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The Dunstan Times  Winter 2011 

This newspaper was founded in 1862 by George Fache, a French Heughenot after sailing to New Zealand

In 2012, join our Sesquicentennial Anniversary celebrations @ Clyde (formerly Dunstan), New Zealand   Explore the Times' world   Our website is @ dunstan-times000.tripod.com had 61 page views yesterday and 1562 page views so far this month. .Our goal is to enlighten, educate, inspire, inform and even entertain. We will not titillate nor run 'shock journalism'. Brampton edition by his great-great grandson Mike MilneEmailUs@ spacermike007@yahoo.ca 

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This page stands as a make shift memorial to the countless fallen friends like...

 Jack, Tom, Norm, Phyllis, Steve, Jeanny, Tyler Gordon Myke, Gord Dickie, Keith Cookson, Debbie, Debbie, Barbara, Charlie ( Chuck) McLean, Heather Weston, Clifford Taylor (Tex),Mel , Don Wheeler, Wayne Garbutt, Sarka Kudelouc, Valerie Frazer... and others yet unmentioned, we miss you so much.

BRAMPTON'S DOWNTOWN LOSES ANOTHER DEAR ONE
Brittany Ricker: another soul gone, died on Dec. 1st 2011! People, what is going on! People of the 'street' are dying at an alarming rate. Is anyone not suspicious of how so many are dying lately. Way back I wrote that

 STREET PEOPLE DYING AT AN ALARMING RATE

What is happening in downtown Brampton Ontario to the "street people"? Why have so many died lately. Of a core group of some 40 to 50 odd souls, nine have died since April 2010. I find this an unacceptable percentage, mathematically improbable. I plan to probe into this troubling issue, talking to agencies and involved individuals. We hope to piece together a realistic outlook on this devastating issue. I believe that there is no mere coincidence that these were "marginal" people who died. There is a real possibility that there is more than nature at work here. Most refuse to comment, but one source stated that they believe there is a group who's misguided vision is to "clean up the streets" of these worthless people. This is the  angle we will be digging into.

 Look, when extremist Muslims rioted over cartoons, I was emphatic over my right to publish the jokes and so I published them. Hey, they are funny. Also, when the U.N. forced Vietnamese repatriation I published and protested. This issue is very precious to my heart, and these people were wonderful remarkable souls, full of divine impetus. This also makes theirs deaths more tragic. The old saying goes the good die young. Yes it sometimes seems so. Lets hope in this case its not because the evil are killing them! Just for the record I am presently very fit , healthy, marvelously well and in great shape.

Dudley Laws (May 7, 1934 – March 24, 2011)   Just days after being honoured for his decades of activism, Dudley Laws passed away Thursday March 26th 2011. He was 76. Born on May 7th 1934 in Jamaica, Laws moved to England and then came to Toronto in 1965. He co-founded the Black Action Defence committee in 1988 in response to several police shootings of black men in and around Toronto. It was Laws’ efforts that helped to ensure the province developed its police accountability procedures. In his 50 years of activism, he was involved in grassroots efforts to help recent immigrants in both Britain and Canada and organized campaigns to combat racism in both countries. He co-founded the Black Inmates and Friends Assembly and was involved in several other organizations. Laws was honoured at an event hosted by the Jamaican Canadian Association, but he was too ill to attend the event. He reportedly watched it online.    Ed note: Dudley Laws was an incredible man with a very big heart. He was humble, kind and generous. He helped people with all types of issues.  Together he and I drove to Ottawa just to try to help my girlfriend fight a deportation order. He asked for no money in return. He was a tireless human rights advocate and will be sorely missed. He is irreplaceable. An amusing anecdote was once walking along a Toronto street together, he was stopped by dozens of people every five steps or so and thanked for his work. It took about one hour to walk just two blocks due to the outpouring of respect. I love and miss you Dudley and hope I can receive some of your spirit.


Bill Buss and Why We Need To Do More

 

 

At the Good Neighbours’ Club, we take homelessness personally, because we are fortunate to get to know homeless men personally. Men like William Buss.

Bill was one of our regulars at The Good Neighbours' Club. Day in, day out, he was around, for breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack. He was a very intelligent fellow, with a quirky sense of humour, and knew everything there was to know about engines and mechanics. He loved our third floor library, and heaven help anyone who mis-shelved a book that Bill was reading! If he was your next-door neighbour, you probably would have called him eccentric, and left it at that.

Bill went missing a few months ago, and without any fixed address it was impossible to reach him. Staff and members asked around, but no one had seen him recently. He just went off the radar, something a lot of our guys do, only to resurface again. Bill didn’t resurface.

Bill died. Alone. Tucked under a stairwell for warmth. Bill deserved better.

Bill Buss was laid to rest this August 21st at the Rosar Morrison Funeral Home, where our members and those who worked with Bill had a chance to talk about him and share their grief. Our local area Councillor, Kristyn Wong-Tam, also introduced a motion of condolence for Bill at Council this week to keep the plight of our Toronto’s homeless in the public eye, and we are grateful for that.

Our Director of Operations, Lauro Monteiro, was interviewed by several media outlets. For more information, check out Bill’s story, “We Need To Do More”.

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We remember those who have been important in the life of The Good Neighbours’ Club.

 

DORIS GUYATT: Active for many decades in the Military Reserves, the Corps of Commissionaires, and Planned Parenthood, Dr. Guyatt's distinguished background in social work made her an ideal Board Member and Member's Council liaison.

 

RICHARD BEAUCX: An active member of the Club and a very generous individual, Mr. Beaucx was a very sharing person often found giving out pocket change to those with even less making him much liked among Club members.

 

BILL BUSS: Read the full story "We Need To Do More".

 

WALTER ROMANCE: A kind and generous man, Walter was a great cook. He will be greatly missed by friends and his adopted family.

OCCUPY

A handful of Occupy Toronto protesters have chained themselves inside fortified tents in defiance of police moves to take down their camp in a downtown park

Wherever you are, in the name of humanity I urge our readers to occupy7. Occupy in a way that procures regeneration, redemption and rights for all. Defy discord and degradation. Promote positive posturing. Behold, evil this way comes in the guise of fat cats; ordering the teardown and disposal of the very little possessed by protesters. Are our readers aware that simultaneous global shutdowns of individual Occupy camps infers a conspiracy? While it’s true conspiracy is an oft misused word, when independent powers act in the same manner at the same time, that is exactly what the word originally meant. Most assuredly Toronto, L.A. and New York officials are in cahoots as to how to deflate the Occupy movement. That’s okay as we too must act globally to resist. If you study how evil operates you will discover it is always based on a very limited mentality and strikes in an extremely base and even predictable way. Their modus operendi always involves trying to destroy their opponent; like ripping down their tents for example. Why not invite them to a three day conference at some swanky hotel and address their issues. This planet has a lot of issues. Who is answering these tough questions? Even the Super-Committee set up to find a working budget for the USA cannot find an answer for that relatively simple issue. Cut the spending. But they have such convoluted personal agenda they can’t even do the job they are overpaid to do. Look....WE ARE AS MAD AS HELL AND WE AREN'T GOING TO TAKE IT ANYMORE!!! I'm certain our readers get it but for those in power it needs repeating....WE ARE AS MAD AS HELL AND WE AREN'T GOING TO TAKE IT ANYMORE!!!

 

FEDERAL FRAUDSTER... Minister of Industry Tony Clement.The NDP says it has documents that show Treasury Board Tony Clement made "false and misleading statements" statements to Parliament about his role in the G8 legacy fund. New Democrat MPs Charlie Angus and Alexandre Boulerice held a press conference Wednesday morning in Ottawa to talk about emails they obtained through access to information legislation. They say the documents contradict some of the testimony Clement gave to the House of Commons public accounts committee on Nov. 2. "Unfortunately, Mr. Clement used the committee as an exercise in spin, obfuscation and misrepresentation of the facts," Angus said at the news conference. Angus said Clement told the committee that originally, 33 projects were put forward for consideration for funding and one was withdrawn because the municipality decided not to proceed. "This is simply not true," said Angus. He said he has an email showing that Clement's office advised the municipality of Gravenhurst that the project not be submitted for consideration. He also says the emails show that Clement's office was involved in sending documents to FedNor, the regional economic development agency, despite a statement from Clement at the committee that his officials were not involved. Clement is the minister for FedNor. "The most serious misrepresentation, however, is Clement's claim that he had no involvement in whittling down the projects," Angus said. The NDP MP said Clement told the committee that the municipalities themselves whittled down 242 proposals to 33, and that he had no role in that process.  "This is false," Angus said, stating that the documents indicate Clement's office was involved in rejecting projects. The G8 legacy infrastructure fund, worth $50 million, was set up to fund projects in Clement's Muskoka-Parry Sound riding, where the meeting of world leaders was held in Huntsville, Ont., in June 2010.

