Dalton McGuinty's pot promise
As Dalton McGuinty brings his 16 years of leadership of the Ontario Liberal party to an end (NOW, October 18-24), people will remember many things about him.
What I remember most is that 15 years ago he expressed his support for the decriminalization of marijuana. (See NOW's archives, October 16-22, 1997, page 23). Yet he was never able to do anything about it.
It's too bad.
Is there the political will to deal with poverty?
Thanks to NDP MPPs Cheri DiNovo and Jonah Schein for caring about the fact that people are forced onto the streets or to choose between shelter and food (NOW, October 18-24).
The proroguing of the legislature is one more sign that this Ontario government, just like the Harris Tories, has no concern whatsoever for the poverty it helped to create.
I wonder what the chances are that with or without the proroguing, the McGuinty Liberals would have acted on any recommendations of the Social Assistance Review Commission.
GE's not-so-big west-end secret
I'm not convinced a uranium pellet factory on Lansdowne (NOW, October 18-24) is a major issue we should be getting upset about.
The amount of radiation that comes from Non-Enriched Uranium powder is not particularly harmful to humans.
As far as I'm concerned, this is more a bureaucratic misdemeanour than some evil plot to hide something super-dangerous.
Give me more tangible evidence that this is actually harmful, or a potential risk above that of any other industrial building, and I will gladly join the cause.
Tim Hudak messing with Toronto's transit future
Did you read that, folks? Tim Hudak says he would use any of the money not spent on LRTs so far to construct subterranean transit if he's elected (NOW Daily, October 16). So that means the LRT lines planned for Toronto will be cancelled. What we need are iron-clad clauses so no future provincial government will cancel the LRT lines.
I just read Jennifer Febbraro's article about becoming an advocate for women in need of support over infertility (NOW, October 18-24). I want to join forces with her!
I'm coming at the matter from a different perspective, having infertility issues due to cancer treatment as a young adult.
If you can believe it, in vitro fertilization and fertility preservation are not covered in Ontario for young people with cancer who need to undergo treatments.
And there are virtually no support groups where you can talk about infertility related to cancer with others in the same situation. We need to do more to support women dealing with infertility in general.
One more thing about Giorgio Mammoliti
Re Giorgio Mammoliti versus Gord Perks (NOW, October 11-17). Great article, but you forgot to mention Mammo's other claim to fame. Didn't he also try to be a job creator earlier this year by proposing that a brothel be built on the Toronto Islands, thus creating work for women and by extension women in his own riding?
City's community gardens are not
Thanks to Parks director Richard Ubbens for showing how stiflingly uptight and uncreative our city staff management is (NOW, October 18-24).
Toronto's city gardening is sad and pointless. We have small, delicate flowers dotted around the city for no purpose beyond appearance. The community gardens are inaccessible, widely misunderstood or simply ignored. Why, might you ask?
Because we are forced to wait for city staff to approve what we can and can't do with our own public spaces.
We are the government, the people, not the bureaucratic bullies. We shouldn't have to ask permission to alter and beautify our own streets.
Daniel Isaiah Mckendrick
Smarter conservatives, please
I object to your publishing Colin Taylor's letter (NOW, October 11-17). I wasted 30 seconds of my life reading this fluff.
The right wing is the dominant ideology in media and government the world over, and this is the best defence NOW Magazine can get for it?! Please print at least moderately intelligent right-wing letters rather than intellectual wreckage like this.