Elders and Poverty

By Bruce Firestone | Uncategorized

Oct 11

You don’t have to go overseas to find poverty; you just need to look outside your front door.

Here is an elder who (with my permission) comes to our place every week to look through our

recyclables and collect bottles that she’ll later trade for cash.

She arrives a day before garbage day. Now why is that?

To head off her competition


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postscript: I understand that the city has banned this type of activity… ie, passed a bylaw against “diverting city waste.”

Are you frigging kidding me?

To make what this poor woman does to provide for herself illegal?

To heck with that. The city of Ottawa is a $2.5+ billion a year corporation; it can survive a little competition from private industry, I am sure.


postscript 2: if you have time, check out this post as well:

Civil Disobedience

Here’s what American transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau (in his essay, Resistance to Civil Government, first published in 1849) said about civil disobedience…


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About the Author

Bruce is an entrepreneur/real estate broker/developer/coach/urban guru/keynote speaker/Sens founder/novelist/columnist/peerless husband/dad.