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WHEN POLICE ARE PIGS
             Lions and Tigers and Bears....oh my! Why did  authorities shoot these escaped rare and magnificent beasts. If even one officer enjoyed what they were doing ( I bet they all relished it)  then they do not deserve to be called police but should be labelled "PIGS" and be punished and demoted. Far too many quick draw artists wearing badges itching to do harm to anything in their path. That in fact is the recipe for the fall of an entire empire....
A dead lion is seen by the fence on Terry Thompson's farm near Zanesville Ohio. A dead lion is seen by the fence on Terry Thompson's farm near Zanesville Ohio. Sheriff's deputies shot nearly 50 wild animals — including 18 rare Bengal tigers and 17 lions — in a big-game hunt across the state's countryside Wednesday after the owner of an exotic-animal park threw their cages open and committed suicide in what may have been one last act of spite against his neighbors and police. A sign along Interstate 70 warns motorists that exotic animals are on the loose near Zanesville, Ohio.A sign along Interstate 70 warns motorists that exotic animals are on the loose near Zanesville, Ohio in the mostly rural area of farms and widely spaced homes 89 kiloemtres east of Columbus.
WHEN NATO WANTS YOU DEAD
IS ANYONE  A CULPABLE CRIMINAL? "We believe there is a need for an investigation," said Rupert Colville, a spokesman for the UN high commissioner for human rights.
 Misurata, Libya:  They had the ultimate trophies of the revolution: the colonel's golden gun, his satellite phone, his brown scarf and one black boot.
A small group of fighters from Misurata, the vanguard of the force attacking Colonel Moammar el-Gaddafi's former hometown and final hide-out, Sirte, said they had stumbled upon him hiding in a drainage pipe. He was bleeding from his head and chest, but he was well enough to speak, with his trademark indignation. More details are needed to ascertain whether he was killed in some form of fighting or was executed after his capture."  "You can't just chuck the law out of the window," he added. "Killing someone outside a judicial procedure, even in countries where there is the death penalty, is outside the rule of law."...Colonel Gaddafi was carrying what Mr. Shaaban described as a sack of magic charms. He had a silver pistol in his hand, and in a bag, the fighters found the golden gun.

On Thursday night, Mr. Shaaban looked around at his friends, young men caked in dirt or blood but smiling, congratulating one another on a job well done. "Bring the gun!" Mr. Shaaban said.
Amid the other souvenirs of war, the big prize was Colonel Gaddafi's body, shuttled around Misurata on Thursday, moved at least once when the crowds gathering to see it grew too large. By the late evening, the body had come to rest in the reception room of a pink villa. Scuffles broke out at the door as local military leaders came to take a look and snap pictures.

 Amy Winehouse died after a long battle with drug and alcohol addiction Amy Winehouse  File photo of British singer Amy Winehouse performing at the St. Lucia Jazz Festival      who had fought drug and alcohol problems for years, was found dead in bed at her London home on July 23rd 2011 at age 27. An initial autopsy proved inconclusive, although it found no traces of illegal drugs in her system. Pathologist Suhail Baithun told the inquest into the singer's death that Winehouse had consumed a "very large quantity of alcohol" — the level in her blood put her more than five times over the legal drunk-driving limit. Winehouse's doctor, Dr. Christina Romete, said the singer had resumed drinking in the days before her death after a period of abstinence. Romete, who saw Winehouse the night before she died, said the singer was "tipsy but calm." She said Winehouse had not spoken of suicide, and talked about her upcoming birthday. Winehouse family spokesman Chris Goodman said it was a relief to the family "to finally find out what happened to Amy." "The court heard that Amy was battling hard to conquer her problems with alcohol and it is a source of great pain to us that she could not win in time," he said. Amy Winehouse, CP 

 WE WILL ALL MISS YOUR GREAT TALENT AND CHARM

NEW HIGH IN LOWTreasury Board President Tony Clement is in charge of trimming budgets across government departments. He's shown here Aug. 4 announcing the creation of an agency to streamline government computer systems. The NDP accused Treasury Board President Tony Clement Monday of using the G8 legacy project cash as an "elaborate slush fund" and deliberately trying to avoid scrutiny from the auditor general. The party's ethics critic, Charlie Angus, held a news conference in Ottawa where he said the NDP obtained documents that show the $50-million fund was able to avoid normal checks and balances because of how Clement set it up. "In fact, it appears that this slush fund was set up in such a way that it kept both the Canadian public and the auditor general in the dark," said Angus. The G8 Legacy Infrastructure Fund allowed Huntsville, Ont., where the G8 meeting was held in June 2010, and neighbouring towns in the Muskoka region to access federal funding for new and improved infrastructure. Signage, lighting, streetscaping, benches, community centre renovations, improved roads and parks, public washrooms and gazebos were among the 32 projects chosen.The NDP says Clement, who was industry minister at the time and is the MP for the Muskoka region where the G8 meeting was held, went to "elaborate lengths" to set up a system where the funding proposals were shuffled through his constituency office first before the federal departments that were in charge of the G8 and G20 meetings."Because Minister Clement used his constituency office, this wasn't subject to the normal channels of review," said Angus. "The use of a constituency office to funnel money is very disturbing. It smacks of the creation of a personal private fiefdom where taxpayers' money becomes pocket change for Tony Clement to give out. That's a very disturbing process if we allow this." "This is the paper trail. This is the paper trail he ran through his office so that the auditor general wasn't able to see this," Angus said, holding up one of the documents. The documents contain a project proposal form that municipalities filled out describing the project they wanted funded, and they were asked to send the form to Clement's constituency manager, Sondra Read. "Minister Clement needs to start being honest with the Canadian people," said Angus. "Because up to now the code of silence has protected him, and the rest of this government for what they've managed to get away with." How can somebody who obviously will use any shady method to hide spending from the public and the auditor general end up with the Treasury Board as his responsibility?
NEW LOW IN HIGHA demonstrator smokes marijuana on Parliament Hill in April, 2010, at an annual protest calling for the decriminalization of marijuana. Health Canada is holding talks on changes to Canada's medical marijuana access regulations. Health Canada began two days of closed-door talks Wednesday about changes to the controversial medical marijuana law that has faced legal challenges and criticism for being ineffective. Even as meetings get underway in Ottawa, there are concerns Health Canada is on the wrong track with a law that asks doctors to ignore a sworn obligation to protect patients’ health, while forcing patients to go to great lengths to obtain a drug that many say eases their pain. Health Canada will hear from representatives of provincial and territorial ministries, medical associations, police forces, municipalities and users of medical marijuana. Under the "Marihuana Medical Access Program," the obtaining of medical marijuana depends on doctors issuing an approval or "declaration" confirming that the cannabis will be smoked to ease pain, nausea or other symptoms associated with an illness. Physicians have long resisted this so-called gatekeeper role, arguing that there is insufficient proof that medical marijuana actually works. "Smoking something seems really counterintuitive when we have a vast array of evidence going back 50 or 60 years on the deleterious effects of tobacco smoke," John Haggie, president of the Canadian Medical Association, told CBC News. "A lot of these patients have chronic conditions. It’s not an acute problem. So you may be storing up untold problems for the future just simply by the way you’re giving the medication. And this absence of information is hindering the whole process." Paul Lewin, a lawyer who represented 22 patients in a case over access to medical marijuana, says he heard many stories from users frustrated with a system that puts all the power in the hands of doctors. "It has been about six years that I’ve been fielding calls from sick people all over Canada, saying 'I hear you're bringing a case for people whose doctors won’t sign [declarations],'" he told CBC News. " I'm always starting out skeptical, like 'What are you, some 18-year-old with a sore back?' But no, it's stories like 'I'm 65 and I've never tried it before, but my daughter said it might help. And then I tried it for the first time and I couldn't believe the relief I got.'"The stories are tragic.”
STREET PEOPLE DYING AT AN ALARMING RATE
What is happening in downtown Brampton Ontario to the "street people"? Why have so many died in the last few months. Of a core group of some 40 odd souls, nine have died since April 2010.
Another list has come out including ...Jack, Tom, Norm, Jeanny, Tyler Gordon Myke, Gord Dickie, Keith Cookson, Debbie, Steve, Phyllis, Barbara, Charlie ( Chuck) McLean, Heather Weston, Clifford Taylor (Tex),Mel , Don Wheeler, Wayne Garbutt, Sarka Kudelouc, Valerie Frazer... and others yet unmentioned.
I find this an unacceptable percentage, mathematically improbable. We are going to probe into this troubling issue over the next few weeks. We will be talking to agencies and involved individuals. We hope to piece together a realistic outlook on this devastating issue. Many believe that there is no mere coincidence that these were "marginal" people who died. There is a real possibility that there is more than nature at work here. Most refuse to comment, but one source stated that they believe there is a group who's misguided vision is to "clean up the streets" of these worthless people. This is the  angle we will be digging into.
 
I have been warned that extremists would try to kill me if I expose them. Look, when extremist Muslims rioted over cartoons, I was emphatic over my right to publish the jokes and so I published them. Hey, they are funny. Also, when the U.N. forced Vietnamese repatriation I published and protested. Against the United Nations!
My opinion is no-one is too big or too small to not be exposed to the harsh light of public opinion. This issue is very precious to my heart, and these people were wonderful remarkable souls, full of divine impetus. This also makes theirs deaths more tragic. The old saying goes the good die young. Yes it sometimes seems so. Lets hope in this case its not because the evil are killing them!
Just for the record I am presently very fit , healthy, marvelously well and in great shape. This article will also serve as a make shift memorial to these fallen friends... we miss you so much.
Published On Sun Mar 27 2011

Dudley Laws was an incredible man with a very big heart. He was humble, kind and generous. He helped people with all types of issues. National Post Files 

Together he and I drove to Ottawa just to try to help my girlfriend fight a deportation order. He asked for no money in return. He was a tireless human rights advocate and will be sorely missed. He is irreplaceable. An amusing anecdote was once walking along a Toronto street together, he was stopped by dozens of people every five steps or so and thanked for his work. It took about one hour to walk just two blocks due to the outpouring of respect. I love and miss you Dudley and hope I can receive some of your spirit.

Dudley Laws (May 7, 1934 – March 24, 2011) was a Canadian civil rights activist and executive director of the Black Action Defence Committee.

