Cyclists who choose the sidewalks are being selfish: you can't inconvenience and endanger pedestrians just because you don't have the heart to ride the streets. The streets are not really as dangerous as some people like to think. You do have to be exceptionally attentive and breathe some nasty crap into your lungs, but they are generally safe.
W. Jones, Toronto
I've biked to and from downtown Toronto almost every day since moving from bike-friendly Victoria, and I agree that the city and its drivers have a long way to go before cyclists feel truly welcome on its blacktop.
But our legitimate complaints won't be taken seriously as long as bozos like the ones caught by your candid camera continue to expose pedestrians to the same wilful disregard for health and safety that they seem to show themselves.
David Leach, Toronto
Leah Theodore, Chicago, Illinois
Andre Skinner, Toronto
In fact, Parsons prescribes exactly the kind of disciplined mass arrest I witnessed at the DC demos against the World Bank - peaceful, festive, invigorating. But also ineffective. I saw zero coverage of this action, which can't be called an improvement.
Perhaps Parsons would blame all this on the conniving media darlings over in the diversity of tactics camp.
But then, he also blames them for the unprovoked and (for what it's worth) unconstitutional mass arrests in Montreal. Or does he think that, given the broken glass, the cops were right to arrest him? Either way, a reality check is nicely suggested.
Personally, I kind of liked Rebuild The Wall. Must be an American-Canadian thing.
Peter Stock, Toronto
I wanted to edit and write books. Dropping his plans to study whales, Gatenby decided to continue as a staff member and professionalize the reading series.
No one would ever describe Gatenby's personality as "a benign, nurturing presence." Perhaps the image that comes to mind is that of a Brillo pad. Yet the Reading Series and the International Festival Of Authors remain remarkable accomplishments.
Now is the time for someone to create an International Authors Centre in Toronto. I happen to know someone who could build this institution: Greg Gatenby.
John Robert Colombo, Toronto
Scott Wilyman, Toronto
What is true is that their union, UFCW Canada, has developed a strategy to allow Loblaws to open unionized (unlike Wal-Mart) superstores that would offer employees wages and benefits far superior to any other big-box chain.
In stores currently open, food-handling employees and cashiers would continue to receive their current salary and benefits package. No change. No rollbacks.
New superstore non-food employees' (handling household merchandise) starting rate would be lower than food employees. But their benefits and union protection would be the same as their brothers and sisters. And as vacancies come open on the food side, these new employees could apply and move to the higher wage scale.
One of the reasons Loblaws is one of the world's most profitable food chains is because of the quality of its union workforce. Workers who are treated with dignity and respect are more productive.
Michael J. Fraser, National Director
Bruce A. Gorcyca , Mississauga ,
Katheryne Schulz, Toronto