Eco gap crap
Attacking someone because of his or her ethnicity and customary attire is normally considered bigoted and offensive.
However, when writers Kim Fry and Brendan Haley slammed Green Party of Canada leader Jim Harris for appearing on campaign literature as "a white male in a business suit" (NOW, June 17-23) and then turned around and proclaimed their support for a different white guy posing in a suit - haven't they seen Jack Layton's material? - well, that was just sad and pathetic.
Robert G. Cooke
Scaring voters off Greens
Kim Fry and Brendan Haley's article was a thinly veiled and poorly researched effort to scare voters away from the Greens.
It's curious that they didn't mention that the Greens' environmental tax shift is seen by leading environmentalists - Paul Hawken and David Suzuki, for example - not as a right-wing ploy but as a critically important step toward sustainability. The Greens, with their arms hugging trees but their heads in the real world, realize that the actions of corporations do not need to be predominantly damaging. Given the right incentives, they can play not only a benign but a powerfully restorative role vis-à-vis the environment.
Andrew Van Iterson
Jeremy Broadhurst's claim in Don Wanagas's Rosedale No Cakewalk (NOW, June 17-23) that a strong NDP showing could elect a Tory in Toronto Centre seems to be nothing more than Liberal disinformation.
Anyone who attended the all-candidates debate in establishment Rosedale will know that the audience was overwhelmingly hostile to Stephen Harper and the new Conservative party. Furthermore, a walk through Rosedale shows that Bill Graham is clearly ahead of Megan Harris north of Bloor. If the Tories can't even get a good reception in Rosedale, their chances of winning this riding are nil.
Layton monkey in middle
Wayne Roberts's analysis of Jack Layton's Man In The Middle position in the current federal election (NOW, June 17-23) carries a connotation suggesting a different headline: Monkey In The Middle. Indeed, that is exactly the situation predicted by some commentators when the NDP chose Layton over the more seasoned, more socially representative Bill Blaikie. His leadership of the NDP has created the impression that the party is an alternative Liberal party rather than a true alternative to it. Layton's south-of-Bloor constituency does not, in fact, reflect the views of the majority of Canadians. Increasingly over the past 20 years, the NDP has become the mouthpiece for a gaggle of competing social movements united only by their hatred for the existing order.
Instructor in Canadian Studies
Humber College, Toronto
I'm so confused
Must be nice to write for an entertainment "newspaper." I mean, a newspaper that is concerned with entertainment just doesn't need norms and standards like other media outlets. NOW Magazine doesn't have to concern itself with stuff like, oh, I dunno, consistency or rigorous evaluation of opinion or even - what are those pesky things called again? Right, facts.
A few weeks ago you pointed to Liberals who could/should lose (NOW, May 27-June 3). A week later you warned us to be very afraid of Stephen Harper (NOW, June 3-9). If I understand all the promo pieces in this week's issue (NOW, June 17-23), we should all be voting NDP. Fine. Any idea what the result of that would be? Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Oh, wait. Thought you didn't like Stephen Harper. I'm confused.
Vengeful vote dangerous
I think many Canadians who vote on June 28 will be undecided right up until the moment they check their ballot, and I have grave concerns about this scenario. Here in BC, the previous party in power was overthrown by a massive majority in our last election basically because it had been riddled with fiascos and scandals. Sound familiar?
Many BC citizens now regret the situation, as our province is being sold to the U.S. one utility and government ministry at a time. BC Rail is gone, BC Hydro is going, the oil moratorium off our coast is about to be lifted, our ship-building industry has been contracted out to foreign interests, and social programs have been scrapped. A vengeful protest vote will not be good for Canada.
Vancouver Island, BC
Before you cast your ballot, consider how your MP voted on Bill C-12. This piece of legislation criminalizes works that deal with imaginary crimes. That's right: it enables one to prosecute authors, educators and scientists for having merely discussed certain types of fictitious offences. Though it elicited the protests of more than 40 respected groups (from civil liberties associations to the Canadian Conference of the Arts), the bill was still endorsed by three-quarters of the House.
Had the bill not died when the election was called, many of us could soon have been arrested for committing virtual infractions! But it does show which of our representatives can distinguish reality from illusion. Let us do the same and base our votes on track records instead of campaign promises.
The Tories' Reform plans
The conservatives favour downloading more federal powers to the provinces. This may sound good to Albertans. At last, a party that has our needs at heart. But this Conservative party has not had time to develop concrete policies yet and is making prom-ises based on Reform policies of old. We don't really know what we're getting. Alberta Conservative MP Myron Thompson stated in the Calgary Sun on June 4, "For now, we've got to do what we've got to do to get elected." After that the Conservatives may tell us what they are really planning.
Cozying up to the U.S.
Now that America's war on terror is over and terror has won, should we Canadians vote for a party that promises to bring us closer to the American war effort? Shouldn't we continue to stay neutral and hope, like Switzerland in the second world war, to survive? The Saudis must envy us having the choice.
Leftist totalitarianism or rightist fundamentalism. Hell of a choice.
Proletariat wear $385 shoes
RE Fred Clark's letter (NOW, June 17-23 ) as well as other recent attacks on NOW for being "extreme left-wingers." Obviously, your political slant is to the left (the only newspaper left like that in Toronto, really), and I've written before when I personally thought your bias got a little out of hand. But how can someone admonish you with statements like "Communism was tried and didn't work." ?!? You have a section entitled Store Of The Week, and there's fashion layout on the very next page showing shoes that go up to $385. Is that what the workers are wearing these days?
Cops' war on cyclists
I was recently nailed by the "safety blitz" conducted by Toronto's finest against cyclists (NOW, June 17-23). I was charged with improper lights and no horn. The charges came to $145. To add insult to injury, the police cruiser was parked in the bike lane.
I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks Dundas Square is absolutely ugly! (NOW, June 17-23). When will the city of Toronto realize that what we really need here in the downtown is more trees and green space! The grey, gloomy look of concrete and metal makes the square look cold, uninviting and prison-like. So why would anyone even consider spending time there?
Poop on Producers
Your explanation as to why the Producers failed in Toronto made sense (NOW, June 3-10), but not as much sense as the reasons it should have run for years. As Sherlock Holmes said, whatever remains, no matter how absurd, must be the truth.
The truth is that Seán Cullen is a superior comedian and was a perfect fit for the role of Max Bialystock, yet whenever he gets a showcase, it blows up in his face. That poor, amazingly talented man.
Blurring the gender line
I enjoyed Suzanne Neron's recent Love and Sex article (NOW, June 10-16). It's nice to see more and more blurring of the gender line. I like to be free to choose whether I am male (as I was born) or female, straight or not. I want to be able to give a blow job to someone's strap-on. I don't know if society is ready for that, but every day it seems that people are becoming more accepting of alternatives.
Sticky Rice still together
In his review of my film Goldirocks (NOW, May 27-June 2), Tim Perlich states that I "briefly fronted all-girl garage rockers Sticky Rice," prompting a bunch of phone calls and e-mails from people asking me when the band broke up. We didn't! In fact, Sticky Rice are recording a new record in August and are promoting a video for the song Get Lost that appears on the Goldirocks soundtrack.