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Edith Mills: A Tough Instructor (And I loved her for it)

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A poem by Rumi

Rumi

Your old grandmother says,
“Maybe you shouldn’t go to school.
You look a little pale.”
Run when you hear that.
A father’s stern slaps are better.
Your bodily soul wants comforting.
The severe father wants spiritual clarity.
He scolds, but eventually
leads you into the open.
Pray for a tough instructor
to hear and act and stay within you.
We have been busy accumulating solace.
Make us ashamed of how we were.

Robert Bly

This poem by the 13th century Persian poet Rumi was put into English by the contemporary American poet Robert Bly.

Edith Mills was my home room English teacher for Grade 11 when I lived in Chipman, New Brunswick.

One day she told me to go to the front of the class and speak extemporaneously (off the cuff).

As I did so I saw a word coming out that carried a heavy price. If I used it I would get the strap.

Mrs. Mills was a hard teacher. She brooked no license.

I looked at that word, around that word, above that word.

In vain I looked for a word to replace it.

There was not one.

I used it.

To my surprise nothing happened.

The next day another student used the word I had used.

He was a rich man’s son. When I was in elementary school in Chipman seven friends and I built a little fort on the edge of the school playground. We were inspired by the TV shows IVANHOE, LANCELOT, ROBIN HOOD.

We looked up one day to see this fellow leading several hundred kids armed with sticks and stones towards our fort.

“What are we going to do?” asked my friends. “Surround them. I want four of you to stay here. Jump up and down so they know you are here. Wave your swords. Stay down so you don’t get hurt. Three of you come with me. You four, when you see that mob fall in upon itself, head for the school steps,” I said.

We four slowly crept around to the rear of the mob. “Pick one person. Run in fast. Slap them once. Then head for the school steps.” I told them. We did.

When the bell rang the bloodied and bruised mob headed for the school where they saw the eight of us sitting unscathed with lovely smiles on our faces.

This man had hated me ever since.

There he stood using the word I had the day before used.

This time Mrs. Mills sent him straight to the office where he was given the strap.

I was furious.

“What are you trying to do? Make me look like teacher’s pet? I used that word yesterday. Nothing happened. He uses it today. He gets the strap! What is going on here?’

“I watched you choosing. I watched you accepting the responsibility of your choice. You were right. It was the right word. He was just walking through the door you opened,” said Mrs. Mills.

In that instant I understood the difference between liberty, which always accepts the price, and license which always thinks it can evade the price.

My dad moved us to Ontario half way through the year.

Many of my teachers in Chipman had said, “If you want to be successful move to Ontario.”

The first thing I heard from my Ontario teachers was, “If you want to be successful move to The United States.”

I decided I had gone far enough. I decided I would succeed in Canada despite Canada and on my terms.

My first day in an Ontario school the principal called me into his office. He said, “Don’t be ashamed, son. The standards of education in New Brunswick are lower than in Ontario. Don’t be ashamed when you fail.”

I passed with honours. I had three exceptional teachers in Ontario. They were John Casey, Robert Herring and Paul Walimaki at Sir. James Dunn C. & V. S. in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

I had exceptional teachers in Minto and Chipman, too.

But in Edith Mills I had an extraordinary teacher.

I love her. She has earned her rest. God bless.

The standards of education in New Brunswick are more than the equal of those in Ontario,

Us folks from there have every right to be proud.

Edith Mills taught me Liberty comes at a price we must always not only be willing but also be glad to pay.

There is no greater lesson.

–Reg Hartt 06/28/2016.

P.S. We desperately need tough instructors.

Reg Hartt’s CINEFORUM is a living testimony to the absolute rightness of the ideas of Jane Jacobs.

Reg Hartt - Copy - CopyBoy, does he stand up 2“Our mother loved Reg Hartt.”—the children of Jane Jacobs. THE CINEFORUM is not a Public Art Gallery. It is a salon. The word salon is French for living room. In our living rooms we amuse ourselves, entertain guests, and invite people over for conversation and discussion. A fee can be charged to cover costs.

From Wikipedia: “A salon is a gathering of people under the roof of an inspiring host, held partly to amuse one another and partly to refine the taste and increase the knowledge of the participants through conversation. These gatherings often consciously followed Horace’s definition of the aims of poetry, “either to please or to educate” (“aut delectare aut prodesse est”). Salons, commonly associated with French literary and philosophical movements of the 17th and 18th centuries, were carried on until as recently as the 1940s in urban settings.

In Toronto it is illegal to invite strangers into our homes. The essence of the city is that it is filled with strangers many of whom are eager to become friends. To become my friend is easy. Just drop by and say hello. As Thoreau said, “Any fool can make a law. Every fool will keep it.”  Yes, and hired fools enforce them. Don’t go after the enforcers. Go after the fools who make the laws.

“Reg Hartt’s Cineforum (in Toronto) is everything Jane Jacobs writes about.”—Laura Lind, EYE. A visit to The Cineforum is a visit to everything Jane Jacobs wrote about. Don’t be a stranger. Come to The Cineforum.
Some say I am not a very inspiring host. Others say I am. Among those who have said I am is Jane Jacobs who, over a beer in her home, said, “The best part of what you offer is what you have to say.” Mrs. Jacobs had been listening to me from 1968 until her death. I told her, “Hearing that from you is better than receiving an Academy Award.” “I would not say that,” she said. “I would,” I told her.
The word “hypocrite” is Greek for “Actor.” It has come to mean something very bad in our day. Academy Awards are given for being a good actor. Actors are well paid to be fakes. The praise of Jane Jacobs was won for being real. No one pays us for being real. Nor should they. Being real is, for me, payment enough. I love Jane Jacobs.
THE CINEFORUM is in an old row house on Bathurst Street in Toronto. Said Jane, “Old ideas are sometimes found in new buildings.” You may find old ideas at TIFF’s BELL LIGHTBOX.  Added Jane, “New ideas are found in old buildings.”  New ideas have been and are found at The Cineforum. The Cineforum is a living work of art whose inspiration includes the ideas of Jane Jacobs. In this, her 100th birthday, THE CINEFORUM is a living testimony to the absolute rightness of her ideas. More importantly, THE CINEFORUM is a place where strangers become friends. I want Toronto to become a place where strangers become friends. I will make Toronto into a Jane Jacobs city. The people who don’t like that idea can go to Hell. On second thought there is no need for people opposed to the idea of a Jane Jacobs city to go to Hell. They already are in Hell. Let’s work to get them out.  “The man who sees the enemy is the enemy.”—Berthold Brecht. I agree.

