Category Archives: Justice Issues

Toronto Homeless Memorial

TORONTO, Feb. 14, 2012 — Approximately 25 people gathered for the monthly memorial in recognition of those who’ve died as a result of homelessness. We remembered Helena Boutilier, who died in December 2011. Helena had lived on the street earlier, but was housed at the time of her death to cancer. Over 600 names have been recorded.

City Councillor Joe Mihevc of St. Paul’s West riding spoke about the boom in condo development in Toronto in contrast to the
decrease in the affordable housing stock. Efforts are underway to block Mayor Rob Ford’s plan to sell off over 700 units of affordable housing.

Councillor Mihevc spoke of the importance of delegations by concerned citizens such as those present at public hearings. Michael Shapcott of the Wellesley Institute talked about a panel to review affordable housing options for the city, as well as the need for a national housing policy.

Attawapiskat, Ontario: hundreds face winter in tents and sheds

In early November the Attawapiskat First Nation in northern Ontario took the extraordinary step of declaring a state of emergency. Faced with the beginning of winter, overcrowded housing and over one hundred people who have no houses at all, Chief Theresa Spence asked the federal and provincial government to recognize a state of emergency; to consider a temporary evacuation of the community; and to reach agreement on the funding needed to build housing, supply clean drinking water, and build the new elementary school that has been promised for years.

As this action was sent out, CBC reported that “Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan said Friday that no decision has been made to provide added funding to Attawapiskat to address a housing shortage, but his officials will travel to the northern Ontario reserve to ensure recent aid is being used effectively.” No timeline on emergency assistance has been offered by either government. Temperatures at James Bay are dropping fast. People may die if nothing is done.

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O Little Town of Bethlehem – Friday November 25, 6pm

Friday, November 25, 6pm

….part of the Oasis Series in the Heart of the City
As we approach the season of Advent, we remember Bethlehem as a ancient place of story and heart.But it is also a contemporary city where people live in struggle, under occupation. Join us to hear the stories of the peoples of Bethlehem and pray for peace for in this holy city of Christ’s birth.

6-7 pm on the last Friday of the Month
Simple meal to follow

Downloadable Oasis Poster Nov 2011

Invitation: Meeting to Discuss the Diocesan Guidelines on Same Sex Blessings

June 8, 2011 at 7:00pm
Church of the Holy Trinity
Refreshments provided

The Church of the Holy Trinity invites you to a meeting to discuss both the recently released guidelines on same sex blessings and the process of identifying participating churches.  We would like to have a discussion among those churches who have been invited to participate and churches who are interested in conducting same sex blessings but have not been explicitly invited.

We would like to know how people in various church communities view the guidelines:

  • What theological perspective do they reflect?
  • Do they represent a step forward?
  • Will the process enhance the inclusion of gay and lesbian people in the Anglican Church of Canada in this diocese?

We would like to share our views and to hear yours.  Please consider sending wardens, lay delegates, clergy or members of gay and lesbian groups in your parishes.  We hope to have a lively and fruitful discussion which might help coordinate responses.

Please RSVP to Sherman Hesselgrave at  All are welcome!