This is an edited version of Trickster:

I prefer a lot off power women in this city than men when it comes to getting a tough job done. Some women declare feminist leanings and that leads me to question why shout it out with entrapment. If you need to talk about it, something goes south in the translation. It’s not that we men, do not do a great job, it’s that we do not play the game. While trying to get on my feet, over the past 8 years, I tried new ideas or project’s and as the nature of the trickster is to not allow one to get up of the ground. The idea is for assistants who will throw themselves at you in order to participate in a project. Then on top off that minions will go to great lengths to create lies in order destroy your reputation. During two

meetings to discuss a young girls participation, I did ask for a photo session, but thought twice about the idea as I realized there was a clear lack off substance. It introduced the simple concept of the politico trickster and her many sheep who follow. I did a follow up third meeting with a board member and my outlook was confirmed and we decided to

not go forward with a job offer. It was an unusual meeting and it  gave me more information about Ms. Thomson who is clearly mischief as presented in one photograph of her holding on to the Mayors shoulder with a grin as if she finally has caught her prey with his eyes closed looking like his had two black eyes. Thomson then claims Google research told her he was on cocaine and that maybe he even had diabetes.  Ms. Thomson was overheard saying to something like that this should fix Mr. Ford. Who in heaven would bother taking the time to do such a thing.

I was not alone in my assessment; as Barbara Amiel in one off her  recent editorials described Ms. Thomsons advances to Conrad Black, her husband,  in return for business support for Ms  Thomsons Womens Daily Magazine.

 At the slightest sign of trouble now, I run like a deer for the exits. One of the Thomson assistants planted a false story about me reading porn in a local eatery. It’s under investigation. There is no way I would do something that stupid and all the coffee shop needed to do was ask to see my computer.

Sara T. leads the band when it comes to the constant battering of Mr. Ford, who is doing a fair job off running the cities financials. Its almost like being a camp counselor. You do not have to like him.  I think if he turns down the Casino, he might show confidence in himself and the work he has done to date, however.I think he will push it. As news of Olivia Chow spilled onto the newsprint. low and behold Ms. Thomson invents the “He pinched my bottom theme, which I am sorry does not cut it ever.

 I am totally for power women who like say Wenda Yenson, Helga Stephonson, Bonnie Brooks, Linda Prince, Heather Reisman and Karen Stinz there are many leaders who never refer to feminist concepts. They are like men and do not have to crow, as they just know.  One suggestion might be to stay home as in this case it’s a side that fits. Ms Thomson has a beautiful family. There are two wonderful great kids, and a fabulously intelligent husband. I am not sure but it may be frustrating enough to make one get out off the house and compete. However does competing mean, showing total disrespect for the Mayor and what in the hell does it have to do with his weight etc. Now not getting anywhere creates a panic: “Oh gosh what can we do about that one.”

Well we will invent a little story that’s timing will open the door for one more chance at the chair. I can even plant a photo of  him while he is sleeping. I just do not think this will fly.  I feel this fails as it’s time for people to entertain the concept off  maturity, leaders and legislator’s who do not have to play dirty tricks to survive. The essence off not understanding, sabotage before she will be exposed as a control freak seems lost on Ms.Thomson. I know myself whenever I have been too aggressive in this city I was taken as a trouble maker. Yes, I speak out on issues and usually the take is strait from my heart. It’s taken me until this blog to come out and say what the hell are you doing to get our attn? The whole thing is just too much to believe. It’s dirty politics at best. I seem to remember a New Years Resolution printed somewhere in her own newspapers, that declared she would not insult the Mayor this year.  Has anyone measured the dreads lately, as when there is a lie does the hair grow like Pinocchio’s nose? Do you not have better things on you’re pallet, as no one believes the wildest

immagination and her machinations.

