Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
As I write this post, Clayton Ruby is in court. He's the lawyer trying to get Rob Ford booted from office as Mayor for a conflict of interest. (You can read more about the case on Torontoist over here.) He's been fighting for progressive causes in Toronto since the 1960s. That's when he set up a free legal clinic on the streets of Yorkville, offering free legal advice to people, including hippies who had run into trouble with the police and draft resisters who had come to Canada to avoid fighting in Vietnam.
I first learned about Ruby in the '60s thanks to Stuart Henderson's excellent book, Making The Scene: Yorkville and Hip Toronto in the 1960s which I wrote a bit about here.
Monday, September 3, 2012
He dreamed that he was an old man, sitting on a porch. It was summer, and hot, under an enormous white sun. He took his hat off to wipe the sweat from his forehead. It felt good, this heat, and there were children playing in the road. He liked that. He couldn’t see them, but he could hear them, shouting and laughing somewhere nearby. It was nice to sit there in the sun and let his eyes close listening to those happy sounds. He was tired and old and he could feel the strength leaving him, gently easing out of him, and he let himself relax.