The bare essentials on "no touching" rule
The whole manner in which the city handled the "no touching" bylaw issue makes me sick (NOW, November 1-7).
I'm a woman who's been to strip clubs. I knew the "no touch" rules. But sometimes the dancers wanted to touch me!
What really gets me going is that dancers are licensed. Prostitution? Right. Yet there are groups to keep those sex workers safe, educated, even empowered. Maybe strippers should follow that model.
It seems here, having your licence is only a noose around your neck.
Kudos for bar ban in Parkdale
I applaud Councillor Gord Perks for the moratorium on bars and restaurants in Parkdale (NOW Daily, Thursday November 2). I am a homeowner and was fearful that what happened downtown (out-of-control lunacy) was heading for Parkdale.
The lack of respect for residents from those coming into the area who get wasted is disturbing. I'm tired of calling the police most weekends to complain about drunks on my street whooping it up after the bars close.
Until this generation learns some manners, I hope the moratorium stays in place!
Saddest thing about Rob Ford scandals
Lost in the mayor's attack on the medical officer of health (NOW, November 1-7) is the fact that Dr. McKeown is exactly right: speed limits on residential streets should be reduced to 30 km/hour.
A recent study by the Board of Health found "pedestrians have an estimated 85 per cent chance of dying when hit by a car travelling at 50 km/hr, but fatality rates decrease to less than 5 per cent when the car travels at 30 km/hr."
One of the saddest things about Ford's scandals is that they serve to obscure vital public health initiatives.
No Chippy's off the old block
Chippy's best fish and chips in your Readers Poll? (NOW, November 1-7). LOL. Obviously, your readers don't get east of Spadina much.
Locomotive deserves better in Readers Poll
I'm surprised Locomotive isn't even a runner-up in the best sandwich category in your Readers Poll. (NOW, November 1-7) And never mind the cappuccino! They make the best.
Food not just about lifestyle choices
I was very excited about the Vegetarian issue (NOW, October 25-31), but overall I was disappointed with the way the section was written. I was left thinking, "What is the point?" It watered down entire lifestyles to food choices. The usual persuasion found in other articles was disconcertingly absent.
There was no real mention of how non-human animals are treated, the environmental effects of eating any animal product or the health benefits of a plant-based diet.
It felt as if veganism was merely mentioned at the end because it kind of maybe fit the theme. You were feeding two rabbits from one head of lettuce, if you get my drift.
I hope in the future NOW will revisit veganism and vegetarianism and realize that they're about a lot more than just food.
Calling hogwash on pedestrian deaths
To letter writer Alexander Lofthouse, who suggests that Wayne Roberts "cherry-picked" the review on pedestrian deaths to support his conclusions about reducing speed limits (NOW, October 11-17), I say hogwash!
Since that report, I (a pedestrian, a car driver and cyclist) have reduced my driving speed by 10 kilometres per hour on all city streets, posted or not. Yes, some pedestrians may be at fault in collisions, but if I hit someone who walks in front of my car, by reducing my speed at all times, at least I may not kill them.
Betty Ann McKenzie
Bike lane blame
Cyclists get a contra-lane on Maitland Place that starts at Jarvis and dead-ends at Homewood (NOW, November 1-7). In exchange for this whole one-block gift, the city will erase the Jarvis lane from Queen to Bloor. That's certainly fair.
Will motorists be ticketed for squatting in the new Sherbourne lanes? That's about as likely to happen as Rob Ford resigning his coaching at Don Bosco.
The bicycle thief, T.O. version
My bike got stolen today. It's a coaster with a green spring saddle, no brakes and a sticker that says "City" on it.
It happened outside Urbane Cycle. My friend was inside the shop changing his tire that had popped the night before. I left my bike just outside. In my head, it took less than a minute to realize I had left my bike outside, and that same less than a minute to realize it was being ridden by somebody else.
There is no medicine for this sickness - unless you are rich enough to buy another bike.
Nicolas Peña Parra
Remembrance Day for all
Remembrance Day will be particularly worrisome this year, given that Canada has closed the Iranian embassy and deported U.S. Iraq war resister Kimberly Rivera.
Those of us in the peace movement are left wondering if Remembrance Day is for all of us, including voices of peace. Well, now there's a website that helps us get our fair share of attention. You can download and make white poppies and other messages to wear at RemembranceDayForAll.ca or whitepoppy.ca.