Fresh Gardiner perspective
It's time to get a fresh perspec tive on the Gardiner Expressway (NOW, October 12-18). Years ago, when the highway was first built, I can recall how great it was to drive along and enjoy the wonderful view of our lake - the whitecaps, the Islands and boats and ships. The Gardiner actually provided one of the best unobstructed and panoramic views of the lake.
Unfortunately, 40 years of mismanagement by mercenary developers and bone-headed municipal politicians have robbed our city of any hope of a return to that natural wonder. The only "mistake by the lake" is the acres of condo-crap that litter the waterfront and provide the real barrier.
The Gardiner as a barrier to the waterfront is a hoax perpetrated by the same politicians and developers who want to demolish it to build even more condos.
Paul J. Smith
Re Slip North Korea what it wants (Now, October 12-18). What's with all the big hysterical outbursts and condemnations against North Korea for testing a nuclear device? Let's be realistic. Kim, labelled by Bush as the second angle in the axis of evil triangle, is only trying to make sure that what happened to Iraq won't happen to North Korea. In the Bush, Blair and Harper world there is no respect for the weak.
Pitfield's Thatcher act
Is anyone else out there getting a strong whiff of Maggie Thatcher from Jane Pitfield's un-mayoral campaign? (NOW, October 12-18). First there were her remarks about "dealing with, confronting or tackling" the unions. Then how she would deal with the homeless and panhandlers. Charming.
In less than three years, David Miller and his broom have swept out a lot of dirty corners, both inside and outside City Hall. Our city is greener, cleaner and more beautiful. And after a summer of trouble-free feasts, festivals and parades, a whole lot of Torontonians are feeling better about themselves and where they live.
In partnership with Bill Blair, some of our most troubled, dangerous and deprived neighbourhoods are receiving new sports and recreation facilities and better access to training and jobs.
There are dozens of colourful murals all over the city where once graffiti was an eyesore. Mayor Miller is slowly prying open the coffers of provincial and federal governments for transit and housing. We have a long way to go, but with a bigger broom we can build the ideal city.
LeDrew Miller's wild card?
Will Stpehen Ledrew's reward for running against Jane Pitfield be a plum appointment to the Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation by David Miller? Left-liberal sponsorship revisited.
Glenn Wheeler uses the words "rant" and "railed" to describe the speech given by Caroline Glick of the Jerusalem Post at Holy Blossom Temple (NOW, October 12-18).
He quotes Glick as saying, "What we really want is to survive. If we get peace as a result of protecting ourselves, that's fine....
You fight and you don't adopt surrender as a national security doctrine." And "We will have to pay the price necessary to ensure the continuation of our liberties."
Where is the rant? Wheeler acknowledges that Glick received a "warm reception" from "throngs of well-wishers." I guess they heard no rant.
Clearly, Wheeler cannot distinguish a war of aggression from a war of defence and survival. Basically, he went to Holy Blossom Temple with a preconceived idea for an anti-Israel story. Too bad he could not give us some quotes of real venomous ranting to support his claims.
Bursting k-os's bubble
Re k-os's response to Jason Richards's review (NOW, October 12-18).
I don't much care for the new k-os album, so am I a "sellout," too? Take it from someone who has had his share of bad reviews: you can't take bad press so personally. If I spent time spitting back at every bad thing said about me in the press I wouldn't have time to wipe my own ass!
Anyone who's confident enough to be in the public eye should take everything said about them (especially decent record reviews) with a grain of salt. k-os's response makes me laugh so hard.
It just sounds so much like a so-called "artist" who's had too much sunshine massaged up his ass.
In fact, Richards's review isn't even bad! Maybe his words hit a nerve that was too close to a truth that k-os can't face.
For someone to spit "sellout" who worked with Kevin Drew from Broken Social Scene (the white middle-class version of G-Unit) and Buck 65 is about as funny as a white guy who swears in fear that he has black friends.
Someone should pop the bubble this arrogant prick lives in - or rather don't, cuz everything that comes out of k-os's mouth makes me laugh laugh laugh.
