Chris Levoir 1981-2013
A beautiful, beautiful article by Jordan Bimm on the passing of Chris Levoir (NOW, June 4). So much detail and incredibly eloquent.
Can't figure out where the fucker went, but thanks so much to Bimm for all his support over the years. It's really meant a lot more than he knows.
Regarding Henry Morgentaler
Henry Morgentaler (NOW, May 29) imparted love and compassion. I send it right back to him and thank him for his sacrifices, the justice he brought to a young nation, the hope he gave women and families who needed the choice to decide when and if they wished to become parents.
I thank Morgentaler clinic staff and supporters across the country who helped Henry in his mission, and who helped staffers of the organizations supporting reproductive freedom.
Thank you, Judy Rebick, Carolyn Egan, Mimi Wilson, Michele Landsberg, Joyce Arthur and the great, long list of all of the brave women and men who fought - and delivered (by caravan, in the courts, by petition, and even fighting long after the law had been changed). I send love your way today, too.
Think globally, drink locally
I enjoy your weekly Drink Up column, but it often highlights products from other countries. Instead (or in addition), why not review alcoholic beverages from Ontario?
Drink Up Local could lighten our carbon footprint while promoting some delicious Prince Edward County and Niagara wines, including the new organic ones.
Barbara Amiel defends Rob Ford
Re Barbara Amiel Vs The Media Vs Rob Ford (NOW, June 9). Why does being a baroness connote using an ear trumpet? Are most baronesses deaf? Same goes for the horse and buggy reference. Most spouses of members of the House of Lords are able to afford, and certainly prefer, to move about by automobile.
I agree with Amiel on Ford's right to continue serving as mayor until his term ends. I wouldn't want a progressive mayor to be sandbagged by the kind of media war Ford has faced.
Yes, I know he brought it on himself. But the same could be said of a mayor who dared to take radical measures to deal with poverty, homelessness and many other ills afflicting people in Toronto.
I hope Ford resigns, but I doubt he will, so, barring a criminal conviction, we're stuck with him. Well, this is what Torontonians voted for.
What really makes Ford Nation scary
"Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.... All the king's men couldn't put Humpty together again."
What's with all the resignations, Rob Ford (NOW, May 30-June 5)? Yeah, right! Methinks the Fords know very well what has happened to the crack video. They were far too smug when they said it does not exist. What are they doing to this city?
They have gone too far, these thugs called Ford Nation. The scary thing is, he cannot be removed. Be afraid, be very afraid.
Starts with an "f," rhymes with maggot
Partisanship aside, you have to love foot-in-his-mouth Rob Ford's latest stunning insight, that the media are "a bunch of maggots" (NOW, May 30-June 5).
It's amazing, given his personal challenges with intelligibility, how he can hit the nail so squarely on the head. Don't maggots feed on rotting flesh?
But perhaps we've all got it wrong and the mayor's been, once again, misunderstood. It's really just a bit of f/m gender confusion: what he really meant to say was faggots?
Jumping off the balcony
Re Suite Life (NOW, May 30-June 5). What is it about architects, developers and condo buyers in this city and the need for balconies or terraces?
This is Toronto, not Los Angeles. We have a season here called winter. Winter is cold, and as a result balconies can only be used five or six months of the year. Between October and April they're pretty much useless. And if you live downtown, do you really want to sit out and breathe exhaust fumes from passing cars?
My 23-year-old condo has a balcony I rarely use. Am I the only one?
Jet booster's CO2 count full of hot air
Letter-writer David Townson seems to have missed the fact that the oxygen in a jet engine's CO2 output comes from the air it takes in, rather than the fuel, and for this reason the weight of CO2 can exceed the weight of the fuel burned (NOW, June 6-12).
Assuming his fuel consumption estimate is accurate, the column by Adria Vasil to which he is referring underestimates the CO2 produced by flights out of Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.
Real deal on LCBO strike that wasn't
So we got to have our booze and drink it, too, over the long weekend. But what did LCBO workers get?
What most people don't realize, and what the media did not report, is that the threatened strike was about protecting part-time workers.
More than 60 per cent of LCBO workers across the province earn relatively little and receive even fewer benefits. They are on call with two hours' notice, their hours can be changed on a whim, and they take home a wage that, for a family of three, hovers around the poverty line.
This is a precarious existence. Fully half the workers in Toronto are part-time. That suits the bottom line of their employers, who don't have to pay into OHIP. No wonder the LCBO, last year made a profit in excess of $1.5 billion.
I am charged with finding a place for drinks tonight. Under "normal" circumstances I could use one of the myriad establishment search engines. This is not an option for me, as I am of a demographic that has been blatantly ignored by any of these. I am an active, attractive 32-year-old paraplegic woman who is dating in the city. I use a wheelchair for mobility.
Cops run away with cannabis cupcakes
On a recent Saturday, I was relaxing with my family at a private event that catered to medical cannabis clients.
It was a comedy show with many different performers who play at various venues around the city. We were enjoying the acts when 10 imposing Toronto police officers invaded our serenity.
This does not make sense! We were quiet, happy people in a private facility.
Considering the area, I do believe the crack dealers at Jones and Gerrard must have had an absolutely booming night while police officers in the area were harassing peaceful patrons and confiscating medicated cupcakes and cannabis!
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