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PostPosted: Sat Feb 26, 2005 12:41 am Post subject: March 2005 Memorial & Water Ritual Reply with quote

March 2005 Memorial & Water Ritual


Friends,
As most of you know, our beloved friend Tooker Gomberg passed over on Mar. 3, 2004. As the first anniversary approaches, I'd like to invite you to participate in either a community ritual near you, or to do your own honouring of Tooker with the ritual suggested here : (See note at bottom about original page)
Edmonton: Sunday, Feb. 27, Riverdale Hall, 92 St. and 100 Ave. 2:00pm
Toronto: Thursday, Mar. 3, Dufferin Grove Park (firepit), one block south of Bloor on Dufferin, 5:30pm, soup (bring a bowl and spoon), ritual at 6:00pm. Poster available here: http://www.greenspiration.org/Memorial/Tooker_Memorial_Toronto03/05.pdf
Ottawa: Friday, Mar. 4, 7:00pm , PSAC Hall, 233 Gilmour (at Metcalfe), in the J.K. Wyllie Room. Poster available here: http://www.greenspiration.org/Memorial/Tooker_Memorial_Ottawa0305.pdf
Montreal: Sunday, Mar. 6, Alternatives, 3720 Parc Ave (2nd fl), at Ave. Des Pins, 7:00pm
Halifax: Thursday, Mar. 3, Khyber Centre for the Arts (Turret), 1588 Barrington, 7:00pm
Whether you do a group or individual ritual, I'd love to hear how it went.
Thank you... angela : greenspi( at )web.ca
All this info available at original page here: http://www.greenspiration.org/

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Joe Godin


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2005 7:53 pm Post subject: A solo memorial in Saint John NB Reply with quote

This is an email I just sent to Angela, I thought I'd share it you folks..


Angela,
To find someone else in the city who knew or at least heard of Tooker would be impossible. I was alone so I thought I'd do something else other than the pebble and petals ritual (but I visualized it). A few weeks ago I decided to expand my focus to sustainable transportation instead of just bicycle activism. This city is addicted to cars like I never seen and there seems to be no one else to work with. It's depressing. On the brighter here's the two things I did.
On March 3rd I contacted the manager of the local Transit Commission and asked him if he would be interested in to looking into an Employer Transit Pass project like the one BC

Transit has developed.


http://www.translink.bc.ca/Transportation_Services/Fares_Passes/employers_pass/
I work for Cendant Canada and we have about 1200 staff in a central location with little access to parking. He loved the idea and will meet with me on it. Cendant is very community oriented and last year we raised 40K for the United Way through payroll deductions and several thousand for other charities and caused by others means.
And in a direct tribute to Tooker, I blasted (via email) City Hall for advertising access to our city by VIA Passenger Rail Service when last train came through here almost 20 years ago.
VIA's link is on the City website and is listed as one " a wide variety of transportation services available to get you here and around town" I asked that they remove it or explain with the last leg of the journey is by bus. The puffery oozing out of City Hall nowadays is out of hand.
http://www.cityofsaintjohn.com/2.cfm?PageID=2-4-13
Even VIA lies when you order the ticket online the intinerary says your arrive in here on "Train 707". It's hard to take.
I'll post this on the discussion forum to show my solidarity.
Best wishes,
Joe

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 18, 2005 6:58 pm Post subject: Way to implement Kyoto accord made in Alberta... Reply with quote

Way to implement Kyoto accord made in Alberta...


Tooker went to great lenghts to draw attention to this "Lost Report": a study by Energy of Alberta in the early 90s,

he even locked himself up in Ralph Klein's vault to get the "Media" to bring attention to it...


Tooker pointed out how we would benefit environmentally AND economically by following these reccommendations,

that in the end would bring approx. 35% return on investment(as he understood a really high rate of return)


Here is a link to "An executive summary" of "The Lost Report" titled:

"A Discussion Paper On The Potential for Reducing CO2 Emissions in Alberta":

CLICK ON THE FOLLOWING LINK > > >

http://people.uleth.ca/~hall/sp_Paper_nbsp_on_nbsp_the_nbsp_Potential_nbsp_For_nbsp_Reducing_nbsp_Carbon_nbsp_Dioxide_nbsp_Emissions_nbsp_in_nbsp_Alberta_nbsp_-_nbsp_Executive_nbsp_Summary.pdf

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 13, 2005 2:45 am Post subject: Kyoto or Bust! Reply with quote

Kyoto or Bust! * Idea

Rabble.ca article...

