By Emily Mathieu Affordable Housing Reporter Tues., May 14, 2019 Twelve names have been added to the Toronto Homeless Memorial, tacked to the end of a list now 966 names long and posted outside of the Church of the Holy Trinity. “This is unprecedented and it keeps getting worse,” said memorial volunteer Rayna Slobodian of the city’s homelessness crisis. She spoke with the Star Tuesday after calling out the names, which included eight men and four women who died over the last three months. She said it was the longest list she can remember at a single memorial since she started volunteering in 2015. The physical memorial was created in 2001 and includes names going back to the mid 1980s. Slobodian last year created an online version of the memorial where photos and stories can also be shared. Ontario’s new Progressive Conservative government, she said, has chosen to prioritize spending on gambling projects and loosening rules around public … [Read more...] about Twelve names added to Toronto homeless memorial
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By Jennifer Berry The Kit Mon., May 13, 2019 The Meghan Markle effect, the Markle Sparkle, whatever you want to call it, when Meghan Markle wears something, people pay attention (and the item almost inevitably sells out immediately). The latest label to be swept up in the Duchess of Sussex’s spell? Wales Bonner by U.K.-based designer Grace Wales Bonner, the brand new mom Meghan Markle wore to introduce her and Prince Harry’s newborn son, Archie, to the world. Who is Grace Wales Bonner? Here’s everything we know about the designer of Meghan’s white belted baby-reveal dress. Where is Grace Wales Bonner from? Grace Wales Bonner is a British designer born in London, England. According to a 2016 profile in The Gentlewoman, Bonner has Jamaican and English heritage. Is Grace Wales Bonner new to fashion design? Wales Bonner launched her eponymous line in 2014 after graduating from the esteemed Central Saint Martins school of fashion design … [Read more...] about Who is Grace Wales Bonner, Meghan’s trench dress designer?
NOBODY is even sure if there is a “Catholic vote” and here comes the leader of the religious group El Shaddai splintering it by endorsing 14 senatorial candidates some of whom may not sit well with those who describe themselves as Católico cerrado (closed). Ten of the 14 endorsed on Saturday by El Shaddai leader Mike Velarde come from the ticket of President Duterte and the Hugpong ng Pagbabago party of his daughter Davao Mayor Inday Sara. Only one, Sen. Bam Aquino, is from the opposition Otso Diretso. In practice, the Church does not endorse candidates by name but simply gives clear criteria and guidelines for the voters. El Shaddai is not a mandated lay organization of the Catholic church. The 10 candidates chosen from the overlapping Duterte lists were: Imee Marcos, Bong Revilla, Jinggoy Estrada, JV Ejercito, Bong Go, Bato dela Rosa, Koko Pimentel, Cynthia Villar, Sonny Angara and Francis Tolentino. Completing the 14, aside from Aquino, were Nancy Binay, … [Read more...] about Shaddai’s 14 bets split Catholic vote
By Chris Hampton Special to the Star Mon., April 29, 2019 This month, Toronto gets its first good look at the work of an artist acclaimed for the way she sees and makes sense of the moment around her. Carrie Mae Weems, headliner of this year’s Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, received her first camera as a gift when she was about 20. The first thing she photographed, she recalls, was a friend. The second was “probably a demonstration.” The young Weems was quick to recognize the device as a powerful tool; a tool she could use to engage with the world, she says, and to explore the human condition. “And I think that I continue to do that. It hasn’t changed much since the very beginning. I think the only difference is that I’ve learned how to do that more expressively over time.” This deep, humanistic curiosity, abetted by the camera lens, has today become a career roughly four decades long and celebrated widely. The … [Read more...] about Here’s why you’ll see photographer Carrie Mae Weems’ work all over Toronto this month
By Mike Adler Toronto.com Mon., April 29, 2019 They want to take on one of Scarborough’s biggest problems — a lack of affordable places to live. They also face the problem of their own extinction. Their solution to both: tear down St. Stephen’s Presbyterian Church and rise again as a church with a new, diversified community right on top of it. If governments agree to fund the $39-million project, St. Stephen’s can keep up and build upon good work it does already. The modest Lawrence Ave. church, east of Markham Rd., houses a weekly food bank, after-school programs and activities from karate classes to Al-Anon, a group for families and friends of alcoholics. Article Continued Below It’s occupied seven days a week, says Ron Lackner, a congregation member for 42 years and food bank co-coordinator. “We need a new building, but our spirit is very strong,” Lackner said. “We asked people, ‘If we didn’t … [Read more...] about A Scarborough Presbyterian church is launching a bid to build affordable housing