Nuit Blanche draws a blank
I don't want to seem like a know-it-all, but it needs to be said that Toronto doesn't know what Nuit Blanche is (NOW, September 27-October 3).
What we don't need is a Nuit Blanche along the lines of its Parisian namesake. We don't have to stick to its principle of making contemporary art accessible to all. We don't need to learn to find beauty in our immediate surroundings. We don't need to challenge our perceptions of the ordinary.
We don't have to do any of that stuff. That's for the French.
Let's just make "things" that are like art and that really make people wonder if the ideas came from watching too much TV.
Church Street: Pink. Red. Gay. It's Pride Week's freshman orientation, an awkward, half-hearted attempt to turn the street into a red-light district. Isn't this supposed to be an art thing?
Queen Street: A video screen displays text messages sent by passersby on how to care for the environment. Isn't there a green living show for this?
I am disappointed. I take a taxi home. I am even pissed at the TTC for not being free for the night, like it is in Paris.
FoodShare scare tactics
Regarding these kids hate veggies (NOW, September 27-October 3).
All I have to say is that Jack Fava's efforts to kill FoodShare's community garden in the Lansdowne nabe is typical of residents in the area who must enjoy crack dealers and prostitutes on the corner, since they seem more concerned about vegetable gardens.
The reason properties in this area have no value is because of people like Fava, who oppose any change.
How is it appropriate for Fava to blame "WASPS" and insult environmentalists and those who care about bio-sustainability?
Why is such a nut job allowed to have his opinion expressed in a respectable publication?
McGuinty's tax credit
Only a pathological lefty like Andrew Cash could call Dalton McGuinty's health tax an act of "courage" (NOW, September 27-October 3).
Ironically, it seems McGuinty's uncomfortable relationship with the truth has put him in a position where he can say whatever he wants in his bizarro campaign.
Andrew Cash writes that "politicians are always breaking promises, and I don't think anyone expects otherwise." Cash apparently feels that lying is an acceptable part of the political process. Nonsense!
Lying is unethical. Does Cash believe the taxpaying citizenry should simply roll over and have our money taken by those who make lying part of their chosen profession?
Would he accept being lied to by corporations trying to sell a bogus product for enormous profit?
Red alert in Davenport
RE Ex-Lib now NDP hope (NOW, September 27-October 3).
Why would I vote for an ex-Liberal when I can vote for the real thing?
Then again, as a progressive voter, why would I vote Liberal, given their record?
The Green party wants to increase my hydro rates. The Communists want regulated public power.
Guess where my vote is going?
NDP's school funding fix
A point of clarification regarding Glenn Wheeler's piece on Davenport.
The reference by Gord Perks to the "valley of death" was obviously to the last federal election, where he was the candidate in Davenport.
But it is very nice to hear that the NDP's Peter Ferreira, a former separate school trustee, is open to a referendum on the abolition of Catholic school funding, despite the fact that Davenport is one of the most heavily Catholic ridings in Ontario.
Why does the NDP lack the courage to take this stance?
Hope for the forest
I am baffled by the NDP's opposition to the Liberal policy to procure 30 per cent Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paper (NOW, September 27-October 3).
It gives me a little hope when I see the province stepping outside of its usual tight relationship with industry to support new initiatives like the adoption of FSC standards. It's about time. We have been tied into a system that leaves us dependent on the whims of large, mainly foreign-owned companies.
Faculty of forestry, Lakehead University
Greens pump food safety
I am writing in response to Wayne Roberts's assertion that "even the Greens fail to emphasize the connection between food and other 'non-food' issues like health care and job creation (NOW, September 27-October 3).
The Greens are the only party I hear talking about how our well-being is intertwined with the food we eat, the air we breathe and the stressors we face, recognizing that the burdens on our health care system would be alleviated if more were invested in keeping us healthy in the first place.
Cashing in on MMP
In attacking the vote MMP campaign, letter-writer Edelgard Mahant says the No MMP side "has had to pay for whatever material it could produce" (NOW, September 20-26).
The Vote MMP side has hardly been swimming in government dough.
Dalton McGuinty's scrupulous "neutrality" makes it perfectly clear that having put the referendum ball in play, he and the party wish they had never had that particular brainstorm in the first place.
"Feminists" used as fodder
In response to Jenny Yuen's Rally Takes Back Regent Park (NOW, September 13-19).
"A crowd of feminists...."? What a pathetic way to start an article about women standing together against sexual assault.
Yes, it was a women-only march, but there were plenty of family members, friends and loved ones of all sexes marching alongside us.
And there was not one instance were I found myself "checking over my shoulder" on my way home. It was a night of energy, empowerment and Taking Back The Night.
Not only did NOW publish two reviews of Stars' latest album, In Our Bedroom After The War - Evan Davies's three-N take (NOW, September 6-12) and Jason Keller's four-N one (NOW, September 27-October 3) - but you also managed to miss the mark both times.
Keller's claim that the album's theme suggests "lovelorn problems are equal in magnitude to global warming and Iraq" shows he clearly can't grasp the concept of metaphor.
Davies says the disc is "uneven and drawn out," but doesn't explain why.
And, seriously, two reviews of the same album in different issues?
How dare Barrett Hooper fucking call my film Hymn To Pan "pretentious film-school-style drivel" (NOW, August 30-September 5), you uneducated, moronic mainstream piece of shit? I've been making films for 25 years.
Experimental film is a long, painful process. It doesn't choose to easily entertain; it tries to create something new. By dismissing it, you show a lack of insight, but more importantly, you insult me personally, my work and my lifetime achievement
You dismiss a film that your readers perhaps, without your moronic "guidance," would have been able to appreciate.