"P" in NDP for petty
I find the Ontario NDP's public stoning of Buzz Hargrove fascinating (NOW, March 2-8). What a sad state of affairs for the assortment of trained poodles who preach the "NDP is never wrong" gospel. They do such a disservice to its members.
I am an NDP voter, but I cannot justify my continued membership in a party that is so petty as to boot out a lifelong member for taking a position independent of the party. If the rest of the union leaders in this country took up the true ideology of their dues-paying members, they'd all be voting strategically just as the vast majority of Canadians do.
Let's face the facts: if we had defeated a few more Tories, we could have had the benefit of another minority government that worked for Canadian families.
The next person the NDP exec in Ontario should consider stoning is leader Jack Layton for getting sucked in by Harper to bring down the government in the first place!
Buzz's auto jobs go south
A card-carrying New Democrat should understand that a party member cannot support other political parties. Hargrove's disloyalty helped get Harris elected in Ontario in 95 and a second time in 99. The Liberals' duplicity on free trade, the GST and now public/private partnerships looks good on Hargrove as automaker jobs go south.
Shadowy cemetery scheme
Thank you for your interest in the proposed development at Mount Pleasant Cemetery. It plans to build a 24,000-square-foot commercial visitation centre with parking for 82 cars in the greenery of the cemetery where the ravine and Belt Line trail meet on Moore Avenue (NOW, March 2-8).
Twice, the city's buildings division told the cemetery it was not zoned for this structure. All of a sudden in December, the city's legal department overruled the buildings divisions and invited the cemetery to submit a site plan for approval.
Part of our concern is that the legal department is keeping its rationale private and subject to solicitor-client privilege. We want to understand why our city has changed its mind and why our city councillor was not informed and is still not being told what happened here. Mayor David Miller, we need your broom.
Cindy Caron Thorburn
Moore Park Residents' Association
Tolerance closets bigots
Acceptance of each other is the Greatest Gift To Our Children, the Black History, Black Future piece by Andrew Moodie (NOW, February 23-March 2), stopped me cold. When was the last time we've heard writers, politicians, anybody in the public eye use the word "acceptance" rather than "tolerance"? Those who bear the brunt of bigotry know very well that those who merely tolerate are closet bigots.
Grits' nuke addiction
I am extremely disappointed with the lip service the Ontario government has been giving to renewable energy. It's clear to me that the government has already made up its mind to replace energy derived from coal with more nuclear energy. It's also clear that recent consultations are a smokescreen so the government can say it went through the motions and asked the public's opinion.
At the recent meeting I attended, representatives from the Ministry of Energy wore sly smirks as they sat, no pens in hand, a couple times even taking cellphone calls while concerned citizens poured their hearts out.
Replacing coal with more nuclear energy is like giving drug addicts heroin to get them off cocaine.
Bushy Afghan mentality
Re Afghanistan, What Do We Really Know? (NOW, February 2-8).
Like so many other Canadians, I am very proud of our sons and daughters in Afghanistan who are giving up their lives to safeguard and promote American global domination.
Words like "enemies" and "killing" being used by our new defence minister show that we are abandoning our love and respect for those with whom we share the planet.
Instead, we are moving toward Bush's primitive mentality.
Our secret slaughterhouse
Re Feline Fur Flip-out (NOW, February 16-22).
Cruising the U.S. humane society website (www.hsus.org), I saw a horrific video of a horse being slaughtered, only to read that Canada is one of the worst offenders. The Canadian humane society website ( humanesociety.com) also reports on this, as well as on Canada's allowing imports of cat- and dog-fur plush toys from China.
It's bad enough we slaughter tons of innocent seals yearly; now we slaughter tons of horses and condone the slaughter of dogs and cats in China for fur. I am so ashamed of my country.
This weekend I attended my first and last concert at the Docks Concert Theatre. I'm an avid concert-goer, and I've have never been to a worse venue. The list of problems is so long that I really don't know where to begin.
The venue is long and narrow. The speakers are only set up halfway down the room, so at the back the sound is absolutely awful. The division into drinking and non-drinking sections is nice for the kids, but drinkers end up stuck in the back where they can't hear or see. The location is a nightmare to get to. When the show finished there were no taxis, so we had to walk for 20 minutes in the freezing cold.
Maxed-out on misogyny
Re Max Fawcett's Love & Sex column (NOW, February 23-March 2). When you go out with your guy buddies for a beer, Max, how do you decide who pays?
True gender equality means being gender-blind, like racial equality means being colour-blind. No difference.
Max, I'm sorry to say so, but you are a misogynist, not because you want to drag a sista into your cave (that's actually quite sexy), but because you're unaware enough to put into print comments like "the gains made by the feminist movement have to come with conditions." No, Max, they don't.
Milk from nature's teat okay
Your Alt Health column on milk (NOW, February 16-22) presented only part of the issue. Our commercial, pasteurized, homogenized and ultra-heated milk can't be compared to raw milk straight from a healthy animal, consumed for centuries by societies worldwide.
Homogenization alters proteins (thereby increasing the risk of allergies) and raises cholesterol levels in humans. That most people ingest industrialized milk and dairy products doesn't mean one can simply conclude that most people can't tolerate milk per se. The same principle goes for factory-raised versus wild meat.
Razing round reckless
Thanks for showing many of the elements of the half-round building (formerly Riverdale Hospital, now occupied by Bridgepoint Health) that council is foolishly considering trashing (NOW, February 9-15). We are again engaging in reckless destruction of special, still sound buildings, refusing to look to the future.
This recklessness extends to how we waste our environment. We should equate every demolition of a sound building with an oil spill or some other fouling of a natural setting.
Sure, the half-round might not be a good hospital building any more, but its wastage should earn council and the health minister a strong reprimand for ongoing climate criminality and cultural vandalism.
Letter writer one pious ass
Reading the letters to the editor from regular contributor Geoff Rytell of Toronto leaves me wondering. What a pious ass.
To John, with love
The motivating reason for me to pick up NOW Magazine for years has been John Harkness's movie and DVD reviews. John, you were missed over the last year, and I'm glad you're back!