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A short note of thanks goes to two outstanding people who are working to make the TTC a working part off our cities culture. In fact we can look to the future knowing that we will finally have a transit system that will be a shining example how to bring home transit for an international city as we will have completed within the near future. Andy Byford reminds me off earlier teams that I bonded with when working in the corporate system. From where I sit he became the perfect fit for our  TTC as he understand the meaning of service for the commuter. You know the suture off this major project is in the best capable hands.I am sure he is a good man with focus beyond the requirement.

I  traveled during the holiday on both down downtown lines and felt that the service was exclusive. There were a lot off new signs throughout each station pointing towards safety and more than that helpful cards that could be accessed for those who may be considering suicide. I have to say I was impressed as one can feel the coordination going on within the TTC admin.


Karen Stinz can keep the job and not run for Mayor. I think finish what you started will win her kudos for weaving her way through the politics always associated with this major transit example of how to do it right. Ms. Stinz understands how to deftly handle the media by not talking with them unless absolutely necessary and that makes  her a winner or even a transit celeb. Ms. Stinz is a leader and demands respect, and I believe she should stay until the work is completed. .

I need to say that the leader off communications, Carla Basso, could learn some manners by being polite and showing up at prearranged meetings for new project submissions. Not only that, she sends people who are on her team with no business cards telling me they cannot afford them. This off course has something to do with ther boss earning 114,000 a year. to take her place who could not make decisions and or had the signatures to show interest.  Ms Basso must be friends with Sara Thompson an insider who is on hand to raise funding through the 1 percent solution. Ms. Basso could have easily  saved time by saying we are not interested.

I had a great submission for her as others at City Hall and elsewhere had seen and liked. As a 115 thousand dollar marketing madarin, this is how Ms. Basso decided to escape the meeting. I simply ran for the hills, as I do not like dealing with spoiled brats who pass messages in such a way.  I was angry as I represented others who had given the nod that the project,  was considered good looking,  including the Mayors office and more.  MY project was in fact to honor the TTC upon the retirement off Street Cars fact honor the organization, which was the gist of my project.  I do not have time to w and would have also helped Community art groups in the START Program that is an Urban Planning Department gem. Ms Basso acted with poor judgement, as this item was a small bruise on my side and compared to the terrific job that Mr. Byford and Ms. Stinz have done to make commuter’s happy and safe throughout the holidays.

Jim Allen


Multi Media.



Jim Allen December 27,2012 .






 How many times have any of you read five to six articles on he same subject

written over because debates still exist and confusion is helped by a new  way off looking at the same subject and with in ay a six month time frame. If you think that’s confusing the question that comes to mid is , ” WHOSE IN CHARGE AND OFF WHAT.

Looking at our city from any angle , one must be impressed with the dynamic  view of our new architectural urban landscape. Obviously it has made Toronto an envious city to live in for many new cultures as we assimilate well, opening up our arms and welcoming new immigrants to our country. They are coming from almost everywhere in the world. I am sure many of those new people feel at home revisiting the same problems they may have experienced the same problems if they had jut arrived from London, England also shares gridlock. Next our new friends realize that they can not get a job in their chosen field. Years of study down the drain, that is unless they go back to school to study the same subject. What an awful  situation to find yourself in.

 Events provide no shortage of tying up traffic as ell as sketchy infrastructure work on our streets. If we take a moment to look at Now or Grid , when have we ever seen a weekend with so much music on board as off our October 12th weekend? the truth of the music business is that, say Marcus Roberts Jazz pianist need to go out on the road and play Lee’s Palace when the last time I saw him play here was at Massey Hall. So venues might consider letting us know more in advance but truthfully who knows if they can afford to pay out money for anything more than one kick in the can at either of the aforementioned papers. Sadly most music evenings are booked for one night and not two to three nights. Because of the times we face this is also especially true for art that is shown for one night in a given gallery or event as say, Blanche Nuit. My guess is that it cannot benefit any artist. Today, Sunday, we rolled out a big waterfront bike race that snarled traffic, on a Sunday. That’s a great time and half practice for our police department who seem to own a front row seat to everything including G-20 riots. As I am still poking my way around the city I left for ten years to sharpen up a career. Today yet another charity scandal was announced and I am astounded by the charity rifts that often appear in our news papers. The thing is some do and some do not show up on the pages of the elitewho often claim to be charity heroes.