Let us transform Toronto into a Jane Jacobs city, a city where even the Devil is free to ply his mischief to divide us (those who listen to him must understand the price). Come to The Cineforum, 463 Bathurst, Toronto. 416-603-6643. It is in my home. Even Max Allen is welcome and Max is just about the unfriendliest person I have ever met. Max is selective. He has good taste   Said Dali and Picasso, “It is good taste not bad taste which is the enemy.” I’m with them. Jane Jacobs welcomed strangers into her life. I welcome them into my life.

2 3—Reg Hartt, THE CINEFORUM, Untitled463 Bathurst, Toronto, Canada, M5T 2S9. 416-603-6643.

 

How I am Celebrating Jane Jacobs’ 100th Birthday.

If you would like a copy of THE NIGHT THEY RAIDED ROCHDALE COLLEGE send a donation of $100 to Reg Hartt, 463 Bathurst, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5T 2S9 and I will send you one. It will help me fight my battle against the City of Toronto's War On Fun.

If you would like a copy of THE NIGHT THEY RAIDED ROCHDALE COLLEGE send a donation of $100 to Reg Hartt, 463 Bathurst, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5T 2S9 and I will send you one. It will help me fight my battle against the City of Toronto’s War On Fun. Please make it payable to Reg Hartt.

Jane Jacobs was more than my friend.

I first met her and her family in 1968, the year they arrived in Toronto.

She and her husband Robert looked at the fact their sons were coming of age to be drafted. To keep them from being killed in Vietnam they packed up and moved to Toronto. They moved from the world’s greatest city and all that it offers to a city where, as Mrs. Jacobs put it, “There is a continual war on fun.” In Toronto if it is fun it has to go.

The day I met them was a Saturday. Rain had come down all day in solid sheets.

I had a little venue just north of Bloor Street in Toronto on Yonge at Yorkville on the East Side where the library now stands which I called THE PUBLIC ENEMY where I showed films from my collection of 8mm silent classics. That night I was showing Lon Chaney in the original 1923 THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME. I was certain with weather like that no one would be coming out. I was not going to go. Then I thought, “There might be people there.”

I arrived to find a father, mother, their two sons and a daughter huddled under umbrellas outside the door.

They had seen a street poster I had out up advertising the screening. They introduced themselves as Robert and Jane Jacobs. Their sons were Jim and Ned. Their daughter was Bergin. Jane saw street posters as I see street posters. They are the newspaper of the street.

“This place is just like Cinema 16,” said Mrs. Jacobs after going up the 39 steps into the venue I had named THE PUBLIC ENEMY.

They came every week after that until the City Of Toronto shut me down.

Toronto has a long history of shutting things down. It has, as Mrs. Jacobs put it, a war on fun.

It was not until 1970 that  I discovered Jane Jacobs the writer after seeing her picture in a newspaper.

At that time I was Director of Cinema Studies at Toronto’s infamous Rochdale College. Mrs. Jacobs was a regular.

The City shut down Rochdale, too. How could it not for Rochdale was everything Toronto prides itself on not being. Rochdale was anarchic, frightening, free, and wild. Originally designed as an 18 floor student residence it had morphed into the boldest experiment in alternate education anywhere. The experiment? Each Rochdalian was called to be their own teacher. There were no teachers at Rochdale. What there were was what was called “Resource People.” It was thanks to one of those Resource People, Judith Merril, that I was there.

Wrote J. G. Ballard (author of CRASH and EMPIRE OF THE SUN) in 1992: “Science fiction, I suspect, is now dead, and probably died about the time that Judy closed her anthology (THE YEAR’S BEST SF) and left to found her memorial library to the genre in Toronto. I remember my last sight of her, surrounded by her friends and all the books she loved, shouting me down whenever I tried to argue with her, the strongest woman in a genre for the most part created by timid and weak men.”

Some people from Rochdale had come to THE PUBLIC ENEMY. They told me about a remarkable woman they knew whose name was Judith Merril. I knew that name from her anthologies of THE YEAR’S BEST SF. Pre-punk Punk, dressed head to foot in black and rail thin I went over to Rochdale to meet Judy who, when she found out I had 8mm prints of THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI, THE BIRTH OF A NATION, INTOLERANCE, METROPOLIS, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, the first films of Charlie Chaplin and more said, “You belong here.”

The main reason most people went to Rochdale was marijuana. Part of the Rochdale experiment was the liberal use of hashish, marijuana, LSD, mescaline and peyote. I like to say Rochdale was 18 floors straight up. The higher up we went, the higher we got.

Boy, was Rochdale too much fun for Toronto.

When Rochdale finally closed around 1975 Judy Merril got my screenings into THE PALMERSTON LIBRARY next door to her SPACED OUT LIBRARY which was in an old house next door to THE PALMERSTON, a spanking new building. Jane Jacobs was a regular at my screenings there.

I do more than show movies. I introduce them. My introductions are controversial. Many tell me they would come to my programs if only I would not speak before them. Nonetheless, speak I did and do. Years afterward I learned that my programs set an attendance record equaled by no one else who has used that space.  That was ironic. The women who ran the library were dead set against me. The caretaker, the man responsible for submitting the attendance figures, told me he always reported half the number of people I really had as the library might get upset if they knew the real numbers.

Eventually the women in charge of the library succeeded at getting me out. I moved the program to The Bathurst Street United Church. Mrs. Jacobs was a regular there, too. One of the films I programmed there, Leni Riefenstahl’s film of Adolf Hitler’s 1934 Nuremberg rally, provoked a storm of protest. Jane Jacobs wrote a letter defending my presentation.

One of the many letters Jane Jacobs sent me.

One of the many letters Jane Jacobs sent me.eni Riefenstahl’s TRIUMPH OF THE WILL (1935), the film provoked a storm of protest demanding I stop showing it. Jane wrote a letter in defense of the presentation. It is one of the many she sent me.

Then they were at Innis College on The University of Toronto Campus. Though this was the Film Studies Building few UofT Film Students came to my programs. Those who did brought attitude by the truckload. They still do, though, thankfully, not all of them.

