Native TEED off
While I commend your efforts to highlight native artists like Waawaate Fobister (NOW, August 9-15) and A Tribe Called Red, I have to ask whose idea it was to include a picture of a very white, very WASPy Orlando Higginbottom of TEED (Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs) wearing a ceremonial chief's headdress right in the middle of the music section.
Haven't privileged white musicians and the public appropriated native spiritual imagery and aesthetics enough? It seems hypocritical to include that in your issue.
Kernels on corn
Wayne Roberts's Kill This Junk Food Crop (NOW, August 9-15) displays all kinds of knowledge about the bad effects of animal corn consumption but nothing about the healthful benefits for humans.
Far from being "nutrient free" or "junk food," whole-kernel yellow corn is high in fibre and contains beneficial antioxidant carotenoids as well as useful amounts of vitamins B3, B5 and manganese.
For sure, avoid highly processed corn by-products, but corn itself is a nutritional powerhouse.
Re Kill This Junk Food Crop. In Prince Edward County, where I live, fruits and vegetables were once grown. Now it's only corn and soy, both of which suffered in this summer's drought. Farmers who planted many fields that shouldn't have been used for these crops now hope to get lucky with a good crop at best or crop insurance at worst.
Sports drink myth
Columnist Elizabeth Bromstein does an excellent job of debunking the myth that sports drinks provide a performance boost for the vast majority of athletic activities (NOW, August 9-15).
Unless you are working out at the intensity level of a collegiate football player, consuming sports drinks rather than regular tap water will do nothing to improve your performance and may even cause weight gain due to their sugar content.
There seems to be a virtual conspiracy by large corporations to convince people that a normal diet and water won't provide sufficient carbohydrates and electrolytes for optimal activity.
Trash pickup disaster?
One bad day counts as a disaster? A few missed pickups on the first day of privatized garbage is a disaster? Late pickups are a disaster (NOW, August 9-15)?
By those standards the public garbage service in my neighbourhood is a war crime.
Three days later...
Regarding your story on the privatization of garbage pickup. Not one house on my street had its garbage or green bin picked up, and it still hasn't been picked up three days later. The only media smear campaign I'm aware of is the one in which a group of raccoons literally smeared garbage all over the sidewalk last night.
Civics history lesson
Until the public understands and values our civic history, few of Adam Giambrone's suggestions in Saving Toronto's History (NOW, August 2-8)will have much resonance. What we really need is a Museum of the City of Toronto!
It was incredibly arrogant for letter writer Rob Connelly to say "A true cyclist should know how to handle [their] bicycle on streetcar tracks" (NOW, August 9-15).
Many commuters are average riders, and even the best cyclists make mistakes. Streetcar rails offer many opportunities for mistakes. They're a ridiculous hazards, and one lawsuit would cost the city more than the cost of removing them.
But apparently injured and dead cyclists are irrelevant when it comes to saving money.
Point Blank (NOW, July 26-August 1) made for interesting reading. We want a world-class city. Now we have to learn to live with the disadvantages that come with that.
The gun violence of late has nothing to do with Asian, black or white. To make mention of race is to muddy the issue.
Fact is, we have forgotten to show respect for others, to communicate and talk through our differences, so we let the Beretta, Smith & Wesson or M-16, glamorized on NCIS and 24, do the talking. The news media sensationalize the acts by saying Toronto has "lost its innocence." If governments use guns to settle issues, people will do the same.
For Drake's sake!
The only good thing about Drake (NOW, August 2-8) is that he's Canadian! Other than that, he has the worst voice I have ever heard. He sounds like he has some kind of obstruction in his throat.
The powers that be are trying so hard to make him into some kind of money-making superstar, to the point that they constantly create these fake stories about him and Rihanna.
Once you have savvy promoters/agents on your side, you don't need any real talent. Sad.