Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Yes, I believe that Shawn Graham is making a huge mistake keeping this guy in surrounding. Public image around the Premier is the utmost importance.
On March 24, 2006, Stephen Harper came to town and I was going to take some good pictures. This picture was taken before he was elected Prime Minister.
I noticed Tim Porter chatting with the Security staff of the Prime Minister.
Minutes later, I was surrounded by the Security personnel telling me that I wasn’t allowed in the same building of the Prime Minister.
You can read a past blog on this issue by clicking below.
The day that Bernard Lord walked into the Lieutenant Governor building to announce the election? The media gathered on the front steps but Tim Porter shouted at me to stay back.
You can see a past blog on this issue by clicking below.
Now comes today? I was at the Centennial building and noticed many media workers walking inside the news conference room.
I asked the individual in charge to call Tim Porter. Tim came and I asked the guy if I could attend the news conference?
He quickly replied - Recognized media only!!!! Then walked away!
So? Who is Tim Porter anyway?
He used to be side by side by Former Premier Bernard lord and now he’s with Shawn Graham?
The Porter’s seem to carry a lot of weight in the Capital.
His Father is Gordon Porter who’s the chairperson of the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission.
The Porter’s seem to have an attitude that the poor should be ignored? < I’ll get to that after the holidays >
Is Tim Porter a guy who works for Communication New Brunswick and also a bodyguard??
Dot-com partnership takes off in Toronto as street-dwelling blogger works with MBA
From Wednesday's Globe and Mail
TORONTO — Every morning, Philip Stern strolls into his favourite High Park coffee shop, sips a fair-trade blend and scans the newspaper. Then the entrepreneur with the Harvard MBA heads downtown to work, as a consultant for technology companies
Outside Alternative Grounds, another man sets up shop. Tony, bundled against the chill in a coat stained from rough living, plops down a cardboard sign and delivers his pitch to the pedestrians of Roncesvalles Avenue.
"G'day, dear," he says. Or "Hey, big guy. Could you spare some change?"
For five years, the pair's relationship grew on a diet of morning chitchat and the occasional bacon-and-eggs breakfast, paid for by the 47-year-old entrepreneur.
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A few months ago, they morphed into Tony and Philip: the homeless man with the words and the fortunate man who gave him a voice.
Tony's voice is hardened by seven years on the streets. So are his hands, now bruised from a recent scrap, he says, with a man who stole his bike. He has slept under picnic tables, in doorways and, one awful night, in an outhouse. "When it's snowin' and the wind's a-blowin', you got to get yourself out of the wind," he says.
Tony, 57, loves to talk. And many in this trendy west-end neighbourhood enjoy listening to his take on life -- especially Philip. "He's easily the brightest homeless person that I've met," says Philip, who has a 15-year-old son and three daughters aged 7, 5 and 3.
Philip, a Montreal native who teaches a computer-science course at the University of Toronto, calls himself a "small-l liberal." He believes left-leaning ideas need practical action plans.
One morning in early October, Philip devised a plan to introduce Tony to the world.
"This lightning bolt struck my head. I said, 'That's it! I'm going to ask Tony if we can do a blog.' " He sped over to Alternative Grounds and found Tony sitting, as usual, on two piled-up milk crates.
"Come on in, I got something to ask you," Philip said. Tony ordered a hot chocolate, Philip a coffee, and they grabbed a metal table near the front window.
Philip explained his idea: They would do a blog together, but the words would come from Tony. Philip would just post them online.
"Me, I'm still trying to think what the hell a blog is," Tony says. He had never used the Internet. He still has trouble switching on a computer.
Sitting there in the coffee shop, however, the choice was easy because he had faith in Philip.
"Well, just go ahead," Tony said.
And that's how they became the co-creators of Homeless Man Speaks.
On Oct. 26, after doing his own quick study of blog technology, Philip posted the first entry, titled Introducing Tony.
That post, and the many that followed, reveal a little about Tony in his own words, such as how long he's been homeless (seven years), how many children he has (two), his last job (a limo driver) and his biggest wish: "I'd have my wife back." (She died seven years ago.) Others give Tony's raw take on life on the street, including why he'd rather sleep outside than in a city-run shelter: "I've seen a man take 32 stitches for a pillow."
