Animal House a racist boys' club
It should have come as no surprise to read in an interview with John Landis (NOW July 11-17) that the director found the original script for Animal House misogynist, racist and anti-Semitic.
That's exactly what the old National Lampoon magazine was back in the 70s when I was a subscriber. I ended my subscription after the meanness of it got tiresome. A lot of the writers went on to Saturday Night Live during its so-called golden Belushi/Aykroyd years, which had the same nasty, mean-spirited humour that the magazine had.
Caribana towing conspiracy?
Caribana weekend will soon be upon us, and once again the rapacious city of Toronto will be raking in money in large amounts! Parking tickets and towing: a recipe to enrich both public and private coffers.
It was bad enough when the cars were towed to York and Lake Shore, but as we discovered in 2011, that location is no longer in use and cars are now towed to Bartley Drive, which is near Victoria Park and Eglinton in Scarborough! So not only do you get a parking ticket and close to a $250 fee for towing, but you also have a substantial taxi fare to pay just to get to the lot. Small wonder people are less than amicable when they get up there to retrieve their vehicle.
But it is the duplicitous way Toronto Police parking enforcement goes about its rounds that is the truly egregious matter. The signs telling you where you can and cannot park are woefully small and confusing, and there are few-to-zero signs indicating tow-away zones.
What a positive picture this paints of Toronto. We're "world class," all right - world class at getting money from people to get their car out of impound. It's time city council took action to amend the bylaw so towing is only done when completely necessary (for example, from fire routes and handicapped or TTC access).
John Semley makes the argument in his review (NOW, July 11-18) that Pandora's Promise "cherry-picked" its facts.
What Pandora's Promise presents through its honest depiction of nuclear power's worst outcomes (Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and Fukushima-Daichi) is a checkmate move to any and all anti-nuclear activists.
It is undeniable that our world is detrimentally impacted by the exponential increase in the use of fossil fuels. The damaging effect of carbon and particulate pollution, as even anti-nuclear activist Helen Caldicott admits, is indisputable. What Pandora's Promise shows is that the only sustainable solution to our planet's rapidly increasing need for electricity is nuclear power.
The movie clearly shows that those who oppose nuclear power continue to take us down a path that threatens our planet's biodiversity and the existence of a thriving middle class, which logically, in my opinion, is a threat to Western civilization itself.
Viva the nuclear renaissance.
NDP power plays?
Adam Giambrone's candidacy win in Scarborough-Guildwood is yet another example of the undemocratic top-down power play that's become more familiar in the NDP in recent years.
The person Giambrone ran against is a labour candidate from the riding and a woman of colour. Ironically, while Andrea Horwath was content to allow the people of Scarborough-Guildwood to decide, she chose to interfere with the candidate selection process of the Thornhill NDP in early September 2011. She rescinded the democratic nomination of Barry Weisleder, who also happens to be chairperson of the NDP Socialist Caucus. Horwath would not allow the people of Thornhill to decide the merits of the original NDP nominee there.
What is the lesson arising from this? Sex scandalized NDP candidate? No problem. Leftist NDP candidate? No way!
More pub park outcry
Regarding Pub In The Park (NOW, July 11-17). I live next to Trinity Bellwoods Park. I am fed up with the unruly and drunk crowds, not to mention the noise.
If people don't have a big backyard, go buy a bigger house!
The war on fun
We seem to have managed to find a way to allow dogs with sharp teeth, creatures that poop and do other possibly disgusting things, to use the park system without too many disasters. Surely we can find a way to let people use the park system also, people who want enjoy a glass of wine or beer in the great outdoors in the company of friends.
Drinking is not the problem. Bad behaviour is the problem. I am pretty sure bad behaviour can occur without alcohol, and enjoying a cold one can occur without problems. We pastoralists need to stand up against the puritans. The war on fun has gone on long enough.
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