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News from or about the community of Holy Trinity.

Doors Open Toronto

Church of the Holy Trinity
Church of the Holy Trinity

Our doors are always open, and we are pleased to participate in this weekend’s celebration of Doors Open Toronto.

Experience this historic, sacred landmark through guided tours that will share some of the secrets and spirits this building contains. Enjoy a performance of Penthelia Singers at 2:30 PM on Saturday and be inspired by the exhibit “Great Crowns for the Queen of Heaven” by Jacqueline Treloar all weekend long. Reverend Dr. Henry Scadding, first priest of Holy Trinity in 1847 will make occasional appearances. Breathe in the spirit of the place as you sit for a moment with a sweet treat and a beverage available for a donation.

Saturday, May 24, 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday, May 25, 1 pm – 5 pm

Holy Trinity Member Morgan Baskin

Lifelong member Morgan Baskin running for mayor

Morgan Baskin, who was baptised at Holy Trinity 18 years ago, has started her run for mayor of Toronto. She has attracted quite a bit of media attention. She was interviewed for the Toronto Anglican last month and shared some of her thoughts with them.

“Young people bring a different and outside perspective, and we’re not hearing that right now. Young people bring fresh ideas. We’re inventors and forward-thinkers and activists and change-makers, and we need to be given opportunities and bring our voices to politics. Continue reading

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Long standing member and activist Don Heap remembered

Don, known to the general public as Dan, and Alice were a major force in this city, country, and Holy Trinity for a very long time. We lost Alice two years ago, and yesterday, we honoured Don.

Their son David announced his passing on Facebook thus:

Daniel James Macdonnell Heap (aka “Don” or “Dan”, depending on when & how you knew him; also “dad”). September 24, 1925 – April 26, 2014. Pacifist, socialist, worker-priest, Marxist Anglican, trade-unionist, city councillor, member of parliament, civilly disobedient marcher for human rights. Wearer of red shirts, cyclist, paddler of canoes, singer of songs. Advocate for the homeless, for refugees and for peace (among many other causes). Loving comrade in faith and solidarity of Alice Mildred née Boomhour. ((Great) grand) father of a whole bunch. ¡Presente!”

He was a part of the worker-priest tradition and lived his faith wherever he found himself. Another son, Danny, told the Star on Saturday, “We knew him as an industrial worker who was absolutely committed to figuring out how the working class could find their rightful place in history. You couldn’t untangle the Christianity piece from the socialist piece.” Continue reading

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
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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.