To MMP haters world's flat
I have twice run for office federally, each time under the banner of a different party. I have also been involved in every election since attending the rally for Diefenbaker at the CNE when I was a kid. MMP (NOW, October 4-10) is essential if Ontario is to solve its problems.
When I knocked on doors in past elections, many voters agreed with my points but reiterated their traditional support for a particular party.
No wonder we get such bad government.
Under MMP, voters will be able both to vote for a candidate in their riding and for the party with the policies they like best.
Our first-past-the-post electoral system was devised by people who believed the world was flat. It is time for a change.
Will of the electorate
NOW magazine has published some good letters and articles about MMP.
How do we justify using our present first-past-the-post system when a majority of democratic countries have either rejected it outright or modified it with a proportional system?
Which system best reflects the will of the electorate? We already know the answer to that question.
Cheap food beats local
Food issues may have received more attention this campaign than at any time since 1919 (NOW, October 4-10). But I can tell you that the debate has been rather shallow.
It's easy for John Tory to jump on the bandwagon and support local food after all it's been one of the biggest bandwagons of the summer, thanks to just about every major Ontario newspaper.
But a reality check is much needed. People shouldn't forget that you can't close our borders to cheap food from the U.S., Brazil or China under free trade rules.
The downloading of every imaginable environmental and animal rights concern on the farmer, at a time when income is being beaten down by imports, is the biggest problem around.
Farm Products Marketer
Nuit Blanche was something quite unique and amazing (NOW, October 4-10).
Toronto became a strange and interesting place for one night, but what was with the crowd?
Who would have thought the hootin' and hollerin,' baseball-cap-wearing frat boys would make it to an art event? Or perhaps that's what made it distinctly Toronto in flavour.
It seems the Saturday-night club crowd, complete with its Nickelback-style asshole quotient, filtered into the city-as-public-art-venue to cause a ruckus on Queen.
Hey, dudes, thanks for making a generally enjoyable night occasionally threatening. Party on!
Blanche gives me the blues
I couldn't be bothered to head down to Nuit Blanche. I'm racked with art guilt. I partially blame NOW. You made it look so attractive all the experimental installations, all those meaningful pieces, all that talent.
So why couldn't I be bothered? Was it the rather crass major Canadian bank sponsor so desperately vying for "artist" savings accounts to eventually foreclose on their luxurious condos? Much to my chagrin, I can't even blame capitalism this time.
No, it was me.
I have become soft. I have become comfortable.
I read your publication, see all the amazing stuff going on in the city, tell myself I'm going to go but rarely do.
If only I'd made it down to that "ghost station." I could have waited in line, looked around in some sort of amazed stupor, soaked up the culture, left and been in bed by 11:30 pm, just in time for that The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift movie to start.
Parkdale passed up
Your Nuit Blanche guide (NOW, September 27-October 3) omitted parts of Parkdale.
You omitted the parkour team that jumped from the Dufferin bridge and around/over buildings/obstacles in Parkdale all night.
Also omitted was the incredible fashion extravaganza put on by Common Cloth, as well as the film installations.
You listed places that closed at 2:30 am while omitting the several eateries that were going until dawn to feed the all-night art fans.
What reason did you have for leaving out other bars?
Chair, Marketing Committee,
Parkdale Village BIA
Pissy mayor misses mark
The mayor needs to start acting like a real mayor and quit getting into stupid pissing matches with losers like Denzil Minnan-Wong (NOW, October 4-10).
Whoever advised Miller's current immature course of action should be fired.
That will save at least one salary at City Hall.
Sports field over veggies
Your story about the community garden that was proposed for Erwin Krickhahn Park (NOW, September 27-October 3) probably left many wondering what kind of Neanderthals live in the area.
Your reporter quotes Councillor Adam Giambrone as saying the folks who fought the garden are mostly the same individuals who fought his plans to narrow Lansdowne.
The councillor seems to know little about the constituents he claims to represent.
Is it really so hard for your publication to understand that people want a say in the changes that affect their area? Do the kids in the Krickhahn Park area "hate veggies"? It's more likely they don't want to see their local playing field sacrificed to a community garden. Veggies their parents can buy.
As for playing fields, these are in very short supply in some inner city areas and help keep kids away from often dangerous streets.
Lansdowne Residents Association
Stealing Matador's soul
Mention the Matador to a Torontonian (NOW, September 27-October 3) and, more often than not, you will receive a wry smile and a knowing nod.
The Matador, where honky-tonk and Bacchus revelled until dawn. Those days are behind us now, but the memories live on as part of our souls and the soul of this city. This bar inspired many bands and musicians to inspire us.
Now we're told part of our soul is being reduced to rubble to make way for a parking lot.
Where is the local councillor?
Let us embrace the spirit of this city and of Jane Jacobs and reinvent this building so we may use it to reinvest in ourselves.
Polaris schmolaris. There, i said it. First, kudos to Tim Perlich for putting into print how many Canadian music lovers feel about this "Canadian" music prize. Let's just call it what it is, another vehicle for indie rockers. Period.
I like the genre. I do.
But I like music enough to know that Polaris does not reflect even a fraction of the great music being made in Canada.
Please, can they start picking juries that might have an interest in something other than indie rock?
Just a question, nawmeen...?
What a snob!
Letter-writer Caitlin Crockard of Ottawa hit the nail on the head! (NOW, September 27-October 3).
Why Tim Perlich reviews anything, not just PJ Harvey, is beyond me. Clearly, the higher-ups at NOW have a whole new definition of music critic.
To me, that would be someone with an open mind.
The man is the epitome of the music snob so many other publications in this country will not tolerate. Think of your readers.
Senior music critic?
More like senior music snob.