MCCT: Social Justice Network

I’m part of the Metropolitan Community Church Toronto Social Justice Network. If you have a chance join us at 115 Simpson Ave in Toronto for one or more of the above brown bag educational lunches, I hope you’ll come out. The pdf of the flyer is here. Please feel free to circulate.

Update on the Chess Table Project

Thank you for supporting The Chess Table Project!

We are now 1/3 of the way there, with 100% of all donations going directly to the cost of purchasing and installing a new public outdoor chess table at the corner of Queen and Church.

Your donations make a tangible difference to a marginalized community in this city. You:
OFFER HOPE. Community members with a potential to become isolated have a place to meet, socialize, and find support in each other.

CELEBRATE DIVERSITY. The chess tables bring together a wonderfully diverse group of people who find inclusion and equity in a shared game.

FULFILL A DREAM. This is an idea born from the people who find social support in the space around these tables. When I ran for city council in 2010, these folks approached me with the dream of adding another chess table to the park, since the existing tables are in high demand. Let’s show our support!

LEAVE A LEGACY. A new permanent chess table is a positive mark we can leave for years to come. It’s a contribution that will continue to benefit this city for many, many years.

We just need a few more supporters to make this happen. Could you help me out by spreading the word to people you know?

Send your friends a link to

Give a gift donation for a birthday or special occasion. I’ll send your friend a personalized card explaining the project, and how your gift in their honour is making our city a better place for many years to come.

Remember that donations over $10 receive a charitable tax receipt from the Lions Club of Toronto.



Thanks again, everyone. We’re almost there!


Reshaping Toronto’s Waterfront

Reshaping Toronto's Waterfront by G Desfor and J Laidley

I had the pleasure of interviewing Gene Desfor and Jennefer Laidley, editors of Reshaping Toronto’s Waterfront, who stopped by to talk about their new book.

The book looks at the history of Toronto’s waterfront over the last two centuries.

Click the picture to listen to Part One of our interview, and their thoughts on the Waterfront.

Click here to listen to Part Two.

The Chess Table Project

The Chess Table Project

On Queen Street, a diverse community of new Canadians, neighbours, and street-involved individuals gathers regularly to play chess and socialize. The tables have become a place of social support, entertainment, and community.

Together with the Lions Club, I am raising money to place at least one  additional table in the park. I hope you’ll consider joining me by making a $10,  $15, or $25 contribution.

Contributions can be made by clicking the Donate button  below. Donations over ten dollars will receive a charitable tax  receipt from the Lions Club of Toronto.

This is one way we can make our city more liveable for many years to  come.