Rob Ford's continuing regression
I assume the question on your cover, Is Rob Ford Really That Stupid? (NOW, October 4-10) is rhetorical, the uncalled for answer being a resoundingly obvious YES! Sadly, however, given Mr. Ford's continuing regression in office, the answer may be no, Rob Ford could prove to be even dimmer.
Signs point to another Ford victory in 2014?
Regarding your cover story on Rob Ford. Another advantage the Fords will have in the 2014 election is that they can print thousands of lawn signs, brochures, cards, anything, thanks to the fact they own a printing plant.
A visit to Etobicoke before the last election saw two or three Ford signs per house! (Perhaps he gets his football kids to plant them?)
No other politician can afford to compete with that.
Criticisms of mayor add up to one big "So what?"
How can you go about attacking Rob Ford, who has done nothing more than try to balance the books?
Why do you have such a difficult time understanding that the reason Toronto is in a mess is because we have councillors like Joe Mihevc who have never run a business and think they have an idea about what goes into making a business successful?
Further on Mihevc, what does theology have to do with running a city?
The majority of city council would never make it outside of government. They don't know how to balance the books, but they have the arrogance to think they know better.
Your criticisms of Ford merit a big "So what?" when compared to what he has accomplished.
By the way, the term "useful idiot" would be better applied to communists like Norman Bethune than to conservatives like Ford.
Your articles are a detriment to the good of our fine city.
Keeping score on RoFo
On Good Friday 2010, as a volunteer greeter with the Toronto Ambassador Program, I arrived at an almost deserted City Hall. I was surprised to see a couple of huge signs in the windows over the front doors: Rob Ford Mayor in huge letters. I had never heard of the man. "Who is this huge ego?" I wondered.
Then the election was called and, to my utter amazement, RoFo was elected mayor! The shock was even greater than when George W. Bush won a second term.
I've read every word you've written about our embarrassment of a mayor over the past two years.
This week's is a keeper!
Keep 'em coming.
Pedestrian safety not good guys vs bad guys
Did Wayne Roberts even read the Pedestrian Death Review, published by the Office of the Chief Coroner for Ontario (NOW, September 27-October 3)?
Yes, the report did say that a staggering 67 per cent of auto-vs-pedestrian deaths occurred on roads with posted speeds above 50 km/h.
The report did recommend lower speed limits, better pedestrian infrastructure (crossing islands, lights with longer countdowns) and driver education campaigns on pedestrian safety.
However, Roberts seems to have skipped every part of the report that dealt with pedestrian behaviour as a factor in auto-pedestrian collisions.
On page 44, the report observed that in 28 per cent of the fatalities reviewed, the pedestrian's toxicology was positive for drugs, alcohol or both.
Meanwhile, it was noted on pages 11 and 33 that approximately 20 per cent of pedestrians may have had some form of distraction (using a cellphone or mobile device, walking a dog or riding a skateboard).
That's not about blaming victims. The coroner's report simply recognizes that pedestrians have a role to play in ensuring their own safety, and says so clearly.
Dare I suggest that Roberts cherry-picked the elements of the report that supported a politically comfortable "good guy vs bad guy" narrative?
Tragically Hip at their best
Benjamin Boles's review of The Tragically Hip's new album (NOW, October 4-10) missed the best song, About This Map, which is better than the title track, Now for Plan A. It's the Hip at their best - clever and emotional. Please have another listen.
Who speaks for peace movement on Iran?
If pro-democracy groups aren't allowed to speak at the Iran rally at Queen's Park (NOW, October 4-10), then why should I be there? Do they expect me to march hand in hand with Iran's criminal government affiliates, under the government flag which is not mine? No, sir. I'm not in.
Iran war intentions bad for Canuck business
No one will benefit from war with Iran. As an entrepreneurial importer and producer, it is to my company's benefit when the Canadian dollar remains valuable, so that when I purchase goods from overseas in U.S. currency, including from China, it costs me as little as possible in Canadian dollars.
However, as an entrepreneur with an understanding of social justice, a desire to practise responsible capitalism and hope for the reinvigoration of Canadian manufacturing, I can honestly state that I would prefer the Canadian dollar not to be artificially inflated by what would be an absurd, imperialistic, expensive, violent and immoral war against Iran.
The gross benefits from a war would not go to average Canadians, but to those in the oil, banking and arms manufacturing industries.
Removing Jarvis bike lanes suicidal
A thank you to the 19 councillors who voted yes to keep the bike lanes on Jarvis (NOW Daily, October 2).
Be assured that a vote to remove more bicycle lanes will be taken internationally as a sign that Toronto is not a world-class city. Other major cities are going in exactly the opposite direction with "complete streets" planning that includes cyclists and pedestrians as well as public transit and the automobile.
Know, too, that every commuting cyclist represents one less car on our congested roads and streets, or one less seat (or more likely standing space) on our crowded subways, streetcars and buses at morning and evening rush hours.
With all the new and future Toronto condos and not enough transit and roads to accommodate the population boom that will follow, removing cycling space from the downtown when it should be expanded is suicidal.
I hope the large number of cycling commuters who use Jarvis will continue to do so by taking a full lane as they travel.
Who will be responsible for the injuries and deaths that may result?
NHL lockout: look on bright side, Leafs fans
In recent weeks, NHL head Gary Bettman and president of the player's union Donald Fehr have both taken a vicious pounding in the media over the impasse that has led to the current NHL lockout.
And while there may be widespread sentiment that both be strung up by their scrotums for their insatiable greed, a sizable contingent of Leafs fans feel those gentlemen are owed a measure of heartfelt gratitude.
It's because of Don and Gary that Leafs fans such as myself have real hope. Their staunch refusal to bend brings with it the tantalizing prospect that we here in Toronto might be exempted from suffering the grim anguish of yet another horrific hockey season.