Forget the dastardly politics. The PM needs to get his head out of the sand and go green.
Harper's echo chamber
Regarding Bailout Bust (NOW, December 18-24). When I was a child, my family worked at GM. My breakfast and dental work were paid for by GM. As a university student I worked for GM. As an entrepreneur, I created software that's at the heart of GM research.
I've laughed with the senior VP of GM engineering about how it's almost a miracle every time a car rolls off the assembly line. The engineering and logistics complexities are staggering.
[In my capacity] as a DirecTV designer, I've discussed with GM's senior VP GM's billion-dollar investment in the new high-definition (HDTV) technology.
I've also been in a serious car accident with a GM vehicle. Today, I see siblings, cousins, in-laws and friends losing their automotive jobs, with their pensions at risk.
Knowing how hard it is to build a car, I've used every political and professional connection I have to change three things about the automotive industry.
One: go green. Two: stop the wild fluctuations of the Canadian dollar. Three: get Harper's head out of the sand.
Harper needs to look for directions from outside the echo chamber that is the neo-con ideological fantasy. It does not offer a solution.
Ask for input from those of us who understand things industrial. We know what to do.
Don't bail out these boobs
To all those fuckers out there who drive cars: learn how to make a proper right-hand turn. Look both fucking ways.
Pedestrians and cyclists like me are sick and tired of being run off the road and being blamed for it. I hope there's no bailout for the auto sector and that the price of oil goes to $200 a barrel for all you lazy fuckers who use your cars like you use your TV remotes. Fuck you all!!
Cocked and ready to pop
As you toot the horn for iggy (NOW, December 11-17), you might consider something that might make Michael Ignatieff go pop.
Should he decide to vote Harper's budget down, Harper has the right to ask the GG for an election.
Since Iggy has yet to face a true vote on his role as leader of the Toxic Trio or the Liberal party, it is highly unlikely that the GG would refuse Harper's request.
Iggy might be putting the gun to his head without realizing it. Then pop goes the weasel, so to speak.
P.S. Cockney slang uses "pop" to mean "go away."
Template for T.O. revolution
When it comes to the idea of the evolution of hipsters into hopesters because of Barack Obama (NOW, December 11-17), one thing you've overlooked is that a vivid template for such an evolution already took place in Toronto five years ago.
Not just in the Obamaesque figure of hope (Mayor David Miller), but in a ready-made emblem of and rallying point for proto-hopesterism: Spacing magazine and the subway-buttoning, urban-loving media and cultural empire it spawned, paralleled and fed.
Thus, if hipsterdom at large has been declared obsolete by this-and-that (ex-)hipster blogger, those making the declaration can look to the Toronto experience for a concrete demonstration of what might, in whatever idealistic dream, come next.
And Mayor Miller's keynote appearance at the recent Spacing fifth-anniversary launch party proves the endurance of our own homegrown proto-hopester.
So hip we had to nap
Regarding Tragically Hip. Great article. (Kidding.) Too bad it was already written by Adbusters in July of this year. Editors taking their long winter's nap on this one?
Regarding Warming to War by Gwynne Dyer (NOW, December 11-17). Interestingly enough, when a large group of people preach the coming apocalypse, they are called fundamentalist Christians. When other large groups preach apocalyptic visions, they are called environmentalists.
Heart with strings attached
In a feature (NOW, December 11-17) ironically entitled Have A Heart, you recommend St. John's Bakery under Shopping With Justice.
However, your description, "a biz providing training for the poor," was heartless and condescending.
Give me a break. Even a cursory glance at the group's website reveals that bakery workers have included refugees, people struggling with addictions, emotional troubles or mental illness, and single parents struggling with poverty. So your so-called socialist tendencies are nothing but sophistry.
In response to Lynn Fernie's letter, Tories Overshadow Women (NOW, December 11-17). No one who was in Montreal in 1989 could ever mistake the date of the Montreal Massacre for 1991.
You only have to look at the original CBC television report, now stored in the station's Web archives, to get a feeling for how indelibly that day is scored onto the consciousness of anyone who even indirectly witnessed it.
What is missing from the still harrowing archived report is the playing out of the story in real time on The National and The Journal, which in place of final credits rolled a silent list of the dead. Time stood still on December 6, 1989.
Hot for teachers
I just want to voice my disgust at at the current negotiations going on between teachers and the provincial government. In such tough economic times, why do teachers feel entitled to more when everyone else is expected to accept less?
I realize teachers are valuable, but all jobs are important to the survival of a society. Retail workers serve an equally vital role. Both are necessary.
As a new parent, it frightens me to see what has become of the teaching profession. Most of us are thankful to still have jobs. Get over yourselves.
Lament for Leslieville
I grew up in the big-box-infested outskirts of suburban Toronto. In my experience, the big-box lifestyle does not breed a utopia of smiley-faced workers; nor does it connect the surrounding community to anything more than cheap plastic shit and nauseating fluorescent lights.
I was extremely disheartened to find out the Leslieville area, where I spent the past summer working and living, will become a dystopian centre full of cement boxes.
The cheap tricks pulled by spin doctors for SmartCentres to convince the city it's "practical, workable, achievable" come at a crucial time in our economy.
Fear is the driver for many stupid decisions.
I hope Leslieville can prevail.