His nicknames embody The Nearer, Captain Toronto and The Huge Deal.

As he turns 80, Toronto legend Paul Godfrey continues to be very a lot all the above.

On the eve of turning into an octogenarian, the information and sports activities govt, philanthropist and one-time politician mentioned there’s one motto he has discovered that continues to be true.

“In case you have your selection in life between being good and fortunate, choose fortunate each time,” the venerable Government Chair of Postmedia informed us with a chuckle throughout an interview in his workplace space on the eve of his huge milestone birthday.

He feels fortunate. 

However all people is aware of he’s additionally very good. The reality, he mentioned, is you want a little bit of each.

Paul Godfrey, Government Chairman of Postmedia will have a good time his 80th Birthday on January 12th, 2019. Godfrey displays upon his profession on Friday January 11, 2019. (Veronica Henri/Toronto Solar/Postmedia Community)

Regardless of the secret, the long-lasting Godfrey — made a member of the Order of Canada in 1999 — has had a lot success in public and household life, and he counts his blessings each day.

“I believe I owe all of it to my mom,” mentioned Godfrey. “Her identify was Bess Godfrey. She began as a polling clerk at election time and labored her manner as much as be a high flight political marketing campaign supervisor.”

She was truly his first marketing campaign supervisor.

“I might not have received with out her,” he mentioned.

It could have been 54 years in the past in 1964 when the man recognized then because the “offended younger man from North York” ran for alderman within the pre-amalgamation metropolis’s council, nevertheless it very properly might have turned out in another way.

“The individuals who have been at our home speaking about any individual working have been hoping for my mom. She was politically energetic,” he recalled. “She didn’t need to run and mentioned ‘I’ve an concept. Why doesn’t my son run?’”

He did.

The remainder, they are saying, is historical past.

Additional Additional Paul Godfrey delivers. (Solar file picture)

By way of metropolis builders, Paul Godfrey is true up there with mayors like Nathan Phillips, Allan Lamport, Artwork Eggleton, Mel Lastman, Rob Ford and John Tory, and enterprise giants like Sincere Ed Mirvish, Gerry Schwartz, Larry Tanenbaum, Ken Thomson, Joe Rotman and Peter Munk.

The child who grew up on Oxford Avenue in Kensington Market helped develop and form the town.  And at 80 may be very a lot the identical main participant he was at 40.

“I believe I’m in higher form at 80 than I used to be at 40,” he teased. “I’ve a private coach I work out with twice every week and he knocks the hell out of me however I take pleasure in it.”

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He’s all the time thought long-term and he’s all the time thought huge.

Premier Doug Ford calls Godfrey a Toronto Corridor of Famer — somebody who not solely has a imaginative and prescient however has the work ethic and talent to see all of it by means of.

Whether or not I discuss with fellow Canadian Information Corridor of Famers like Les Pyette, Andy Donato or Mark Bonokoski, or former prime minister’s Stephen Harper or Brian Mulroney, all of them say the identical factor: After they consider Toronto, they consider Paul Godfrey.

Former Blue Jays CEO and president Paul Godfrey. (Solar file picture)

The town has to search out one thing to call after him to mark his greater than half-century of service. I believe Olympic Park by the Rogers Centre. Or possibly Metro Corridor?

For his important half in convincing Main League baseball to increase to Toronto after which later working the staff, a nomination to the Canadian Baseball Corridor of Fame in St. Marys can be becoming too.

Bear in mind, when he turned the town’s metro chair (which in essence is successfully what the mayor of the amalgamated Toronto turned) at simply 34, he had huge goals that later become even larger achievements — together with bringing what turned the Toronto Blue Jays to city, constructing the SkyDome (now the Rogers Centre) and the Metro Conference Centre.

Crediting founder Doug Creighton with giving him the chance, Godfrey later went on to run the Toronto Solar, the Toronto Blue Jays, the Nationwide Put up and the OLG — shying away from job provides in different cities and nations.

Postmedia President and CEO Paul Godfrey poses with “SUN” cufflinks after a press convention on Wednesday, March 25, 2015. (Ernest Doroszuk/Toronto Solar)

He was requested to run for provincial and federal politics however determined Toronto was his canvas.

“I really like Toronto and didn’t need to be away from my household,” he defined, as you may see in a video photographer Veronica Henri and Nationwide Video Editor Nelson Branco put collectively of our interview.

For his 80th there might be a quiet household dinner — the perfect current of all.

“My spouse (Gina) and I’ve three sons (Rob, Noah and Jay) and 9 grandchildren and we’re going to spend it collectively,” he mentioned.

His good luck continues. Joyful Birthday Paul.

Gina Paul Godfrey on the crimson carpet , as different friends and celebrities arrive for the Ambi Gala on the Ritz Carlton on the eve of the Toronto Worldwide Movie Competition in Toronto on Wednesday September 7, 2016. (Stan Behal/Toronto Solar/Postmedia Community)


Should you really feel chilly proper now you may take some consolation you aren’t one among these individuals.

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South of the Rogers Centre recently you might have seen crews up on the well-known retractable doing a little type of excessive wire act repairing the roof, which on the high goes up 31 storeys.

The wind up there’s wild and may make -12C really feel prefer it’s 3 times colder.

However there they have been — working away by means of the frigid situations.