Who in the hell is running this place? Let’s start with Seniors. Are they running anything except thier bank accounts? Can’t be them. What about wealth? Maybe but not quite because they are waiting for everyone else to start doing something.

Ah: Mr. MIrvish takes front stage for a week and listen to the crowds howl that he will get tax breaks on and on. He is however the first person to put his money where his mouth is. He deserves a medal for steering the course of art and Culture with apparently Mr. Kim Pattison. Do not worry more will be popup. And maybe we can then begin to look at one way Streets as in NY. Why not copy NY,Which way will we go ? which seems to be which overall is  our cities major quest, with artists using the name in every  second sentence. NY this and NY that. Music as well as Art events get thee two day trisl if they are lucky.  N ideas with trying one way traffic flow are for a week at most..  Why not try it for a month or two.

Who drives the bus of this city, Mr. Ford? Not really, because as good a job as he does, and should collect a few kudos, no one wants to acknowledge that part. He is working with whats he ‘s got, an out of control counsel. They want to pry into his personal life which may be chaotic, but still none of anyone’s frigging business. And so what if he has become a little media personality.  If he celebrates with chicken popcorn big deal. I actually believe the Mayor to be incredibly shy.

I read a charming article in one off our local newspapers about Ms.Sarah Thompson, who had apparently run for Mayor lost, and then supported Mayor Ford for the position. Now the same Ms. Thompson hurls complaints about him almost each day. Now this incredible transit debate has seemingly no concrete direction and that is all we discuss. Maoyr Ford is called names I would not print. What we have is 30 years with no road changes and sidewalks full of cracks and uneven levels.  I know that Ms. Thompson owns an excellent working knowledge off the subject. Someone should use her to advantage and support a committee to rethink how this city runs.   How are we going to pay for all this? Is one percent going to do it all fine but I doubt it. If you all think Mr. Mcguinty will, I suggest you might realize he seems to be short at the moment.  No money andno plans. ! Lots of things have gone wrong during his watch, Orange , e-health, and yes now a United Way scandal may be on the way. I would not even hazard a guess who is in the soup onthat one. He is not a candidate to pay for the transit. Google supplies many industries who have launched one percent solutions for everything.  Now who is going to pay this one percent to fix every little thing we got goin on in this metropolis.  Will the wealth do it, and will the consumers who take the subway do it. or maybe developers?  Its hard to tell for the moment and its even more difficult to see how and for how much? It will take more than a head camp counselor to save us. We also have a group of city hall who apparently our worried for their jobs. I do not think the Mayor is there to rip off jobs from inside workers. The place functions as well as most places and we are in a tough moment which has been hard for everyone.

I do not have the solution except that we had better begin to have some leadership from the community and there are great people, who if asked would come into committee. It has to happen. One thing we know, Government has too much control over our lives.  Actually I believe we will pay for it because Mayor Ford is going to surprise you with some extra money when its all said and done. The new Ombudsman can help to organize things which will serve the city well.

We need to get the transit right Ms. Stinz, and the fact you are not in the media everyday speaks to you dedication. Forget running for Mayor  and claim a gold watch.   If India can put up monorails to support their population, why have they not been a part off this discussion. Last but not least lets touch on gambling. A plebiscite could deal with that in a week. Its a straight vote and how tired can one get off being pushed around and literally threatened  by a gambling lobby who will make the best Real Estate deal for themselves known to man. A fly on the wall reported: “You guys got one week to decide or we will go to Mississauga.”  If I see a photo off Hazel throwing dice will begin my new hockey career.

Jim Allen

Multi -Media.