How far will PM go to save his skin?
Commies know better
First you lobby to disarm law-abiding citizens of their guns. Now you're advocating installing a regime that wasn't elected to power (NOW, December 4-10)? Two major signature moves of commie regimes: disarm the civilians and implant themselves in power, like it or not.
Has your socialism crossed that blurry line into communism? Kinda, sorta starting to look like that, huh? Have you got that irrepressible urge to impose your will on the rest of us because you think you know better? You need to respect the outcome of the democratic electoral process or jump a flight to Pyongyang.
Berlin Wall the separatists
The left-wing media in this country just don't get it. You are so out of touch, it's pathetic. I guess I shouldn't be surprised that you're siding with the other three socialist parties, but I am disappointed.
Why the hell should we the taxpayers be forced to support these Bloc-heads from Quebec? They want nothing to do with this country unless they're sucking us dry financially.
I hear what's left of the Berlin Wall is being sold at a discount. It would look real nice right down the middle of the Ottawa River.
Harper's big banana
I am shocked at the cowardly actions of this illegitimate government. Stopping the business of Parliament is the action of a banana-republic dictator, not the leader of a democracy. One wonders how far Mr. Harper will go to keep his job in January if the political winds don't suit him then.
I applaud the move to form a coalition government and establish a government that is closer in ideology to that of the Canadian public.
Public funding of accredited political parties is necessary and democratic, but having said that, this is a good opportunity to introduce serious electoral reform. Indeed, I think that an election, were it to happen, should be fought on the issue of electoral reform.
PM acting like a dictator
The english revolution was fought to establish the principle that parliament is supreme.
In Canada, we elect a parliament, not a prime minister.
The main check on the dictatorial powers of our prime minister is the supremacy of Parliament.
If Parliament is not supreme (the idea Harper is trying to establish in order to preserve his power), then what checks are there on the dictatorial power of future prime ministers? The appointed governor general?
Preventing the people's duly elected representatives from voting (in order to hold onto power!) by suspending Parliament is an act befitting Robert Mugabe and the world's other tin-pot dictators.
Tories overshadow women
December 6 is the the national Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, chosen to honour the 14 women gunned down at L'École Polytechnique in Montreal in 1991 because they were women.
It's the date established by the Parliament of Canada for action and reflection on gender-based violence and poverty in this country. It's beyond ironic that the party that slashed the Status of Women's budget by 38 per cent and took the word "equality" out of their mandate in 2006 has chosen the same date for nationwide rallies.
And didn't the Conservatives just try to veto any legal redress for the lack of pay equity a couple of days ago in its budget?
Gift giving misguided
Your gift guides are a nice idea but unnecessary. You support sustainable living and the reduction of footprint s.
Gifts, tokens of love or friendship, are also often crappy, useless or unneeded. They take resources and energy to produce and often end up as rubbish or in thrift stores or just collecting dust on the shelf (i.e., Miss Roboto, NOW, December 27-December 3). They didn't have to be manufactured in the first place, and buying them only continues the cycle.
I think people ought to find new ways to show their love or friendship at Christmas. We in the First World already have all the crap we need, don't you think?
Pennies for plastic
While I applaud mayor David Miller's effort to reduce waste with a 5 cent charge on plastic bags (NOW, December 4-10), he missed a prime opportunity.
The grocers will be saving money by paying for far fewer bags, plus they get to keep the 5 cents per bag charged to each consumer. How about a little something for the consumer, such as rounding the bill down to the nearest 5 cents?
It's only fair in light of grocers' savings and increased revenue, and will eliminate the need for messing with pennies at each transaction.
I was pissed-off and puzzled by Tim Perlich's review of The Last Pogo 30th Anniversary Bash (NOW, December 4-10). Then I looked him up in Wikipedia: "Tim Perlich (born 1963) is a shitty Canadian writer and music journalist for NOW Magazine." Sometimes the media can still nail it. Too bad you missed the mark so disgracefully last week.
There are hundreds of interesting words to say about Guns N' Roses' Chinese Democracy, and Chuck Klosterman has said most of them already. Of course, Tim Perlich has said none of them (NOW, November 27-December 3), filling space with the obvious - it's been a very long wait, none of the classic GNR lineup is involved, and it's more Estranged than Nightrain.
So to answer letter-writer Magdalena Vasko's query about why NOW covers mainstream albums, when it comes to Perlich the answer is clear: he's a musical ideologue more interested in dissuading buyers than in honest criticism.
In some ways, it's unfair to expect much in a capsule review, but NOW's other reviewers at least make the effort to actually listen to the albums they trash.
Culture gap in Best Of T.O.
I came across your Best of Toronto list from a few weeks back online. I have to say I had a good laugh.
It's pretty sad to see only three categories for art and books. What about dividing up "artists" into different disciplines and supporting as many hardworking and brilliant T.O. artists as we can? What about the publishing houses and agents who support authors of fiction, non-fiction, poetry?
Sadly, culture doesn't seem to be as relevant as best underwear store or reworked vintage. (WTF? Preloved was probably the only contender.) I hope next year to see more support of culture and less of consumerism.