Still much to be proud of

Let’s cel­e­brate this area in­stead of tear­ing it down

Richmond Hill Post - - Editor’s Notes - by Ron John­son

It is easy to get lost in the sad, sor­did Rob Ford fi­asco and lose hope. With­out per­spec­tive, it might seem as though our city has com­pletely fallen off the rails and be­gun a long spi­ral down­ward. But that’s just not the case.

Luck­ily, on a daily ba­sis in this city, there are peo­ple who con­tinue to in­spire and amaze. Take those in this month’s cover story, for ex­am­ple. Here are a hand­ful of lo­cal res­i­dents who de­cided to ded­i­cate them­selves to help­ing oth­ers. But it isn’t just that. These in­di­vid­u­als are away from their fam­i­lies and away from the fes­tiv­i­ties as­so­ci­ated with the hol­i­day sea­son and are in­stead build­ing schools or pro­vid­ing dis­as­ter re­lief in the Philip­pines, for ex­am­ple. It’s a won­der­ful thing.

This is the kind of work I can get be­hind. To that end, in ad­di­tion to pro­fil­ing the good works of these Toron­to­ni­ans, we are also pro­vid­ing de­tailed in­for­ma­tion to al­low our read­ers to send well wishes over the hol­i­days and con­trib­ute to their or­ga­ni­za­tions.

Also this month, we chat with for­mer Toronto mayor David Miller. No, this isn’t that time when Miller sounds off on our crazy cur­rent mayor. This is the time when Miller talks about his lat­est pas­sion, World Wildlife Fund Canada. In ad­di­tion, in the arts, we pro­file Ja­son Col­lett and talk about an­other edi­tion of his wildly pop­u­lar Base­ment Re­vue Se­ries. We also re­view a cou­ple of fine new the­atri­cal pro­duc­tions and much more. Jeanne Beker kicks off our life sec­tion with a look at some of the coolest win­ter parkas, just in time for the hol­i­days. Re­becca Eck­ler checks out the new lo­cal out­post of Madonna’s gym Hard Candy. Our food sec­tion is an­chored by Grant van Gameren taste-test­ing the city’s best latkes, as well as Joanne Kates re­view­ing two new restau­rants.

We con­clude our De­cem­ber edi­tion with our an­nual naughty and nice list, try­ing our best to avoid ded­i­cat­ing it to the Fords.

From our fam­ily at Post City Mag­a­zines to yours, we hope you have a safe and happy hol­i­day sea­son. See you next year!

Ron John­son

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