In 1979 I brought animation artist Robert Clampett to Toronto. Bob was one of the great Warner animation directors of the 1940s. Bob’s Emmy Award winning  television puppet show TIME FOR BEANY was described by Groucho Marx as, “The only children’s show on TV adult enough for me to let my kids watch.”

I had asked Toronto’s then Mayor John Sewell to welcome Bob. His office replied he was spending the weekend with his kid. I wondered what kid would not want to meet one of the geniuses behind Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, but then, as Mrs. Jacobs said, “Toronto has always had a war on fun.”

I needed someone better than the Mayor. I asked Mrs. Jacobs. She said, “I know nothing about cartoons. I do know and care about you. If I can talk about your value to the city of Toronto I will do it.”And she did to the consternation of many in attendance who had come for Bob. They were not interested in the fellow who had brought Bob here. Bob, however, was.

The space I am currently using I call THE CINEFORUM. It is actually the living room, the salon, of my home in Toronto.

I run it as a salon. Again, people say, “If only you would not speak we would come.”

In 2002 I called Mrs. Jacobs (a thing I did as rarely as I could). “I’m taking you to a movie,” I told her. “What movie?” she asked. “CHICAGO. It’s the latest version of ROXIE HART.” “I never heard of it,” she said. “I’ll drop you off some press,” I said.

I bicycled up to 69 Albany with a manila envelope filled with clippings and a note that said, “Call me when you’re ready to go.” I did not knock. I just shoved the envelope through the door.

When I first met her in 1968 she asked if I had heard of the movie ROXIE HART with Ginger Rogers. It was one of her favorites.

I walked in my door to hear the phone ringing. It was Jane. She was ready to go the next day.

We went. By this time she rarely went out. She had to use a walker. I had come by taxi. We went to the movies. She enjoyed the film immensely. Then I brought her home. It was a wonderful date. “Would you care to come in for tea?” she said.

Inside she plopped down four bottles of beer. She said, “I think you would like this more.”

Then she regaled me with the full back story of the real Roxie Hart.

When we got to our third beer each she said out of the blue, “The best part of what you offer is what you have to say.”

As she had been coming to my programs since solidly 1968 she had heard more of what I have had to say than anyone else on the planet. I said, “Hearing that, from you, is better than getting an Academy Award.”

She said, “I would not say that.”

I replied, “I know the caliber of the people who vote on those things. I would.”

Mrs. Jacobs left us in 2006.

I often run into her children on the street. They always stop to say, “My mother loved you.” I reply, “I lover your mother.”

How could I not? I got from her something much better than an Oscar.

How am I celebrating the 100th birthday of my friend, Jane Jacobs?

I am doing what she did. I am fighting yet another battle in Toronto’s continuing war on fun.

You can read about it here:  http://startouch.thestar.com/screens/1cb9b322-f604-45d4-9471-b2e463c42884%7C_0.html

You can hear Jane Jacobs welcoming Bob Clampett to Toronto by talking about the value of Reg Hartt to the City of Toronto here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3D7J2ch2Tec

You can hear Jane talking about Toronto’s perpetual war on fun in this old CBC program here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9833TPWSCY

Toronto is celebrating her 100th birthday in lots of ways that meant and mean nothing to Jane.

I meant much to Jane. My work meant much to Jane. The folks at those celebrations are not at mine. That’s fine.

What that means is that I have plenty of room at my party so come join me as I fight the real Jane Jacobs fight.

What fight is that? It is the fight to get cities to adapt to people not people to cities.

It is the fight to end Toronto’s perpetual war on fun. When we win, boy, won’t that be fun?

Come to my party. You’ll have fun. So what will I do if The City of Toronto wins this battle? Well, as Jane says in this old CBC piece, Montreal likes fun. Sounds like the place to go.

–Reg Hartt, 6/27/2016. P.S. Academy Awards are given for how good we are at faking it. Praise from Jane Jacobs came only for how good we were at being real. People can and do get paid millions for how good they are at faking it. No one gets paid for being real. Being real is payment enough. More than enough. Cheers.

For more on my battle against Toronto’s War On Fun just read the posts below.

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THE CINEFORUM is not a Public Art Gallery. It is a salon, a living room…

http://startouch.thestar.com/screens/1cb9b322-f604-45d4-9471-b2e463c42884%7C_0.html

http://www.lonelyplanet.com/canada/toronto/entertainment-nightlife

New IdeasTHE CINEFORUM is a living work of art, perhaps the only one ever deliberate created so.

At 17 I decided to make my life my work of art in place of paintings, books, etc..

THE CINEFORUM draws its inspiration from many sources: Plato’s Academy in Athens, First Century Christianity, Gertrude Stein’s Salon, Henri Langloise’s original Cinematheque (located in an old house in Paris), Andy Warhol’s Factories, The Beat Hotel, Rochdale College and the ideas of Jane Jacobs whom I met the year she arrived in Toronto, 1968 and whose books I have read and re-read.

Interesting people meet and learn from each other here.

Artists like Alexandre Hamel of Le Patin Libre, The Mad Dalton, Stedmond Pardy, Chyps, Petunia, Andre Skinner and many, many more have come out of here. Yusuke Hasegawa came for a couple of months. He has been here now close to three years. There is a Cineforum Community that extends around the Planet, Aditya Shankar, the head of Gay Youth India, asked if he could live here 2014-2015. He ran the fight against religious foes of homosexuality in India from here.

THE CINEFORUM has been and continues to be an exciting place to live.

THE CINEFORUM is a living breathing work of art and completely funded without government money.

It is NOT a “PUBLIC ART GALLERY.” Is is a salon. What is a salon. The word is French for “Living Room.” The Cineforum is in my living room.

Salon: suh-lon; French sea-lawn]

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noun, plural salons

[suh-lonz; French sa-lawn] (Show IPA)

  1. a drawing room or reception room in a large house.

2. an assembly of guests in such a room, especially an assembly, common during the 17th and 18th centuries, consisting of the leaders in society, art, politics, etc.

3. a hall or place used for the exhibition of works of art.

