I’ve spent the last four days in Toronto. It struck me more than ever, that even though I was born there, I don’t belong there.
Toronto is an amazing city, but like with any large city, there is the good, the bad and the ugly.
Toronto the good
Stunning skyscrapers, lakefront paths and parks, festivals and events, fine dining and shopping, and people of every faith, race, culture living for the most part in respectful harmony.
Toronto the bad
Relentless traffic, air pollution, soaring housing prices, long commutes and endangered greenspace from concrete sprawl.
Toronto the ugly
Poverty, homelessness, and indifference. Both days, walking the few blocks to my course in the financial district, I walked past at least a dozen people sleeping on the street. One man was lying in the middle of the sidewalk sideways and was so still, he could have been dead. Everyone, EVERYONE including me stepped around him and walked by. I’m still ashamed.
This week’s #HappyAct is know where you belong. United Ways across the country are kicking off their campaigns. Get involved, give and help change lives locally where you belong.