We stand with Toronto today, and always.

I’m very saddened to hear the news coming out of Toronto today. Thanks to all the friends who have reached out to me personally. Although I now live slightly outside Toronto, I was born there and lived there most of my life. I will always identify as a Toronto girl. I have visited Greektown on the Danforth many times, have experienced its wonderful hospitality and people. This is a place of culture and history and I would walk down its streets tomorrow.

This is the second major violent incident in Toronto in several months and I know my fellows Canadians are grieving. Our city is an incredible mix of multiculturalism, pride and all the special qualities that others recognize as “Canadian.” I am proud to call it my home and am praying for the victims of this tragedy, as well as their families and the EMS personnel involved. No one ever expects something like this to happen but when it does, it gives us pause. 

As an aside, I’ll share a little anecdote about Greektown. It’s large yearly food festival usually coincides with my birthday. I’ve spent several birthdays walking its streets with thousands of other residents and tourists, sampling its delicious wares.
I think I’d like to do the same thing when my birthday comes around this August.

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