NDP plea off on war cash
Michael Hollett's plea to vote for Jack Layton and the NDP (NOW, April 21-27) avoids one area where the alternative to Steve and Iggy is on the same page: war spending.
Layton has clearly stated that the military's bloated $23 billion war budget will not be touched, just shifted around into different priorities.
Thus, an institution that trains people to kill other people would under the NDP receive the largest amount of federal discretionary spending. Put it in perspective: slightly more than $63 million a day is spent on Canada's war machine. That's the daily equivalent of 420 affordable housing units or 3,000 four-year full-tuition grants for university students.
Hopefully, those casting their votes for the NDP will push their party of choice to be a real alternative, and not simply one with a new face but the same policies.
Courage to vote for change
Kudos to Michael Hollett for telling it like it is. The old "talk left, rule right" ploy of the Liberal party is in plain sight as they troll for wishful thinkers. And as we have seen in recent elections, the strategic voting crew are really Liberals in progressive clothing. Hopefully, the surge in NDP polls of late will give people the courage to do the right thing.
Strategic voting's polling fix
One argument against encouraging strategic voting is that every mention of it makes most voters think it means "vote Liberal." Relatively few get the point that they have to look at their own riding. If the media talked about "local strategic voting," it might get through to more voters. But they don't.
Does explaining "local strategic voting" actually work, or does it do more harm than good? It can't really do a lot of good without accurate up-to-date local polling.
Adria Vasil wonders why green issues can't get traction as election issues (NOW, April 21-27). Part of the answer lies in framing the discussion. We talk about the topic in terms of "green issues," "the environment" or "climate change," but these words are peripheral to the real issue: human survival.
Climate skeptics will balk at this characterization because our enjoyment has not yet been noticeably affected; we're not at the point of conscious worry for our own coping abilities.
But our trajectory today will take us to those places tomorrow; we would be foolish to wait, since that means drowning in it.
Beaches blood transfusion
Andrew Cash is right about the historical indifference of Lib MPs from Toronto (NOW, April 14-20).
The current Beaches-East York MP, Maria Minna, has been invisible except for the ads she continuously puts in the local papers. She's been in her post too long to offer anything but the tired and stale status quo.
A transfusion of new blood is desperately needed to wake up the residents, stimulate them and involve them in more issues.
Harper trashing democracy
Is trashing democracy okay? Stephen Harper has abused every watchdog, every potential overseer, every attempt (by others) to make government transparent. He has refused to report to Parliament and grossly misstates his activities and budgets when he does. He has prorogued Parliament to avoid accountability.
Those are facts.
Doesn't a vote for more of the same validate the effective end of our parliamentary system?
Sigcino Moyo "somehow" feels complicit when a TTC employee points at a woman and shouts, "If I was you, I'd follow that ass!" (NOW, April 21-27).
Guess what, Moyo. If you didn't tell the guy off, report him or even do something so remarkably simple as acknowledging the woman he's just made feel vulnerable and potentially violated, then you are complicit. Your silence did two things: showed this douchebag that his behaviour was completely acceptable and showed the woman that she didn't matter.
Pissed on Dundas West
That "little-known watering hole in a quiet part of town" Ben Spurr notes in Dundas West Takes Off (NOW, April 21-27) likely wanted to remain that way.
His crudely written article discussing the rapid growth of nightlife on Dundas West will surely only degrade existing communities faster.
Perhaps Spurr should do everyone a favour and stay home; his bladder control and journalistic abilities obviously need some development.
NOW integrity gap?
Are you kidding me? NOW is launching a complaint with the integrity commissioner against Rob Ford (NOW Daily, April 18)? What in the hell are you smoking, Alice Klein? You are so stunned. I can't believe you have the job you have. Where is your integrity? Where are your morals?
I, for one, hope that pictures of you in compromising positions are posted everywhere and anywhere.
I will be sure to throw every and any issue of NOW in the trash when I come across it, new or old.
Your rag would only plug up toilets anyway. You are a sad representation for our city. Resign!
Everything indie white T.O.
I got excited last week when i saw a picture of Tony Allen and a short article on Darren Sigesmund (NOW, April 21-27), two artists a world away from what's normally covered.
My optimism quickly vanished. A reviewer who complains about "songs that often push the 10-minute mark" at an Afrobeat concert? Honestly?
He could at least have looked at the song lengths on one Fela Kuti album if he couldn't bother himself to think about the sociological reasons why that music is built on a repetitive rhythmic groove.
The few paragraphs on Sigesmund aren't much better. The writer seems unable to deal with anything deeper then the instrument he plays.
It would have been nice to read about how the fusion of music he has created is truly Torontonian in nature and reflective of the diversity of people here.
Can I suggest you change your slogan from "Everything Toronto" to "Everything indie/anglo culture Toronto"?