Laws was born in Saint Thomas Parish, Jamaica to parents Ezekiel and Agatha Laws, and was a brother to three other siblings.[1]

A welder and mechanic by trade, he worked at Standard Engineering Works until he emigrated to the United Kingdom in 1955 and became involved in defending the West Indian community. He formed the Brixton Neighbourhood Association and also joined the Standing Conference of the West Indies.[2] In 1965, he relocated to Toronto, Canada, where he worked as a welder and taxi driver. He joined the Universal African Improvement Association, a Garveyite organization.

Laws became prominent in the 1970s and 1980s as a critic of the then Metro Toronto Police Force, due to a number of young black men being shot by police constables, as well as leveling other allegations of racist practices against the police. He has also been prominent as an advocate for immigrants and refugees and worked as an immigration consultant in the 1990s.

In 1988, he founded the Black Action Defence Committee following the police shooting of Lester Donaldson.

In later years, Laws maintained a better relationship with Toronto Police and was friends with two former Deputy Chiefs (Keith D. Forde and Peter Sloly).[3]

Laws died in Toronto of kidney disease on March 24, 2011.[4]

Star Published On Sun Mar 27 2011    When Dudley Laws moved to Toronto in 1965, the city’s black community was tiny and insecure. When he died on Thursday of kidney disease at age 76, the community had grown enormously — both in numbers and confidence. Laws’ unremitting fight against racism was an important part of the struggle of black Torontonians to claim an equal right to live and thrive here.

Laws was born in Jamaica and spent his early years in Britain, working as a welder. In Toronto he became a leader of the black community, vocal about conflicts with police and any appearance of prejudice. He followed the teachings of Marcus Garvey, another Jamaican, and created a Toronto chapter of Garvey’s Universal Negro Improvement Association. Later, after watching a number of young black men being shot by police, he co-founded the Black Action Defence Committee. “The worst thing to do in life,” he once told a reporter, “is to live in fear.”

Laws was very much a man of his time, a 1960s activist who witnessed the evolution of the black community into a force eager to fight for respect. The city of Toronto established an annual Dudley Laws Day, one that will continue to be celebrated. To the annoyance of some, Laws seemed relentless. But he was an unforgettable voice of equality for all Torontonians, no matter their ethnic origin.
National Post...

Dudley Laws, the black activist known for his curly silver locks and his acid tongue, died Wednesday after a long battle with kidney disease. He was 76.

Mr. Laws gained prominence when he called police to account for a number of shootings of young black men in Toronto in the 1980s. Not one to mince words, he once called Toronto Police the most murderous in North America.

Born in Jamaica, Mr. Laws immigrated to England at age 20 and attended Kensington College, where he trained as a welder and boiler-maker. His community activism began in London’s Brixton neighbourhood before he moved to Toronto in 1965, where he joined the Universal Negro Improvement Association. Later he co-founded the Black Action Defense Committee with lawyer Charles Roach and Denham Jolly, who went on later to found a Toronto black radio station, Flow 93.5 FM.

Mr. Laws took a prominent role in a downtown march in May, 1992, following the acquittal of four white Los Angeles police officers in the beating of Rodney King, and the shooting by Toronto police of a black drug suspect. Mr. Laws led a demonstration that began peacefully in front of the U.S. consulate on University Avenue, but then turned into a riot when about 1,000 black and white youth went on a rampage, smashing store windows and looting businesses. Police blamed him for the mayhem, but he refused to apologize.

“You can never control a people who have been brutalized,” he said.

In 1991 police arrested Mr. Laws and charged him with conspiring to smuggle illegal immigrants in and out of Canada. He was convicted and fined, but the Ontario Court of Appeal ordered a new trial after learning that the trial judge had met privately with prosecutors. The Crown later stayed the charges.

Then in 1995 he was charged with raping a young girl; he was acquitted. He later called both court cases a campaign to silence him. If there were one, the campaign failed; in the 1990s he continued to raise his voice in defence of the black community.

Councillor Michael Thompson, vice-chair of the Toronto Police Services Board, said the police have become more sensitive to the communities they serve, thanks in part to Mr. Laws’ efforts.

“People didn’t always agree with his methods,” Mr. Thompson said. “Still, I think history can judge him as an agent of positive change between police and the black community. He exemplified a real desire that all people be treated fairly and with respect.”

In 2000, Mr. Laws told the National Post that, “The worst thing to do in life is to live in fear. I have no fear at all. If one becomes afraid, you can’t do your work. You’ll be looking over your shoulders and be afraid to say what you want to say.”The Militant(logo) 
    Vol.62/No.41           November 16, 1998 
 
 
Anti-Cop Brutality Activist Dudley Laws Wins Victory Over Police Frame-Up  

BY ROSALIND RAYMOND
TORONTO - A victory was won against the police frame-up of Dudley Laws, a prominent Black activist against police brutality, on September 10 when the Ontario Court of Appeal overturned a 1994 conviction of Laws on charges of smuggling immigrants across the U.S.-Canada border. In a new hearing October 14, prosecutors dropped the charges against Laws, who agreed to carry out 200 hours of community service.

Laws is a leader of the Black Action Defense Committee, which has organized many protests against police killings in Canada. He runs a consulting business that advises immigrants and refugees on citizenship and immigration matters.

Laws was arrested on Oct. 15, 1991, after a four-month undercover cop operation that included video surveillance and phone wiretaps. The operation involved 30 officers and staff of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Metropolitan Toronto Police with a budget of $400,000. In a February 1994 jury trial, Laws was found guilty of conspiring to violate U.S. and Canadian immigration laws and sentenced to a nine-month jail term. The only evidence against Laws at the trial was presented by four undercover cops. These cops said that Laws had "transported" them across the border after they posed as undocumented immigrants.

Laws and his supporters charged that he was the victim of an entrapment operation that was part of a police vendetta against him because of his long record of opposition to cop brutality. In 1991 the Metro Toronto Police Association sued Laws for libel after he called the Toronto cops "the most murderous in North America."

During the trial Laws' lawyers got access to spy files compiled by the Metro Toronto Police Intelligence Services in April 1989, which documented cops' surveillance operations against individuals and groups who were active in the fight against police brutality, racism, and apartheid in South Africa.

While the government and cops had secured a conviction against Laws in the trial, there continued to be widespread public support for Laws in his uncompromising stature as a Black activist opposed to police abuse. The revelations of police spying on antiracist political activities further weakened the government's case against Laws.

The Ontario Court of Appeal withdrew the charges against Laws in September, saying he had not gotten a fair trial because the judge and prosecutors held three private meetings to discuss police wiretap evidence from which Laws and his lawyers were excluded. As part of the legal agreement to not retry the case, Laws will perform 200 hours of community service.

In a November 2 phone interview, Laws said, "The throwing out of the charges against me is a victory against racism and police entrapment." Laws described how after the court victory, "I have been stopped on the street and received many phone calls of congratulations from people saying they are happy I will be doing 200 hours of service in their community."

Laws described his long history of experiencing police harassment. "First the harassment started with parking tickets, then it moved on to speeding tickets, then they harassed members of my family, and then they moved on to criminal charges.

"I'm relieved that the seven-year legal fight is over," Laws declared, "and that I'll have more time now to be involved in fighting racism and issues that affect everyone in the community."

File photo of Dudley Laws. CITYNEWS.

Just days after being honoured for his decades of activism, Dudley Laws passed away Thursday.

He was 76.

The long-time activist who fought to ensure black citizens were treated fairly by police and worked for immigrants’ rights, died of complications of kidney disease.

Born in Jamaica, Laws moved to England and then came to Toronto in 1965. He co-founded the Black Action Defence committee in 1988 in response to several police shootings of black men in and around Toronto.

It was Laws’ efforts that helped to ensure the province developed its police accountability procedures.

In his 50 years of activism, he was involved in grassroots efforts to help recent immigrants in both Britain and Canada and organized campaigns to combat racism in both countries. He co-founded the Black Inmates and Friends Assembly and was involved in several other organizations.

Laws was honoured at an event Sunday hosted by the Jamaican Canadian Association, but he was too ill to attend the event. He reportedly watched it online.

thestar...

Dudley Laws is easier to deal with today. A warrior on Toronto’s front lines for justice has taken his rest.

Easier for white folks to acknowledge. Easier for the police to recognize. Easier for black folk to embrace. Easier for Toronto to understand.

Laws lies in a Toronto morgue, his unrelenting voice stilled by disease and death after 76 years of intractable vigilance and action against racism and injustice.

“No justice, no peace,” Brother Dudley repeated, until it became a rallying cry. His causes were just; maybe he’s found peace.

Laws’ words stung and unsettled so many during Toronto’s most tumultuous times in the late ’70s and 1980s and early 1990s that his name singularly turned quiet conversations into raging debates and accusations and denials about anti-black racism and police brutality.

And if his rhetoric didn’t disturb, his very visage did.

The black beret. The graying, then white, beard. The straight back along a stiff spine. The uncompromising news clips. The nose-to-nose confrontation outside police headquarters. The young black men at his side, reminiscent of Malcolm X, Black Muslims, Black Panthers . . . quiet fire raging below controlled anger.

Dudley died Thursday morning at Humber Regional Hospital, leaving a wife, five children and a black community in mourning.

He also left a legacy — greater civilian oversight over police; and the Special investigations Unit (SIU), set up in the wake of relentless protests by Laws-led groups demanding police accountability via an independent body.

Today, the SIU is considered a valuable element of a just and civil province. We can thank the controversial tactics of Dudley Laws.

Today, we rarely wake up to dead black men at the feet of a Toronto police officer — even though, arguably, there are more guns in the hands of young black men than the 1970s and 1980s, when Buddy Evans, Lester Donaldson, Marlon Neal, Wade Lawson and others were killed or wounded.

