Organic sour grapes
re: $120 later... (NOW, May 16-22).
To critics who call Whole Foods the Home Depot of health food stores, I can only say, sour grapes. Even though the store's ambience does not necessarily surpass other beautiful supermarkets in T.O., I definitely think of the company as deserving of congratulations for its innovation in marketing, as well as its business savvy. Why didn't our health food entrepreneurs think of such a venture? A corporation or coalition of many health food businesses could have covered the expense of that location, without infringing on their individual businesses and with a guarantee of profitability. Furthermore, a local company could have promoted Ontario and Canadian organic farmers. Those who complain about American businesses encroaching on the Canadian market are nothing but whiners. Americans act, we talk.
The Whole truth
What gets me most about your rant against Whole Foods is the "limo" line. Steven, did you ever consider the demographics, other than the locals in the condos? Instead of acting like a journalist (I use the term loosely), you took the opportunity to launch another Birkenstock NDP bleating against the corporate rich. As for the prices at Whole Foods being higher, did you ask anyone why? Did you look into the fact that Canadian organic producers have a shorter growing season, and as a result the store has to rely on pricier American products?
An interloper? This interloper takes excellent care of its staff.
But take heart, Steven. Your writing is still appreciated at the local fishmonger.
Airport life and death
Your article on Toronto City Centre Airport (NOW, May 16-22) omitted some important facts.
Toronto already has a strained aviation infrastructure. Where most other cities of our size on the Great Lakes have 10 or more "reliever" airports for flight training, air ambulance services and corporate aviation, we have three. If we closed City Centre Airport, we would lose air ambulance and medical evacuation facilities that we have no way to replace. The proposed Island "nature park" would cost the city enough money to house a thousand homeless people. Do we really want to spend that much money on a plan that will disrupt essential medical transportation for the benefit of a few?
John G. Spragge
If the demographics of the 32,000 members of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association (OECTA) parallel the general population, several thousand Catholic teachers are gay and lesbian persons, hopefully enjoying rich, caring and full relationships.
It has always been the position of teacher advocates in OECTA that protecting and enhancing the interests and rights of teachers protects and enhances the interests and rights of their students.
There's no one better equipped to defend our members' rights by sorting through the "wishy-washy," as Glenn Wheeler puts it (NOW, May 16-22), than lawyer Paul Cavalluzzo, who demonstrated his own commitment to the values of public service and social justice during the Walkerton hearings.
I'm personally gratified that the Catholic Teachers had a role in ensuring that Marc Hall and Jean-Paul Dumond could attend the prom.
If in Marc Hall's injunction application there is another, more hardline agenda -- like the elimination of a publicly funded Catholic school system -- you can expect the Catholic Teachers to be there, too, to defend the system from which Marc, in all his conviction and determination, emerged.
Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association
After reading ungodly affair, about the cancellation of the goddess fair at the Great Hall (NOW, May 16-22), I'm not surprised by the boring predictability of the Baptist faith.
What strikes me is the openness of the Sirens planning the fair in putting their trust in a Baptist outfit for their event in the first place.
While a part of me is thinking, "What did they expect?", another more hopeful side of me is cheering for their decision to trust the Baptists, even though they did get burned.
By approaching the Baptists, the Sirens were acting on their belief in a society of pluralism, tolerance and inclusion.
What turns Hannon on
re: 9/11 was sexy for me (NOW, May 9-15).
Here we have yet another article by Gerald Hannon on his life's dedication to eros. He's eros's slave, eros's own bad boy, and how he loves to tell us all about it! No matter what the topic -- the horror of 9/11 in this case -- what Hannon's really on about is what turns him on.
In this case, he's turned on by two French brothers who did a documentary about 9/11 and the heroic firefighters. Hannon tells us in detail his sexual fantasy about blowing both of them at the same time.
He also tells us that a group of his friends watched some films about Nazi Germany and were sexually attracted to Nazi soldiers, even though they probably committed terrible crimes of slaughter and abuse.
