry no. He asked me then to buy him something to eat and I said sorry no.

I went into the restaurant but could hear behind me he went ballistic hitting the glass freaking out swearing etc.

I told the BK staff and they lol’ed saying one day they will hold the door the next day freak out.

When I left the homeless guy followed me and my family (was with my wife and 4 year old) swearing saying to run etc. We ducked into a shoppers drug mart with security and the homeless guy disappeared into the crowd.

Anyways we live downtown in a condo but we don’t have to. When cities stop protecting their tax paying denizens via police enforcement, those taxpayers leave.

My point is I understand Garth’s story all too well. I didn’t get attacked but it could easily have happened.

#278 CaribooGirl on 09.05.22 at 11:28 pm

I am so very sorry that you had such a terrifying experience and I hope that you will be ok. When someone who is so community and civic minded, who cares so deeply for his country and gives so much is beaten on the street while others look on makes me feel shame to be a human being and a Canadian. I hope police find this monster’s pic on surveillance cameras and he is made to pay for his crime.

All the best as you heal and you and Dorothy get thru this and beyond it.

#279 AM in MN on 09.05.22 at 11:29 pm

But…but….but…the real fear is of all of those social conservatives who go to church on Sunday.

#280 Carlyle on 09.05.22 at 11:39 pm

I want to add I’m really sorry this happened to you Garth. When I was being screamed at the thought going through my mind was … why isn’t anyone helping ?

Honestly it is pushing me further to the thought I need to get out of the city to places where rule of law is respected. It feels like there are never any cops anywhere in the core anymore and crazies can run rampant with zero consequences.

#281 Saint Herb on 09.05.22 at 11:44 pm

“I have friends who will find you,” he said, “and f’ing finish you off.”

Rest assured Garth, you have way more friends than that loser. We all get knocked down and kicked around sometimes. The important thing is that you got back up! If the pen is mightier then the sword, then you, my friend, are the toughest guy I know.

I know you aren’t going to just let this go, cause you also have another weapon that bike riding loser doesn’t have, money! Use it to find this guy your self, then post the details of this jacka$$ here. Then we can finish him off for you.

Seriously, I really hope you are ok. Bad things always happen to the nicest people.

#282 Poorgirl on 09.05.22 at 11:49 pm

Horrifying what happened to you, Garth! If my partner and I had been present, we most certainly would have intervened. Hope this was reported to police and that an artist’s rendering was created to help catch the violent offender. Aggravated assault and uttering death threats are felony charges.
Please be careful: most of us here are very upset at this news; can’t imagine how Dorothy must be feeling.

#283 Follow up on 09.05.22 at 11:52 pm

I am very sorry to hear about what happened. I sincerely hope you make a speedy recovery. I am no expert on this but if the blows resulted in any sort of bruising, I strongly urge you to see a doctor. In particular, if any of the affected areas are warm to the touch (more so than normal), you may what is called compartment syndrome.

The trauma causes swelling but the muscles cannot expand due to the fascia that hold the muscle tissue together and this restricts blood supply and puts pressure on the nerves. If untreated, it can result in very serious injury. If you have not done so, please see a doctor. I feel silly writing this as you probably already have sought medical attention but please be vigilant.

By any measure your life is many times better than the miscreant that attacked you. I do not say this to be comforting although if it is, then that is good. Instead, I mean to say that the thug who attacked you has, most likely, a miserable and truly horrible life. He is already in hell and will remain there for the rest of his nasty, brutish, and probably short life. Many wrong steps, stupid decisions, and much misery has led him to where he was when he chose to assault you. Much more suffering awaits him.

#284 stealth on 09.05.22 at 11:54 pm

I am very sorry Garth, no-one deserve this.

In case your service to our parliament allows for a consult with other “non local” law enforcement perhaps they could help, in case that this is not a random event.

On the other hand, on another continent down south (think Koala) I was having a meal with a friend and a person attacked us throwing round house kicks. Luckily police showed up in few mins after another person stepped in ,and it turned out the person did escape from his “establishment”. After police explained, it all made sense, we changed clothes, went back to dinner…

Wishing you a quick recovery.

#285 Gr on 09.06.22 at 12:06 am

‘He attacked. And he beat me.’
That is terrible to here about it happening to you or anyone for that matter. Glade it wasn’t worse, and it could have been, but very bad in any case. Hope your feeling better soon, and it doesn’t happen again, to anyone.

#286 Jonh Smith on 09.06.22 at 12:10 am

I agree, it must be very traumatizing experience.
But you stood up your ground, not like those selfish cowards, conspiracy nutcases antivax wackos etc.
Karma naturally comes to mind…

#287 DON on 09.06.22 at 12:10 am

Garth I was late in reading today. I am sorry to hear this…someone should have come to your aid. That guy is a coward and most likely frequents the area.

