Posts Tagged ‘Toronto’

Believe it

May 22, 2013

Einstein quote - HMS

Hi all,
It’s has been a long time coming (see my post from December, below) …  but  I can now report that there’s been substantial progress on Tony’s bench, the upshot of which is that I won’t be surprised to see the bench installed before the end of July. Also, everyone involved should hear that, instead of the location in front of Mabel’s, the bench will be installed about 30 feet north, in front of Timothy’s at the SE corner of Roncesvalles and Grenadier; benches aren’t permitted in areas of interlocking brick; only concrete sidewalks will do.

Thanks to donors for your quasi-infinite patience. And, of course, thanks to Pat Dixon for her infinite efforts.

I will keep you apprised.


Donations to help the Roncesvalles community buy and install a commemoration bench for Tony

October 27, 2011

Until Saturday, the TD Canada Trust branch (one block south of Howard Park Ave) is accepting donations. If we end up with more money than we require for the bench,  the surplus will be used in a fashion acceptable to Tony’s family and to the volunteers involved in the ongoing commemorative effort. [Ed Lamb is in charge of donations; if you want his contact information, please email me at

The photo above is from our posting of Aug 20, 2007.

Literary criticism

August 1, 2011

“Did you hear that Rob Ford said he didn’t know who Margaret Atwood was? I mean, even I’ve know about Margaret Atwood.”

It’s too late

July 21, 2011

“Hot enough for you?”

“They said it was going to be the hottest day ever for Toronto and they weren’t kidding, you know.”

“Really? It’s never been this hot ever since you can remember?”

“Not in the last 50 years, that’s for sure. Maybe I tink sometimes that it’s that global warming and now it’s catching up with us, if you know what I mean. I hope it’s not too late.”

Shelter wanted

October 28, 2010

“Did you hear about the wind warning for Toronto? It’s sure picking up around here.”

“When that wind starts up, I’m target number one on its list, if you know what I mean. Sometimes I’ve got nowhere to hide.”

I told you so

October 26, 2010

“I hate to say ‘I told you so’ but I told you so.”

“Are you talking about Rob Ford?”

“Well, what did you think I was talking about?”

Home away from home

September 29, 2010

“You know those people who don’t have any place to live after that big fire the other day ?  Well, that’s a bad feeling, I can tell you, when you get kicked out of your own place.”

On the merits of Rob Ford

September 21, 2010


“Tony, you’re talking with people all the time. So what’s behind this incredible popularity of Rob Ford?” [Rob Ford is a candidate for mayor of Toronto.]

“Well I think that it’s just that people don’t like to see the city wasting their money, if you know what I mean.”

“Do people really trust his judgement though? Being good at hating waste doesn’t make you good at cutting it.”

“All I know is that folks seem to like him.”

The gods must be really crazy

June 28, 2010

“I forgot to ask you about what you thought about the G20.”

“Well, if you ask me, that G20 is one big waste of money. You know, they spent a billion dollars for that meeting. It’s crazy. Crazy. Just think what you could do with a billion dollars. It’s really crazy.”

Falling like flies

May 17, 2010

“You know that guy Stan, he sometimes hung around that new place you sometimes go. You know, ‘Lit‘, down the street there, you know that one, the one called ‘Lit’. Anyway they found him lying dead there where he got that room, down on King there. That’s another one down. We’re falling like flies, if you know what I mean.”

On the bus

March 20, 2010

“Hey, what are you doing here?”

“You know, I take the bus too sometimes.”

“So when you ask people for a bus token, you actually use them?  I figured you sold the tickets to get money …”

“Well how am I supposed to get around if I don’t use the bus? I don’t exactly have a car, if you know what I mean.”

“I gotta admit, you’ve got a point there.”

The big C

October 5, 2009

3 - Tony in Hospital  - Oct 5 2009

2 - Tony in Hospital  - Oct 5 2009

1 - Tony in Hospital  - Oct 5 2009

Hi Everyone,

I just visited Tony at St. Joe’s. He’s got cancer, probably in the lungs, though it’s not certain if it’s in one lung or two — or even which lung. While I was there, the doctors took him for an x-ray, but I don’t know the results, — if any. In addition, he’s got heart problems, and an ugly hernia protruding from his upper abdomen. The three photos above is what he looked like at about 230pm today.

He seemed depressed and feared that they might release him.

Tony wants to thank Gwen and Cathy for coming to visit; the bananas were yummy.

More when I know.


In the air

August 5, 2009

Hamlet - Aug 5 2009

“Thank God that garbage strike is finally  over. What a stink. And I know what a stink is, I can tell you.”

Badge of recognition

September 18, 2008
Tony's badge

“Did I show you this. Actually, I got one for you as well.”

“How’d you get them?

“Some of the guys from 14 Division took me out for dinner last night if you can believe that.”

“What … they just popped you in a squad car and sped off to the local doughnut shop?”

“Sort of like that. So after dinner, they gave me one of these things so I just asked them for another one.”


April 25, 2008

Tony in royal colour

“Check out my new jacket with a royal colour?”

“Where from?”

“I was working a the car wash on Dundas, you know the one just up there and I was drying cars. So the supervisor gave it to me. Pretty good, eh?”

Working the system

April 23, 2008

“A cop gave me a ticket yesterday.”

“For what? For being homeless?”

“Almost. I was standing at the top of the street and this cruiser stopped and the cop gave me a ticket. She said I was panhandling near a bank machine which was an offence. So I asked if I could at least get a warning first, since I didn’t know about the law but he officer didn’t budge at all.

“So today a friend tells me that CFRB radio said that a lot of street people had been ticketed recently for all sorts of things. The guy on the radio said that it costs way more to lock folks up than the city will ever collect in fines. No kidding! I mean, where am I going to find the ninety-six bucks anyway?”

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