i don't support police chief jul-ian Fantino. I think he's a reactionary old soldier with even older ideas about how to peacefully police this city. In fact, I'm not even convinced he's all that bright, a dangerous thing when you're in charge of people who have the legal power to kill citizens. That said, I must take exception to your editorial decision to publish Fantino's home address, with the "clever" omission of his house number (NOW, January 25-31).
On the heels of very real death threats against our officers, you've effectively added fuel to the fire. How long do you suppose it'll be before someone with an axe to grind figures out his house number and pays Fantino and his family an unwelcome visit?
NOW Magazine is a fantastic source for cultural listings (clubs, galleries, theatre), dirty ads and the very witty Dan Savage. Your editorial content and control, however, seem to be about on a par with that of U.S. President George W. Bush's command of the English language... subliminable messages and all.J. Sutton Torontoi've never been a fan of your so-called "alternative" weekly publication. In fact, the only reason I ever glance through NOW is to get movie listings when no other paper is around.This latest stunt -- and I deliberately call it a stunt because your paper so pathetically tries to attain relevance through thoughtless, irresponsible, politically motivated stunts like this one -- will be yet another nail in your coffin.
The police chief's home address is not for public consumption, just as NOW staffers' home addresses are not for public consumption. If this letter included the home addresses of NOW's cowardly head honchos Michael Hollett and Alice Klein, would you print it? What about the addresses of those "button-pushing" writers Enzo Di Matteo and Matt Galloway? Yeah, I didn't think so.
I hope your readers wise up and find better ways to spend their time than reading the crap you print.Julie Fiorini Torontoit is the duty of journalists to comfort the afflicted and to afflict the comfortable. NOW has my congratulations for revealing the exurban hide-away residences of those who govern us in Toronto. Most police officers, all the top management of the TTC and many in the city of Toronto bureaucracy live outside Toronto. They are truly an invading army.I have nothing against Chief Julian Fantino. In fact, I would love to have him as a neighbour.
It might interest him to know that he would probably be more secure here in Toronto, in particular 14 Division, where I live and his old neighbourhood, instead of living in Woodbridge or other suburban locales where criminals run amok.
Insurance studies indicate such crimes as break-and-enters are much more prevalent in the suburbs, largely because of such features as the snout garages stuck on the front of houses like his that make streets look more like alleys. They obstruct sightlines and make it far easier for thieves to do their dirty work.
I challenge Chief Julian Fantino to do the right thing. Sell his Woodbridge house. Move to Toronto. John Michael Thompson Torontoyour article chief fantino's sub-urban Bunker was clearly a vicious, unwarranted and undeserving personal attack on a highly respected individual. What was the journalistic value of the article?Your stated justification is that Fantino is a public official and therefore fair game.
Why stop there? Why not print all the names and addresses of all Toronto police officers, with those in the narcotics division in bold print?
Unbelievably, your article also purports to analyze Fantino's personality simply by observing the exterior of the house he lives in, the street he lives on and the fact that his blinds are drawn.
Are you serious? If so, gee, maybe we should also draw conclusions about people's personalities by the way they dress, the colour of their skin, their sexual orientation or whether they have AIDS.
Incidentally, what was meant by adding the phrase "Where's the Roman portico?" in an apparent reference to his Italian background?
Obviously, it wasn't enough to attack the man personally; why not take shots at and stereotype all Italian Canadians in the GTA? Very interesting approach from a magazine that purports to promote tolerance and condemn stereotyping, racism and bigotry.
Maybe you should change your logo to "NOW Magazine, Toronto's Alternative to Responsible Journalism."Richard Mossan Toronto
Police did same thingso police chief julian fantino is outraged that his home and other personal information was featured in NOW. Well, we can only hope that now he knows how all those candidates for the municipal election felt when the Police Association published their home phone numbers in daily newspapers (with a much larger circulation), encouraging anyone with an axe to grind to contact them. Or perhaps he'll find a sympathetic ear or two in Allan Gardens, St. Jamestown and other neighbourhoods and parks that are regularly swarmed by gangs of six or more police officers under the discriminatory targeted policing program.
Maybe lesbians in Toronto will sit down over a cup of coffee to share with him how it feels to have your privacy invaded by gangs of men wearing distinctive blue colours who are clearly out to make your life miserable.
If those of us who live in this city that we love are starting to get pretty cynical about who the Toronto police service is really interested in serving and protecting, chief Fantino has only himself and some members of his service to blame.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with questioning why people whose jobs have such a huge impact on us don't live in the city. Far too many police officers on the Toronto service don't have a clue what it's like to live, work and play here.
The principles of community policing laid out in a report called Beyond 2000, Community Policing In Toronto, produced during Chief Boothby's watch, seem to have been abandoned under the current regime.
Chief Fantino wants advertisers to boycott NOW. (Screw freedom of speech and the press, eh?) Well, we have a simple request, too. Since we can't boycott the police, could we at least have a week free of Fantino pronouncements, moralizing or outrage? Anna Willats Helen Victoros Torontowhat a slimy way to do busi-ness. The pea brain in your office who thought this up should be fired, along with the editor who allowed it to be printed.Now the chief, his family and property are at the mercy of any yahoo for any reason, petty or otherwise. I know your bottom line is the most important thing to you. Too bad money has to be made in such a manner. You have surpassed the three rags, National Enquirer, Star and Globe in sleaze.