Keep safe Garth, it seems to be an angier World out there at the moment given the circumstances.

#288 DON on 09.06.22 at 12:32 am

I had an encounter with a dick head bike rider while walking home over the Burrard Street Bridge in Vancouver. I was 30 at the time, same thing bike hit my shoulder and pushed me sideways. I yelled out what the Fk. He stopped about 40 feet away and look mean. Little did he know I was walking home from the gym and I took off my rain jacket and he apologized after I clenched and was gone. I was having a bad day and was intent on throwing his bike off the bridge. Turns out he did the same to my good friend a couple weeks prior.

Helps being younger (i know) or walking with a stick/cane and/or big dog. No one can take a bike to the groin.

I am pissed as well. Lots of cameras downtown can track this parasite.

#289 Danger Dan on 09.06.22 at 12:34 am

Garth, I wish you a swift recovery.

As a resident of the GTA, I feel saddened watching the rise in rampant criminality and unhinged people wandering around.

There is nothing for decent people to do but leave.

#290 DON on 09.06.22 at 12:35 am

correction…last post should have referenced a ‘bite to the groin…not bike…but a bike to the groin would also do the trick.

#291 Ponzius Pilatus on 09.06.22 at 12:37 am

#275 Pirate
Maybe you are right.
I just wonder why Vancouver is constantly voted among the 5 most livable cities on the planet.
And Singapore is not.

#292 Tom from Mississauga on 09.06.22 at 12:43 am

First Micheal Bryant now Garth. Learned a long time ago to not f with a cyclist with their blood pumping. Sorry to hear, Polysporin and shake it off.

#293 Overheardyou on 09.06.22 at 12:47 am

After thinking a bit; hopefully this criminal is none too bright and maybe, just maybe that was his chosen path daily to wherever he goes and the cops find him there…tomorrow hopefully.

Alternatively we can collectively hire some protection for Hon. Mr. Turner and bait that guy to try again, only he’ll be the one taught a lesson.

#294 NoOneOfConsequence on 09.06.22 at 12:54 am

It is absolutely disgraceful the way you were treated, and unacceptable. I am sorry you went through this.

On the other hand, perhaps next time a little live and let live might serve you better. Opening one’s mouth to utter admonishments provides a handy hole that can be cheerfully filled with a fist.

To everyone offering suggestions of dog repellent and other ‘innovative’ suggestions, ummmm NO. That’s called assault with a weapon – we are not the USA. You cannot carry anything to be used to defend yourself. You would see more time than the guy who punched you in the face.

#295 Franco on 09.06.22 at 1:00 am

Sorry to hear that, Garth. I hope you are ok and that this idiot pays for his actions. You are generous in saying that it isn’t his fault but rather that of the environment of the big cities, but I disagree. Unfortunately, there are jerks and bullies in all areas and scenarios. All the best, cheers.

#296 Mrs Hubris on 09.06.22 at 1:03 am

So sorry this happened. I have never seen the world so angry; multiple activists of myriad stripes, angry nationalists fomenting war, social media dripping in vitriol – everyone is outraged and anger so efficiently breeds more anger. We have a very divisive set of politicians in power who foster this and you don’t deserve the backlash. You met an angry white male – he’s an animal but I think I understand him too.

#297 Lorne on 09.06.22 at 1:12 am

#275 Black Flag on 09.05.22 at 11:01 pm
Firstly, cyclists have been molded into violent entitled pricks by city governments pandering to the extremists. It’s a major issue in our two biggest cities. Billions have been wasted on cycle tracks only used two months out of a year.

Second. Canadas urban planners are tasteless talentless goons, public and private. I’m not a Torontonian, but I can tell you all about how Vancouvers waterfront bounty was bastardized by unimaginative illiterates , turning a potential bonanza of mixed commercial and recreational space, into what is today a black out zone under towers that blot the area into sex stops, drug use and a soulless spiritual wasteland. All in the name of ‘cycle paths’.

I spend a lot of time in Singapore, it’s the example every Canadian dullard city councilor should have followed. In SG the waterfront areas are bright, festive, open, airy, rich with life , secure, fun, society, and the offerings of a brilliant city. There are no dark holes and long blackened tunnels for junkies , thugs and whoring. SG’s ‘Esplanade’ planning is absolute quality. The loss of our waterfront areas are an unquestionable mistake in the name of cycle paths.

Canadas urban planners shut down at 5:00 and drive out to some bucolic suburb and the city plans they leave at the office represent that mentality. Canadian cities aren’t, they are planned like strip malls that go dark and lifeless after 6:00. Canadas cities are bleak and lifeless concrete surrounded by flat lands of plans that stopped progressing in the 1950’s.

