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News from or about the community of Holy Trinity.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 6:30 PM “Keepers of the Water: A Vigil of Lament and Celebration”

Water“First Nations communities across Turtle Island stand at the forefrontof protecting the sacred watersheds, lands, and wildlife.

This January 2014, we will come together as First Nations People and Allies to take time apart in a sacred vigil to celebrate and honor the waters: the womb of creation and all she provides us. We stand apart together also to lament the destruction of the watersheds from unfettered unconventional fossil fueldevelopment and resource extraction.Together we will take time to deepen in faith our commitment to be Keepers of the waters.

Please join us on January 15, 2014 at 6:30 at the Church of theHoly Trinity as we celebrate together in traditional First Nations and Eastern Christian practices:“Keepers of the Water: A Vigil of Lament and Celebration.”

Organized by:

· Creation Matters – Anglican Diocese of Toronto

· Toronto Urban Native Ministries (TUNM)

· East /Central Toronto KAIROS

· KAIROS Canada

· Church of the Redeemer AIWG and Creation Matters@Redeemer

· Bathurst United Church Social Justice Committee

The Church of the Holy Trinity is located on Trinity Square Toronto, ON M5G 1B1 (it can be accessed from Bay Street south of Dundas or from Dundas Street, west of Yonge and east of Bay Street, or through the Eaton Centre.

“Money Can’t Pay For A Life”

I would like especially to call your attention to Canada’s History Magazine - athttp://www.canadashistory.ca/Magazine/Online-Extension/Articles/Orillia-Asylum.aspx
All in one place, this includes:
  • information about an article on HRC which will appear in their latest edition (on newstands today or tomorrow, I expect). Heartbreak in Huronia was written by Heather Robertson
  • a fabulous photo of HRC class action lead plaintiffs Marie Slark and Pat Seth, which can be downloaded
  • a link to very thorough CBC National TV News about the HRC settlement. There are several very strong survivor voices to be heard here. (I think this is the best TV news coverage I have seen yet)
  • a link to the settlement agreement
  • a link to a video tour of the institution as it looked at some time since it was closed just 4 years ago. You can see how neglected the building is (and how lax the security)
  • a link to Opening Ontario’s “Saddest Chapter:” A Social History of Huronia Regional Centre - a current article in the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies, by Dr. Kate Rossiter, Assistant Professor of Health Studies and Annalise Clarkson, Masters Student, Social Justice and Community Engagement  at Wilfrid Laurier University, Brantford, Ontario
CBC Radio Metro Morning interviewed class member Michael Callahan and I yesterday -http://www.cbc.ca/metromorning/episodes/2013/09/18/money-cant-pay-for-a-life/
(I think Michael provides one of the most succinct and yet extremely poignant accounts of life in HRC that I have ever heard. It was an honour for me to follow him.)
This was similar to a CBC Radio Ontario Morning interview today, heard across Ontario - http://www.cbc.ca/ontariomorning/episodes/2013/09/19/huronia-regional-centres-tragic-past/
I insisted that they start with tape from Michael but they shortened his piece.
Sun TV interviewed Pat Seth yesterday. This segment begins with a challenge to Premier Wynne – to face her responsibility to survivors - http://en.video.canoe.tv/archive/source/kenora-daily-miner-and-news/huronia-regional-centre-settlement/2680911282001
 CTV’s Canada A.M. interviewed lead plaintiff Marie Slark and lawyer Celeste yesterday – see http://video.theloop.ca/news/watch/settlement-a-major-victory/2679807467001?sort=date&page=1
The news has been carried by many other media outlets. We’d like to hear about those you have seen.
Each has its own introduction – and the differences among them are interesting.
This was the front page story in the Toronto Star yesterday – and well worth finding in hard copy. Reporters took particular interest in the institution cemetery – and continue to track down the story about unmarked graves.
Urgent: Star Reporter Tim Alamenciak would like to speak to anyone who has family buried in that cemetery, in any of the 1440 unmarked graves (whose death would have occured prior to 1958).
Please contact him asap  via talamenciak@thestar.ca if you have any information.
Barrie’s CTV station filmed at the institution yesterday and followed up with class member Harold Dougall and former staff member Pam Carter – see http://barrie.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1006547
This shows details of the institution cemetery and how it looks now.
We have just learned that the Motion for Settlement Approval in court will be heard on Tuesday December 3, 2013 for one day. Koskie Minsky says: “At that hearing the court will determine if the settlement reached between the parties is fair, reasonable and in the best interests of the class.  The claims process will not begin until after the court approves the settlement.”
Please share this update widely.
 
