I will be riding my bike to raise funds for Canadian democracy non-profits. This year's journey, my first, is from Halifax to my hometown of Toronto, (about 2,000 km), I'll be enroute from late June thru August 2022. Along the way I'll be interviewing people on their thoughts about our country's democracy. What does it mean to them? How can we strengthen and improve it? Help support organizations that are making Canada more united!
Donate to one or more funding campaigns below. All donations to these Causes are handled by GoFund Me, and go directly to the selected organizations.
Outbursts of blatant racism continue to stain our reputation for diversity and inclusion in Canada. You can help experts expand mutual understanding.
Hate groups and extremists threaten our beloved democracy. They may use violent means to get their way. You can help experts contain the growing danger.
Help fund Mark's 2,000 kilometre, seven week ride on behalf of the above non-profits. Or offer him a friendly place to stay the night along the way.
Assist Mark in covering his expenses as he cycles on his own from Halifax to Toronto, in support of Canadian democracy.
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RT @JustinTrudeau: The cowardly attack on Salman Rushdie is a strike on the freedom of expression that our world relies on. No one should b…Read More
RT @TonyYvce: Jeremy deleted this stream. Rachel snagged it before that happened.Read More
DemocraCycle Interview 9 Perth, Ontario Meet Marcel, who lives in #Perth (about 84km northwest of Ottawa). He is very expressive in giving his views on Canadian #democracy, and has some words to share about the #convoy. @antihateca @MosaicInstituteRead More
VIDEO 8 #Rockland, Ontario, 45 km east of Ottawa. Two young fundraisers for @PlanCanada approached me. Told them I too am #fundraising, in my case for @TheMosaicInstitute and @antihateca. One of these nice gents is #FirstNations, the other is Egyptian.Read More
RT @LeighNaturkach: I’m so happy to be sitting in on my first @MosaicInstitute Next Generation program event at our partner @GlendonCampus.…Read More
In #Hawkesbury Ont, met a pair of friends, one who has #DownSyndrome. I wanted to know if they had suffered discrimination, and if so had things improved over the years. Thank you Alain and Sandy! #Diversity #Prejudice @MosaicInstitute @antihateca https://t.co/csM1RvahfgRead More
Have left #Quebec and am in #Hawkesbury, #Ontario today. Spent three days in Montreal with family, was wonderful. Am headed toward Ottawa now, will be there tomorrow. @antihateca @MosaicInstitute https://t.co/uvabs4VhW5Read More
DemocraCycle #Interview 6, outside Levis, #Quebec Annise, my cab driver, spoke about how he has lived in a number of countries, within Africa and Europe, yet he considers Canada to be the most #democratic and least corrupt. @MosaicInstitute @antihatecaRead More
RT @MosaicInstitute: Would you cycle across Canada to build a more #inclusive society? Mark Swartz is a 61-year-old Canadian doing *just t…Read More
DemocraCycle Interview Five, L'Islet Sur Mer #Quebec Lunch with Jacques Roy, part-time dairy farmer, part-time driver for medical testing company, husband, dad to three girls, published poet! He has concerns about #Democracy @MosaicInstitute @antihatecaRead More
Glad to be in the quiet realm of Mont Carmel, Quebec. Really hoping I've seen the worst of my Covid! https://t.co/9B8H5Usk1wRead More
@LeighNaturkach Why, why did we spend so many years learning grammar, tonality, and the nuances of expression?!Read More
My #COVID is clearing up. Still tired on day 7 but most symptoms have receded or are very mild. Four #vaccine shots helped for sure. Here's a detailed update. #NewBrunswick @MosaicInstitute @antihatecaRead More
SICK AND STRAGGLING in #NewBrunswick: Part 1 of 2 Got sick for past five days! Less so today. That’s why no posts since last one. Turns out I caught #Covid! Thank goodness for four #vaccine shots! Was nowhere as severe as might have been. Read more:Read More
DemocraCycle interview 4 - Dismantling Prejudice against Mental Illness Not all discrimination is based on skin colour, ethnicity or other more visible differences. #mentalillness is still little understood. #SuicideAwareness #depression @MosaicInstituteRead More
Summary of my solo bike ride from #Halifax to Toronto for #democracy non-profits so far: Left #Toronto Saturday June 25, six riding days so far. Find out where I've been! @TheMosaicInstitute @antihateca #bikelife #newbrunswick https://t.co/L4GHSc7MFRRead More