With several good & usefull links:

http://www.rabble.ca/news_full_story.shtml?x=17261&url=
Now lets get that "Lost Report" online somewhere again!!! * Rolling Eyes * Wink

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 07, 2005 3:52 pm Post subject: Here is a link to "The Lost Report"... Reply with quote

Here is a link to "An executive summary" of "The Lost Report" titled:

A Discussion Paper On The Potential for Reducing CO2 Emissions in Alberta:

http://people.uleth.ca/~hall/sp_Paper_nbsp_on_nbsp_the_nbsp_Potential_nbsp_For_nbsp_Reducing_nbsp_Carbon_nbsp_Dioxide_nbsp_Emissions_nbsp_in_nbsp_Alberta_nbsp_-_nbsp_Executive_nbsp_Summary.pdf

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 10, 2005 8:33 am Post subject: Rinky Dink Song Reply with quote

RiNKY DiNK SONG


Don't know if Tooker ever heard this song but he would really enjoy & appreciate this one...
Enjoy! -VeloJuanito Wink
Includes nice intro...
Play lo-fi:

http://www.soundclick.com/util/streamM3U.m3u?ID=759222&q=Lo


Play hi-fi:

http://www.soundclick.com/util/streamM3U.m3u?ID=759222&q=Hi


MP3:

http://www.soundclick.com/util/DownloadSong.cfm?ID=759222


Or listen to any song of you choice from this amazing musician who during a tour in the Maritimes facilitated by uberculture.org , camped at Tooker & Angela's place in Halifax in January 2004...
http://www.soundclick.com/davidrovics
audio and video on-line:

http://members.aol.com/drovics/Clips.htm


David's whole website: http://www.davidrovics.com[/b]

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2004 5:49 pm Post subject: LET'S HELP EACH OTHER HEAL Reply with quote

Let's help each other heal...
I'm heartbroken about Tooker. He was a friend, inspiration and mentor. I admired his remarkable passion, his openness, integrity and commitment. Considering the relatively small amount of time I actually spent with him, I'm amazed at how much his passing has affected me.
Our challenge now is to learn from Tooker, from both his successes and failures. To deal with what has happened as best we can. And, to continue to learn and grow as individuals and as a community.
Many of us already bear great burdens, as we try to do good work and face some of society's most disturbing problems. Those of us who are in grief must do whatever we can to support each other.
If you're alone, try to find some support in your grief, from your friends and family. If you have friends who knew Tooker, give them a call or a visit. Make sure they are not grieving alone, and that they have the support they need.
Most importantly, let's help each other to find that elusive balance -- the balance between changing the world, and saving ourselves. Let's learn not to be entirely selfless. Let's pay attention to ourselves, our friends, our communities -- as well as the world.
Below are some links and articles that offer some ideas and support. If you have other thoughts, please post them here.
Let's help each other heal!
- Peter Blanchard

www.planetfriendly.net

people@planetfriendly.net
"Take care of yourself and each other" - Tooker Gomberg
Dealing with grief - articles

http://fl.essortment.com/stagesgrief_rbdm.htm

http://www.survivingsuicide.com/grief.htm
Dealing with grief and suicide - more articles, links, organizations

Links: Coping with grief and suicide


Silence a deadly accomplice in suicide's toll: full story

The Edmonton Journal, March 10, 2004


One Paragraph of Advice, by Edward Abbey www.abbeyweb.net (search for "paragraph")
Caring Too Much, Caring Too Little, by Peter Blanchard

www.planetfriendly.net/forum/viewtopic.php?p=82


Stress, Burnout, Positive Thinking - strategies, resources, links

www.planetfriendly.net/health.html#stress


Creating Stronger Community -- Links, Resources, Discussion

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

www.planetfriendly.net/community.html#anywhere
Being an Activist, Changing the World

Tooker & Angela's Ten Commandments:

www.greenspiration.org/Article/TenCommandments.html

Elizabeth May, How to be An Activist

www.sierraclub.ca/national/activist.html

More: www.planetfriendly.net/enviro.html


"A loving person lives in a loving world. A hostile person lives

in a hostile world: everyone you meet is your mirror." - Ken Keyes


One Final Paragraph of Advice, by Edward Abbey
"One final paragraph of advice: Do not burn yourself out. Be as I am-a reluctant enthusiast... a part time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it is still there. So get out there and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, encounter the grizz, climb the mountains. Run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, that lovely, mysterious and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to your body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much: I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those deskbound people with their hearts in a safe deposit box and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this: you will outlive the bastards." - Edward Abbey
www.abbeyweb.net/quotes.htx?query=paragraph&op=search

