William Peyton Hubbard's place
Just want to thank Marie Wilson for her great article on William Peyton Hubbard (NOW, August 21-27).
I thought I would mention, since she didn't, that his house still stands at 660 Broadview, not far north of the park soon to be named after him. As well, a Heritage Toronto plaque stands in front of the house.
Alan L Brown
Message to candidates about the vulnerable
Thanks a lot for the informative article-tribute to former black Toronto alderman/acting mayor William Peyton Hubbard, whom I'd unfortunately never heard of until now.
I wish we had a mayor like Hubbard who doesn't discriminate, stereotype or stigmatize. And a mayor who stands up and fights for the civil and human rights of poor people and homeless people. It's time for Toronto's mayoralty candidates to break their silence and speak out loud and clear for children, elderly people, African Canadians, immigrants, refugees, Muslims and other cultural and religious "minorities," for people with disabilities and psychiatric survivors.
At all-candidates meetings we should directly and repeatedly challenge the candidates to spell out exactly where they stand on the most vulnerable citizens among us.
Taylor Swift to judgment
I don't see Taylor Swift's new video being as racist as many people think it is (NOW, August 21).
The problem for me is this video's perpetuation of the over-sexualization of women in our society.
For someone who is supposed to be a role model for young women on how to "make it big" in the music industry, or even how to behave, this is appalling. I beg for something different. Something new that doesn't involve shaking asses for ratings, plays and YouTube views. It's disgusting.
Vigilante bike thiefs
Re Why Not To Lock Your Bike Here (NOW, August 21-27). So - a person parks their car on someone's front lawn. The lawn is clearly private property, and the car clearly has no business being there. Does the owner of the lawn have the legal right to assume the car is now theirs, break into the car and park it in their garage?
No, of course they don't.
There are no circumstances that justify a security guard's breaking a lock and confiscating a bike parked on a sidewalk. Period. The security guards should be charged with theft and destruction of private property for these vigilante acts, and their bosses charged for ordering them to commit crimes.
Rob Ford hits and missives
I have followed with appreciation your ongoing presentation of detailed facts and analyses re the Fords. What some of us would need soon, in addition, is a quick reference sheet on Rob Ford's actual performance. Facts, facts, especially the numbers on money not saved. Let's not underestimate Ford.
Imagine why Hamas keeps firing rockets
Re No Fooling With Numbers On Gaza (NOW, July 31-August 6).
Before letter-writer Udy Bell goes on spewing rhetoric that Israel is somehow justified in attacking Gaza under the guise of "protecting its citizens," let's take a step back and look at why Hamas has taken the steps it has.
Imagine if you were forced to live in a small area with a wall around it. Now imagine that you only get the most basic foods and not enough of that. And you don't have enough medicine or medical equipment.
Add to this the fact that your children have to carry water for 2 miles every day to eat, cook and bathe. And then, to top it all off, they rain bombs down on your home.
NYC zine scene scream
Re T.O. Music Notes (NOW, August 21-27). How exciting that one can buy a Gay Goth Scene zine in NYC at Printed Matter! I will be sure to buy a copy the next time I take a Porter flight to the Big Apple.
Oh, by the way, Art Metropole will be celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. I can't wait to see the NOW coverage of that. But I'm not holding my breath.
Dog's breakfast at Trinity Bellwoods
Walking my dog through Trinity Bellwoods Park these days includes picking up packs of empty Belmonts, 7-Eleven Slurpee cups, Starbucks cups, Bellwoods Brewery bottle caps, fish and chips containers and all the other trash. Not a great way to spend every morning.
Perhaps the people who come to enjoy the park can take their garbage with them or throw it out in one of the dozens of garbage containers in the park. Just a thought!
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