The entries are all Tony's words, transcribed by Philip from their morning banter. "He's laugh-your-ass-off funny sometimes," Philip says.
His voice occasionally appears, too, but only to give context to Tony's statements, such as this entry from Nov. 17: Tony: "Hey Phil, what's a 'latte'?"
Philip: "You don't know what a 'latte' is?"
Tony: "Well I know it's a coffee drink. Now, earlier this morning a lady comes up to me and asks me if I was spending all my money on lattes. I told her that I didn't know what a latte was and she told me about it. So I'm asking you, do you know what a 'latte' is?"
These days, Tony carries a few hard copies of his latest entry in his black backpack, and hands them to interested passersby. Philip makes the printouts. Sometimes, he scrawls the domain name, homelessmanspeaks.com, on his cardboard sign.
Most reactions are positive. A few people just don't get it. Once, a woman ranted about the injustice of Tony owning a computer when she did not. "I said, 'Oh, this is all I need,' " Tony says. "She just wouldn't listen."
Another time, a man who drove a Mercedes-Benz accused Tony of paying a writer. Finally, after his protests fell on deaf ears, Tony asked the man for his business card so the "writer" could give him a call.
"Idiot," Philip says.
These days, the blog gets about 125 hits a day, up from 10 at the beginning. Philip dreams it will rocket to 10,000.
"We're selling a message about human respect, or something like that," he says.
He plans to take Tony to the library and give him a crash course on navigating the Internet.
Tony just likes the fact that now local kids give him the thumbs-up. For him, the best part of having the blog is "being noticed."
For three hours on a recent sunny afternoon, Tony has been winning laughs from regulars like Flo Safran who has come to drop off applesauce, the Purolator man, Kevin Walters, co-owner of Alternative Grounds, and a man named Ed who gives him $10 once a week.
Only once was Tony lost for words. He was asked how he hoped his blog will influence people.
He tried to answer, but the words got stuck in his throat. "Basically . . ."
Then he recovered, his voice husky. "What I would like to see happen? I would like to educate the children. To teach them before it happens [to them]. I feel bad when I talk about this. Really badly. Because probably I didn't teach mine."
Just then, a woman came hurrying down the sidewalk, and Tony tossed his head as if to shake away the tears.
"G'day, dear," he said, and tried to smile.
The gospel of Tony
"Fake" panhandlers: "Homeless folks need to keep up their reputations or otherwise no one ain't getting nothing from nobody."
Smoking cigarette butts: "Cut off half the filter and that gets rid of the germs."
Breakfast, versus a bed for the night: "If I knew how cold it was going to be, I wouldn't have had breakfast."
How to iron trousers: "You just got to have a dish towel and some brown paper. You fold the brown paper tight where the crease is and then you wet down the dish towel a bit. Then you put the towel over the paper and iron it and the pants come out perfect." From homelessmanspeaks.com
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These days, the public are not allowed to write on different issues.
Robert Linke told me years ago that the Irvings will have to investigate the issue before it gets printed!
Ok...never mind that!!!
Partridge Island could be the biggest tourist attraction in the Maritimes.
Can you imagine a cement walking bridge to that Island?
An Island in Quebec - Grosse Ile received 10 million dollars years ago to upgrade their island.
These islands have thousands of dead Irish citizens buried and do Saint Johners care?
Of course not!
I suggested years ago that they should sell the Island to the Irvings and allow them to upgrade the burial site.
The Irvings could even put a huge Irving sign on the Island in place of a lighthouse.
Hey? If the citizens could have access to the Island to visit the burial site?
I would agree with the Irving sign.
As we speak? Nothing is being done! It’s a darn shame!!!
Here’s the story in the Irving paper that was email to be this morning.
maybe the citizens should buy this island......to keep it public
Island COULD be privatized
Warning University professor says his study could offer last chance to keep the island public
As published on page C1 on December 9, 2006
Partridge Island at sunrise.