………….
How did Garth’s attack and beating from a deadbeat of society turn into a rant about cyclists?? As I already said, this person happened to be riding a bike and was wearing a “dirty red ball cap”. He was not a “cyclist” and the number of bike paths in the city (or any city) has nothing to do with this disgusting situation.

#298 1255 on 09.06.22 at 1:13 am

You’d think he would’ve apologized for bumping into you. And you would think some people would’ve come to your aid. It’s just awful all around. Hope you are ok.

#299 Sail Away on 09.06.22 at 1:15 am

I’ve heard that excessively non-proportional retaliatory violence can be effective.

#300 Johnny Canuck on 09.06.22 at 1:26 am

I’m sure you’re sick of hearing this … I’m sorry (and saddened) that you were roughed up by a two-wheeled clown. I’m sure his mother (and no one else) loves him.

#301 mark on 09.06.22 at 1:28 am

Should have told him you have a whole steerage section of friends.

#302 Fathers Daughter on 09.06.22 at 1:31 am

Really sorry that this happened to you. Best wishes for quick recovery. I sincerely hope this loser, who attacks a senior, is found and jailed.
After spending many years living right beside Moss Park, I’ve seen the worst of downtown Toronto. Things got uglier than ever after the safe injection sites moved in (this is not a commentary on whether or not they’re a good idea, but an observation) Now we had more users then ever roaming the nearby streets, high as hell and acting erratically, sometimes violent. The city councillor and cops never could answer me as to where the line was between people being allowed to use drugs vs public safety. Exhausted from it all, I let the the cops have a piece of my mind after they took their sweet time (sometimes, they never showed up at all) after a 30yo woman in our divided house overdosed (and died) They told me “lady, you have NO idea the shit that goes on around here. This is nothing.” We moved to a nicer part of the city. I miss nothing about downtown, except my family doctor. He quit anyways, moved to “executive health.” Next stop: bunnypatch.

Pony Tail could just be a lowlife ass though. People are incredibly angry these days.

#303 tc-contra on 09.06.22 at 1:32 am

Well…how do we explain such ‘crazy’ behaviour by this cyclist.

Some would be happy to conclude that it’s how Karma works: All that hate dished out towards the unvaxxed now has come back to you in the form of a Pony Tail.

Hopefully (for you), it’s all in chi-balance now.

#304 DJT on 09.06.22 at 1:32 am

Berczy Park is by the big homeless hotel, lots of stories like this since they took over.

#305 Investx on 09.06.22 at 1:50 am

“About a dozen people were sitting on benches less than six feet away. Mostly Millennial-aged couples. They watched. ”

Sad.

Hope you feel better, Garth.

#306 Reasonable on 09.06.22 at 2:10 am

Thanks for the post and for always trying to do your best. Hearing about this really just makes me angry. Take care of yourself. I’m sure you have a boat load of friends more that that punk.

#307 So Glad I Sold on 09.06.22 at 2:17 am

Garth, I was shocked to read what happened to you on your walk home.
I read your blog daily and was wondering why you hadn’t posted the previous day.
Hope you have a speedy recovery.

#308 Diharv on 09.06.22 at 2:26 am

So sorry to read about this attack on you Garth. I hope you reported it and this POS is caught and put away. Get well soon and keep being you.

#309 Stoph on 09.06.22 at 2:36 am

#175 Nonplused on 09.05.22 at 6:07 pm

Even if Russia obtains a military victory, they will have still lost the war.

#310 Lionsroarin64 on 09.06.22 at 4:07 am

Here’s to a speedy recovery, Garth. So dismaying to hear this – what a creep and a coward.

Hope ponytail gets smote one way or another.

#311 Yukon Do it on 09.06.22 at 4:42 am

Sorry man. Get well soon.

Not all people stand by, there are heroes among us.

#312 theo on 09.06.22 at 6:03 am

“John Bull can stand many things, but he cannot stand two per cent.” – Walter Bagehot

#313 dm2 on 09.06.22 at 6:07 am

Healing thoughts sent, Garth. Be well.

#314 rmccam on 09.06.22 at 7:37 am

I’m so sorry, Garth. What an awful experience.

My wife and I lived in the St. Lawrence Market area from 2008 to 2019. I know the area well and we miss it. There will always be people with “well that’s Toronto” type comments but in the 11 years I lived right downtown I never felt threatened or in danger. In fact, it was sort of the opposite given the bustle of it (though your onlookers don’t inspire much confidence).

All this to say that random acts of violence can happen anywhere and it’s incredibly unfortunate that it happened to you. But I trust that you’ll heal and dust yourself off and just go on enjoying one of the city’s best neighbourhoods. After all, it’s your city as much as it is Pony Tail’s.

Get well.

