Iran threat real to peaceniks
RE Iran: The nuke crisis that isn't (NOW, September 7-13). Even the Israeli peace movement regards Iran's intentions with deep mistrust, but Gwynne Dyer obviously knows better. He pooh-poohs the danger that a nuclear-armed Iran would pose to Israel, saying that even if Iran were eventually to acquire nukes, they would not equal Israel's stockpile. But of course they wouldn't have to. Three or four nuclear warheads could destroy most of Israel. Iran could even subcontract the mission to Hezbollah.
Even Dyer must admit that the notion of an Iranian-armed Hezbollah attacking Israel is based on some empirical evidence, right?
Canadian Friends of Peace Now
How can you be so stupid?
I generally don't read your paper, but recently I came across an article in it that claimed that the Iranian nuclear policy was an artificial crisis created by the U.S. My first reaction was "How can someone be so stupid as to write such trash?" I then realized that nobody could be that stupid. Therefore, in the name of full disclosure, can you please reveal how much Iran pays you to be its mouthpiece?
U.S. one with itchy finger
Dyer got it right -- well, sort of. It's not the Iranians we should be worrying about but the Americans, with their itchy fingers on their new toys, the so-called "bunker-busters," their new breed of tactical nuclear weapons. It may happen before the U.S. Congressional elections in November. So hang on to your seats.
Bombs better in long run
In his report of the air show and related military display at the CNE (NOW, September 7-13), Matthew Behrens asks, "How does dropping 2,000-pound bombs on Afghan villages equal freedom?" Good question. Because as every one from Holland, France, Germany, Japan, South Korea and Kosovo knows, war and bombing can never, ever bring peace or make life better in the long run.
Rage against the machines
I am writing to protest the number of eardrum-blasting events that are hosted near Parkdale every summer. As a long-time resident, I've been putting up with the air show for years.
The show threatens to shatter windows, as the passing of certain planes literally shakes my foundation. I can't help but feel for any refugees from war-torn countries who must suffer horrible flashbacks as such thunderous war machines rip through our sky. Why can't these terribly loud events be spread throughout the city rather than dumping them all into our earspace here in Parkdale?
The roar that floors me
The one thing about the air show that has always inspired a sense of wonder in me since I was a child - the sounds that the jets create as they soar through the sky. It's unfortunate that such fantastic works of technology, created through years of refined scientific research, were conceived to serve primarily as weapons. Positively, we should count ourselves fortunate to live in a country where we are able to experience the grandeur of these achievements in the context of a "show." Apart from filmic depictions and CNN, for Canadians the wondrous sounds of these air machines passing overhead do not have the foreboding tone of bombs being dropped or missiles being fired. We should be grateful for this and in so doing accept the air show for what it is: a celebration of human accomplishments in the field of aviation.
Scorn for pseudo porn
RE Stephen Thierman's letter (NOW, September 7-13) ap plauding Mike Irvine's Love & Sex column (NOW, August 31-September 6). Pardon my French, but are you fucking kidding? Irvine's piece read little better than a Penthouse Forum, complete with a self-edifying reference to philosophy thrown in to qualify him as a highbrow. Congrats to him for finally busting his one-night-stand cherry, but why is this insightful or illuminating? The only insight Irvine offers is posed as a question: "What will we talk about in the morning?" For which there is an easy answer, nothing much beyond "Where do I catch the bus from here?"
I know the Love & Sex column rarely features straight men, but, shit, is this the best you could come up with? Pretty weenie.
Indies get short shrift at TIFF
I'm a regular reader of your magazine and often enjoy your coverage of news, events and up-and-coming talent. That said, I feel that you may be overlooking something. As an amateur digital filmmaker, I suggest you consider a small column dedicated to reviewing truly independent work.
In my experience, the term "indie film" is misleading. The majority of indie projects that garner media coverage have had the benefit of private or government sponsorship and perhaps are only called indie because their profits are so minimal.
Recently, YouTube demonstrated the popularity of Internet videos. I predict a similar explosion of street-level digital films that will surprise many with their quality and content.
But where is the exposure?
Not at TIFF.
A complete unknown
Another issue of NOW, a great new disc by a musical icon and another negative review by Tim Perlich (NOW, August 31-September 6). Every review I've read of the new Bob Dylan CD has been glowing and positive except this one.
For what it's worth, Tim, I love Dylan's new album and I think your weekly Perlich's picks are awful.
In the words of Bob himself, "How does it feel?"
Trinity's ethnic surprise
I'm writing this e-mail to com plain about your newspaper's giving more coverage to Adam Vaughan and Helen Kennedy in the race for council in Trinity-Spadina (NOW, August 31-September 6).
There are five other candidates. Why do you think Kennedy and Vaughan are the front-runners? Did you conduct a poll? You failed to take into account the majority of ethnic votes in the riding.
I think there'll be a big surprise when all the votes are counted.
Judiciary has no clothes
RE Alan young's informativearti cle Why They Lie (NOW, August 31-September 6).
It's a good thing our politicians, especially those unelected senators who keep rejecting the animal cruelty bill, don't wear robes like our judiciary do. Could we trust them if they did?
C. Gordon Holland
Board spinning its wheels
With declining enrolment and more money from the province, is it really that unreasonable to expect the Toronto District School Board to balance its $2 billion budget (NOW, August 24-30)? It's clear to me that the current board is spinning its wheels on the budget year after year.
Breathing life into lakefront
The article puff go the dragons (NOW, August 24-30), may inadvertently have painted an inaccurate impression of the Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation's (TWRC) views on public consultation and on the Environmental Approval (EA) process with regards to the Western Beaches Watercourse project. Details of the public consultation activities can be found in the Coordinated Environmental Assessment Report for the Western Beaches Watercourse.
We assessed specific needs and took these into consideration when designing this new multi-sport watercourse facility. With regards to shoreline restoration, the seawall along Marilyn Bell Park is in significant disrepair, and any considerable restoration efforts would be premature until the seawall is repaired.
As well, with the depth requirements of the International Dragon Boat Federation's Club Crew World Championships, we could not further restrict movement along the shoreline for this event.
We feel there are far more appropriate areas to undertake shoreline naturalization, such as the river mouths. We have already provided significant habitat enhancement in the mouth of the Humber and within the Ontario Place lagoons and have also provided considerable aquatic habitat within the new breakwall structure
TWRC's mandate is one of revitalization, not just redevelopment, and as such includes a focus on environmental, social and cultural as well economic aspects.
John W. Campbell
President and CEO
I am confused by the American Apparel advertisements that are featured almost weekly on the back cover of NOW Magazine. Who is their target audience? Is it the men who need to buy clothes for the 12-year-old girls they have locked in their basements? Or is it the women who want to attract the men who have 12-year-old girls locked in their basement?
RE faith in water (now, july 27- August 2). I feel it is important to bring to your attention that the Noor Cultural Centre is in no way affiliated with U of T. The Noor Cultural Centre is an independent organization.
Kassim M. Ebrahim
Noor Cultural Centre