A new land-use study may be Saint John's last chance to develop Partridge Island's tourism potential, says business professor Dr. Keith Dewar.
"This is the last chance we have," said Dewar, who teaches with the University of New Brunswick in Saint John. "If this doesn't work, there's a good chance the island may be sold to private interests."
Dewar and colleagues Dr. Lee Jolliffe, Wen Mei Li and former student Karen Kwan have received a $20,000 research grant from the Saint John Development Corporation to prepare a feasibility study on Partridge Island access and development.
"We have to look at whether we can afford to have Partridge Island as a park. Our job is to show its value, what its going to cost and the possible financial resources that will make it possible."
The Saint John Waterfront Development Partnership saw the need for a feasibility study when it began to look for funding partners after working on possible designs for the island.
"When we were ready to approach funding partners we realized there's a missing issue here," said Ross Jefferson, general manager at the partnership.
To attract funding partners, the plan needed more than designs. It needed a business plan that looked at issues such as access, stewardship and sustainability.
That's when the corporation stepped in with money for a study.
Dewar and his colleagues are looking at other island parks across Canada similar in size and distance from shore. He is confident a model can be found to develop Partridge island. He is not so sure any scheme will last long.
"It's very easy to find capital money. I'm sure we could get money to clean it up, build a dock no problem. It's three years down the road that's the problem."
The biggest challenge, he said, is finding funding partners over the long term.
"How do we partner with the stakeholders and other people in the city to make this happen on a sustainable business? That's the question we have to answer."
One option he said the study will explore is the possibility of an endowment fund which would be able to cover operating expenses over the long term.
In mid-January he and his colleagues will hold a roundtable with interested groups and community members to present and discuss initial ideas and concepts.
A survey of people who have visited Partridge Island is also planned in order to assess the kind of long-term interest visitors may have in the island.
"We know that there will be initial interest. Everybody will want to get on the boat and go across once. But then what?"
The study should be close to completion in the spring.
Partridge Island is a National historic site.
I used to post them months ago but a lot of people were upset that I post blog religion in here.
I don't wish to offend anyone < non-believers > so therefore the verse of the bible will be posted inside the blog.
I'm not a born again freak but I believe that it's good to take a minute to read a verse from the bible.
GOD HAS SAID, "NEVER WILL I LEAVE YOU; NEVER WILL
I FORSAKE YOU."
( HEBREWS 13:5 *NIV )
Now that is a promise from our Heavenly Father! After all
He is always with us no matter what may happen!
Therefore when you face adversity; GOD IS OUR REFUGE
AND STRENGTH, AN EVER-PRESENT HELP IN TROUBLE.
( PSALM 46:1 )
When you are afraid, why not do what King David did, for he
stated; "I SOUGHT THE LORD, AND HE ANSWERED ME; HE
DELIVERED ME FROM ALL MY FEARS." ( PSALM 34:4 )
When you mourn it is written; BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO
MOURN, FOR THEY SHALL BE COMFORTED.
( MATTHEW 5:4 )
When you are worried why not; CAST ALL YOUR ANXIETY
ON HIM BECAUSE HE CARES FOR YOU. ( 1 PETER 5:7 )
When you are feeling low; HUMBLE YOURSELVES
BEFORE THE LORD, AND HE WILL LIFT YOU UP.
( JAMES 4:10 )
Also always remember, Charles, that it is written; I CAN DO
EVERYTHING THROUGH HIM WHO GIVES ME STRENGTH.
( PHILIPPIANS 4:13 ) Because; YOU, DEAR CHILDREN, ARE
FROM GOD AND HAVE OVERCOME THEM, BECAUSE THE
ONE WHO IS IN YOU IS GREATER THAN THE ONE WHO IS
IN THE WORLD. ( 1 JOHN 4:4 )
So; DO NOT BE TERRIFIED; DO NOT BE DISCOURAGED,
FOR THE LORD YOUR GOD WILL BE WITH YOU WHERE-
EVER YOU GO. Amen! ( JOSHUA 1:9 )
With My Love & Prayers,
your servant Allen
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