The speaker's fifth Christmas luncheon. Highlighting the service, past and present, of Canada's military men and women as well as one of Toronto's most outstanding charity organizations. Imagining the Empire Club back during the Second World War having similar luncheons to honour soldiers coming back from the front. The war on poverty and homelessness that continues. Honouring people at Christmas who are thinking of others. Focusing also on campaigns to help the disadvantaged, both in terms of anti-racism and mental health, and more recently to the issue of the plight of young Aboriginal children in the north of the province. The real human touch that comes from organizations like the Yonge Street Mission and the Good Shepherd, organizations that show a human face. Establishing libraries in the North. Also literacy camps. Endowing the camps. Another massive book drive for the month of January. A message of hope and compassion. Season's greetings and every good wish for the New year in the name of the Queen.
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