Finding balance, avoiding burnout: www.planetfriendly.net/health.html#stress


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 08, 2004 1:16 am Post subject: So long and thanks for all the fish. Reply with quote

Well, the guy certainly stood for what he believed in. That said, he was a crackpot. I'll never forget driving down the road with Tooker in front of me on his bike with a big cardboard cutout the size of a car and blocking all traffic. I was tempted to run him down since my car was polluting more by having to go so slowly and follow him. But, given the health care cut backs in Alberta, I suppose there wasn't room for him in a mental hospital. So we elected to city council.
I suppose I admire his convictions but he was such a pain to most people. That said, no one wants to see a life end like this.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 08, 2004 8:35 am Post subject: Tooker Reply with quote

I was one of Tooker's sisters-in-law. I have just browsed your site. Thanks you so much for setting it up. It's heartwarming to read how much people cared. If only he could have understood this in his last days. The messages have given me great comfort and I will let his father know about the site so the rest of the family can also be similarly comforted.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2004 9:25 pm Post subject: broken hearted Reply with quote

Peter, thank you for posting information about suicide and supporting our colleagues and friends.
What meaning can one find in a life cut short by intent?
Tooker fought inner battles that were more evasive than his more public battles. He WAS supported by a myriad of friends, his devoted wife, and his adoring brothers, father and mother. He has left many broken hearts, in his passing.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 01, 2004 10:21 pm Post subject: Walk for Suicide & Depression Reply with quote

The OUT OF THE DARKNESS Overnight

-- walk for suicide and depression


In July, 2005, men and women will come to Chicago

from all over the country to walk together 20 miles

through the night, from dusk until dawn. It's called

the Out of the Darkness Overnight.


The Overnight will bring together friends, family members

and loved ones whose lives have been touched by suicide

or depression, giving a voice to issues that have been

kept in silence for too long.


Net proceeds will benefit the American Foundation for

Suicide Prevention, to fund research, education,

survivor and awareness programs.
Please help get the word out about this unique and

important event. Feel free to call me at 888-NIGHT-05

(888-644-4805) or visit http://www.TheOvernight.org

for more information.


For more info

coaches@theovernight.org

1 888 NIGHT 05
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

www.theovernight.org

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 18, 2004 7:31 pm Post subject: Can you share a story? Reply with quote

Can you share a story?


Still regularly Tooker's mirth, courage & enthusiasm inspires me but i am so puzzled by what happenned to him in the end...
I feel his presence in my life still very strong, i miss his dearly...
I am looking foward to collecting stories of people who have met Tooker, stories of their encounters with him or stories of how he touched their lives whether they met him or not...
This would greatly help in my own healing... Neutral
Sincerely, Jean 514 812 9907(messages) velo_rution@yahoo.ca
P.S. : We will be organising a Memorial Video Night for Tooker in Montreal - Ottawa - Halifax between now & the spring, lookout for announcements here & on the respective indymedia websites... Smile

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 18, 2004 7:46 pm Post subject: Can you share a story? Reply with quote

Can you share a story?


Still regularly Tooker's mirth, courage & enthusiasm inspires me but i am so puzzled by what happenned to him in the end...
I feel his presence in my life still very strong, i miss his dearly...
I am looking foward to collecting stories of people who have met Tooker, stories of their encounters with him or stories of how he touched their lives whether they met him or not...
This would greatly help in my own healing... Neutral
Sincerely, Jean 514 812 9907(messages) velo_rution@yahoo.ca
P.S. : We will be organising a Memorial Video Night for Tooker in Montreal - Ottawa - Halifax between now & the spring, lookout for announcements here & on the respective indymedia websites... Smile

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 18, 2004 7:39 pm Post subject: Can you share a story? Reply with quote

Can you share a story?


