Toronto Hydro has chosen the worst site possible for turbines on Lake Ontario.
Turning to politics of peace
In the month of October I voted for two black men, and I was proud to do so. El-Farouk Khaki for Canadian member of Parliament and Barack Hussein Obama for American president. I voted by absentee ballot (Cook County, Illinois!).
The former a gay Muslim socialist and the latter a liberal Christian democrat, Khaki and Obama disagree on many issues, including gay marriage and universal daycare. Khaki supports both, Obama does not. Khaki does not support the occupation and oppression of Afghanistan or the violation of Pakistani sovereignty, as Obama does. And Khaki does not support the Israeli regime in Palestine, as Obama has said he does.
But most of all, they agree we need to end once and for all the politics of war, hate and fear embraced by George Bush and Stephen Harper and turn to the politics of peace, love and hope.
Gay hopes dashed
Neither of your articles on Obama's victory, An End To The Anger and Obama's Indie Uprising (NOW, November 6-12) pointed out the irony that in one of the most liberal states, California, some of those who voted for Obama's "hope" and "change" also voted for Proposition 8 and against gay marriage, even though Obama is in favour of gay rights. The same thing happened in Florida, another state that went to Obama.
Some hope, some change!
Waiting for Obama
Great idea for NOW to provide a Toronto focal point for the U.S. election results at the Bloor Cinema. Unfortunately, it was at least a 10-minute wait to get to the dude in the box office, who preferred pointing dramatically to speaking. Finally, it became clear the theatre was full. Please remember, it isn't that hard to have somebody step out to make occasional announcements and clarify the situation for people.
Many Canadians got their knickers in a knot when Sweden issued a postage stamp showing Peter Forsberg scoring the gold-medal-winning goal against Team Canada's Corey Hirsch at the 1994 Olympics. Now, thanks to Douglas Coupland's not-so-sombre monument (NOW, November 6-12), we get to express the same superiority over the American invaders of 1812. How we have grown.
Weeding out the sick
What happened to medpot user Matt Mernagh is cruel and unusual punishment (NOW, November 6-12). Child molesters and repeat violent offenders all get their medications in jail, but some skinny pot user is forced to suffer for the simple act of trying to acquire enough medicine to keep himself alive.
Calling Bluffs wind spin
Your research about the viability of wind towers in Lake Ontario is not up on recent developments (NOW, November 6-12). Yes, the people opposing this project are transparently trying to protect their sightlines, but anyone who's sailed the lake near Toronto knows there are often times of total calm.
George Monbiot writes in Heat: How To Stop The Planet From Burning that the farther offshore wind turbines are placed, the more wind is available and the less you have to worry about noise, sightlines, etc.
In coastal areas, he proposes wind farms 100 kilometres offshore. High-voltage DC lines can be laid under water up to 50 metres deep.
You misread the Toronto Hydro website, too. It calls its CNE turbine "North America's first large-scale wind turbine installed in an urban environment." Your story called it the "first in North America."
You must watch out for the company's spin. Ha, ha.
J. Smokey Dymny
Fair use fracas
Contrary to Josh "I brought torontoist to Canada" Errett's claim that music mashups might be easier to get away with in Canada because of "larger fair-use exceptions" (NOW, November 6-12), there is in fact no "fair use" whatsoever in Canada. The Copyright Act lists exactly five purposes of fair dealing: research or private study, criticism or review, and news reporting. While the Supreme Court has stated that fair-dealing rights have to be interpreted expansively, that is not a licence to remix copyrighted music works, particularly with "motive of gain." It follows, then, that the proposed Bill C-61 did not "all but obliterate exceptions for fair use," since fair use did not and does not exist here.
In regard to your Best of T.O. article (NOW, October 30-November 5). The best idea the city has had in years: Gardiner tear-down?!! Are you on crack? You state that the Gardiner "is a psychological and physical barrier to our waterfront."
The only barrier to the waterfront is the lack of waterfront. From the foot of Jarvis to Cherry Street, it is an abandoned wasteland of old buildings and rubble.
How is a raised highway like the Gardiner a barrier? You can ride your bike or walk under it. How will tearing it down and putting those thousands of cars onto the Lake Shore be any less of a barrier?
The millions spent on studies and plans to tear down the Gardiner could actually go toward trees and parks and detoxifying the waterfront.
Check your head, NOW. If according to you this is the "best" idea this city has had, I would hate to know what you think the worst is.
A few weeks ago, NOW introduced Toronto's best coffee haunts (NOW, October 16-22). While your survey was thorough, had your writers ventured through the front doors of the St. Lawrence Market, they would have come across the best coffee anywhere in town.
Everyday Gourmet is on the lower level of the city's first market. The beans are all fresh-roasted; you can often see the boss roasting beans in the back.
And as a bonus, staff are actually friendly.
Just please leave the über-pretentious hipster douche-ism at the door.