SALON: A salon is a gathering of people under the roof of an inspiring host, held partly to amuse one another and partly to refine the taste and increase the knowledge of the participants through conversation. These gatherings often consciously followed Horace’s definition of the aims of poetry, “either to please or to educate” (“aut delectare aut prodesse est”). Salons, commonly associated with French literary and philosophical movements of the 17th and 18th centuries, were carried on until as recently as the 1940s in urban settings.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salon_(gathering)

The only thing I have asked them to do is leave me alone which is something they don’t seem to be able to do.

THE CINEFORUM epitomizes Jane Jacobs’ statement, “Old ideas are sometimes found in new buildings. New ideas are found in old buildings.”

Here are a few of the people who found new ideas here:

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwYMSGc-fEA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmPvCyaHF9U
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eafln6esx4k
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35eyeIw45RY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exyBLW4ZjkA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qji0OgSEH4M

In THE STAR Edward Keenan writes, “What he is doing here, Hartt says, inviting people into his home, is testifying to his beliefs, practicing his faith. In response to that line of argument, deBarros from property standards wrote that use of his home as a place of worship “in whole or in part” is “a violation of the city’s Zoning By-Law.”

Are you saying that under the city bylaws I am not allowed to practice my faith in my home?” Hartt wrote back.

 

St. Francis said, “Preach Christ constantly. Use words if you must.” I use words only when the person(s) I am dealing with are incapable of getting it without words. In that event, words rarely work.

I run THE CINEFORUM with FAITH. “One man operating alone on Faith can accomplish what trained armies cannot do.”–Henry Miller, AN OPEN LETTER TO SURREALISTS EVERYWHERE.  http://reghartt.ca/cineforum/?p=5651

THE CINEFORUM is a poem. It is a place where real men unbuckle their belt and look for trouble (http://reghartt.ca/cineforum/?p=5651).

It is the only home in Toronto with an authorized replica of both the most important religious and scientific artifact we have hanging in its hall: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6BkjcDfKZE

“What he is doing here, Hartt says, inviting people into his home, is testifying to his beliefs, practicing his faith. In response to that line of argument, deBarros from property standards wrote that use of his home as a place of worship “in whole or in part” is “a violation of the city’s Zoning By-Law.”

“’Are you saying that under the city bylaws I am not allowed to practice my faith in my home?’ Hartt wrote back.” –Ed Keenan, TORONTO STAR (http://startouch.thestar.com/screens/1cb9b322-f604-45d4-9471-b2e463c42884%7C_0.html)

I wonder what Canada’s Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jews, Moslems and more think of that.

Unless we practice our Faith in our life it is nothing but hypocrisy.

I am no hypocrite.

It is time for the City Of Toronto to adapt to its people. It has forced us to adapt to it for far too long.

This is basic Jane Jacobs. The time is now for Toronto to honor Jane Jacobs not only with its lips but also in its heart.

I want a Jane Jacobs Toronto.

Tell these people to make it so: http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=c3a83293dc3ef310VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD

–Reg Hartt  06/26/2016.

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This is James Gillis (Dr. Jamie). He runs Dr. Jamies Events Postering (aka Campus Postering, Toronto Street Postering Alliance, Dr. Jamie's Bike Clinic, Police Auction Bikes, High Park Cycle. For years he has been ignoring the city's postering bylaws. He sends people out daily with oversize posters they wallpaper ove pre-existing posters. Why is MLS allowing this.

This is the man behind the complaints to the city. He is  James Gillis (Dr. Jamie). He runs Dr. Jamies Events Postering (aka Campus Postering, Toronto Street Postering Alliance, Dr. Jamie’s Bike Clinic, Police Auction Bikes, High Park Cycle. For years he has been ignoring the city’s postering bylaws. He sends people out daily with oversize posters they wallpaper over pre-existing posters. Gillis is the man behind the complaints to the city about my presentations. He is the one behind the hate posters pictured here.  http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/toronto/toronto-alternative-theatre-founder-stands-up-to-bullying-threats/article549053/

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For over 15 years one man has been waging a HATE REG HARTT CAMPAIGN. He has left death threats on my phone, smeared me with posters on the streets...Why, so he can have the streets to himself to put up posters.

For over 15 years James “Dr. Jamie” has been waging a HATE REG HARTT CAMPAIGN. He has left death threats on my phone, smeared me with posters on the streets…Why, so he can have the streets to himself to put up posters.

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What would Jane Jacobs do? She’d kick his ass out of town.

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These appeared all over the city. They were meant to bring a lynch mob to my door. Luckily people are not as stupid as Gillis would like them to be.

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I am not the only person James Gillis has smeared. Why does it continue? That is a god question. Ask your Councillor. Ask our Mayor. http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=c3a83293dc3ef310VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD

I have never offered teenage boys money to perform sexual acts in front of webcams.

I have never offered teenage boys money to perform sexual acts in front of webcams. I have not ask them to do that period.

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When was any true artist ever valued in their day by the authorities (who often sought to kill them)?

 

This is a Salon.

I have run, run and will continue to run my programs as what in Europe in the 19th century was called a “Salon” which is defined as a gathering of people under the roof of an inspiring host. Those who have found inspiration here know that is true.

As for those who have not, well, the opportunity was lost on them. That is not my problem nor was it that of those who hosted salons in the 19th century.

I may well be the only person in the 21st century doing this. That makes it all the more important that this salon continue. It will.

If it be the will of the City Of Toronto that its people should not welcome strangers to our doors, that is to the huge discredit of Toronto.

It is also proof if proof need be that people who see strangers as family should not settle in Toronto and, if living in Toronto, should leave.

It is a contemptible attitude.

Those who embrace it are contemptible people.

As for those who enforce it, the hand of God reaching into the mire could not raise them to the depths of degradation.

There is no need to consign such to Hell for they are already in Hell. They will never get out.

Thoreau said, “Any fool can make a law. Every fool will enforce it.” We see every day that this is true.

Reg Hartt’s Cineforum is a work of art created out of the ideas of Jane Jacobs. The City of Toronto ought to be thinking of preserving it.

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There is only one place on earth created entirely from the ideas of Jane Jacobs. That one place is Reg Hartt's Cineforum.

There is only one place on earth created entirely from the ideas of Jane Jacobs. That one place is Reg Hartt’s Cineforum.

Reg Hartt met Jane Jacobs in 1968. He has applied her ideas to his life. “Reg Hartt’s Cineforum is everything Jane Jacobs wrote about,” said Laura Lind in EYE.

