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P.S. to noisy bands
Your article on PS I Love You (NOW, May 10-16) noted the comment by the drummer: "Basically, if I can hear my drums too well, there's something wrong."
My initial reaction was "Hey, maybe here's a band worth going to hear" - that is, until I finished reading.
I took the drummer's comment to mean that they were really interested in showcasing each other's musical talents.
Not a chance. All they want to do is produce mind-numbing noise, which I can listen to any day of the week for free by standing on the corner at a busy intersection. So now you know why I rarely go to concerts any more.
I went to NOW Talks Friday night. Much more worthwhile.
Press takes bully's side
Regarding Enzo di Matteo's column on the mayor's encounter with Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale (NOW, May 10-16), I have to comment how sad it is that the press was so easily divided by this issue, including NOW, which published an article by Joshua Errett online critical of Dale (NOW Daily, May 3). I expected so much more from NOW. I am exceedingly disappointed and dismayed.
Freedom of the press is absolutely at the forefront of our democracy. It should remain intact and undisturbed. I'd also fight for the rights of Sun reporters, although I would never read their writings.
How could reporters even consider abandoning one of their own because of a threat by a bully? Where is their integrity?
Ford divides, conquers
I keep thinking of the reduction in media voices in both the Balkans and Rwanda - literally one radio voice in Rwanda - having a direct effect on the explosion of troubles in both locales.
Don't our educated journalists covering City Hall care that they are being divided and conquered by Rob Ford's threatened media blackout? Shouldn't they avoid that at all costs?
Two cents on Bank of T.O.
There are some serious problems with the proposal for a Bank of Toronto (NOW, May 10-16).
If the city pays for "roads and infrastructure 20 times over the actual cost," as Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam asserts, it's not primarily due to private banks' interest charges, but rather to the city's refusal to pursue the "deficit-free fiscal conservatism" of North Dakota.
Banks generate profit on the spread between interest paid and interest generated by lending activities. Would Wong-Tam be prepared to have the city engage in activities many "progressives" deem exploitative in order to generate profits?
Or should the bank purposely pursue a sub-optimal banking strategy in the name of social justice? If so, would it not risk becoming a drain on municipal coffers?
The most effective solution would seem to be the pursuit of moderate fiscal conservatism with the goal of weaning ourselves off credit altogether, but we don't seem to have the maturity for that as a city.
Just my two cents. Thanks for writing interesting articles.
Drinks cover teeth-gnashing
i hope i'm not the only one objecting to the cover of your Drink Local issue (NOW, April 19-25).
Even though "no teeth were harmed in the making of this cover," as you proudly proclaim, have you thought of the message conveyed by the image of a woman opening a beer with her teeth?
My husband practises family dentistry, my son is a periodontist, and I'm a dental assistant. Have you any idea of the number of young, stupid and impulsive patients we've seen for doing just that?
I hope this is your last attempt at being funny where health is concerned. I do read your magazine and look forward to each new issue. This issue was a great surprise.
Jan Wong alienated many
Why Jan Wong couldn't get anyone to publish her recent book (NOW, May 3-9) I have no idea, but she certainly does have a talent - to alienate.
Her article in Toronto Life about the LCBO, for example, was very offensive. The reason is not so much that I disagreed with every word of it, which I did, but that Wong had the temerity to say she was speaking for all Torontonians!
If she wants to write inflammatory articles, that's one thing, but she should speak only for herself and not for the rest of us, thank you very much.
NDP spotlight naive
Michael Hollett's Spotlight on NDP Difference (NOW, April 26-May 2) was naive and out of touch.
It's clear that Hollett has little regard for the Liberals and a seething disdain for the Conservatives. However, these are the two parties that have dominated Canadian politics.
In what nation would he rather reside? I suggest maybe he put together a list of better countries that have already found the "real progressive change" he's so badly seeking. If by some chance you come up with even one country, I implore you to give up your citizenship.
A perfect nation? No. The best nation? Yes.
Petal power of fair trade
Re Are certified flowers legit? (NOW, May 3-9). The idea of boycotting flowers from places like South America, where floral exports represent a wide swath of employment and the economy, for eco reasons simply doesn't work.
A vital component of sustainable, responsible business is inviting developing countries to participate in the global economy in a meaningful and fair manner. Ergo, trading.
Local is great, but there is something to be said for that "green going global" view, and especially in countries and industries where it is needed the most.
These standards raise the bar for communities where people may otherwise not have access to work in clean and safe environments and might have trouble finding employment offering so many social benefits.
I applaud Fair Trade, Florverde and Veriflora labels for offering up a fantastic way of resolving the issue.