Daily Archives: May 10, 2010

What I Learned About CHEWING – Yummy Tobacco Candy for Kids

On first glance, it appears that nobody in the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) smokes. The lack of butts on the street and smokers outside of buildings puts the healthy, Wet Coast to shame; at first glance.

I was pretty impressed by the fact that, as an ex-smoker of over a year now, I am in a city where I cannot be tempted by the still sweet and still addictive heady scent of cigarette smoke — don’t get me wrong, I still go outside with the smokers because I am weirdly drawn to them; perhaps because of their fearless abandon and “nothing can kill me attitude,” and “I’ve got tons of extra money and that’s why I can afford to smoke so I’ll pay for dinner,” but whatever the reason, I’ll never be a person arrogant enough to judge another over a smoke.

BUT, the big deal out here is CHEW and it is gross!!! So, you think those Ontarioites are carrying water bottles because they like to be hydrated?
Think again. Those water bottles are portable spitoons — yeah, so if you find one on the TTC, my advice — leave it alone.

Kids have told me the CHEW is sold in stores and looks like candy — I guess the opposite of “Lifesaver…”
The tobacco companies are immoral, but smart…And what about mouth cancer, throat cancer, tongue cancer and really bad breath — no warnings on the packages yet, I suppose.


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First White Pine Workshop — St. Augustine High School

I spent this morning at St. Augustine Catholic School in Brampton, Ontario workshopping a talented group of young people. I enjoyed them so much and was quite shocked when our hour together was up. I can say for sure that these kids have a big future in front of them. What a great way to start my week in Ontario, and my fingers are crossed that the every day will be as successful. The librarian was sweet and drove me to Toronto where I got on the TTC and rode to the Art Gallery of Ontario. I was here a year ago — but too early — a day before the grand opening and I was so disappointed. Today they are closed as well — Monday — I forgot about how Monday is a dead day here.

So I am in a little cafe across the street from the OAG and I guess I will return on my only free day, Friday and hopefully with my artist pal, Martha Eleen. Good to be back in the city, although I had a great visit in Caledon, but there was no WiFi and I felt so cut off from the world and work.
Maybe today I will hop a street car and head to the old stomping grounds – High Park/Parkdale.

Tomorrow I go to Oshawa on the Go Train — will report in.
I am loving being in Toronto again.

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