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I appreciate that you wished that Tooker could have been helped with homeopathics; I can tell you that it was tried, without lasting success.
Amandha wrote:

I remember the first time I met Tooker. I had seen activist film and other news articles pertaining to him and I did put him high on my "honour" list. But it wasn't until I saw him in Calgary, in the summer of 2000, where a small handful of us gathered, to do a critical mass bike ride and cause some heads turnin', that I realized my reaction to him was as if he were famous! I got a little nervous and wanted to get all excited and hug him, but I stayed cool.. Laughing He then told me about some of his adventures riding his bicycle from Edmonton! to Calgary for the Petroleum Congress Gathering. What a man. I think we have to remember that depression is also a disease, yes a disease of our culture, but clinically, depression is serious. I just wish I knew that he had such a struggle. There are so many homeopathics that could have cured the swings. Let's just love him and instead of this event making us feel despair, let it make us stronger. Now that he's not around, we have to pick up where he left off, we have to continue for him. I know we are sad, for these are sad times, but if we give up, it will only get worse. I love you all and send you warm, healing enegy through my tears. Crying or Very sad


Philip

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 08, 2004 12:35 am Post subject: We started recycling in Montreal back in '78 Reply with quote

In 1978, I was working to launch a community environmental group in the NDG neighbourhood of Montreal. Tooker found out about it and wanted to join forces. He lived in Outremont, so I said, why don't you start a group in Outrement and I start one in NDG.


So we did. He created Vieilles Nouvelles/Old News and I created Ecosense. Together with another group in St-Laurent we launched recycling in Montreal, with monthly "R" days and eventually curbside pickups. These front-runner programs directly led to the municipal programs we have now.
Tooker was a tireless, courageous and honest activist. I haven't spoken to him since his Montreal days, but followed his exploits in Edmonton and Toronto through the media. It is really sad that he is gone and I keep hoping it isn't true. This guy has done so much, but he could do so much more. He is an inspiration to all of us.
I hope there is a memorial for him in Montreal.
Philip van Leeuwen, Montreal

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 08, 2004 7:01 pm Post subject: Reply with quote

Shocked


Yes! our forming years...

i remember Tooker was part of the bicycle advocacy group "Le Monde a Bicyclette" like me...

Also either he invited me or i decided to go visit "Vielles Nouvelle-Old News" curbside pick-up recycling business ( one of the first in Canada ), i thought this was so great i decided to volunteer for it, and Tooker also gave me some paid work there, as i felt then & still feel amazingly Very Happy proud to beeing part of pionneering work... & to have had Tooker as a friend, as a comrade...

Tooker is the person i have kept in touch for the longest time in my life,

i just wish i had called him more often lately or had gone to visit him sooner than i had planned to do this spring... Rolling Eyes

Jean


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 08, 2004 1:04 pm Post subject: Goodbye Eco-warrior! ...join an environmental group today Reply with quote

REALLY SORRY TO HEAR THIS SAD NEWS!!


I really appreciated Tooker's environmental dedication and his attempts to wake up Canadians to the environmental consequences of us continuing to live as most of us do. He moved from one end of the country to the other spreading his message and was living by example in the backwoods when I got his last email. I ended up cancelling his email newsletter, and am now upset I did...
Those who knew him, and knew of him, will miss his environmental contributions.
DON'T LET HIS ENERGY TO WORK FOR THE ENVIRONMENT DIE - JOIN AN ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP TODAY!!
Jean_Blundell, at, toronto.ca

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 08, 2004 1:04 pm Post subject: Goodbye Eco-warrior! ...join an environmental group today Reply with quote

REALLY SORRY TO HEAR THIS SAD NEWS!!
I really appreciated Tooker's environmental dedication and his attempts to wake up Canadians to the environmental consequences of us continuing to live as most of us do. He moved from one end of the country to the other spreading his message and was living by example in the backwoods when I got his last email. I ended up cancelling his email newsletter, and am now upset I did...
Those who knew him, and knew of him, will miss his environmental contributions.
DON'T LET HIS ENERGY TO WORK FOR THE ENVIRONMENT DIE - JOIN AN ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP TODAY!!
Jean_Blundell, at, toronto.ca

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 08, 2004 6:54 pm Post subject: on joining or volunteering for an eco-group... Reply with quote

Free, searchable, online directory of environmental groups

and organizations across Ontario: www.oen.ca/dir/


and across Canada, around the world...

www.oen.ca/dir/portals.html


- pb

3rd page: questioning my values (sabrina),

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2004 3:02 pm Post subject: questioning my values Reply with quote

So here we are. A group of passionate environmentalists, constantly bombarded with bad news, mourning the loss of one of our elders, one of our leaders.