Laws then called the Toronto police the “most murderous” in North America, and talk radio exploded with condemnation, pushing moderate blacks to distance themselves with “Dudley Laws does not speak for me” declarations.

In 1992, anger boiled over in the Yonge St. riots following the acquittal of Los Angeles police officers in the Rodney King beating and in the wake of the Toronto police shooting of a drug suspect. As such, a common media query was, “What does the black community want?”

Ask that today, and you might be told to “Go ask Matt Galloway at CBC Radio One. Or Cameron Bailey at TIFF. Ask Pinball Clemons. Or Senator Don Meredith. Maybe, Brainerd Blyden Taylor of the Nathaniel Dett Chorale. Try billionaire Michael Lee Chin, politicos Michael Thompson, Mary Anne Chambers. Call up former GG Michalle Jean.”

He was never the community’s shining black prince. He was too ordinary for that, of too lowly estate, self-educated, a commoner, too aligned with the hoi polloi, not silver-tongued or smooth or connected enough, lacking in the, er, social graces. The man couldn’t even speak the Queen’s English, for crying out loud — mangling his metaphors, dropping the “t’s” and misplacing the “h’s” like any good Jamaican yardie.

But he was king of the streets. And, by the time police tactics of harassing young black men — thought to be the plight and domain of poor black boys — found credence in reports from the black middle class whose sons were indiscriminately stopped for driving fancy cars, Driving While Black, Dudley’s stridency was comforting, if not celebrated out load.

That explains why 1,000 people toasted him at a tribute last Sunday. Dudley had become mainstream.

“He was absolutely necessary, because while he and others took to the streets, it allowed others in the black community — the so-called moderate voices — to work behind the scenes to make change,” says Hamlin Grange, journalist, police board member, businessman.

At his retirement gala, Toronto’s first black deputy police chief, Keith Forde, praised Laws for helping to pave the path that led to his advancement in the force. How ironic.

“I know what you were doing was effective because any time when I socialize with my friends from the suburbs they would always say, ‘Thank God for Dudley.’ However, publicly they would be quiet.”

So, like warriors across the ages, he took the slings and arrows; the police wiretaps and super-surveillance; the conviction for smuggling immigrants, later stayed by the Crown; the back-stabbers he sought to help; the well-meaning “sophisticated Negroes” who recoiled from his street tactics.

Yet, he was a constant companion to those denied fair treatment; a lion of Judah to the dispossessed; a ballast against inequity. He was a rock and is an irreplaceable treasure.

“Like a father, he encouraged me in my pursuits,” recalls Danielle Dowdy. Lawyer Selwyn Peters credits Laws with opening “my eyes to social conditions of inequality and racism in policing in Toronto.” He inspired Gervan Fearon, and “a generation of young people were inspired to became involved in community building.” And Marie Clarke Walker of the Canadian Labour Congress said he “made it seem okay to challenge systems that those of us who came from the Caribbean were taught not to challenge.”

Almost five decades after he came to Toronto, the community he loved and fought for now faces a foe from within — youth alienation and gun violence.

Paulette Senior, CEO at the YWCA, calls herself a “proud Dudley-ite — schooled, mentored and empowered to go to any corner of the world and stand with my back straight.”

She and other disciples will be tapped to use Laws-like determination to tackle 21st century community challenges.

Dudley Laws Day  -  Sunday May 1st 2011


R.I.P Dudley Laws  07/05/1934 -  24/03/2011

Monday, March 28, 2011      


Dudley Laws Day

The purpose of this event is to honour Mr. Laws for all his accomplishments and hard work towards improving the situations of the African Canadian community and society in general.

About Dudley Laws

Dudley Laws was born in Jamaica in 1934, and came to Canada in 1965 via England where he started his long history of community involvement by helping new immigrants. .

Youth Scholarship Award

The purpose of this scholarship award is to demonstrate that our community is committed to our youth and helping them to achieve their goals. Every year the scholarship is awarded to outstanding young people ages 15 to 25.
Dudley Laws Day  -  Sunday May 1st 2011

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Panhandlers Feeling Effects Of Staggering EconomyExplore The Times' world! Our website is @ dunstan-times000.tripod.comEdited by Mike Milne

The Ontario government is developing a new long-term housing strategy that will provide a framework for affordable housing in Ontario over the next 10 years.  In order to ultimately frame the strategy, the province is seeking opinions on the proposed vision, principles and goals and to help identify initiatives that can be taken to support these directions, to facilitate public input, they have set up a number of regional consultation sessions across Ontario. Those wishing to attend one of the regional sessions are encouraged to register through the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH) website as space at each session is limited. 

Panhandlers Feeling Effects Of Staggering Economy... Douglas Belanger is working overtime in front of the Tim Horton's at Adelaide and Sheppard, opening doors for those in need of a caffeine fix while holding out a nearly empty coffee cup that he hopes to fill with enough loose change for a square meal.  On this cold, drizzly weekday morning, his efforts are being largely ignored by the throngs of jaded investors and assorted business people who shuffle past with pale faces and empty eyes after witnessing the fight for survival takes place on a daily basis. As Belanger knows all too well, the streets are cold, and they feel even colder in the abysmal black shadows cast by the financial district's towering institutions shadows that can seemingly swallow a person whole.  But it's not just the approach of winter or the lack of sunlight that has Belanger feeling a chill in his road-weary bones these days.  What used to be prime real estate in the panhandling world is slowly drying up. "I notice a lot of people don't have the same spirits since a couple of weeks ago when the bottom fell out of the stock market.."

CITY STRIKE HURTS THE VULNERABLE.....On June 24TH, 2009, Brian DuBourdieu went to The Seaton House men's
shelter in downtown Toronto, to get something to eat and a night's sleep.
Instead, he ended up spending the night in the emergency room of St.
Mike's hospital!

Alledgedly an assault took place after Mr. DuBourdieu asked for something to eat from the city management who are staffing the shelter during the current
strike. He was assisted to the hospital by a friend,
where he was treated for his injuries, including torn cartilage and
ligaments in his knee. There is a strong likelihood he will need surgery
to repair the damage to his leg caused by the repeated kicks.

Liberty

 Like a butterfly,

my wings spreading out, flying upward into the sky.

With a view to another continent.

To the country of the sun.

Like a migratory bird,

I am looking for a warmer country.

To warm up my liberty,

Liberty with other birds.

What happiness, my wings in the past hunted.

Today, flying upward into the sky,

Toward another horizon.

 By Helene Cloutier

ANOTHER HOMELESS MAN
DIES ON TORONTO STREETS

In the early hours of January 6 John Massie sought shelter in a bank
vestibule located on King Street just west of Yonge Street. While in the
vestibule John lit a cigarette and accidentally set himself on fire. John
suffered burns to eighty per cent of his body and died later that day.
John was a homeless native man who was well known in the community. He was
46 years old when he died.

Homeless people continue to die on Toronto streets. Overcrowded shelters,
insufficient income on social assistance, and the lack of affordable
housing have all contributed to these deaths.

On Thursday January 15 friends of John and anti-poverty activists will be
gathering to remember John Massie. We will also be calling on all levels
of government to address the ongoing homeless crisis in the city of
Toronto. Please come and join us
Cops Release Composite Sketch of Suspect In Cold Murder Case
Cops Release Composite Sketch Of Suspect In Cold Murder Case Of Community ActivistFather Of Four I.D.d As Latest Murder Victim His name was Julian Hinckson and by all reports, he was a loving father, a gentle man and a community activist. Police aren't sure how he also became something else another of the city's homicide victims. The 41-year-old went out to move his car in the Finch and Leslie area. When he didn't come back, his family began to fear the worst. And they were right. A man walking his dog along the tracks near the Cummer GO station discovered Hinckson's body early Tuesday morning. Cops have been trying to figure out who accosted the man and why he was killed, but they don't think it was a random act and seem sure more than one suspect is involved. Hinckson is the last person anyone would have pegged as a murder victim. He liked to fix bikes for kids in the neighbourhood and was described by some as a 'community builder'. An autopsy shows he died of stab wounds to the chest. Police suspect gangs may be behind the violence but as often happens in these kinds of cases, many residents seem too afraid to say anything and a cone of silence has reportedly descended on the neighbourhood. The sounds of that silence is echoing loudly with his shocked and bereaved family - Hinckson leaves behind a wife and four children.
StreetBeat - Jan. 6 - Homeless Man Badly Burned After Reportedly Setting Himself AlightStreetBeat - Jan. 6 - Homeless Man Badly Burned After Reportedly Setting Himself Alight. A homeless man was taken to hospital with serious burns after he reportedly set himself on fire near King and Yonge Sts. Police were called to the scene after midnight and they're currently investigating what happened. According to witnesses the man walked out of an ATM kiosk engulfed in flames. He was being treated at St. Michael's Hospital with extensive third degree burns.
Suspect two, far left, and suspect three, far right, in Cartier store robbery investigation. (Image courtesy of Toronto police)Police are hunting for three men after a jewelry store heist in Yorkville on Wednesday. The Cartier store on St. Thomas Street, near Bay Street, was targeted by three armed bandits wearing disguises. Several display cases were smashed as the robbers got away with a large haul.

That the federal government must be part of the solution on poverty is not new, nor should it come as a surprise. Quebec, the province that has led the way on reducing poverty in the past decade, has put federal resources to good use in building child care, housing and income security programs. Ontario should have taken our neighbour's cue a long time ago. But what is new, and where Ontario deserves some credit, is that the province has said that it will not wait to do its part. In fact, the government's plan says that proposals are being developed in the areas of housing, child care and social assistance, the costs of which are not yet factored into the $1.4 billion initial price tag announced last week. Last week told us where the floor is. Now we need to begin to look up at the ceiling. All in all, this move makes it a good day for those who believe in public policy and the role of government.

