One of our customers wrote a letter to the chair of the PanAm/ParaPanAm Games, the Mayor, and the city councillor for Ward 20 (the bookstore’s ward). She gave us permission to share it here. This is one of the ways you can support Crux Books.
The Right Honourable David R. Peterson, P.C., Q.C., O.Ont., C. St. J., C.L.H., D.U., L.L.D.
Chair of the Board
TORONTO 2015 Pan American /Parapan American Games
His Worship John Tory
Mayor, City of Toronto
Councillor Joe Cressy
Ward 20, Trinity -Spadina
Dear Mayor Tory, Councillor Cressy and Chairman Peterson –
I am a part time Masters student at the University of Toronto, Wycliffe College. I was very disappointed to learn that the PanAm / Para-PanAm Games will cause considerable hardship to Crux Books, the excellent bookstore which operates out of the basement of Wycliffe College, because accessibility-limitations will leave the owners no recourse but to close between June 22nd and August 15th. This bookstore is an invaluable resource to all Toronto School of Theology students and Religious Studies students, be they Undergraduate, Graduate or Doctoral candidates. It is as well widely utilised and supported by churches and other religious organisations and their members. It is the preeminent Religious Studies and Christian Book Retailer in the GTA. I understand that they have already experienced a significant drop in business, which patrons are telling the owner is due to the difficulty they have had accessing the facility.
While large businesses have a greater capacity to absorb this sort of loss, this kind of interference and restriction, even for a few weeks let alone several months, is usually finacially devastating and sometimes catastrophic to small businesses and their employees. We are all excited to welcome athletes, officials and guests from the Americas, however this great event and celebration should not be at the cost of local business and the livelihoods of those who have invested in and serve our city residents and visitors.
I am writing to ask that you would advocate for Crux Books and other businesses that have been forced to close for this extended period with apparently no offer of compensation.
Adequate compensation for lost business should be considered a part of the cost of the games.
Thank you for your consideration of these concerns. I look forward to the Games and to an equitable solution for all adversely affected by them!
Masters of Theological Studies (Part-Time)
Thanks for sharing your letter with us Grace!
And thank you so much to all of you who have written us notes, called the store, or dropped by to show your support for Crux Books.