Police oversight failure
As someone who has worked in the criminal justice field for 26 years, [I feel that] Justice John Morden's report on G20 policing (NOW, July 5-11) could be a real step forward.
But one issue the report does not appear to have addressed is how the Police Services Board could for so long have misunderstood its mandate under the Police Services Act.
I suspect the answer is that members of the board are appointed because of who they know rather than what they know.
This results in the chief of police being viewed at board meetings as the one expert in the room, and the members of the board deferring to his expertise.
While the Morden report makes it clear that they have a lot more authority than they thought they did, board members must know the policing business not as insiders but as citizens who know the score.
G20 optimism misplaced
While I can appreciate Ellie Kirzner's optimism at the recommendations in Justice John Morden's report on G20 policing, I remain skeptical about any significant change coming to policing in Toronto.
Decades ago people of African ancestry were being shot with impunity. Today it's people with mental disabilities.
On a daily basis, people living in poor and racialized neighbourhoods face the type of police violence exhibited for all to witness on the final weekend of June 2010.
Sad People mention
The comedy shows at the Fringe this year look and sound amazing (NOW, July 5-11). There are so many talented performers being showcased. However, I'm a little surprised that you didn't mention Tony Ho's Sad People [in your Fringe guide]. It's amazingly funny, touching and unique - a show not to be missed.
No card, no pot, no more
Regarding the arrest of medical pot activist Matt Mernagh (NOW Daily, July 4). Health Canada's forthcoming changes to the Marihuana Medical Access Regulations include the fact that no paperwork or [documentation] card will be required by medical users. What will the cops do then?
I guess everyone will get the Mernagh treatment and be arrested. Take some lube with you for the cavity search.
Lily-white Pride Guide
If NOW ever doubted who its readership is, it doesn't have to any more. You've just clarified how white, able-bodied, male and middle-upper-class your mag is with the Pride issue (NOW, June 28-July 4).
Talk about only showing one body type. The week before that, you ran an article about saving public housing and, a few pages later, a spread on how to decorate and manage one's condo life. This is why I stopped reading two years ago.
Queer year correction
The great queer year feature in your Pride Guide (NOW, June 28-July 4) states that Elio Di Rupo became the first openly gay leader of an EU country in December 2011.
This is incorrect. The first openly queer leader of an EU country is Iceland's current prime minister, Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir. Sigurðardóttir became that country's leader in 2009, and Iceland became part of the EU in 2010.
Printing racist BS
I don't understand why a progressive publication like NOW would print racist garbage like Laurence Gottlieb's letter (NOW, June 28-July 4).
My partner is a sweet, law-abiding, taxpaying Jamaican, and I am sickened by the negative stereotypes he battles on a daily basis from bigots like Gottlieb. Shame on NOW for printing this letter and furthering the negative portrayal of an entire group of people.
So ignorant it hurts
I never respond to the laughable crap people spout in your letters section, but today I must.
Laurence Gottlieb of Aurora, you should be ashamed of yourself. You are such a bigoted fool that you cannot see beyond your own prejudices to form an intellectual thought, let alone a comprehensive plan for resolving gun violence.
Ignorance like yours hurts many more people in this city than guns ever could. I thank you for writing that letter, though.
Now, not only your friends and family know what a jerk you are, but an entire readership as well.
Thanks for the positive Destroyer review (NOW, June 28-July 4). That show blew my mind.