ELTON JOHN AIDS FOUNDATION

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Our Tour of Shame

"Where is Canada?" In Turkey and Jordan recently, this was the question we heard over and over, from Syrian refugees themselves, crisis intervention workers, medical professionals, human rights activists and others dedicated to helping Syrians.To friends and family, I referred to my time in the region as a tour of shame, as a Canadian. There was a clear perception among the people we spoke with that Canada preferred Christian asylum seekers, and this explained the delays and inaction. As the now-infamous photo of Alan Kurdi reminds us, there is an immediate need for Canada to show leadership in developing a concrete solution.
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Why Elton John Signed my Back at the Fashion Cares Gala

After we had photos taken together, I looked at Elton John and David Furnish and said "can you guys do me a favour?" I took my Sharpie pen off the side table and said "can you sign my back?" They both did and, while Elton was signing, he said "well that's a first." The proto-type of the book I am producing on the 25 year history of Fashion Cares was on display for pre-order sales at the dinner with Elton John. All of the proceeds will go to the AIDS Committee of Toronto and the Elton John Aids Foundation.