#315 maxx on 09.06.22 at 7:49 am

This makes me sick and outraged at the same time.
Very sorry that this has happened Garth. I was surprised at the absence of a post, then thought you were simply taking a break….

As for those soulless idiots just sitting on their lazy, careless Millennial a$$es, they, along with pony tail ought to be hauled off to jail.

Accountability barely exists in this country.

#316 Steven Rowlandson on 09.06.22 at 8:11 am

“I don’t understand why voters want government involvement in the housing/Real Estate. It won’t be nice.”

Democracy/ communism and the free market presided over housing going from Under $50,000 to $750,000 or more. Is that nice? No it is genocide and evil.
What existing government has in mind won’t be part of the solution either.

#317 mitzerboyakaQueencitykidd on 09.06.22 at 8:15 am

hope everything is ok with u Dorothy and Nova
out in my neck if the woods pony tail guy
would be taken out behind the wood shed
and taught some manners.

#318 Bileth on 09.06.22 at 8:16 am

Sorry this happened to you. Wish you all the best.

The bystander effect is strong.

#319 crowdedelevatorfartz on 09.06.22 at 8:28 am

@#291 Ponzie’s Propaganda
“Maybe you are right.
I just wonder why Vancouver is constantly voted among the 5 most livable cities on the planet.
And Singapore is not.”

+++
Perhaps because most of the people that vote in that absurd “poll” are filling in slots on a piece of paper.
A piece of paper that never mentions the blight.

They never visit the “zombie zone” at Hastings and Main…for 8 blocks…..
They don’t have a homeless person camped on their doorstep defecating….
Endless protests.
Basically, they believe what they are told about “The Best Place on Earth”
( I can’t remember that last time I saw one of those ridiculous BC license plates…)

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwiChabelID6AhX1GDQIHbKcAOsQFnoECBAQAQ&url=https%3A%2F%2Fthetyee.ca%2FMediacheck%2F2011%2F10%2F04%2FBC-Best-Place-On-Earth%2F&usg=AOvVaw1ZZLTRCcU2OviGXZp_kp6c

A license plate that essentially tells everyone else.
“Your place is Shite.”

#320 ImGonnaBeSick on 09.06.22 at 8:30 am

Sorry to hear it Garth. The whole event is infuriating.

Hope nothing is broken, including your spirit.

#321 NoName on 09.06.22 at 8:31 am

Mr T, I am sorry to hear what happened to you. I hope you recover fast, and emerge even stronger, and person who harmed you is found and brought to justice.

All the best Mr T.

#322 bob on 09.06.22 at 8:34 am

Just chiming in here like everyone else, sorry about the incident Garth. There’s crazy people out there for sure.

#323 Toronto the Not So Good on 09.06.22 at 8:52 am

There is only one solution to this: Stop voting Liberal. Toronto will have its chance on October 24, 2022.
Democrat cities in the US, i.e. Chicago, Washington, NYC, Los Angeles all have high homeless, and crime issues.
Start using your brain people.

#324 Dharma Bum on 09.06.22 at 9:08 am

“Fortyish, big, pony tail, Blue Jays sweatshirt…”
– Garth
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AHA! Blue Jays sweatshirt.

Instant sign of a psychotic loser.

Toronto has become an infestation of insane psychopaths.

Downtown Toronto is Zombieland.

The disease has spread to north of Steeles Avenue too.

It’s time to GTFOOH.

#325 joe on 09.06.22 at 9:19 am

Lets be perfectly clear:

1) it was intentional , this is how he gets his kicks
2) he is a coward
3) where is charles bronson when you need him
4) trophy picture = pathetic
5) worse than even pony shit head, people watching, ok fine but know one even called 911?…Fu Me

#326 Nobody on 09.06.22 at 9:28 am

have a speedy recovery Garth. Meanwhile I’ll have a talk with the Amazons/ s

#327 crowdedelevatorfartz on 09.06.22 at 9:33 am

“59 previous convictions…..”

https://vancouver.citynews.ca/2022/09/06/saskatchewan-stabbings-suspect-myles-sanderson/

A violent , repeat offender that would “lose his mid when intoxicated”

Released on mandatory Parole in August 2021.
Violated parole 4 months later…
Wanted Canada wide for Parole Violation Jan. 2022….
The result?
August 2022 :11 people dead, 18 injured.

Our “justice” system….. is…. a…. joke.

#328 Dharma Bum on 09.06.22 at 9:39 am

What puzzles me is how that creep hasn’t been arrested and incarcerated already for the fashion crime of wearing a pony tail at 40 years of age.

That’s the most disturbing part of this story.

Besides the idea of adults riding bicycles.

