Running for cover
I grew up reading NOW magazine and have always appreciated its well-rounded perspective. This week (NOW, November 13-19), however, NOW really disappointed and, quite honestly, embarrassed itself.
Your cover depicting the faux Christmas office party is not witty, not edgy, not funny, not charming, not creative, not daring, not shocking, not attractive, not intelligent. It is only sad and embarrassing.
Has something tragic happened? Has NOW's editorial staff lost all sense, taste and intelligence?
I remember brilliant covers from the past. If this is a new direction, please consider plain newsprint with the word "NOW" and the date if you cannot come up with anything worthy of your reputation.
Shock and blah
Who is in charge of deciding what image goes on the cover of NOW Magazine? Whoever it is, I would like to suggest that they chart a new aesthetic course. The coffee issue from a few weeks ago, last week's gaping mouth and this week's shenanigans have all caught my eye - and not in a good way! Are these covers supposed to be funny? Maybe I'm missing something, but they seem to hit a discordant note. They just feel juvenile and weird. You can do better.
Talk about BS
I had to write in response to Evan Davies's article on Girl Talk (NOW, November 6-12). Davies writes that "what he's doing isn't really any different from what Beethoven did early on after studying Mozart or what blues riff bandits the Rolling Stones have done their entire careers."
Bullshit. There is a huge difference between spending years studying and training hours a day to be a musician of any genre and sampling others' music. Sampling is an art, but one more akin to the work of an editor, not to the writing and recording process.
It is really a shame that the art of music criticism is dying and all we are left with is this type of inane comparison.
Steering clear of styrene
Regarding Poly folly (NOW, November 13-19). Missing from your list of villainous polystyrene materials are egg cartons and meat and vegetable trays. Their number easily exceeds that of cups and takeout containers in most blue boxes.
All these items are easy to regulate and have viable greener alternatives.
The cost to collect this material: $3,000 a ton! Adding single-use plastic shopping bags, as recommended: $4,000 ton! More stunning is that Councillors Gord Perks and Glenn De Baeremaeker, long-time critics of this type of "corporate welfare," are completely supportive.
But, hey, it's another excuse for those stupid $60 recycling carts. I think mine got stolen last night. Now what do I do?
Waste Diversion Campaigner
Sierra Club of Canada
Tim's bit for recycling
Recently, at a Tim Hortons location in upstate New York, we presented our plastic Tim's mugs for a coffee fill. The staff balked. They refused to touch our mugs in case they were loaded with bacteria, as if we might contaminate the whole place.
Instead, they filled a paper cup with coffee, poured it into our mugs sitting on the counter, then threw out the paper cup. Would this happen here?
Harsh wind on the Bluffs
Enzo Dimatteo's article on Toronto Hydro's plan to install a wind farm in Lake Ontario off the Scarborough Bluffs (NOW, November 6-12) does not accurately address or represent affected residents.
Residents who reside along the lake are not NIMBYs. In fact, many of them are environmentalists who participate in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, live in a densely treed community and continuously volunteer to keep the natural forested area free of litter.
Toronto Hydro is looking at possibly 66 turbines and gives no indication of how far apart they will be. It has released no information on possible locations.
Councillor Paul Ainslie
Turbines a breeze
Blowback on the bluffs misses one important benefit of constructing wind turbines. On those hot, humid summer days when the air is very still, the wind turbines can be hooked up to oil-fired generators to create a nice breeze.
Track plan blinkered
Just read Rexdale gamble, by Mike Smith (NOW, November 6-12). It was nice to hear about the grittier side of the Woodbine redevelopment proposal.
I just finished shooting a documentary on this very subject. I interviewed David Miller, Woodbine Live! development director Taylor Gray and VP Jane Holmes, along with a few of the active CORD members. Your story seemed bang-on. It is like the city, CORD and Cordish/WEG all think something different is going on. Crazy stuff.
Troy C. Dettwiler
U.S.'s tower of babble
I don't blame Jacob scheier's uncle and aunt, who live in the U.S., for being atheists (NOW, October 30- November 5). I turn atheist whenever I hear Americans proclaiming their country is the "city upon a hill" or "God's blessed land." How does one reconcile goodness with the senseless killings, serial and mass murders ravaging America?
Medical pot's super joke
I've never been to jail, mostly for lack of trying. When someone like Matt Mernagh goes to jail over medical pot (NOW, November 6-12), there's something desperately wrong. If there's one cause that's worth the risk of jail, it's ending cannabis prohibition.
Cannabis has never killed anyone, yet the government interferes in our choice to enjoy this amazing plant. It grants approval to pharmaceutical drugs that unintentionally kill thousands of people annually in North America. If the government continues to claim our welfare is served by its laws, we should be able to charge the government with fraud and send it to the Don.
Fox Creek, Alberta