I can't help but wonder if it was clinical depression or societal depression that caused Tucker's unbearable sadness. From my short, 23 years on this beautiful, chaotic planet, I have experienced much sadness from the evil that is pervading the Earth. What am I going to feel like in 30 years? Is there a point in fighting against a growing machine of destruction? How can I reorgainze my values so that I can continue to see the light amongst all of the %$&! tradgedies?

what to do, my friends? where do we find the strength to pursue our dreams when one of our strongest leaders gave up the struggle?

May Tuckers journey lead him to the world of his dreams, a world with love and respect for all of creation.

Love to you all,

sabrina

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 08, 2004 4:48 pm Post subject: The attempt is all yours. Reply with quote

Sabrina:
I have "struggled" for over 50 years. I've made many mistakes and "given up" plenty of times. Your attempts to do what's right can only come from within you. Don't despair because someone else has.


There is always hope in honest effort. Just remember, though, we live in a society that can confuse talking about a thing with doing it. Don't look for media approval for what you do. 90% of the improvements in life come from those who turn their back on looking good in order to do good.
Good luck. Smile

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2004 6:50 pm Post subject: Where do we go from here Reply with quote

Where do we go from here


I was devastated in a unique way to find out about Tooker's death. He was a hero to me. Hearing particularly that he had committed suicide, caused something inside of me to crumble. But I also feel Tooker's death provides us with an opportunity to deepen our commitment to caring for ourselves and one another.
These thoughts, are my best summation of what I have learned personally from Tooker's death.
(God, the guy just doesn't stop teaching people eh?)
There is a terrible pain in being conscious of the state of our world. One can feel torn apart by a powerful sense of justice on one hand, and the excruciating frustration of our own capacity to make change as individuals on the other. It can lead us to feeling alienated from our own sense of self.
But we are caring for life on earth! - something so wonderful we will never fully understand it.
We need to recommit ourselves to the sense of community that inspires our work. I love all of you who are working for justice. I love you all for caring. Not because you've given me a crowd that I feel I can "fit in" with, but because you have joined me in a desire to make the world better. Let us also recommit to making ourselves better at caring for ourselves and each other.
Tooker's death has made me recommit myself to
1)Working harder to accept my own imperfections.

2)Working harder at accepting the imperfections of others.


It is the simple work of loving, and the greatest thing to unite us, but it's also easy to lose touch with when you feel overwhelmed.
Thanks Tooker.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2004 10:38 pm Post subject: Commitment Reply with quote

Tim,
Bravo 2 U...I am now 54 y.o. ...exiled from my home in the DisUnited States...and I came here because I was told there was a community waiting for me. I never dreamt I would re-invent the old 60's "activist" and become an "actionist"...dedicated to "people mattering". I have put together a concert/conference just waiting for the true "community"...the "people" to step forward and assist me in "creating" it. This concert/conference will now be dedicated to Tooker and to all others who have died thru struggling with systems that don't work for the "people". Thank U 4 echoing so many sentiments I have had in my years on this planet!
Best regards,
Bob (Steinhardt)

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 08, 2004 10:54 am Post subject: Love, positivity, understanding and forgiving our enemies... Reply with quote

Love, positivity, understanding and forgiving our 'enemies'...
Tim, thank you for your thoughts. Your words remind me of a quote:
"A loving person lives in loving world. A hostile person lives in a hostile world: everyone you meet is your mirror." - Ken Keyes
Creating stronger community:

www.planetfriendly.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=56

www.planetfriendly.net/forum/viewforum.php?f=18

Helping each other heal:

www.planetfriendly.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=73

Create community anywhere:

www.planetfriendly.net/community.html#anywhere
If I can find the time, I'll write more here later.
- Peter Blanchard

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 08, 2004 10:25 am Post subject: Tooker Reply with quote

I was deeply saddened to hear that Mr Gomberg had died. I had never met him but knew of him from someone who had worked with him in Edmonton. She was so generous in her prasie and personal liking of him that I felt as though I would like him as well. Apparently he inspired a lot of people.


