Give me a damn break. This money/attention/luxury loving useless figurehead visiting the 'slums' of Toronto. For what? Feeling a little guilty about her
to-date CAD$41 million spending spree while Governor-General? Another prime example of flagrant waste on Parliament Hill.
Regent Park Hosts Clarkson (The naive fools. As if she truly gives a s**t)
Envoy tours inner-city area
Young people get special attention (For a minute. After she's back in her
limo....out of sight, out of mind, and it's on to the Four Seasons for
Residents of long-troubled Regent Park gave the straight goods on their neighbourhood to Governor-General Adrienne Clarkson yesterday, proving their community isn't the deadly concrete jungle it's been portrayed as so often.
As Clarkson walked along the sidewalk that cuts through the three-storey apartment buildings on Dundas St. E., an unexpected hello drew her attention to a ground-floor apartment. A girl was calling out to her from behind a barred window.
Clarkson, who was accompanied on the informal tour by her husband, John Ralston Saul, turned aside for a chat with the little girl.
Then it was on to another of the six stops she made during the day.
For Jane Syvret, 14, a volunteer with a community newspaper and the radio station Catch Da Flava, Clarkson's visit was nothing short of "cool."
"This is the first time someone who is important, at that level, has come to Regent Park and looked around. It's not a bad place. We have good people in Regent Park, not just bad people or criminals, or people who are in gangs and stuff."
"It's very special, very important," said Justin Goldenthal, an on-air volunteer at Catch Da Flava. Clarkson and Ralston Saul seemed to enjoy the sights and sounds of the community east of the downtown, stopping to look at scores of tulips coming up in a garden on Dundas St. E.
She began the day with breakfast at the Sip and Bite Restaurant on Parliament St., dining with five students from the Pathways to Education mentoring and tutoring program.
"We talked about family and our backgrounds and how we came to Canada," said Yang Shen, 16, a Grade 11 student at Jarvis Collegiate Institute, who goes to Pathways and was one of Clarkson's guides for the day.
"I told her I wanted to be a doctor or a pharmacist. She said to me: `School can be hard, you have to study, but you have to take time for yourself. It can't always be books, books, books.'"
Clarkson told the crowd at a photo gallery, "Coming here and meeting all of you means I get a view of this community from the inside out," adding she was impressed both with what she saw and plans for the area's revitalization.
Her official visit to Toronto continues today with a trip to Lester B. Pearson Collegiate Institute, followed by lunch at the Malvern Town Centre and a discussion with young people.
Tomorrow, Clarkson will swear in 15 new citizens and present her Caring Canadian Awards at Jarvis Collegiate.
*Ah! So THAT'S what this broad does to earn her salary (and generous pension). I suppose after her gig at Jarvis Collegiate, spa treatments in
Banff via a government jet will be in order. Go ahead, honey, you DESERVE it.