-Former TPSB member Jon Filion at a 2004 meeting.
I have an exam this Monday and after that I'm most likely going to be taking a long break from school.
I'm going to try to do the things I want to be doing while financing myself through as much work as I have to put in to whatever jobs I find.
Among other things, I want to be playing music and traveling.
-Got fired from my job today
-Got my OSAP loan reduced to one fifth of what i owe in tuition money since i dropped a course last week
-The TA in one of my remaining courses has decided I never handed in a term paper because my professor lost it
-My mom is selling the house I grew up in and I have to figure out a way to get my stuff out of there as well as a place to put it
-I have to write a ten page research paper in the next 19 hours
"The poor do not choose poverty. It is at once their affliction and our national shame. The children of the poor (and there are many) are the most helpless victims of all, and find even less hope in a society where welfare systems from the very beginning destroy their chances of a better life."
-David Croll, Canada's first Jewish member of parliament. Elected 3 times by Toronto's Spadina riding, Croll was consistently blocked from joining the Liberal cabinet due to antisemitism and was eventually sent to join the Senate, becoming Canada's first Jewish Senator. This quote is from the beginning of his 1971 Special Senate Committee Report on Poverty.
Before becoming an MP, Croll was Mayor of Windsor during the great depression where he pushed the city into deficit spending to create unprecedented social programs. He was later elected to Ontario's Legislative Assembly, becoming Canada's first Jewish Provincial Cabinet Minister, holding the offices of Minister of Public Welfare, Municipal Affairs, and Labour respectively. Croll was eventually forced to resign from cabinet due to his support for the United Auto Workers in their 1937 strike against General Motors. In his resignation letter, he wrote, "I would rather walk with the workers than ride with General Motors."
The seniors' residence at Bloor and St George (on top of G's Fine Foods) is now named the Senator David A. Croll Apartments. Between 1968 and 1975, the same building housed Rochdale College, a benchmark attempt at radical education and co-operative living.
It provides me with unending frustration that the critically important stories behind the place I live are buried in obscurity with piles of bullshit the size of buildings piled on top. I'm feeling the need for a workshop series dedicated to a people's history of Toronto.
This is what makes me laugh at 3am.
I want to be somewhere else right now. I think I need a 'vacation.' All I want to do is get on a bus to another city and spend some time there.
Instead, I'll continue sinking money I don't have and time I don't want to waste into a bullshit BA, working at a job I hate for just enough money to make rent, while trying to keep a million projects going with the time and energy I have left over.
-Howard Zinn, 1922-2010.