An inspector for Metro Licensing and Standards came  to say, “You’re running your programs within the City Bylaws. People like you. People like what you are doing? MLS would like to protect you from future complaints. We don’t know what it is you are doing. The closest thing we can get to you is a Public Art Gallery. If you file to become a Public Art Gallery we can protect you.”

So Reg almost did that. He did not do it partly because he has not, is not and does not intend to run a Public Art Gallery. He also did not because to do so would be using a lie to protect himself. There is never any protection in a lie.

Then the inspector told Reg Hartt that if he did not file charges would be laid which is strange because he had already said Mr. Hartt was operating within the City Bylaws. When reminded, the inspector replied, “I said no such thing.”

Previous inspectors have said that Mr. Hartt is within the city’s bylaws.

Reg Hartt’s Cineforum is not a PUBLIC ART GALLERY.

Reg Hartt’s CINEFORUM is a living, breathing work of art.

Toronto should be looking to preserve it.

It is the only place on earth created out of the ideas of Jane Jacobs. Reg Hartt’s Cineforum is a living testimony to the truth of her ideas. Cities must adapt to people to cities. The City of Toronto must adapt to Reg Hartt. In doing so it will completely honor the ideas of Jane Jacobs. Do it now.

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"Reg Hartt's Cineforum is everything Jane Jacobs wrote about."--Laura Lind.

“Reg Hartt’s Cineforum is everything Jane Jacobs wrote about.”–Laura Lind.

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This was a gift to me from Grim Natwick.

This was a gift to me from Grim Natwick.

Will Sloan Michael Valpy Chandler Levack Joe Fiorito

Jerzy Zaborski came for a talk I gave on the Sumerian story of GILGAMESH.

Jerzy Zaborski came for a talk I gave on the Sumerian story of GILGAMESH.

Postcard From Emo Philips. He was a regular at my programs.

Postcard From Emo Philips. He was a regular at my programs.

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John Kricfalusi, creator of REN & STIMPY, discovered my work through street posters.

John Kricfalusi, creator of REN & STIMPY, discovered my work through street posters.

Chuck-Jones-letter Bugs (1)

Shirley Hughes saw my street posters.

Shirley Hughes saw my street posters.

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In 1968 I devoted myself to living the life THE I CHING TEACHES. In 1992 a high ranking Tibetan Lama who had accompanied the Dalai Lama came to my presentation on the Sumerian story of Gilgamesh. He stayed after. For hours that seemed like minutes we talked about things few dream about.

In 1968 I devoted myself to living the life THE I CHING TEACHES. In 1992 a high ranking Tibetan Lama who had accompanied the Dalai Lama came to my presentation on the Sumerian story of Gilgamesh. He stayed after. For hours that seemed like minutes we talked about things few dream about.

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Margaret Meade, "Never underestimate the power of one person to change the world for the better. All too often that is all that does it."

Margaret Meade, “Never underestimate the power of one person to change the world for the better. All too often that is all that does it.”

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Reg Hartt when he arrived in Toronto broke and homeless. Until One Is Committed Until one is committed there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans:that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too.All sorts of things occur to help onethat would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision raising in one's favor all mannerof unforeseen incidents and meetingsand material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. I have learned a deep respect for one of Goethe's couplets: Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. --W. H. Murray, THE SCOTTISH HIMALYAN EXPEDITION.

Reg Hartt when he arrived in Toronto broke and homeless. Until One Is Committed
Until one is committed there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills
countless ideas and splendid plans:that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too.All sorts of things occur to help onethat would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision raising in one’s favor all mannerof unforeseen incidents and meetingsand material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. I have learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets: Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. –W. H. Murray, THE SCOTTISH HIMALYAN EXPEDITION.

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Dirty Dan, a longtime friend from my days at Rochdale College. The man with the fiddle is Marcel who was a wonderful presence here for a long time.

Dirty Dan, a longtime friend from my days at Rochdale College. The man with the fiddle is Marcel who was a wonderful presence here for a long time.

Mark Sleep's SALVADOR DALI DINNER 13

Paul hall, Reg Hartt and the couple who had come to THESALVADOR DALI FILM FEST the night before. They were invited to the Dali Dinner. Good thing too as they took the pictures.

Paul hall, Reg Hartt and the couple who had come to THESALVADOR DALI FILM FEST the night before. They were invited to the Dali Dinner. Good thing too as they took the pictures.

Mark Sleep's SALVADOR DALI DINNER 11 Mark Sleep's SALVADOR DALI DINNER 10

Judith Merril, the mother of modern science'speculative fiction, came into my life in 1968. She became a second mother for she caused me to be reborn.

Judith Merril, the mother of modern science’speculative fiction, came into my life in 1968. She became a second mother for she caused me to be reborn.

Jodie Drake, pictured here, was the grandmother of Toronto's jazz and blues scene. We becme friends. Here she is enjoying a dinner at The Cineforum prepared by Chef Mark Sleep from The Salvador Dali cookbook. That was a dinner you could not buy.

Jodie Drake, pictured here, was the grandmother of Toronto’s jazz and blues scene. We becme friends. Here she is enjoying a dinner at The Cineforum prepared by Chef Mark Sleep from The Salvador Dali cookbook. That was a dinner you could not buy.

These two ladies were from The Argentine and Spanish Embassies.

These two ladies were from The Argentine and Spanish Embassies.

Mark Sleep's SALVADOR DALI DINNER 6

Doug Eliuk (behind the camera, was one of the head honchos of the NFB in Toronto. Doug served as Canada's Cultural Attache to America. He also was a fine chef. He served as sous Chef to Mark Sleep for The Dali Dinner.

Doug Eliuk (behind the camera, was one of the head honchos of the NFB in Toronto. Doug served as Canada’s Cultural Attache to America. He also was a fine chef. He served as sous Chef to Mark Sleep for The Dali Dinner.

Judith Merril,the mother of modern science/speculative fiction, at Marc Sleep's Salvador Dali Dinner.

Judith Merril,the mother of modern science/speculative fiction, at Marc Sleep’s Salvador Dali Dinner.

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The Salvador Dali Dinner.

The Salvador Dali Dinner.

Mark Sleep, who cooked THE SALVADOR DALI DINNER, seen here with my father and my dog, Spike.

