lawyers host "nice" meal for Toronto homeless, guest says FWD

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Tue, 7 Apr 1998 03:55:20 -0700 (PDT)


http://www.canoe.ca/TorontoNews/9804051068.html
FED  Toronto Sun  April 6, 1998

  LAWYERS HOLD COURT FOR HOMELESS

  'IT'S NICE WHEN THEY DO IT UP WITH STYLE,'
  GUEST SAYS

  By ANDREA SCHAFFELER -- Toronto Sun

Maybe we shouldn't kill all the lawyers after all.

Contrary to the lawyer jokes, The Law Society of Upper Canada extended a
helping hand and hosted a meal for several hundred of Toronto's homeless
last night.

Instead of cold pavement and grey coffee, those who attended were waited on
by judges who served a meal on linen table cloths, decked with daffodils,
in a regal room at Osgoode Hall.

"I rely on these meals a lot, and it's nice when they do it up with some
style," said Peter Furgiuele, who waited in line.

Furgiuele recently got out of jail and lives at the Salvation Army shelter
on Dundas St. E. He said there should be more meals like those served
yesterday.

'ALWAYS A LINEUP'

"We wouldn't survive without these meals," he said. "We get maps indicating
where there's going to be a meal, and there's always a lineup."

About 50 lawyers, judges and law students volunteered to do the cooking,
serving and cleaning. Home-made chicken soup, salad, potatoes, chicken,
beef and apple pie were on the menu.

They also gave out care packages of toiletries, socks and other items.

The society hopes to make the meal a regular event.

"We'd like to do it at least a couple of times a year," said society
treasurer Harvey Strosberg, who helped organize the event.

"We know it's the right thing to do," Strosberg said.

"It reinforces our commitment to the poor and the disenfranchised."

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