Edward Keenan’s article “Our Cups Runneth Over With Kindness” in the Toronto Star is rather amusing. It was a scathing attack from the left wing biased Toronto Star against Kellie Leitch’s assertion that the city of Toronto has no sense of community.
Leitch ascertained, “Living in downtown Toronto as a resident, I would never go next door and ask my neighbor for a cup of sugar. It just wouldn’t happen.” As a Torontonian, I would agree with Kellie Leitch as opposed to the Toronto Star’s summation of how residents in Toronto react and behave towards kindness.
Keenan’s story acted as a hyperbole and perhaps rests more upon fiction than anything else. What really gave the article away was the inclusion of singer-songwriter Alana Matty’s statement, “Name another city where I can forget to wear a bra to work and a stranger will bring me one in exactly my size.”
If we use Socratic thinking, was it a man or woman that brought the exact size breast configuration to the celebrity? If it was a woman or a man were they meticulously observing her breasts? Now we have a sequence of events that materialized with respect to this woman’s bra size and therefore the person must’ve known what bra size she had.
Perhaps the most telling point in how contrite and arbitrary the article was the statement of an elderly lady, "On my block I have keys to most of the homes, and they have mine. They key-sharing extends to a few folks some blocks away." Mind you I would accept the fact if it was your trusted neighbor next door, but when you're dealing with a multitude of neighbors having your house keys I think Rosemary was exaggerating in her statement. Why would anyone give their house keys to neighbors a few blocks away? The article extended to the very fact that according to residents Toronto has a rural friendliness.
The article itself is based on what the Toronto Star wanted to solicit in terms of the answer about Torontonians and their kindness in giving a cup of sugar to their neighbors. It also enhanced individuals that may have been ordinary in the Canadian psychic to distinguish the answers that this article wanted to establish.
The real truth says something quite different. One couple grew up on a farm in a small neighborly village in Ontario called Shakespeare. Now they want to define the rural virtues of Canadiana upon Toronto with the cordial atmosphere of mutual respect. They indicated that even after moving to Toronto they could always go to their neighbors for a warm welcome or cup of sugar. The symbolism becomes the same between their town and Toronto’s virtue of acceptability that provides the same sentiment of kindness towards thy neighbors.
I own several condos in Toronto and even when my tenants are several months late in payments I make it a habit to go visit them. I press the condo code many times with no answer so I simply wait until someone comes in and opens the door so I can slip through. I knock on the door and no one shows up.
So now Mr. Edward Keenan is trying to tell Torontonians that if you’re an unexpected visitor then the condo/apartment/home owner or tenant will open their door for a complete stranger? Even if someone’s old the expectation of opening the door is simply not viable. If an apartment is a bastion of isolation for the elderly what makes you think that the elderly will open their door or even go ask their neighbors for a cup of sugar?
People don’t just borrow a cup of sugar. Sugar is used sparingly and it would be foolish to ask a neighbor for a teaspoon of sugar to satisfy their short term need or cravings of sweetened coffee or tea. Think of it, have you ever knocked on your neighbor’s door for a teaspoon of sugar? I would imagine that the elderly would do the right thing and wait until the right opportunity comes along to purchase the sugar they need. The psychological and social aspect of Keenan’s thesis simply doesn’t make sense.
So the Toronto Star decided to “launch a very unscientific investigation to find out if this was true”. How did they arrive at the conclusion that sustains their apparent hypothesis? Did they phone residents in an apartment building and vociferate that they’re from the iconic Toronto Star and that their conclusions to their investigation meet the criteria of developing a story?
The unscientific investigation led to the neighborhood of former PM Stephen Harper’s residential area of Leaside. The neighborhood is quite prominent and families enjoy incomes that disproportionately outpace the rest of the city of Toronto. Many of the residents in Leaside were willing to open their doors to provide a cup of sugar. Give me a break, this neighborhood is simply bored with their money and the people gleam at any event that doesn’t fall into their daily schedules.
I don’t understand why the Toronto Star conducted its ‘cup of sugar to neighbors’ investigation in high-income areas such as Leaside and Liberty Village. Of course these places are more willing to help people out with a cup of sugar. The majority of Toronto however doesn’t enjoy the same upscale benefits as these neighborhoods. You don’t open doors in Rexdale, Scarborough, Moss Park, and many other areas in Toronto.
I want to ask the Toronto Star and Mr. Edward Keenan if a healthy black male would be able to knock on someone’s door asking for a cup of sugar, and be successful in his request. Kellie Leitch is right; she’s able to see the hypocrisy in Canadian society.
The Toronto Star hurts itself more with hyperbole assumptions in support of the left; this takes away from true Liberal values. With Socratic thinking, the story itself is a sham and they simply generated the opinions of what the Toronto Star simply wanted to hear to eliminate Leitch’s hypothesis. The Toronto Star chooses to deal with predictable middle to high class whites rather than the ethnic people of Toronto.