NDP shoots itself in the foot
the ndp has shot itself in the foot again. Because of poor leadership, a platform crafted by unions and an inability to convince the people of Ontario to vote for them, the party has no hope of making a difference. Quite frankly, I see the same problems at the federal level. Why should I bother working or voting for them next time? Naseer Ahmad, Toronto
I was an election worker in the constituency of Davenport during the election. I had a good opportunity to see just how bad the voters list really is. One person I phoned had been dead for six years! I spoke to people who received voter cards for people who had moved. The voters list was at least 40 per cent innacurate. I also spoke to new Canadians who were ineligible to vote but had received voter cards in the mail. No wonder we had such a low voter turnout. We need a proper enumeration before the next provincial election - this election surely must have had rampant voter fraud.
I tried to register these complaints on the phone and was told to write in. I have dyslexia and find it very difficult to express myself in written form. There are many people who have similar problems or who are illiterate and would therefore have no way to complain.
Martin Amdur, Toronto
I wasn't surprised to see mike Smith's completely inaccurate account of one of the events that angered the police at Reclaim The Streets (NOW, October 2-8). He states that "numerous officers heroically threw themselves at one man as if he were holding a hand grenade after he touched the flank of a police horse."
The man was holding a camera and was taking unreasonably close flash pictures that were obviously intended to upset the horse. He was not arrested for this, but the officers told him to move away. I could see him smirking. He was arrested later on for an unrelated incident.
I'm sorry, Mr. Smith, but I consider animal abuse to be one of the lowest forms of abuse. I completely believe that the officer was justified in protecting the welfare of his animal.
Alice Campbell, Toronto
as a vegetarian for the better part of the last five years, I've eaten a lot of veggie food in this city. As a high school student who can't afford a $40 dinner at Fressen, I've had to experiment with some pretty awful but cheap creature-free food. So, I appreciate your guide to vegetarian Toronto (NOW, October 2-8).
But why did you choose to highlight a posh "dining room" like the Drake, which isn't completely vegetarian?
McDonald's has a veggie burger and salads. Does it qualify for a vegetarian food guide? I am a vegan because I care about animals abused in the meat, dairy and egg industries. They are abused for profit, just like the profit that posh restaurants like to make.
Nobody should have to pay $40 for a meat-free, fresh organic meal. Healthy veggie food should be a basic right, not a luxury for those deemed cool enough or rich enough for NOW.
Why couldn't you talk about real vegetarian restaurants? Or is NOW just as obsessed with overspending and over-consuming as the "establishment" it claims to oppose?
Andy Scheim, Toronto
We at susur restaurant wish to thank-you for including us in your recent vegetarian dining issue. Our vegetarian and vegan menus are very important to us, and we appreciate the opportunity to share our food with your readers. However, we would like to correct a printing error in regards to the pricing of the menu. Our vegetarian menu is $75 for seven courses and $55 for five courses. John Gay, Susur Restaurant
re attack of the killer condos (NOW, October 2-8). Where: The Metropolitan United Church (Queen and Church)
What's proposed: Replacing a parsonage in poor state of repair, of no architectural merit that doesn't meet Ontario Building Code life safety standards with a 36-storey rental housing project.
The good news:
· The rectory building will be retained and refurbished at a cost of $1.8 million.
· The park in front of the church, which the city of Toronto has badly neglected for so many years, will be refurbished at a cost of $1.6 million.
· The church will receive land rent at an escalating rate for the next 70 years, which will ensure its financial stability and further its important charitable works.
The sad news: Once again NOW has offered up an unreasoned opinion without acquainting itself with the relevant facts.
Adam Krehm, O'Shanter Developments, Toronto
I eagerly opened the latest issue (NOW, October 2-8), ready to spend a lazy afternoon with my coffee and my Jonesin' crossword. But then... it wasn't there. So I want to know - where the hell is this week's Jonesin' Crossword? And who the hell is Joel Pollock?
I don't really want to be told that you're not carrying Jonesin' puzzles any more. But if this is indeed the case, please, someone tell me soon so I can go elsewhere to find them.
NOW Magazine, I'm worried that you've really let me down this time.
Amanda Pellerin, Toronto
A folk music inspiration
re harbourfront shakeup (now, October 2-8). It's difficult to overestimate the contribution Derek Andrews has made to the folk/roots/world music community in Toronto, across Canada and internationally. As an all-too-rare visionary, he has created literally thousands of new performance opportunities for artists over the last 18 years. I have met few others whose work involved such an ongoing commitment to local artists as well as a high regard for those "from away."
For those of us presenting music in other parts of the country, Derek has been our eyes and, more importantly, our ears on the ground in the big city.
Derek has also been a tireless volunteer. Through his work with the Toronto Blues Society and the North American Folk Alliance, and as a founder of Folk Alliance Canada, he has used his singular understanding of the cultural importance and financial realities of making and presenting music to forge hundreds of important opportunities for Canadian artists.
As a volunteer who has worked with him on some of these initiatives, I know for a fact that without Derek, they quite simply never would have happened.
Dugg Simpson, Toronto
Lush for Liss
I just wanted to say how much i enjoyed Sarah Liss's review, Working Cass Hero (NOW, October 2-8). I've enjoyed her writing in the past. More to the point, it has integrity, balance, fairness, real info and a great personal angle.
When I read the aside about the husband and wife pair, you really had me hooked - yes, as people they probably are great, and it is the music you're covering. It's a distinction that's really worth making.
I suppose I have my antenna up for this sort of thing because I'm trying to play myself, and most of the people I know barely eke out a living in music.
It's nice to know that Liss is out there providing a fair assessment. I feel like I can really trust her word.
Emily Weedon, Toronto
After reading Dean Gabourie's rebuttal to NOW's article on cultural diversity at Stratford (NOW, September 11-17), I wondered if he needed a pair of reading glasses to replace his rose-coloured ones. Gabourie speaks of associate director Andrey Tarasiuk's personal efforts to champion the ethnic artist at Stratford. Wonderful. And what of the efforts of Richard Monette, who is, after all, the artistic director? Or is he, too, "beyond reproach"?
Gabourie asks if anyone on Broadway complained of a white actor playing an Asian? Since when did Broadway become the moral or ethical barometer for Canadian theatre?
Finally, Mr. Gabourie shames (and shames again!) NOW's editors for printing photos of the white leading actors at Stratford.
No one is indicting these fine artists. But as they bask in the glamour of the footlights and relish the print ads that feature them, they must also realize that they shall be the face of Stratford when it is taken to task.
Perhaps Dean Gabourie really believes Stratford is doing a lot for multicultural performers. Or perhaps he just wants a job next season.
Sam Ramprasad, Toronto