Tag Archives: community

“It’s a great neighbourhood”

How often, since we moved into Roncy two decades ago, have I heard people wax eloquent about what a wonderful neighbourhood we live in.  And how many have moved here because it was a ‘great neighbourhood’?  I’ve heard some say, … Continue reading

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Good-bye Alternative Grounds

Well, no chrome and glass, but no café either. As it turns out, the deal fell through, and Alternative Grounds is no more, its doors will close tonight.   Its lease will not be renewed at the end of the month, … 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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Embracing the opposition

A conference I’m attending soon in Toronto* that revolves around the increasing urbanization of the world and related issues, asks the question “How can citizens most effectively be involved in this massive re-shaping of the urban environment?” As it happens, … Continue reading

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“World class city”

This is a ‘new world’ we are living, in the blogosphere.  It is such a new forum that, worldwide, we are all learning as we go, learning how to do this new kind of communicating, learning a new kind of … Continue reading

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A little cognitive dissonance* in Roncy?

Sometimes I get the feeling there’s a little cognitive dissonance going on in the neighbourhood.  I suppose it’s almost predictable, since the ‘hood is full of caring people, and caring almost invariably leads eventually to a kind of inner conflict … Continue reading

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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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