To the heel at Healey’s
I worked merchandising for the Jeff Healey Tribute Concert at the Sound Academy May 3. A young man approached the counter and asked to see a Jeff Healey poster.
Just then a couple came up and asked for a Jeff Healey T-?shirt. The transaction was done in 10 seconds, but when I turned back, poster guy was halfway through the crowd heading for an exit. Too far to attempt to stop him. Just unbelievable.
The next day, while selling merchandise at the Healey’s Roadhouse Jazz Tribute, I was handed a letter marked personal and confidential.
“My reason for leaving this note is as a result of having witnessed an unfortunate event,” the letter began. “I actually saw someone steal from your kiosk and just walk away. As I know the proceeds were going to charity, this brazen act left me dumbfounded. I am enclosing $20 to go toward the cost of the item and for your charity.” It was signed Anne.
From Daisy’s Eye Cancer Fund, the cast and crew, all the fans and Jeff Healey, we thank you for lifting our spirits and faith in humankind.
First Nations state
Of course Phil Fontaine and the Assembly of First Nations are for mining (NOW, May 15-21). Only the non-native public actually buys the scam that Fontaine represents First Nations. It’s really very simple.
Natives’ fistfight ways
RE Cage Rage (NOW, May 8-14). For a little more than a year, I worked as a sports reporter on the Six Nations territory and had the opportunity to cover the emergence of the Grand River Athletic Council and the first Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) events held there. Although Barrett Hooper provided a good overview of the legal situation surrounding MMA in Ontario, he fails to differentiate between the elected leadership of Six Nations and the traditional Chiefs of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. The elected band council has consistently rejected endorsing the Grand River Athletic Council. The Confederacy Chiefs have refused to recognize the band council.
Also troubling, and unnecessarily sensationalistic, is author’s attempt to paint Six Nations as a poor, decaying outpost. Take the smoke shacks away and Six Nations facilities, such as the ILA and Gaylord Powless Arena would be the envy of a great many communities.
Beecroft reinvents primitive
I am not only in agreement with letter writer Brill Dacosta’s summation (NOW, May 1-7) that before Europeans invaded the African continent Africans were doing just fine. I have to go further and condemn the conquerors as hypocrites.
One day they tell us Africans that breastfeeding is uncivilized and a sign of backwardness; then, all of a sudden, a white woman is pictured on front pages breastfeeding pitch-?black toddlers. Is this the new fashion? Give us a break. Vanessa Beecroft’s photography is not only consumerism at its worst but also an admission that the original way of life of Africans is superior.
Kaela B. Mulenga
Drowning out Israel lobby
Letter writer Ally Sond (NOW, May 15-21) apparently thinks the Canada-Palestine Support Network full-?page ad about Israel, We Cannot Celebrate, has drowned out the pro-?Israel lobby. Well, golly gee. Who knew?
As for the ad being “mere opinions,” which opinions would those be? The brutal siege of Gaza? The building of Jewish settlements on Arab land? Israel’s nuclear weapons? The “right of return” extended to Jews like me with no connection to the land, while people who actually lived there until they were expelled by the Israelis still languish in refugee camps?
People who do celebrate Israel in spite of (or because of) what Israel is doing are of course free to place their own ad in NOW.
Burma bare facts
Gwynne Dyer states that Burma has been misgoverned longer than any other country in the region (which would be Southeast Asia; NOW, May 15-21). But in the subtitle to the article you say Burma has been misgoverned longer than any other country in the world. Perhaps this is a paltry correction for me to make, but, then, think how Kim Jong Il will feel when he reads it.
Chewing on in-vitro meat
Contrary to Paul Terefenko’s claims, in-vitro meat would not be genetically engineered in any way (NOW, May 1-7). To produce the meat, scientists would extract muscle cells by taking biopsies from cattle, pigs, chickens, fish and other animals. From this tissue they would isolate the cells that are the precursors to muscles, and these cells would multiply in the laboratory to form muscle tissue – or meat.
This process is more humane and better for the environment than the current system of meat production, in which billions of animals are confined in overcrowded, feces-?filled sheds and slaughtered, scalded alive or dismembered while they are still conscious.
A United Nations report revealed that raising animals for food generates more greenhouse gases than all the cars, trucks, trains, ships and planes in the world combined.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Norfolk, Virginia
Anarchy on wheels
While “cashmere commuters” may have an interest in bicycles with built-in trunk-?style carrying bins like the pricey Nihola (NOW, May 8-14), it’s perhaps of interest to remember that bikes like this were initially designed, built and used by residents of the anarchist, free community of Christiania in Denmark to get around in the streets of their car-free community.
A carrier-bin bike needn’t be out of reach of most folks. I’ve seen these things built out of shopping carts, old wheelchairs or random configurations of bike parts and plywood.
Given the constant reminders of earth crisis and things like rising gas prices, something like a carrier-?bin bike version of Bike Share would be another potential means of making these vehicles accessible and affordable to folks who don’t have the cash to buy one new or the time to build one.