That he should succumb to such a deep and dark depression makes me very sad for him, for me and for us all. While i can't imagine getting to that point, i can certainly relate to having those dark and hopeless feelings and sometimes wonder why some people are affected more strongly by the 'human factor' than others.
I'd like to send a heartfelt hug and tons of warm feelings to his friends and family with thoughts of spring and the opening up of the earth and the unfurling of leaves.
I'll drink a toast of Irish whiskey to Tooker.
Debbe Crandall, Caledon, Ontario

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 08, 2004 8:36 am Post subject: Respect from Ireland Reply with quote

I only met Tooker twice and both times felt that I was in the presence of someone who had dedicated their entire life and energy to making the world a better place for all people, beings and creatures.
Such people are rare, like priceless jewels, and I feel honoured to have met him and been inspired by him.
On both occasions however I also wondered If perhaps Tooker had given too much- as I observed his weary soul…which appeared tired from trying.
On Saturday night, as news arrived in Ireland of Tooker’s death, we lit a candle for him in the hope that his great work will go on to inspire, and that those who care -- don’t do so at the expense of their health and their life (as so often happens).
And that those who are too busy with working, consuming, denying and ignoring - can somehow start to do their bit for this little planet of ours.
Only then will balance be reached.
In memory of Tooker we’ll continue to stir it up and smile whilst doing so.
Peace
Ruairi

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2004 10:53 pm Post subject: Thoughts from a friend in Montreal Reply with quote

Originally posted to act-mtl list and resist.ca
Tooker Gomberg passes the torch : pioneering eco-activist's life taken by depression
Sunday March 7, 2004

In shock and sadness I learned from Tooker's long time partner Angela Bischoff that Tooker died last Wednesday in Halifax. His bike was found on a bridge over Halifax harbour. Among Tooker's many commitments was his anti-nuclear activism, his ecological initiatives and involvements with Le Monde à Bicyclette and the Critical Mass ride movement. He was involved with social justice, anti-globalization and international solidarity work, and was a committed activist journalist whose newspaper articles raised popular consciousness about ecological problems and their solutions. He had participated in many occupations, demonstrations and actions in North America and in Europe. In a business-as-usual world that needs to be shaken up, Tooker was a wonderful trouble-maker. Anyone who has met and worked with him will be able to say he was personable, funny, generous and filled with a love and understanding of life and nature. I'm stricken with grief and my thoughts and feelings are with his parents, his brother Avi, his partner Angela and others affected by his passing.


As his friend and a fellow activist, my experience is enriched by the work I did with Tooker. When Tooker passed through Montreal, we would inevitably get up to some antics. I was aware that he'd been suffering from depression for the last three years, but he nonetheless still had a passion for journalism and activism. Last year, when Tooker came through town, he and I and my son took a video camera and went in search of a lost stream on the north slope of Mount Royal. Traipsing through Outremont gardens and the cemetery and informed by gardeners, we found the fabled rivulet that indeed still runs down the northern slope of the mountain. It sometimes runs underground in a culvert, though when it runs through gardens, it's beauty and ecological value is more evident.
When "Bicycle Bob" Silverman and I decided on a hot summer night to check how easy it is to peel up the asphalt in a lane next to where we lived, and to turn this lane into our own "Oxygen Park" and let more rain reach the roots of the three large linden trees, Tooker contributed his enthusiasm and labour along with many others in the neighbourhood. We liked reminiscing about our "depaving" action.
Tooker Gomberg lived a life fuller than most of us ever will. In the places Tooker lived, ecological activism benefited. He and Angela have made a lasting contribution to activism in Canada. In cities where Critical Mass rides take place, people should consider wearing a black arm band in memory of Tooker's commitment to cycling as urban transport.
Ecumenical memorial ceremonies are being planned in Edmonton, Toronto, Halifax and Montreal for latter in March. You can send messages or get further information from tooker@web.ca, Angela will be checking that email account. As more information becomes available, it will also be put online.
-Bernard

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2004 10:17 pm Post subject: Video Tribute to Tooker, Toronto, Tues Mar 9 Reply with quote

Video Tribute to Tooker, Toronto, Tues Mar 9


The recent passing of my friend Tooker has left me shocked and

saddened. Please join me this Tuesday before and after the regularly

scheduled program for a video tribute to this truly inspirational man.
- kelly
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Tues. Mar. 9, 5:00 - 7:00 pm -AND- 10:30 pm - close

Celts Pub, 2872 Dundas St. W (dnstrs)


VIDEO TRIBUTE TO TOOKER GOMBERG

Please bring your memories (and organic, non-gmo snacks) to share.


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7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Gene-Action presents

Deconstructing Supper, plus

The Genetic Takeover
Food Security is one of the many issues Tooker and Angela fought

passionately for, including their support for the work of Gene-Action.


Proceeds from tonights screenings will go to the Tooker Gomberg

Memorial Fund. Created by his wife Angela and their close friends, this

fund will help activists continue their hard and joyous work of making the

world a better place.


