All that jazz
Regarding Anupa Mistry's cover story on BADBADNOTGOOD (NOW, March 22-28). I guess true jazz fans only acknowledge great works of music when the artist is dead. New jazz is living and breathing with new kids. We should embrace it.
Rap on BADBADNOTGOOD
Jazz school dropouts gain fame through a hip-hop artist who is perpetuating the normalization of homophobia and advocating hatred of women?
Sounds real progressive. Good luck, kiddies.
Light rail tirade
Thanks for Lifeline To Scarborough (NOW, March 22-28). I'll be sending a copy of this article to my Ward 6 councillor, Mark Grimes, as a reminder of how foolhardy it is to follow the mayor's lead against LRT.
Seeing red on subways
For 20-plus years I've heard people's nightmare stories about commutes throughout our transit system. If there's anything we need to go into debt for, it's a well-organized subway system. We need a Scarborough line, a Finch line, a King relief, a Queen to Kingston Road and West Mall line, and a Lake Shore line.
Get your fucking head out of your asses, people!
I live south of Bloor (lucky for me, eh?) and have zero ambition to explore anything north of Bloor because of our fucked-up transit system! Open the floodgates instead of this makeshift LRT bullshit.
It's interesting how in accounting practices you can make predictive losses, but not when it comes to transit.
Mayor shows no restraint
I love how Rob Ford went on in his speech to council about how there has never been a transit project that didn't go over budget (NOW Daily, March 22).
Does he think his subway plan will be a model of fiscal restraint?
Transit won't help gridlock
Regarding The Day The Subway Died (NOW Daily, March 22). Neither the Sheppard LRT nor the Don Mills-to-Scarborough Town Centre subway proposed by the mayor would reduce gridlock.
If you're driving from Don Mills to Scarborough Town, you'd take the 401. These transit projects are to benefit those who already take the TTC. You'd never drive across town on Eglinton, and you still won't with LRT.
Turning the page on Ford
I've pretty much given up on the media. Yours is the last newspaper I regularly pick up, but I've been toying with no longer picking it up either.
Lately, it has had a mean tone. I know politics at all levels has acquired a definite meanness, and maybe it's inevitable that it spill into the press, but I'd prefer you take the high road.
The bottom line is, I'm royally tired of hearing about and seeing Rob Ford. There are so many decent, intelligent, kind, creative people to choose from. That's who I want to see and read about.
Bring in the council clowns
Paying attention to the actions coming from the mayor's office over the past year, I've been shocked, like many of your readers. Toronto city council is a circus, and the clowns have taken over and are running the show.
Normally, I'd consider it important to show the office of the mayor more respect than suggesting people paint him as a clown.
But it doesn't seem like the current holders of power are taking their job seriously, so why should we take them seriously?
Up the union
The contract offered by the city to Local 79 inside workers is fair for everyone involved (NOW Daily, March 26). Workers get a decent pay hike and the city gets back the powers it should never have relinquished to the union.
If CUPE 79 rejects what is essentially the same terms CUPE 416 accepted, then the whole idea of labour solidarity becomes worthless.
Library workers need help
In the Drake General Store on Queen, I saw Toronto Public Library tote bags (those iconic canvas ones with the blue lettering) and T-shirts for sale. I thought, "Great! The TPL definitely needs all the friends it can get in these tough times."
At the cash register I found out that a small portion from sale of the merchandise goes to the TPL.
I love the Drake, but I'd like to see it donating all profits from these products to the TPL. Our cash-strapped libraries would love them for it.