Category Archives: community

Activism, yin + yang…

I am sitting in Alternative Grounds, which by now everyone knows is my favourite cafe.  Between conversations I’m thinking about how it attracts people inclined toward activism.  It’s not surprising, as the café is owned by a Fair Trade activist, … Continue reading

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‘Stigma-free’ + education…

We hear a lot of talk these days about ‘stigma’ around mental health issues.   But what does this mean? It means you have to be awfully courageous to admit out loud – for example – that you are depressed (especially … Continue reading

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Love it? Support it.

Funny thing about businesses.  They’re a little like relationships.  Shops; restaurants; professional offices — there are a lot of them in Roncy, and a lot of good ones.  As in relationships – and voting – if we want a thriving … Continue reading

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Roncy’s Blue Plate

We considered swing dancing last night, but it was too hot to go to our favourite Dovercourt House. They don’t have air conditioning, and dancing swing in this humid heat is too much. We were even happier with the decision … Continue reading

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“Roncy won’t be Roncy!”

Today at my favourite cafe:  yet another commiserating chat over morning coffee, as Katie and her Mom tell me about where they’ll be living.  Not in Roncy, at least.  Not any more. For years they lived in a two-bedroom, in … Continue reading

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Alternative Grounds: Community

On a day when I had asked myself – on my way to Alternative Grounds – “Why am I doing this every morning?” I received the answer yet again – large. At 7 a.m., I had a moving and inspiring … Continue reading

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