Native role play
I found your spread on white actors portraying native roles interesting (NOW, October 9-15) yet puzzling. I always thought the entire idea of "acting" was to portray as best as possible a certain type of character for entertainment purposes. I hope this does not come across as racist, as it's not the aim of this letter. On a side note, I wonder how your writer would view a movie like Last Of The Mohicans.
Greedy, white mofos
To an otherwise most intelligent piece, I would add to Mike Smith's Ballot Bailout (NOW, October 9-15) that "democracy" in our first-past-the-post electoral system exists solely to benefit a handful of greedy white motherfuckers. Am I going to waste my precious time voting for this shit? I don't think so.
Taking NDP to heart
Regarding New democrats - not old answers (NOW, October 9-15). Finally, I hear someone unashamedly speak the truth!
Great article and just in time. I hope your readers take it to heart.
Atwood's Liberal surprise
It's not surprising that in this election Margaret Atwood is supporting her Liberal candidate (NOW, October 2-8). Thankfully, Stéphane Dion and the Liberal party are more committed than ever to giving women the equal voice and attention they deserve - 37 per cent of the party's candidates are women. A new Liberal government would also re-implement a strong national childcare program, make maternity leave more flexible, meaningfully combat poverty and institute a commissioner for gender equality.
Nuit of the long knives
Nuit Blanche was a complete waste of time (NOW, October 2-8). I would rather have been hand fed razor blades than walk the city looking at artwork that had as much creativity as a baby's diaper.
Newman all twisted
Reading Linguine for Paul (NOW, October 2-8) made me sadder than I already was about Paul Newman's death. As one of the greatest actors to grace the stage and screen and, more importantly, a world-class humani-tarian, political activist and all- round great guy, he deserves more respect than this trite and self- indulgent little anecdote. Paul Newman was a man among men, and to use his passing as an opportunity to publish a story best left to insipid dinner party conversation is simply wrong. Have some class.
Kensington strip mall
Starbucks' possible move into Kensington (NOW, October 2-8) is bigger than just some multinational moving into the Market. It means rents in the neighbourhood will go up dramatically, pushing the old tennants out of the commercial buildings while ushering in other large companies with far more money. And BAM! Before you know it, Kensington is a strip mall. What makes Kensington is the family-owned small businesses. Please support Kensington in the fight to stay alive.
I want to thank you for the free ticket to Religulous (NOW, October 2-8). It is somewhat ironic that you held this contest, given that during the Toronto International Film Festival your reviewer complained that the movie was mean-spirited. Since it consists largely of interviews in which Bill Maher makes people look foolish and criticizes their most deeply held beliefs, I can understand why it could seem that way.
However, this is a brilliant movie that offers a very compelling critique of organized religion and is also extremely funny and entertaining. Maher is, after all, first and foremost a comedian, and a very good one. I think that practically anyone who sees this movie is going to be very entertained or very offended. I consider it one of the best movies I have ever seen.
Perlich hits sour note
Every week I pick up NOW to check out the music section, and every week I am greeted with another useless and biased review by your resident music snob, Tim Perlich. His reviews are little more than mindless shit-canning with a seemingly bitter distaste for any popular rock album. His reviews of the newest R.E.M., Raconteurs, Verve and Mercury Rev albums lower the bar on bad music journalism. Perlich is a disgrace.
Depleted uranium fix
Regarding Ecoholic's response to a question from a reader about weapons manufactured from depleted uranium (NOW, September 18-24). DU, or U-238, is used as the main fuel in Canadian nuclear reactors and is not a significant component of our nuclear waste (though this does not account for our export of uranium ore, which is 99.3 per cent DU). What is often overlooked is that DU is highly toxic over and above its mild radioactivity.
Vegans have the gall
A vegetarian diet is a simple (and delicious) way to cut your risk for gallstones (NOW, September 18-24). A study of more than 750 women found the incidence of gallstones to be less frequent in vegetarians - 12 per cent compared to 25 per cent for non-vegetarians.
Vegetarians are leaner and consume more dietary fibre and less dietary cholesterol, all of which is believed to protect against gallstone formation.
Plonk on you
I find it incredible that international award-winning Ontario wines are referred to as "plonk" in NOW's reviews of Joy Bistro and Jamie Kennedy at the Gardiner. I'm glad NOW's "locavore" reviewers believe they have more established palettes than international sommeliers, and are so happy to lend their support to Ontario's burgeoning wine industry. Next week I'd appreciate a treatise on the inferiority of Ontario field tomatoes.
Feminists pulling the trigger
You probably won't print this, but I'll make the point anyway. The problem with gun violence (NOW, September 18-24) starts with our family court system, which is taking sons away from fathers and fathers away from sons. Simply, we are now seeing the result of the experiment of putting militant feminists in charge of social policy. Until we can bring in equal parenting (as they have in Australia) and until we stop demonizing men as fathers, these young men will cause a lot of trouble.
John A. Matheson