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About Down But Not Out, its beginnings, why it came to be and where it is heading

addiction is rampant in Canada. The primary contributing factor is disaffection with  a social system that has placed the accumulation of wealth ahead of any moral integrity.

best is a random selection of my best photography & art that can be viewed as a slide show

contact Ronzig by email or visit Ronzig's other web pages or explore related websites.

contribute Do you have a story about poverty, homelessness or addiction that you would like to share? This is the place to get it off your chest.

economics The financial cost of ignoring moral integrity is reflected in the precarious state of the world economic system.

environment Global environmental issues, Climate Disruption, Right to Water, extraction methods used by the Mining and Oil  Industries.

events Rallies, protests, symposiums public forums and training sessions that you may wish to attend.

health  homelessness is synonymous with disease and premature death. Denial of the right to housing is a death sentence.

homelessness a view from our perspective

internet   The internet is our best hope to take back control from the power brokers.

media coverage by mainstream and independent media sources of current events & issues that are of concern as we enter the 2nd decade of the new millennium.

new content recently added to this site.

news Ronzig in the news

photoArt is a selection of my art organized by subject

politics How the government is addressing the issues we must deal with to move towards a more just and sustainable society.

portfolio Ronzig's portfolio site where you will find a large selection of photography and art created by Ronzig.

poverty is the main cause of most of the problems that our society struggles with, including homelessness.

society   how we think, feel & act as a society will determine how history judges us.

speaking Ronzig will speak to your group about social issues, art or photography

videos by Ronzig about homelessness & other important issues that are contributing to the malaise we live with every day.

war  Canada's role in promoting Imperialism

home back to home page.

Digital photoArt by Ronzig depicting homeless scenes, articles about Ronzig that have appeared in the media, contact Ronzig plus links to my other websites and links to more websites relating to poverty, homelessness, addiction, mental health, political unrest, housing policy and social issues. You can comment on content seen on this page by going to the bottom of the page. Every page on the site will have a comment section at the bottom. 

Contact Ronzig

416 820-6036

P.O. Box 67658
Toronto On M5T 3M1


Links To My Web Pages

1.         Down  But Not Out My website about social activism and advocacy 

2.            Ronzig's Portfolio My art & photography website

3.            Bloggers Unite

4.            Facebook

5.            Flickr

7.            Google Profile

8.            Homeless Nation

9.            Imagekind

10.          Ipernity

11.          LinkedIn

12.          My Space

14.          Netlog

15.          Open Source Cinema

16.          Picasa

17.          Plaxo

8.          Rabble

19.          StartUp

20.          TakingITGlobal


22.          Toronto Media Co-op

23.          Twitter

24.          Us Trendy

25.          Vimeo

26.          YouTube

Links to me on other sites

  1. Homeless Forums
  2. Homeless Tales Thoughts on rehabilitation
  3. Homeless Tales Life as a homeless crack addict
  4. Homeless Tales From successful businessman to homeless addict
Links to Related Sites

