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Barb Allard


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SpdParnell

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 20, 2004 6:58 pm Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Barb.
Under any other circumstances I would not think to reply, but I have to tell you that your posts on this topic have moved me and helped me to veiw this tragedy in a positive light. thank you.


furthermore I hope you are alright, I know how much these two people in particular menat to you and to all who knew them.
please except my condolences and pass them on to any who may be interested.
Samm

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 20, 2004 4:28 pm Post subject: Goodbye Tooker and Mirella Reply with quote

I did not know Tooker and Angela as well as I would have liked, but I knew Mirella well and when I read Barb Allards post about her I cried because she was so amazing and inspiring,


I would like to express my sadness at the loss of two people who to me were larger than life or even the issues they fought for.
Godspeed Tooker and Mirella.
Samm

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 19, 2004 2:57 pm Post subject: Edmonton, Earth Day: Tooker Video Memorial &CallToAction Reply with quote

Tooker Gomberg - A Video Memorial and Call to Renewed Action
One Night Only - Earth Day

Thurs, April 22, 2004 @ 9pm


Metro Cinema, Citadel Theatre, 9828-101A Ave, Edmonton
Free Admission: Donations are encouraged to assist with presentation costs, & all proceeds are being donated to the Tooker Gomberg Memorial Activist Fund.
Running time: approx 90 minutes
And WHAT is the "Lost Document"??? Following the films there will be a short presentation by friend & colleague Brian Johnston, for those interested in more information about the "Lost Document" - quoted as "the most important document I've seen in 20 years of environmental activism".
for more information:
http://www.greenspiration.org/Memorial/VideoMemorial.html#top

http://www.metrocinema.org/film_view?FILM_ID=446

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 19, 2004 10:28 pm Post subject: about the lost document Reply with quote

Tooker writes about "the lost document":

http://www.planetfriendly.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=185


- peter

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Velorution


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 15, 2004 12:28 am Post subject: A18 - Victoria, TOOKER Gomberg Memorial bike ride & - SU Reply with quote

A18 - Victoria, B.C., TOOKER Gomberg Memorial BIKE ride & Pic Nic


- SUNDAY April 18th
604 779 3691
GVCC Cycling Resource Centre, 1056a North Park, at 10:30am. SUNDAY
Rest peacefully, my dear friend Tooker.
Tooker Gomberg was one of Canada’s brightest eco-activists, always ready with a smile, a laugh, and a bright way to draw the world’s attention to what really mattered. On Sunday April 18th we’ll do a bike ride and picnic in Beacon Hill Park to share memories, and bid him farewell. Let’s meet at the GVCC Cycling Resource Centre, 1056a North Park, at 10:30am. SUNDAY

tookeronbike.jpg, JPG image, 230x154


Victoria, TOOKER Gomberg Memorial bike ride & picnic SUNDAY
(Details at bottom)

Beacon Hill Park


Anyone interested in riding on BICYCLE together from Vancouver to Victoria... Saturday afternoon or Sunday Morning!?!
from: http://www.planetfriendly.net/forum/viewtopic.php?p=315#315

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I met Tooker and Angela soon after I arrived in Canada from England, in 1990, and what a delight this friendship has been. What a celebration of joy, fun and possibility Tooker's life was. And yes, Tooker has decided to leave, but oh, what joyful memories he leaves, in spite of his struggle with depression!
Is there anyone else here in Victoria, as well as myself and Kathryn Molloy, who would like to joun us for a celebration of Tooker's life? We're going to get together on Sunday, April 18th, for a bike ride, a ceremony, and a shared lunch in Beacon Hill Park. Please call me at 250-881-1304, if you'd like to join us!
Tooker, you were wonderful; you still are.

