It was a rough start to the week in our city. There are no words I can easily express to describe what everyone has been feeling these last few days, other than sad. Just really, really sad.
It is a tragic time for Toronto–with lives lost and others injured on account of one individual. We have seen such incidents played out in other cities around the world, and while it was something we knew we were not immune to (fortunate as we have been), it came as a devastating shock never the less.
Grief is a personal and, at times, lonely thing. However, I’ve seen time and time again that in tragedies like this, that it brings people together. In Toronto, it is no exception. In fact, we’ve come together more as a city than we have in quite some time.
If there’s one thing I’ve heard more often than not since this past Monday, it has been one simple thing: to be kind to one another. In the hubbub of our busy lives, it’s easy to get wrapped up in our own issues. But the act of kindness and being considerate towards others can make a remarkable difference, and since Monday, I’ve seen plenty of it around Toronto.
Lastly, I just wanted to say how proud I am of this city, and how happy and fortunate I am to call it home. This incident has changed us, but will certainly not define us. The journey to recovery and closure won’t be easy, but at least we’ll going through it together.