#329 Dharma Bum on 09.06.22 at 9:45 am

#244 statsfreak

I really hope you are not suffering any long term physical (or mental) damage due to this absolutely horrific nightmare you had to endure.
——————————————————————————————————–

Are you KIDDING ME?

Garth isn’t some new age snowflake that needs a safe space. He’s not one of those fragile creeps.

Besides, the trauma experienced by his having to moderate this cesspool comment section everyday has hardened him to the likes of pussies like ponytail man.

#330 IHCTD9 on 09.06.22 at 10:28 am

#291 Ponzius Pilatus on 09.06.22 at 12:37 am
#275 Pirate
Maybe you are right.
I just wonder why Vancouver is constantly voted among the 5 most livable cities on the planet.
And Singapore is not.
___

Vancouver is ranked the second most miserable City in Canada.

The single most miserable city in Canada is of course, Toronto.

But we Canadians already knew this, right?

#331 TS HARPOON on 09.06.22 at 10:31 am

Garth,

I just became your bodyguard. When do I start work?

#332 the Jaguar on 09.06.22 at 10:39 am

We interrupt this program to bring you something very newsworthy. I would advise Doug, Lewenza, Sinan and the gang to read this article carefully. Some very interesting analysis regarding how markets react. It’s contained also in todays National Post as well:

https://www.theobserver.ca/investing/ignore-the-politics-and-rumours-when-looking-at-oils-short-and-long-term-potential

#333 R&R on the SC on 09.06.22 at 10:46 am

Sorry to hear this Garth! We wish you a quick recovery.

#334 Faron on 09.06.22 at 10:53 am

Wow, the responses here are quite the set of dipped litmus strips.

Garth’s refusal to blame and refusal to go on a retaliatory spree show true intelligence and maturity. Why prolong a horrible event? If Garth focusses on healing and health (physical and mental) he wins this bout. He already has.

Also, opioid addicts are most erratic when they are “dope sick” or on the edge of it. Please learn the basics before commenting.

#335 A01 on 09.06.22 at 10:57 am

Sorry to hear about his Garth, but thank you for sharing this. It’s a reminder to all of us that there are some unstable people out there. Too bad a dozen people don’t have enough courage to help out a fellow citizen. You would have to think if a couple of the men stood up, they could have done something. Speedy recovery!!!

#336 Dazed and CONfused on 09.06.22 at 11:05 am

Not really surprising.

CBC did a piece on these 2-wheeled apha-type spandex & latex eco-warriors treating High Park like it was their own personal velodrome, running stop signs, terrorizing the roadways at 2 to 3 times the posted speed limit, yadda, yadda, then whining like mules claiming they’ve been victimized by over-zealous law enforcement.

Ditto along the paths of Lakeshore Blvd.

#337 Charity on 09.06.22 at 11:06 am

Oh Garth unreal. Speedy recovery.

Dharma
Even the strongest suffer from the effects of trauma. It wasn’t called for. And I agree Garth is likely not the type to sit in this. However if there is an off chance he does I guarantee it isn’t because he is a snowflake pussie. Anyone who suffers from trauma and is still here isn’t a new age snowflake pussie.

#338 Ponzius Pilatus on 09.06.22 at 11:07 am

#319 crowdedelevatorfartz on 09.06.22 at 8:28 am
@#291 Ponzie’s Propaganda
“Maybe you are right.
I just wonder why Vancouver is constantly voted among the 5 most livable cities on the planet.
And Singapore is not.”

+++
Perhaps because most of the people that vote in that absurd “poll” are filling in slots on a piece of paper.
A piece of paper that never mentions the blight.
——————————-
This ranking is done by your treasured The Economist, that you supposedly read religiously every week, cover to cover.
Take your argument to them.

#339 Catalyst on 09.06.22 at 11:10 am

Hope you are OK and recovering well!

There is a reason people pay $2MM to live in the burbs, TO is uninhabitable.

#340 Crystal ball futurist on 09.06.22 at 11:15 am

So sorry, to hear about your experience with pony tail. Wish there were a few good men around to stand up and fend off such bullying.
Still believe, that we can recover as a society. Hoping for a better tomorrow.

#341 valleyranter on 09.06.22 at 11:15 am

Sending my best for a speedy recovery. Sorry to hear you came across a troglodyte on wheels.

#342 Elizabeth on 09.06.22 at 11:26 am

I can’t believe people would just sit and watch this happen! So sorry about your experience, Garth. I had better hopes for humanity.

#343 TheDood on 09.06.22 at 11:43 am

Might I suggest a small tube of bear spray or mace to carry in your pocket when you’re walking around after dark? Drops aggressive types (like pony tail) to their knees quickly and without incident.

#344 Squire on 09.06.22 at 11:57 am

#19 Yukon Elvis on 09.05.22 at 12:06 pm
Palm sized dog repellent spray at Canadian Tire. Under $20 bucks. Works on humans too.

