E-bikes scooting the issue of bike lanes.
Just who does your sandwich reviewer think he is (NOW, July 17-?23)? Falafel leaves him feeling awful? Fine by me, but he better say why, because them's fighting words in this town. He loses all cred when he praises a falafel with sprouts (!). Is it the grease that upsets him? No, because he eats peameal, and even veal. He also calls Queen West favourite New York Subway "decidedly down-?market" and goes out of his way to find a banh mi that costs $2.50 rather than the usual (post-?food-?crisis) $2. Sacrilege.
Green? That's a scream
I am shocked and dismayed by the Special Section Award given by the Association of Alternative Weeklies to NOW Magazine for a so-called Green Issue. What are the criteria for this award? If the judges had looked at the entire issue in which the section appeared, they would have noted that there was space devoted to advertising cars. NOW did it yet again in the most recent "green" issue.
NOW has not been "alternative" for well over a decade. The current issue has a mere five pages of news, while the remaining 100-plus pages contain largely the same pop-culture coverage found everywhere else. The cover: a search for the best sandwich!
Fest loses its edge
I woke up on monday to the Dean Blundell Show, only to hear Todd and Dean rave about Edgefest. I asked myself, "Was I at the same festival?"
You'd think that after more than 10 years of hosting Edgefest, organizers would have got it right by now. The fact that 2,000 people spent half the day standing in line for a beer is an absolute mockery to North American music festival culture. I can't help but wonder why Ribfest at the Markham Fairgrounds the same weekend could allow patrons to walk freely around the park with a cup of beer, but Edgefest decided to cheap out on its liquor licence or insurance policy and subject loyal festival goers to cattle-like conditions.
Static on electric avenue
Whose lane is it anyway? (NOW, July 17-?23), which paints an unfavourable picture of electric bikes using bike lanes, raised some good points. Yet I couldn't help thinking, as I sat in Sneaky Dee's watching your paper being delivered from a truck parked in the bike lane, what you really think bike lanes are for.
I was interested to read your snippet on James Laxer's criticisms of the NDP (NOW, July 17-?23). There's some truth to what Laxer is saying. But one of the real problems in Canada today - and it affects all parties - is that politics has become highly partisan, reduced to cheap slogans and scoring points. There is no sense of common purpose. This has led to a dumbing-down of political discourse.
Andrew van Velzen
Letter-?writer pei-?shing wang may know that law, but he doesn't know technology well enough to comment knowledgeably about Bill C-?61 (NOW, July 17-?23). Virtually all commercial DVDs are protected by anti-?copying technology (the CSS encryption algorithm), and C-?61 criminalizes anything you might do to get around that. His statement that ripping a DVD for personal use is legal under C-?61 is just plain wrong.
Library lavs offer relief
Paul Terefenko couldn't find a pot to piss in (NOW, July 10-?16)? Simple whiz of a solution: pick up a Toronto Public Libraries hours and locations guide and discover Toronto public lavs that are free, and you don't need a library card to use them.
Sikh shelter from hunger
Regarding mike smith's cover-age of the shrinking base of food banks in the city's church communities (NOW, July 10-?16). Might I recommend anyone with a shortfall in the food department visit a Sikh temple? "Gurdwaras" (doors to the Guru), as they are called, have a long tradition of feeding the poor. About half of the physical space of these temples is dedicated to the free kitchen where everyone eats as much as they want at no charge. Bon appetit!
Guru Fatha Singh Khalsa
Safe haven no more
War resister Robin Long's deportation to the U.S. (NOW, July 17-?23) marked a sad day for Canadian sovereignty, ending a long tradition of Canada serving as a safe haven for soldiers who refuse to fight in illegal and immoral wars.
I came to Canada in June 1969 during the Vietnam War, and although it was a difficult decision to leave family, friends and country, the fact that Canada welcomed me certainly helped me in establishing a life here.
Fast-forward 39 years and Canada is no longer a welcoming place for U.S. war resisters, even though Canada chose not to participate in the Iraq War. I have a difficult time with the concept that people should be punished for not wanting to kill other people.
I am amazed that a lot more people are not outraged. Peace.
Free us from Bush
I agree in general with Peter Phillips's letter that the election of Barack Obama isn't going to make nearly as much difference as his supporters expect (NOW, July 10-?16). Still, I hope Obama wins, if only for the awesome symbolic value of electing an African-?American president (all kidding about Bill Clinton aside). In a certain sense, the 2008 election is one we can't lose. Whatever the outcome, we will at least be free of Bush. That's got to be worth something.
Since the mayor seems hell-?bent on saving our lives (NOW, July 17-?23), what if he stopped the empty posturing on gun clubs and gave some real teeth to our anti-?idling bylaw? City strapped for cash? Institute an enforceable $500 fine, raise money and save lives at the same time. For all our green intentions, money speaks louder than words. Let's get on with it.