1.      Affordable Housing Toronto

2.      Avaaz.org

3.      Black Hat Media

4.      Bright Beginnings Child Development Center

5.      Canadian Housing Renewal Association

6.      Canadian Social Research Links

7.      Cast Canada Addiction Education

8.      Cathy Crowe - Street Nurse

9.      Central Neighbourhood House

10.  Centre for Urban and Community Studies

11.  Christie Ossington Neighbourhood Centre

12.  Citizen's Income

13.  City of Toronto/Affordable Housing

14.  Colour of Poverty

15.  Coming Home Society

16.  Community Social Planning Council of Toronto

17.  Covenant House

18.  Daily Bread Food Bank

19.  Dismal World

20.  Do the Math

21.  Drop In Network Good Practices Toolkit

22.  Eden Community Homes

23.  Emergency help lines in Toronto

24.  Eva's Initiative Awards

25.  Evicting Chris Gardiner

26.  Federation of Canadian Municipalities

27.  Fourth World fight global poverty

28.  Green Pastures Society

29.  Guide for services to homeless people in Toronto

30.  HearMyStory.org

31.  Hidden Homeless

32.  Homelessness and Housing Report Card

33.  Homeless Hub

34.  Homeless Nation

35.  Homeless Tales

36.  Housing Again

37.  Housing Network of Ontario

38.  Housing Not War

39.  Human Rights for Older Ontarians

40.  IMPACS Communications Centre

41.  In Canada! - People Are Dying for a Home

42.  Income Security Advocacy Centre

43.  Kamala's Korner

44.  Make Poverty History

45.  Metcalf Foundation

46.  Montreal Film production

47.  Na-Me-Res Native Men's Residence

48.  National Coalition for the Homeless

49.  National Poverty Plan Petition

50.  Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

51.  One Thoughtful Woman

52.  Ontario Coalition Against Poverty

53.  Ontario Human Rights Commission,

54.  Ontario Non Profit Housing Waiting List

55.  Ontario Tenants Rights

56.  Open Policy Ontario

57.  Parliament Information Canada

58.  Peel Youth Village

59.  Poverty.net

60.  Poverty in Ontario

61.  Poverty Plan Canada

62.  Poverty Watch Ontario

63.  Raising The Roof

64.  Rebecca’s Community

67.  Reciprocity Foundation

68.  Resist.ca

69.  Riseup.net

70.   Seniors’ Organizations

71.   Shared Learnings on Homelessness

72.   Sherbourne Health Centre

73.   SIDA Aids

74.   Social Planning Network of Ontario

75.   Social Planning Toronto

76.   St George’s Society Toronto

77.   St Michael's Hospital Addiction Services

78.   Stable and Affordable.com

79.   Stone Soup Station

80.   Street Health

81.   Street Kids International

82.   Synthasite free website creation and hosting

83.   TAO.ca

84.   The Anishnawbe Health Centre

85.   The Canadian Parliamentary Review

86.   The Canadian Pugwash Group

87.   The Meeting Place

88.   The Wellesley Institute

89.   The World Bank

90.   Toronto Disaster Relief Committee

91.   Toronto political information

92.   United Way Toronto/Losing Ground

93.   Universe Africa

94.   View a homeless slide show

95.   View another homeless slide show

96.   White Band

97.   YWCA Toronto


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Betty Sittig Sept 28/10

O K I got it YOU are FREE..............Now help ME free some homeless..........you have a LOT...get over yourself.........and help ME help them !
God Bless You,
Betty Sittig        bettysmailbox3@yahoo.com

It seems you don't think I'm working hard enough at helping the homeless, yet helping the homeless, the poor and the addicted is a full time job with me. What exactly are you doing and how do you propose that I contribute?

Amonymous Feb 24/09

i would like to check out more of your web site but the main navigation bar at the top of your page is usually cut off so half of your links are missing. 

If you can't use the links at the top of the page, I have duplicated them in the sidebar under Explore this site.

Index of Ronzig's web pages


Down But Not Out

As well as Ronzig's Gallery, Ronzig built and maintains Down But Not Out, a website dedicated to social activism and providing information about many of the current issues that threaten to destroy our planet and the social structures we have developed. This link will take you to the Home page of Down But Not Out which was recently ranked as the 12th best website about homelessness on the internet and the following information will explain each of the pages on the website. You will have the opportunity to comment on what you learn here and read the many comments of other visitors to the site.

Learn more about Ronzig and why he created Down But Not Out and why it began as a website discussing the issues of poverty, homelessness and addiction and how it evolved into much more, encompassing issues a wide ranging as politics, war imperialism, conspiracy, economics, health, the environment and more.

Having been a crack addict for nearly 2 decades, during the 2nd of which I was homeless, I have acquired an in depth understanding of addiction, how & why it begins, what it does to a person, what is involved with getting free of this curse and the social implications of this ever increasing plague on civilization. I disclose some little known and often ignored information and insights that will assist you in coming to a better understanding of what addiction is all about.

I have created a page where visitors to Down But Not Out can contribute by telling their story about how the issues discussed on the site has affected them or someone they care about. I encourage you to read what others have to say and please tell us your story. You can remain anonymous if you prefer.

There is an extensive examination of the economy on Down But Not Out with discussions about the recession, economic collapse, the increasing disparity between the rich, the poor and the middle class. I delve into the phenomena of the shrinking middle class and the emergence of a 2 class society where an economic elite rule and the rest of us are rapidly being relegated to economic slavery.