People trying to help the vulnerable are encouraged to use the cold weather guidelines to augment their own policies and procedures, to prevent cold injuries. The homeless can contact street helpline at 905-848-4357. Exposure to extreme cold can result in injuries such as frostbite, or hypothermia. Frostbite and hypothermia are serious conditions.

Frostbite Skin may look whitish or greyish yellow, feel hard or waxy and be numb. Severe Hypothermia Fatigue, confusion or slurring of speech – call 911, this is an emergency Move the person out of cold as soon as possible, then: Remove wet clothing Warm the affected area slowly. Use warm – not hot water. Use warm hands/body heat (do not rub) Give warm drinks Cover them with something dry such as clothing or blankets while waiting for help Do not attempt to warm the affected area because warming and refreezing will cause greater damage to the area Give warm drinks. Tissue suffering from cold injury is fragile and can be easily damaged. DO NOT RUB the area The affected area is numb and easily burned. DO NOT HEAT QUICKLY by using: Hot water Hot water bottles Heating pads Electric blankets

Out of the Cold provides some relief for poor people in our community living in very harsh conditions, we recognize that it does not address the underlying economic, social and political causes of homelessness and hunger. Our concern for equity and social justice has led us to a greater advocacy role. Some of our members are active in the Homelessness Action Group, an outgrowth of our service project. Begun in the spring of 2000 it advocates for long-term solutions to homelessness and for the provision of affordable and supportive housing.

COALITION OR NO.....

The Green Party says their primary concern is to see the crisis resolved and an economic package that meets Canada's needs, compatible with our climate change goals. The country needs a functional government. The coalition parties represent the majority of voters and they should have a chance to govern. The creation of a coalition government, the development of a more cooperative politic is something we welcome in Canada. Thank you once again for sharing your concerns with us.

http://www.defendourdemocracy.ca/ Sincerely,David Lewis Green Party Information Centre 1-866-868-3447

   Saint Andrews   10/1/09 Still no action. Our editor is going nuts on this one. Do we stage a protest or what?         4/11/08 Another month has gone by since a report was presented to Saint Andrews Food Bank. (see below) Nothing has changed! It disturbs me because not only are downtrodden people suffering but now the providers cannot say they are unaware of the situation.

 It seems to me some people are doomed to suffer always. I don’t know why but that seems to be the pattern. What really bothers me is when generally good people allow this to happen and in this case are the perpetrators. A worst case scenario is no food at all, that would be the worst, something unbearable. What is happening is a little help while watching affluent people receive overwhelming help. To me it is gut wrenchingly intolerable. Someone tell me what to do.

 

Saint Andrews Food bank Report                                      Sept. 24/08

            I personally have been receiving aid from St Andrews Church for about three years. They have helped me out a lot. Especially the saint-like efforts of your many volunteers who, week after week help the needy.

             As with any good thing, after a while negative influences begin to appear. Jesus noted this phenomenon in his parables. In our case it involves the ability to reach the needy. The program is failing on this point.

Worse than failing to provide for the extremely vulnerable, these same unfortunates sit and wait hoping for help; watch middle class people shuffle out past them loaded down with all the best of  the available food! These same affluent people can be seen outside stepping into recent model minivans and SUV’s.

 No one at your set-up should be able to afford any vehicle. It is obscene!

I personally am on disability and as such this barely covers my most basic expenses. Welfare gives many of your clients half that much! These are the people who really do suffer. The food they get is what they live on. For many weeks now I have noticed that the last twenty clients or so missed out on many of your key staples. For instance even rice or dry pasta was unavailable. which is a inexpensive and yet sustaining staple!

Solutions are simple in this particular situation. Other groups use the method I propose with great success. One time only confirm that your clients are on Ont. Works or other government assisantance (or have been denied assistance). Of course there should always be an avenue of exceptions such as one time compassionate acceptance. The only other solution is to cut down on the program shopping list. The chicken/ eggs/ wieners section hardly ever reaches my people at all. If you made it all wieners, you could afford more units and the end of the line could get wieners. It might even cull out some of your wealthier clients when chicken by-product is what they end up with instead of the large bags of fresh chicken they enjoy now! Most of your poor haven’t seen real chicken in months.

I request a comprehensive response to this dilemma within as short an interval as can reasonably be obtained. In light of the possibility of delays please invoke some emergency measures promptly, prior to any final word on this dire situation.

                                            Sincerely, D.D. (dedicated disciple)

 

 

Brampton Food Banks                                       when

St. Pauls Main St. S./ John St.

one bag mixed items

St.  Andrews Church Union St.  max 6 cans +bread, coffee, milk

 Th. 1pm-230pm

 

Wed. 1pm

Grace United Church Main St. 2 cans+ milk, soap

Tues 10-1130

Knight's of Columbus John St.  few cans and fresh food +$10-25 voucher

Fri 10-3 visits annually

Knight's Table 116 Kennedy Rd S. 2-3 bags assorted

905-454-8725 daily

St. Annes Vodden St. few cans+ $15-25 voucher

905-mid month Sat

Salvation Army 115 West Dr. appointment necessary

905-451-8840

Ste. Louise Outreach Haggart St. appointment necessary + 3hr volunteer

905-454-2144 Mon-Tue, Thu 10:30am-4:00pm 

Regeneration Outreach Community exists to be the facilitators of holistic healing, personal development and spiritual growth within a Christian context to homeless and socially isolated people within the Region of Peel.  We offer: A Breakfast Program at Grace United Church every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. On Saturday & Sunday the Breakfast Program runs out of the Knight's Table;  Lifestyle education (includes anger management, parenting and literacy programs); and other programs as the need arises.

Primary Contact

Laurie Hicks, Program Director, Regeneration Outreach Community, Phone: (415) 476-4778, Email: laurie-regeneration@sympatico.ca

PEEL POVERTY PONDERED
Back in 2005 there was a meeting at St. Pauls church which was hosted by " Regeneration". Everybody who attended was asked to offer ideas for inproving the 'homeless and street issues. It was a very animated affair with lots of great suggestions and some issues to address in the near future.  Transit, lockers, showers and fund-raising were a few of the hot topics. Fundraising by way of a newspaper was an issue that the Dunstan Times can aid and accomodate. This article  is written to get your input. Contact Regeneration for information at ...
Office Phone (905) 796-5888
Fax (905) 456-3638
E-Mail regeneration@sympatico.ca
or their website http://peel.cioc.ca/details.asp?RSN=16335&Number=2 or email us at spacermike00@yahoo.ca

Laurie, thanks for hosting the meeting on 4/5/05...I enjoyed it immensely..also the pizza was a very welcome treat. I believe it is good for the group just to get issues off their chest. In that sense yesterday was a success. My webnews site has a Brampton section which may be used to promote helping the streetpeople....mike

Police are trying to determine if foul play was involved in the death of a Brampton man found beneath a bridge in the Hwy. 10 and Steeles Avenue area. Police discovered the 54-year-old at about 6 a.m. Thursday ( 4/9/08) laying along a walkway on Steeles just east of Hwy. 10. The pathway, underneath a bridge overlooking the Peel Village Golf Course, is often used by leisure walkers, cyclists and joggers. According to police reports, someone walked into 22 Division early Thursday morning to report seeing a body on the pathway. When police arrived at the scene, they discovered the unconscious man. He was transported to hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. The walkway remained closed much of Thursday as officers attempted to determine circumstances surrounding the death. The body did show signs of injury, but those injuries are not inconsistent with a fall from the bridge, police said. In another apparently random act of violence, a well-known and beloved downtown character ( known by his street name as Relic) was savagely struck from behind by a cowardly unknown person. The 65 year old was discovered by a caring local man known only as Grant. Police have no leads.  Street gossip impunes local toughs who hang around the area of Nelson and George.  Meanwhile it hads been six weeks without any leads and 'Relic' is still in hospital. People who care can send a card c/o Bryan Langdon.

