In­spi­ra­tion comes in all shapes and sizes

High­light­ing Toronto’s most uplift­ing women

Annex Post - - NEWS - by Ron John­son

There are peo­ple who in­spire me ev­ery day. Al­though our is­sue high­light­ing the city’s most in­spir­ing women is a re­ward­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, it can also be frus­trat­ing be­cause of the sheer num­ber of peo­ple left out.

We like to high­light women from neigh­bour­hoods that re­ceive our mag­a­zines in ad­di­tion to those from the GTA that have achieved no­table ac­com­plish­ments in 2018. But there is never enough room.

If we could, we’d in­clude Mar­garet At­wood each and ev­ery year. She’s such an icon. And when we got word last month that she took to Twit­ter to help out some­one tack­ling A Hand­maid’s Tale school as­sign­ment? Oh our hearts.

Find an im­por­tant is­sue, and you’ll find in­spir­ing peo­ple chang­ing the world. And these peo­ple do not have to be rich and in­flu­en­tial movers and shak­ers to in­spire oth­ers and do good.

Naomi Klein is an easy one. She is such a tire­less and fierce jour­nal­ist and au­thor high­light­ing, amongst other things, the most im­por­tant is­sue we face — cli­mate change. She will be in­cluded at some point, not if, just when.

And it’s not just the big names on our wish­list. Why not Lisa King, a se­nior plan­ner at the city of Toronto who is tack­ling cli­mate change in her own way, by mak­ing sure that any new build­ing is sub­ject to rig­or­ous, world-class green build­ing stan­dards that are cur­rently be­ing adopted by mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties across the coun­try. She’s also work­ing on a new ze­roe­mis­sions build­ing frame­work for the city. Oh, and, full dis­clo­sure, I hap­pen to be mar­ried to her.

And how about in the area of Indige­nous rights? We high­light the work of Tanya Talaga, who was this year’s Massey lec­turer, but Toronto hap­pens to be home to so many fierce and in­spir­ing ad­vo­cates such as Ry­er­son’s Pam Pal­mater and artist Tanya Ta­gaq.

Law? Look no fur­ther than An­na­maria Ene­na­jor, a de­fence at­tor­ney who was named part­ner in Clay­ton Ruby’s firm. Beyond her al­ready sparkling le­gal ca­reer, she is also tack­ing the cannabis amnesty is­sue. In a world that at times seems dead set on crash­ing down around us, it’s im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that the peo­ple who make this city, this coun­try, this planet work are not the peo­ple at the top of the prover­bial food chain. They are all around us. They are all of us. Be in­spired and look to in­spire oth­ers.

Happy hol­i­days from our en­tire Post City fam­ily to yours.

Cor­rec­ton: In our last is­sue, we wrote Rosen’s Cin­na­mon Buns was closed. It re­mains open. The space and equip­ment at the 825 Col­lege St. lo­ca­tion is for sale, not the brand or cur­rent busi­ness. Rosen is look­ing to ex­pand at a new lo­ca­tion.

The al­ways em­pow­er­ing Mar­garet At­wood

RON JOHN­SON

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