New book captures soul of the city, says Mayor Lastman|
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Book takes six months to write, 100 years to create
On Wednesday, June 7, Councillor Anne Johnston (North Toronto), Toronto's
Seniors' Advocate, presented copies of the new
publication "Then and Now: A Century of Memories" to Mayor Mel Lastman and
members of Toronto Council. This colourful 160-page book features the personal
reminisces of 40 seniors who have lived or volunteered in Toronto's Homes for
the Aged. The book took six months to write, but a hundred years to create.
"This is an important document for several reasons," said Councillor Johnston.
"It was created to help us celebrate the International Year of Older Persons in
1999. And it is being released in the year 2000 because the people sharing
their stories have all played a part in leading us safely into the next
millennium. The people in this book faced many challenges and hardships,
and also many adventures, and it's an honour to be involved in passing on this
"This isn't just an ordinary book," says Mayor Lastman. "It's a glimpse into
the souls of the citizens who made this city what it is today. From rowing a
boat to save people in Hurricane Hazel to meeting the emperor of Japan, the
people in this book have amazing stories to tell of amazing lives."
The book, which costs $22.00, will be on sale at Toronto's 10 homes for the
aged, at Toronto City Hall and Metro Hall, and can also be ordered by calling
(416) 392-5440. All funds generated will be used to enhance the lives of
residents in Toronto's homes for the aged.