ABUSING THE DOWNTRODDEN...The abuses continue even now at the Knights Table in Brampton. I am getting a stream of complaints of forced donations by staff to clients, abusive behaviour by staff to clients and the selling of Maple Lodge donations for personal profit by Michelle. A worker named Maxine is even cheating clients by collecting money and then laughing at the clients saying there are no meals available. I am getting no response from the Knights of Columbus or any other party involved (except for an unsolicited email from a Knights Table employee provided at bottom). Due to the problems at the Knights Table from many upset clients I  conducted a survey and I asked 5 simple questions. The results were scary. Of those willing to fill in the questionnaire (many were afraid of reprisals) I received 36 different failing reports.  One must realize too that these answers are from current clients, the majority of non-respondents I questioned who simply no longer attend; like myself did not answer the questions. The most disturbing part of the survey was that many people chose to fill in the personal comments section. The answers are a bold reflection of what I was hearing on the street prior to my survey. I got notes stating: Michelle was cold, rude and swearing at clients, not fond of Maxine, staff were degrading, swearing and stealing produce. I got comments like 'fire the staff, fire the boss, get new management and get caring people', which I believe accurately reflects the state of affairs at this facility. I am getting disturbing results from my both my hardcopy and online questionnaire on The Knights Table on Kennedy Rd... Oddly I noticed you published a letter on Sunday Feb 10/08 sent in by one of the main focuses of my investigation, Michelle. I hope you publish my response to this letter. A simple questionnaire was recently sent out asking for a response by http://dunstan-times000.tripod.com. Below find the email I received apparently from a Knights Table representative (you are a small individual with obviously little true information and less brains but they will still service and serve even ppl like yourselves. if you spread the word of lies which your cabbage bullshit is ...I would rather you ate at the shelter where you are obviously from or definitely heading ...). The response I have received from the Knights Table speaks more loudly than anything I can say. This is the exact spirit that needs being removed from dealing with vulnerable people. People have been complaining about lots of issues at the Knights. Let’s fix the problem for the whole community immediately not later! .
A University of B.C. epidemiologist says there is now evidence to support a heroin-assisted addictions therapy clinic in Vancouver.Dr. Martin Schechter says Vancouver's NAOMI clinic should be re-opened. The three-year study treated 251 of the most chronically addicted in both Vancouver and Montreal who have not responded well to other treatment options. "These people are out in the alleys, injecting heroin of unknown quality and quantity," said Dr. Martin Schechter, the study's principal investigator. "They're committing crimes, they're involved in sex work to pay for that, and they're certainly, in that situation, not going to get better." The study was funded by an $8.1-million research grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and was approved by Health Canada. The study's participants received methadone, injected heroin or an opiate known as hydromorphone. The study found illicit heroin use among participants fell by almost 70 per cent, the proportion of participants involved in illegal activity fell to 36 per cent from 70 per cent, and participants who were once spending on average $1,500 per month on drugs reported spending between $300 and $500 per month by the end of the treatment phase. Schechter said that is enough evidence to show heroin-assisted therapy is a safe and effective treatment for the chronically addicted, and he wants to reopen the heroin-assisted therapy clinic in Vancouver that was used in the study.

 

Y campaign?? is about Spirit of Giving?

According to the Guardian, the Brampton YMCA is launching a new funding campaign that will give those who can't afford it a chance to belong to the Y family. The Spirit of Giving campaign... is a misnomer, and quotes from Ms. Johnson are exaggerated and misleading. The head of the the B’town Y told me directly she has no concern for the heath of under-funded Bramptonians. Here are exerpts of a Guardian interview: The Brampton YMCA is launching a new funding campaign that will give those who can't afford it a chance to belong to the Y family. The Spirit of Giving campaign is part of a 150-year tradition of helping people grow in body, mind and spirit, said Brampton YMCA General Manager Janet Johnson. A $70,000 goal has been set

 

 Sam's Journey NORML Coffee CompanyToronto police broke new ground Wednesday by arresting a 27-year-old woman under Canada's new drugged-driving law. The driver was taken into custody after she hit a parked car at 625 Richmond Street West. The woman was suspected of driving while under the influence of drugs. The new laws allow police to demand a drug test if they suspect a driver of being high while behind the wheel.  Meanwhile..."Study turns pot wisdom on its head," pronounced the Globe and Mail in October. News wires throughout North America and the world touted similar headlines, all of which were met with a monumental silence from federal officials and law enforcement. Researchers at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon found that the administration of synthetic cannabinoids in rats stimulated the proliferation of newborn neurons (nerve cells) in the hippocampus region of the brain and significantly reduced measures of anxiety and depression-like behavior. The results shocked researchers -- who noted that almost all other so-called "drugs of abuse," including alcohol and tobacco, decrease neurogenesis in adults.

Mayor Mad!!!No, don't get a straitjacket, Her Honour is fuming as Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty won't return her telephone calls. "We sent him a letter, we call two to three times a week. We've had no answer," a frustrated Fennell said this week. "It has been six months. I can't get a return call or the dignity of an acknowledgement that we have asked for a meeting," she said. "He can't be that backlogged!" Editor's Note: dear mayor, now you know how it feels. You have failed to respond to my many letters to yourself. Actually I find that all levels of government work the same in recent years. Linda Jeffrey (our MPP) has never responded to my letters, or Tony Clement before her. In fact he had a constituent arrested for repetitively writing him. Shame on them all!

Sex charges against Peel officer dropped! Or Dopp the dope dupes dept. derelicts. Sex charges against a Peel police officer have been stayed in a Newmarket court, but he remains on suspension and will still face Police Act charges, according to Peel police. Gene Dopp, 46, of Orangeville, had four charges against him stayed last week when a judge ruled it had taken too long to bring the case to trial. How can this type of crime be allowed to adjourn knowing the stupid rule of delayed rights. What is the name of the adjourning judge and prosecutor. How terribly bad they have failed not only these young ladies, but our entire stucture of justice. It is my own personal viewpoint that our society is sliding rapidly into absolute corruption. Dopp has been on suspension with pay since 2004 when he was charged in Orangeville, where he lived, by Orangeville police on August 3, 2004. The charges related to off-duty indecent incidents in Orangeville. Many previous complaints against this rogue officer were also hushed up by Peel police. They have ignored all letters of complaint lodged by this reporter and others. P.P. spokesman Const. Peter Brandwood said Dopp will remain suspended from duty and the Peel police Professional Standards Bureau will re-activate Police Act charges against him that stemmed from the allegations. He will face four counts of discreditable conduct and one count of insubordination under the Police Act. He no longer faces any criminal charges. Two teenage girls had told police they posed for a photo shoot "that went too far", according to Orangeville police at the time of the criminal charges. The girls told investigators they were promised help in their goal to become models by appearing on a calendar that was to be posted on the Internet. The mother of one of the girls called police after she saw a sampling of the pictures that were given to her daughter by the photographer, according to police at the time. Dopp was last assigned to the Queen Street Community Station in Brampton.

Officer who shot Dudley George dies

Kenneth Deane, the elite OPP paramilitary officer convicted of fatally shooting Ipperwash native rights activist Anthony (Dudley) George, was killed on the weekend in a traffic accident on Highway 401.

The confrontation between Ontario Provincial Police and protesters at Ipperwash Provincial Park resulted in the death of Dudley George on Sept. 6, 1995  "Any life lost is a tragedy," Sam George brother of the murdered activist said. "I feel badly for his family." Sam George, who never spoke to Deane, said he would have been a valuable witness at the public inquiry. "We needed to know why he thought he was there that night," Sam George said. "Who told him to go there? What he was told, and what was his mission ... Now, we'll never know." Deane is the 3rd. subject officer involved in the massive police hit-squad at Ipperwash to die in a traffic accident....Sgt. Margaret Eve was hit by a transport truck on Highway 401 near Chatham in June 2000, while Insp. Dale Linton, the officer who activated Deane's unit that night, was killed in a single-vehicle accident near Smiths Falls in October 2000. The OPP said that Deane was killed by a tractor-trailer at about 1:15 p.m. on Saturday. Deane was driving a westbound Ford Explorer, and was attempting to steer around vehicles when he struck the back of a stopped tractor-trailer unit. A second tractor-trailer was unable to stop and struck his Explorer. Deane was pronounced dead at the scene. Deane was found guilty of criminal negligence causing death in April 1997. Provincial Judge Hugh Fraser ruled then that Dudley George, 38, was unarmed when he was shot, and that Deane's fellow officers doctored their evidence to support him. That trial, held in the Sarnia courthouse, heard that George had a bullet wound in his right calf, consistent with him being shot in the back of the leg, and another bullet wound that punctured a lung.Loyall Cann, former deputy chief of the Toronto force, called Deane's conviction "the most serious" ever recorded against the OPP. "What could possibly be more shocking to society than to have a sworn, fully trained and experienced police officer, while on duty, in full uniform, using a police-issued firearm, kill an unarmed citizen?" she asked in her 28-page ruling. 

marijuana discovery Tories to scrap draft marijuana bill: Harper

Prime Minister Stephen Harper outlined his crime platform today, and made it clear that pot users should expect more than a fine. Harper said today the new Conservative government will scrap draft legislation which would have decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana."We will not be reintroducing the Liberal government's marijuana decriminalization legislation," he told a meeting of the Canadian Professional Police Association.Canadian police were strongly opposed to the Liberal bill, which would see people found with small amounts of marijuana given a fine rather than a criminal record.

SPOT THE CHANGES?Click for large jpgClick for large jpgClick for large jpgClick for large jpg OVER AN EIGHT YEAR PERIOD PICTURES GIVE A WEALTH OF INFORMATION ON SUPERNOVEA BLASTS.
A movie of X-ray data from Chandra of the supernova remnant Cassiopeia A (Cas A) was made by combining observations taken in January 2000, February 2002, February 2004, and December 2007. In these individual images, the lowest-energy X-rays Chandra detects are shown in red, intermediate energies in green, and the highest energies in blue. Scientists have used the movie to measure the expansion velocity of the leading edge of the explosion's outer blast wave (shown in blue). The researchers find that the velocity is 11 million miles per hour, which is significantly slower than expected for an explosion with the energy estimated to have been released in Cas A

11/07/05
Your Worship, Mayor Susan Fennel
 I had to write. In this weather I find it idiotic that all of our rec. centres have their saunas on. In this weather they should be closed due to its stupid to sit in a sauna when it is 40c with the humidity factor outside. Especially now with the power use reduction in effect.
Find the City issued advisory below. Please respond by email or ph. 4167604755
Mike Milne
 
City of Brampton Reduces Power Use and Encourages Residents to do the Same

BRAMPTON- Due to the recent heat wave and record electricity consumption in Ontario, the City of Brampton is complying with the Independent Electricity System Operator’s (IESO) appeal for reduced power use by setting all thermostats in City facilities at 26 C. The City is asking all residents to practice energy conservation, particularly between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., the peak consumption period.Residents and businesses can reduce the demands on the electricity system by:

  • Turning off all but essential internal and external lights
  • Setting air conditioners to 26 C or higher, or using fans as an alternative
  • Closing curtains and blinds to keep out the sun and retain cooler air inside
  • Delaying the use of major power-consuming equipment such as dishwashers, washers and dryers and swimming pool pumps until after 8 p.m.

