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We will be riding in honor of Tooker on March 26th at the Critical Mass ride, hopefully Halifax's biggest ever. While others are wearing black, I think that we shall all wear something green, green for greenspiration, green for spring and green for the hope that Tooker embodied.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 15, 2004 11:51 am Post subject: the importance of support and reaching out Reply with quote

Thanks for sharing your thoughts and memories of Tooker in Halifax.


His death brings home, all too poignantly, the importance

of support and reaching out - when we are all busy with protests,

policy comments, public meetings, bike rides, letter writing,

whatever vehicle each of us has chosen to effect social change.
Whether or not Tooker could have been helped by stronger community, I feel strongly that there are many if not all of us who would benefit, as well as the "movement" as a whole.
Please join us and share your thoughts and ideas in these forums:
Creating Stronger Community – links, resources,

ideas and discussion how to create stronger community

for activists, environmentalists and everyone who cares

about creating a better world...
Activist Support Forum – Share your worries, troubles and

fears – or offer others some feedback, support and inspiration.
– Peter Blanchard

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2004 10:14 am Post subject: EXCELLENT TRIBUTE ARTICLES in Now, Eye, elsewhere... Reply with quote

Tributes to Tooker in Toronto's Now and Eye Magazines
Artistry in Activism – by Loic Jounot, Now, Mar 11

"he was the grain of sand that stopped the machine"
What Tooker Taught Us – Editorial, Eye Weekly, Mar 11

"most astonishing of all, he managed to get things done"
Farewell, Tooker – by Wayne Roberts, Now, Mar 11

"master stuntman, writer and policy wonk was greenspiration to us all"
Many more tributes can be found on this discussion forum:

Tooker's previous writings and news in Now and Eye Magazine
For more of Tooker's writings and news articles, see...
Tooker's Writings, Links, News, Pictures...

- Peter Blanchard
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 12, 2004 12:20 am Post subject: more tribute articles Reply with quote

More Tributes & Articles

Activist Gomberg Remembered

Linda Gyulai, Montreal Gazette, Mon Mar 8, 2004

"Ecologist made his mark in Montreal" full story
Environmental Activist Gomberg Missing

Mike Sadava, Edmonton Journal, Sat Mar 6, 2004

"a thorn in the side to some politicians" full story
- Peter Blanchard

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 15, 2004 10:46 am Post subject: more tributes and articles Reply with quote

More Tributes & Articles

Mother Earth never had a better friend

by Rebecca O'Brien. March 13, 2004

"nobody walked the talk like he did"

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 08, 2004 7:28 pm Post subject: Toronto memorial & event planning, meetings, ideas... Reply with quote

TORONTO memorial & event planning

In Toronto, friends and admirers of Tooker are planning

ways to "commemorate and celebrate everything that

Tooker was, did, and loved". The first meeting was on Sunday.
If you'd like to help organize, contact mez at this address: --> please put a {tooker} prefix in

the subject line, so it doesn't get lost.
NEXT MEETING: Friday 12th, 4:30, Labour Lyceum,

33 Cecil Street (south of College, east of Spadina).

Below is an excerpt from the notes of the Mar 7 gathering.

Feel free to use these ideas in other cities...

- Peter Blanchard
A plan of action for a man of action
(1) "RITUAL" - Shannon's taking the lead on this. Small,

intimate, participatory. Sometime next week, once Angela

has joined us. Send ideas to Shannon.
(2) "MEMORIAL" - Mez is central contact for this, group had

long brainstorm. (*Tentative* date: Sun Mar 21, 6 or 7pm)

Speakers (incl. friends, activists, environmentalists,

journalists, politicians); music; prayer; booklet on depression;

video excerpt; social gathering.
(3) "ACTION" - Creative, Fun, Bold (like Tooker). Plan:

Friday March 26th, with Critical Mass. Brainstorm meeting

on Wednesday 10th, at Bridges for Youth, 290 Jarvis.
(4) "MOVIE NIGHT" - An evening screening of Tooker's videos.

Kelly will co-ordinate with Mez & others. Not urgent.

