Suspects on Queen
Regarding the fire on Queen last week (NOW, February 21-27). There sure seemed to be salvageable parts of the burned buildings, the Suspect Video sign for one, but no attempt whatsoever was made to recover anything.
They tore those “historical” buildings down quick. If there was such urgency, why did the demolition workers go home at 6 pm every night?
If safety was the issue, wouldn’t they make it a 24-hour effort?
Big box the death of Queen
The real story about the buildings that burned on Queen West is that they were the largest commercial wood frame architectural block left in T.O.
Toller Cranston’s gallery once called the block home. Yet we’re expected to stand by and have the bones of Queen ripped out for perhaps another big-box store – as long as it looks nice?
Tell me how many artists, chefs, local bicycle repair shops could make the rent in big-box retail hell? Why would anybody come downtown?
Lords of greed
RE Vienna’s Small-town Soul (NOW, February 21-27). I, too, am a fan of Vienna and often ask myself, having lived in Europe for a number of years, why we suck so much. The answer is simple: rent.
There are laws in all German-speaking countries about how much rent you are allowed to charge.
If rents were lowered, we wouldn’t be working 10-hour days and would be able to relax in cafés instead of bringing our laptops.
Greedy landlords are the root of all that is evil in this city.
Castles made of sand
Crystal Castles (NOW, February 21-27)? Never heard of ’em till NOW. But I have heard that in Britain you can be the “hottest” new band simply by banging a toy shovel on an empty baked beans can. I hope they sound better than that.
But I doubt it. Hold on, folks! I think the old hype machine has just been put into overdrive.
Forgetting Willie P.
NOW, a magazine that’s connected to roots music, should have dedicated some space in the February 21 issue to acknowledge the death of Willie P. Bennett.
His influence on so many musicians and bands like Blackie & the Rodeo Kings is legendary. Hopefully, something is forthcoming.
Grits’ Afghan fix
Michael Hollett’s Addicted to Power (NOW, February 21-27) deserves a thank-you for speaking up.
As the Liberals prop up the Tories and even help them to extend the war in Afghanistan, progressives everywhere and everyone who thinks this war needs to end now should remove the wool from their eyes and support the only national party that is trying to end this war.
Don’t extend it. End it.
Paradox of pacificism
Michael Hollett’s Addicted to Power demonstrates how uninformed he and the NDP are when it comes to Canada’s role in the international community.
No one in the Liberal party enjoys the prospect of war. It requires immense acts of inhumanity and injustice.
We entered Afghanistan in defence of an ally, and once there found atrocities.
It’s the victims of these atrocities we have been fighting for. To leave them now would be to sentence them to twice the hardship. The NDP seems willing to do this.
This would not be pacifism but active neglect.
From fiction to fission
I can understand how “afghan mission” has become the moniker by which that foolish and tragic military undertaking has become commonly known.
Conjuring peaceful religious folk knitting throws and wraps – perhaps in a remote exotic outpost – serves the interests of a war lobby anxious to soft-sell what is, stripped of cuddly euphemism, a violent, bloody war.
Berkeley cognitive linguist George Lakoff stresses the importance of progressives reframing political metaphors.
Here’s hoping NOW can take the lead and start using the more accurate “Afghan fission.”
The Leafs are alright
We are kids and we read the article about the Leafs at Withrow (NOW, February 14-20). We went to the practice and thought they were very, very friendly. Nik Antropov signed a jersey and spoke to us.
Thomas Kaberle and Mats Sundin were very friendly, too. Every time they signed, they made eye contact.
I got autographs from Boyd Devereaux, Kyle Wellwood, Antropov and Kaberle. Reed got an autograph from Mats Sundin and Antropov’s stick.
It was a great day!
Age 8, Toronto
RE Popping off Pigeons (NOW, February 14-20). Who the fuck does Paul Terefenko think he is?
The very idea that you would dare defend dirty street pigeons clearly illustrates your criminal disregard for the health and safety of those who have to put up with the fatal hazards of pigeon shit infestations.
The current bedbug crisis can be attributed to these filthy little bastards, since bedbugs can hide in their feathers and crawl into houses where birds are nesting.
Population control of vermin must be done.
Daryll T. Craig
Cop board keeping no secret
The brief write-up on the legal fees of the six officers against whom criminal proceedings were stayed (NOW, February 7-13) states that I have “mused publicly about the department not picking up the legal fees for the six officers.”
Indeed, each time I was asked, I made it very clear that I was not prepared to speculate on this issue at this early stage. I posted an entry on my blog clarifying that it was not automatic.
Your scribe was left to “wonder” about what secret information I had on this subject. None!
Chair, Toronto Police Services Board
Cocoa for fair trade
In your box of fair trade cocoa products (NOW, January 17-23), you forgot to mention chocolate.
As a matter of fact, in Europe chocolate is the number-one fair trade item, as opposed to coffee in North America.
Chocoland Eco-Choco-Art, Toronto