Still regularly Tooker's mirth, courage & enthusiasm inspires me but i am so puzzled by what happenned to him in the end...
I feel his presence in my life still very strong, i miss his dearly...
I am looking foward to collecting stories of people who have met Tooker, stories of their encounters with him or stories of how he touched their lives whether they met him or not...
This would greatly help in my own healing... Neutral
Sincerely, Jean 514 812 9907(messages) velo_rution@yahoo.ca
P.S. : We will be organising a Memorial Video Night for Tooker in Montreal - Ottawa - Halifax between now & the spring, lookout for announcements here & on the respective indymedia websites... Smile

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 16, 2004 2:34 pm Post subject: we all try in our own way Reply with quote

we all try in our own way
I'm a tree near what is called "CK's" on morning glory farm.
Our grove has been here since the railroad people left many seasons ago. Not many two-leggeds come around here anymore, and our elders have taught us to appreciate their absence. The winds have brought us news of drumming and dancing nymphs from time to time, and "the tree song" by the Pied Pumkin.
Tooker came to stay with us last summer. He did not stay here very long but he seemed glad to be here and enjoyed our company. We do not really know what he did at all those conferences, but he certainly seemed happier when he was on his bicycle, and he often brought good news from his travels.
He was many times in a rush but he and his dear wife angela did share some time with us and they were as welcome as the four-leggeds, the ones that fly and the ones that crawl.
Some of tooker's friends came by recently to gather his memory and clear his spirit. We all try in our own way, and join you. Peace.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 06, 2004 2:46 pm Post subject: tooker over the killaloe airwaves Reply with quote

dear tree:
several tributes (but not a full show) have been aired over tooker & ang's beloved CHCR (Homegrown Comunity Radio) in Killaloe, ON.
Aired were a song written by another sadly departed young person from Fergus, On; and "Le Monde a Bicyclette" posted on the greenspiration site.
Unfortunately, all of the "eco-freako'' shows were deleted from the station's log months ago. Surprised

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 06, 2004 9:57 pm Post subject: related links Reply with quote

Related links...


Homegrown Community Radio

www.chcr.org


Community & Campus Radio Stations across North America

www.planetfriendly.net/voices.html#radioTV


Killaloe Craft and Community Fair

www.killaloefair.ca


Green & Healthy Summer Festivals, Retreats & Gatherings

www.planetfriendly.net/summerfest.html

(2004 edition coming soon)
Cool Hemp

www.coolhemp.com


Photo of Tooker near Killaloe

www.planetfriendly.net/tooker/


Killaloe, Ontario

http://directory.google.com/Top/Regional/North_America/

Canada/Ontario/Localities/K/Killaloe/
Tooker & Angela's Greenspiration Website

www.greenspiration.org


– pb

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 09, 2004 8:47 pm Post subject: A ritual for tooker at the medicine wheel. Reply with quote

the memorials for tooker (which I attended) were blessed with sacred space large enough for the whole communtiy, and cleared my habitual plans for the coming year with openness. Lessons about rituals were lived out in an organic way, and I knew especially from the alters of tooker's momentos that I should take some offerings in his memory to the medicine wheel.


It was a totally sacred mission, winding with divine guidance for four months with offerings securely stashed in the recesses of my backpack, like the ubiquitous falafel sandwich. On the way the mission was blessed, as it were, by bhagavan das; I rescued a working mountain bike left in the seaweed on an empty beach where I stayed for the night; a large tree was undertaken from a friendly stopover native reserve; and on final arrival I cleansed and smudged right away, all spirits in notice of the installation.
this was the pronouncement of the I-ching:

"Here we find a person trying to accomplish something great on his own, and getting his head wet. Obviously this indicates a dangerous situation. Mutual support and cooperation are vital to success. Those who believe that they can accomplish major enterprises best single-handed have lost sight of what it means to be a true leader."


In the morning I moved to a new home on the beach, did other rituals and was then blessed by an unusually low tide to explore far reaches of the beach where I hadn't been before, which I remember thinking about at tooker's memorial. When leaving a while later, I checked back in to the medicine wheel and saw that the offerings for tooker were doing just fine in their new home.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 02, 2004 9:36 pm Post subject: An encounter with Tooker Reply with quote

A few years ago, I was an environmentalist student learning about many different things. Then at a climate change conference in Ottawa, I met Tooker. I immidiatly went to talk to him. I remember clearly I asked him : 'so how do figure a young person like me could get a job with Greenpeace?' for Greepeace had always held an attraction for me, like a dream job. He replied to me "just get out there, put your face out in the public and be known". I gave me his card with his phone number and that was that. For the next 2 years, I canvassed for greepeace, doing some campagins and actions here and there, but nothing more. This was about 4 years ago, but his name always stayed in my mind, I always remembered our brief conversation. I was in Victoria visiting friends in April, trying to find a purpose in my life, and we went to the Namaste Cafe for a benefit concert for Tre Arrow (who was unjustly emprissoned and is now starving to death in Vancouver while pending exportation to the states on alleged eco-terrorism charges) when Tooker's best friend gave me an article, he said, here read this

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