Maybe during the summer. Bloor Cinema. 800 people.

This would be a fundraiser for #5:

(5) "FUND/FOUNDATION" - A way to turn Tooker's energy into

perpetual motion. I think we can raise A LOT of money in

Tooker's name, and then give money each year to young people

with enviro projects or indy-media projects. We need to

work with Angela on this. We should have something ready

for the Memorial. Shannon suggested going through the

Toronto Community Foundation.
(6) PERMANENT MEMORIAL - Park? Bike Sculpture? Bike Path?

This is also a summer project. We will have lots of support

from City Council.
That's it folks. That's a lot to organise in two short

weeks. Let's make Tooker proud.

Peter Blanchard adds . . .
Please post all related events and public memorials:
(a) as a reply to this message, and

(b) on the People- & Planetfriendly Calendar:
(If timing allows, we'll include what you've

posted in the next P&PF e-mail newsletter).

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 09, 2004 4:06 pm Post subject: Toronto Memorial and Event Planning Reply with quote

I would like to suggest commissioning Marcella and James from

OBJEKT LAB, if they're still creating, to do a sculpture as at least

part of the permanent memorial.

Boo Watson

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2004 10:32 am Post subject: thoughts and ideas for toronto memorials and events Reply with quote

The shock at losing Tooker will be long felt here.
Perhaps the most appropriate memorial would be to hold a

demonstration of some kind, perhaps synthesizing several

issues Tooker (and the rest of us) cared about. Poverty

(homelessness), environment (bicycles) and peace (iraq) are

three that come immediately to mind. Combining Queens park,

city hall and the US consulate might be appropriate.

He was really pushed around at City Hall during last year's

peace camp. David Miller, one of the few councillors who

I recall supporting the camp, is now mayor, and the Tories

are of course replaced by a kindler, gentler evil at Queens Park.

The U.S. is still occupying the consulate building.
Tooker's death also says something else to me: Activists need

to support each other. I'll bet there's a lot more depression

going around - activism is tough work, and a lot of people

are riding the front lines.

- Saul Chernos

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 15, 2004 9:14 am Post subject: Tooker Gomberg - A Memorial and Celebration in Toronto Reply with quote

TOOKER GOMBERG - A Memorial and Celebration in Toronto

~ Tooker Gomberg Memorial and Celebration: March 21st
~ Critical Mass bike ride in honour of Tooker: March 26th
~ Online community, mutual support, links, print resources, more...
~ an evening to remember a friend ~
The sudden passing of Tooker Gomberg leaves us saddened

and contemplative. One of Canada's most daring and

courageous political figures, Tooker was a friend, co-

conspirator and guiding light to so many of us. A selfless

trailblazer, Tooker's absence will be felt in Canada's

environmental, labour, social justice, human rights, arts

and music communities - and around the world.
We invite you to join in reflection, mourning and

celebration of such an exemplary writer, activist, politician,

videographer and comedian. Our thoughts and prayers

go out to Tooker's family and to Angela, his soulmate

of 17 years.
Sunday March 21st (the first day of Spring)

Church of the Holy Trinity

10 Trinity Square (behind the Eaton's Center, off Bay Street)
The Church will be open at 5:30, for catching up with

friends, posting photos and contributing to the

Celebration Book.
The Memorial will begin at 6pm.
Tooker was a man of props, so we need you to bring stuff!

Bring a candle (preferably made from bees wax), please

bring a bicycle bell, bring a photo of Tooker (that you can

leave behind), bring a contribution for the Celebration

Book (8.5 x 11), feel free to bring finger foods to share

with others (vegetarian, organic please), and if you think

you might be comfortable sitting on the floor, bring a

pillow! There won’t be enough seats for everyone.

Thank you.

Shannon Thompson ~

Dave Meslin ~
If you’d like to help set-up before the memorial, please

arrive at 5pm. thanks.

There will be a gathering after the memorial.
Tooker & Angela's Website:
Whether or not you can attend the memorial, you can join

the many others whose lives were touched by Tooker,

A memorial discussion and announcements forum has been

created on the web. It's a place where you can read about

Tooker, his life and the many people he inspired.
You can also find links to Tooker's writings; hear about

upcoming memorials and events; and share your own

feelings and memories.
To visit the forum, go to and

click "Tooker Gomberg Discussion", near top right.

