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11-16-2012, 10:38 AM
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Say what you want about the guy's management job of the Leafs so far, but he's a hell of a person and does a lot of great things not just for hockey, but for the city of Toronto.

Good job Burkie!
Great, great... Mayby next year he could find some time to show up at the trade deadline.... you know.... if he's not too busy with the troops and marching in parades. It's all great p.r. to take the focus off of the horrible job that he's done so far. But we hired this guy to do a job. Work first, look for publicity later.

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Great, great... Mayby next year he could find some time to show up at the trade deadline.... you know.... if he's not too busy with the troops and marching in parades. It's all great p.r. to take the focus off of the horrible job that he's done so far. But we hired this guy to do a job. Work first, look for publicity later.
No trade deadline this year Shack, lockout is on.

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my friend was down there and overheard Burke talking to Gillis on the phone. Saw that Burke had a Luongo background picture on his phone. Luongo to the Leafs e4.

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Great GM, and an even better person.
I agree!

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It always makes me chuckle when I hear people try the Harold Ballard comparison. I'm extremely happy to have someone represent the organization as he does. While the results may not be there yet, at least I'm not embarassed as a human being to associate myself with the Leafs like I was when Ballard was around.
LOL...so true! If 'Pal Hal" was still in charge...Kessel,Lupul and others would be gone!! Better to trade than to pay.

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Why is he sleeping outdoors instead of scouting overseas or something rabble rabble smh

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you want to help the homeless? lower ticket prices
paying for Leaf tickets is how some people end up depressed and homeless
I lol'ed. Ladies and gentlemen we have found the leading cause lf homelessness in Toronto...prices of Leafs tickets.

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Hats off to Burke and all of those participating. To take it a step further and actually spend a night like a homeless person to experience their pains, especially with the colder nights upon us - wonderful message and cause.

If there's one thing I can always compliment Burke on, it's his dedication to supporting community causes. This is the most sincere thing I've seen in the midst of this lockout fiasco.

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11-16-2012, 11:16 AM
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The thing that homeless people need most is money, as its the lack there of that is forcing them into their current predicament.

Therefore raising awareness for the homeless that benefits them most are actions that provide them with room and perhaps board through financial assistance during their time of need, and not joining them on the streets. IMO

Even handing out blankets and jackets would improve their situation, by improving their comfort levels to raise awareness for their plight.

While its nice Burke is involved, reaching into his own deep pockets would help more.

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Who says Burke won't also donate financially?

I have to laugh at the hate he gets. Some really do go overboard. Making him out to be some sort of ogre who only likes to hear himself talk. He is human after all and gestures like this prove it.

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The thing that homeless people need most is money, as its the lack there of that is forcing them into their current predicament.

Therefore raising awareness for the homeless that benefits them most are actions that provide them with room and perhaps board through financial assistance during their time of need, and not joining them on the streets. IMO

Even handing out blankets and jackets would improve their situation, by improving their comfort levels to raise awareness for their plight.

While its nice Burke is involved, reaching into his own deep pockets would help more.
I was wondering how people would be critical of this

Fact is if he just handed out blankets or donated, nobody would probably notice. Doing this can help more as now it has made it through the news.


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I was wondering how people would be critical of this
Which helps the homeless more? A gesture or a blanket?

That said, great on Burke for helping raise awareness. I may not like his GM skills, but he does his share of work in the community.

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Which helps the homeless more? A gesture or a blanket?

That said, great on Burke for helping raise awareness. I may not like his GM skills, but he does his share of work in the community.
I would think high profiled gestures would lead to greater donations.

I'm guessing Burke didn't just decide to go sleep outside but was asked to by some organization to help raise awareness. I bet he through in some cash too.

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Ballard was an owner. Burke is a GM. Unfortunate Burke is the face of the team. Not unlike Ballard.
I'm looking for a point in there but failing to see one.

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I'm looking for a point in there but failing to see one.
Fishing trip.

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Hate the way he's handled the team, but I have incredible respect for him as a person. Keep on keeping on you grey haired devil

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The thing that homeless people need most is money, as its the lack there of that is forcing them into their current predicament.

Therefore raising awareness for the homeless that benefits them most are actions that provide them with room and perhaps board through financial assistance during their time of need, and not joining them on the streets. IMO

Even handing out blankets and jackets would improve their situation, by improving their comfort levels to raise awareness for their plight.

While its nice Burke is involved, reaching into his own deep pockets would help more.
You mean like the $500,000 that this event raised?

"Bruce Rivers, executive director of Covenant House, said the event raised more than $500,000 in donations to support the estimated 3,500 youth who turn to the shelter for help each year in Toronto."