Mark Sleep, who cooked THE SALVADOR DALI DINNER, seen here with my father and my dog, Spike.

GilgameshREG HARTT

My ROCHDALE COLLEGE EDUCATION prepared for dealing with people blind to the exceptional. Rochdale was exceptional.

My ROCHDALE COLLEGE EDUCATION prepared for dealing with people blind to the exceptional. Rochdale was exceptional.

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THE CINEFORUM is one of the few places on earth where Mickey can be Mickey.

THE CINEFORUM is one of the few places on earth where Mickey can be Mickey.

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"Reg Hartt's Cineforum is everything Jane Jacobs wrote about."--Laura Lind.

“Reg Hartt’s Cineforum is everything Jane Jacobs wrote about.”–Laura Lind.

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This was a gift to me from Grim Natwick.

This was a gift to me from Grim Natwick.

Will Sloan Michael Valpy Chandler Levack Joe Fiorito

Jerzy Zaborski came for a talk I gave on the Sumerian story of GILGAMESH.

Jerzy Zaborski came for a talk I gave on the Sumerian story of GILGAMESH.

Postcard From Emo Philips. He was a regular at my programs.

Postcard From Emo Philips. He was a regular at my programs.

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John Kricfalusi, creator of REN & STIMPY, discovered my work through street posters.

John Kricfalusi, creator of REN & STIMPY, discovered my work through street posters.

Chuck-Jones-letter Bugs (1)

Shirley Hughes saw my street posters.

Shirley Hughes saw my street posters.

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In 1968 I devoted myself to living the life THE I CHING TEACHES. In 1992 a high ranking Tibetan Lama who had accompanied the Dalai Lama came to my presentation on the Sumerian story of Gilgamesh. He stayed after. For hours that seemed like minutes we talked about things few dream about.

In 1968 I devoted myself to living the life THE I CHING TEACHES. In 1992 a high ranking Tibetan Lama who had accompanied the Dalai Lama came to my presentation on the Sumerian story of Gilgamesh. He stayed after. For hours that seemed like minutes we talked about things few dream about.

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Margaret Meade, "Never underestimate the power of one person to change the world for the better. All too often that is all that does it."

Margaret Meade, “Never underestimate the power of one person to change the world for the better. All too often that is all that does it.”

reg

Reg Hartt when he arrived in Toronto broke and homeless. Until One Is Committed Until one is committed there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans:that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too.All sorts of things occur to help onethat would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision raising in one's favor all mannerof unforeseen incidents and meetingsand material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. I have learned a deep respect for one of Goethe's couplets: Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. --W. H. Murray, THE SCOTTISH HIMALYAN EXPEDITION.

Reg Hartt when he arrived in Toronto broke and homeless. Until One Is Committed
Until one is committed there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills
countless ideas and splendid plans:that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too.All sorts of things occur to help onethat would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision raising in one’s favor all mannerof unforeseen incidents and meetingsand material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. I have learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets: Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. –W. H. Murray, THE SCOTTISH HIMALYAN EXPEDITION.

reg+hartt-BERNARD-BROWN-23reg+harttMtl-Mirror-2 reg+hartt+13

Dirty Dan, a longtime friend from my days at Rochdale College. The man with the fiddle is Marcel who was a wonderful presence here for a long time.

Dirty Dan, a longtime friend from my days at Rochdale College. The man with the fiddle is Marcel who was a wonderful presence here for a long time.

Mark Sleep's SALVADOR DALI DINNER 13

Paul hall, Reg Hartt and the couple who had come to THESALVADOR DALI FILM FEST the night before. They were invited to the Dali Dinner. Good thing too as they took the pictures.

Paul hall, Reg Hartt and the couple who had come to THESALVADOR DALI FILM FEST the night before. They were invited to the Dali Dinner. Good thing too as they took the pictures.

Mark Sleep's SALVADOR DALI DINNER 11 Mark Sleep's SALVADOR DALI DINNER 10

Judith Merril, the mother of modern science'speculative fiction, came into my life in 1968. She became a second mother for she caused me to be reborn.

Judith Merril, the mother of modern science’speculative fiction, came into my life in 1968. She became a second mother for she caused me to be reborn.

Jodie Drake, pictured here, was the grandmother of Toronto's jazz and blues scene. We becme friends. Here she is enjoying a dinner at The Cineforum prepared by Chef Mark Sleep from The Salvador Dali cookbook. That was a dinner you could not buy.

Jodie Drake, pictured here, was the grandmother of Toronto’s jazz and blues scene. We becme friends. Here she is enjoying a dinner at The Cineforum prepared by Chef Mark Sleep from The Salvador Dali cookbook. That was a dinner you could not buy.

These two ladies were from The Argentine and Spanish Embassies.

These two ladies were from The Argentine and Spanish Embassies.

Mark Sleep's SALVADOR DALI DINNER 6

Doug Eliuk (behind the camera, was one of the head honchos of the NFB in Toronto. Doug served as Canada's Cultural Attache to America. He also was a fine chef. He served as sous Chef to Mark Sleep for The Dali Dinner.

Doug Eliuk (behind the camera, was one of the head honchos of the NFB in Toronto. Doug served as Canada’s Cultural Attache to America. He also was a fine chef. He served as sous Chef to Mark Sleep for The Dali Dinner.

Judith Merril,the mother of modern science/speculative fiction, at Marc Sleep's Salvador Dali Dinner.

Judith Merril,the mother of modern science/speculative fiction, at Marc Sleep’s Salvador Dali Dinner.

Mark Sleep's SALVADOR DALI DINNER 3 Mark Sleep's SALVADOR DALI DINNER 2

The Salvador Dali Dinner.

The Salvador Dali Dinner.

Mark Sleep, who cooked THE SALVADOR DALI DINNER, seen here with my father and my dog, Spike.

Mark Sleep, who cooked THE SALVADOR DALI DINNER, seen here with my father and my dog, Spike.

GilgameshREG HARTT

My ROCHDALE COLLEGE EDUCATION prepared for dealing with people blind to the exceptional. Rochdale was exceptional.

My ROCHDALE COLLEGE EDUCATION prepared for dealing with people blind to the exceptional. Rochdale was exceptional.

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Reg Hartt

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THE CINEFORUM is one of the few places on earth where Mickey can be Mickey.

