Toronto Star: Homeless memorial records 995th name as city committee debates new housing action plan
Darlene Stimson spoke with anger and
grief, standing at the base of the church steps, of the many systems who
failed her loving and trusting son.
never let illness or pain get in the way of being the most generous
human being I have ever known,” said Stimson, about the six-foot-tall
man who loved wrestling and karaoke and who, because of early health
challenges, viewed much of the world through the eyes of 12-year-old
“In the end, while it was a
respiratory infection that resulted in Adam’s death, the proximate cause
was a social safety net that let him down.”
Street Nurse, Author
you for inviting me to this place I have spent a lot of time in.
like to read something by someone you all may know – Brian Burch:
We know what heaven is like: “In my father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? (John 14:2). And we know what Toronto is like. In our city are many heating grates; in our city are many file folders full of names of our sisters and brothers seeking a home. In the midst of our city are many trying to bring to life in the present heaven’s promise. This is done through protests and petitions. It is done through opening up sanctuary spaces for temporary resting places. It is done by squatting empty buildings. And it is done by those that weave together funds from various sources to develop new housing.”
was by then Rev. Brian Burch in a homily given in 2005. Brian tells
me he is now a grassroots co-op activist – which I think is a
of the Holy Trinity is woven through my memoirs, A
Knapsack Full of Dreams.
likely won’t surprise many of you. I’ve spent a lot of time here.
With her forehead resting in her right hand, Rachel Robinson quietly wept as her friend was included among the names of the dead read out at Toronto’s Church of the Holy Trinity on Tuesday.
Robinson had come to the church to take part in a monthly memorial for people who have died from issues tied to homelessness, including exposure, poverty, violence, illness, addiction and neglect.
Please join us at the Homeless Memorial for an hour of remembrance and advocacy.
This outside vigil will be followed by a solemn procession to City Hall to tell Mayor Tory to act on the homelessness emergency and to stop these preventable deaths!
As part of our campaign to “Have a Heart For the Homeless”, we ask that you draw or cut out hearts on paper and cardboard and bring them with you.
Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at noon.
Location: Church of the Holy Trinity, 19 Trinity Square (beside the Eaton Centre)
Lunch will be provided. If you are able to contribute food or help serve, please contact Merylie at firstname.lastname@example.org
On Tuesday, February 13th at the Toronto Homeless Memorial a small excerpt of King Lear, called Too Little Care will be performed. Walter Borden
, actor, playwright, activist and member of the Order of Canada, will take the title role. Peyton LeBarr and Michael Bennet Leroux round out the cast as Kent and the Fool, respectively.
Lear is a King who finds himself homeless and dispossessed in the middle of a terrible storm. He comes to the realization that people in his kingdom live like this all the time, and that he, as ruler, has “(taken) too little care of this”.