From the Giving Tuesday website: Entering its fifth year, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on […]
I was brave or foolish enough to brave the 250+ store mall in the centre of the city – The Eaton Centre – this Black Friday. Canadian Black Friday is not by any means the American Black Friday. There are no fist fights, the line ups are orderly, and the customers are civil. But, that […]
I was recently notified that anti-Semitic graffiti was scrawled on a window of one of our branches. The hate graffiti on the window was quickly removed by someone in the community before even staff could take action. Nevertheless the deed was done. Police were notified. Additional hate graffiti was found at other locations within the […]
The calamity of this election has confirmed an unimaginably deep disturbance in our society. As always, the progress we have made brought along with it a tailspin of backlash. In the endless cycle of history, there is no choice but to press on immediately and cohesively toward our goal of an inclusive society. I’m not […]
How you see the photographs in The Invisibles: Vintage Portraits of Love and Pride, collected by Sebastien Lifshitz from garage sales and flea markets, is entirely personal. Are they a quaint and touching collection of portraits of love? Are they surreptitious glimpses into early 20th century LGBT oppression? Are they a bold statement of pride […]
You know that old saying, you meet the people you need to meet, and if you are really lucky, you know it? Well, let me change that a bit: you read the books you need to read and if you’re really lucky, you know it. Recently I picked up Losing Everything by David Lozell Martin, […]
A beautiful antidote to the US election of 2016 is the Scotiabank Giller Prize, honouring top Canadian authors, as broadcast on national television. Smart, literate, prestigious. I am not sure it gets better.
I judge a book by two things. 1. Can I read through the whole thing? 2. How many photos do I take of the text? For me, photographing passages of the book is like highlighting without being disrespectful. Plus, I can share it, take it with me, and otherwise spread the words that have made […]