RE Cage Rage (NOW, May 8-14). I can’t believe NOW would waste a cover on some white-trash American wannabes beating each other’s brains out. On the other hand, it’s a perfect illustration of the new chauvinism of the Canadian psyche, à la Rick Hillier and the Canadian “heroes” in Afghanistan. Give us a fucking break.
You ask if ultimate fighting is too brutal for Ontario? What I’d hope (but know better) is that Ontario is more civilized than to get a big boner watching two guys pound the crap out of each other. I mean, for me, “ultimate” is one guy leaving the ring in a body bag. Hey, didn’t they do that in Julius Caesar’s day? Stop glorifying violence! It’s destroying the soul of our youth.
I found Ticketmaster Tick-off (NOW, May 8-14) very interesting. For quite some time now, I’ve felt very strongly that Ticketmaster has had much to do with the fact that the general public can no longer buy a ticket to a concert for less than double or triple the face value. It’s frustrating. Two weeks before Radiohead even announced their concert at the Amphitheatre, websites were selling tickets at four times the eventual price. I thought that fishy. How on earth did these other ticket companies know about this?
Thank you for daring to expose the gods of scalping, aka Ticketmaster. The answers Ticketmaster provided were absolute horseshit. I hope everyone who has ever bought a ticket and every venue that’s ever sold one through Ticketmaster reads your story. And more than anything, I hope you plan a follow-up piece. There’s nothing I’d love to see more than a ticket revolution.
Israel opinions don’t jibe
I was shocked by the inclusion of the ad on page 28 signed by the Canada-Palestine Support Network. (NOW, May 8-14).
NOW has always presented an image of tolerance to all religions and cultures. Shouldn’t the people celebrating Israel’s 60th birthday be extended that same tolerance?
The statements in the ad are simply a matter of opinion, although they are presented as historical facts.
I understand that freedom of speech is a right we all share. However, publishing ads that suggest you only care about money from advertisers and not your readers is disturbing and disheartening.
Rae the fairest of them all?
RE Power of One (NOW, May 8-14).
The ever-trying-to-be-quoted Kyle Rae dismisses Councillor Adam Vaughan’s touchingly democratic notion of giving more planning power to neighbourhoods as primarily benefiting “elite, chattering-class, self-invested white people.” That mirror’s a bitch, huh?
Shot in the darkroom
Is Digital Killing the Art of Photography, or should darkroom dinosaurs just snap out of it? (NOW, May 1-7) Sensationalist headlines like this one do more harm than good, [adding] to the common misperception that analog photography is dead.
As a portraitist firmly committed to film and traditional processes, I have never been swayed by market forces fuelled by photo manufacturers’ drive to please their shareholders.
I love film. I love shooting it, processing it and printing it and plan to continue doing so as long as I am able to stand on my feet and smell the beautiful aromas of my darkroom.
KFC’s slaughterhouse crimes
RE Your article Peta Plays Chicken (NOW, May 1-7). Apart from the in-vitro meat issue, PETA has made, and continues to make, a strong push to have slaughterhouses adopt the Controlled Atmosphere Killing (CAK) method of slaughtering chickens.
This reasonably humane procedure gases the chickens while they are still in their transportation hampers with an inert gas approved by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
The standard method of inverted shackling/electrified stun bath/automated throat-slitting still leaves many chickens alive as they are submerged in a scalding-hot de-feathering tank.
As well as being much less stressful and more humane for the chickens, there is also much less attendant worker injury.
KFC is a major player that steadfastly refuses to show a little compassion to chickens.
Boo for belligerent unions
“The right to strike was used frivolously last weekend, it’s true” (NOW, May 1-7). That’s it?! Perhaps after the heavy lifting demanded of your vocabulary, you were unable to come up with something more appropriate.
If that’s the best you can do to chastise the Amalgamated Transit Union for its reckless disregard for the safety of the citizens of Toronto, then I guess we’ll all just wait for a right-wing Harrisesque mayoral candidate to use the opportunity to create a winning campaign around the belligerence of the unions. It’s worked before.
Tired of TTC arrogance
I am tired of hearing about the poor TTC workers and all the crap they have deal with. The last time I checked, they were not working out of the goodness of their hearts. They get paid pretty well for it, I think.
If drivers have to deal with a million people a day, as one driver yelled at me, don’t you think they should be trained better at communicating?
If TTC workers want respect, they should start by giving it to their customers. I am tired of TTC workers accusing me of trying to steal rides. I am tired of TTC workers accusing me of being ignorant of rear door boarding policy. I am tired of TTC workers closing the front boarding doors as I am running toward them, and then gesturing at me rudely as they leave me in the rain or snow.
In any other job these individuals would be fired for being so arrogant. If the TTC could solve its communication problems, it would have many happier riders and fewer angering incidents.
Regarding your 3-N review of Barenaked Ladies’ Snacktime (NOW, May 1-7). Hey, Jordan Bimm, suck my revolting cock.