Note: There has been no response so far 20/07/05


Bon Vovage Big Guy
 It is with deep sadness that we bid farewell to one of our most colourful characters. Tyler Myke passed away last week after a six month battle with cancer. He will be missed.  A memorial was held Tuesday at Grace United. It was well attended by about 85 persons from Ruth@ OW to Rev.'s Grant and Pudel. Thanks to all who attended; especially for the most moving speech from Dave. Though still a young man Tyler lived life to the max., something I personally take comfort in.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS HOMELESS!Brampton has an eclectic group of tough as nails homeless. Instead of pretending to ignore them this season, we ask that you stop and buy them a coffee and donut. Even better, give them a few bucks (for the road). It going to be a rough winter. Here's hoping fellow citizens!
Jane And Finch Residents Allege Police Brutality In 31 Division. Residents of the oft-troubled Jane and Finch area have been trying to alter its reputation for years and on Wednesday night some were trying to do so by firing accusations of police brutality at Toronto officers inside 31 Division. "This is our reality, stop police brutality!" dozens chanted as they marched in the dark and cold in front of division headquarters. A community worker named Greg explained the immediacy of the problem. "There's been this rise in levels of incidences and in terms of the alleged brutality," he said. They're bold accusations, but there were plenty of them made nonetheless. "Some people get their face put on hot police cars, my friend just got dragged by the handcuffs," charges a protestor named Wondas. Here is part of the letter...

Dear Superintendent Christopher White, In the interests of creating a safer Jane and Finch we feel compelled to request an immediate end to the 'tough policing' strategies currently being employed by 31 Division.  These tactics are isolating and alienating our youth which is breeding a culture of disempowerment, violence and division. We are committed to working with Toronto Police in order to create a safe Jane and Finch community, however the actions of the police over the past few months have created deep wounds and built a culture of fear amongst our residents.The attitude and actions of officers including TAVIS towards our community have strained the relationship.  Mothers are now scared to let their children out of the house for fear of violence and harassment. Our youth are currently more scared of the police violence than they are of 'street' related issues.  The over policing of this community has led to increased levels of targeting, harassment, racial profiling and created a fear of persecution amongst residents.  The 'serve and protect' credo of the police is not felt in our community. Alarming is the brazen approach of individual officers.  Witnesses have accounted for what they felt was questionable conduct and or tactics. Citizens have described seeing or hearing abusive language, threatening behaviour, the excessive use of physical force, unfounded allegations, coercion and torture.

 Wettest Record! GTA residents can now ruefully tell their grandchildren that they've lived through the wettest year in recorded history. The old record was 971.3 millimetres of precipitation - both rain and snow - set back during a soggy 1977. But after this week's downpours that brought rain and the flakes to the city for more than 24 hours, we officially beat the mark on Wednesday - and there's more time left in the month. The new record, in case anyone asks, is 974.4mm - and counting. Sorry to all the homeless.

A large fire gutted a Hells Angels bunker in a community about 90 kilometres northeast of Montreal on Saturday evening.A large fire gutted a Hells Angels bunker in a community about 90 kilometres northeast of Montreal on Saturday evening.  Montreal police investigating the destruction of the Hells Angels' most important symbol in Canada are not discounting the possibility the gang took a scorched earth policy to their own clubhouse, sources say. The gang's bunker in Sorel, destroyed by arson Saturday night, represents the birthplace of the Hells in Canada. It served as the headquarters for the gang's first chapter in Canada. The Montreal chapter was chartered on Dec. 5, 1977, after members of a Montreal-area biker gang called the Popeyes joined the international gang through the support of a Hells Angels chapter in New York. They also said they're investigating whether there are connections between the Hells Angels bunker fire and an incident last week. Provincial police in the Gasp community of Mont-Joli intercepted a vehicle laden with 980 kilograms of TNT, allegedly stolen from a construction quarry. In the same week, police searched an apartment in downtown Montreal where they found 200 kilograms of explosives. Police believe the three men arrested in connection with the raid have ties to biker gangs.
 

  

Seniors left in the cold... Old and confused, Chester and Adele Pedzikowski were easy pickings for scavengers! 

There is a little house in this little town a few klicks down the road from Port Perry where the lights were out for over a month, where the furnace no longer ran, and where the old couple who have lived there for a good half-century could no longer go. he little house was dark, and cold because it had no hydro. And it had no electricity because Hydro One workers had come to the little house and had cut off the power at the hydro pole itself -- all because of unpaid bills, some that seemed impossibly high for a house so small. Chester Pedzikowski is 80. He spent his war years as a prisoner in a German labour camp. He spent his working life here repairing small appliances. His wife, Adele, is 84. He was also a volunteer fireman for 35 years. She was a seamstress in the old garment industry. "It must be some kind of conspiracy," the old man said, and this was the only possible "explanation" he could come up with as he sat outside his darkened home a while back. Hydro One media spokesman Daffyd Roderick would not explain the Pedzikowskis' huge bill and huge predicament -- or could not legally explain it, he added -- without the Pedzikowskis first signing a privacy release form. The Pedzikowskis, however, formally uneducated and bureaucratically unsophisticated, are simply too scared to sign another document, having already signed too many times on the dotted line, only to find that they have again been duped by the scam artists who prey upon seniors. "All that rushes through their minds is confusion," said their daughter, Cindy Treasure. "They've been trying to justify -- or realize -- that hydro must have made a mistake. "But they have no answers. They've become lost souls." Being the closest sibling through proximity, Cindy Treasure took her parents into her Port Perry home, but claimed it was only after going through reams of paperwork that she realized the dire straits her parents were in. Treasure said the ministry of corporate and consumer affairs is now investigating the Toronto-area businesses that came into her parents' lives to see if they took them for an expensive and unnecessary ride. There is the $20,000 bill, for example, paid on credit arranged by the contractors who knocked at their door, for a small patch of interlocking brick that has already heaved. There is the $13,000, again on pre-arranged credit, to fix a porch that still appears in need of fixing. And there is the $8,000, same credit arrangement, to replace a furnace that apparently did not need replacing. The Pedzikowskis' total pension income is $24,000 a year. It leaves no room for creditors. "How can that much credit be given to anyone with that little amount of income without it being a scam?" asked Treasure. 'MORALLY WRONG' "Do you not think it came as a shock to me that my parents were forced into bankruptcy two years ago? "Of course it was a shock. But I didn't know until I started going through all their paperwork," she said. "What happened to them, if not criminally wrong, is certainly morally wrong. "They are old. And they are vulnerable." It got so bad, said Treasure, that her parents were using credit cards to buy their groceries, and then using one credit card to pay off another. In other words, they were kiting credit in order to eat, and kiting credit is a no-win game. Hydro One spokesman Daffyd Roderick, speaking generically, said it is a "long and slow process" that leads to the eventuality of a consumer's power being turned off, but he would not talk talk specifics without that release form being signed by Chester and Adele Pedzikowski. A few days ago, Hydro One workers returned to the little house in this little town a few klicks down the road from Port Perry and re-connected the power where it was once demanding that more than $4,000 in outstanding bills be paid before the lights and heat would ever go on again. "The bills are impossible to figure," said Treasure. "The latest one came a few days ago, and suddenly it was only $1,700 that was owed. "And so I paid it. I figured it was better that my parents were back in their home," she said. "But the fight is far from over. Two seniors were left in the cold, in our country, right here in Canada. "It's nothing to be proud of -- especially if it is a sign of things to come."
 

 

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A local senior Cyril Sullivan, recently spoke to us of a Father C. W. Sullivan who from 1946-1972 was pastor of Brampton/ Streetsville Catholic parish. He was instrumental in the founding of the Mary St. church, aquistion of John St. property (where the original rectory still stands at #23) and the the establishing of our seperate school system. Among other credos to his accomplishments, during WW2 he served as a chaplain in the European campaign.
Photo by BRYON JOHNSON
State of the city speech

Mayor Susan Fennell spoke of the dynamic growth of Brampton during the annual Brampton Board of Trade mayor's luncheon held Wednesday at Lester B. Pearson Convention Centre

Mary Jane's Garden presents - The White Widow, a World Class Marijuana Seed Strain, Cannabis with elegance.According to the U.S. government's 1999 IOM report, Pages 126-127: "Marijuana is not a completely benign substance. It is a powerful drug with a variety of effects. However, except for the harm associated with smoking, the adverse effects of marijuana use are within the range tolerated for other medications. Thus, the safety issues associated with marijuana do not preclude some medical uses."
 
Derek Millar was an awesome musical gueston the Civic holiday at Ching park. The guitarist and his band rocked the park with some great and all original tunes. His unrivalled guitar work and raw energetic emotion left this reporter with an image of a cross between a young Jimi Hendrix and the incomparable Carlos Santana.

These homes, still under construction were destroyed by fire on Sunday morning.

 

 

 UP IN SMOKE!

Brampton firefighters spotted smoke over a construction site, but by the time they arrived near the northeast corner of Torbram Road and Sandalwood Parkway at 7 a.m. Sunday, they found the half-built townhouse units engulfed in flames. The cause of the fire is still under investigation by the fire department and Peel Regional Police. Damage is estimated at $120,000 and no one was reported injured. One wonders if the ongoing string of construction site fires are related.

Pot lab busted

20/02/05 A crop of 300 marijuana plants with a street value of $370,000 was seized by Peel police from an industrial unit on Strathearn Avenue.