—————————————-
Yes, for sure. I have one, very ‘handy’

#345 No left turn on 09.06.22 at 12:12 pm

Canada is not a country where laws are upheld. The unchecked criminality at every level is why I and my family took our fortune elsewhere and emigrated from Canada. There is no hope for Canada. Everything the left touches turns to shit. Canada just another example of this. Sorry for you Garth.

Now we live in peace and harmony with zero fear of becoming victims of a crime. We pay less taxes for more services and our kids are safe on the streets and at school.

#346 Dave on 09.06.22 at 12:13 pm

Someone once told me that the best defense against getting attacked in Toronto is to walk with one hand in your jacket pocket. Would be attackers will not bother you because they don’t know what you have in your pocket.

#347 crowdedelevatorfartz on 09.06.22 at 12:19 pm

@#338 Ponzie Preferred Paper
“This ranking is done by your treasured The Economist, that you supposedly read religiously every week, cover to cover.”

+++
Sounds like I’m not the only one reading The Economist religiously every week.
Good lad.

#348 crowdedelevatorfartz on 09.06.22 at 12:22 pm

@#334 Faron.
“Please learn the basics before commenting.”

+++
The basics?
Please explain….ad nauseum

#349 Faron on 09.06.22 at 12:23 pm

#299 Sail Away on 09.06.22 at 1:15 am
I’ve heard that excessively non-proportional retaliatory violence can be effective

I dunno man, cringing someone to death by weight announcements, SAGIs, pull-up numbers and food predilections is hella cruel.

#350 Faron on 09.06.22 at 12:36 pm

#348 crowdedelevatorfartz on 09.06.22 at 12:22 pm
@#334 Faron.
“Please learn the basics before commenting.”

+++
The basics?
Please explain.

Pretty self explanatory, so, no.

#351 A voice of reason on 09.06.22 at 12:37 pm

DELETED (Conspiracy)

#352 Gr on 09.06.22 at 12:42 pm

Some will find this interesting.

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And 2 weeks ago he did a 22min video on how,

Near Infrared Light Reduces Inflammation via TLR4 In Vitro
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6xj14QYsoc

#353 jess on 09.06.22 at 12:44 pm

that rent to own program …lease purchase options
omg so much wrong with this idea imo

here is one example among the many : Ireland
https://www.irishtimes.com/your-money/2022/09/06/mortgage-to-rent-scheme-fails-to-tempt-distressed-homeowners/

#354 Jeff B Burke on 09.06.22 at 12:48 pm

Come back Garth, Guelph much safer.

#355 Sail Away on 09.06.22 at 12:49 pm

#349 Faron on 09.06.22 at 12:23 pm
#299 Sail Away on 09.06.22 at 1:15 am

I’ve heard that excessively non-proportional retaliatory violence can be effective

———

I dunno man, cringing someone to death by weight announcements, SAGIs, pull-up numbers and food predilections is hella cruel.

———

Did my weekly squat workout this morning. Not super heavy- mostly 185lbs and reps above 20. Hard work. By the third set, I’m blowing like a horse. Comfortably spent right now and happy to relax in the afterglow.

#356 Jeff B Burke on 09.06.22 at 12:50 pm

…and hope you are well soon.

#357 Brian Johnson on 09.06.22 at 12:55 pm

I’m so sorry to hear about this Garth. I hope you have a speedy recovery.

#358 JP on 09.06.22 at 1:03 pm

Canada is not a country where laws are upheld. The unchecked criminality at every level is why I and my family took our fortune elsewhere and emigrated from Canada. There is no hope for Canada. Everything the left touches turns to shit. Canada just another example of this. Sorry for you Garth.

Now we live in peace and harmony with zero fear of becoming victims of a crime. We pay less taxes for more services and our kids are safe on the streets and at school.

————————-

Really wondering what the name of this wonderful paradise country is that you’ve emigrated to. Is there a reason you’re keeping it a secret? Peace and harmony, 100% safe low taxes for better services sounds too good to be true.

#359 Faron on 09.06.22 at 1:06 pm

#348 crowdedelevatorfartz on 09.06.22 at 12:22 pm
+++
The basics?

Okay, I’ll relent. And, I’ll put it in terms that you, a fellow hyperposter, can probably understand even if you wont admit it to yourself and maybe get a little angry or deliver uncomfortable laughter at my expense — so be it:

1) The high: You see a comment from Ponz and you know you’ve got a good zinger that will win the internet for all time and totally pwn Ponzie. You send it. You feel like a champion, little giddy even. Certain that Ponz will be devastated.

2) The come down: Comment is approved by Garth and published but… no… response… How could this be? And someone else responded to your comment in a way you don’t like and this makes you feel kinda bad.

