Click a button, make someone smile
A real pleasure this morning to welcome Valerie Pringle into the studio. I was a big fan of Midday and remember eating lunch sometimes with Valerie and Ralph Benmergui (they were on the TV. I was eating Kraft dinner). Valerie got her start on CFRB and would still be a natural for radio is she craved it but it's pretty clear that in spite of all her success she doesn't NEED to be on the airwaves. Maybe that's the heart of her charm.
Valerie was on to talk about a great initiative called Gifts of Life. The program allows to you to send a gift to someone at CAMH. It says everything about how we think about mental illness that CAMH is one of the city's largest hospitals yet it doesn't have a gift shop. If someone you knew was at St Mike's you'd drop in for a visit. Would you do the same if a friend was an in patient at CAMH?
You can visit the website here and with the click of a button let a stranger in bad times know someone is thinking of them.
Some last thoughts on the whole Ford business. I think Torontonians are moving on. It will probably be three months or so before all of this settles down but I don't think people want to hear the topic dissected for hours at a time now that we've absorbed the shock of Monday's decision. But a couple of interesting e-mails from listeners:
Tim writes an explanation of the mayor's three minute apology: "After stonewalling for as long as I can, and not even understanding what I did wrong, I would like to apologize to anyone who does understand what I did wrong in hopes of saving my job".
And Donna makes an interesting point: "What lessons has Rob Ford taught the youth he is trying to help?
1. you don't need to be informed ..it is Ok to get by on what you think you know.
2. It is ok to stubborn, boorish, defensive.
3. that you are above the law because you are the mayor and may have had good intentions.
4. Blame others for the bad results because there is a left wing conspiracy that is out to get you. You did nothing wrong.
I applaud Mr Ford for taking an interest in helping these young people, but the students must be getting a mixed message about what is right and wrong. These kids need a consistently, positive role model."
I've seen the mayor working with young people. He gets them and they love him. It makes him a better person but not necessarily a better mayor.