Cole too cool for this idgit
Susan Cole, I’m right pleased that you’re a film cricket now, what with all them fancy references to 40-year-old Fellini films and words like “tableaux” and “riveting” (NOW, January 24-30).
But I still need some help parsin’ your warning: “If you like action, stay away.” Like, what if you totally like action and boring-ass existential tone poems?
Maybe what you’re really tryin’ to say is that Still Life ain’t a flicker for no Bruce Willis-loving idgits?
I’m also real glad to hear you say, “Visuals alone can make a film in-credibly riveting.”
I went to see a film last week without no pitchers at all. Turns out, they call that radio.
Feet taking a beating
RE Fast Food No Easy Feet (NOW, January 24-30). Thank you for continuing to be vigilant about pedestrians’ status vis-à-vis the car.
In areas of the city that cry out for pedestrian walkways, plazas, malls and pedestrian-friendly businesses because of their increasing density of non-car owners, we still see the infrastructure of the mid-20th century’s gas-guzzling, carbon-emitting, blatantly idling car culture.
Feet on the Street
Fishing local, not loco
RE Fishy LCBO Story (NOW, January 24-30). Your inference that the con-servation work done by the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters is somehow less green because its goal is to fish and hunt the animals they work to save is insulting.
This organization was working hard at conservation long before green became a buzzword, and has accomplished much more than most other groups.
The hardest part to understand is why the constant cries for living local while denouncing those who responsibly hunt and fish? You can’t get more local than that.
Stale Maple Blues
I just perused the “winners” list of the 2008 Maple Blues Awards (NOW, January 24-30).
I viewed the same list last year, and the year before. A word of advice: no change equals no gain. Or is that the plan?
I think the time is ripe to shovel this stinking carcass to the side of the road. If it weren’t for government and corporate handouts, it wouldn’t exist.
I understand the need to acknowledge the blues genre, but I’d have to think twice as an artist about participating. They should call it the Maple Glad-Handy Awards.
I’d rather finish 1oth to something extraordinary than first over ordinary any day. The cake is getting pretty stale.
Your feature on Ron Hawkins (NOW, January 17-23) only told half the story about Chemical Sound Recording Studio.
Yes, the original location was torn down to make way for condominiums, but former owner Rudy Rempel and I transplanted the studio, with all its vintage gear and decor, to a new location (no small endeavour).
Chemical Sound still exists as a community-based recording facility run by and for musicians. Long-time clients like veteran producer Ian Blurt on still book here. Even the studio’s original founder/owner, the legen-dary Daryl Smith, has worked here.
Chemical Sound remains a mainstay in our music community and is currently playing host to a new generation of up-and-coming artists (e.g., Tokyo Police Club and the Born Ruffians).
I’m glad Ron chose our name for his album, and I understand the value of a good story when promoting a record. But I found the feature a little misleading, maybe even damaging. We’re not dead yet, just moved.
Iraq and the economy gap
The gap that democrats need to focus on is the one between them and the Republicans, not the differences between Senators Clinton and Obama (NOW, January 17-23).
The Democrats cannot beat the GOP on issues of security, terrorism and the military, and making the conversation about Iraq will lead the Republicans to a third presidential term.
Instead, the Democrats need to focus on the faltering economy. The war that was supposed to pay for itself has exceeded $400 billion, an amount increasing by $2 billion a week. By making the economy the issue and tying the Iraq war to its problems, the Democratic nominee will provide American voters with a rationale for getting out of Iraq as soon as possible.
RE Foam Alone (NOW, January 17-23). We need federal (not provincial) packaging standards. Until packaging is John Baird’s problem, nothing will happen.
Go to www.wastediversion.ca and follow the links to our Improper Packaging Campaign. Download the peel-and-stick labels, affix them to improper packaging and mail FREE to Minister Baird. It’s allowed by law.
Waste Diversion Campaigner
The Sierra Club of Canada
Pistol-whipped by my peers
RE Reality Check, Why Schools Are Not Safe (NOW, January 17-23). The problem in some of our schools is not lack of supervision, discrimination or the fact that no one is saying anything. The problem is really the pressure we as students place on one another to be “cool” and “in.”
Everyone wants to be the person everyone looks up to or envies. They think pointing a gun at someone just may help them accomplish that.
Cummer Valley Middle School
RE Go Has Left the Train Station (NOW, January 3-9). The notion that public transit can help shape density and built form is an idea long lost in Ontario.
Similar to the proposed GO stations, Downsview station is a prime example of a vast, sprawling sea of parking that caters to users arriving by car, not on foot.
Mass transit infrastructure should be used to generate denser, mixed-use communities that promote pedestrian movement and interaction among residents instead of wasteful parking. Healthier suburban communities can result when public transit is allowed to shape the connections between movement, density and form.
Dyeing of laughter
Sheila Gostick’s Dyeing For a New Life (NOW, January 24-30) was the funniest thing I’ve read all year! Kudos to Gostick and NOW Magazine for bringing a smile to the GTA.
Messed-up site lines
Yes, your website perhaps did look a bit old, but it really wasn’t shabby at all. In fact, the thing it had going for it was usability.
The refresh is spiffy, but when it comes to the movie listings, it blows. Could you put it back the way it was, please?
You’re going to make me switch sites, and I am absolutely going to hate you for doing that because I love NOW Magazine.
DEA’s budding business
As a Christian, and like most Americans who’ve heard about Marc Emery’s story (NOW, January 17-23), I do not support the DEA, extradition, cannabis persecution or caging Emery for selling pot seeds. Why is the U.S. DEA in Canada to begin with?
What readers are saying on nowtoronto.com
RE The Case for More War (NOW, January 24-30). The ritualistic sacrifice of our young (ceremoniously dressed in military shrouds) is the price that must be paid to maintain good relations with the god-monster of the empire to the south. Afghanistan is a pit of quicksand that will swallow many of our young until we realize that we are just the latest of invaders and will also be repelled so that the Afghan people can live according to their 17th-century tribal traditions.
Re Sundance Sign-off (NOW, January 24-30). Good review of the fest! I think it had the necessary excitement and trepidation built right in. I like the footnote about Bono. Must there only be gushing interviewers falling over themselves to give compliments to stars like him?
RE Tolerance Trip-up (NOW, January 24-30). My sister is also funny and beautiful, sensitive, adorable and retarded. There is absolutely no better term than “retarded” to sum up her mental and physical abilities, because her development in both areas is slow. Calling retarded people “retarded” does not strip them of their dignity. Letter writer Gabriel Radford should not be so offended. It’s this ridiculously defensive attitude, held by people who should know better, that’s made the proper use of the word “retarded” so taboo.
As far as i’m concerned, the “Year of the Ukulele” (NOW, January 17-23) has been going on for about a decade!
RE Nano Protocol (NOW, January 24-30). Contraction and convergence is the only game in town to address the historical (and legitimate) grievances associated with climate change. While simultan-eously providing the required precautionary solution, it addresses social injustice on a global scale. Everyone can feel good about this – and should. It deserves fuller media attention. Congratulations to Gwynne Dyer.