3) The clawing/dope-sick: you’ve got to get back to 1, the high. Maybe you’ll read the comments again, yeah, seeing Sail Away zing Faron will do it. Maybe I’ll think of a rant about Trudeau. Maybe I’ll pour another whisky. But nothing was like the reely good pwn of Ponzie. But you keep commenting and commenting maybe getting a little meaner (8+ for you here already) because you aren’t. quite. getting. there. Your high, I mean.

4a) Scoring: you work a little desperately, a little obsessively and finally Ponz tees up a nice one for you to put down — whamo, you’ve scored.

4b) Recovery: The alternate universe that you don’t inhabit. You decide to take the higher road and work your way away from the comments section a bit. Hey, maybe 10 posts per day (I think that’s about your average) is a tad too many. Also, the high just ain’t worth it. You’re losing friends, drinking more, maybe putting on some weight. Ugh, this is not good. You’re going to try to kick this. Super hard process because you’ve worn a pattern into your brain via the dopamine reward system that has the power to lead you to demise over your own, more difficult, recovery.

etc.

Not nearly as egregious as a person who is truly dope-sick and decides to assault our fine host. But, it’s the exact same process. For you it’s dopamine, for The Rat it’s an opiate (and maybe a whole lot more) but the addictive process is identical. Learn to recognize the stages.

Also don’t forget step 0) Pain to kill: Why are you addicted to commenting here? Because you are in some kind of pain. Good luck.

NB: Coincidentally, I live trapped a rat overnight. Now it’s up to me to determine it’s fate. I’m most definitely not asking for this group’s advice.

#360 Bucky on 09.06.22 at 1:10 pm

Garth, very sorry to hear about the assault. The threat he made to you about retribution was more disturbing and criminal, this person needs to be locked up.

#361 Second time commenter on 09.06.22 at 1:13 pm

I’m a long timer reader but only-once commenter. I’m so sorry for what happened to you Garth. I admire you (and am very grateful) for your public service via this blog and, as well, for your elected service. As I think you can see from the outpouring of care and concern, and, perhaps, even affection, on these comments, you are held in high regard by many thousands of your fellow citizens. Please don’t let one outlier negatively impact you. I wish you a speedy recovery, both physically and mentally.

#362 Luddite on 09.06.22 at 1:16 pm

Sorry to read this Garth, sending positive energy your way, head back to Lunenberg for a seaside walk with D, inhale the fresh air and take time to heal, thank you for everything you do for all of us who come to your blog for wisdom and wit.

#363 Ben Dover on 09.06.22 at 1:46 pm

P.S. And if Dorothy (or you!!) needs to talk to someone kind, or even cry with someone please get in touch, and I will gladly provide you with my phone number. No joke. Sometimes you just need a good dose of kindness and care, especially after someone has treated you in an inhumane way.

You sound like a special person. Thank you. – Garth

Christina i will have your number. Also a recent photo too please. I will need that as well.

#364 The Peoples Elbow on 09.06.22 at 1:51 pm

Garth,
Long time reader first time writer. I wish it had been me he confronted instead. I would have laid the smackdown on his candy ass.
Dwayne J.

#365 Brian on 09.06.22 at 1:55 pm

I’m sorry to hear this Garth. I hope you’re okay, both physically and mentally. I’m sure it’s left you a bit shaken.

But for the Toronto-haters, this isn’t unique to Toronto. Bad things can happen anywhere when young men feel disenfranchised and angry. It’s not new—I’ve experienced it before—but certain socioeconomic conditions exacerbate it.

I’m disappointed that no one stepped in to help though. That’s what happens in areas with no sense of community.

#366 Maxim on 09.06.22 at 2:04 pm

Horrible what happened to you. Please take time to recover. Thinking of you.

#367 crowdedelevatorfartz on 09.06.22 at 2:11 pm

@#359 Faron
” Why are you addicted to commenting here? ”

+++
I wanted to see what it was like to be you….

#368 Woo Young-woo on 09.06.22 at 2:17 pm

Hearing this story infuriates me.

Woo Young-woo. (Whether it’s read straight or flipped. Kayak, deed, rotator, noon, racecar, Woo Young-woo).

#369 Sail Away on 09.06.22 at 2:33 pm

#368 Woo Young-woo on 09.06.22 at 2:17 pm

Woo Young-woo. (Whether it’s read straight or flipped. Kayak, deed, rotator, noon, racecar, Woo Young-woo).

———

Yep, you nailed it, oow-gnuoY ooW!

#370 Law School Dropout on 09.06.22 at 2:53 pm

Isn’t telling someone they will get friends to finish it off after beating them up considered uttering threats death?

If a troll said this in the comments section I’m certain that the lazy Toronto Police will ask the Crown to file uttering threats charges and a $100M increase in the police budget.

