This concept of "excellence" without equity has a more toxic effect than anything an airport puts out.
Real civic excellence means redu-cing pollution for everyone. Dispatching a passenger from City Centre on a Q-400 creates less pollution than dispatching the same passenger from Pearson on a jet.
Above all, real excellence includes equity; it means finding real solutions instead of pushing the problem onto someone else.
John G. Spragge, Toronto
Regarding our most recent investigation into the "Ontario pet food company." This company, which bills itself as a "leading North American manufacturer of private-label wet pet food products," knows full well the name of the laboratory that was conducting its tests.
Our finger is rightly pointed at those who pay this laboratory to do their dirty work, which is why PETA shared with this company's clients (Safeway, Loblaws, PetSmart, etc) what we discovered: a dog whose legs were cut to the bone when they fell through the metal slats in her cage floor; a dog whose inflamed mammary tumor went untreated for 42 days; dogs and cats exhibiting extreme repetitive behaviours caused by continuous confinement and lack of exercise; animals left in cages and hosed down during cage cleaning.
Dog and cat food buyers should not allow these companies and their clients to get away with denying their role in the abuse and killing of animals and should, via their purchasing power, compel them to change the way they test their foods. Readers can decide for themselves what's what by visiting www.peta.org.
Peter Wood, Research Associate, PETA
They even called in the cops and parking attendants to watch. One of these polite bouncers crunched my face with a steel-toed boot while I was on my knees getting handcuffed by a police officer. Fractured it in five places. Yep, sure was nice how they used my head to open all those doors on the way out of the club, too.
Francisco Ribas, Toronto
What young people in this city experience when they have dealings with bouncers is more brute than grace, and more oafishness than composure. My advice to both cops and bouncers? Lay off the power trips and maybe you'll start getting the respect you're looking for.
Ron Dart Abbotsford, BC
We all know linebackers who are gay. So does Clay fit some gay stereotype? Or is he just a wonderful, inspiring singer?
While I personally don't care either way, I do take issue with your article's characterization of Clay's fans as pre-teens and teens. If you were on the same Yahoo fan lists I'm on, you'd no doubt know that Clay has fans from age four to 94. We don't just like Clay's musical talents - we love them, as we love and respect Clay himself.
Mary Schirripa , Toronto
Yes, AIDS gets a lot of attention compared to other diseases, but your article implies that it shouldn't be getting as much attention as it does.
Look at Africa, which didn't pay a lot of attention to the disease, and see what the numbers are like over there now and the epidemic's cost to society.
We cannot afford to stop telling people about the dangers associated with unsafe sex. Fortunately, the education programs have worked to a degree (maybe not as much as we would have hoped, but some) and the number of new cases of HIV in Canada is slowing down.
Robert Harvey, Toronto
I had no problem with NOW's actions then, so I certainly see nothing wrong now if the trash cops want to use similar methods to catch people dumping illegally.
Michael J. Doran, Toronto
The onus was on you to be culturally competent. What have you learned from your experience? I guess nothing, because you are still demanding that the world change for you.
Mahdi Ali, Toronto
Mike BowmanMarketing Manager
Artist Associates & Talent, Toronto
In fact, the Longpigs were hugely popular in the UK, releasing five singles from the same 1995 debut album, The Sun Is Often Out.
They toured North America three times in 1997, supporting Suede, Echo and the Bunnymen and the Dandy Warhols. Sadly, in 1999, their brilliant but long-overdue follow-up album, Mobile Home, spawned but two singles and failed to get a U.S. release.
Galen Bagdan, Toronto
I was biking through Bellwoods contemplating Chippies' five-star review when I ran into the stink of grease from the fish and chips joint. As I narrowly dodged the overflowing garbage cans filled to brim with empty Chippies containers, I got to wondering.
Could NOW take into account the environmental impact of a new, cute restaurant when considering how many stars to award it? Is Chippies really so fabulous?
Ruth Warner, Toronto
Steven Kowalchuk, Toronto