Essay: Fear-based rules - and their alternatives
many choices before us
Setup: 17-Jun-2012 by Belinda Cole 
When tragedies and other disturbing things happen in our public spaces, we sometimes come together - as citizens and neighbours - to mark these events, share our distress and trade information. Other times, we call on our politicians for "rules" to keep the bad things from happening...
Sasha Valentine was shoe shopping at the Eaton Centre when she heard the shots.
“I heard shooting, saw people screaming, running to our levels,” she said. “I was freaked out, shaking and crying.”
Yet one day later she was back, standing at Dundas and Yonge, joining Torontonians in an effort to reclaim the space they know as their own.
“You know what? I’m still going to the Eaton Centre,” she said. “I’m not going to stop because of one stupid act.”
A sheet of white paper with pink flowers scrawled with messages in black pen was taped to the centre’s rotating glass doors. “I wish that was the last,” said one. “Peace is on the way,” said another.
Across the street, a vigil was taking place in Yonge-Dundas Square. There was a small crowd of people, some holding clear plastic cups with tea candles inside. Four policemen on bikes stood close by, casting long shadows in the evening sun.