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Remembering to say thank-you

November 21, 2007

Family time

TONY
“I know everybody thinks Bush has lost it upstairs but also you know, I meet a lot of Yanks and most of them are nice and decent people when you get to talk to them. And they’re spittin’ mad — same as us about Vietnam — I mean Iraq — and they can’t stand Bush just like we Canadians can’t.”

PHILIP
“And your point is …?”

TONY
“Well, someone just reminded me that it was American Thanksgiving on Thursday. It just made me think we should be giving thanks for having Americans as neighbours, even if their government’s run by a bunch of cocaine addicts. You gotta remember that America saved our ass a few times in history.”

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Giving money to Tony and/or to Tony’s choice of charities

February 2, 2007

PHILIP
On Dec 24th (see the “PS” just above reader comments), I said that bank accounts were being set up to enable you to give money:

a) to Tony personally (Account #1);

and/or

b) to Canadian Registered Charities, as selected by Tony (Account #2).

Two further notes. First, please read the “fine print” on the instructions for giving money before giving anything. Secondly, while I don’t think it’s a problem, it should be high-lighted that with Tony in jail and facing other possible charges, he might choose to use any of your gifts to him (i.e., that you deposit into Account#1) to help him fulfill possible bail conditions, to help with legal expenses, etc.

Of course, you can bypass Tony by directly supporting charities benefitting the homeless; anything you do will be appreciated.

My apologies for the delay in getting all this set up.

Jamaica farewell

January 22, 2007

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TONY (walking into a local convenience store)
“Hey Phil.”

PHILIP
“What’s up?”

TONY
“Just going to use their phone to see if my flowers got delivered. My “second mom” just died so I’m sending flowers. I met her 15 years ago when we were both working at this old people’s home where I was the maintenance guy. She asked me to help her get some barrels into a van and I gave her a hand. After she moved back to Jamaica, she came up from time to time to visit her kids up here and she’d give me a bottle of Jamaican rum, extra proof, every time.

She was really a second mom to me. My diabetic friend is pretty sad too. We’re gonna miss her.”

Page A3 of today’s Globe and Mail

December 20, 2006

PHILIP
The web address is: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20061220.wxhomeless20/BNStory/National/home

For those asking how to get a monetary gift to Tony (other than by seeing him personally, which would be great), I will post an answer this week. I have contacted a Bay Street law firm to aid in ensuring that the gift handling process is secure and transparent (and is done on a pro bono basis). As soon as this is settled, you’ll be among the very first to know.

In Oct., when we launched HomelessManSpeaks.com, our mission was to change the widespread and often-not-fully-thought-through misconceptions about the homeless, and about marginalized people as a whole.

In solid, well-controlled studies done in the last 75 yrs, science has established that personal, human, visceral identification with another is the only reliable means of achieving attitude change.  And that’s what we’re up to, thanks to the Web. Please help change the world.

Thank you.

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