THE CINEFORUM is one of the few places on earth where Mickey can be Mickey.

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My favorite story about Jane Jacobs.

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Letter to Toronto Star writer Edward Keenan.

ed keenanTHE CINEFORUM sign was a gift. I did not have it made though I did have it restored when it broke.

I realized the issues have to be the right to work from home, the right to invite strangers into our home, and that cities must adapt to us not us to cities. Those are pure Jane Jacobs issues. They are vital to the life of a city, any city.

No one coming in or going out will be asked for money. Money is not the issue for me. Faith is and always has been.

In Hollywood in 1970 I answered an ad for a job. I walked at least twenty miles on an empty stomach only to arrive at the door of a mission. I turned to leave, reflected I had had and would have nothing to eat that day. Pragmatically I went in, filled out their forms stating I was a Canadian and did not have a working permit. I knew that without that they could not hire me.

The man in charge after he spoke with me said, “The law says I can not help you. The LORD says I must. What do I do?”

I replied, thinking he would show me the door, “That is your question.”

He replied, “Then I guess I have to hire you.”

In that moment I realized there are two laws. There is the law of the land that says you are a stranger. There is the Law of God which says you are not. I realized who I would become depended entirely upon which of those two laws I broke.

I returned shortly after with no money. With nothing but Faith. I wanted to see what Faith alone could do. I have seen.

My programs in Toronto since that return have been, are and always will be about witnessing to the power of Faith.

Writes Henry Miller in AN OPEN LETTER TO SURREALISTS EVERYWHERE, “One man operating alone on Faith can accomplish what trained armies cannot do.

To better understand Faith I have studied deeply all Faiths. More importantly I am doing my best to live mine. If that turns you or your readers off, fine.

This is why Jerzy Zaborski, Polish and a Tibetan Lama who accompanied The Dalai Lama on his first journey across Canada, said, “This place is like a university. People can learn here.” That means he had. He then said, “You are a Crazy-Wisdom-Yogin.” I said, “I hear crazy often enough. What does the rest of that mean?” He said, “It is the highest compliment I, as a Buddhist, can pay. It means you are living absolutely the life you are teaching.” I replied, “I know how far below the mark I fall. I would not say that.”   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crazy_wisdom . http://sdhammika.blogspot.ca/2013/10/crazy-wisdom-or-just-crazy.html

The literal meaning of the word “sin” is “to miss the mark.” I know I miss the mark but I am getting better at hitting my target.

All of this for myself has been and is a moment of trial for which I am happy because it is forcing me to clarify my thinking. The root meaning of the word “pray” is “think.”

Too many who pray do not think.

You do. This one does.

Jesus asked for payment neither before or after he gave help. I am following his lead.

I am really glad I met you in the flesh as you galvanized some important threads. I brought Bob Clampett, Friz Freleng, Grim Natwick, Shamus Culhane, Al Aromowitz and Bernard B. Brown to Toronto not so I could profit from them financially but so that people here could learn from men who were and remain giants.

I introduce my programs not so people can praise me but so they may better appreciate and understand them.

Henry Miller, in AN OPEN LETTER TO SUUREALISTS EVERYWHERE, wrote, ”

“It is forgotten that the glorious Greeks, whom we
never cease admiring, treated their men of genius more shamefully,
more cruelly perhaps than any other people we know of. It is forgotten
that the mystery which attaches itself to Shakespeare’s life is a
mystery only because the English do not wish to admit that Shakespeare
was driven mad by the stupidity, non-understanding and intolerance of
his countrymen, that he finished his days in a mad-house.”

I hardly expect to be better treated in my time than they were in their’s.

Miller continues,

“…When at last each man realizes that nothing is to be expected from God, or society, or friends, or benevolent tyrants, or democratic governments, or saints, or saviours, or even that holiest of holies, education, when each man realizes that he must work with his own hands to save himself, and that we need expect no mercy, perhaps then…Perhaps! Even then, seeing what manner of men we are, I doubt. The point is that we are doomed…No God is coming to save us. No system of government, no belief will provide us with that liberty and justice  which men whistle for with the death-rattle….What distinguishes the majority of men from the few is their inability to act according to their beliefs. The hero is he who raises himself above the crowd…To get men to rally round a cause, a belief, an idea, is always easier than to persuade them to live their own lives.”

“For my part, I will say that whatever else I may want, I know I don’t want work. To live as an artist I stopped work some ten or twelve years ago…Naturally I was not paid to stop work and live as an artist…if one chooses to live his life in his own way he must pay the penalty…I need no leader and no god. I am my own leader and my own god. I make my own bibles. I believe in myself-that is my whole credo.

“…My books are banned in the only countries where I can be read in my own tongue. I have enough faith in myself however to know that I will eventually make myself heard, if not understood. Everything I write is
loaded with dynamite which will one day destroy the barriers erected against me.

“So long as (man) cannot operate as a savage or less than a savage, and think as a god, or better than god, he will suffer…A man who is full of God is outside of faith…When a man is truly creative he works single-handed and he wants no help. A man acting alone, on faith, can accomplish what trained armies are incapable of doing. To believe in one’s self, in one’s own powers, is apparently the most difficult thing in the world…Whenever an English artist of any value has arisen he has been marked as Public Enemy No. 1.”–THE COSMOLOGICAL EYE, Henry Miller).  http://reghartt.ca/cineforum/?p=5651

This is why I was going to use the name THE PUBLIC ENEMY.

Meaning of my name: Reginald William Hartt:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reginald_(given_name)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reginald_(given_name)

http://www.ancestry.com/name-origin?surname=hart&geo_a=r&geo_s=us&geo_t=us&geo_v=2.0.0&o_xid=62916&o_lid=62916&o_sch=Partners

http://www.wikiname.net/boy/Hartt

https://www.houseofnames.com/hartt-family-crest

Here is yours: Meaning of the name: Edward

http://www.behindthename.com/name/edward

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keenan

It is a good thing to try to live up to our names.

I am that I am Becoming. We are what we are becoming.

