Rossi gaining ground online
Rocco Rossi desperate? (NOW, June 3-9). Honestly. What's the metric Joshua Errett's using to come up with this? A few Twitter users who are unhappy that Rossi is gaining ground on so-called "front-runner" George Smitherman?
Rossi is beating Smitherman in almost every category, especially when it comes to our Twitter followers and Facebook fans.
Rossi has been the only candidate to achieve "top tweet" last week. He's the only candidate who writes his own tweets. He's the most tech-savvy candidate in the field and has the best new media/social media team, bar none.
We've recently launched an iPad application, and just yesterday launched our iPhone application.
None of the other candidates can hold a candle to the quality of our email marketing strategy.
Are we using Craigslist? Yes. So did Sarah Thomson at one point, and I suspect that some of the other candidates will do so as well. It's a free and open system, and we're not violating any terms of service by doing so.
Are we using Google Ads? Yes. If we had taken out an ad in NOW looking for volunteers, would that be considered desperate?
Message to G20 protesters
There are those who believe in the G20 summit and there are those who do not (NOW, June 3-9). That's a debate that will never be resolved. I'm not going there.
The problem I have is the use of the term "demonstrator" to describe some participants. To demonstrate is acceptable and even encouraged.
People smashing windows, throwing objects and spray-painting buildings are not demonstrating. Those are unacceptable behaviours, and the police have every right and duty to maintain law and order in these circumstances.
It is up to the demonstrators to police their own.
If people choose the behaviour of violence, then they also choose the consequences of violence.Don't complain that the noise hurts your ears.
Myth of the Middle East
I disagree with your description of the National Post as "rabidly pro-Israel" (NOW, June 3-9).
The Post stands firmly behind the Israeli right wing, but I question whether it is ultimately pro-Israel.
The hard-liners [there] have stupidly squandered much of their country's moral capital over the last three decades and weakened the resolve of Israel's closest friends.
One way to hide the damage is to defame the moderates. As its contribution, the Post promotes the campaign to portray anyone who opposes hard-line policies as being anti-Israeli, or even anti-Semitic.
NOW seems to have accepted that fiction (at least subconsciously, which is how such things are intended to work).
Rae's disrespect for gays
Kyle Rae is being disingenuous when he says, "In 1981 we [the city] did not make those founding links with apartheid" (NOW, June 3-9).
He knows full well that it was in the late 80s that the Simon Nkodi Anti-Apartheid Committee, Lesbians and Gays Against Apartheid (SNAAC) became a focus for anti-apartheid organizing within the LGBT communities.
Rae helped organize the first Pride in 1981 as part of Gays and Lesbians Against the Right Everywhere (GLARE), a name that hardly suggests the narrow focus he espouses today.
His own drift to the right is on his own conscience. But when he accuses most of the surviving organizers of the original Pride of "making it up as they go along," he demonstrates disrespect not only for his former colleagues, but also for the history of our community.
Taste of Greens
In Iggy Fails Taste Test (NOW, May 20-26), Holland Marsh Growers' Association executive director Jamie Reaume asks why a politician hasn't come forward with a food policy till now. Actually, the Green Party of Canada's detailed policies are online in the agriculture and health promotion sections of the docs on our website, greenparty.ca. Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff has some of it right, but he's missed a lot. Check out Vision Green for better, clearer, more thorough examples of policies Liberals have borrowed, are borrowing and will likely borrow soon.
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Bryant needs re-examining
Michael Bryant's own admission that his behaviour surrounding his altercation with another user of the road can only lead to one conclusion: he is not technically competent to operate the motor vehicle he was operating (NOW, May 27-June 2).
He brakes and stalls the vehicle. He attempts to restart the vehicle in gear and it lurches forward, striking a cyclist in front of him. Even the most novice of drivers learns to depress the clutch pedal when braking or starting. It is the first lesson.
Surely, a collision on the roadway and the fatal panicked reaction resulting from this incompetence need to be investigated. Is Michael Bryant a danger to other users of the road?