Tag Archives: compassion

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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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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What do we want? Homes!!

Okay, so where are the activists on housing?  Why do we not see rallies at City Hall or Queen’s Park,  with Naomi Klein stirring the crowd? Naomi:  “What do we want?” Crowd: “Homes!” Naomi: “When do we want them?” Crowd:  … Continue reading

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The tender cafe

How precious is the kindness and gentleness that surrounds me every day.  I treasure it.  It is part of a sub-culture hard to find in many places.  I think that’s why I head here every morning.  I can’t imagine a … Continue reading

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Tony: a year has passed…

It’s hard to believe a year has passed since Tony died*.  And I think to myself, ‘What has my experience of Tony meant to me?” Small things, really. It was a pleasant surprise to realize over time how many in … Continue reading

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