I'm a former fire and rescue worker myself, and I noticed that all the EMS people I came across were thumbs-up and beaming at the sight of the leaf. Not once did I get so much as a smile from a cop, and they were roaming everywhere.
With only 21 alcohol-related arrests and no reported medical incidents other than dehydration, I would conclude the obvious: that peace, love, music and marijuana always go hand and hand..
Steven Bacon, Federal Exemptee/MMAR
The world would have listened, as our politik was praying for, if only we had said something worthy of the world. How shameful to feel uninspired in the face of such an historic opportunity.
Matthew MacFadzean, Toronto
If Ms. Molinolo had paid attention to the campaign's messaging, she would have realized the program was designed to inspire ordinary people to attempt the 10K feat. The same people who wouldn't consider attending running events that are "grassroots celebrations of fitness and the benefits of a healthy lifestyle."
I give kudos to Nike for inspiring us non-runners to get off our asses and run as a recreational way to stay fit.
Ian Barr, Toronto
The comment that "many of his fans dress alike - you know, all black, bits of mesh, too much makeup, the goth thing - all the while staunchly proclaiming their disdain for conformity" is laughable. I don't see Gap ads proclaiming the wonders of PVC.
Adam Durbin, Toronto
Those healthy sandwiches? How about the Black Forest ham and Swiss, with 470 calories and 18 grams of fat? Or the Garden Vegetable, with 451 calories and 23 grams of fat? Combine it with a soup and you could be adding another 235 calories and 11 grams of fat if you happen to choose the cream of broccoli, or 243 calories and 9 grams of fat if you choose the clam chowder.
Maybe you're thinking, "I'll have a bagel instead." Not a bad choice, unless, of course, you want to put something on it. A Tim's plain bagel with cream cheese is 140 calories and 13 grams of fat. Yum!
One wonders what Max Valiquette, president of Youthography, really makes of this.
He says Tim's and Subway have made McDonald's sit up and take notice. He oughta know. One of Youthography's major clients is Leo Burnett, who handles advertising for, you guessed it, McDonald's..
Rick Janson, Oshawa
Clarke attempts to create the image of himself and his followers as the few who desire to change the ills of the world. Sorry, John, but those individuals and organizations that make the loudest noise are not necessarily the most concerned about the issue. Often they are as self-interested as the organizations they condemn..
Douglas Helliker, Toronto
Politically speaking, it's true that you continue to keep poverty issues on the front pages of the "corporate-owned" media. It's also true that your disgraceful actions have resulted in a massive loss of credibility for activists of all stripes.
You polarize people every time you open your mouth to fire off some revolutionary witticism.
I reject your notion that the best way forward is with a ragtag army of the downtrodden armed with magic rocks and a few tired chants that even the Bolsheviks rejected as outrageous.
Weepy indignation won't get rid of Oil-Can Ernie, it's true. But neither will faux-revolutionary posturing and/or property damage..
Patrick Rawley, Toronto
If the NPC stood for nothing else but elimination of speed-bumps and twinning with the city of Grozny, we would agree that the party should be consigned to the obscurity that it so richly deserves. But there's something about candidate Donna Upson pining for separate drinking fountains for whites and blacks that makes exposure a necessity and a duty..
Len Rudner, Director of Community Relations
Canadian Jewish Congress
The following statement may shock many: breasts have a function other than toys for the boys.
No one expects everyone to immediately adopt a blasé attitude to topless women when it's still a relatively rare sight, but the attitude that women should expect sexual harassment because, well, "boys will be boys" is patronizing to most men. I would like to formally invite Kurt Krumme to fuck off back to the frat house from whence he came..
Katherine Kilbank, Toronto
Gary Ralph, Toronto
We are approaching the same kind of situation that is alleged to occur with bears when they are not decimated by gunfire.
Will Dean have similar violent suggestions for us when we need to resolve our own overcrowding problem?
Simon Luisi, Toronto
He proceeded to inform me that this was "his area" and that I could be fined $5,000 for postering.
I mentioned that according to the bylaw, postering on utility poles and temporary hoardings is legal, and started walking north on Yonge.
Obviously getting off on the tiny bit of power assigned to him, he felt it was necessary to follow my every footstep, hassling me along the way. At one point I stumbled on the sidewalk. He laughed.
Being female and alone, I turned back toward Dundas to catch the streetcar home. He persisted in harassing me, threatening to follow me home. He actually was about to get on the streetcar with me, but I didn't get on because it was full.
Luckily, I managed to flag a taxi. As we drove away, this beautiful human being blew kisses at me and made an obnoxious sexual gesture with his tongue.
I wrote to the Dundas Square people about this, but all I got was a "we'll get back to you." It's been more than a week.
It gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling inside to know that this city has no qualms about paying predatory ingrates a good $20 an hour to stalk and hound innocent civilians, in particular those who don't fit the corporate mould of Dundas Square.
The longer I live in this city, the more inviting Vancouver becomes.
Name withheld by request, Toronto