#371 That Guy on 09.06.22 at 3:49 pm

Dear Garth, I am so sorry this hear this! Please take good care of yourself that’s a terrible thing to have happen.

#372 Secret Eyes on 09.06.22 at 3:58 pm

That is truly terrifying. I hope that you heal soon and well and that he gets his comeuppance.

#373 Rick on 09.06.22 at 4:09 pm

#68 Oil_driller on 09.05.22 at 1:22 pm

“Toronto is a zoo. Come down to Berta’ Garth”

Alberta has almost double the crime rate of Ontario.
Edmonton, Calgary and Lethbridge all have much more severe crime than Toronto. In fact, the Prairie provinces are by far the worst for crime in Canada, outside the territories.

If you look at ‘Maclean’s Most Dangerous Cities 2020’ there are 20 Alberta cities and towns that have a higher Crime Severity Index than Toronto.

https://www.statista.com/statistics/436235/crime-severity-index-in-canada-by-province/

https://www.statista.com/statistics/436285/crime-severity-index-in-canada-by-metropolitan-area/

https://www.macleans.ca/canadas-most-dangerous-places-2020/

#374 Don on 09.06.22 at 4:19 pm

I https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/rent-to-own-housing-affordability-mortgage-developer-home-ownership-canada-1.6570642

I am going to buy one of those RENT-TO-OWN debt traps.

#375 No left turn on 09.06.22 at 4:32 pm

#358 JP on 09.06.22 at 1:03 pm
Canada is not a country where laws are upheld. The unchecked criminality at every level is why I and my family took our fortune elsewhere and emigrated from Canada. There is no hope for Canada. Everything the left touches turns to shit. Canada just another example of this. Sorry for you Garth.

Now we live in peace and harmony with zero fear of becoming victims of a crime. We pay less taxes for more services and our kids are safe on the streets and at school.

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Really wondering what the name of this wonderful paradise country is that you’ve emigrated to. Is there a reason you’re keeping it a secret? Peace and harmony, 100% safe low taxes for better services sounds too good to be true.

No secret. It’s a little north of Dolce Angst, a little west of Ponzius. Snug right in the middle. Oldest democracy on earth.

#376 Don on 09.06.22 at 5:06 pm

#375 No left turn

Come on Garth, Use your brain! That is Mexico! Sheesh!

#377 Midnight’s on 09.06.22 at 5:17 pm

A little behind on the reading. Very sorry to hear/read. Praying for a speedy recovery for you.
You take care.:-)

#378 Ac on 09.06.22 at 6:37 pm

Sorry that happened to you. I hope you have a speedy recovery. Thanks for the courage to speak up. As the world gets safer it breeds cowardice.

#379 mnpr on 09.06.22 at 7:42 pm

Wow Garth… I just read this. I’m so sorry this happened to you. I have had a similar experience, and the physical aspect is the least of it. This kind of thing can really shake you up mentally/psycologically. PTSD. So look after yourself, and know you have many many anonymous supporters.

#380 Mrs. Smith on 09.06.22 at 8:23 pm

I never comment, but I must extend my sympathy to you.
What a horrible thing to have happen. I hope Pony Tail will get his comeuppance and that you will fully recover & prosper.

#381 Canali on 09.06.22 at 8:34 pm

Next time , Garth, you came across another tough guy who thinks it’s cool to beat up an older person, give him a humbling spray of this to put him quickly in his place https://www.thehomesecuritysuperstore.com/products/fox-labs-53m-shu-police-pepper-spray-15-oz-stream
….all the best for a speedy recovery.

#382 Rich B on 09.06.22 at 9:31 pm

Garth,

So awful to read about what happened to you. Wishing you all the best.

Rich B from Dundas

#383 Mel Anial on 09.06.22 at 11:09 pm

I wanted to help but my hands were full with a Kale smoothie and a gluten-free, nut-free, vegan muffin…

#384 Jimbo on 09.07.22 at 5:45 am

If I ever saw this happen in Halifax, I would pummel that good into the ground.

I’m sorry this happened to you Mr. Turner

#385 Mark Bourrie on 09.07.22 at 8:21 am

Damn, that’s awful.
I hope you called the cops.

#386 Slow Canada on 09.07.22 at 10:14 am

My sincere condolences, Garth.

#387 El capitán on 09.07.22 at 2:39 pm

Bad things happen to good people. I like your approach to letting it go. Not going to lie tho this kind of shit makes my blood boil and want revenge for you! It usually doesn’t work out that way tho. Take care Garth and thanks for all you have done for me.

#388 Alram on 09.07.22 at 5:21 pm

I am so sorry this happened to you. I wish you a speedy recovery and a continued belief that most people are good.