Be kind

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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.

 

 

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“… Illusions of someday, casting a golden light”

I can’t say that I was ever a fan of the Tragically Hip. Proud Canadian I am, but never one to listen to their music.

I’ve heard their songs on the radio for years, but they never fully resonated with me. At least, not until last year, through the tragic circumstances of Gord Downie’s cancer diagnosis. But isn’t that always the case? Only through these kind of situations do we really start to understand a person. Once I started to learn more about Gord Downie and who he was, the more I could see how much of an influence and impact he had on Canadian culture. And with the incredible things he accomplished this past year on borrowed time, especially with his work on The Hidden Path (while bringing to light a dark subject about Canada’s treatment of Aboriginal children) it says a lot about who he was as a person. 

The song Ahead by a Century has a lot more meaning to me now for some reason. I don’t know if it’s because the lyrics strike a chord (so to speak) with me as a person today, or if it’s just because of Downie’s impact, but either way it’s something special. There’s a quote floating around somewhere that Downie was to have said, about creating music to bring people together.

This Choir Choir Choir! clip, although a few years old now, is a perfect example. (PS: No one can put together a musical tribute better than them.)

Thoughts before a Canada Day long weekend

  •  Please let there be sun tomorrow, please let there be sun tomorrow.
  • Because I want to go to the beach.
  • Not necessarily for the Canada Day celebratory stuff, although that’s nice.
  • Mainly for the sake of visiting the beach.
  • And taking the dogs.
  • And by beach, I don’t mean the ocean side beach.
  • Rather, the lake-y side beach.
  • A lakeside beach has an entirely different vibe.
  • Or does it?
  • This whole Canada 150 celebratory thing has got me conflicted.
  • On one hand, it’s a party for our existence, but on the other hand…
  • It’s a reminder that it’s 150+ years of colonialism.
  • Not cool.
  • It’s also a reminder that there will be masses and masses of leftover Canada 150 collection items that no one bought, and will eventually go to waste.
  • Or go on display in museums in the future.
  • Just being realistic, don’t mind me.
  • I probably should have gotten that 150 water bottle.
  • Nah.
  • Should I make butter tarts this weekend?
  • That would be going the “extra” Canadian mile.
  • So would be chugging a shot of maple syrup.
  • Which I would not recommend.
  • That is, unless you have a reeeeeally sweet tooth.
  • The Doctor Who finale is this weekend, and I’m not feeling great about 12 regenerating.
  • I was unsure about Peter Capaldi in the beginning, but now I DON’T WANT HIM TO GO.
  • Which is what usually happens when a new Doctor comes along.
  •  It’s like David Tennant and Matt Smith all over again.
  • :/
  • At the same time, I’m very interested to see who’s going to replace him.
  • It’s been kept well under wraps this time.
  • Time to sign off now! Leaving you with some Canadian patriotism.
  • Y’all Americans aren’t the only ones that can boast.
  • We can do it.
  • ….We just don’t want to.