The chief, who has had a long career in law enforcement and has been responsible for putting many criminals -- violent and otherwise -- in jail over the years, is particularly vulnerable.
If you think there is nothing wrong with what you have done, I'm sure that you wouldn't mind printing the addresses and directions to their houses of anyone who had anything to do with this article, including the editor.Henry Sinclair Torontoi have never seen anything soblatant and so specifically timed as the pile of nonsense you published about Julian Fantino. Let me put it to you this way: that will be the last time I pick up and read that piece of fish wrap you call a newspaper. Don't you ever entertain anything but a left-of-centre point of view? It's embarrassing for me to say, but the Toronto Sun was right -- you guys are holier than thou and it is getting damned annoying.
I didn't even know AOL carried you guys. Time, I guess, to find another server.Paul Sheridan Torontoin light of recent concerns about gangs targeting our police, I can't believe you had the audacity to print our police chief's home address, including a photo and map.
What really pisses me off is that you put this man's family in danger in a convoluted effort to make what is arguably the stupidest point your magazine has ever attempted. And let's face it, your magazine is the poster child for stupid and meaningless points.
When I see the trash your magazine tries to pass off as reading material week after week, I have to wonder what all those great soldiers who fought and died for our country to protect our freedoms, such as freedom of speech and freedom of the press, would think. I'm sure they would shake their heads in shame.
It must be hard to wake up each day and look in the mirror, realizing that there was a point in your life where you had the opportunity to do something worthwhile. Instead, you chose to do this. Dave Bottoms Torontoexcellent article on chief fan-tino and other big shots who run our city. I wish the Globe and Mail (I read it every day) had the guts to publish this kind of ribbing. Keep up the good work. I am over 60, but I feel a lot younger when I read your paper.Michel Gontard Torontoas a faithful reader of now anda regular contributor to Fresh, your attack on our new magazine (NOW, January 25-31) was a lousy way to start my Thursday morning. While they say that no publicity is bad publicity, I still wish you might have waited until we had, say, two issues out before you dumped on us.As a writer, whether I'm trying to fit interview subjects into my day-job lunch hours or staying up till 3 rewriting and polishing, manipulating young people into buying Gap sweaters isn't on my mind, thanks.
We're working to make Fresh a lively and provocative read that challenges and inspires, and I wish NOW felt the same, rather than fearing us for eating into your advertising revenue. "Slick, sexy and stupid"? Well, you got the first two right...Scott Dagostino Torontoi was quite shocked yet plea-santly surprised to see Michael Dojc, a regular contributor to Maxim magazine, filling the pages of NOW with his article on new Toronto magazines. My beef, however, is with this "academic" Robert Wright, with his holier-than-thou armchair critiques of the magazines. His anti-consumerist concerns are both cliched and hollow when you consider the fact that the magazine industry would not exist save for the revenue it culls from its advertisers. Michael S. Pukin Hamiltonin what was otherwise a goodstory, I find myself having to correct an error made by journalist Enzo Di Matteo (NOW, January 25-31).According to Di Matteo, "(H)is old foe Bernie Farber of the Canadian Jewish Congress approached him (George Burdi). Farber offered to put in a good word with the Crown if Burdi would be prepared to sign a statement publicly renouncing the racialist views he formed...."
In fact, it was through Burdi's original legal council that an approach was made to me inquiring whether or not we might assist Burdi if he demonstrated appropriate contrition and made amends.Bernie M. Farber Executive Director Canadian Jewish Congress Ontario Regionthanks for touting my organiz-ing abilities (NOW, January 25-31), but the meeting I'm at on Monday, February 5, at 7:30 pm is the Committee for Fair City Taxes, in the council chamber at Toronto City Hall. I'm not in the habit of attending Citizens for Local Democracy meetings. I resigned from C4LD almost three years ago, when I and most others thought the group had served its purpose in fighting amalgamation and should wind down.The Web site of the Committee for Fair City Taxes is www.faircitytaxes.org. We hope many will join us on Monday (February 5).John Sewell Torontoif kim hughes and tim perlich(NOW, January 25-31) seem to know what it takes to be a great Canadian musician, then why don't they just quit their jobs as lowly music critics and go out there to make some music! Why don't they show the rest of us how it's done, because no one is spared from their wrath.I was baffled by the appalling negativity and smarminess contained in their article on the Juno nominees. Saying Our Lady Peace present the worst possible image of Canadian music to the world? Saying I Mother Earth are last year's news? Telling Roch Voisine to stay in Quebec? Saying no one buys the records of Wild Strawberries, and that the Tea Party are only big in Germany? It's hard enough for our Canadian musicians to make it in the world. They don't need their own country putting them down.
Ten years ago, all we had was Robbie Robertson and Anne Murray. Hughes and Perlich should feel lucky that they actually had enough Canadian musicians to fill up their article. I think it's time we started showing some support for our homegrown musicians... and started firing smartass music critics.Christine Estima Toronto
i was deeply amused and pleasedwhen I read Junos Miss Again by Kim Hughes (funny enough to make me laugh out loud in a public place) and If We Ran The Junos by Kim Hughes and Tim Perlich. Props to them for being lone voices in a sea of mediocrity who are calling it for what it is. Thanks, you two.Simon Wilcox TorontoCorrection
The photo on last week's Upfront page was taken by Schuster Gindin, one of the contributors to the book Canadians At Work.