Dave Gibson, Toronto
That some OCAP members take pride in the actions of demonstrators on June 15, 2000, does not excuse the brutality of police instructed by superiors to "clear the park."
It's one thing to throw a rock. It's another to throw a rock at a cop who has just beaten and arrested the 100-pound woman next to you.
OCAP is an organization of poor people who find it necessary to fight a system that is increasingly brutal and a government that is increasingly regressive. By and large, this is done through casework.
There is no question that OCAP has radical politics and, yes, sometimes uses "over-energetic language," but this has little to do with how the public should judge the facts in the case of John Clarke.
Lisa Kocsis, Toronto
Ben Farley, Toronto
Scott Clark McNeil
Producer/Director, Holmes On Homes Toronto
Not all of us who live downtown do so because we want to be in the thick of the action and so are unconcerned with noise. I, too, wish more people would ditch their cars and get bikes (hey, I'm a full-time pedestrian). I also wish more people would ditch their air horns, car horns and car alarms. A green world would be a lot nicer if it were a lot quieter.
Robert Barron, Toronto
Imagine my horror, then, at seeing this beautiful edifice, a national historic site, defaced with hideous blue spray-paint tags.
The fools who decided it'd be fun to "mark their territory" obviously lack any sort of appreciation for aesthetics, not to mention any apparent skill at wielding a spray can, which just adds insult to injury.
Before they go off marking architectural treasures, I suggest they try practising on their bedroom walls. Better yet, they should sign up for some art classes and get themselves sketchbooks to contain their profane scrawls.
Lola Leo, Toronto
I write to report that the noise and stench and litter are as prolific in the so-called pristine wilderness as in smogmopolis. The engine idlers are ubiquitous up here in both summer and winter. The whine of personal watercraft travels kilometres, not to mention the thump-thumping of 900-watt car stereos.
If you think Toronto streets are a garbage dump, you should take a walk in my neighbourhood.
Mendelson Joe, Emsdale
for being one of the few bands at the Concert For T.O. to take time out from their set to mention the effects SARS has had on Toronto's health and hospitality workers (NOW, June 26-July 2). And for telling the nearly 70,000 attendees what they could do to help (give to the Daily Bread Food Bank or the Hospitality Worker's Emergency Relief Fund, account # 8063067, at the Metro Credit Union).
It would have been nice if the organizers, the sponsors or the other pseudo-celebrities had talked about what's happening in the city, but they seemed too busy selling overpriced merchandise.
Mark Medland, Toronto
The band received a very good, if not excellent, response from a devoted Nick Cave audience who normally wouldn't have given a shit about the opening acts. (Witness the less than negligible applause for Chris Bailey).
Now, you could accuse me of management prejudice here, but what about the 38 Cuff the Duke CDs sold after their set? Nick's merch seller said he'd never seen anything like it for an opener. "Country gag?" Great writing, Tim, but also very mean-spirited and totally unnecessary.
William "Skinny" Tenn
William Tenn Management Toronto
Harkness gives it four Ns and then calls it "Charlie's Angels for the literary set." Have some balls. If you don't like it or don't get it, then say so. But don't cover your ass and give it a high rating because you're afraid of looking like a fool.
It should also be noted that the film was based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel in which the characters for the most part existed in different time periods. You can't then complain that the filmmakers didn't change things around so the actors could work in scenes together. Good lord.
Larry LaForet, Toronto
Mary-Lou Corbierre, Aurora