Whether you call it Global Warning, Climate Disruption or choose to adopt one of the euphemisms that opponents to addressing this impending disaster use to seek to reduce the significance of the crisis to protect their ill gotten financial profits, it is a scientific fact that our global environment is on the brink of collapse. If meaningful and immediate action is not taken the human race along with almost all other forms of life on the Planet Earth will soon face extinction.

Whenever I have time I try to post notices of significant events that you may wish to attend including rally's, protests, political meetings, or other relevant items here. I also use this page to post notices of upcoming art shows where my work will be on display.

The social, economic and political issues revolving around health and healthcare are currently creating an environment where universal healthcare in Canada is under attack. It is evident that the elite no longer wish to ensure adequate health services for an aging population. They see no need to preserve individual health when there is no shortage of replacement economic slaves to step in when one of us succumbs to preventable illness and dies.

There is a worldwide epidemic of homelessness that has emerged in the past couple of decades to plague society and the wealthiest nations, ones with more than sufficient resources to provide housing for their populations are the worst at addressing the situation. Having lived long enough to realize that even when our society was steeped in relative poverty compared to today's situation, homelessness was never a significant problem until recently as the elite grab more and more of the world's wealth and resources, leaving the rest of us to struggle just to keep a roof over our heads.

With the advent of the internet, hope for a just society has been restored, yet there are sinister powers threatening to crush that hope. Just when internet should be reaching the point of universal global access, these powers are forcing an increasing internet divide, where surprisingly millions who once could afford access are being economically deprived of this crucial commodity, for a commodity is what it has become and it is for sale at price not reflective of costs, but of what the market will bear. Perhaps we should be considering defining internet as a Necessary Service that is available to everyone at affordable rates of free of charge.

With the corporatization of mainstream media, it's difficult to find any honest reporting in this media, as they tend to stick like flies on flypaper to the elitist party line. However even the most cynical of these outlets of information are forced to include a modicum of honesty in their reports when faced with the vast amount of conflicting evidence distributed freely on the internet. It is beneficial also to be up to date on what they are saying in order to point out the inadequacies and outright lies that they distribute.

Over the years, Ronzig has been in the news on several occasions, both as the subject of articles and as interviewee. Of course I've commented on many news items as well. you'll find some of these pieces on my news page.

There is a disturbing trend in politics that is increasingly threatening the very fabric of Democracy, or the sorry excuse for such that we have  adopted. I'm speaking of the merging of the Capitalist manifesto into the political agenda to the effect that today's politicians see their job almost exclusively as serving the requirements of capitalism and corporate profits rather than the needs of the citizens who are the true backbone of any nation.

Ever wonder how it is possible that in the richest civilization that has ever existed on the planet, extreme poverty is reaching epidemic proportions?  The answer is obvious. Every single year for the past 3 decades the wealthiest 5% of the world's population have taken control and ownership of a greater proportion of the world's resources leaving less for each of the remaining 95% of the people who have to live on this planet. In every industrialized nation the middle class is under attack and is shrinking annually as people are forced down the economic scale into the burgeoning poverty class. The truly terrifying aspect of this is the fact that the members of the middle class which is the primary target of this attack believe that when the middle class is eliminated they will be part of the elite upper class of rulers rather than economic slaves of these rulers. Because of this the middle class votes consistently for politicians who serve this elite ruling class and don't even realize they are voting for their own destruction.

In a society which professes to be primarily Christian is it not a paradox that we have created such an un-Christian attitude toward our neighbours? By assuming the philosophy of "Looking our for number ONE", we find it easy not only to allow our brothers and sisters to suffer and actually perish because they can not afford to pay for the basic requirements of survival, nourishment and shelter, but many of us are arrogant enough to hate them for their predicament. How are we to overcome this tide of apathy and animosity which in the end will destroy us if we fail?

If you group is interested in Ronzig's experiences and philosophies, I do speaking engagements and will talk on any of the topics covered here. I have had great success with audiences while speaking about homelessness & addiction, Democracy & politics as well as photography & art and would be pleased to accept a request to speak to you group.

