Vaughan a Liberal pawn
Adam Vaughan's decisive win over "the NDP machine" in Trinity-Spadina covers up a rather obvious fact: "independent" Vaughan got huge support from the Liberals. Check out his supporter and donor lists on his website. Mary Anne Chambers, minister in the Ontario Liberal cabinet. Davenport Liberal MP Mario Silva. Tim Murphy, former chief of staff to prime minister Paul Martin. To name just a few.
In the poll I voted in, at Bloor and Spadina, Vaughan's scrutineer admitted he was a Liberal who had worked on previous elections for former Trinity-Spadina Liberal MP Tony Ianno. I'm hoping NOW Magazine will make sure Mr. Vaughan stays true to the progressive and independent values he campaigned on and so many in the ward share - Liberal or not.
Gag me with the sarcasm
Other than the mangled history saying Saddam was captured July 04 rather than December 03, the big problem with the anniversary issue (NOW, November 9-15) is how the "we said" sections were, for the most part, just large heaps of snark, which by the time I finished the timeline only reminded me of The Simpsons parody of cynical members of Generation X.
I'm used to Tim Perlich being an out-of-touch prick every week, but the decision to use this space to create the illusion of a 25-year history of mean-spirited non-reviews instead of expanding on what you enjoyed was severely disappointing. Finally, yet another week when the k-os feud just had to keep going. Ugh. Get over it.
At this point you've made yourselves look more ridiculous than k-os could ever have hoped to in his initial rant.
The fine art of equality
Re Cover Art (now, november 9-15). This is some interesting cover art we have been enjoying for the few weeks leading up to the anniversary issue. However, I could not help but notice that out of eight photos for the two pictures, only one is female. This does not seem representative of the last 25 years of NOW Magazine. Nit-picking? Someone had to say it.
Sickening silicone silence
Re Making The Breast Of It (now, November 2-8.) Elizabeth Bromstein is on the right track. It is indeed "scary silicone." Supriya Sharma and Michael Kreidstein obviously turn a blind eye to the abundant research proving beyond a doubt that silicone is not fit for human implantation.
The new gummy-bear style is in fact a return to the earlier version, when they used very hard silicone. They'll never get it right, because silicone is a carcinogenic toxin.
Health Canada finally gave in to the holy almighty implant dollar rather than protect us from the criminal negligence of the silicone predators. Implants will rupture within 10 years and cause irreversible damage to the immune, neurological and musculo-skeletal systems and cause infections and chest damage. It's only common sense.
When the public finds out about the deliberate suppression of information, maybe then women will finally be free of the pressures of media images and the unethical actions of the medical industry.
Stop the cruel hoax on women now!
Picking on potheads
Re Drugged Driving Laws. How can the government justify this new affront to our civil rights and liberties? There are no numbers to show that there has been an increase in drugged driving incidents, as no official study has ever been done. Remember, this is the same government that wants to crack down on a crime rate that has been steadily dropping.
Imagine this scenario: Someone is driving around stoned on tranquilizers, painkillers, cold medications or some combination thereof. The driver gets pulled over and appears - to the police officer - to be visibly "impaired." The driver blows zero for alcohol, and his urine and blood samples test negative for illegal drugs. That driver is free to go and repeat the offence.
But if the driver tests positive for even trace amounts of marijuana, which may show up in the body for up to three months after the last puff, or because of second-hand smoke, he or she will be booked for "impaired driving." This is the same as busting someone for drunk driving three days after their last drink.
Clearly, this new "drugged driving" legislation is designed specifically to profile marijuana users - especially people under the age of 30 and people of colour. How medical marijuana users will fare under this new program is yet to be seen.
The new law will likely ignore the dangers of impairment factors such as coffee, cigarette or cellphone in hand, rowdy pets and passengers, booming stereos, blood-sugar imbalances, fatigue, inexperience, bad driving habits, old age and plain old stupidity.
To focus on any one thing is arbitrary and discriminatory - and that is exactly what this new law will do.It won't matter if you are tripling your dose of a prescription medication, but if marijuana shows up in your blood, you will be considered guilty until proven innocent. So much for Canada being a "just society."
Federal medical marijuana licence holder, Ottawa
Big-up to Blessed
I was kind of disturbed last year when I saw that NOW's Best Of Toronto issue had a reggae/calypso category. Kind of disappointing from a usually forward-thinking magazine, but not unusual for reggae in Canada.
Even the usually lame Junos don't put reggae and calypso in the same category. So it was even more disappointing to see that the acknowledgement in this year's reggae/calypso category (NOW, October 26-November 1) went to - wait for it - Sean Paul!
Best Of Toronto. 200 Reasons Our City Rocks. Ow. A bit of a slap in the face to all those reggae artists who are keeping the reggae fire burning here in Toronto. What about big-ups to Blessed (this year's Juno winner!), Lindo P, Treson, Trinty Chris, Truths and Rights, Sonia Collymore, Humble, Odel, Tanya Mullings and Jah Beng?
Free your mind, Harkness
Re Ridley Scott's a Good Year, reviewed by John Harkness (NOW, November 9-15). Well, I finally get it! By his own admission, Harkness "does not share what seem to be the dreams of many of my contemporaries," and his world view ends "a few blocks north of Eglinton."
And here I thought that film enjoyment, let alone critique, required imagination and the suspension of disbelief!
Hey, Georgy, you so fine
Re Barrett Hooper's review of the Hour (NOW, November 2-8), I speak for a huge segment of the female population when I say, "Don't dis my baby! And what do you have against sideburns anyway?
If you don't like The Hour, don't fucking watch it. True, that "sideburned, sleepy-eyed ex-veejay" is no Peter Mansbridge, thank god. Let us have our eye candy; he's the only hot, smart Canadian babe we get to look at on a regular basis. Who would you rather have us swoon over? Red Green? Brent Butt?
If you want your parents' news, watch Peter. If you want everyone else's news, watch Jon. (Stewart does a fair bit of ass-kissing himself, Hooper.)
But if you want news/entertainment/gossip presented by a beautiful, humble Canadian darling with an extremely long, hard last name that I can barely get my mouth around, watch George.
Suck it up, hiphop
I've been on the sidelines dying to butt in for weeks. I feel I have to say something. I think k-os is a whiny bitch for objecting to your negative review of his new disc and dragging this whole issue on.
Now other NOW readers are jumping on his bandwagon, saying it's not just k-os but the overall genre of music that's misunderstood and under-represented in your magazine. What he and other hiphop artists need to be told is that a good majority of current hiphop/rap music releases are mediocre, and your writers should not be afraid to say so because of some kind of supposed loyalty to their scene or to "black culture."
I am a musician personally involved in heavy metal, noise and punk, which are not only musical scenes but deep philosophical lifestyle choices (as is the hiphop lifestyle).
Like other members of outsider cultures, I don't cry foul when mainstream publications deny us good reviews or even minimal coverage of our music; I fully expect it.
If hiphop/rap culture fans think they get the shaft, just try being fans of any number of the fringe genres of music operating in Toronto without the help of any TV/radio/news media. Look at how many venues, magazines, TV shows and radio programs are dedicated solely to hiphop culture. You've got it made, guys.
Appreciate what you've got, because a lot of us in other scenes know more accurately what it's like to be excluded.
I want to thank you for the best geek personality honour (NOW, October 26-November 1). I was quite surprised to find out about it (via someone on my MySpace account, of course). All the best. And keep up the great work in your mag!