Recently, there have been many various opinions concerning Gene Poole's letter about his/her experience in Newfoundland and Labrador.
I would like to take time and express what has disturbed me the most while trying to live Harbour Grace.
Neglected children have touched my heart here. Never in my 45 years in Toronto did a 10-year-old panhandle money from me, and it was for breakfast! This same child recently knocked on my door to ask for fishing line and a hook.
As a mainlander, I had no such gear. I found a few dollars in change and gave it to the young boy.
Another example is a young girl who exhibits delayed growth through malnutrition and emotional growth, only a loving family can provide.
I have decided to return to Toronto.
Yes, this is not confined to the island, and is a larger problem as a whole. But the small town experience touched my heart. I have donated all possessions I could not take home to needy children. From old laptops to telescopes, I have had a wonderful time giving my stuff to children who truly smiled and were very thankful.
I know all so well my childhood of poverty and neglect and felted compelled to point out this.
— Hamid Ansari wrote this letter while residing in Harbour Grace. He lived in the community "on and off" for the past quarter-century. He has since relocated to Ajax, Ontario