Category Archives: social change

Halloween – the ‘junk model’

The earliest Hallowe’en I remember I was about seven.  Mom had made crepe-paper costumes (made from a bought pattern) for my sister and me.  I was somehow not thrilled, partly because my sister got to be a rose (her name … Continue reading

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Bike consciousness

Strange that I am suddenly thinking about bicycle deaths that have ‘crossed my path’.   Surely there can’t be so many of them, that I would be closely aware of three?  But yes, they happened. The first was the partner of … Continue reading

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Roncy culture changing…

As I strolled to Alternative Grounds this morning, I mused at the sweetness of being greeted with a quiet smile and  “…morning.” by strangers as we passed each other.  Some walking with purpose in their body language probably on their … 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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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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“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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