Primarily because of American Imperialism the world has been in a constant state of war for the majority of the past 6 decades. Isn't it amazing how we can call making war on another nation a Police Action or Peacekeeping Action to camouflage the fact that we are invading a nation to seize control of its resources or to use it as a staging zone for our aggressive moves on its neighbours, yet we call defensive retaliation Terrorism? We call the slaughter of innocent civilians Collateral Damage to hide the fact that more than 80% of the people we kill in our wars are civilians primarily women and children. I find it disturbing that Prime Minister Harper has eagerly jumped into bed with the Americans and is arming Canada to fight along side our neighbours to the South as we seek to seize control of far off nations. We stand idly by and allow Israel, the puppet state of the Americans which exists solely because of American arms and financing to commit wide scale genocide in its attempt to eradicate the legitimate population of the region from the planet.


Go to Ronzig's Gallery digital photoArt, photography,  video, photographic & video recording services, Mini Video Tours of Toronto, Collector Series Postcards featuring an assortment of his best images and art on ceramic tiles top home page.

Learn about Ronzig and Ronzig's Gallery: What is digital photoArt? Ronzig's guerrilla photography and video. Art on Ceramic Tiles. Collector Series Postcards featuring an assortment of his best images, Mini Video Tours of Toronto. And photographic and video recording services.

View some of Ronzig's best work in a slideshow or individual images from Ronzig at Ronzig's Gallery of digital photoArt and photography.

You can contact  Ronzig's Gallery by email, telephone or by snail mail to his address to inquire about Ronzig's digital photoArt, photography, Collector Series Postcards featuring an assortment of his best images. video, photography & video recording services, Mini Video Tours of Toronto and art on ceramic tiles or to purchase his products or services. You will also find numerous links to other websites where Ronzig has a presence.

Read the Legend of Ronzig the Wizard and his battle with his evil twin brother Ronzak the Sorcerer in the story of the ongoing struggle between good and evil that has been going on since the creation of the universe.

This is where you can order  Ronzig's products and services from Ronzig's Gallery such as digital photoArt,  photography & video recording services, Mini Video Tours of Toronto, art on ceramic tiles & Collector Series Postcards featuring an assortment of his best images.

Ronzig creates spectacular panorama works either as photographic images or as Digital photoArt that are available in standard sizes up to 44" x 13" on either canvas or archival quality photo paper (larger sizes available by special order).  Ronzig's Gallery will also embed a panorama image into the glaze of a series of ceramic tiles to create a unique wall or floor covering surface to your specs.

Ronzig's Digital photoArt & photographic images from Ronzig's Gallery cover a broad array of subject matter and themes resulting in highest quality art works to suit any preference. These images are all available on ceramic tiles & Collector Series Postcards as well a more traditional canvas and archival photo paper in a wide range of sizes to suit your requirements.

All of Ronzig's best work is available on Collector Series Postcards on archival photo paper, suitable not only for mailing a unique greeting to friends and loved ones, but also for framing as a group to hang on your wall.

Ronzig has done work for a wide range of clients from law firms to developers, health services facilities and the City of Toronto, all of which would certainly provide excellent references to Ronzig's Gallery.

Most of Ronzig's best work, be it video, photography or Digital photoArt is available as stock video clips or stock photo & art images at extremely reasonable prices for royalty free applications that you are producing.

Most of Ronzig's best work can be embedded into the glaze of ceramic tiles, resulting in virtually indestructible art works suitable for architectural uses such as surfaces for walls, floors, counter tops, back-splashes, fireplace surrounds or mantlepieces. As home furnishing uses they provide unique surfaces for tables or any other flat surfaced furniture. There is a series of 4" x 4" tiles with a protective backing designed for use as coasters that are bound to intrigue your guests as you entertain. Of course they make timeless stand alone art suitable for framing or placing on a stand for display.

Ronzig produces a wide range of videos, including Documentary works, event recording such as children's birthdays, activism and social protest works, art films, Mini Video Tours and special effects clips. Ronzig's Gallery is fully equipped and has access to support professionals to create original works with multi-camera filming, still photography and custom music for any production. He is presently working on a special fx movie, The Legend of Ronzig the Wizard, for which he the writer, art and costume designer, producer director and star.


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