Category Archives: progressive

Brave parents & progress

I’ve just finished reading a special chapter in a special book* – and it still shimmers in my consciousness.   Chapter One – Dancing in the eye of the Storm – was written by Kathy Witterick, someone I’m proud to call … Continue reading

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Suburban vs urban?

Who would have thought there might be a “Congress for New Urbanism”?  But there is – and it’s not even new.   They just held their 20th annual meeting in West Palm Beach, Florida.   “CN20” included a panel on the economic … Continue reading

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Develop, develop – just not too much!

In my imagination I’ve been conjuring up a giant urban planner, completely objective, who decides on exactly where and how development takes place in Toronto.  Being fair, of course, she distributes residential development more or less evenly throughout the city. … 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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“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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“Third Place” beauty…

My “third place”* is – as ee Cummings said – “a thing of beauty and a joy forever”.  The flow of people, every shape, size, colour and persuasion, in a rainbow of humanity, is like lying down in a garden … Continue reading

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Alternative Grounds is 17!

Happy birthday, Alternative Grounds and Linda – its wondrous proprietor.   She is handing out delicious cake made by Sweets From the Earth, and incredibly, the cake is  moist and truly delicious,  even to yours truly, a non vegan. The … Continue reading

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