What's our navy doing fighting war on drugs?
Kudos to Paul Weinberg and NOW for pulling back the curtain on Canada's little-known role in the Caribbean drug war (NOW, November 8-14).
There is no other branch of our military more closely integrated with U.S. forces than the navy.
The Rideau Institute and others have warned that if we keep moving in this direction, the U.S.'s enemies will become our enemies.
I hope that your coverage starts a closer examination by our elected members and the public of just what our military is doing down south.
Analysis of Obama win misses key point
Re Wake-up Call For Harper And Ford: Obama Win Spells Trouble For Canada's Right (NOW, November 8-14). Enzo DiMatteo ignores the union role in bringing Mike Harris to power 20 years ago. Public-sector unions abandoned Bob Rae's government because of the Social Contract. Labour had a massive temper tantrum and left a big gap for the Harris Tories to fill. It's better to be in the tent pissing out then to be outside the tent pissing in. True words. Labour stepped outside the tent.
Remembrance Day and sacrificing to save earth
Norm Beach's powerful and relevant column on Remembrance Day (NOW, November 8-14) should remind our self-entitled, whiny society that we truly have forgotten the meaning of sacrifice.
We honour Remembrance Day and our veterans' sacrifices, yet the majority of us have no clue or are unwilling to make the smallest sacrifices to better the planet and our children's futures.
Climate change is much bigger than any army. Our society has brutally bad habits. We need to get off our iPads and phones and listen.
Red poppy or white, just be quiet for a minute
Irina Vukosavic misses the point of Remembrance Day (NOW Daily, November 11). Just one day a year to devote a minute is not much to ask. It's almost certainly less time than this journalist will spend agonizing over her morning coffee.
Accept the fact that if you have freedoms to exercise today, it's because of the sacrifices of Canada's war veterans.
No drama and no thanks required. No need to steal the veterans' symbol, no exercise of poor taste to co-opt another person's graveside service. Just be quiet for a minute a year. Just be quiet.
If you choose to wear a white poppy, so be it, just bear with me when I shake my head. You are still a thief and clueless. I have been there and you haven't, so feel free to argue.
I'm as anti-war as they come, but....
Nobody likes war, but honestly, it's one day out of the year, folks. Wear the poppy or don't, but show some respect and remember the sacrifices that have been made on all sides. I'm as left-wing and anti-war as they come, but the dialogue and debate can continue after we show some respect to our elders.
Pedal to the metal for eco-friendly rock
Thanks to Benjamin Boles for his piece on the top five environmentally friendly musicians (NOW, November 8-14), but it's too bad that Old Man Luedecke was the only pedal-powered artist you mentioned.
Canadian musician Jeremy Fisher has toured across the country twice by bike and rode solo more than 1,000 kilometres on a tour of southern Ontario in September 2011, ending up at Toronto's very own Bicycle Music Festival.
We hosted our third annual pedal-powered festival in September, complete with live mobile performances!
Other notable bike-touring bands include San Francisco-based Shake Your Piece and the Ginger Ninjas, who both tour with their own bike-powered sound systems in tow!
Toronto Bicycle Music Festival
Ashley Smith case points to perverse code
Have jails become a substitute for mental health facilities?
I believe that countries are judged by how they treat their most vulnerable populations. From what I've seen at some "correctional" services here, Canada rates poorly. I commend Ashley Smith's family and their lawyers for their Herculean effort to shine a light on this.
When I was a volunteer librarian at the Don Jail, I saw prisoners' living conditions. I met most prisoners, including those in isolation cells; some seemed to require mental health services.
That year two inmates were killed in a one-month period. I also volunteered with the Elizabeth Fry society and saw some appalling situations.
Jails cannot serve as a healing place for the mentally ill.
The Smith case points to a perverse code of behaviour where correctional services have a licence to dehumanize and express cruelty with impunity.