Angela - you still are too!


with love,

Guy Dauncey

Victoria

http://www.earthfuture.com


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Ken Barth

Guest
Friends of Tooker on Van Isl


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Hi Guy & Katherine:
I am in Campbell River but I would like to join the April 18th bike ride. I called and left my phone #s and e-mail.
Cheers,

Ken Barth


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Tooker memorial bike ride on Sunday... I'll be there...
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I just went to all the memorials across the country & i will be there to commemorate & celebrate Tooker's life & spirit...
I feel very sad & still sometimes fragile for i had planned to spend some time with Tooker recently, so my healing is happenning & will be every time i am with all who honor his memory...
I will be forever inspired by Tooker's mirth, dedication & legacy...
Jiivan(Jean) * Confused * Surprised * Smile * Very Happy * Wink *
~~phone: 604 779 3691

Voicemail: 604 682 3269 ext: 9521


Anyone interested in riding together on BICYCLE from Vancouver to Victoria...

Saturday afternoon or Sunday Morning!?!

Phone me or e-mail me: velo_rution@riseup.net
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from: http://www.planetfriendly.net/forum/viewtopic.php?p=315#315


http://www.greenspiration.org
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TOOKER bike ride and picnic details

by Guy Dauncy •

250-881-1304

Victoria, GVCC Cycling Resource Centre, 1056a North Park, at 10:30am. SUNDAY

On Sunday April 18th we’ll do a bike ride and picnic in Beacon Hill Park to share memories, and bid him farewell.
Let’s meet at the GVCC Cycling Resource Centre, 1056a North Park, at 10:30am. SUNDAY

Guy, 250-881-1304.


FAREWELL, TOOKER
Rest peacefully, my dear friend Tooker.

Tooker Gomberg was one of Canada’s brightest eco-activists, always ready with a smile, a laugh, and a bright way to draw the world’s attention to what really mattered. For the past two years, Tooker suffered persistent depression (triggered in part, maybe, by being tear-gassed at the Quebec Summit of the America’s protest). On March 3rd, he parked his bike on the Halifax-Dartmouth bridge, and jumped off. His body has not been found. All across Canada, people who have been inspired by Tooker and his many colourful activities are grieving. Activist, writer, broadcaster, organizer, global cyclist, photographer, educator, Edmonton city councillor, challenger to Mel Lastman as Mayor of Toronto, his exploits are legendary. See http://www.greenspiration.org, to enjoy his life.


On Sunday April 18th we’ll do a bike ride and picnic in Beacon Hill Park to share memories, and bid him farewell.
Let’s meet at the GVCC Cycling Resource Centre, 1056a North Park, at 10:30am. SUNDAY

Guy, 250-881-1304.


from: http://www.earthfuture.com/econews/
Also see: http://www.greenspiration.org
And: http://www.planetfriendly.net/gomberg/

http://www.planetfriendly.net/forum/viewtopic.php?p=316#316

http://www.greenspiration.org

Mirth! chutzpah! dedication!

by Guy Dauncy - Jiivan •
tooker2.jpg, JPG image, 607x407
Love for all fellow human beeings, other beeings & the planet, that's Tooker's legacy
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MAPS & MORE DETAILS...

by Jii • Tuesday April 13, 2004 at 01:57 PM

velo_rution@riseup.net 604 779 3691

Stawberry Knoll Park AREA to Beacon Hill Park

tooker_cropped.jpgdcpcsf.jpg, JPG image, 200x225


On Sunday April 18th we’ll do a bike ride and picnic in Beacon Hill Park to share memories, and bid him farewell.
Let’s meet at the GVCC Cycling Resource Centre, 1056a North Park, at 10:30am. Guy, 881-1304.