Interview 4 - anti-racism Met an interesting gentleman on the road to Bear River, NS. He spoke of his inter-racial marriage, growing up Black in a #NovaScotia with segregation. @MosaicInstitute @antihateca #bikelife #antiracism https://t.co/advBVXdHqXRead More
Sunday morning was a swift ride from the Come From Away BnB in Digby, NS to Fundy Rose ferry docks, which took me to St. John, #NewBrunswick. Got a tour of the city from the family I'm staying with. Nice! @MosaicInstitute @antihateca #bikelife #democracyRead More
Saturday's ride was super soaker. Started in Annapolis Royal, originally inhabited by a strong Mi’kmaq community, became home to some of North America’s earliest European settlers." Rode 52km to Digby, NS. #bikelife #cycling #Democracy @MosaicInstituteRead More
HAPPY #CanadaDay2022! Here's my second DemocraCycle interview of passers-by. We talk about what #CanadaDay means to them, and how to improve Canadian democracy. #bikelife @antihateca @MosaicInstituteRead More
RT @LauraKellandMay: Had a great visit with @democracycle1 @markswartz1 #cycle #biketour https://t.co/cXJaC93v5DRead More
RT @LauraKellandMay: Cycling is a great way to raise awareness visit @democracycle1 to see more information https://t.co/JW6Eo4cGxcRead More
Conducted my first #DemocraCycle interview of passers-by in #Halifax. We talked about #democracy and racism. I was really pleased to hear their views, especially with #CanadaDay so close. Let me know what you think. @antihateca @MosaicInstituteRead More
Am in #Halifax, Nova Scotia! First time here. Staying with a host from , a site that offers #couchsurfing for cyclists who are doing the #bikelife. Tomorrow I start my first day of riding. Can't wait! https://t.co/4ITKnvtzcoRead More
RT @MosaicInstitute: Support @MarkDSwartz and his ride for democracy @democracycle1 from Halifax to Toronto by donating to his #GoFundMe: 👉…Read More
RT @MarkDSwartz: MY 2,000 KM RIDE FOR DEMOCRACY STARTS IN #HALIFAX #NOVASCOTIA I fly to Halifax on June 25, to cycle back solo to Toronto.…Read More
Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Cycling 2,000 km to fundraise for @antihateca (anti-hate) and @MosaicInstitute (dismantling prejudice). #antihate #antiracism #cycling #crowdfunding https://t.co/9iIr2YEVPSRead More
RT @LeighNaturkach: @birdiebent Hi there! Our @MosaicInstitute friend @MarkDSwartz is doing a solo cycle Halifax to Toronto starting June 2…Read More
RT @LeighNaturkach: Recently, I connected with @MarkDSwartz. He's taken it upon himself as a concerned citizen to galvanize support for two…Read More
RT @LeighNaturkach: What one person can do to dismantle prejudice is awesome. We all need inspiration! Follow Mark and his journey to creat…Read More
RT @MosaicInstitute: Mark Swartz is taking action in support of dismantling prejudice 🚴♀️ Biking from Halifax to Ontario, you can follo…Read More
My #Crowddfunding campaign for @antihateca (Canadian Anti-Hate Network) is off to a good start. Here's the total after just over a day! A few people have donated $100 or $200, but whatever you can spare will help CAHN counter hate. #antihate #DemocracyDay #Canada https://t.co/op9q1lyHeSRead More
RT @MarkDSwartz: I'm raising money for Counter Hate: Mark's ride for . Click to Donate: #GoFundMe #antihate https:…Read More
RT @MarkDSwartz: Dismantle Prejudice: Mark's solo 2,000 km charity ride for Mosaic Institute ride. Please click to donate: https://t.co/Q…Read More
My intro #video for my Democracycle ride is here! I'll be riding 2,000 km solo from Halifax to Toronto on behalf of #Canadian non-profits @MosaicInstitute (dismantling prejudice) and @antihateca (countering hate). Donate at today. https://t.co/Q065U3oXHRRead More
The NonProfits I Am Riding For Please donate directly to the campaign of one or more nonprofits I am riding in support of: @MosaicInstitute – dismantling prejudice @antihateca – monitoring and countering hate #cyclist #nonprofits #democracycle https://t.co/1A5LfL8gX5Read More
Hard at work on planning my bike route from #Halifax to #Toronto. Seven weeks of riding, resting, chatting with folks about #democracy in Canada. https://t.co/3Hs72olHtyRead More
The new #DemocraCycle website is coming along. Hoping to launch within a few days! #democracynow #cyclinglife https://t.co/Ygrq8YfYC8Read More
Getting prepped (and psyched) for my 2,000 kilometer bike ride, from #Halifax to #Toronto. Starts late June 2022. Will be riding for Canadian #democracy nonprofits! https://t.co/4XPOZrpSehRead More