Public health nurses could be playing a vital role during this emergency period - reassigned to help in seniors' homes, low-income communities, community centres, drop-in centres and shelters, at food-banks, where already overburdened staff are still reeling from last week's power outage.
They could be working side by side with Red Cross workers, street outreach vans and other city emergency workers to ensure that water, flashlights, batteries and food reach the most vulnerable.
They could be working in teams in vulnerable communities to see if they can provide health assistance, identify vulnerable people and reduce unnecessary visits to overburdened emergency departments. Have cities learned nothing from the work of nurses during the ice storm?
Cathy Crowe, Toronto Disaster Relief Committee
Your article incorrectly states that we made efforts to persuade the local BIA to hire private security. We had no part in that discussion.
Further, you claim that I supported the Tories' elimination of rent controls. As the former chair of the Region of Peel housing committee, I clearly stated to the legislative committee on general government that "unless the legislature is able to deal with the whole gamut of housing policies legislative changes alone to rent controls could do much more harm than good." A little research would also have shown I was against the Harris workfare program.
Kyle Rae's questioning of my political stripes is interesting indeed. What Rae does not get is that one can have a social conscience and be fiscally responsible.
Pierre Klein, Candidate for city council, Ward 28
Second, it's well known there are fewer police officers today walking the beat in 51 Division than there were 10 years ago.
I am in full support of having more officers patrolling our downtown neighbourhoods to combat crime such as drive-by shootings, sexual assaults and gay-bashing, all of which have happened on the streets of 51 Division in the past few weeks.
Third, I don't believe in harassing the poor or the homeless. I do believe in real, practical solutions that will help get people off the street, including building more affordable housing, reinstituting rent controls and increasing the minimum wage.
Gene Lara, Provincial NDP Candidate
As far as I can remember, the white community has never been asked to rid itself of biker gangs or child molesters. Nor have Asians been asked to do something about Asian gangs.
The chief's divisive posturing has to stop. Yet his appeal for more resources should be heeded.
Rather than being vindictive, the chief should tackle the problem head on in the same manner some jurisdictions in the U.S. have - unless the chief's true intention is to pave the way for the conservative government to run on a law-and-order platform in the upcoming provincial election.
Jacques Touré, Toronto
Kaela Mulenga, Toronto
I am used to drunk masses on our streets: Gay Pride. Yonge Street Festival. Fridays. Saturdays.
But the powers that be should look at who is coming to this party and why. All I want is the jerk chicken. Pissed off.
Lonny Knapp, Toronto
And perhaps some of the wild and woolly sidewalk riders you photographed the week before (NOW, August 7-13) would be persuaded to give up their bad habits.
Geoff Rytell, Toronto
On opening night, we newcomers in a new theatre had 15 minutes to get ready and open a show in a space we'd never used before.
I personally have spent a lot of time developing my talent as a theatre writer, and can assure you my values do not include work for prime time on Fox. Welcome to Toronto.
Stephanie Alexander, Toronto
Now, though, a developer has acquired an option on the site kitty-corner from the cathedral on the northwest corner of Church and Adelaide. Only one condo tower is proposed, but if this deal goes through, the cathedral will still have enough surplus air rights to facilitate two more just like it. Neighbours, take note.
William Cooke, Toronto
Hamish Wilson, Toronto
Congrats to Now for showing where you really stand, as propaganda agents for the so-called Liberal left and the right-wing Hampton Blairies in the NDP.
Jason Baines, Toronto