Drug squad officers and uniform patrol officers dismantled the marijuana grow lab and arrested a suspect. Christopher Dealwis, 59, of no fixed address, has been charged with production of a controlled substance and possession for the purpose of trafficking

Attention to All Knights Table Clients

             Are you happy with the meals at the Knights? Can we improve service and meals at the Knights Table!  People have been complaining about lots of issues at the Knights. Lets fix the problem for the whole community immediately not later! Many good ideas need to be implemented now. Lack of sufficient, healthy, hygienic meals in as stress-free an environment as possible has been repeatedly the complaint. Help put things right. Please answer survey, email to spreadtheword75@hotmail.com thank you in advance for helping. A draw will be held for 1 free $5 Harvey’s coupon. 7 of 8 say they are being not receiving decent meals or being treated well. Cabbage was the main course every day from Jan13- 24, 2008 when it ran out.

Questionaire

o 1)      Are you happy with the meals at the Knights       o yes o no                                     

o 2)      Do you get enough to eat with  the meals at the Knights  oyes o no                                          

o 3)      Are you satisfied you eat a balanced diet. oyes o no

o 4)      Are you satisfied with service o yes o no

o 5)   Are you treated with respect by staff  o yes o no     

         

 

Meal Size (did you eat enough)

 

o Good

o Fair

o Poor

 

Quality of Meal (meat, soup salads)

o Good

o Fair

o Poor

 

Quality of Service & Management (friendly sign-in)

 

o Good

o Fair

o Poor

 

Cleanliness (servers/volunteers)

 

o Good

o Fair

o Poor

 

 Present location compared to downtown area

 

o  Good

o Fair

o Poor

 

Food Bank (size/variety/healthy)

o  Good

o Fair

o Poor

 Comments/Suggestions

 

Eg. A low or no income individual  has enough troubles, I don’t need  Michelle on my back as well.

 

  Please sign Petition: Signature…………………………………………………………

Eg. A low or no income individual’s expenses:  OW cheque $536.00 monthly Rent   $450.00 monthly Bus    $  90.00 monthly Neccessities etc.  $ 86.00 monthly

                         Total    -$ 90.00


From: cityhall@city.brampton.on.ca
To: spreadtheword75@hotmail.com
Subject: RE: Knights revenge
Date: Mon, 4 Feb 2008 15:44:25 -0500

Thank you for contacting the City of Brampton. As your email was copied to a number of individuals here, we are anticipating they will provide a response.  The response I have received from the Knights Table speaks more loudly than anything I can say. This is the exact spirit that needs being removed from dealing with vulnerable people. May God grant everyone what they wish for others.Responses to the survey show many visitors are running into abuse from staff and are being inadequately served.

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A 26-hour standoff between police and a man who had disrupted traffic by perching himself on a billboard next to Montreal's Jacques Cartier Bridge ended early Thursday morning. The man climbed down from the large sign at about 4 a.m. after fatigue, hunger and cold weather finally got to him. He had climbed up onto the ledge of a billboard on the Longueuil side of the bridge early Wednesday morning, holding a photo of his daughter and claiming a connection to the fathers rights group Fathers 4 Justice.

Scandalous stamp proofs sold....A piece of Canadian history was auctioned off in New York on Wednesday, as pre-Confederation stamp proofs that once sold for a few pennies fetched $32,000 US. 

One of the pre-Confederation stamp proofs that caused a scandal 146 years ago.

What makes the proofs so special is the scandal they caused when they were issued 146 years ago.  New Brunswick postmaster general Charles Connell caused a sensation in 1860 when he put his own face on a five-cent stamp without seeking permission.New Brunswickers were outraged that Connell would put a picture of himself rather than Queen Victoria on the stamp.Connell was ordered to cease printing the stamps, and they were never circulated. Rumour has it that Connell burned most of them in the backyard of his Woodstock, N.B., home.The controversy forced him to resign his position as postmaster general.

Newfoundland, 1857-1862

Newfoundland, 1d [Newfoundland flowers and crown], 1 January 1857Newfoundland, 2d [Newfoundland flowers], 15 February 1857Newfoundland, 3d [Triangular Newfoundland], 1 January 1857Newfoundland, 4d [Pence issue], 1 January 1857Newfoundland, 5d [Pence issue], 1 January 1857Newfoundland, 6d [Pence issue], 1 January 1857
Newfoundland, 6 1/2d [Pence issue], 1 January 1857Newfoundland, 8d [Pence issue], 1 January 1857Newfoundland, 1/ [Pence issue], 1 January 1857Newfoundland, 2d [Pence issue], 15 June 1860Newfoundland, 3d [Pence issue], 15 June 1860Newfoundland, 4d [Pence issue], 15 June 1860
Newfoundland, 5d Rose, Thistle and Shamrock, 1860Newfoundland, 6d [Pence issue], 15 June 1860Newfoundland, 1/ [Pence issue], 15 June 1860Newfoundland, 1d [Pence issue], July 1861Newfoundland, 2d [Pence issue], July 1861Newfoundland, 4d [Pence issue], July 1861
Newfoundland, 5d [Pence issue], July 1861Newfoundland, 6d [Pence issue], July 1861Newfoundland, 6 1/2d [Pence issue], July 1861Newfoundland, 8d [Pence issue], July 1861Newfoundland, 1/ [Pence issue], July 1861

Newfoundland, 1880-1898

Newfoundland, 3¢ [Victoria], 1880Newfoundland, 3¢ [Victoria], January 1888Newfoundland, 3¢ [Victoria], 1896Newfoundland, 5¢ [Seal], 1880Newfoundland, 5¢ [Seal], January 1888Newfoundland, 5¢ [Seal], 1894
Newfoundland, 1/2¢ [Newfoundland dog], 15 February 1887Newfoundland, 1/2¢ [Newfoundland dog], January 1896Newfoundland, 1/2¢ [Newfoundland dog], November 1894Newfoundland, 10¢ [Brigatine], January 1888Newfoundland, 3¢ [Victoria], 1890Newfoundland, 1¢ [Queen Victoria], 24 June 1897
Newfoundland, 2¢ [John Cabot], 24 June 1897Newfoundland, 3¢ [Cape Bonavista], 24 June 1897Newfoundland, 4¢ [Caribou hunting], 24 June 1897Newfoundland, 5¢ [Mining], 24 June 1897Newfoundland, 6¢ [Logging], 24 June 1897Newfoundland, 8¢ [Fishing], 24 June 1897
Newfoundland, 10¢ [Cabot's Ship, Matthew], 24 June 1897Newfoundland, 12¢ [Willow ptarmigan], 24 June 1897Newfoundland, 15¢ [Seals], 24 June 1897Newfoundland, 24¢ [Salmon Fishing], 24 June 1897Newfoundland, 30¢ [Colony seal], 24 June 1897Newfoundland, 35¢ [Iceberg], 24 June 1897
Newfoundland, 60¢ [King Henry VII], 24 June 1897Newfoundland, 1¢ [on 3¢] [Victoria], 19 October 1897Newfoundland, 1¢ [on 3¢] [Victoria], 19 October 1897Newfoundland, 1¢ [on 3¢] [Victoria], 19 October 1897
Canada, 1985

Canada, 34¢ Lower Fort Garry, Man., 28 June 1985Canada, 34¢ Fort Anne, N.S., 28 June 1985Canada, 34¢ Fort York, Ont., 28 June 1985Canada, 34¢ Castle Hill, Nfld., 28 June 1985Canada, 34¢ Fort Whoop Up, Alta., 28 June 1985Canada, 34¢ Fort Erie, Ont., 28 June 1985
Canada, 34¢ Fort Walsh, Sask., 28 June 1985Canada, 34¢ Fort Lennox, Que., 28 June 1985Canada, 34¢ York Redoubt, N.S., 28 June 1985Canada, 34¢ Fort Frederick, Ont., 28 June 1985Canada, 34¢ Elizabeth II, 12 July 1985Canada, 34¢ Parliament, 1 August 1985
Canada, 39¢ Settlebed, 1 August 1985Canada, 50¢ Sleigh, 1 August 1985Canada, 68¢ Spinning wheel, 1 August 1985Canada, 34¢ Louis Hébert, apothecary, 30 August 1985Canada, 34¢ Inter-parliamentary union, 1985, 3 September 1985Canada, 34¢ Girl Guides of Canada, 12 September 1985
Canada, 34¢ Sisters Islets, F1(2) 15s 21.3m 21M Radio Beacon -- (M), 3 October 1985Canada, 34¢ Pelee Passage, F1 4s 22.6m 5M Racon -- (M), 3 October 1985Canada, 34¢ Haut-fond Prince, F1 2 1/2s 25.3m 20M, 3 October 1985Canada, 34¢ Rose Blanche, Cains Island F1 R 10s 15.2m 8M, 3 October 1985Canada, 32¢ Santa Claus parade, 23 October 1985Canada, 34¢ Santa Claus parade, 23 October 1985
Canada, 39¢ Santa Claus parade, 23 October 1985Canada, 68¢ Santa Claus parade, 23 October 1985

 
 When the sun goes down tonight, step outside and look west. Do you see a pair of lights beaming through the rosy glow of sunset? That would be Venus and Jupiter: the two brightest planets are having a beautiful close encounter.(Venus is the brighter of the two.)

PET PARROT FOR SALE
African grey for sale
As I plan my sail to Marquesas I need someone to take over parenting my parrot. I still have him, his name is Kong. I am hoping for a good home for him. Do you know the breed? He is destined to live another fifty years.  He whisles opera and mimics you; occasional he says hello. Needs gentle owner. I should get about seven hundred dollars for him.