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Plus, "Freedom Convoy" dividing line, navel-gazing through the climate crisis and Studio 666's new level of cheese in reader mail
How is it that when the dust of history has barely settled on two horrific world wars where 110 million humans lost their lives in an ocean of bloodshed, that the world has not learned its lesson? How can we not abhor the possibility of reliving this past on the streets of Ukraine today? What is happening there and in our world this week is unconscionable and every single person needs to be a voice of the unacceptance of this horrific reality.
After two years of a painful global pandemic, how can we be waking up to a world where aggression and war is still allowed on planet Earth? It’s time for love, compassion and understanding to be the only acceptable new world order and for the Putins to exist only as a very bad dream.
Let’s all of us make love and peace a reality and let’s never forget the nightmare that war was and is.
Christopher Randall – Toronto
Re Russian Disinformation Campaign Rallies Canada’s Far-Right Enemy Within Against Ukraine (NOW Online, February 25).
Increasingly it seems that what humankind may need to suffer in order to survive the long term from ourselves is an even greater nemesis – an extraterrestrial, perhaps, against which we could all unite and defeat.
During this needed human alliance, we’d be forced to work closely side-by-side and witness just how similar we are to each other. Albeit, one or more human parties might actually attempt to forge an alliance with the ETs to better their own chances of survival.
Still, maybe some five or more decades later when all traces of the nightmarish ET invasion are gone, we will inevitably revert to the same politics to which we humans seem so collectively hopelessly prone.
Frank Sterle Jr. – From NOWTORONTO.COM
I don’t want to pigeonhole your publication, but I am a bit confused by the articles about the Ottawa protests (NOW Online, February 22) and Pierre Poilievre running for the Conservative Party of Canada leadership (NOW Online, February 2).
The articles labelled some of the anti-Trudeau protesters as “far-right extremists.” It seems obvious there is an attempt here to sway people against Conservatives but quite frankly it actually makes you look uninformed. Trudeau froze bank accounts and is grabbing for power and attacking people who do not agree with him.
Dale Plourde – Toronto
Re Letters To The Editor: “Freedom Convoy” Extremists Show No Respect For The Rule Of Law (NOW Online, February 20).
The police response to convoy protestors had been perfect up until the Emergencies Act. Having studied policing, I knew I had to be there and travelled seven-and-a-half hours to stand with peaceful protesters against police. What I witnessed in the crowd was a diverse mix of Canadians smiling, singing, dancing, cheering, laughing and hugging.
I did see four children in total, including two toddlers. All were at the back of the protest, enjoying what was essentially a party/celebration atmosphere of unity. There were a lot of seniors and women near the front and it was clearly their choice as independent adults to be there. The police began arresting people after a prayer as the song “God We Need You Now” played.
I find the argument of white privilege to be troubling in light of the 16-year occupation in Caledonia. If you do not argue that your enemy should receive the same standard you wish to receive, you don’t believe in human rights.
How many windows did these protesters break? How many protestors were charged with assault against a citizen? It is truly sad seeing how divided we have become.
Aaron Taylor – From NOWTORONTO.COM
Re David Suzuki: Darwin’s Theory Of Survival Of The Fittest No Longer Applies (NOW Online, February 20).
David Suzuki is absolutely right. We humans are extraordinary navel-gazers. We generally think that if it’s not happening to me, right now or in the near future, why worry? Everything will come out in the wash. It’s hard to come to terms with the fact that we are destroying our only home, this beautiful planet. It’s much easier to carry on as usual and ignore the scary science.
Carol Essex – From NOWTORONTO.COM
Re What’s New To Theatres, VOD And Streaming: February 25-27, 2022 (NOW Online, February 25).
I watched Studio 666 last night. I used to manage a video store years ago and was known for my post-it note reviews and recommendations. This film would rate a one out of 10 for me. “A self-aware, silly fun time with a high level of cheese that rivals ‘Vampire Girl versus Frankenstein Girl!’ That would be my take.
Nick Chisholm – From NOWTORONTO.COM