Scandal on St. Nicholas
Regarding Naughty on St. Nick's (NOW, November 20-26). I generally have no problem with tall towers downtown, but I might have to agree with the residents in this instance. However, I also think Mike Smith misses the bigger scandal underlying this development. Forget the OMB.
The real issue here is that the Official Plan allows this kind of thing to go on. How the OMB can consider planner-for-hire Robert Glover's evidence to have any weight at this point is beyond me.
Glover ought not to be able to provide any evidence with regard to any development occurring in the city of Toronto. If he is an expert, he can surely make a living elsewhere. His is the kind of activity that really offends. Glover's evidence fails to pass the smell test.
Feelin' the T-Pain
I'm an avid reader and have been since you were actually an alternative magazine. I used to read your music section to get turned on to new, undiscovered stuff.
What happened? Now I flip through the reviews and it's all mainstream stuff that everyone else covers. I saw a CD review for T-Pain (NOW, November 13-19). What the %*#!!?
We don't need another review of some overrated American ring-tone king. Tell us about the shit we haven't heard of yet!
Thou shalt legalize it
I was interested in letter-writer Bruce Codere's suggestion we send the government to jail for fraud because of false claims about marijuana (NOW, November 20-26). Except for the fact that there is no way to do such a thing, it's a great idea.
Or perhaps we should just wait for God to descend from heaven bearing a stone tablet inscribed with the commandment "Thou shalt legalize marijuana." If you prefer reality to fantasy, use your vote to good effect.
I take issue with the portrayal of nitrous oxide emissions from Portlands Energy Centre (NOW, November 20-26) as harmless. While it does not contribute to smog or have any known direct health implications, nitrous oxide is a persistent and potent greenhouse gas that absorbs 310 times more infrared radiation than an equivalent amount of CO2 and remains in the atmosphere for 120 years.
While a natural gas facility is, in my opinion, a better option than nuclear or coal electricity generation, the mounting evidence on the negative effects of traditional energy generation presents a compelling case for aggressively adopting renewables and energy conservation.
Wilner long on rubbish
Regarding Norman Wilner's review of I've Loved You For So Long (NOW, November 6-12). The film does not operate on allegory, but on analogy. There is a profound difference. In the film, analogy operates as a totality. Everything refers to everything else so that we are forced to confront the very basis of difference - dichotomies like prisoner and free citizen, art and life, the virtual and the real.
Director Philippe Claudel is telling us there is no human subject we can refuse. This is also Claudel's reference to watching TV as punishment, history as a rubbish heap that keeps piling up. The pile is also a rubbish heap of refused analogies. I guess one response is just to contribute to this refusal.
Keynes plus GST
Regarding Stim pickings at G20 (NOW, November 20-26). Alice Klein writes that "The great Keynes himself proposed a tax on stock market transactions..." Yes. And do they pay GST on such transactions? It is similar to buying something, so at least GST should apply.
Poly wants to recycle
Regarding Poly folly (now, nov- ember 13-19). What are you guys on, crack? You don't want the city to recycle polystyrene? And your so-called experts? Jennifer Wright is "suspicious" about the petrol lobby. Well, guess what? It takes energy to bring the logs out to International Paper, the 26th worst polluter in North America, so they can make you a cup you feel warm and fuzzy about drinking your coffee out of before you throw it in the fucking garbage!
Wind power worries
Your article on the aesthetics of offshore wind farms is clear and persuasive (NOW, November 6-12). Most objections about wind farms are aesthetic in nature. Detractors tend to hide this motivation and pretend that they're concerned with bird, bats, noise and other environmental issues. But don't be fooled - ultimately their real concern (which is legitimate) is about how these facilities will change the look of their neighbourhood.
Creating an environment for manufacturers to set up in Ontario would be great, but Toronto Hydro's 60 turbines aren't going to do it. Also, the storage of power is very difficult and expensive. To suggest otherwise is misleading. Toronto isn't in a position to press the issue. Without provincial and federal incentives, no serious wind projects would get built.
Director, Business Development
Northland Power Inc.
Dirty Penny pinch
Full disclosure: I'm a good friend of the current Dirty Penny bassist and a fan of the band. I was unable to attend the show you reviewed (NOW, November 13-19), so I cannot comment on its quality.
However, the more I thought about Tim Perlich's review, the more upset I got. Then I realized why.
Perlich writes that Jason Cavener's performance "might not have been quite so painful had he not been backed by what sounded like a Lebanese wedding band who learned to play alt-rock from Watchmen videos." It sounds clever and snotty.
Yet to me, a person of Indo-Caribbean descent who knows that three of the band members are of South Asian descent, that statement sounds extremely racist.
Is Perlich saying that since South Asians are the last visible minorities that popular culture still finds it acceptable to stereotype (exhibit A: The Love Guru), we are to be ghettoized into only doing Bollywood songs?
Perlich is entitled to his opinion, but I'm disappointed in the way he expressed that displeasure, and in NOW Magazine for publishing it.