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The art for this poster was stolen by the man who has been postering flyers around Toronto fr decades designed to incite violence upon their subjects. Bullies thrive because most men are cowards.

“There’s a nice moment in the latest episode of “1923,” the “Yellowstone” spinoff. Rancher Jacob Dutton (Harrison Ford) explains that all human history is about letting others take what’s yours, or destroying them. For those of us who aren’t rancher barons or nuclear superpowers, there ought to be another way.”

There is. It is not organized Christianity however it is the path the carpenter from Nazareth called us to walk..

Attached is the art created by Chester Brown for my self-published THE NIGHT THEY RAIDED ROCHDALE plus the ad created from it by James Gillis for his used bikes. Gillis has been wallpapering the city with posters designed to incite violence upon myself and others for decades: .

He was arrested and charged with criminal harassment in 2017. While in custody he told the police he once lived with me (he did) and that he moved because I was making kiddie porn.

I wasn’t. He lied.

The Star and The Sun reported my arrest. What was not reported is that after hiring and firing three lawyers the charges were withdrawn. The Crown informed the Court that no evidence had been found by the police to support the charges.

In November 2022 Gillis again resumed posting flyers attacking myself.

Ed Keenan, coming through my door, said, “Reg, you are the only person in Toronto who stands up.”  ( )

I’m not but there are never enough.

This is, however, a real life playing out of what is only fiction in 1923.

I have been called everything Jane Jacobs wrote about. I tell people that what makes me EVERYTHING she wrote about are the constant efforts in this city to destroy me.

Albert Einstein put it wonderfully, “If I were to remain silent, I’d be guilty of complicity.”

The story Chester chose to illustrate took place in Hollywood, California in 1970. The man was not a Catholic priest. He was a Jew who had become a Christian. He consciously chose to break the law of his land to help a stranger who, frankly, did not want to be helped by him. In that moment I had an epiphany.

“All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent,” stated Edmund Burke.

While you have been looking fir another way I have been walking it.

I have been walking it long before I met that man in Hollywood.

I was born walking it.

Here’s what another person who lived with me has to say: .

It is public knowledge that forces in the City of Toronto has been doing everything it can to shut me down and get me killed.

In THE DEATH AND LIFE OF GREAT AMERICAN CITIES Jane Jacobs wrote that rigging sex scandals is one of the ways this is done.

Her son, James, told me, “This storm will pass.” He said that a long time ago. Yes, it will but not without doing first a great deal of harm.

Matthew 7:24-27 (New International Version) 24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

Now how can I know this is true if I don’t experience it first hand?

It is true.

Jane Jacobs once told me that when we see wrong being done and do nothing we kill our self.

THE BIBLE teaches that when we see wrong being dome and do nothing GOD will kill us.

Annie Besant (an atheist) said, “Someone ought to do it, but why should I? Someone ought to do it, so why not I? Between these two sentences lie whole centuries of moral evolution.”

The parable of the good Samaritan starts with a young lawyer seeking to justify himself to Jesus. He asks, “Whom is my neighbour?” Like all lawyers he seeks to put a limit on the infinite.

What most do not realize is is the the Samaritan who actually helps the bandit’s victim was viewed with absolute contempt by the priest and the scribe who passed him by (and the young lawyer who sought to justify himself).

Right now thanks to the poison being spread daily on this city’s streets I find myself viewed with absolute contempt by many.

That is not my problem.

It is theirs.

I remain one of the few who stands up in this city.

When Oliver Moore wrote his story in THE GLOBE AND MAIL Ed Keenan said, “The city finally has a good journalist.”

Yes, it does.

I’m not looking for another story. If any story was going to move people to act it is Oilver’s.

It did not. That is the city we live in.

In the next part of 1923 we shall learn of the birth of The Train Station.

Henry Miller, in his AN OPEN LETTER TO SURREALISTS EVERYWHERE, wrote, “One man operating alone on faith can accomplish what trained armies cannot do.:”

“Reg Hartt has had an amazing impact given the size of the venue and the esoteric nature of the programming. He’s had an incredible impact on the city. No one else is doing it. No one else has ever done it.”–Rob Salem.

“Reg Hartt teaches like Neal Cassady drove a bus.”—Joe Fiorito, Toronto Star.

–Reg Hartt

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