Worth repeating:
“History despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.” (Maya Angelou)
from Marilyn Dolmage
HTvideo

Powerful new advocacy video features Holy Trinity

HTvideoHear low-income people speak from experience, HT member and housing advocate Michael Shapcott outline the rich-poor gap, and a powerful call to respond to poverty in Turning the Tide, a new video produced by the Anglican Diocese of Toronto Social Justice & Advocacy Department. It’s meant to kick-start discussion around poverty and homelessness, and encourage action.

Many parishes are already planning events to show it, with a User’s Guide found at Social Justice and Advocacy web page. You can watch this 18-minute video at http://www.youtube.com/tordio135.

Homeless Memorial Tuesday, March 12 at noon

We are the hosts of the Toronto Homeless Memorial.

We are the hosts of the Toronto Homeless Memorial.

Homeless Memorial takes place at noon on Tuesday, March 12 to remember the 700 plus individuals who have died on the streets of Toronto. This short memorial takes place outside of Church of The Holy Trinity and is followed by a light lunch inside the church. Last month’s memorial generated a bit of media attention as the 700th name was added to the memorial in the midst of a shelter bed shortage. Here are a couple of related stories http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/2013/02/20/homelessness_takes_a_tragic_toll_in_toronto_goar.html

http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2013/01/17/34_homeless_die_in_toronto_in_2012_the_most_in_five_years.html

Toronto Pride 2012

Toronto Pride

You can see Holy Trinity’s tall banner with the message: “Every day is Pride Day at Holy Trinity”

Occupy Toronto was invited to march with Proud Anglicans.  There were loud cheers wherever we were along the whole parade route.

 

And the new t-shirts were a big hit.  Wearing a clergy collar with a t-shirt actually works, but it looks a little weird.

 

Three-Parish Eucharist, Picnic, and Games at High Park June 17th

The only Holy Trinity worship service on Sunday, June 17th, will take place at AREA 26 of High Park at 10:30 AM.  Below is a link to a PDF map; Area 26 is in the southeast quadrant of the park, close to the High Park Blvd entrance to the park from Parkside Drive.

www.toronto.ca/parks/featured-parks/high-park/map-highpark.pdf

The San Esteban and St. Paul’s, Runnymede congregations will join Holy Trinity members for Eucharist at 10:30, followed by a picnic lunch and games for all ages.  Hamburgers, hotdogs, gardenburgers and veggie-dogs are being provided. San Esteban members are planning to bring salads and veggies.  St Paul’s is bringing coffee, tea, and other beverages.  Holy Trinity parishioners are being asked to bring fruit or dessert.

Plates, cutlery, cups, and serviettes will also be provided, but you may want to bring a folding chair or blanket to sit on.  Sunny weather is forecast.

 

Other ways of getting to the park:

take the 506 Carlton streetcar to the end of the line (High Park Loop)

take the Bloor Subway to the Keele Station (Keele becomes  Parkside at Bloor) –it’s a bit of a walk, (the 80 Queensway bus does not run on Sunday)

there is parking at High Park if you drive

kairos

Jennifer Henry new Executive Director of KAIROS

The Board of KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives is pleased to announce that Jennifer Henry has been appointed to be the new Executive Director of KAIROS, effective March 12, 2012.

Ms. Henry has worked for KAIROS and its predecessor coalitions for almost 20 years, and currently serves on the staff of KAIROS as the Manager for the Dignity and Rights and Fundraising Teams. Along with her gifts for leadership and theological reflection, she brings a depth of programmatic knowledge and a strong commitment to KAIROS and its relationships with churches, partners and networks.

The Board looks forward to working with Ms. Henry on the challenges and opportunities that face KAIROS as an organization and in its public witness for social justice, and invites you join us in prayerful celebration of this appointment.

Jennifer Henry
Incoming Executive Director of KAIROS

Jennifer is a long-time member of Holy Trinity