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“Reg Hartt, I have seen those posters attacking you. They are hate,” said Joe Cressy when running for Toronto Councillor in 2015. Some of those posters attacked Adam Vaughan, a former councillor now Federal MP. Looking at all this is, I know, overwhelming. Imagine being at the center of it as I, Daniel Goggin, Terry Ross and others have been and seeing this stuff posted on utility poles, poster kiosks and every available surface around Toronto. That was and is overwhelming.

Ignoring the street poster bylaws:

Destroying street posters and placing them in lumps of confetti behind posters put up by commercial posterers:


Posting flyers smearing Reg Hartt:


The face of hate on Toronto streets:


Daniel Goggin on finding himself smeared by street posters (2017)


Daniel Goggin on finding himself smeared with street posters (2012)


John Paul Re on working for James Gillis aka “Dr. Jamie:”


Street poster campaign smearing Terry Ross:


Oversize posters on kiosks:

This flyer was posted around Toronto in 2010. It was put up by “Dr. X.”

This is on Pinterest. It states “Uploaded by User.” User is anonymous. Daniel has been told there is an open contract offering $500 to whomever kills him. This was one of hundreds of posters put up around Toronto.

I expected posters to go up around Dora Keogh’s smearing me. They did.

Poster smearing Adam Vaughan and Reg Hartt. Thousands of these were posted around the riding in which Adam Vaughan for Federal Office. They were put up by “Dr. X.”

Poster smearing Terry Ross.

Poster smearing Daniel Goggin.

Poster smearing Daniel Goggin.

Poster smearing former Mayor Robert Ford. Posted by “Dr. X.”

This flyer was posted by “Dr. X” offering $500 to have a person’s legs broken. A similar one went up this year around Bloor and Bathurst.

To recognize hate and to choose not to act is the greatest crime.

What would Jane Jacobs do? She would say, “SHAME” To those who by their silence and refusal to act are complicit.

I came to Toronto with nothing. Many people feel I have done something. Many people come here with something and do nothing.

We don’t need to be Albert Einstein to understand this.

Toronto’s Poster Bylaws are well thought out and fair. Unfortunately, the city refuses to enforce them. Commercial posterers routinely ignore them.

Terry Ross, the target of the 2010 “TERRY THE RAT” smear poster campaign died this year. The last time I saw Terry he told me people were still threatening his life because they believed he was a rat, a police informant.

Terry was no rat.

In the end I am actually grateful for this. Kurt Vonnegut was an atheist. He spoke often of the twelve words of Jesus which are the antidote–the only antidote–to the Hammurabi Code and The Old Testament Laws of “An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.”

Those twelve words are, “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.”

Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “I believe unmerited suffering is redemptive.”

I’m with him.

Meanwhile we have the words found at the end of Mark’s Gospel. The Commissioning of the Eleven. 14 [But] later, as the eleven were at table, he appeared to them and rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart because they had not believed those who saw him after he had been raised. 15 He said to them, “Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved; whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17 These signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will drive out demons, they will speak new languages. 18 They will pick up serpents [with their hands], and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not harm them. They will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

How can we know the WORD is true but we be bit by serpents, but we drink the poison cup dry?

Pass me that cup.

The desire for revenge rots the soul.

The best revenge is to forgive absolutely knowing that it means nothing to those we forgive and is everything to us.

–Reg Hartt 2019-06–19.


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