Burke was on the radio promoting this event and asking for donations. Unless you are his accountant you really have no idea what he has donated to. Not liking his hockey decisions is one thing but comments such as yours takes it to a whole new level of blind hate.

How much did you donate to the cause?

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Amazing that some can chastise him for this. Then again, in the eyes of some, Burke can never do enough or do anything right, so it's par for the course.

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The thing that homeless people need most is money, as its the lack there of that is forcing them into their current predicament.

Therefore raising awareness for the homeless that benefits them most are actions that provide them with room and perhaps board through financial assistance during their time of need, and not joining them on the streets. IMO

Even handing out blankets and jackets would improve their situation, by improving their comfort levels to raise awareness for their plight.

While its nice Burke is involved, reaching into his own deep pockets would help more.
You don't know that Burke hasn't financially invested in the cause. Your closing comment comes across as extremely petty and seems like you couldn't give credit without the criticism accompanying it.

Awareness is far more important than one time donations. Raising awareness can turn that small group of people who donate and buy blankets and pillows to hand out into a larger group. That means more volunteers, more access to money and resources, etc.

Thinking that reaching into your pockets alone is the most important thing you can do is the a very short sighted solution to the problem.

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Brian Burke is the man.

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you want to help the homeless? lower ticket prices
paying for Leaf tickets is how some people end up depressed and homeless
Awful attempt at a 'joke'.

Great to see Burke.

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Some of the comments in this thread are ridiculous. It'd be better if Burke gave money? Who's to say he doesn't give a ton.

Good for Burke.

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When you saw the article did you think oh what a great guy Burke is, or how can I help and where can I donate money to help these homeless youths which is really what this is about?.

There isn't even an address or contact for Covenant House in the article who put on the event to raise money or info for others to help out and donate.

A publicity stunt is more about the individual than the cause as it brings attention to themselves by their actions. Not saying there is anything wrong with supporting a good cause itself, but one can't lose focus about what its really all about.

To fight poverty if that was your charity of choice do you think starving oneself to see what its like to go hungry, or donating $$ to ease their suffering has the greater effect and good for their misfortune is all I'm saying here?.

If your take away from the article was Burke is such a great guy, than perhaps you missed the point of the event itself, as its not about the individual but the cause itself that is supposed to be the one that is intended to be made aware of.


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The thing that homeless people need most is money, as its the lack there of that is forcing them into their current predicament.

Therefore raising awareness for the homeless that benefits them most are actions that provide them with room and perhaps board through financial assistance during their time of need, and not joining them on the streets. IMO

Even handing out blankets and jackets would improve their situation, by improving their comfort levels to raise awareness for their plight.

While its nice Burke is involved, reaching into his own deep pockets would help more.
Haha came to post the exact same thing.

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When you saw the article did you think oh what a great guy Burke is, or how can I help and where can I donate money to help these homeless youths which is really what this is about?.

There isn't even an address or contact for Covenant House in the article who put on the event to raise money or info for others to help out and donate.

A publicity stunt is more about the individual than the cause as it brings attention to themselves by their actions. Not saying there is anything wrong with supporting a good cause itself, but one can't lose focus about what its really all about.

To fight poverty if that was your charity of choice do you think starving oneself to see what its like to go hungry, or donating $$ to ease their suffering has the greater effect and good for their misfortune is all I'm saying here?.

If your take away from the article was Burke is such a great guy, than perhaps you missed the point of the event itself, as its not about the individual but the cause itself that is supposed to be the one that is intended to be made aware of.
So now Brian Burke is responsible for what the Canaidan Press writes?

His name was only actually mentioned twice in the entire article, most of it is about the cause. As someone earlier said, they raised over $500000 so I'm not sure what you're whining about. The executives that took part in this could've quietly made a private donation (in all reality if they were willing to do this I'd bet all of them donated), but that would not have had nearly the effect. This got the cause in the public eye, it raised a lot of money and it raised awareness. Education is one of the most important tools in maintaining a cause. That's why the people in charge of events like this, people whose job it is to help this cause, don't just go around door to door asking for money. They put on events like this that raise money and put the issue in the public eye. It's an issue a lot of people like to ignore or pretend doesn't exist, but this throws it out there.

You are acting like Brian Burke just on a whim decided to randomly sleep outside as a publicity stunt, whereas this was a focused effort to raise money and awareness for the cause. You're acting like they didn't raise any money here... The fact that they raised so much money in one night proves that events like these are successful and extremely useful for youths suffering from homelessness in Toronto.

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