Letters to the Editor

Baker's contemporaries Like many dancers and.

Baker’s contemporaries

Like many dancers and dance lovers in the city, I was thrilled to see Peggy Baker on your cover (NOW, February 18-24).

The lack of contemporary dance in Toronto is staggering, so to see a whole list of not just one icon in Toronto but six other women was heartwarming.

These are all women I admire and from whom I have much to learn, which is why I was disappointed to see them receiving coverage under the banner of “The Next Baker?”

Your major complaint about three of the six artists is their involvement in other fields, which you claim overshadows or detracts from their dance work.

However, if we are talking about the future of contemporary dance, how can we not speak of involvement in other areas of the arts?

The women you profiled are established artists who are not out to follow a path already laid by iconic artists like Baker, but rather to acknowledge the history behind them and move forward in their own directions.

Amelia Ehrhardt


Model Love & Sex Issue

Thanks for another fun Love & Sex Issue (NOW, February 11-17). I must say, this year’s models were the best-looking in recent memory. Please keep up the laffs.

B Kapow


Porn paradox

Ethical porn user? Ethical MacDonald’s hamburgers? Ethical shark fin soup? The phrase and accompanying article in your Love & Sex Issue feel like an ethical fucking of the mind. Perhaps others feel the same way and are ready to consider a different level of consciousness regarding our world’s pain-filled divorce between love and sex.

Anyone interested in exploring that voice way down deep that says, “There is never enough porn to feed what I am really hungry for – reverence and love shared on every level with another human being.”

I’ve worked with individuals, couples and groups for over 30 years. The erotic facade covers so much grief and pain and longing for the Real Thing. Ethical porn use is just another facade.

These facades are destroying our deepest capacity for true intimacy.

Sage Walker


Salmon love for Olympics

I’d like to believe that this isn’t true, but I suspect it is. From Sheila Gostick’s excellent article on the Olympics (NOW, February 18-24): “[Salmon] spawning beds were destroyed by gravel mining for the highway to the Olympics.”

Bad news. I’m from BC.

I love the Fraser and the salmon. Say it ain’t so!

Marie Wilson


That Giambrone feeling

Let’s put the Adam Giambrone episode (NOW, February 11-17) in its proper time slot.

This is 2010, a new age with new attitudes and a new permissiveness. What Giambrone did should have gone under the bridge and out to sea.

Its disclosure, or exposure, is all too convenient for my liking. I get an unsettled feeling that other players are present. He had an episode with a woman or two other than his partner.

He did not cheat the city, as others did with MFP. He does not have any unknown offspring in the closet.

This election coming up is huge, and there are huge amounts of money chasing the future of Toronto’s public ownership and contracts.

A few well-placed seeds planted reap a bountiful harvest for vested interests.

Glenn Kitchen


Airport item misleading

Your airport watch item (NOW, February 4-10) included a picture of a four-engined transport aircraft that resembled a C-130 Hercules, and claimed that Toronto waterfront residents are subjected to pollution from more than 90,000 flights in and out of the Island Airport every year.

The picture is deliberately misleading, obviously meant to convince gullible anti-aviation arrivistes that Hercules flights operate regularly through YTZ.

Also misleading is the evident inclusion in that alarmist statistic of training flights, usually by single-engine light aircraft often making several “touch and go” landings per flight, thus inflating the count of aircraft movements.

As for the alleged absence of pollution data, the human senses should be a reasonably reliable means of comparing the air quality of the Island Airport with that of the adjacent Gardiner Expressway.

David Townson


Of budgets and billboards

Regarding Billboard Tax Attack (NOW, February 18-24). Few city councillors are more supportive of public space activists than Gord Perks.

I spoke extensively to Perks before, after and during the Billboard Tax And Signs Bylaw process.

He was always both opposed to dedicating the tax to public art and in favour of increased arts funding via the budget process.

He also worked to ensure that the tax rate came in at the level that staff recommended and not the lower level the billboard lobby was asking for.

I don’t think Perks changed his position. I do think arts funding got a bad break in this budget process.

If Gord Perks could write the budget all by himself, we’d have a much more progressive budget than the one we’re getting.

Rami Tabello


Foreign? Mon dieu

I was surprised and disappointed by the foreign film selection in your Flick Finder sidebar, I Killed My Mother (NOW, February 11-17). It’s a great film and definitely something that people should watch.

There’s only one problem: it’s not a foreign film – it’s Canadian.

It’s a Quebec-based production. Unless you know something that I don’t, Quebec is still a part of Canada. (Likewise, French is not a foreign language it’s one of our two national languages).

Quebec is part of Canada, and Canada includes Quebec – and its films.

Dan Tweyman


Anti-Semitism imbalance

Regarding Hate-hunting, by Paul Weinberg (NOW, February 18-24). Much anti-Semitism today is a result of the general public constantly reading the writings of unbalanced journalists who quote the radical left with such catchphrases as “Israeli apartheid.”

Or that Israel “targets civilians” or “there’s a growing international criticism of Israel.”

Repeat it enough times and readers will believe the only side of the story they are exposed to.

Anti-Semitism can be found in the answer to an important question: why does tiny Israel attract so much negative attention when places like Darfur, where people suffer incomparably horrific human rights violations on a huge scale, go relatively unnoticed?

David Modlin


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