Sensational or sensationalist?
Boobs degrade Pride
Hey, NOW mag, rag. Oops. Is that offensive even if it is the truth? You win the top prize for sensationalism. You have surpassed the rags by featuring a woman who looks as though she’s having a drug-related orgasm on your Pride cover (NOW, June 26-July 2). Naturally, the boobs had to feature prominently; who would read the content, right? Other newspapers had the sense to be moderate in choosing photos that honoured, not trashed, the gay community. You degraded the dignity of the parade.
Why food banks fail
The problem of aging (read soon-to-be-gone) do-gooders is only one of the many problems facing food banks today (NOW, July 10-16). Like any business, food banks have to find ways to pay the rent. Added to that is the fact that hunger is present in virtually every community across the GTA and food pickup depots need to be available pretty much within walking distance of those in need. (Poor people can’t afford our high TTC fares.)
Has anyone considered that the solution may be to convince governments/school boards to provide free evening space at all those schools that are geographically ideal for this purpose? Perhaps it’s time for all of us to see the hunger problem for what it really is: not as begging for charity, but the failure of governments.
Your little item on Canada Post (NOW, July 10-16) claims that “our basic postage rate is one of the lowest” in the industrialized world. It reminded me that just a few days earlier, in upstate New York, I had mailed a first-class domestic letter for 42 cents. That’s 10 cents less than the corresponding rate here. In even the tiniest little settlements, Americans still have friendly, full-service post offices open six days a week, and they still enjoy Saturday mail delivery, something that died out in Canada further back than I can remember.
In loo of Elvis
One thing that hasn’t been mentioned about Howard Moscoe’s push for businesses in the core to allow people to use their restrooms (NOW, July 10-16) is that not everyone using the facilities is using them to relieve themselves. There will be widespread drug use and possibly even death on occasion. Elvis, anyone?
Klein drops GMOs bomb
Naomi Klein may be an accomplished writer, but she certainly is not an agricultural expert (NOW, July 10-16). How can she write off genetically modified crops? GMOs may indeed end up being the agricultural solution to overpopulation. History will tell.
While I personally can’t argue with Klein’s critical analysis of U.S. trade policy and multinational corporate involvement in GMOs, if she and other eco groups would focus on criticizing corporate ownership of new technology rather than the technology itself, they might be more credible.
Squirt if you hate Wal-Mart
On page 35 of your pride issue, you continue your longstanding, accurate warning of Wal-Mart’s deadly effect on every neighbourhood, community, minimum-wage law and cheap-labour country it touches (NOW, June 26-July 2). But then on page 44, you send us out for a $6.93 squirt gun from Wal-Mart. Hello? Stay the hell out of Wally World, and quit giving it free advertising.
Your article on Bill C-61 (NOW, June 26-July 2) only got the proposed copyright amendment half-right. In a sense, all commercially available CDs are copyright-protected. It is only illegal to download or copy a CD that comes with anti-copying technology. It is clearly legal to use a PVR device to record broadcast programs transmitted to radio or TV for later viewing or listening. Ripping a DVD or other legally obtained copies is legal as long as the reproduction is used only for private purposes.
Barrister & SolicitorToronto
I’m wondering if you know anything about the Toronto police mounted unit. Sure, they’re great for crowd control, but they’re also great for shitting (pardon my language) all over the street. I realize that’s natural for horses, but if they’re not in pursuit, perhaps the mounted officers could stoop and scoop like dog owners. Are cops above the litter laws? I could even give them a bit of flexibility and suggest they at least slide the stuff off the road to the nearest grassy area. Still gross, but at least it would fertilize/decompose. As an avid cyclist, I find it hard enough to swerve around potholes, streetcar tracks, car doors, etc.
Roger Beharry Lall
While I very much enjoy NOW online, would you please consider removing all the blinking ads, because they’re annoying? I’m trying to decide on a movie and can’t escape the blinking ads. I know advertisers do this to get my attention, but all it’s doing is making me not want to view NOW online.
It’s all French to me
Is there a chance you guys might be a bit too generous to Canadian films when you hand out ratings? Do you feel your role is to support local film by giving four Ns to Young People Fucking (NOW, June 12-18)?Where I come from, France, more often than not we do the opposite (trash good French movies just because they are French), so I’m not really used to this kind of thinking. Maybe it’s just my paranoia; please enlighten me.