MP at his best
Thank you for your entertaining coverage of Toronto-area MPs (NOW, November 2-8). However, without wanting to sound like a defender of the Liberal party, I must tell you that I found some of it a bit biased. In particular, I would like to clear up something Enzo Di Matteo wrote about MP Bill Graham. He wrote that Graham's private member's bill supporting access to student loans for refugees didn't go anywhere. This is unfair and untrue.Graham and some supporters of the issue worked extremely hard to get unanimous consent to pass the bill. In fact, in a near miracle, Graham managed to secure promises from every single party that they would support it. The blame for the failure to get unanimous consent must rest on the Reform/Canadian Alliance, who went back on their word and blocked it.
I believe that fairness requires that NOW give credit where credit is due. And it seems your readers would agree -- why else have they voted Graham their favourite Toronto MP?ZAHRA MOHAMED Toronto
His zip remains
I confess I'm mystified by the political coverage in NOW. Enzo Di Matteo criticizes MPs for being eccentric and "losing their zip." He also castigates Dennis Mills for wanting to clean the world's water, calling it a far-flung lost cause, and he appears to berate Charles Caccia for having integrity and opposing tax cuts and the Gulf War. I don't even vote Liberal, but this seems a bizarre way to go about ranking MPs. Can someone explain it to me? GILLIAN McCANN TorontoWeird NDPer
Good voters guide (NOW, November 9-15). Your assessment of the candidates in my ward (Davenport) was right on. Where you were off the mark, however, was in your assessment of my ex-school trustee, Christine Ferreira (now Trinity-Spadina). You say she "supported school closings in other wards to save her own." Her support for the schools in her own ward was really lacking, too.
I was flabbergasted to see from your write-up that she is an NDP trustee -- I never would have guessed, based on the board meetings I sat through! She did not provide support during the relocation discussion of my child's school (Ursula Franklin Academy), and from what other parents say, she also wasn't there for Essex-Hawthorne.
NOW's election picks were insightful and an indication of the excellent research you do for all your articles. In my ward, you knew the best was John Colautti, who with his Parkdale Village Residents' Association has fought for and represented this community's 10,000 tenants for many years. He has rid this area of most of its prostitution and cleaned up many apartment buildings.Thank you, NOW, for your great newspaper. Keep up the good work.ROBERT DE BARTOLO Parkdale
All vets equal
It's about time the Royal Canadian Legion realized that Sikhs and "whites" were "comrades in arms" and as such deserve equal access to the legion facilities (NOW, November 9-15). This is not Canada of the 1940s or 50s, especially in a major urban centre like Toronto. The sign at the entrance mentions "respect for our fallen comrades." Many of these fallen comrades were not white Anglo-Saxons. A large number originated from the British overseas possessions. They bled and died just like their anglo "brothers-in-arms." Respect for those who died in the second world war would be best given by respecting the religious and cultural practices of all who served.BILAL ABDULLAH TorontoHe's no bigot
The title "Turban Tossed" is totally misleading to the actual story. No turban person was "tossed" from a legion hall. Still, it is this type of attitude that epitomizes the problem with both the political left and politically correct thinking. It is no wonder that Canada has a history of identity problems and insecurities: we change our past so often to appease a few that our society does not become richer, but fragmented.I endorse much of what second world war vet Frank West had to say about this issue and its effects on Canadian Legion halls. West is not a "bigot," as Vernon Clement Jones so neurotically mislabelled the man. West's attitude respects a longstanding Canadian tradition. Respect is something that appears to be disappearing from this city. Respect is a two-way process, but it is something the media and several people who wish for drastic change tend to forget.TIMOTHY HAWKINS Toronto News to Jews
I've noticed recently that NOW has acquired the inside scoop on the opinions of entire cultural groups, as in "Jews Shun Toronto Star" (NOW, November 2-8). I am a Jewish person. Random phone calls to Jewish People I Know revealed that there are many of us who were unaware of the boycott of the Toronto Star. I guess we missed the e-mail from head office.AMY KATZ
Style dogs him
I own two big dogs. Several years ago, I decided to start using old newspaper to pick up after my mutts instead of plastic bags. Seemed a little more enviro-friendly -- at least newsprint biodegrades. I tried all the local dailies and weeklies, and found NOW to be the superior poo paper. It was the perfect weight, it didn't tear like the others' and it was the perfect size.I've become so used to scooping poop with old NOWs that the new format has thrown me for a loop. I don't know yet how it's going to perform "in the field." The new layout looks great. PETER MASLAK TorontoMorning shock
You can't mess with people's lives like this! It was a normal Thursday morn. I woke up, went to get a coffee and looked forward to reading a fresh new copy of NOW when (shriek) I mistook your paper for (gasp) eye weekly. Some rules are unbreakable (read: can't be broken/changed). For example, the sun always sets in the west, the ocean is always wet and NOW's design should never change. OK?MARY WILLIAMSON TorontoButt on the line
You've been very good to me in the past. I've always appreciated NOW's commitment to the arts, to theatre, and to the heart and soul of this city. So when I posed nude for the January cover, I trusted NOW and its staff, and I don't think I was wrong to do so. The image was a direct reference to John Lennon and Yoko Ono's debut album, Two Virgins, and launched an intelligent dialogue around my show, The Yoko Ono Project. The image was framed with text. Glenn Sumi's advance article was thoughtful and energetic. In January, that image was provocative, funny, titillating and relevant.
But it's November now, and you're working my ass to sell display ads. And as if that weren't enough, no one at NOW had the courtesy to let me know.
First there were the fridge magnets. In that case, Sumi told me, so when I found a bartender waving my bum at me, it was actually kind of funny. And though I'm disappointed the magnets aren't actual reproductions of the cover, complete with cutlines and a big bold Yoko Ono over my shoulder, I actually think they're kind of cute.
Then there was the print ad. I guess I'm "hot," and so is NOW. This recent ad of yours is more than a few steps away from the original intent of the January cover. I'm not thrilled, but it's nothing I can't live with. But then I heard you had a huge poster of me up at your booth at last week's CNE Sex Show.
What's next? Coffee mugs? T-shirts? Glow-in-the-dark nudie pens? I'm asking for a little sensitivity here. Perhaps I'm risking future exposure by raising these concerns, but right now I think I'm about as exposed as I can get. JEAN YOON
Seoul Babe/Artistic Director
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