Of Adam and Yves
Your Pride issue (now, june 26-?July 2) reminds me of that tacky cliché about Adam and Eve being created and not Adam and Steve. Indeed, this is true.
’Twas in fact not Adam and Steve who were created. Adam’s partner in a long-term committed relationship equivalent to marriage was in fact Yves, as in Adam and Yves. Amor vincit omnia (Love conquers all), whether ’tis the love of Adam and Eve or Adam and Yves. Thanks for your Pride Day issue, which celebrates this.
Hanlan’s gay pride
Your reference to Gordon Stewart Anderson’s The Toronto You Are Leaving meant so much to me today. Thank you for including his writing of Hanlan’s Point Beach in 10 Places To Get In Touch With Your Inner Gay (NOW, June 26-?July 2). I appreciated your valuation of his writing more than I can express. Check out untroubledheart.com, if you have an opportunity.
Astral’s transparent bus shelters (NOW, June 19-?25) don’t protect from sun and invite major heat buildup inside. Ground-level gaps under all the walls allow every available bit of passing cold air to chill one’s feet. The shelters being retired protect well on both counts, but as wait times grow longer and longer, we get these as replacements? Were actual users of the TTC consulted before this stunning waste of money?
Native apology twisted
I read Drew Hayden Taylor’s article on Stephen Harper’s apology with interest (NOW, June 19-?25). While I respect his views, according to the Assembly of First Nations, the Catholic Church has not made an official apology for its role in residential school abuses. Individual Catholics and certain churches in some regions have, but there has been no official apology as has been made by the other Churches. It seems to me that this is doubly egregious given the anachronistic privilege that Catholics still enjoy in Ontario for separate schools.
SmartCentres’ MegaLo Light
Regarding don’t be outsmarted (NOW, June 19-?25). Good article. But any further mention of SmartCentres’ ongoing debacles at Leslieville and elsewhere must include reference to and mockery of its current fiasco-?in-?the-?making at the corner of Avenue Road and Lawrence. That’s an article in itself.
MegaloMart Light, at 1,750 square metres in the heart of a midtown Toronto urban community, is a big box crammed into what could have been a gorgeous mixed-?use, landscaped and sculptural gateway to the recently coined “Upper Avenue.” Blah.
Bland, bad, boring, bloated, buffoonish. A mass of uninspired masonry work, uninspired roof lines, blank walls, and windows designed only to blast all passersby with the dribble of homogenized merchandising.
Sander Gladstone Architect
Sorry to learn NOW Magazine missed Matt Mays & El Torpedo (NOW, June 19-?25). He who really rocked NXNE is he who broke a 60-?year beer sales record at the Horseshoe Tavern! Maybe next year.
Oh my gosh. Im still laughing at CAW/GM workers who’ve been writing in response to B. Flint (NOW, June 19-?25). Getting paid $35 an hour for riveting bolts, and crying now because you are building gas-?guzzling trucks in an economy where gas prices rise daily?
Autoworkers have had the overpaid high life for years due to dumb-?ass union protection. Welcome to the real world, kids. Not an ounce of sympathy from me!
If you really want to save GM, re?tool your plant to make compact and mid-?size cars and take a pay cut to $15 to $?20 an hour for a year.
I know, boo hoo, you can’t live off such wages. Get a grip.
Are Ford and Chrysler next?
Letter writer B. Flint’s faulty logic leads him to exhort laid-off GM workers to “find yourself a job in the private sector.”
Excuse me. The last time I looked, GM was a private corporation, unless Steve nationalized it when I wasn’t looking.
Are Ford and Chrysler next? Stay tuned for breaking news.
I’m a year-round cyclist, and while I’d love to see more bike lanes (NOW, June 12-?18), I’m actually more concerned with the present condition of our roads.
For all the tax dollars we spend, why do the roads seem to be patched together by Michael Jackson’s surgeon on a bad day?
Warning warming deniers
Your criticism of Lawrence Solomon’s The Deniers speaks well of the global warming hysteria (NOW, May 15-?21).
If you’d bypassed your delicious dismay surrounding the provocative book title, you would have seen that it speaks more to scientific integrity than it does to taking sides in this complicated debate.
You could have made public one of the great suggestions: cutting subsidies for the energy industry and road users as a way of reducing negative environmental impacts (yes, directed at us energy hogs in the North).
We cannot rely solely on popular opinion and what the media presents as settled issues.
U.S. elections a rat race
Will November 2008 bring a meaningful change to America (NOW, June 19-?25)? Will getting rid of George W. Bush and Richard Cheney without impeachment or indictment really make a difference? Will the $93 billion of profits for private health insurance companies be used instead for full health care coverage for all? Will torture stop and the U.S. withdraw from Iraq immediately? Will all students in public universities be able to enroll for free?
The answer is an absolute no. There is a race candidate and a tortured veteran candidate, both running with the support of political parties so deeply embedded in the military-industrial complex, the health insurance companies, Wall Street and corporate media that it is indeterminable where the board rooms separate from the state rooms.
Professor of Sociology
Sonoma State University
Rohnert Park, CA
Pull out steamy sex ads
In the five years I have lived in Toronto, NOW has been my friend and guide. Not only do I find reviews written from a point of view I can relate to, but I agree with your progressive political views. I understand the economic necessity of publishing copious sex ads, but those of us with young family members would be a lot happier leaving NOW lying around the house if the ads came in a pullout section we could remove.
I’m sure the steamers wouldn’t mind choosing to lose all the cultural stuff either.