He invites the rest of us to embrace the call of eros, because "there are no inappropriate urges as far as eros is concerned -- it will whisper to you that there is no time, no place, no person wrong for lust."
To me, Gerald Hannon is a narcissistic person who believes that other people exist only to fulfill his lust. That's why Hannon can say so matter-of-factly that there is "no person that is wrong for lust."
I disagree. We all live in communities, and I believe that each of us is responsible for our actions. Gay men are known for their rich sexual fantasy life and have found many safe ways to act it out in a responsible way.
But as a slave to eros, I believe that Hannon makes irresponsible statements and advocates irresponsible erotic behaviour.
The defenders of Woody Allen are missing the point (NOW, May 16-22).
Woody Allen was accused of child molesting. And you're right, that was never proven, so we shouldn't keep harping about it.
However, if you think it's OK for a man to abuse the position of trust in which a stepfather is held by fucking the daughter of his common-law wife, then I think you need to think again.
Mia Farrow found the photos of her naked daughter by accident. Who knows what would have happened if she hadn't.
In answer to David Eng's rather ridiculous question -- why can we forgive Hugh Grant, Eddie Murphy and Princess Diana for their sexual transgressions? Because they weren't fucking a member of their family.
Lighting up for the cause
Thank you so much for including the picture of the cannabis-smoking diva in last week's issue (NOW, May 16-22).
The woman in the picture is the illustrious Ms. Simon Katz, the blues singer/composer who performed earlier at the marijuana rally at Nathan Phillips Square May 5.
Is that massive joint she's holding in her hand real? Yes, it is.
Do understand, however, that it was smoked as an act of democratic duty and nothing more. Sometimes sacrfices must be made in order to ensure that the public's voice is heard. Simon is willing to get even higher than ever now and again if politics require her to do so.
Priceless Lauryn Hill
Your review of Lauryn Hill's latest MTV Unplugged 2.0 album with a one-N rating was completely unjustified (NOW, May 9-15).
Either Matt Galloway is not qualified to review this CD, did not listen to it or has no understanding of what was being said by the artist.
Matt, if you had listened, you would have heard that the album is not really about Lauryn Hill and her problems, but really about what we all face.
You have no understanding of Lauryn Hill's words and what they mean, and how much people need to hear them.
Unfortunately, your review has already set a significant number of NOW readers off on the wrong path by having them think that the album is junk. This album is priceless, above even 5 Ns. It's worth does not need to be defined by you.
Art for art's sake
It's good to see asinine art reviews back in the pages of NOW, as exemplified by Heather Thompson's review of the Orlan show at Artcore (NOW, May 16-22).
I can't remember the last time I saw a review of a Picasso show describing how the writer would have done a better Picasso.
More funny angles, newspaper clippings and garish prostitutes. C'mon Picasso, let me help you out!
Ms. Thompson's idea for a performance in the Loblaws deli section just goes to show that art-making should be left to artists, not dilettante scrawlers who've just earned their GED.
Missing dance action
For several months I've noticed the dance coverage in Now shrinking.
When I opened up my issue this week, I carefully went through the stage section twice before I found a pitifully small Dance Listings.
I only took the time because I work in the industry. How is anyone else supposed to find information about this large and vital part of the Toronto arts scene unless they go specifically looking for it? More previews and reviews, I say!
Dance Umbrella of Ontario
Bugged by head lice
I am quite upset with the editing of the head lice article (NOW, May 9-15).
The article states that there is only one place to get a good nit-removal comb, but that is not true.
I was the one who informed your writer of this important delousing tool and the LiceBusters Kit, but this is not mentioned!
The article also failed to mention that there is a team of hard-working holistic head lice removal specialists in Toronto, who have been trained in my method of head lice removal, use professional equipment and show mothers how it's done efficiently and without pesticides.
My natural lice removal system and nit comb can be seen at www.licebusters.ca.