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FOR DIRECTIONS SEE MAP:
http://www.mapquest.com/maps/map.adp?formtype=search&countryid=41&addtohistory=&country=CA&address=1056a+North+Park&city=Victoria&state=BC&zipcode=&submit=Get+Map
You can zoom in or zoom out on those maps...
North Rd is 1 block west of Interurban Rd off of Hastings St

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SEE RED STAR ON MAPS...
Larger picture map: http://www.mapquest.com/maps/map.adp?formtype=search&countryid=41&addtohistory=&country=CA&address=1056a+North+Park&city=Victoria&state=BC&zipcode=&submit=Get+Map

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 09, 2004 9:23 pm Post subject: Friends of Tooker in Victoria? Reply with quote

I met Tooker and Angela soon after I arrived in Canada from England, in 1990, and what a delight this friendship has been. What a celebration of joy, fun and possibility Tooker's life was. And yes, Tooker has decided to leave, but oh, what joyful memories he leaves, in spite of his struggle with depression!
Is there anyone else here in Victoria, as well as myself and Kathryn Molloy, who would like to joun us for a celebration of Tooker's life? We're going to get together on Sunday, April 18th, for a bike ride, a ceremony, and a shared lunch in Beacon Hill Park. Please call me at 250-881-1304, if you'd like to join us!
Tooker, you were wonderful; you still are.

Angela - you still are too!


with love,

Guy Dauncey

Victoria

http://www.earthfuture.com

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 2004 4:45 pm Post subject: Friends of Tooker on Van Isl Reply with quote

Hi Guy & Katherine:


I am in Campbell River but I would like to join the April 18th bike ride. I called and left my phone #s and e-mail.
Cheers,

Ken Barth

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 13, 2004 11:49 am Post subject: Tooker memorial bike ride on Sunday... I'll be there... Reply with quote

I just went to all the memorials across the country & i will be there to commemorate & celebrate Tooker's life & spirit...


I feel very sad & still sometimes fragile for i had planned to spend some time with Tooker recently, so my healing is happenning & will be every time i am with all who honor his memory...
I will be forever inspired by Tooker's mirth, dedication & legacy...
Jiivan(Jean)
~~phone: 604 779 3691

Voicemail: 604 682 3269 ext: 9521


Anyone interested in riding together from Vancouver to Victoria...

Saturday afternoon or Sunday Morning!?! Smile

Phone me or e-mail me: velo_rution@riseup.net

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 13, 2004 12:29 pm Post subject: meet @ GVCC Cycling Resource Ctr, 1056a North Park, 10:30am Reply with quote

FAREWELL, TOOKER


Rest peacefully, my dear friend Tooker.

Tooker Gomberg was one of Canada’s brightest eco-activists, always ready with a smile, a laugh, and a bright way to draw the world’s attention to what really mattered. For the past two years, Tooker suffered persistent depression (triggered in part, maybe, by being tear-gassed at the Quebec Summit of the America’s protest). On March 3rd, he parked his bike on the Halifax-Dartmouth bridge, and jumped off. His body has not been found. All across Canada, people who have been inspired by Tooker and his many colourful activities are grieving. Activist, writer, broadcaster, organizer, global cyclist, photographer, educator, Edmonton city councillor, challenger to Mel Lastman as Mayor of Toronto, his exploits are legendary. See www.greenspiration.org, to enjoy his life.


On Sunday April 18th we’ll do a bike ride and picnic in Beacon Hill Park to share memories, and bid him farewell.
Let’s meet at the GVCC Cycling Resource Centre, 1056a North Park, at 10:30am. SUNDAY

Guy, 881-1304.


from: http://www.earthfuture.com/econews/

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 11, 2004 11:56 pm Post subject: my memorial words Reply with quote



