Remembering Ed et al.
Jane Jacobs, June Callwood, now Ed Mirvish (NOW, July 12-18). All of them contributed greatly to our city, yet there's no public monument to them and, as time passes, their legacies are in danger of being diminished.
It's time the city erected a public display of some sort in a central location (Dundas Square comes to mind) honouring those citizens who strove to make our city great.
Black day for honesty
Ed Mirvish dies a hero, leaving an indelible mark on Toronto. Conrad Black is found guilty of fraud and obstruction of justice. All in one week.
There's a lesson somewhere in there for the Toronto business community.
Jorge V. Hurtado
RE Dillon McManamy's letter complaining about NOW's Fringe coverage (NOW, July 12-18). What paper have you been reading, Dillon?
NOW's previews and reviews of the Fringe have spanned not one, but two issues, and four pages at that! It's up to you to make sure the press knows who you are. Your time might be better spent writing a decent press release than a whiny letter to the editor.
Since your letter came out with the review issue, I can only assume you're miffed because your show didn't get a preview. Learn the difference.
Miller troop mix-up
RE In knots over ribbons (now, July 5-11). What leads Andrew Cash to think Mayor Miller is against the war in Afghanistan? The mere fact that Miller was quoted as saying that there are people who see the yellow ribbons as support for the war doesn't prove he's against it.
Miller has never said word one against the war.
Not that he hasn't had the opportunity.
On September 29, 2006, he spoke at a support-the-troops Red Fridays rally at Yonge-Dundas Square.
Far from dissociating himself from the prevailing sentiment at the rally, he told the crowd they ought to feel proud of Canada's troops.
Twisting ribbon's message
This is the second time I have felt the need to write to NOW regarding Andrew Cash's articles.
I am astounded yet again that he seems to be missing the obvious point that the yellow ribbon is a symbol supporting the individual men and women who serve our country and not the mission in Afghanistan specifically. It says so right on the ribbon so prominently pictured with the article (NOW, July 5-11).
Politics aside, I personally look forward to a time when there is no need for our soldiers to be overseas, but until that time comes, I will fully support the use of and display the ribbon to remind myself and others that we value their contribution.
Before Cash continues to embarrass himself, he should take a moment and reflect on the difference our soldiers have made around the world.
Live Earth's power chord
Shouldn't the live earth concerts (NOW, July 12-18) have been unplugged?
RE The Paris effect (NOW, July 12-18)
I propose this: if we truly want an informed, empirical assessment of the daily operation of Canadian criminal justice, we should consider incarcerating not only more celebrities but also more politicians, cops, judges and yellow journalists.
Regarding your list of iconic local signs worth preserving (NOW, July 5-11): The CHUM sign on Yonge is all the stranger an omission considering that it reflects the other half of the CHUMCity empire whose sell-off sparked the recent Save the CityPulse Truck rally, the pop-preservationist comrade-in-arms to Save Sam's.
Heck, I'll betcha that even a thoughtful MuchGenerationer would go to bat for the CHUM sign sooner than for the MuchMusic signage, even if they'd rally for Much itself remaining on Queen West.
Style dumpster divers
RE My Style (NOW, July 12-18). How is it that, week after week, you feature people who look like they got dressed in a Goodwill dumpster with their eyes shut? Is it supposed to be ironic or some kind of anti-consumer statement?
Taxes, too bad
I support the municipal tax increase (NOW, July 5-11). I don't like it. Who does? But the city needs the money and has to raise it with the tools it has.
The alternative is what amounts to a tax increase on the poor in the form of cuts to services.
The imbalance between the three levels of government as to their respective responsibilities and their respective resources to deal with those responsibilities will not be dealt with unless and until it starts to hurt the taxpayers.
Too bad, but there are some things that we all of us can only learn the hard way.
Hand back the Islands
Let's recognize the aboriginal claims to the Toronto Islands (NOW, June 22-28) right now.
I'll lay you odds they'll come up with a more eco-friendly and people-friendly usage plan than the looters and squatters currently responsible for Centreville, the yacht clubs, the Ward's Island "village" and, god help us, the Island Airport.
Africa's cracked foundation
RE U.S. of Africa, (NOW, july 12-18). Gwynne Dyer notes that at a recent summit meeting of the African Union in Ghana, South African president Thabo Mkebi stated that "before you put the roof on a house, you need to build the foundation."
Concerning the AIDS file, Mkebi laid the foundation by refusing to believe that HIV is the cause of AIDS.
He also responded to South Africa's staggeringly high infection rate by ordering an "Afrocentric" approach such as using garlic to treat the disease.
Seems to me his foundation has a few cracks.
Pro-Israel with no apologies
Letter-writer Gord Ruddin, the "Ugly Canadian," sees fit to accuse Jewish Canadians willing to defend Israel against unrelenting media and terrorist attacks of being disloyal citizens (NOW, July 12-18), and advises them to redirect their energies to supporting Canada.
Ruddin is curiously silent about the support funnelled by other Canadian labour unions and ethnic groups to legitimate international charities and also to dubious philanthropies shown to be money-laundering fronts for anti-Western and anti-democratic organizations.
I suppose in Ruddin's view, Christian citizens who support Israel with tourism, charitable donations and trade are also disloyal to Canadian culture and democracy. Take off, eh?
Metropass credit, forget it
A warning to those who have submitted their Metropass receipts to Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).
I'm a devout Metropass buyer and was thrilled when I learned about the tax credits last year. Not so thrilled when I read my "letter of review" from CRA after my long trek home the other night.
They're asking for some pretty ridiculous stuff, like proof of payroll deduction, cancelled cheques or credit card statements.
It's almost as if they've never seen a Metropass and never set foot in a station. We all know it's cash-only unless you use the machines like the ones found at Yonge and Eglinton that will accept debit cards.
If the government wants to help us commuters out, maybe it should put a better system in place when it comes to claiming our passes. Or actually pick up a pass to see how it all works. But maybe they all drive cars.