monitors, analyzes and corrects media reporting errors and bias concerning messengers and couriers.

Messenger Institute
 for Media Accuracy

Start with the facts:

Benefits of messengers

Are messengers reckless?

When is a license just another label?

What is the disguised name for employee?

Messenger Appreciation

Messenger Memorial


Nerves of Steel
Get the definitive book on bike messengers - "Nerves of Steel"

Public sector still spinning its wheels

Toronto Star, March 27, 2005

By Alison Uncles, Sunday editor

We promised an update on our story last week about Turnaround couriers — a bicycle courier company staffed by homeless youth, believed to be the only for-profit social enterprise in the city.

Here it is.

"We have eight new clients, and two or three more contacted us to ask for material relating to the business, so we'll be busy with meetings the next little while," Turnaround founder Richard Derham told Sunday Star reporter Chris Young, the author of last week's cover story. "It's all good. But there's been almost no response from the public sector."

In this space last week we had predicted Turnaround might well receive government business after news of the unique business became public. At least for the moment it appears we were wrong. (As we said, Derham does not rely on government grants or handouts, but continues to try to woo the government sector as a client.)

"The story did generate some heartening reaction outside of business concerns," Young told me.

"A family moving house from Turnaround's Cabbagetown neighbourhood donated two bikes. An accountant called to offer his services pro bono. There were emails and phone messages of support from readers and current Turnaround clients."

And, there was this.

"Topping them all was the letter that arrived via express mail on Monday morning, addressed to Michael, a Turnaround courier who has been estranged from his family and living in shelters for the past year.

"Inside was a card from his mother and stepfather — with a house key taped to the inside."

Back to the Original Story on Turnaround Couriers


Article Archives
About us
Contact us
Send comments or suggestions, to: mima@messmedia.org

Bike messenger emergency fund