Knowles no role model for young women
That's quite a cover photo of Solange Knowles last week - a young black female performer looking provocatively into the camera while sitting on a stack of mattresses (NOW, February 21-27).
The Knowles sisters have always been a classy operation. Beyoncé earned millions performing private shows for a Middle East dictator when she wasn't taking millions from Pepsi to push their sugar water to young kids. Did you mention any of that in your article? It started by talking about Beyoncé.
Why NOW feels compelled to perpetuate the Knowles agenda is beyond me. Am I happy thinking about young girls checking out your magazine cover? Hell, no.
Giller: it's all good
One might get the idea that NOW Magazine thinks all white, female Canadian authors look alike or, at the very least, write alike.
Contrary to Susan G. Cole's assertion, and apart from this year while she sits as a Giller juror, Margaret Atwood has never withdrawn a novel from consideration for the Giller Prize (NOW, February 15).
Alice Munro, however, did ask her publisher to hold back her collection Too Much Happiness in 2009.
We're grateful that NOW thinks highly of our 2013 jury of Esi Edugyan, Jonathan Lethem and Margaret Atwood. We think it's all good, too!
Scotiabank Giller Prize
There's industrial waste in that fluoride
Thank you, NOW and Elizabeth Bromstein, for bringing the issue of water fluoridation to the forefront in last week's issue (NOW, February 21-27). But you missed the mark.
It's not fluoride that is being added to our water. It's toxic industrial waste fluorosilic acid inherently contaminated with heavy metals.
If the only benefit is from topical use, then purified and concentrated sodium fluoride in toothpaste, approved for this use and carrying a warning label against swallowing or use by young children, will do. Diluting industrial waste in our drinking water is not topical use.
It's pollution that severely overdoses the (toothless) bottle-fed baby. If swallowing fluoride helps teeth, then a cup of tea or teaspoon of salt per day provides it naturally, and putting industrial waste in our drinking water is unnecessary.
Toronto city council ought to be able to do what Windsor's council did: act on the numerous scientific studies that show adding industrial waste to public drinking water to increase everyone's fluoride intake is not only ineffective but unethical.
The Council of Canadians,
From Ford symp: NOW eat this
Rob Ford wins again! You snot-nosed NOW pussies must be gutted (NOW, February 25). It's karma coming back to bite your ass for your nasty treatment of Mayor Ford and your epic undemocratic fail to depose him because of your prior fail to beat him in a democratic election.
Now rock yourselves to sleep with your Enya CDs, sucking your thumbs, dreaming of a day when Brother Number 1 Adam Vaughan will slam through so much crippling legislation that we won't be allowed out of our homes, let alone own a legal firearm or play a contact sport, and everyone will be safe and sound just how you like it. But until then, eat a dick, NOW Magazine.
Calling out City Hall morality police
I read with interest Jonathan Goldsbie's article on the irritating and nauseating debate about a proposed casino for Toronto (NOW, February 14-20, 2013). One gets tired of the morality police at City Hall telling Torontonians what's good for them. These same city councillors probably want to return Toronto to a time when liquor came in brown bags and you had to sign for it. Let's have a casino built, and those who want a little fun in their lives will go and those who don't can stay at home. The City Hall morality police can move to Saudi Arabia, where they'll probably feel more comfortable.
Andrew van Velzen
Cherry-picking our food concerns
I find it horrific that after so much attention to the quality of life of chickens and cattle on our farms, not much attention is being paid to the working conditions of the human beings, the migrant workers, who pick our fruits and vegetables (NOW, February 21-27). Thank you for bringing this to the "eaters." Don't be quiet.
Kensington Market economics
Re Jonathan Goldsbie's story about shop owners crowd-sourcing Kensington residents to hear what they'd like to see fill 225 Augusta (NOW, February 21-27). The next tenant probably isn't going to be determined by what some passersby think they'd "like to see," but it's a much more clever and attractive recruitment tactic than the usual "For Lease" sign.
Eric S. Smith
Boneshaker reading series delights
I thought moving out to the St. Clair West area, just off the Junction, was moving to a cultural wasteland. Thankfully, I was wrong. There's the Boneshaker Reading Series at the Silverthorn Library, for example. In recent months I've heard Richard Truhlar, Joshua James, Bill Bissett and a sex-themed reading about raccoons! All of it interesting, thought-provoking and sometimes funny even if you don't know much about poetry or prose. The next talk is scheduled for sometime in April, and I can't wait.
Adam Giambrone's good idea
Re Condo Crush (NOW, February 7-13). Hey! This Adam Giambrone comes up with good ideas from time to time.
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