Cullen's ridiculous "baggage"
I do not understand your characterizing as "baggage" NDP leadership candidate Nathan Cullen's statement that it was a "mistake" to have Gilles Duceppe onstage during the 2008 coalition discussions (NOW, March 8-14).
Having Duceppe onstage made the Bloc's powers in the proposed coalition seem greater than what was agreed, and provided Harper with the strategic angle of casting the coalition as a backdoor deal with Canada-hating separatists.
That strategy worked, and helped Harper make "coalition" a very dirty word in the last election. How is this bizarre? Because Cullen can apparently both see and admit to past mistakes? Ridiculous.
Regarding Shawn-Patrick Stensil's column on the anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster (NOW, March 8-14). It's a shame that the overall good message of promoting sustainable energy technologies is couched in disingenuous words.
Stensil argues that Canada's nuclear sector is virtually unregulated. Either he is ignorant of the Canada Nuclear Safety Commission, the government's arm's-length regulating agency, or he wants readers to remain ignorant to suit his agenda.
The Canadian nuclear industry is very well regulated by both domestic and international governmental and non-governmental agencies. There are reasons to move away from nukes, but regulation isn't one.
Why to abolish OMB
Projects like the 14-storey building proposed for [the site] across the street from High Park (NOW, March 8-14) is why the OMB must be abolished or dramatically reformed and all the appointees from the development industry and lawyers who work for it fired. Even when communities, supported by local politicians, oppose a project, the OMB usually rubber-stamps approval. Fighting at the OMB costs communities tens of thousands of dollars, something they clearly cannot afford.
TTC pulling together now
Congratulations to the new TTC Commission and all the council members who supported Councillor Stintz (NOW, March 8-14).
I hope Toronto city council and the new TTC Commission can now pull together to get good LRT transit to the people of Toronto as quickly as possible! It has been wonderful to watch municipal government in action; so much better, faster and more open than either the federal and provincial levels. Let's roll, TTC!
MJo says live above ground
It seems Torontonians elected Homer Simpson mayor. The answer to Toronto's gridlock is not underground. With Toronto's climate more and more like Vancouver's, the obvious answer to mass transit has to be light rail. It offers tourists a human-friendly method to see Toronto as opposed to being jammed like sardines in a tube. Live above ground.
Kelly clears up transit record
Yes, as letter-writer Ray Fredette points out (NOW, March 1-7), I did vote for Mayor David Miller's Transit City plan in 2009.
However, if he had heard the remarks that accompanied the votes and if he'd checked out my voting record on transit while a Metro councillor, he'd have realized that subways were my preference, and given the option of nothing or LRT, I chose the latter.
Today the options differ. So, being consistent in my belief that subways are not only wanted but needed, and assuming we can align a steady revenue source, a financing model and the lower cost of P3 construction, I'm committed to working hard to create a subway future that once built out will serve Torontonians well into the 22nd century.
Councillor Norm Kelly
Cab-takers are elitist
Yet again your purportedly egalitarian paper reveals its elitist leanings. First you parade before our eyes Hermès coats, and as if that were not enough, in the article Licence For Abuse (NOW, March 1-7) you write about taxis, an absurd, immoral waste of resources affordable solely by billionaires, plutocrats and Conservative politicians.
For the price of a trip from Yonge and Queen to Queen and Kingston Road one could purchase sufficient No-Name Kraft Dinner to feed a family for weeks.
The issue is one of value, and speaking as one who in only a couple of years will myself be old enough to obtain welfare, I and the millions like me would appreciate the censorship of anything that pertains to any other possible existence.
Taxi for the asking
Why does no one ever address the fact that cab drivers often rob their customers? I've been a cab driver in New York, and if you drive more than a couple of weeks, you learn which streets are one-way and which streets cross them at what number.
You learn this if you want to keep your job. Here, cab drivers take the scenic route, what looks to be routine practice, especially when customers are new to the city or have had a few drinks.
Cab drivers don't like being robbed? Neither do I.
Larry A. Lewis