Regarding The Real Foreign Money Behind The Gateway Pipeline (NOW, January 12-18). With all due respect to Alice Klein, what a load of crap. I would bet that most Canadians agree with Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver that "There are environmental and other radical groups that threaten to hijack our regulatory system to achieve their radical ideological agenda."
This may come as a shock to Klein, but one of the biggest engines of the Canadian economy is the energy sector, which provides thousands of jobs, both union and non-union, and growth and prosperity to families across Canada. Of course, this sector also provides much-needed tax revenue for health, education and everything else.
But Klein is correct when she says, "This is no time to tune out," because it'll be interesting to see what happens when those workers in that 99 per cent who support the NDP and their radical friends wake up one day soon to realize how they have been hoodwinked.
Blurry Big Oil connections
Viewers of ethicaloil.org's disingenuous new ad campaign aren't being told about the intricate web of industry influence-peddlers behind the Northern Gateway pipeline effort and their connections to the Stephen Harper government and oil interests.
The lines between politics and big business interests on this project are so blurred, it is nearly impossible to distinguish them.
In my opinion, opposition to the proposed mega-quarry in Melancthon (NOW, January 12-18) is not a case of Not-In-My-Backyard-ism. It is appalling to me that this area, rich in Class A farmland and at the headwaters of five Ontario rivers, could even be considered a place to mine limestone.
Now that the government has declared it will do an environmental assessment, how can we feel safe and certain that the assessment will be genuine? How will the scientists who conduct the evaluation be chosen?
Rocky starts and stops
To add to the discussion of doing business better as it relates to the mega-quarry proposed for Melancthon, why not have the provincial government map aggregate deposits and then ask communities if they want to host a mega-mine?
In Melancthon, we will lose more agricultural and tourism jobs than the mine can replace. In other communities, that might not be the case.
Really? Joshua Errett is complaining that he needs an iPhone to run an app (NOW, January 12-18)? Did he complain about needing a PC to run a Windows app or a car to make use of tires? I just have to laugh when Errett asks what we've gained with software updates since 2007. How about the SDK that made apps possible, Copy/Paste, notifications, multi-tasking, MMS, iCloud, automatic updates, Exchange support, FaceTime and AirPlay? And those are just some highlights.
Meryl Streep never better
Meryl Streep may be headed for another Oscar nod for the Iron Lady (NOW, January 12-18), but she's never looked better than on the Zombie Walk Of Fame as a featured diva at dregstudiosart.blogspot.com.
Labour boomerang for Ford
I can't help but think of the saying "You get what you pay for" after reading Ford's Union Gamble (NOW, January 12-18). I am not very happy with how the unions have been run. I think, for the most part, they have been useless for the last 20 years; but if the city's goal is to bring in cheaper labour, we're going to get cheaper work.
That's just how it works, and soon people are going to be upset at that and Rob Ford's neck will be next to get the axe. Right now he's done an okay job of cleaning up, but he doesn't know when to stop, and he's started overstepping with the TTC. To top it off, he's withholding $154 million in surplus from city services? That's not going to go over well.
Another kick at budget can
I support Rob Ford's attempt to stop kicking Toronto's debt can down the street. I am in my late 60s and I very much enjoy receiving services from the city that I do not have to pay for.
However, I am also a grandparent of three little Torontonians, and I worry about what they'll have to pay in taxes or deal with in reduced services because our generation was so stupid and greedy.
Someone is going to have to pick up this can. We all know who's going to pay, and it will be messy and ugly. But then, I will be dead.
Gagging on this cut
Adam Giambrone says the effect of Ford's budget would be "gradual neglect" (NOW, January 5-11). Our doctors' organization thinks the cuts will produce something far worse. Take the TTC. Service reductions will foster traffic and air pollution that directly lead to illness and fatalities among local residents.
According to a study from the Ontario Medical Association, more than 2,000 Torontonians suffered premature death from smog in 2008. If Ford cuts public transit, the situation will get worse.
Can we afford to maintain TTC services? Absolutely. In fact, the science says the cuts will only worsen our financial position - air pollution is a huge financial burden on society.
Physicians for the Environment
Weight loss magic not pills
Regarding Are Weight Loss Herbs Environmentally Safe? (NOW, January 5-11) Great tips! I have tried PGX, and it works great for me. I recommend just drinking more fresh juice and replacing a few cups of coffee with green tea.
Working out regularly and learning to eat lots of fruits and veggies is the only surefire way to lose weight in the long run. Once people realize that is true, they will be way better off. There is no quick fix, no magic pill.
Jennifer Lynn Graham