Memphis by colours
Why put the caption "I find the right club for jamming in this fascinating town" over an article bent on convincing readers to avoid Memphis (NOW, October 12-18)? Perhaps this message may be intentional on the part of John Kneeland (a "travel" writer who seems more like a shit-scared Canadian longing for the safeties of home). But it's downright pathetic that he found it necessary to explain the city's racial makeup and point out where the white people like to go.
Is Kneeland suggesting that readers avoid the dominant black population lurking everywhere else?
Your editors don't help when the quote "I'm the only white person on the long bus ride to the edge of the city" appears in the centre in bold.
NOW, you know better than that. Don't run that shit.
Shai's too cool for service
Re Lisa Paul's review of Shai's (NOW, October 12-18). I would agree with most of Paul's observations. There's little care taken with the food, and it's obvious. To call the breakfast "satisfying," however, is another thing.
After waiting close to half an hour for some cold bacon and eggs, we only receive one of our two orders. When I tell the server we've ordered another breakfast, she responds with a lackadaisical "cool" and saunters off. Fifteen minutes later, I wave down another server who, to her credit, is helpful.
I am not a hungry lumberjack of a woman. I'm having breakfast with my 11-year-old son, who has limited stomach capacity. But we leave hungry and must go somewhere else to eat.
I regret that I tipped at the counter when I paid. With so many great places to eat in Kensington Market, it's best to avoid Shai's.
I'm sure that's "cool" with them.
Food for thought
Bravo, NOW! The Vegetarian Issue (NOW, October 5-11) was fun and informative and will likely prompt many readers to explore a healthy, humane plant-based diet. Studies have shown that on average vegetarians and vegans are at least 10 per cent leaner and live six to 10 years longer than meat-eaters.
According to internationally renowned nutrition expert T. Colin Campbell, "The vast majority of all cancers, cardiovascular diseases and other forms of degenerative illness can be prevented simply by adopting a plant-based diet." And considering that each vegetarian saves more than 100 animals every year, people who choose to eat a plant-based diet can be confident that they are truly helping to stop animal suffering. I encourage anyone who needs some extra motivation to visit www.GoVeg.com and watch Chew On This, a thought-provoking video listing 10 of the most compelling reasons to go vegan.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals,
Re My Vegan Adventures, by Sarah Liss (NOW, October 5-11). Hey, Sarah, why don't you go into a synagogue and demand a wafer-thin snack named Jesus? Most vegans are as self-righteous as bored-again zealots worshipping a rickety wicker man made of spelt on a witchhunt for omnivores to burn at the steakhouse.
Nasty Hip clip
Evan Davies condescendingly reviews the new Barenaked Ladies disc (NOW, October 5-11) and comments that they sing songs about locally recognizable places "without the pathetic patriotic desperation of the Tragically Hip."
One might describe Gord Downie's lyrics in many ways - intelligent, occasionally cryptic and language-loving all spring to mind. But they certainly don't evoke what Davies asserts. His comment is simply nasty, stupidly inappropriate and, most pathetically, irrelevant.
Waterfront beach bash
I just finished reading Jenny Yuen's article Popping Cherry's Party (NOW, October 5-11). I was there at the police bust-up of the Cherry Beach party on Labour Day and couldn't believe the number of officers, police vehicles, horses and even a paddy wagon that were there to shut down a peaceful gathering.
These parties have been going on for five years, and there have never been any problems, arrests or harm done. The Sunday-afternoon parties were attended by a microcosm of Toronto's population - young, old, single, married, kids and pets, all dancing and having fun. Isn't that what our parks are for?
The lead police officer stated that they were shutting down the party because it was "an unlawful gathering of people."
So now what?
The city plans on cutting down 250 trees to construct two temporary sports fields. Karen Pire, program manager of the Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation, is quoted in the article as saying these fields "are a way to bring people down to the port lands."
Well, guess what, Karen? People are already going down to the port lands, and we like it just the way it is. So thanks to the TWRC for shutting down one of the few fun green areas in Toronto. Keep revitalizing!