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CANADA: facing he was blacklisted on both sides of the Atlantic Heinz returned he lived with Karen, she supported them, Heinz was a house husband, he began self-employment as a carpenter
Later on his own again he injured a tendon. While recovering he was on welfare. The welfare workers suggested he remain on the system as in a few years he would retire. Heinz declined. Soon after retiring he received a phone call informing him his apartment was ready. The welfare workers had signed him up for rent geared to income housing. There was a pattern; some people could be very helpful, others were very hurtful. A roller coaster balance, Heinz lived for 25 years in the Aboriginal Seniors' building in Toronto's Annex. Urban planner, Jane Jacobs, chose to live in that area. A good location; interesting for the right reasons. Six stories high, made of orange brick with red trim; this was home. Residents included an Alice, a Dorothy and a Glinda [the good witch in The Wizard of Oz]. Dorothy and I sang Somewhere Over the Rainbow together in the lobby.
In his 60s, Heinz went to Nicaragua to help during the 1984 labour shortage. First he worked with a German group . Later he joined a group of Canadians. He met people he would know for the rest of his life. Volunteers worked twelve hour days seven days a week picking cotton and coffee. One egg per person each week. Young Germans kept him awake at night asking questions no one else would answer. Eventually, Heinz walked to the cemetery and slept between the graves so he could work the next morning.
In his 70s, Heinz travelled to Brazil to research making a documentary
Heinz worked for ten dollars an hour at Carol's house a five minute cycle away, when a neighbour of hers, a carpenter, saw some of Heinz's work he remarked, he wouldn't do that good a job even for himself