Making Zellers look cool
I've always wondered just what is the intent behind NOW's My Style page, besides the obvious commercial promotion of the participating retail establishments.
I can't understand why the section is almost exclusively dedicated to assorted freaks who spent hundreds of dollars to look like bums.
Pants that make their owner look like he just crapped himself could have had shock value at one point, but your constant and repetitive display of these pompous, pretentious, pseudo-alternative rebel wannabes makes a person in cotton Dockers and a Zellers shirt look like a fashion revolutionary.
Brian Martinka, Toronto
Yeah, but is it good?
In her review of dogtown and Z-Boys (NOW, June 6-12), Ingrid Randoja claims that "the history of skateboarding... doesn't sound like a significant subject for a documentary."
Who is this person? Where is she living? Skateboarding has never been more popular! Extreme sports are ubiquitous! Retro won't die! And what do pop culture fans love more than trivial histories of marginalized subjects?
With real footage and live interviews, there's no way this film could be boring. There's absolutely no way people won't want to see it. The question any serious film reviewer would ask is whether or not it's any good.
Sara Minogue, Toronto
Davey should take a pill
I have just finished reading the snarky review of Mitzi's Sister by Steven Davey (NOW, May 16-22).
As a frequent patron of this great new addition to Queen West, I have found the presentation (especially the garnishes) of the food to be consistently wonderful. I've yet to have a disappointing meal there.
I don't know if Neil Young or Ryan Adams is all that concerned that Greg Clow doesn't listen to music with vocals, but certainly no one else cares -- except, I guess, Davey. This has what to do with a review of a restaurant?
Mitzi's has always had a signature house dressing that bears no resemblance to Thousand Island, but, then, a reviewer would have to actually pay attention to the details to notice this.
Davey was just having another of his perennial bad review days. Take your antidepressants and try to like your life first.
Sarah Perry, Toronto
Just a note to let you know how much I enjoy reading Elizabeth Bromstein's music writing. Good for you for having the insight to hire an accessible writer who writes for people instead of other music journalists. Hope to see more from her.
Anthony Margrave, Toronto
In defence of Hannon
Louis solnicki says gerald hannon "advocates irresponsible erotic behaviour" (NOW, May 23-29).
Actually, the column in question advocates freedom of imagination, to lust after whomever we will, even in seemingly incongruous situations.
Even ex-U.S. president Jimmy Carter once admitted to having lusted in his heart for forbidden sex. Nothing irresponsible about that.
David Palter, Toronto
Right back at ya, Betty
Betty disero raises the issue of politicians' egos to a whole new level (NOW, June 6-12).
Disero wants it known that she has been maligned. She expects apologies from those who inflict the wounds. She threatens to sue. She then wants it known that she no longer wants to sue because she loves her loyal subjects and the cost of the lawsuit would be a financial burden to them.
Her motives, as she explains, are all for her subjects. Betty Disero is all love. This is fine, as long as the 60s are not going to take place again. We must, we can, we will move forward, Betty.
Doug Helliker, Toronto
I have a few questions about all the planned developments in the Yonge-Eglinton area.
What happens to our antiquated sewage and water system when a fairly large village is built in a small area?
What happens when one-third of the units decide to flush simultaneously during a playoff game? That's going to be a lot of water hitting antiquated 100-year-old pipes in one fell swoop. Plus the amount of energy to pump up the necessary replacement water for the toilet tanks, even if they use the smaller tanks in each dwelling?
Who is going to pay for the replacement of several dozen kilometres of sewage piping that blow due to the added pressure? It sure won't be the developers, or the owners of the condos.
Is this an unnecessary worry, or is there a potential hazard, especially if 10 or 12 additional condos get built in the area? Just a thought.
Peter Mutchler, Toronto
Endless appetite for trash
Trouble with the tso was a thoughtful piece of writing (NOW, May 16-22).
But let's face it. The real trouble with our symphony orchestra, mismanaged or not, lies in this overwhelming junk culture of ours. How can classical music survive amid the relentless cacophony of pop?
Can I go one blessed day without hearing from that shrieking shrew Celine Dion, that ubiquitous hack Elton John, all those dreadful boy bands and belly-button girls?
