Why Toronto, not Montreal?
What follows is an edited version of our April 1, 2015 discussion in Kitchener, among members of the Event Committee, about the “Why Toronto?” topic. This is a question that everybody has an opinion about. It’s a great topic for discussion.
At our April 1, 2015 meeting, we had the following dialogue, which I’ve edited (and made minor additions to) for the purpose of featuring it at as a blog post.
On May 13, 2015, at our most recent organizing meeting in Kitchener, we recorded brief interviews about the “What do I get for $150?” question and the “Why Toronto?” question.
I’ve recently completed a prior video project, about the effort to Save Bala Falls in Ontario’s Muskoka cottage country. On all my current video projects, I’m working with an video editor named Steve Toepell of Bohemian Passport. He will edit the upcoming two online videos about key topics of conversation related to the planning of the MCHS 2015 Reunion.
Here’s the April 1, 2015 “Why Toronto?” dialogue:
Lynn (Hennebury) Legge: I’m still getting a lot of static about “Why is it Toronto, not Montreal?”
Jaan Pill: Have you got some good responses?
Lynn: I responded with the fact that we took a general consensus of how many people were in the Toronto core, and the fact that a lot of people have moved out to Ontario.
So we decided to do it in Ontario. And being at the central core, people can travel in from different states, different provinces, and if you should desire, you could go back to Montreal and make a side trip out of it.
Gina (Davis) Cayer: And then if you look at the Malcolm Campbell website, after ’73, ’74, most of those people stayed. Right next to Malcolm Campbell High School, my girlfriend stayed. Her whole street was practically Jewish. It’s all Armenians and all Greeks now. And she’s still there.
But if you look at the website, after ’73, ’74, most people stayed – because they were still in school, whereas our group of people, most of us had to leave because the jobs left, or the opportunities went elsewhere, because of the Parti Québécois coming into Quebec. That was the big reason why many people left.
Scott Munro: One of the answers to is that this association of us over the past ten years, of small groups of us gathering in Toronto. Christine (Hamilton) Plumtree came in a few times, and Tim Hewlings was down, and Bill Hollingsworth.
Jaan: And Bob Carswell was there too.
Lynn: And the organizers are here. The people that decided to organize.
Jaan: Plus we’ve made a point of traveling to Kitchener regularly, because Lynn is a key player, in terms of ideas and everything else. And so if we were to have the meeting in Montreal it would be pretty hard to get Lynn involved.
Gina: But the whole thing is that you folks decided to organize this. Did anybody else from Montreal jump up and say, “No, I want to organize it”?
Lynn: Well, see this was organized before I came on board. But as I said, my view is that it’s a centre core, and that’s what I would respond to some of the emails that I got asking, you know.
The choice was made because it’s the central core and people are coming in from different Provinces, different States, and they’re making it an event – and some of them are going back to Montreal during this, as well.
Jaan: We’ll have that on the website.
At our April 1, 2015 meeting we also discussed groups of people who are thinking of attending
Jaan: That is very important. To encourage them.
Lynn: And giving them that option to stay at a different place, that isn’t too pricey.
So I have another email that I formulated that I will send [to a particular contact], so she could get the whole family involved; it could be a Saraguay reunion the night before.
Jaan: Absolutely. And also if there are relatives, like sons, daughters, whatever, they can also attend.
Gina: I have about 15 who want to come but what they want to know is, “Who’s coming?”
It’s important. And especially when people pay, to put the years that the attended, because just having a name may not be enough – may not ring a bell.
Lynn: And just getting the groups together. Like I haven’t been able to get the core person from the Boating Club yet.
I keep looking on the Internet trying to find that core person. I left long before these friendships and marriages occurred. I left Montreal.
Gina: People want to know who’s coming.
Jaan: That’s critical. We will make that a priority – to find ways to get that information out to people.
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Just to let you know, in case you like to visit new places, a Sept. 21, 2015 Toronto Star article is entitled:
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