Disgusted by Fantino's remarks on racism
I COULDN'T agree more with the sentiments expressed by Enzo Di Matteo (NOW, June 29-July 5) in the article Bitter Chief Fantino Shocks Summit On Minorities And Deadly Force. I was at this conference and was utterly disgusted by the remarks of our chief of police.
At a conference that dedicated days of discussion to issues of racism, Fantino had two or three sentences to offer on race in a 20-minute speech.
In Fantino's fantasy world, racism doesn't exist in the force but should be addressed anyway so that we can make the "anti-racist whiners" happy.
If this is the kind of nonsense the chief of police has in a written speech, what are we to expect from his field troops who interact with us black folks every day?
Here we are, being asked to start dialogue, to build new bridges and to bring understanding between communities of colour and the police force, and the man at the top is busy trashing everything we have done to demand accountability in the force.
Chief Fantino had a magnificent opportunity to extend an olive branch to anti-racist activists who have rightly questioned police activity in the past and continue to do so. Instead, he chose to insult them with his offensive and negative remarks.
Hey, officers, don't leave us your leftovers
Why do pet owners have to clean up after their pets, when the police never clean up the mess left by their horses? As a downtown resident, I am disgusted and appalled at the police-horse "leftovers" regularly found on the streets and sidewalks of Toronto. They remain an eyesore until Toronto gets a strong enough rainfall to wash it away. Until the police learn to clean up after themselves, downtown pet-owners should either stop cleaning up their pets' messes or scoop them up and dump them on the doorstep of their local police station.
Meat makes life worse for native Canadians
Re Drew Hayden Tay-
lor's article (NOW, July 13-19).
The health problems besetting native people -- chiefly diabetes, cancer, obesity, heart disease, HIV, gastrointestinal disorders, alcoholism, ADD, all that stuff -- could be greatly remedied by a vegetarian diet.
Meat-eating cultures thrive on meat because they are also starving half the time and are constantly physically engaged, hunting down the next meal. They ate organic meat, not veal (eww!). Practically everyone in North America takes in twice as many calories as they need, just to watch TV and sit at computers.
Our environment has become so toxic, it's killing us. Come on, Drew, come into the future.
Grandfather ate meat, but only from the wild
Drew Hayden Taylor
must have been beaten within an inch of his life with a stalk of celery when he was a child. Why would anyone have such a beef chip on his shoulder when it comes to other people's diets?
His attitude toward vegetarians reminds me of some southern Baptist's position on homosexuality.
He seems to take pride in telling the world that he's proud that his colon is full of undigested red meat.
Meat and dairy industry animals have become so tainted with hormones and antibiotics that people should question what they are ingesting. Has anyone learned anything from mad cow disease?
Game animals, on the other hand, are living a natural life devoid of death-camp living conditions. They have the ability to grow, eat and breed the way nature intended.
My grandfather was far from vegetarian. However, he refused to eat any animal raised and killed in an inhumane way. His refrigerator was full of moose meat, wild sea birds and fish. His cellar was full of healthy vegetables, too.
Drew should join forces with those who actually see the truth in an industry that is poisoning the population with growth hormones and broad-spectrum antibiotics.
And let's not forget genetically modified food.
Give us the music, not sounds of bitterness
I've read too many re-
views by Tim Perlich (NOW, July 13-19) where he puts down the musicians or tears them apart. The countless times he has done this, he barely even touches on the music itself (which is the point of a music review). Why is he so bitter? Why does he act like he has something against the person creating the music rather than review the music itself?
His latest review of Queens Of The Stone Age -- Rated R takes the cake. Suggesting that Josh needs to see a shrink is ridiculous. Why not just comment on the music? You can like it or not like it. Tell us what it sounds like so we can come to our own conclusion. This is only my opinion.
Yes, I do work for the record label that distributes QOTSA (but I don't work directly with the band), but I happen to think Rated R is one of the best rock records out right now. And many other people agree with me here in Canada, in the U.S. and in Europe.
Regardless of whether it's a great record or a bad record, my point is he should just stick to speaking about the music and leave his opinions as to whether or not the person is of sane mind out of the review. And he should also get his facts straight.
The August 2 show was not cancelled, as he suggested. QOTSA are playing their own show on August 1 at Lee's Palace, and then they are opening for the Beastie Boys and Rage Against the Machine at Molson Park in Barrie on August 2.
EDITOR'S NOTE: EDITOR'S NOTE: EDITOR'S NOTE:
QOTSA were to play Lee's Palace August 2, but rescheduled for the Beastie Boys gig.
How did Harkness get where he is today?
So why does John Hark-
ness continue to write film reviews? Is it because he's good at it? Well, anyone who has read any of his flimsy, synopsis-filled, half-a-teaspoon reviews could tell you that his writing is dull and seems to have been written seconds before going to print.
I've never met the guy and I have no political problem with him. I simply don't understand why he continues to write. Is he fucking someone at the top? Is he blackmailing someone at the top? Or is someone at the top illiterate? I could write better reviews than him with loose nail clippings.
If staff would do it all, there'd be no temps
aside from the part
about temps being thieves (NOW, July 13-19), the author was very brave, since it wouldn't take much to figure out who she worked with.
I might also add that the owners of companies should begin to wonder why they are bringing temps in when their staff are usually just unwilling to do some jobs. Nothing is more frustrating than seeing them hanging around while you're working your fingers to the bone to catch up for them.
On a different issue, with so many people out of work, why do they need "current" working experience? This clearly doesn't acknowledge or help anyone who has a good working background.
Make consideration for unemployed people with many years of experience. I can remember when I first got laid off and had an interview at one of the largest fundraisers in the country, who helped numerous agencies. I'll never forgot her comment, "I know you've just been laid off, but you could be more up." She's still working there collecting a fine salary.
It's open season on Mel and those moose
Two of toronto's ugli-est moose intrude into the pedestrian turf outside of Honest Ed's on Bloor. How come we who have suffered Ed's Catskills humour and god-awful taste for so many years now must endure more of it on publicly owned sidewalks?
One watches and is horrified as these fibreglass beasts frighten seeing-eye dogs and force the circumferentially challenged to detour into the busy street. Is it not time we declare open season on the moose? And perhaps on Mel as well?
Z. David Berlin
Literary Review of Canada