Photographer Stan Behal captured the shot which from the bottom nearly appears to be like like three climbers scaling Mount Everest.

With this being the 30th yr for the reason that SkyDome opened, it was clearly time for some repairs to that roof, which has been on the forefront of three many years of the weather of Canadian climate.

“Rogers Centre is at present present process a alternative of the roof’s outer layer — the outside membrane or white shell,” the Toronto Blue Jays mentioned in a press release. “The structural and mechanical parts have been upgraded over the previous few years, with the modernization of the mechanical methods accomplished in 2016. This venture is scheduled to be accomplished in late 2019.”

Don’t fear, it received’t impact the baseball season that I do know lots of us can’t watch for.

“The venture is scheduled to be accomplished in late 2019 however has been phased out so it is not going to have an effect on the roof in season,” mentioned Blue Jays spokesman Madeleine Davidson, coordinator of Enterprise Communications. “It would nonetheless have the ability to open and shut.”

Perhaps on opening day we must always give that Ellis Don crew up there proper now a standing ovation?

Workmen atop Toronto’s Rogers Centre roof on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019. (Stan Behal/Toronto Solar/Postmedia Community)


So many individuals asking in regards to the investigation into final yr’s capturing in Pelham involving two Niagara Regional Law enforcement officials,

Is it nonetheless on? Are there going to be fees? No fees?

Properly I appeared into it and may inform you the province’s Particular Investigation’s Unit continues to be very a lot probing the Nov. 29, 2018, capturing through which it has been reported that Const. Nathan Parker was allegedly hit with as much as 15 bullets from Det.-Sgt. Shane Donovan’s gun after asuspected dispute between the 2.

“It’s troublesome to say how lengthy the investigation will take as every case has its personal necessities and procedures,” defined SIU spokesperson Monica Hudon.

She continued, “generally, the size of an investigation will depend upon numerous components, together with how lengthy it takes to find and interview witnesses, and the way lengthy it takes to analyse proof. In lots of situations, the Unit should await receipt of experiences from exterior consultants and businesses (for instance, from the Centre of Forensic Sciences or from the Coroner’s Workplace).”

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That mentioned, they notice individuals want to know the top results of what occurred there might be?

“Whereas the SIU acknowledges it is very important resolve circumstances in a well timed method, the thoroughness of the investigation should take priority over the size of time it takes to complete an investigation,” supplied Hudon.

Within the meantime, there’s some excellent news in that Parker is out of hospital, though nonetheless struggling extreme wounds. Each officers are additionally caught in a ready sport — with neither being permitted to return to work right now.

“I can inform you that each of the officers concerned have been positioned on administrative go away the evening of the incident” and “each officers stay on administrative go away and outdoors of the office,” mentioned NRPS Const. Phil Gavin, who additionally identified “at no level has the NRPS or to our data the SIU or OPP formally recognized the officers concerned within the Pelham incident.”

That is about all Gavin might say since “as you already know, because of the SIU involvement, we’re prohibited from offering any info and because of the ongoing OPP investigation it wouldn’t be applicable.”

However we now know this case has not been forgotten.

Niagara Regional Police, OPP and the SIU attend a scene in Pelham the place a Niagara Regional Police officer was shot on Nov. 29, 2018. (The Canadian Press)


Huge win for Premier Doug Ford and his Tory authorities in case you depend a Toronto Solar ballot as noteworthy.

Out 7,253 votes solid, 4,286 voted in favour of the plan to add the TTC subway system to the province. That’s 59% in comparison with the two,967 votes in opposition to it or 41%.

I’m not shocked as a result of it’s time for a brand new strategy and higher funding. That there’s not a brand new station and cease constructed every year in a metropolis that builds condos like dandelions is a joke.

It’s a good debate. No matter grows the service and makes it higher is what they need to do. Energy ought to play no position. It’s all taxpayers’ cash and it’s all for taxpayers’ comfort.

Because the ‘Jocko Thomas’ of this period Chris Doucette reported in his crime column Friday, Sunnybrook Hospital handled 142 capturing victims in 2018 in comparison with 107 the yr earlier than and 64 in 2014.

Since John Tory was mayor throughout that entire time and Justin Trudeau was prime minister, possibly it’s time some individuals with higher numbers could possibly be allowed to contribute to the dialog.

Weak management on the weapons and gangs disaster apart, one reality that may’t denied is when docs are nurses are coping with main gun trauma in emergency, different drugs and remedy on individuals not concerned in crime just isn’t being completed.

If the politicians don’t begin doing a greater job, the variety of gunshot victims in hospital emergency rooms is not going to be taking place any time quickly.

Sunnybrook Hospital, dwelling to Canada’s largest trauma centre, has seen a big improve in gunshot victims lately. (Twitter)


Let’s finish the primary full week of 2019 on a cheerful notice. The excellent news in regards to the chilly is the wonderful skating alternatives together with at Gage Park in Brampton, Mississauga Metropolis Corridor and naturally Nathan Phillips Sq..

Should you can, be sure to get on the market and luxuriate in whereas the temperatures are low. The ice in any respect three rinks is wonderful and it is a good use of our tax {dollars}.

See you out at one among them quickly. Have an important weekend all people. Scrawler out.

Skaters benefit from the rink at Nathan Phillips Sq.. (Joe Warmington/Toronto Solar/Postmedia Community)


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