Purple Tie Gala for Cornerstone Housing for Women offers glamour, glitz and good times

OBJ.Social is supported by the generous patronage of Mark Motors, Bruyère Foundation, Marilyn Wilson Dream Properties, the Shaw Centre and Sparks Dental. Read their stories here. Cornerstone Housing for Women’s inaugural Purple Tie Gala was full style and splendour, with a light dose of comic relief, as partygoers turned out to the Ottawa Art Gallery on Saturday night to help homeless women in our community. The first-time benefit attract a sold-out crowd of more than 300, many of whom arrived in their prettiest eye-popping purple attire and accessories. Not only is purple a trendy hue these days but it’s a colour for symbolizing women, internationally. Cornerstone Housing for Women provides emergency shelter and safe, affordable permanent housing for women in Ottawa. Many women turn to Cornerstone for help as the result of abuse and trauma, job loss and poverty, and mental health challenges and addictions. The organization’s goal is to help its clients rebuild their lives so they can have the hope and confidence to make a fresh start.  The Purple Tie Gala netted nearly $50,000. That’s a big step up from former fundraisers, which raised between $20,000 and $25,000 f...

Higher prices are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to ways of tackling

Higher prices are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to ways of tackling the scourge of smoking. For instance, would punters still want to buy a packet if it had an image of Bill Shorten on it? Dom Knight writes. Forty bucks for a pack of ciggies? That will happen by 2020 if Bill Shorten gets his way and Labor’s proposed increase to cigarette taxes is introduced. Not everyone agrees with tobacco excise, with NSW’s Senator David Leyonhjelm a prominent recent dissenter, but at both state and federal levels, governments of both persuasions have made cigarettes more expensive, covered the packets with horrifying images, and restricted the places where they could be smoked. Nowadays, smokers huddle outdoors, away from doors and outdoor eating areas, and the long Aussie tradition of bumming cigarettes has become tantamount to asking for a gold coin donation. But is this the only way of convincing punters to give up their precious ciggies? I’ve come up with a few more lateral options. We’ve all seen those cards that you open and they play a little song. What about mandatory cigarette packets that, when opened, let out a loud, hacking cough? If Bill Short...