hey folks, a few people have asked me for the words i said about tooker at the toronto memorial.
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One of the first times I met Tooker, was at a memorial that he had organized. It was a memorial very much like this one, except Tooker was there, beside me, and he was reading the eulogy. There were 6 other people with us, with umbrellas, in the rain. And another thing that made it different from this memorial was that my car was burried in front of us, on a 40 degree angle, half in the ground with the back wheels sticking out. It was the 100th year anniversary of the death of Henry Bliss, who in 1899 took his final step off a streetcar and became the first pedestrian killed by a car. Tooker wanted to raise awareness about the millions of people who a have been killed by cars since then and he came up with this stunt to get the story in the media.
A few years later, I had caught the contagious bug, of organising street performances and spectacles. I was working on an event called Reclaim the Streets, which is an illegal street festival that temporarily replaces cars with community. That year, we had marched up York Street, to the Toronto Stock Exchange and we blocked-off the street to cars and had a big party. There were costumes and drums and a sound system and dancing and celebration. Everyone was having a good time, but the police were getting a little angry. They wanted to shut down the party, so they turned off the sound system and stole the speaker cables. As an organiser, one of my roles is to negotiate with the police when they get angry. So we worked out an arrangement that allowed us to keep dancing on the street, if we agreed to leave peacefully after 40 minutes. So the police gave us back the cables, and the music came back on, and everyone was dancing. The senior officer came up to me and said “Mr. Meslin, we’re putting a lot of trust in you so we’re hoping you’ll keep your end of the bargain.” “Sure,” I said “we’ll leave. Don’t worry.” He looked at me suspiciously. “Are there any other surprises we should know about?” “No,” I said “this is it.” But before he could respond, his eyes shifted to the side, and slightly upwards over my shoulder, as shock and confusion took over his face. I turned my head to see what he was looking at. There was a dumptruck, full to the brim with rolls of sod. People were on top of the pile, throwing rolls down to others. After a roll was caught, it would be carried to the middle of the road, and unrolled. Tooker was orchestrating the entire thing. Within moments, the entire street was covered, and hundreds of people were dancing on grass in the heart of Canada’s most powerful financial district.
What I’m trying to illustrate is that Tooker was able to take any situation and make the best of it. He could take a sad day, commemorating millions of deaths, and make it creative and fun and worthwhile. And he could take a vibrant street a party and instantly transform it into something a hundreds times better.
Tooker seemed to be capable of anything, he seemed to defy laws of physics and time. He was like a political version of Harry Houdini. He’d lock himself in a safe, and at the same time, he’d be stopping a garbage dump in north Ontario, blocking a highway expansion in Toronto, burning his Canadian passport on the other side of the world, being an incredible partner to Angela, a great friend to all of us… and running for mayor too.
Everything he did was larger than life and that’s one of reasons I’m having trouble really accepting that he’s gone. Because he seemed magical. Because he surprised me so often, that over time, he wasn’t able to surprise me, because I expected to be surprised. Everytime I opened the paper, there he was. And if it was anyone else’s picture there I would have thought ‘wow this I unbelievable!!’ But with Tooker, I expected it. I expected him to push the limits, to be oblivious to things that we would see as obstacles, I expected him to be magical. I woudn’t be surprised if he walked in the door right now, and as the doors flung open we’d see Queen Street covered in grass, and cars sticking out of the ground in front of the church.
I also wasn’t convinced that there was only one Tooker. No one could do all that on their own. I figured there must have been six or seven or them. So when I heard that Tooker had taken his last step, part of me thought ‘that’s okay’, because there’s still five or six left.
But of course there’s only one Tooker. And none of us are larger than life. But life is what we make it. And for those who say that his life was too short, I say yes of course, but I’m also thinking in my head, that he lived a thousand times more, in his 48 years, than most people live in their lifetime.
Tooker believed in a better world. A world that was wasn’t based on hierarchy, competition and waste. He believed in a world based on sharing, sustainability, love and community. He always believed in that world, and never stopped believing in it. And we all share a responsibility now to continue to carry the torch as we walk slowly towards that world together.
Lastly,and most importantly, and simply put; apart from the great activist and leader that he was, Tooker was a beautiful loving friend who made everyone around feel good, and once it truly hits me that he’s not coming back, I’m going to miss him a lot.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 03, 2004 2:13 pm Post subject: Inside Ralph Klein's Vault, by Tooker Gomberg (plus related Reply with quote

Inside Ralph Klein's Vault


[received by e-mail from Angela Bischoff]
Hello friends. This really is the LAST piece Tooker wrote,

but it was never completed. Although the action happened

more than a year ago, it's a story that he never did tell.

