Category Archives: compassion

Shoot!! Or, maybe talk?

It’s almost a year since an 18-year-old boy, Sammy Yatim, was shot to death by a Toronto police officer. He was alone in a streetcar. With a 3” knife. I guess they thought that heavy, iron streetcar couldn’t contain him. … Continue reading

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Yes, it is our job to feed our neighbour’s child.

Once again, a typical Conservative statement of values (with apologies to Hugh Segal): Minister James Moore says “Well, obviously nobody wants kids to go to school hungry. Certainly we want to make sure that kids go to school full bellied, … Continue reading

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Alternative Grounds – and stuff that matters

To think that Alternative Grounds could have been wiped out, perhaps transformed into a dramatically modern glass and chrome dress shop, or maybe a high end store specializing in silk purses made from sow’s ears!  Heaven forbid.  That would be … Continue reading

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Housing, dignity, caring + sharing

As I did my seven-minute stroll to my favourite café this morning, I passed no less than three ‘homeless’ people I didn’t recognize.   If you spend a lot of time ‘out in the  neighbourhood’, you recognize the regulars, chat with … Continue reading

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Affordable housing in Roncesvalles Village?

Sometimes in this life we get the chance to make amends.   And these days, I sure feel like making amends on the issue of affordable housing. It might have been ten years ago that we on the street banded together … Continue reading

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Alternative to shooting? ….. Compassion?

If you pay any attention to the news, you may have heard that an 18-year-old boy, Sammy,  was shot to death by a Toronto police officer a few weeks ago.  He was alone in a streetcar.  With a 3” knife.  … Continue reading

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The Listeners.

The other day in my favourite café, I was listening to a friend who’s been dealing with mental illness all the decades of her adult life.  Diagnosed long ago with so-called ‘schizophrenia’, she clearly needs to talk about her feelings, … Continue reading

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