Grit Ken Dryden cozies up to the pro-Israel vote in testy York Centre.
This Ken a puppet
MP Ken Dryden is quoted as saying that stopping all aid that flows into Gaza "may seem a harsh measure that will hurt Palestinian civilians" but "it is the right thing to do at this time" (NOW, October 2-8).
Doesn't Dryden know it is against international law to besiege a population, preventing essential supplies from reaching them? Doesn't Dryden know it is immoral to starve people to try to change their views?
Over half the people he proposes to starve are children, and a large proportion of them are already malnourished thanks to harsh actions like Canada's.
Doesn't Dryden feel some principled requirement to respect the result of a democratic election?
Joanna Santa Barbara
Motueka, New Zealand
Dryden fires back
I am writing with regard to your recent article Dryden Blurs Liberal Stance On Mideast (NOW, October 2-8). I am concerned the article, reporting as it does on an important exchange that occurred at an all-candidates debate in York Centre, mischaracterized my position on aid to Gaza. I said - and I stand by my statement - that we should restrict government-to-government aid to Gaza, due to the Hamas-led government's continuing refusal to disavow violence and recognize Israel's right to exist. My statement was clearly in reference to government-to-government aid. That was the context of the discussion, and in subsequent discussions with your newspaper,\ that point was underscored.
However, your article leaves the false impression that I implied or otherwise meant that I support halting humanitarian aid and food distributed through various United Nations and other humanitarian agencies. That is not my position, nor did I say that during the all-candidates debate. Tragically, the residents of Gaza face a daily struggle for survival. I believe, and the Liberal party believes, that Canada must continue to provide humanitarian aid through non-governmental agencies.
I regret any confusion on this matter, and I thank you for the opportunity to clarify what was printed in your newspaper.
Ken Dryden, P.C., M.P.
Carbon tax: where's NDP?
Alice Klein makes a good point in her article on the carbon tax (NOW, October 2-8). Where is the NDP? It's sad and bizarre that the NDP is opposed to this. Its position has driven many folks concerned about a cleaner and healthier planet away from the party. The NDP is still, unfortunately, too wedded to the big unions to make any bold moves. The party's constant pandering to more conservative voters doesn't help.
Andrew van Velzen
Harper on the money
RE Running on Empty (September 25-October 1). It always amazes me when people write such drivel. If you knew anything about economics, you would know that the crisis in the States has nothing to do with our Canadian banking. The economy in Canada is very sound. The CBC, the most liberal TV station, actually interviewed two economics professors from Toronto and Winnipeg, and both said the Harper Conservatives are doing the right things. They also stated that the Liberals would do very little different if in power.
Bloc for Ontario
RE Media gets cracking for Harper (NOW, October 2-8). Our Conservative party, like the Republicans, has always been the go-to party for corporate special interests (oil, NAFTA, drug companies), and consequently has become entrenched in crippling biases and commitments to these special interests. Ontario should focus on rebuilding Ontario in the likeness that suits our interests, kind of like the Bloc does.
May a fresh face
Elizabeth May's hopes and ideas for doing whatever it takes to make sure Harper is not elected are inspiring. We're witnessing a real human being, one who wants to put climate change and principle above short-term power.
Wealth can be found in thoughts and ideas.
I say we give history something to talk about and combine all our forces as one against the Tories.
Let's face it, Stéphane, Jack and Elizabeth all have very similar ideas.
Crackwalker sleight unseen
Letter writers Kim Mcleod and Dave Messer are "both offended by NOW's recent review of Staged and Confused's production of Judith Thompson's The Crackwalker (NOW, October 2-8). But neither has seen the show. Their letter should have ended there.
In response to Steve Stober's pompous and self-congratulatory letter to the editor (NOW, October 2-8), I would like to congratulate NOW for not covering his This Is My Body: Portraits Of Women With Body Issues exhibit.
Why would NOW, which he calls the "self-professed king of the city's alternative cultural scene," promote such a misogynist and body-hating exhibit?
Stober's exhibit features photos of disheartened and miserable-looking women covering parts of their bodies, and statements about why each of them detests her body so much. Great. Kind of like a bad Jenny Craig ad.
If I want to see women feeling so down on themselves, I could just go to the grocery store to buy food in the face of magazines screaming at me not to eat so I don't take up too much valuable (male-dominated) space.
I reckon Stober received so much mainstream media attention for his exhibit because it is so shocking when a man photographs "real"-looking women. What a joke.
The Fat Femme Mafia
Regarding Waterfront wavelength (NOW, September 25-October 1). The wood used to construct the WaveDeck is Brazilian walnut. So, too, I believe, is about .5 kilometre of new boardwalk at Marie Curtis Park. Meanwhile, fences to surround police stations are virgin red cedar. I gotta ask, how sustainable can this be?
Sierra Club of Canada
Rollin' with the Lynch mob
Congratulations to letter writer Andrew Lynch (NOW, September 25-October 1) for proving the mightiness of the pen.
Despite an easy target (NOW's untenable support of a gun ban), Lynch manages to skewer a whole movement of law-abiding gun owners with one hateful, name-calling, prejudiced outburst against blacks.
As someone who owns guns of all types, short and long, I have this advice: SHUT UP.
There are 2 million licensed gun owners in this country who do not want your bigoted trash associated with our struggle to keep our
lawfully acquired firearms.