Put a Corktown in it
I feel it is important to bring to your attention my disappointment with your recent article about the Corktown area (NOW, April 3-9).
The article discussed Streetcar Developments’ participation in a number of properties in Corktown. However, many of the points made were one-sided.
Our buildings are great examples of architecture for this neighbourhood. We have received many positive comments from local residents.
I am glad to see that readers have commented online, but unfortunately, an incorrect message has already been sent.
Vice President, Sales & MarketingStreetcar Developments Inc.Toronto
Cry the beloved condo
Silent corktown is no longer virgin land.
Unfortunately, concerned stakeholders may not find a shoulder to cry on or a tear of sympathy when such threats are common stories in our growing Toronto.
The root of this problem is improper local planning and the OMB. Enzo DiMatteo’s article brought forward a true illustrated example of today’s Corktown.
White folk can do Latin, too
I’m afraid I must take exception to Erick Minero’s letter For Latin Food Lovers (NOW, April 3-9).
According to him, “Some of the restaurants... are not even Latino at all, but owned by white people.”
I fail to understand his complaint. There are “white people” who can serve up a wonderful, authentic Latin menu. There are probably even some black people, too.
It’s one thing to criticize a meal or a restaurant; it’s quite another to criticize an entire race. I think there’s a word for that.
Vegans for meat eaters
I enjoy reading the restaurant reviews (NOW, March 27-April 3).
Might I suggest including in the summary at the top an indication of a restaurant’s vegetarian/vegan-friendliness?
It would be helpful to know where vegans and meat eaters can both enjoy a meal together.
I think, therefore I criticize
Glenn Sumi wrote in the last paragraph of his review of my play The Fall (NOW, April 3-9), currently playing at Tarragon, “The problem lies in Nelson’s script, which... skimps on personal backstory for the sake of what he thinks is a capital-S Serious Issue play.”
I’m not sure why Sumi would claim to know what I think. It’s irresponsible and it’s unprofessional.
Was he going for a cheap laugh at my expense?
As I’m sure he knows, his reviews have an impact. I think perhaps Sumi might want to take that more seriously. I do think a cheap taunt of this nature is inappropriate.
Lulu of an Earth Hour
I walked across Bloor between St. George and Yonge during Earth Hour Saturday, March 29 (NOW, April 3-9), and only Proof, Lobby and Harry Rosen had their lights turned off.
I realize that Earth Hour was voluntary, so I am not condemning most businesses for choosing not to turn out their lights.
I was very frustrated, however, that Lululemon, a company that strenuously asserts its eco-friendliness, had almost all the lights in its Bloor store on, despite the store being closed.
Aritzia was even worse. They had a sign in their window proudly declaring that they would be turning their lights off, yet when I walked by at 8:15 pm there were more than 15 on within the fully illuminated store.
Dark side a turn-off
RE Blinded by the Light (NOW, April 3-9). How would Sheila Gostick’s contract worker friend get CBC to turn off the lights at night?
It’s Saturday night at 8 pm. People are putting the news together. People are putting Hockey Night In Canada together, cutting advancers for the Olympics, you name it.
You do realize that CBC, BBC, CNN, etc, run 24 hours, seven days a week?
Call attention to the skyscrapers that have all of their lights on when they do work only 9 to 5.
Harp’s deadly unity game
It’s extraordinarily dangerous to national unity that the Harper government is seeking a majority by filling the separatist vacuum in Quebec (NOW, April 3-9).
Harper’s MPs are mainly old Reformers, not Tories, and by appealing to separatist instincts he is advancing the same provincialist sentiment that made the party of Preston Manning and Harper himself as corrosive to national unity as the Bloc.
White Rock, BC
Tories’ messed-up morals
Former harrisite John Snobelen convicted of importing a handgun into Canada, begging the courts for a discharge; the federal finance minister, another of that gang, bad-mouthing Ontario and our premier; and now the ever-righteous and right-wing Philistine Rob Ford charged with domestic abuse (NOW, April 3-9).
These are the same guys who advocate stricter penalties for criminals?
Wine fine in a carton
Adria Vasil made inaccurate statements in her story about the environmental aspects of Tetra Pak wine cartons (NOW, March 13-9).
The recycling rate for wine cartons now that the deposit return program is in place is well over 40 per cent.
In addition, cartons are lightweight and compact, requiring much less fuel to transport.
If all of Canada’s 283 million litres of table wine transported each year were packaged in cartons instead of glass, it would be the equivalent of taking 43,000 cars off the road.
Communications ManagerTetra Pak Canada Inc.Richmond Hill
Jammin’ up anti-gay works
RE Jamaica Stare-Down (NOW, March 27-April 2).
Sure, we should all work for more freedom and tolerance for gay Jamaicans, but when Akim Larcher and Egale goes on to intertwine this with a campaign to “stop murder music,” they do a disservice to the very people they purport to be helping. As if the freedom of the island’s gays is tied to the end of dancehall music.
To complicate the effort, they’re threatening a sovereign government with economic boycott.
In the real world, sovereign peoples decide for themselves what is contained in their constitution. Foreign homosexual lobby groups do not.
I guess it matters not what Jamaicans think. The foreign gay agenda will have its say, but, thank goodness, never its way here.
Larcher would do well to concentrate his efforts on his native St. Lucia, a place he had to flee to avoid homophobia. Jamaican gay organization JFLAG has repeatedly said it does not support a boycott of the island.
So on whose behalf, then, are Egale and Larcher speaking? Clearly, their sinister political agenda is laid bare for all to see.