I can't figure out why Bruce Peninsula (NOW, January 29-February 4), or any pop band, needs so many members (10?) - unless, of course, individually or in groups of four or five they can't cut it.
Then it would make sense to join two bands into one. Everyone can play two notes each on their micro Moogs. If someone clams their note, it's drowned out by the other nine (musicians?). Smart.
Madonna figured that out a few decades ago, and it's still lame today.
Big ideas for the city
Thank you for spotlighting some of the emerging city-builders whose entries were selected as finalists in our thinkToronto urban ideas design competition (NOW, January 29-February 4).
Your readers may want to know that from February 9 to 27, UrbanSpace Gallery at 401 Richmond West will host an exhibition that includes a handful of unique entries neither profiled in our magazine nor displayed at our City Hall exhibit. For those who haven't seen them yet, the show will also feature all of our finalists and honourable mentions, including the entries you featured.
Couch hot potato
Adria Vasil's advice about couches and couch cushion material was very interesting (NOW, January 29-February 4), but only if your couch dates from the periods mentioned. If, like me, you have a couch made in the 70s, her advice is what exactly?
But more importantly, I just want to know what she has against the 70s and the early 80s.
Was this a period of her childhood of which she has no memory, or possibly a period of teenage angst that she wishes to blot out entirely, or maybe a period of excessive substance abuse that destroyed particular memories? The readers of NOW and Ecoholic need to know.
Who you callin' a pansi?
Where does Susan G. Cole get off making a gay political issue on the radio out of the word "pansification"? What do you call it when somebody calls me a "flower" because she has to smoke outside the building where we're both renting apartments? I'm calling you a fucking feminazi! Shut the fuck up already.
(Editor's note: Susan G. Cole appears on Talk 640's The Media And The Message panel Thursdays at 9 am.)
Regarding Bad Week for Deer Lovers (NOW, January 29-February 4). Your Newsfront item reminded me that Ontario is planning another deer "cull" in Presqu'ile Provincial Park. The government does this often. Whether it's deer or the double-crested cormorant, as soon as a species' population becomes healthy, it's targeted for new killing. This, perversely, is its reward for thriving.
Parks should be sanctuaries, free of logging and hunting, in which wildlife is secure. If they fail in this regard, they lose their essence. Surely, there must be some place nature is safe from us.
Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment
Falling into the deficit trap
You people are such ideologues. In previous issues you demanded deficit spending; now that we have it, you denounce it as immoral because it comes from Stephen Harper (NOW, January 29-February 4). Ideologically speaking, nothing good can come from Tories in your books.
I have always disapproved of deficit spending. Many people think that if we need more money, we should just borrow it, but they don't realize that the reason we have a shortage of money in the first place is because we are spending so much paying interest on borrowed money.
By continuing to borrow ever greater amounts, we get ourselves into an increasingly difficult financial trap.
But of course, you know that now that you have a motive to know it.
Israel in the balance
I had to read twice what Joshua Errett, nowtoronto.com editor, wrote in Blogs On Gaza Beyond Belief (NOW, January 15-21), to make sure it wasn't NOW's habitual Israel-bashing. Hopefully, we'll get more mellowed and balanced reports like this.