Kevin Wilson forgot one major point in his revealing story about Boss Hargrove (NOW, May 29-June 4): that a seat in the unelected house in Ottawa is what Hargrove’s really after.
I, as did Wilson, grew up in Windsor and can still recall the long road to the dissolution of a secure paycheque and pension for assembly line workers at the Big Three.
It began a little earlier than Wilson remembers. It was in the mid-1950s, when the months-long strike at the Ford Motor Company paralyzed the city.
At that time, the radical faction in the UAW directed the ill-fated strike that convinced Ford to move its major operations east to Oakville, a snobbish retreat with absolutely no union history.
The hard-liners in the union were silenced. The brief period of militancy that Wilson talks about when the UAW morphed into the CAW was engineered by former CAW president Bob White, who was too radical for the likes of Frank Stronach or Gerry Schwartz, and not keen on breaking bread with them.
The fact that Boss Hargove and the CAW did absolutely nothing to initiate diversification into high-tech automotives or more fuel-efficient cars in the last 15 years puts the blame squarely on the head of this union’s leadership.
Denying eco truth
We here at Energy Probe are avid patrons of your publication. We, as a non-profit organization for the environment, have strongly and consistently advocated open speech and especially the free flow of information without fear or favour. We believe that you share this value.
Unfortunately, in a recent short reference to one our books, The Deniers: The World-Renowned Scientists Who Stood Up Against Global Warming Hysteria, Political Persecution, And Fraud (NOW, May 15-21), the book’s message was quite misconstrued, in particular, the line that mentions “blaming the Third World for the planet’s eco problems.”
The author, Lawrence Solomon, is a long-time activist for the people of developing countries, and one of the underlying themes of the book is his great interest in poorer nations.
Energy Probe has not changed its direction or switched sides. It is still steadfastly campaigning for the welfare of the earth and its people, always by virtue of the truth.
Energy Probe Research Foundation
Dan Dunn funniest in town
Thanks for the article on Toronto’s funniest people (NOW, May 29-June 4). Unfortunately, you missed one of the funniest guys in town: Dan Dunn. Dan deserves to be on the front cover.
Despite all my rage
I knew zip about mixed martial arts, cage fighting, etc, before I read your article (NOW, May 8-14).
Like a lot of people, I too am horrified that anyone would think this is cool. But I’m not surprised. It’s simply a reflection of where our society has been headed for a long time.
But whatever I think about the idea of two guys beating the crap out of each other as “sport,” I have to say that the article was truly awesome. It was the best piece of journalism I have seen in NOW (or anywhere else) for a long time. Congrats!
And on the topic of panhandling (NOW, May 15-21), I am a social worker who spends loads o’ time in court with clients who have run up huge fines ($10,000-$15,000) for panhandling. None of my clients are homeless. They are just poor.
Patio sight unseen
We are all very pleased that you did not list our favourite pub patio in your Patio Guide (NOW, May 15-21). Cheers! From your unlisted readers.
Photography’s lone angle
Fran Schechter and David Jager have reviewed a number of the Contact 2008 exhibits. As a photo artist also showing in the city, it feels like we are being swamped and overwhelmed by one “corporate” face of photography.
I am a pinholer, and there is no representation of this craft in the Contact show, or your paper.
’Twould be grand if someone would stick their nose in and give us a few words (at the Rosedale Diner, 1164 Yonge, until June 30).
Margaret Lindsay Holton
I know you published the photography feature a few issues ago (NOW, May 1-7), but I have some thoughts.
The photograph used to be for special moments in life. Your baby’s first step, your summer vacation, your fifth birthday party.
Limited by the constraints of film, we took care to ensure that all or at least most of our 24 shots were taken with care and precision.
Today, free from the spatial and financial limitations of film, we photograph anything, anywhere, in Costco quantities. We’ve become shutter-happy.
Facebook provides the incentive. Every moment is now a Kodak moment.
Moth spray spread worry
Regarding Toronto’s plan to spray for moths using Btk (NOW, May 15-21). On May 12, a California judge stopped state-sponsored aerial spraying for moths, pending a full environmental impact study.
With [the spraying of] Foray 48B, fragile colonies of butterflies could be lost.
And small populations of rare birds that depend on caterpillars for food, could be wiped out.
The BC Environmental Appeal Board stopped the aerial spraying of Foray48B over Victoria residents in 1998, finding that “aerial spraying will create an unacceptable risk of health problems among the residents of these densely populated areas. There is a risk to the health of children, people of all ages who have allergies, asthma and other respiratory ailments, people with immuno deficiencies, chemical hypersensitivities and the elderly.”
Society Targeting Overuse of Pesticides (S.T.O.P.)
Left standing at Stonegate
Thanks for all your support by featuring the Stonegate Farmers’ Market in your Hot Summer Guide (NOW, May 29-June 4), but the correct address for our market is 194 Park Lawn Rd.