Story Studies

Learning to live without

March 27, 2020

Allan David Smith-Reeve, Thursday March 27th, 2020 While Conservatives are dreaming about how we might get used to smaller governments, Socialists are dreaming of a re-focussed social safety net for…

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A screen capture of the group's Zoom call

Silver Linings

March 24, 2020

Allan David Smith-Reeve, Thursday March 19th, 2020 My dad remembers the Polio epidemic. While it was most virulent between 1949 and ‘54 before the Salk vaccine was developed, there was…

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From Mentor to Ally

January 24, 2020

or… Working myself out of a Job Allan David Smith-Reeve, January 2019 When I was first employed in the Poverty Business, an industry that employs tens of thousands of Canadians,…

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Gift Economy

January 21, 2020

Allan David Smith-Reeve, January 21, 2020 She wondered “How do we get from where we are to where we want to be?”. We were having breakfast with a friend of…

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A Hero’s story about how poverty is not the problem…

November 3, 2019

Allan Smith-Reeve, November 2019 Once upon a time, there was a very curious person living in a beautiful city with a river running through it. This person, though they did…

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Poverty is not the problem

September 6, 2019

Allan David Smith-Reeve, July 9, 2019 We’ve had an outbreak of a social dis-ease here in Peterborough. Folks who could be my cousins or yours – are without shelter in…

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Thanks-giving goes around

October 24, 2018

Allan David Smith-Reeve, Saturday October 13th, 2018 Two moons ago we began living on half our usual income. Essentially it was the two of us living on $250 per week…

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Wind in our sails

September 10, 2018

Allan David Smith-Reeve, September 10th, 2018 (Location: Three Brothers Falls) I believe in you. Four powerful words. And when they are backed up with tangible expressions of love (such as…

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A Prophet Returns

July 7, 2018

Allan David Smith-Reeve, July 7th, 2018 This week Lynn returned to Bobcaygeon where for 17 years she lived in poverty. It’s been seven years since Lynn left Bobcaygeon with a…

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