(Direct link: )
Two funds have been created, to support grassroots

ecological work in Canada, true to Tooker's ideals.

Tooker Gomberg Greenspiration Fund (charitable receipts

issued) or Tooker Gomberg Activist Fund (non-charitable)

If you cannot attend the Toronto Memorial, you can mail

contributions to: P.O. Box 1242 Place du Parc Station,

Montreal, Quebec, H2X 4A7
On the last Friday of every month, cyclists around the

world gather in groups of dozens, hundreds, or thousands

and take to the streets for a casual ride, with the motto

"We Aren’t Blocking Traffic, We ARE Traffic."

The March 2004 Critical Mass ride, in many cities, has

been dedicated to our two-wheeled friend Tooker. On

March 26th, please join us as we carry on this vibrant

tradition that Tooker loved dearly.

The meeting spot is at 6pm, at Yonge & Temperance

(between Richmond & Adelaide)

Activists across Canada have requested that people wear

black for this bike ride. We all know, however, that Tooker

rarely wore black and would probably want us to dress up

in costumes, as he did so often! SO, for those who want to

respect both wishes, we’ve come up with a list of black

costumes for you! Zorro, a penguin, Darth Vader, a nun,

the Shadow, Dracula, Cat Woman or some goth dude.
Let’s make this the biggest Mass Ride Toronto has ever seen!
for more info, contact Geoff:
Links to Critical Mass rides worldwide:

Tribute for Tooker
Tooker had faith in life: that the earth will sustain us if we sustain it.

Tooker had faith in people: that we could do better.

He had faith in community: that the city could be a caring and healthful place.

The city must be part of the ecosystem, not a burden.

To be sustainable, our economics must nurture life, not harm it.

He fought for global justice.

On all fronts, he was a man of peace.

I shall remember Tooker for his love of life.

As a friend, he is like the trees he cherished.

He planted seeds among us.

He harboured life, and does still.

The tree falls, but is ever renewing.

The tree is not separate from life, and cannot be separated.

The tree, and Tooker, are life's gift.

The tree, the spider's web, the butterfly… All things are one.

A sacred mystery.

Our separation is an illusion.

Grief lies in appearances, and both will pass.

Life is eternal.

In our hearts, Tooker remains. .

~ Geoffrey Pounder
We’re trying to compile a zine to hand out at the memorial.
Please send submissions of poems, inspiring quotes

or art by Friday March 19th, 12 noon.

Send submissions to
We've just created two on-line mutual-support forums/

discussions -- for activists, environmentalists and friends:

(1) ACTIVIST SUPPORT FORUM - A place to share your

worries, troubles, frustrations, fears - and offer others

much-needed feedback, support and inspiration:


Share your thoughts and ideas on how to create stronger,

healthier community for activists, environmentalists and others:

Tooker & Angela's Website:
Discussion, Links, Community:

Wendy Brawer


PostPosted: Sun Mar 14, 2004 4:16 pm Post subject: a couple of days in Tooker's life Reply with quote

Just a couple of days in Tooker's life . . .
Hello from NYC, where the activist community was also touched by Tooker over the years -- he was here about a year ago, on the trail of Ralph Klein.
I went along to tape the scene as Tooker prepared to give Klein back his own energy study that pointed out the benefits of harnessing and exporting renewable energy in Alberta. Though we were not permitted into the Yacht Club where Klein was speaking, Klein mentioned from the podium that his activist shadow had arrived. Although his speech was not over, suddenly several reporters came to get the real story from Tooker, who was ready with sound bites and copies of the document for all.
Tooker next helped NYC bicycling activists brainstorm ways to make hay from the threatened mass transit strike. NYC's mayor had just bought a bike, we all decided to get him a suit of long underwear to go with it, etc.
The strike was averted at the last moment, and Tooker went on to the next action, which was for Human Rights Day at the United Nations. He was arrested, along with about 150 spiritual and luminary social activists, in what he later described as one of his favorite arrests: both Daniel Ellsberg and his son were among the arrestees. Using his unconfiscated cell phone from jail, Tooker was able to do a live radio interview with Ellsberg over the CBC.
Released in 4 hours, he came for dinner about our house, leaving us a big grasshopper as a gift. Now perched in a rubber tree, Tooker's grasshopper reminds us to keep making forward progress, with antenna up to gather distant signals and eyes focused on the path ahead.
Thank you for everything, Tooker!
– Wendy Brawer of Green Map System


