“Finally, the people of Toronto see how embarrassing it was to elect the Fords.” Photo credit: Office of the Mayor
As James Thurber so wisely said, "You can fool too many of the people too much of the time." Finally, the people of Toronto may see how embarrassing it was to elect the Ford brothers to head your City Hall.
Despite council's debate and win over the subway issue (NOW Daily, February 9), Ford acted like a sucky child whose toy was taken away.
Obviously, his bullying tactics don't intimidate council members any more. The Ford siblings were poor choices to head a world-class city that prides itself on taste.
Burying rapid transit
A world-class city like Toronto needs subways along its main roads (NOW, February 9-15).
Imagine New York City only building subways in Manhattan and none into Brooklyn and Queens. It's short-sighted not to build subways.
LRTs are a joke. It is just partially protected streetcar transit. It still has to obey traffic signals and takes away one lane from vehicles.
Better served by LRTs
I would certainly be served by a Sheppard subway extension (NOW Daily, February 15). I live near Morningside and Sheppard and currently take a bus to the Scarborough Town Centre, where I take an LRT to Kennedy to catch the subway.
However, for the cost of the mayor's proposed subway plan, the city isn't getting enough bang for the buck. The LRT I take is very fast and serves a lot of people. The Transit City plan expands the LRT network to serve a lot more people in areas currently underserved, for less money. It's a no-brainer.
As sexy as it sounds to have a couple of new subways, it just doesn't make financial sense.
Taking aim at Ford
Everyone is talking about mental illness and suicide, and NOW decides to make a point about Rob Ford committing political suicide with a graphic of the mayor with a gun to his head (NOW, February 9-15). Great timing, you idiots. This is no better than the National Rifle Association in the U.S. holding a gun rally after the Columbine shootings.
Don't try gun violence
I find your continuing visual assaults on the mayor some of the worst examples of journalistic licence I have ever seen in what is supposedly a news magazine. I've listened to your editors justify the photo on radio and TV. What mealy-mouthed BS.
NOW hates Ford - we get it
We get that NOW hates Rob Ford. But what is your excuse for being so disrespectful and insensitive to individuals and families who have had to cope with suicide?
Mayor the real gravy
I love your articles on Rob Ford. The latest picture is the best yet! Surprising to read that some people think it goes too far, when Ford has gone way too far to ruin Toronto.
Ford talks about saving money, and yet was prepared to disregard the contracts in place for Transit City and cost the city millions. I think the biggest chunk of gravy in the city is Ford himself. Why did the consultants not mention that?
Keep up the good work.
New NDP thinking
Just a quick note to say thanks to Alice Klein for having the guts to write the piece about NDP leadership hopeful Nathan Cullen (NOW, February 9-15).
We have an incredible opportunity to advance new thinking in the pre-election period that can save Canadians from the tyranny of Stephen Harper. Thank you for giving Cullen's ideas a platform and allowing those important messages to get out.
Nathan Cullen, he's fresh
Nathan Cullen is the only person who I believe will really change the way politics are done in Canada and bring a progressive victory in 2015. I love his fresh ideas and boldness. He really understands what Canadians want.
Iran ship sails for Canada
I understand the importance of a good headline, and Ship Of Fools is an eye-catching phrase (NOW, February 2-8).
But I think it does a disservice to the members of the Royal Canadian Navy by implying that they are a group of idiots.
Paul Weinberg's story largely questions the wisdom of Canadian participation in a hypothetical operation against Iran, a subject on which there is plenty of material to raise questions.
However, if there is any "foolishness" at play, the RCN will have little role in that, obeying whatever order the government issues, as it rightly should.
Dr. Paul T. Mitchell
Canadian Forces College
One For The Money shock
Susan Cole's review of One For The Money (NOW, January 26-February 1) is so right on. But I would add one more word to her review: offensive.
It actually shocked me to see, in 2012, that a woman could still be portrayed as so stupid and bumbling and surviving one dangerous situation after another because her Prince Charming (in this case, two macho tough guys) would magically sweep in to the rescue
The Evanovich novels on Stephanie Plum's misadventures continue to be very popular.
Sad and shocking to think many are still buying into that old way of thinking.
Black History tribute
Wow! I expected to see more comments about your Black History Month cover featuring Stacey McKenzie (NOW, February 2-8)
What a beautiful cover, and what better way to pay tribute to black history. I wish Ms. McKenzie great success, and she should have her own sitcom.
She has the looks and personality!