Time to stand up to the bullshit.

reg+hartt-London-Sunday-TELEGRAPHWe've come a long way down the wrong road. Time to stand up to this bullshit. If I have to leave Toronto to continue what I have been doing than I will leave this city. Don't get me wrong, I love this city and it's people. Every city has it's worms. The worm's name is Elliott deBarros. You can reach him and his c.c's here: Elliott de Barros: edebarro@toronto.ca, Joy Correia: jcorrei@toronto.ca, Joe Magalhaes: jmagalh@toronto.ca, Scott Sullivan: ssulliva@toronto.ca. You will find me right where I belong. And if they don't like this they can reflect on the gawdawful light they shone on me. I did not like that one fuckin' bit. Like most of the people I have helped over the years Bruce Simpson was homeless when I met him. I gave him a room. He asked me about the best course to follow to build a career in animation. I told him to stay the Hell out of school and find a studio that would train him on the job. Luckily, unlike Will Sloan, Bruce listened. Gotta love him. He did this drawing back in the 1980s. Here is his site: http://www.brucesimpson.tv/achievements.htm .

We’ve come a long way down the wrong road. Time to stand up to this bullshit. If I have to leave Toronto to continue what I have been doing than I will leave this city. Don’t get me wrong, I love this city and it’s people. There are always those who just do not get it.

Like most of the people I have helped over the years Bruce Simpson was homeless when I met him. I gave him a room. He asked me about the best course to follow to build a career in animation. I told him to stay the Hell out of school and find a studio that would train him on the job. Luckily, unlike Will Sloan, Bruce listened. Gotta love him. He did this drawing back in the 1980s. Here is his site: http://www.brucesimpson.tv/achievements.htm  .

Work of art by one man. At 17 I decided to make my life my work of art. As far as I know I am the first to do this. I created THE CINEFORUM as a living, breathing work of art. As a direct results artists are born in it. Here is one, Alexandre Hamel of LE PATIN LIBRE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkoNCMH6aNY . What is he doing? He is revolutionizing figure skating globally: http://lepatinlibre.com/en/ , http://lepatinlibre.com/…/edinburgh-festival-fringe-2015-v…/ . Alex is one of the many. Here is another artist born out of THE CINEFORUM, Stedmond Pardy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vj7TaNZUW4M, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFIdpoWOZGE. And another: THE MAD DALTON, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eafln6esx4k. And another, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35eyeIw45RY. And another, Andre Skinner,CANTEEN KNOCKOUT, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JqiRn3waobs, SLOW DEATH, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exyBLW4ZjkA. Yusuke Hasegawa, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BF66IxHcmvw, Aditya Shankar, https://www.youtube.com/user/sumishashankar. Here is another: Petunia And The Vipers,https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwYMSGc-fEA , THE BACKYARD BOYS, rioki gtr, Yusuke Hasegawa, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNdsUNCx4p4 , Le Patin Libre  at Guelph Dance Festival, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnXoCyj1Jdk

 

 

Reg Hartt is everything Jane Jacobs wrote about.

Ezekiel 16:48-50 God compares Jerusalem to Sodom, saying “Sodom never did what you and your daughters have done.” He explains that the sin of Sodom was that “She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy. They were haughty and did detestable things before me.”

In ancient times people said, “Always welcome the stranger into your house. He could be one of the Gods.”

THE BIBLE teaches us to see the stranger as our long lost brother or sister.

In early Christian times people said, “Always welcome the stranger into your home. He could be the LORD in disguise.”

Many think the Sin of Sodom and Gomorrah was men making love with men. It wasn’t. The sin of Sodom and Gomorrah was that it was not welcoming to strangers.

I welcome strangers into my home. In Toronto that is illegal. It has been made as clear as it can be made by Elliot DeBarros of Metro Licensing & Standards that it is illegal. I asked him, “Are you telling me I can not practice my Faith in Toronto?”

If you know your Bible you know that GOD does not much care for people who close their door to strangers. I’ll be damned in Hell before I allow Elliott deBarros to tell me I can not do in Toronto what I know in my heart is true.

I don’t mind being the only person in this city standing up for this. Someone has to.

Ask yourself, “What has Elliott deBarros done for Toronto?”

Then ask what has Reg Hartt done for Toronto?

The answer is Reg Hartt has done a helluva lot for Toronto.

Right now Reg Hartt is doing the most important thing he has ever done for Toronto. He is standing up for the ideas of a stranger he met in 1968. Her name is Jane Jacobs. Today her children tell Reg Hartt, “Our mother loved you.” Reg replies, “I love your mother.”

The loss of Elliott deBarros to Toronto will mean nothing.

The loss of Reg Hartt will mean something. A big something.

Elliot deBarros should get out of town. He is part of what is killing Toronto.

Reg Hartt is, well, take a look here: http://reghartt.ca/cineforum/?cat=29.

This city does not need more Elliott DeBarroses.

It does need more people like Reg Hartt.

Tell Elliott deBarros it time he read the books of Jane Jacobs.

Tell him here: Elliott de Barros: edebarro@toronto.ca

Then, after he has read the ideas the planet realizes are right maybe he can begin to put them into practice.

That is what Reg Hartt has been doing, is doing and will be doing.

Many say they love Jane Jacobs. That’s strange.

Reg Hartt is the only person in the world walking her walk.

Denis Pinto is not.

Random House, her publisher, is not.

Even Jane’s son, Jim, is not.

Reg Hartt is.

WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT WELCOMING THE STRANGER
Fourteen Bible quotations taken from both the Old and New Testament.

Deuteronomy 10: 19 You shall love the stranger, for you were once strangers in the land of Egypt.

Leviticus 19:34 The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.

Luke 10:27 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbour as yourself.

 Matt. 5:43-44 You have heard that it was said, ‘you shall love your neighbour and hate your enemy’. But I say to you, love your enemy and pray for those who persecute you.

Romans 13:8 Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.

Romans 13:10 Love does no wrong to a neighbour,    therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

Romans 12:13 Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.

Acts 10:34 Then Peter began to speak to them: “I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him.

Revelation 21:3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “See the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them as their God; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them.”

3 John 1:5 Beloved, you do faithfully whatever you do for the friends, even though they are strangers to you; they have testified to your love before the church. You do well to send them on in a manner worthy of God; for they began their journey for the sake of Christ, accepting no support from non-believers. Therefore we ought to support such people, so that they may become co-workers with the truth.

Hebrews 13: 1 Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.

Collossians 3:11 In that renewal there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all.

Matthew 25: 35 I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.

Matt. 25:40 Truly I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of my brethren you did it to me.