Rosalie Bertell's warning to the world
Thank you for highlighting the Farewell To Rosalie Bertell tribute (September 27-October 3).
NOW is one of the few Canadian papers that noticed her death. If we lived in a just society, the passing of this great scientist who warned the world of radiation's harmfulness to human health would have dominated the mainstream news.
The event's meagre coverage is especially troubling in a city like ours that abuts a massive nuclear facility.
We need more focus - not less - on the fact that nuclear plants, including the Pickering station, routinely release radioactive materials. Torontonians can best honour Dr. Bertell's work by urging the province to replace atomic energy with renewables and more robust conservation efforts.
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Erasing Mirvishes' fine legacy
Glenn Sumi writes on the proposed demolition of the Princess of Wales Theatre, "Then again, isn't it ironic that in order to build a complex devoted to culture you have to destroy a big symbol of that very culture?" (NOW Daily, September 29).
The complex being contemplated is devoted not to culture but to condos; the "cultural" aspects are pure cover. David Mirvish's art collection and a classroom or two could be housed anywhere.
The Mirvish family's fine legacy will be wholly erased by this unnecessary and inappropriate exploitation of the neighbourhood.
Theatre district could use whimsy
Typical knee-jerk reaction from Glenn Sumi in Goodbye Princess Of Wales, Hello Condos And Boutiques!
The Princess of Wales is not a historical building. It's not a landmark. Seriously, it was built in 1993. And people aren't seeing shows in it any more.
You're being misleading by focusing on the condo aspect and not the gallery/OCAD aspect.
The buildings themselves look like they might add something Toronto is seriously lacking: a sense of whimsy.
What about barriers to males in school?
Karen Lau's letter about the choice of three white men to speak for an ETFO that is 80 per cent women (NOW, September 27-October 3) actually reveals inexcusable structural barriers to male participation in our public schools.
Clearly, hiring quotas should exist, with proactive outreach, until ETFO male/female balance approaches that of the general population. This might also reverse harm done to boys, who increasingly don't go to college, by providing male role models. Sound familiar?
Globe should fire Wente for plagiarism
Re Margaret Wente Admits Copying But Stays On At The Globe (NOW Daily, September 25). Plagiarism is plagiarism. All Wente had to do was say that someone else said it first, which is what - another sentence? Fire her. As a journalist, I have no respect for people who steal other people's work.
What's really brewing at Victory Café
I just voted on the best microbrew in NOW's latest Best Of Toronto poll online.
While I love this survey and vote in a few categories every year, I feel obliged to point out that Victory Café, while being an excellent craft beer bar, is not a microbrewery. They serve some great stuff and deserve recognition for that, but they don't actually make beer themselves. Thanks, and keep up the good work!
U.S. teaching us about ecology?
Wayne Roberts uses an ecological project by Philadelphia to denigrate Toronto (NOW, September 20-26). God-fearing Americans, who abuse creatures and creation, should be among the last people to give us lessons. Especially when environment-destroying consumer lifestyles such as shopping until you drop, owning a home in sprawling suburbia and driving a gas-guzzling car are the norm in America.
PM's humanitarian award must be a joke
The New York-based Appeal of Conscience Foundation presenting our PM with a Statesman of the Year Award (NOW, September 27-October 3)? What a joke!
So sad to see the country I helped build hijacked by warmongers and their obedient servants.
Canada-Russia series: get over it
In The Cold War Politics Of The 72 Summit Series (NOW, September 20-26), Kevin Peters sounds like the type of person who prefers to see the glass half-empty rather than half-full. Business and politics having an undue influence on professional and amateur sports?
Tell me something I don't already know. Regardless of all the crap that was going around the Canada-Russia series, there was some good and memorable hockey played.
Get over it, and if you can't see the slightest bit of good in something that had quite a bit of goodness in it, then clearly the problem is your overly self-important opinion. What are you going to hate on next?
War "resisters" - you can have them
As an American in Toronto I'm embarrassed to read about the so-called "war resisters" in NOW. The U.S. requires military personnel to certify that they are not conscientious objectors when volunteering for military service, and it compensates its military personnel generously for the risk and sacrifice they undertake on the country's behalf.
The war resisters want to get out of their contracts without paying the penalty, which is usually up to 18 months of jail time and a dishonourable discharge.
To equate this situation with oppression is delusional, and if these are the kinds of people you want in Canada, you can have them.