Regarding Drake Loves Toronto; Is The Feeling Mutual? (NOW, August 2-8).
If people took the time to draw their own conclusions without outside opinions, they would see that Drake (Aubrey Drake Graham) is a real class act.
I had the pleasure to attend Forest Hill CI for the short time Drake was there. He was a very well-behaved young man who had no problem being polite and respectful to all who knew him.
When I encountered him recently, he was very obliging. We chatted a bit, and the next day he even signed a couple of old yearbooks we were in together.
Unlike many celebs I've met over the years, he didn't have a "get lost" attitude. But then again, what would you expect from a true Torontonian?
Different shades of black
I was surprised and a bit disappointed that your normally sensitive and perceptive writers, in examining and discussing aspects of recent gun violence in Toronto (NOW, July 26-August 1), have unthinkingly lumped all the diverse streams of the African diaspora in Canada into one all-encompassing artificial category of "black." In reality this comprises a very diverse segment of our multi-ethnic society, with many communities, each with its own challenges and successes.
As I suspect most readers are aware, Toronto has citizens with comparatively recent African roots as well as those whose ancestors arrived two centuries ago as slaves and freedmen with early English and Loyalist settlers. Others came in the 1950s and 60s from various Caribbean colonies and nations.
It greatly distorts the discussion to make sweeping claims and analyses of racial educational streaming and discrimination without taking into consideration the very different histories and accomplishments of these individual communities.
This is an appeal to all auteurs penning reviews for Toronto establishments: the inclusion of one or two accessibility symbols along with your critique will monumentally increase the relevance of your work. If the location (be it resto/bar, theatre, club, etc) is wheelchair-accessible, then include the wheelchair symbol. And please, not just for big best-of features, but always and in every review.
Plenty of paying customers would love to know in advance whether there's a step at the door, toilets in basement and automatic doors.
Thank you. The revolution can start here.
Editor's note: our online restaurant guide includes full accessibility info on more than 650 restaurants.
I caught the line
Regarding Blood On The Tracks (NOW, August 2-8). I, too, know the pain of a streetcar track faux pas. A month ago I caught the tracks at King and Church and woke up in St. Michael's Hospital, having undergone emergency brain surgery and broken my collar bone. I'm on the mend, and there's no brain damage, thank goodness. I'm no engineer, but I do wonder if there's a "better way" (pun intended) to build/maintain the tracks. Subways, subways, subways? Just kidding.
Streetcar railings off track
If you're a true cyclist, you should know how to handle your bicycle on streetcar tracks.
The real problem for cyclists is people in parked vehicles who suddenly open their car door without looking in their mirror to see if there's any kind of traffic coming their way. I nearly lost my life because of that, hitting a car door that sent me flying into the path of a streetcar. I was lucky to roll out of the way, but suffered many injuries.
Speaking of park parties
Having lived next to Trinity Bellwoods Park for many years, I read your Party In The Park cover story (NOW, July 26-August 1) with great interest.
I hate to disagree with you, but judging by the amount of garbage left by nightly partiers, there is no "culture" to speak of.
You can romanticize pot smoking and public drinking all you want, but it doesn't change the fact that cigarette butts, empty cans and bottles and food containers are being left in the park, including the playground and kids' campsite.
Tory's Ontario Place sellout
Big thanks to Enzo DiMatteo for his insightful article Ontario Place Ours To Take Back (NOW, August 2-8). He's right to sound the alarm on the John Tory-proposed sell-off/sellout of this once family-centric lakefront attraction.
There will be more than enough condos to go around, especially for all of Tory's solid 1 per center corporate buddies, with penthouse views undoubtedly reserved for the big U.S. casino operators who are at this very moment bidding to set up shop right next door at the Ex grounds.
What a sad day it would be to see the first developers' ads offering luxury Ontario Place condos with Tory's "Live, work, play" slogan plastered across an image of the iconic Cinesphere. Let's not allow the pricks to get away with it.
T.O. racist? That's crazy
Regarding letter writer Thomas Gallezot's claim that Toronto is "profoundly racist" (NOW, July 26-August 1). Are you kidding me? I've lived all over Asia and North America. Toronto is easily the least racist city.
On Kensington's new gates (NOW, Daily, July 27). Why does everything in this city have to be so over-designed (e.g., ugly trash cans)? Why not a classic black wrought-iron fence?