Ah, ain't that sweet?
as a long-time admirer and reader of NOW, I would like to congratulate you on your anniversary.
As an entertainer of 25 years, I've often been affected by the impact of your paper and enjoyed reading your in-depth synopses of local events.
You have consistently been at the forefront of major changes in the downtown core.
Any time there have been issues that the mainstream "news"papers have avoided, NOW has spearheaded the drive to address the core of those issues.
Keep up the great work. Again, congratulations to you and your staff, and may we see much more of your "trail of influence" in the near future.
Peter Styles, Toronto
congratulations on your 20th anniversary and great party. Wow!!! You guys really know how to rock. To your continued success.
Fondly, Les Pyette
Publisher and CEO, Toronto Sun
Giving in to fashion junkies
i see now is jumping into the passenger seat with Feelgood Cars. The unfortunate fact is that you're promoting a vehicle that uses nuclear power as its primary energy source. Forty-five per cent, according to Ontario Power Generation's figures.
All that and the safety technology of the 1960s. Still feel good?
I know it's tough for fashion junkies to give up something that looks so darn cool.
That's a big part of what got us in to this mess in the first place, no?
Why not give away some bicycles next time?
Brian Foley, Toronto
Hold the vinegar
i appreciated the who's the Thug? feature (NOW, October 25-31), but you got one thing dangerously wrong. Vinegar is not used for flushing eyes! This would be extremely painful, even without exposure to tear gas or pepper spray!
Vinegar is used on bandanas around the mouth and nose to help filter tear gas -- and breathing it is pretty uncomfortable.
Plain water or saline is used for flushing eyes, sometimes followed by a half-and-half mixture of liquid antacid and water.
Alison Gorbould, Toronto
Media's OCAP fixation
i am writing to assert that all the Toronto news outlets (including the alternatives) have made a travesty of "reporting" in their coverage of the October 16 protest.
While there are over 75 organizations making up the Ontario Common Front, the collective that planned and carried out the action, Toronto coverage continues to insist that the action was solely an OCAP demo, thereby unfairly targeting and demonizing one group. What's wrong with you media people?
This isn't rocket science. It requires minimal investigative skills to uncover the difference between a province-wide coalition and a small Toronto office of community workers.
Are you already nothing more than the drones of newswire services? I'm sure you are aware of the surveys showing that the public generally doesn't expect to get the truth from you in this day and age, but have you completely given up trying to keep up appearances? Please respond.
Grant Kien, Toronto
i've just finished reading your articles about the OCAP protest (NOW, October 18-24). Are your writers completely lacking in grey matter?
Tom Lyons's column reads like a promo piece for OCAP. (Was it paid for?) Lauren Carter was in la-la land, dancing and handing out flowers at the protest. Meanwhile, her pals were kicking over newspaper boxes and burning the American flag (although it was just a rain-soaked flag -- apparently that mitigates the offence).
Let's kick 'em when they're down, shall we? For fuck sakes, people, think about what you're doing!
If OCAP or anybody else has a workable solution to poverty, then please, step up and present your case. Two thousand people getting together at one time to do something positive would make better news than this foolishness.
R. McDonald Toronto
Sexy, but can she play?
re: toronto women's hockey winning the "Best place to mourn the passing of Xena: Warrior Princess in a Sapphic setting" award in the Best Of Toronto NOW Readers Poll (NOW, October 18-24).
It was nice to see a picture of women in a gay-positive sport setting, something rarely depicted in today's media.
But then I began to wonder why I was looking at a half-naked female hockey player exposing her breasts to fellow teammates in a change room instead of one showing her playing ability.
Is it only men in sports who have the right to be photographed actually participating in the game? Simply open any sports section of a newspaper to see pictures of men that depict incredible athletic talent, power, grit determination -- "the hero in action."
What meaning can be extracted from the editors' choice of photograph?
Does it promote the legitimacy of women in Canadian hockey?
Or does it suggest that women can play hockey but won't be taken too seriously, and if the games aren't too exciting, at least they're a good place to pick up women?
Jonathan Burak, Toronto
how can rapper kardinal offishall grace the cover of Now (October 18-24), the editors' choice as "Best- dressed MC most likely to bust out in America," yet not make the cut the following week in any category of your 20-year retrospective, i.e., the musicians or the promoters?
Heck, Margaret Atwood, who shared the cover with Kardi, managed to find a spot in your best-sellers list.
Jude Kelly, Toronto
North York no Berlin
i was more than pleased to be included in Toronto's top 20 chefs of the last 20 years (NOW, October 25-31), but was surprised to hear that I was in Berlin. It actually looks a lot like North York (the former, that is), where I am currently enjoying a respite (methinks even permanent) from the restaurant life.
Associate Food Editor
Canadian Living Magazine
U.S.'s hypocritical war
on a recent visit to rome, i came across the Arch of Titus, which celebrates Roman victories against Jerusalem. The monument depicts Roman soldiers parading a gigantic menorah and other spoils.
Earlier, in Venice I visited the world's original ghetto, where in the 16th century Jews were confined by Catholic authorities. On a wall are inscribed the names of people deported to Nazi death camps by the Italian Fascists.
On my way home I stopped in Frankfurt, Germany's financial capital. As I contemplated the orderly streets and shiny glass towers, all built since the second world war, I was struck by a stunning irony: that it is not Germany or Italy or the Catholic Church who has been forced to pay for the crimes of European anti-Semitism, but the Palestinians.
It wasn't Bavaria or Tuscany or the Vatican state (brokered into existence by Mussolini) that was carved off and offered as recompense, but the villages and olive groves of Muslim and Christian Arabs.
Despite the sanctimonious pronouncements about reason, justice and freedom, hypocritical and cynical western policies on the Middle East have lead to the deaths of ordinary Arabs, Israelis, Africans, Americans and now Afghanis.
Their continuous destabilization of the entire Western Asia region, whether the American and British financing of the Taliban during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan or their current support of a military dictator in Pakistan, is endangering all our lives.
Richard Fung, Toronto
From the mouths of babes
the tragic events that occurred in the United States on September 11 should not be perceived as a declaration of war. Playing cat-and-mouse games to capture the perpetrators responsible is only going to crush more lives and souls.
The thought of a bloody battle just to bring those perpetrators to justice makes a chill run down my spine. It makes no sense. Lives cannot be brought back and the past cannot be changed by acts of retaliation.
During this difficult and sad time, the American government and other international leaders must not be impatient and overreact, and should think beforehand of what consequences might follow.
Linda Duong, age 13
Lawrence Heights Middle School, Toronto