60 Atlantic crossing
I was dismayed and disappointed after reading Liberty Losing Its Cool (NOW, December 20-26).
I'm one of the artists who has been forced to move following the sale of 60 Atlantic.
This is the building owned by the city of Toronto through its agency Build Toronto. It was managed for over 20 years by Artscape, the city's de facto arts administrator for housing arts-related organizations, businesses and individual artists.
I want to bring to your readers' attention some important points about the surrounding area and the massive residential intensification transforming Liberty Village into the proverbial high-rise urban jungle, as encouraged by city council.
Another multi-storey older building adjacent to 60 Atlantic, also owned by the city and occupied by Toronto Museums Services, could have been cleared to satisfy development needs instead of an arts and cultural hub containing 48 organizations and artists. It is now lost.
Sixty Atlantic was a building that not only housed independent artists who frequently worked two jobs to support their work, but hosted volunteers running arts organizations that opened their doors to minorities, youth and newcomers to Canada.
There was no communication from the city with the 60 Atlantic tenants about a new policy stating that existing uses were not suitable.
Looking forward on wind energy
Wayne Roberts wrote an eye-opening article reminding us of the missed opportunities of the Green Energy Act (NOW, December 20-26).
The result is hundreds of millions of dollars paid for energy bills that are among the highest on the continent.
The good news is that Manitoba, in part with the contribution of [energy consultant] Keith Collins, has provided that province with a highly integrated approach prioritizing energy efficiency and conservation, important components of a forward-looking policy.
If we strengthen the role of electricity storage, "the Holy Grail of renewable energy," we can lower the cost of electricity and reduce the probability of blackouts.
Facts get lost on the way to more gun control
Just when are the "facts" quoted in your recent article on gun control (NOW, December 17) going to be backed up by hard evidence?
You mention that gun advocates refer to the criminal element as mostly black. Almost all of the gun violence in the Vancouver area has been committed by white, Asian or East Indian gangs, no blacks at all, so the only part you got right there was that it's mostly urban.
You then go on to say that many guns used in crimes have been stolen. I have never seen the statistics to back that up.
In Canada, we can acquire semi-auto rifles with a magazine capacity of no more than five rounds.
As a retired member of the Canadian military and a law-abiding citizen, I've watched law-abiding firearms owners vilified for simply possessing firearms.
Last year alone, deaths due to drunk driving in BC were almost double [those due to] firearms in all of Canada. And yet we tolerate that carnage.
I believe strongly in realistic gun control measures. It sure would be nice if these measures would actually address criminal gun use.
With Rob Ford, Toronto is atoning for its sins
Re Rob Ford Wins Libel Suit (NOW, December 27). The embarrassment appears to be endless. One would not have thought Toronto was born such a dark star as to have to endure at one time Stephen Harper, Dalton McGuinty and Ford. The people of this city must have horrendous sins to atone for.
More Gardiner grates
Good article on the Gardiner (NOW, December 20-26). No wonder so many people are cynical about government.
The Gardiner Expressway should be maintained, replaced, whatever. I'm just sick to death of committees, consultants, reports, commissions on the subject. Do something. Take action!
Extra! Extra! Advertising in this paper works
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Getting a better read on NOW
When I was younger, I read NOW only for its horoscopes and Dan Savage. I guess I've done some growing up with your paper, as I now read it for the articles, too. You all call it a magazine, but for me it's always been my Toronto paper. I look forward to what's going on in the city week to week. Keep up the good work.
Recycling city waste
Just thought I'd give you a heads-up about a ridiculous waste of city resources.
I live in an apartment building and just received the 2013 recycling schedule calendar in my mailbox. Nobody needs to know when to put out our recycling, because it all goes in a recycling room and is picked up whenever it's picked up.
Did this happen in similar buildings all over the city? I hope not, because it's a major waste of time, money and paper. I thought this was the kind of dumb thing Rob Ford was putting a stop to.