No Bull: Michael Roberts’ Story of Redemption

This story originally appeared in the April, 2011 issue of Downhome. Michael Roberts’ face is a canvas of pain. Almost his entire body is draped in ink, from faces and flames to skulls and swastikas. Individually, he says, his tattoos are meaningless. Collectively, they once offered a mask to his misery — a means of therapy for a life of … [Read more...]

Youth Workers Struggle To Keep Dreams Alive

  Some people work just to pay the bills. Others, work to keep busy. But John Sawdon, like many social workers, does it for a different reason – to get at-risk youth to realize their potential. Sawdon, the executive director of the Canadian Training Institute, runs Breaking The Cycle, a workshop for youth from Scarborough and … [Read more...]