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09 April 2011 @ 02:41 am
I'm going to be taking a break soon. If I'm not doing this, tell me I should be doing this.
07 November 2010 @ 03:50 pm
"We've already had a judge conclude that there was an attempt to smear our chair...I believe there have been attempts to intimidate me for the purpose of controlling my activities as a member of the [Toronto Police Services] board. I've done some research with past members of the board and people tell me they believe they've been followed, they believe their homes have been watched, they believe that people have been hired to investigate their personal lives, and these are only the common threads - I also heard some stories that were fantastic...every [previous board member] who had questioned anything to do with the police budget or anything to do with civilian oversight, everybody I talked to had a story."
-Former TPSB member Jon Filion at a 2004 meeting.
03 April 2010 @ 08:18 pm

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.

18 March 2010 @ 04:23 pm

-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

12 March 2010 @ 02:59 am

"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.


01 March 2010 @ 12:15 am
"When I note that this or that dude is a homophobic, misogynistic asshole, some other dude will tell me it isn’t his fault, he just grew up in a culture in which he was expected to act like a Pantera fan. I get it because I have also spent my entire three decades in a culture that expects me to behave in ways that I find absurd, but I don’t engage in those behaviors because I’ve realized that they’re absurd and have decided not to engage in them because I am responsible for my own behavior."
24 February 2010 @ 03:27 am
At the end of an otherwise 'objective,' jargon-heavy and overly detailed report on the administrative processes of Ontario 'Workfare,' the author of the paper just seems to lose it and blurts out, "Reform has little to do with increased programme knowledge. Instead, change is driven by ideological conviction and short-term political gains. The political arm-twisting and fraudulent figures behind this programme reflect the purely symbolic level at which reform is being pursued."

This is what makes me laugh at 3am.
18 February 2010 @ 12:17 am
Dear computer, fuck off.

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.
11 February 2010 @ 09:37 am
Out of step.
28 January 2010 @ 09:56 am
"If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places — and there are so many — where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction. And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory."
-Howard Zinn, 1922-2010.