Please fwd to any interested parties. thanks
- kelly
the rest of this email should contain:

Celts Pub address

schedule through Mar. 30

descriptions of vids. and directions


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
All (regular) Screenings are Tuesday night at Celts Pub,

in Toronto's west end.

2872 - Dundas St. W (dnstrs)

doors at 7, show starts 7:30

$5 or pay what you can
March 9 - Another Double Header with Gene-Action

The Genetic Takeover - plus - Deconstructing Supper


March 16 - in solidarity with Al-Awda ( http://www.al-awda.ca/ )

Jenin, Jenin


March 23.

Surplus - and - The Red Pill


March 30

The Great Deception


All Screenings are Tuesday night at Celts Pub, in Toronto's west end.

2972 - Dundas St. W (dnstrs)

doors at 7, show starts 7:30

$5 or pay what you can


------------------------------------------------
March 9 - Another Double Header with Gene-Action
Deconstructing Supper, plus

The Genetic Takeover


1. Deconstructing Supper
Dinner is served.
But what's in our food and how is it grown?
Renowned chef John Bishop leads viewers on an eye-opening and

engaging journey into the billion-dollar battle to control global food

production. Starting with a gourmet meal in his five-star restaurant,

Bishop travels the world -- from farmer's fields to biotech laboratories to

supermarket aisles -- on a personal

quest to find out what our food choices are.


With a hearty appetite for food and information, chef Bishop explores the

politics and ethics of food. He discovers that 70% of processed foods

on supermarket shelves in North America contain genetically modified

ingredients.

The handful of biotech companies who control genetically modified

seeds claim this is the only way to feed the world's growing population.

But are these foods safe? Are there other, less risky ways to feed

ourselves? Our chef finds answers to these compelling questions and

more.
>From North America to Great Britain to India and back, John Bishop

shares fascinating conversations and mouth-watering feasts with

farmers, such as Michael Ableman, scientists and activists, such as

Vandana Shiva. We see the actual transfer of DNA from bacteria into

canola plants, and meet Canadian farmer Percy Schmeiser who is

battling the giant Monsanto Corporation. We learn startling information

about the milk we drink in North America and meet Indian

farmers and activists fighting to keep traditional farming practices alive.


Deconstructing Supper is a ride every contemporary eater will want to

take -- a thought-provoking and entertaining journey into the revolution in

modern food production, and its effects on our lives.
www.movingimages.ca
2. The Genetic Takeover
Have we become unwitting guinea pigs for multinationals who blithely

disregard millions of years of evolution? In just a few short years,

genetically modified plants have become part of our daily diet and are

already found in 75% of processed foods. This revolution has occurred

without consumer awareness and without the knowledge of potential

risks to our health and to the environment. Many scientists and farmers

vigorously condemn the absence of independent, adequate testing.
The Genetic Takeover casts a sober look at a potentially explosive

situation. In response to consumer demands, many European and

Asian countries have instituted mandatory labelling of genetically

modified foods. North America, however, has been slow to react.


In their relentless fight for profits, the industrial giants seem willing to

ignore basic safety rules. Can food crops, a vital element of the

collective wealth of this planet, remain at the mercy of private interests?
Guest speakers include Peter Skira, anti-gmo campaigner with

Gene-Action.


Please bring some certified organic (non-GMO) snacks to share
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March 16 - in solidarity with Al-Awda ( http://www.al-awda.ca/ )
Jenin, Jenin

54 min, 2002


Winner: Best Film, Carthage International Film Festival
'Where is God,' an elderly man desperately wonders when surveying the

debris in the Palestinian refugee camp Jenin.


The film, directed and co-produced by Palestinian actor and director

Mohammed Bakri, includes testimony from Jenin residents after the

Israeli army's Defensive Wall operation, during which the city and camp

were the scenes of fierce fighting. The operation ended with Jenin

flattened and scores of Palestinians dead. Palestinians as well as

numerous human rights groups accused Israel of committing war

crimes in the April 2002 attack on the refugee camp.

"Jenin Jenin" shows the extent to which the prolonged oppression and

terror has affected the state of mind of the Palestinian inhabitants of

Jenin.
Bitterness and grief are the prevailing feelings among the majority of the

population. Many have lost loved ones or are still searching for victims

and furniture among the debris. A little girl, who does not seem to be

much older than twelve, tells her story but knows no fear. The ongoing

violence in her day-to-day life only nourishes her feelings of hatred and

the urge to take revenge. She tells what she would do to Prime Minister

Sharon if he visited the camp and she shouts that the Palestinians will

never give up the struggle. They

will keep on producing children, who can continue the fight against

injustice.
The sad question forces itself on the spectator. What will become of a

country, a people when its children are confronted with war and violence

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