Here it is... - angela


Inside Ralph Klein's Vault

By Tooker Gomberg

Jan. 22, 2004
"Lock me in" I instruct Jerry, my friend and cameraman.

We wrestle with the heavy steel door. Jerry kicks out the

doorstop, and before I know what's happened, the door

clangs shut with a loud rumble. I gasp, look around me,

and wonder if the air will last. I jostle the handle, just to be

sure. There's no escape. I'm locked inside Ralph Klein's

vault.
It's Tues. Dec. 3, 2002, and I'm trying to rally support for

the Kyoto protocol, to protect the world's climate from

catastrophic disruption. Prime Minister Chretien says he'll

sign the accord by the end of the year. Premier Klein of

fossil fuel rich Alberta says, in essence: over my dead

body. I say I'm prepared to take a stand.


I'm thirsty. Perhaps it's the lack of air. The vault is the size

of a large walk-in closet, and is being used as a storage

room.
I discover a case of booze. Not surprising given Klein's

history of hard drinking. What shall it be -- wine, Ouzo,

or Champagne?
I break open the bubbly and savor a few sips. I'm ready to

celebrate. I toast Mother Earth.


I pull out my cell phone and list of Calgary media contacts

and methodically begin calling. "This is Tooker Gomberg

and I'm locked in Ralph Klein's vault."
One by one I tell them of the "Lost Doc", the 300 page

report written by the Alberta government in 1990. It

addressed the question: Could Alberta reduce its

greenhouse gas emissions? The conclusion was startling:

Alberta could not only reduce emissions by 7% (the Kyoto

Protocol only required a 6% reduction from Canada) but it

could do so at an enormous profit!
Klein and the Alberta Government were fear mongering.

They repeated the lie that Kyoto would destroy the

Canadian economy, with 450,000 jobs lost and increases

in taxes and gasoline prices.


But the Lost Document showed that Klein wasn't being

honest. Kyoto would actually be good for Alberta. With an

investment of $6.7 billion the government could realize

annual savings of $2.2 billion. That's a rate of return of

over 30%. Canada Savings Bonds will get you 4% if you're

lucky. The Alberta Heritage Savings Trust Fund, a fund

that was supposed to put aside royalties from Alberta's oil

and gas industry for a rainy day, was actually losing

money. Why not invest in energy efficiency instead?
The implications were enormous. And it was a Made in

Alberta solution, prepared by the Alberta Government

itself. Klein apparently preferred a Made in Houston

solution -- good for the oil and gas industry, but bad for

the taxpayer, not to mention the planet.
Properly titled: A Discussion Paper on the Potential for

Reducing CO2 Emissions in Alberta, 1998-2005, I sensed

an opportunity, and an urgency. The Kyoto clock was

ticking. In order for the protocol to become international

law, 55 nations representing 55% of world greenhouse gas

emissions had to sign on. If Canada signed, all that would

be missing was Russia, and then it would reach the

benchmark. Without Canada the treaty would likely fall

apart.
The health of the world's climate was in the balance. I

hoped the media would be interested in adding some

substance to the debate, a new angle to the story they

kept repeating: Chretien for Kyoto, Klein against it.


I came to Edmonton from Toronto to spend two weeks

traveling Alberta, speaking about the benefits of Kyoto,

energy efficiency, wind turbines and solar panels. I

previewed a (nearly completed) film I had made called:

Kyoto Winds of Change, which explored the opportunities

of Kyoto. And I peddled the Lost Doc.


I called a news conference at the Alberta Legislature when

I delivered the Lost Document to Ralph Klein's office,

asking for a reply, asking why the recommendations had

never been implemented.


Media attendance was good, perhaps because as a former

Edmonton City Councillor I still had some profile. Security

guards barred us from venturing past the entrance.

Eventually a staff person came down to deliver the




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