[Planet-Friendly Editor adds...
How to be an Activist

by Tooker & Angela:

by Elizabeth May:

Become the Media!

Renewable Energy Links, Organizations

Cycling & Sustainable Transport

Human Rights

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 09, 2004 9:15 am Post subject: MONTREAL MEMORIALS & EVENTS Reply with quote


There will be a memorial for Tooker at Paperman's funeral home on Jean Talon in Montreal on weds march 10th at 3:15.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 09, 2004 1:59 pm Post subject: More Montreal & Quebec gatherings and events Reply with quote

Montreal & Quebec gatherings & events
Thanks for letting us know.
If you hear about other related events in Montreal or

elsewhere in Quebec, please post them as a reply to

this message.
For more Quebec activist and environmental calendars,

see the Quebec section of our "Directory of Calendars"

across Canada:
- Peter Blanchard

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2004 9:45 am Post subject: Montreal Gazette obit. and where to send donations Reply with quote

Montreal Gazette: obituary and where to send donations
As printed in Montreal Gazette, Tues March 9:

GOMBERG, Tooker Richard Daniel. On Wednesday, March 3, 2004.

Dearly loved husband and companion of Angela Bischoff. Cherished son of Dr. Charles L. Gomberg and Bayla Rosen Gomberg. Loving, caring and inspiring brother of Frank, Ben, and Avi. Dearly loved uncle of Noah and Jessie and many nieces and nephews.
A creative pioneer for the welfare of the environment, who had great hopes and dreams to better the world.
A memorial service will be held at Paperman & Sons, 3888 Jean Talon W, on Wednesday, March 10 at 3:15 p.m. Shiva at 42 Terrasse Les Hautvilliers, Outremont.
Donations may be made to the Tooker Gomberg Greenspiration Fund, c/o The Montreal Bicycle Education Society, (514) 843-0077. We have lost a unique human being.
Hugs to all who knew or were inspired by him,
- Peter Blanchard

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2004 9:50 am Post subject: funeral and upcoming memorial in about two weeks Reply with quote

Hi everyone,

I just attended the funeral ceremony for Tooker today and the love, emotion and respect for Tooker was overwhelming. There were at least 400 people from mainly family, friends and a few familar activists. I spoke to Angela afterwards and she said that there will be another memorial with the Montreal activist community in about 2 weeks, with more details to be posted in their Greenspiration website.
Inspiration, humour and insight were the themes so eloquently attributed to Tooker by his brothers, Frank, Ben and Avi. Finally, Angela's tribute to Tooker was heart-rendering and courageous.
Although I only knew Tooker through his family members and from the time of his arrest at the 2001 Quebec Summit (I was one of the probono lawyers who manned the help phonelines for detainees and their families), the loss of Tooker moved me to tears, and reminded me all too painfully of the fragile existence of those who struggle daily for social justice.
Take care of yourself and of others.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 13, 2004 11:28 pm Post subject: Montreal Public Memorial Reply with quote

Montreal Public Memorial
Thursday March 25, Cyclo Nord Sud, 7235 St. Urbain. Montreal.
Time t.b.a.
Further details will be posted here and/or
- Peter Blanchard
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 06, 2004 4:22 pm Post subject: creating stronger community Reply with quote

Creating Stronger Community

I am very concerned about the effect Tooker's passing could have on people and the spirit of the movement – if we don't do something to build stronger community.
I have long felt that we lack community and mutual support. I think that talking circles and other community-building structures are direly needed – to support and connect activists new and old – and everyone else who cares about creating a healthier, saner world.

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