No Inflation

After nearly 35 years of shunning its victims, homelessness in Toronto is becoming institutionalized as media tell of government fashioning quieter, more polite words to depict “street people”, of impending frost and the locations of warming centers and safe injection sites. Advertisements

Girls Day

Today the ladies on television are celebrating girls day interrupted by images of women outside North America, images that seem familiar from NGO ads I’ve seen before. A week ago on facing benches in GO’s west concourse, people hurried between two young women – girls cushioned by bags,trying to get some sleep, one her hair … More Girls Day

Cultural Solitudes

An old thought came back as I was re-reading a titleless blog about my having suspected that the United States and Canada had dissolved into being ghostly destinations in an old dream, the one that Mr. Trump like Jay Gatsby thinks he can bring back “great again”. In that old Canada, Tim Horton played defence … More Cultural Solitudes

System

System is a newer term denoting something like a social compact that obstructs freedom, perhaps the freedom to be a member of the system. It is neither black, white nor any other colour. Its members, though individually not wanting to be seen, act in unison by silent, perhaps, fearful submission. Its most visible public groupings, … More System

Housing Capital

Temples fashioned by artful engineers housed gods in architectural splendor And treasure, to keep thieves in awe. Banks, temples to Pluto,  give way to institutions made out of treasure.

Time & Timelessness

Thoughts central to Shakespeare’s sonnets are beauty, procreation, nature and time. Personal beauty overcomes the ravages of time by procreation, “Die single and thy image dies with thee.”(sonnet 3) “For never-resting time leads summer on/To hideous winter and confounds him there;”(Sonnet 5) In the twentieth century T.S. Elliot sees time as a static mental construct, … More Time & Timelessness