Libraries are open from 9 am to 9 pm today
You are here
Where are you going?
The ION carries me through the region to meet with editors, contributors and community partners. Cafés, patios, exhibitions and lectures are all spots I might end up.
Why do you like using public transit?
Public transit is an eco-friendly way to get around, and I can catch up on readings and emails. I also enjoy riding through the city looking out through windows and being reacquainted with the landmarks and haunts from my childhood, particularly around the Courtland-Shelley and Stanley Park neighbourhood.
Tell us what you’re reading/listening to/watching/learning that moves you.
I’m reading Brother by David Chariandy. Set in Scarborough in the 90’s, this story about a Trinidadian family explores notions of masculinity, race, kinship, identity, and grief. It’s a poignant and timely commentary on what it’s like to be Black in Canada. Waterloo region needs more narratives like this, especially as the population continues to grow and diversify. Stories from diverse and underrepresented vantage points help reveal the ways in which social issues, and their solutions, are interwoven and interdependent.
What’s your top transit user tip?
Be present. It’s far too easy to zone out when travelling from point A to B. Pay mind to the people and spaces around you, and how the landscape is changing. Plus, you don’t want to miss your stop!