There seems to be, among the conforming masses, an endless appetite for trash. Never has mediocrity been so well rewarded. I recently heard a local critic dismiss classical music and opera as "dead arts," unlike his favourite sitcoms and hoax reality shows. A million yuppies in this town think watching The X-Files is a profound intellectual experience.
John Goodchild, Toronto
Jean as Lear -- only worse
Re it's my party (now, june 6-12).
Many commentators on the Martin affair have spoken of Jean Chretien's Lear-like pride .
Where Lear and Chretien part company is that ultimately Lear could recognize that when life struck him in the face it was perhaps because he deserved it. All the PM can think of is that he has been more sinned against than sinning. Humility? What's that?
Geoff Rytell , Toronto
Piss on the Liberals
An open letter to jean chretien:
Almost a decade ago, then prime minister Brian Mulroney resigned from office, and his once powerful Tory party disappeared from the political landscape.
It took a while for Canadians to respond to the Mulroney agenda (two terms and two majorities). But even Canucks have the potential to react to transparent sleaze, not to mention the selling out, downsizing and virtual dismantling of a big, vulnerable nation's soul.
Your three terms at the top came by default. Your appropriation of the Mulroney agenda and its corollary sleaze (deception, patronage, arrogance, ineptitude, waste, etc) was to urinate on the face of liberalism.
Given the current quagmire that no amount of shuffles will remedy, why not resign and let your deputy, John Manley, sort out the mess so that Canadians may regain a modicum of confidence in their governing politicians?
Not so great expectations
If the recent scandals in ottawa
have demonstrated anything, it's that private companies and Crown corporations have an expectation that political donations should result in access to government money, and conversely, access to government money should result in political donations.
Mike Reilly, Winnipeg
Why I ran for the Liberals
Scott anderson questioned in an article several weeks back (NOW, April 11-17) why an environmentalist like myself would run for the Ontario Liberal Party and not be "naturally" drawn to the Green party or the NDP.
I believe the best way for the environmental community to move forward is to have eco-activists take on the government from the ground while we elect environmentalist members of government who would have an opportunity to advance green issues from within.
The Liberal party is, in my opinion, the best chance we have of getting rid of the Tories. Their record is admittedly not perfect, but neither is the NDP's.
There is a strong possibility, if the polls hold true, that the Liberals will have a very strong shot at winning the next general election. The more environmentalists who join and run for the Liberal party, the more commitments we will receive from them should they form the next government.
Josh Matlow, Toronto
War with no end
Your article 9/11 all over again (NOW, May 23-29) raised some good points about the futility of George Bush's campaign against Afghanistan and his Orwellian "war on terror" -- a war that has already been dubbed "never-ending." Thank goodness our government has the good sense to get out.
Let us hope that the next time America tries to step on other nations' feet, for whatever reason it can spin-doctor on CNN, the party in power uses reason and goodwill before flying blindly into a war we have no business being in.
Robert Mladzinski-Smith, Toronto
Island Airport's 9/11
I hate to spoil the party for supporters of the Island Airport expansion, but should we, in a post-9/11 North America, even be considering airports near financial and government centres?
I cannot believe that recent stories in the Toronto media on the Island Airport (NOW, May 16-22) have not mentioned this security concern.
Frank Tancredi, Vaughan
The Jewish question
The article advising passive resistance and only economic warfare by Palestinians (NOW, May 16-22) is certainly a welcome change to calls for jihad against Israel.
However, your columnists skate around recognition that any peaceful solution must include the right of a state of Israel to continue as a Jewish state. Their insistence on the creation of two new Palestinian states west of the Jordan, one being Palestine proper and the other being Palestine de facto by the recognition of the "right of return," is not an idea likely to win the hearts and minds of Israelis.
Morris Sosnovitch , Toronto
An island in the sun
I was wondering whatever happened to the islands of Turks and Caicos joining the Canadian confederation. Many people I have spoken with think it would be a wonderful idea -- especially now that the U.S. is threatening to make border crossings difficult for us, their "friends" to the north.
Brad Karsh, Toronto