Doug Ford’s wishy-washy lockdown

Plus, the ruthless face of COVID-19, Erin O'Toole's paranoid conservatism and women in comedy is no joke in reader mail this week

Re Doug Ford’s Deadly Dance With The Coronavirus (NOW Online, January 11) The province’s new lockdown measures are wishy-washy if you ask me. Non-essential stores to remain open until 8 pm? How is that a “lockdown?” It’s dark at 5 pm. Let’s close up and go home at nightfall.

Furthermore, Big Box stores need to be closed; they have too much traffic to be controllable. Will police actually arrest and/or charge shoppers who wear their masks under the nose or chin and don’t keep their distance?

On the other hand, small businesses should be allowed to remain open, not only to keep them afloat but also to better disperse shoppers. In my experience, small stores are doing a good job dealing with the coronavirus. Maybe the police could be assigned to assist them in case of belligerent customers such as anti-maskers, people in a hurry or just in a bad mood?

Hildi RichardsonFrom

Shutting down for one month is a waste

Re Ontario Premier Doug Ford Declares State Of Emergency (NOW Online, January 12). Remember the first worldwide lockdown with pictures of deserted streets? If we had just stuck to that plan. Shutting down for one month is a waste. No one is adhering to the rules.

William HydeFrom

Blissfully ignorant on COVID risks

We are now in a second lockdown and my neighbour’s basement renovation continues. I am teaching classes from home and have to record lectures after work hours so that I won’t have a background noise issue. I could understand if my neighbour’s house was badly damaged and at risk of falling down but it’s not.

I have observed the construction workers grouped together less than two metres apart and none of them wear masks. When the supervisor visits, he talks to them at close range and also doesn’t wear a mask. There is either a cavalier attitude about masking and physical distancing or they are blissfully ignorant of the risks.

COVID case numbers in our province are at an all-time high. Nothing will really change with this new lockdown. We’ll continue to have more outbreaks, more cases and more deaths. The vaccine rollout is so slow that it will likely not make much of a difference until next year. In the meantime, we all suffer.

Corinne OngFrom

Another Love Your Body hit

Re Love Your Body 2021 (NOW, January 14-20). I do not know how you do it, but your editorial team puts out some of the best copy. Toronto is a better place for NOW. I only wish you profiled more small businesses that make Toronto great.

Mike BorkowskiFrom

The ruthless face of COVID-19

Re This Is What COVID-19 Looks Like by Elisa-Marie Baglione (NOW Online, January 15). This article should be shared, shared and shared again! This is the face of COVID-19. This is the anguish felt by families all over the world. COVID-19 is real, it’s ruthless, it doesn’t care. Stay home.

Tony J. PriceFrom

Stories like this have the power to save lives

Please find more stories like Elisa-Marie Baglione’s. Find critical care survivors. Find and speak with the people that have lost a mother, father, sibling, grandparent, aunt or uncle to COVID-19. Find the nurses, therapists, diagnostic techs, environmental service people and all the others exhausted at the bedsides of those dying. Put a face to the people involved in this disaster. This story and many others like it have the ability to save so many lives.


Conservative party infected by paranoia

Re Trumpism In Canada? Erin O’Toole Be Thy Name (NOW Online, January 9) The entire right-wing global Conservative movement is infected with the disease of stupidity and paranoia about Muslims, Marxists, “Global Capitalists,” and white and non-white people working together to destroy “their” world. The QAnon madness is another manifestation of their insanity. Add right-wing Jewish settlers and Indian Hindu fascists, also hateful of Muslims, Blacks and the Left, and you have a global coalition of insanity. I used to consider voting Conservative. Unfortunately, Conservative today means crazy conspiracies.

Gord RuddinFrom

Erin O’Toole panders to conspiracy theorists

It appears that Erin O’Toole has a choice to make – pander to narrow-minded ‘populists’ (self-interested bigots) or broaden the tent as noble failures like Joe Clark and Robert Stanfield tried to do and Brian Mulroney did successfully – albeit, with some trickery which may ultimately have created the PC demise.

It would be nice to see a stronger repudiation of silly conspiracy theorists so that we in the moderate middle can feel better about O’Toole as an alternative.

While we are indeed not the U.S., we are subject to the same social media echo chamber syndrome that seems to magnify extreme and unfounded conspiracy and fuel division. As a former military man, it would be great if O’Toole would draw on that to provide a pragmatic, positive and action-oriented agenda and plan that Canadians could get behind. Make the critique pragmatic – not personal.

I remember hearing Clark say as part of his surprise campaign for the PC leadership in 1976, “People are tired of hearing about what we are against. People want to hear about what we are for.” A lot of us could vote for that kind of platform again.

Steve P. – From

First Nations the first to defend us

Re For Indigenous Peoples It’s Time To Look Within (NOW Online, January 9). Excellent commentary by Pamela Palmater. I often wonder how Indigenous peoples manage to keep their chins up with all the assaults on their land, water and persons from all angles and positions. They are the first to gather up emergency response to the defence of our resources and to take the brunt of RCMP and corporate violence – usually on their treaty land. From which quarter can First Nations expect unbiased assistance?

Murray MunnFrom

Comedy album review no joke for women

Re Glenn Sumi’s 4 Comedy Albums By Toronto Women To Listen To In 2021 (NOW Online, January 6).

This article tells your readership that they shouldn’t bother with comedy albums from women. “Yeah I listened to a couple like they told me to but most of them sucked,” is the message that will be taken away here.

It’s important to recognize your own bias. Sumi hypothesizes at the beginning of the article that maybe we haven’t listened to albums from women because “maybe men are more aggressive at promoting”. This is not the case.

I believe if you had taken more time you may have enjoyed these (very good) albums more. Your other list of male comedians was made up of albums you listened to over the year. This one was made up of albums you listened to yesterday.

Tracy HamiltonToronto

Scarborough by-election clarified

I am writing to you regarding the article Scarborough-Agincourt By-election: A Primer (NOW Online, January 14). It states that former city councillor Jim Karygiannis was removed from office in September after the city’s integrity commissioner found he had exceeded campaign spending limits during the 2018 election. In actuality, the City Clerk served a notice of default on Mr. Karygiannis in November.

Deborah BlackstoneCity of Toronto media relations

Comments (2)

  • Elaine R. January 17, 2021 11:18 PM

    What is Doug Ford doing looking over the shoulder of the medical worker? She is fully attired in medical garb, and he is in his street clothes…Does he think he is like Trump who can do anything he wants because he is the almighty leader?

  • Concerned January 23, 2021 07:26 PM

    I discovered this website which details infected flights entering Canada.
    Out of 170 flights 89 flew into Toronto. The highest covid numbers in the world in descending order are US (18!), India (2), Brazil (2), Russia (0) and UK (8) and the numbers in brackets represent how many of those infected flights have entered Toronto. So many things to say about this. 1) 52% of all recorded infected flights entering the country are landing in Toronto. Perhaps this contributes to the very large numbers in Toronto? Yes there are covidiots lining up for chicken but that only accounts for so much. 2) Why the feck are we bothering to police the US border if we are allowing people to fly in? 3) This does not represent total flights or unreported infected flights. These numbers only reflect infected flights that they know about. 4) These numbers solely represent the month of January which is only 75% over! 5) Why are Canadians literally being made cultural prisoners when much of this situation can be attributed to lack of foresight and poor planning by the Federal government? What the feck are our public officials exactly paid to do? These statistics are from a governmental site. Surely if I could discern this pattern within twenty minutes of discovering this site….
    Also why are none of the media outlets reporting this?

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