Does Not-Amazon really make shopping local easier?

Plus, Liberals' post-pandemic economic plans, oh-so-hip movie critics and a little piece of Weston history in reader mail this week

This startup has done a better job on shopping local

Does Not-Amazon really make shopping local easier? (NOW Online, December 1) I think the Toronto startup Nishe has done a better job. They are working with businesses rather than just crowdsource listings – and they’re not rude.

Madeline Kurpeikis – From

Critical acclaim – not for NOW critics

Re NOW Critics Pick The Best Movies Of 2020 (NOW Online, December 8). OMG your critics are pretentious wankers. Striving to be oh-so-hip and serious, they prove themselves exactly the opposite. LMAO.

David Reville – From

Liberals’ economic update puts Canada in a financial vortex

Re Op-ed: A Feminist Fiscal Update For The History Books by Trish Hennessy (NOW Online, December 2). Jesus, Mary and Joseph where is the fiscal responsibility? Chrystia Freeland’s economic update may sound good on paper, but it’s a financial disaster. The Liberals are using COVID-19 to put us into a fiduciary vortex. A 3-year plan involving $70-$100 billion dollars? A stimulus package? A child care secretariat? What utter nonsense!

Joseph Kilburn – From

Access to public washrooms should be a human right

It’s next to impossible for homeless people to find a washroom during lockdown – nevermind a discreet place when you have an urgent bowel movement. It should be a human right to have 24-hour access to a washroom in Toronto. Maybe people should go to the mayor’s or the premier’s to relieve themselves so governments might get the message?

Robert Dunlop – From

Toward a post-pandemic future

We are in the middle of a global pandemic, a climate emergency and an economic recession. These compounding crises demand a bold response. In the 1930s and 40s, Canada mobilized at an unprecedented scale for World War II. The government created 28 new Crown corporations to meet the urgent needs of that time. We need to mobilize at the same scale to create publicly owned renewable energy, a high-speed rail service across the country and a program to retrain workers. That’s the kind of action we need.

Noella Kyser – Toronto

Undoing misogyny the only way to combat gun violence

The disparity that exists between Indigenous women and their Caucasian counterparts plainly shows that women of colour ought to fear misogyny far more than guns. The PM’s gun ban remarks to mark the anniversary of the massacre at École Polytechnique (NOW Online, December 6) are helpful but futile as the only obvious way to prevent such attacks is by combatting misogyny itself. 

Christopher Mansour – From

A little piece of Weston‘s Masonic history

I really appreciate you mentioning Weston in your ongoing Hidden Toronto series on Toronto heritage. I was not aware that Weston was known for its Masonic history but I do know that Weston’s first settlers did not live in Little Avenue Park. That is where a sign sits that talks about the Founding of Weston, but Weston’s first permanent settler was a blacksmith.  Weston was a milling area with mills up and down the Humber River. The 1850 flood, the largest in a series of floods up until that time, swept away the homes, businesses and most of the mills on the west side of the river. Many relocated to the east side, causing Weston to grow and prosper. 

Cherri Hurst – President, Weston Historical Society

Toronto preservationist Doug Taylor remembered

Thanks to Richard Longley for noting the death of the amateur historian Doug Taylor (NOW Online, August 16). The persistence of people who lean into the wind of change and do their best to preserve elements of the past before they are strewn is truly remarkable. 

Hamish Greenland – From

From Pickering with love

I love NOW! We don’t get it in Pickering but I pick one up every time I am in the city and read it cover to cover. I like the integrity and candour of its writers and the scope of its coverage. 

David Caruana – From


Comments (1)

  • Frank Sterle Jr. December 21, 2020 06:19 PM

    Re: “Undoing misogyny the only way to combat gun violence” …

    I wonder whether misogyny in general could be integrally linked with the same unfortunate and constraining social aspect that still (albeit perhaps more subtly than in the past) idealizes/defines the ‘real man’ as one who will fight and win, is stiff-upper-lip physically and emotionally strong, financially successful and supportive, assertively solves problems himself—and, perhaps foremost, one with sexual confidence/prowess?

    After all, I recall that, shortly after Donald Trump was sworn-in as president, a 2016 survey of American women—conducted not long after his abundant misogyny was exposed to the world—revealed that a majority of respondents nonetheless found attractive his alpha-male great financial success and confidence.

    I also wonder whether the above may help explain why the book Childhood Disrupted was only able to include one man among its six interviewed adult subjects, there presumably being such a small pool of ACE-traumatized men willing to come forward for the book? Could it be evidence of a continuing subtle societal take-it-like-a-man mindset? (Note: I tried contacting the book’s author on this matter, twice, but received no reply.)

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