So totally boring
Wow. avril lavigne and the burning question of how she'll behave at the MMVAs on the cover (NOW, June 14-20)?
I thought this was NOW Magazine, not Tiger Beat.
Are you telling me there wasn't any other more compelling content to feature besides this faux punk princess?
I thought maybe I was missing something, so I started to read and couldn't get more than halfway through. Guess Hilary Duff will be on the cover when she hits town.
Move over, Tony Soprano
RE Feds' pot gouge (NOW, june 14- 20). Matt Mernagh's story on the astronomical amounts Health Canada is marking up its medpot proves the old truism that government is the most organized form of crime.
G8's war on the planet
What absurdity. government heads get together in Germany to discuss global warming and to eliminate the biggest threat confronting our future (NOW, June 7-14).
Meanwhile, their tanks attack aircraft and bombs pump hundreds of tonnes of volatile organic compounds into the atmosphere in their "war on terror."
A no-win, no-agenda operation with no end in sight.
Hybrid's no hoax
RE Honda's hybrid hoax (now, june 7-13). You savage Honda for trying to market a car that combined V-6 power with four-cylinder economy and emissions levels - a 253-horsepower car that meets California emissions level criteria?
If every leadfoot in the GTA traded in muscle cars for vehicles like this, we'd be well on our way to generating at least a start on Kyoto.
But you're right about one thing: Honda missed the mark on the target demographic with the Accord Hybrid. That's not an indictment of the car, but of the growing public image of hybrids as bobo/Sandalista bromides over carbon footprint guilt.
I blame 905 commuters for not embracing cars like the Accord Hybrid and demanding more alternative engine choices. Let's just hope Honda ignores this market lesson and doesn't start building monster SUVs.
Service Station & Garage
Management Magazine, Toronto
More yoga, less drugs
RE Wanted: tokers in suits (NOW, May 31-June 6). It is irresponsible to put a positive spin on drugs like LSD. Spiritual strength comes from a fruitful life, not self-indulgent, brain-damaging habits.
Left out on Lansdowne
Your article narrow-minded on Lansdowne (NOW, June 14-20) was such a disappointing read. One of the main reasons residents are so upset is that the consultation process has been virtually non-existent. Councillor Adam Giambrone continues to insist, though he refuses to offer any proof, that he did a survey of the street in August or September. It's quite a surprise that none of this is mentioned in your article.
But since writer Jenny Yuen goes on to say the Portugal Day parade took place on Saturday, June 9, when it actually took place Sunday, June 10, and also mentions that bike lanes are included in the plan when they are not, is it any wonder that the rest of the details of your piece are equally questionable?
Have we really come to the point where residents speaking out for political accountability are simply ridiculed?
NOW, I really hope you can do better than this in future.
The Toronto Lansdowne Residents' Association is misrepresenting the issue in its opposition to the Lansdowne narrowing, most signficantly in contending that Councillor Adam Giambrone didn't consult homeowners. This project will make this stretch of Lansdowne safer.
Time to take the Tooker
Kudos to the Urban Repair Squad for taking the initiative to paint the much-needed bike lane on Bloor in true Tooker style (NOW, June 7-14).
Bloor has one of the highest bike ridership numbers in the city, high car/bike collision rates and no streetcar tracks, so everyone, including city staff, agrees it is the most obvious place to paint a bike lane. So why wait?
That's the thing. Bike lanes are cheap. It just means removing some on-street car parking.
Since Bloor already has tons of extra parking lots situated above the subway, what's the problem?
Please call your councillors and ask for a bike lane on Bloor and Danforth before more cyclists are discouraged from riding, crushed or doored.
Higher learning, my ass
RE Indigo's Israel problem (NOW, June 7-14). It's refreshing that one media outlet has finally printed something about the conflict in the Middle East without blaming the victims.
It would have been interesting had Glenn Wheeler noted that Heseg is a registered charity in Canada.
It would have been even more interesting had he explored the bios of Heseg board members a bit further. The CEO of Torstar, Robert Prichard, passing off his involvement in Heseg as pursuit of higher learning?!
Sorry Robert, we're not buying it, nor your paper.
Robert J. Allison
I am writing to draw your attention to an error in Glenn Wheeler's article entitled Indigo's Israel Problem.
Wheeler states: "As protestors around the world mark the 40th anniversary of Israel's annexation of the West Bank and Gaza Saturday (June 7)..." Contrary to his statement, Israel never annexed the West Bank or Gaza Strip. At best, shortly after the Six Day War, Israel annexed only East Jerusalem.
HonestReporting Canada, Toronto
No laughing matter
So letter-writer Josh Frohwein thinks that what Israel is doing in the Occupied Territories is funny (June 14-20). Well, it is not. If your readers want to know how unfunny it really is I recommend they purchase Beyond Chutzpah, by Norman G. Finkelstein.
This book details the atrocities the Israelis are committing against the Palestinians each and every day. It also concludes that Israel is committing moral suicide. It is available at Amazon. ca and Indigo.ca (surprise!).
If your readers would like to see a visual presentation of this disaster, they can visit www.occupation101.com. They charge for the download, but if you don't have the money it is widely available at most Torrent download sites. It is devastating.
Broken critic's scene
Kudos to Brendan Canning and Kevin Drew for denouncing Sarah Liss in an executive order from "Scene HQ" (NOW, June 7-13).
In a weak moment, Liss may have forgotten that Broken Social Scene have been above criticism ever since they collectively hypnotized credulous listeners and critics into believing they are much more than derivative and promiscuous opportunists short on hooks and long on Pro Tools.
And after their coup de grace of somehow persuading a New York Times Magazine writer to conflate them with the Situationists, local critics like Liss must toe the collective line and pile on the BSS ad infinitum: anyone caught defying this "Scene HQ" edict will lose her "all-access pass" and be given just enough white belt to hang herself.
Peace, love and light show
RE Luminato (NOW, may 31-june 6). From where I sat at College and Bathurst, all I could see was this great cascade of light showering the city.
I think it succeeded in a sort of unification of people.
Say it ain't Joe
RE M. Gail's letter, throw Joe to The Chipmunks (NOW, May 31-June 6). In a sleazy world where musicians often befriend each other for reasons of convenience and vanity, Mendelson Joe has always been completely genuine. He went out of his way to write me a respectful letter about eight years ago, and since then we've been regular pen pals.
In regards to Joe's pessimism, I take it only at face value. He's a good-hearted person with a distinct voice, and I think such sour rants against Joe paint him incorrectly. If you saw his place in the woods, you'd see a man with hundreds, perhaps thousands of paintings, each painting celebrating life in some way or criticizing it, attempting to make this place a little better with each one.
He hasn't given up hope for humanity. He's just a little frustrated by the current state of the world. I don't blame him there.