Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Tuesday Treasures

 Tom the backroads traveller hosts this weekly meme.

Toronto ON

Kensington Market is a unique area of Toronto that is slowly being eaten up by gentrification. Click on Kensington Market in the tags/labels below this post to explore more.

Alice (1925-2012) was born in Quebec in 1925 and Dan (or Don) in Manitoba in 1925. They met while members of the Student Christian Movement and married in Montreal in 1950. They moved to Toronto shortly thereafter and Dan became a worker-priest and was later elected a Toronto City Councillor (1972 to 1981) and then New Democratic Party Member of Parliament for Trinity–Spadina (1981 to 1993).

Alice steadfastly organized for many social justice and international solidarity causes, and participated in the co-op housing movement. The Heap home at 29 Wales Avenue was a centre for political activism where the door was always open to people needing shelter.

Click here for a lovely story about the couple.

He and Alice raised seven children, including son Danny Heap, a computer science lecturer at the University of Toronto.

In 1965, Heap marched with Martin Luther King Jr. on his Selma to Montgomery marches while the rest of his family participated in a solidarity sit-in in Toronto. The family also opened their home to Americans resisting the Vietnam War, youth involved with the SCM and other activists.


  1. So sorry to hear this about Kensington, one of my fave areas in the city. "We don't know what we have till it's gone" - Joni Mitchell.


  2. Bless them for being willing to sacrifice for what they believed.
    Thanks for sharing at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2021/12/memories-of-snows-gone-by.html

  3. Good to see a plaque honoring their lives as they worked for equality and social justice.

  4. We need selfless people now more than ever. - Margy

  5. And all the politicians do is listen to the developers.


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