Garbage mess avoidable
It is quite the irony that the whole Rob Ford garbage privatization mess (NOW, October 27-November 2)could easily have been avoided.
If the David Miller administration had resisted the temptation to establish right-wing cred by going after CUPE's sick-leave benefits, who would've noticed?
There likely would have been no strike and no reason to turn the entire city on its head in a fit of pique over a few hundred uppity garbage collectors.
Of course, council's right wing would have accused Miller of being "soft" on unions by not provoking a strike, but that argument would likely have had little traction.
Staking out Rob Ford
Glenn Sumi thinks Rob Ford can't take a joke when Mary Walsh and the crew of This Hour Has 22 Minutes "staked out his Etobicoke home for an interview" (NOW, October 27-November 2).
The point is politicians should be allowed some privacy in their homes. Ford should have been "staked out" at City Hall or even in the streets, since a man's home is his castle.
Were other politicians "staked out" by Mary Walsh? The anti-Ford campaign is getting out of hand.
A mayor's right to privacy
Regarding "Don't You Fucking Know?" (NOW Daily, October 29). Rob "Fucking" Ford's right to privacy matters. Does the This Hour Has 22 Minutes crew have the right to ambush him in the morning at his home? Abso-fucking-lutely. Rob Ford is the mayor of the largest city in the country.
That said, he has an expectation of privacy regarding what he said when he called 9-1-1. The privacy rules are there for a reason, and that is to ensure that people who call don't hesitate because their distress might be put on display for all the world to hear.
Ford has an absolute right to his privacy, and that right includes, if necessary, lying to the media to keep it private.
Maple Leaf Foods spoils
Wayne Roberts's Cold Cut (NOW, October 27-November 2) brings back memories of the days when I stuffed wieners at the Maple Leaf plant. The grandfather of today's wieners was old J.S. MacLean. Union members always knew where he stood.
Speaking to a parliamentary committee on prices in the food industry in the 40s, he put it very succinctly: "I buy as cheaply as I can, I process as cheaply as I can, and I sell as dear as I can."
Capitalists had more faith in their prerogatives, or got away with things more easily, back then. Maple Leaf is true to their tradition.
Heads up for bike riders
While I applaud any effort to increase the quality and quantity of bicycle-friendly infrastructure (NOW, October 27-November 2), those looking to enhance their personal safety while cycling on city streets should not overlook the benefits of the humble helmet.
It still shocks me that half the adult cyclists I see prefer to risk having all sorts of nasty things happen to their heads should they get into an accident. Those who rationalize keeping their heads unprotected point to statistics showing that mandatory helmet laws have not decreased the mortality of cyclists in accidents.
Focusing on legislation is beside the point. A recent review of the medical evidence concluded that "helmets reduce bicycle-related head and facial injuries in all types of crashes including those involving motor vehicles." It doesn't get simpler than that.
Up the union
Today I was on my bike near bay and the waterfront while the CUPE union was taking part in an Occupy Toronto march.
One of them wanted to give me a button. I said that I don't support unions, and a few started to yell that I must be part of the 1 per cent.
Unions have become a huge part of the greed problem they are protesting. The incredible audacity to strike and make ludicrous demands during a world economic meltdown is a sign that unions worldwide have forgotten what workers fought for a century ago. They should be thankful they have a job.
Wiki vs. Occupy movement
Some events are milestones in the history of human progress. Occupy Toronto (NOW, October 27-November 2) and similar movements around the world are not. A more remarkable blow for freedom was Julian Assange's recent Wikileaks, which revealed the secrets of politicians who, to put it bluntly, dominate us.
I was pleasantly surprised to read a review of a much anticipated restaurant, Keriwa (NOW, October 20-26). But WTF were you trying to do opening a food review by referring to grotesque murders that have nothing to do with Keriwa?I have never seen a food review such as this and cannot believe that it was not intentional. The ramifications of this lapse in judgment are hugely detrimental to the public's informed perspectives. Hopefully, Keriwa's excellent service and food will help it outlast this shortsighted, ignorant and unnecessarily harmful reference. Honestly, really? Please limit your review to the task at hand and leave history to the historians!