face it. ralph nader (now, novem-ber 16-22) won the election. This must be the first time in a long time (I don't know my American history, I'm Canadian) that a third party has actually affected the outcome of the two-party electoral head-butting. This is utterly revolutionary, not only because it inspires more debate about the Electoral College. It will also inspire a lot of allegations -- and maybe even some evidence -- of that good old Republican corruption. And it shows that the Green party is a real possibility in a lot of people's minds.
Sure, even I can see that Nader isn't exactly "presidential material," but that's mainly because he adamantly refuses to represent the interests of big beeswax, and instead leans more toward unfamiliar things like feeding and housing the poor. erika wybourn has chosen tojoin in the sport of Christine Ferreira-bashing (NOW, November 16-22), a pastime all too common among certain educational circles in the city. She claims Ferreira "wasn't there" for parents at Essex and Hawthorne schools, which are undergoing consolidation.As a parent who was active in that consolidation process, I would like to assure Wybourn that, even though the two schools weren't in Ferreira's ward at the time, she went to the trouble of attending two of our many meetings.
Ferreira has made a significant contribution to the board during what has probably been the toughest period in its history.
Among other things, she brings a perspective from Toronto's Portuguese community, which is struggling to confront the challenges that working-class immigrants face trying to ensure a decent education for their children.
Let's face up to the fact that just because a politician doesn't always vote exactly the way we want, it doesn't make him or her the enemy. If there isn't room for honest and non-personalized debate and disagreement on the left, is there hope for any of us?you printed a letter from james Julien about Kensington Market in which I was described as the chief "shit whipper" in the community (NOW, November 9-15).When St. Stephen's Community House made the proposal to institute a soup kitchen on Augusta, the Kensington Market Working Group heard that it was against the wishes of the community and let these people know that it would be fought. This David-and-Goliath battle continues.
The community rallied, because once before, St. Stephen's had a drop-in centre on Augusta that closed because of complaints about people defecating and urinating in public. The park across the street became a bar for these people. St. Stephen's employees go home at night to their outside-the-Market homes, leaving the community with the problems.
St. Stephen's knows this soup kitchen will cause many struggling businesses to close. When the market sags, the prices will drop and their developer friends will move in and buy up the area dirt cheap.
we the undersigned full-time faculty members and librarians of York University are deeply concerned about the issues involved in the strike of teaching assistants, contract faculty and graduate assistants, and about the impact of this strike on the academic integrity of the university.These striking instructors play an indispensable role in undergraduate education at York.
Most are graduate students trying to complete degrees with nothing more than their small income. Others are longer-term employees with little job security.
As educators, we believe that the academic integrity of our courses is at risk if administrative intransigence continues.
In the longer term, what is at issue is the quality of and access to university education for current students and future graduate students.
We call on President Lorna Marsden to instruct the administration's negotiators to conclude a fair settlement immediately. i've always been a fan of pollslike your Best Of Toronto (NOW, November 16-22), and I often shop specifically at stores displaying the plaque. I assumed such an award indicated a standard of quality and value I could trust. Naive, eh? Reading this year's poll, it's apparent that your winners often only represent who has the largest budget to spend on branding. Consider some of the "bests": WalMart; Pizza Hut; Future Shop (in five categories!). And McDonald's as best breakfast? Unless you establish separate categories for chain stores and individual merchants and ask people not to fill in the blanks with stock answers if they're only completing it to support their fav MP or flower store, your survey is barely worth the paper it's printed on. Still worse, it's hurtful to local small businesses, who still represent the bulk of your ad buys.
Multinational-centric as our world may be, bigger is not better. A poor showing for a self-styled populist newspaper, to be sure.Wake up, fansi am an expat brit who keeps an interested eye on the Canadian music scene. I read with excitement the Lowest of the Low article (NOW, November 16-22). I'd just been given a couple of tickets for their Saturday show at the Warehouse.
Yippee, I thought, a chance to see to some quality CanCon in front of a home crowd. The joint's sure to be a jumpin'! How wrong? That stereotype of Canadians as reserved (to put it politely) -- it sticks.No, of course it wasn't a complete morgue in there, but the looks one received when one tried to enjoy oneself! Yes, that's right, old chap, it's a rock concert (and not Dire Straits). If I'm not mistaken, you're well under retirement age. Get with it, daddy-o!
What a great band (I'd never even heard of them before last Thursday), with a huge amount of stage presence and requisitely rockin' tunes. If that's the response after six years away, I'd hate to have seen the crowds when they were gigging regularly. i'm a little disillusioned and disappointed by NOW. No, it's not the new format (I actually like it), it's the inclusion of an advertisement for a cable company disguised as a legitimate news article (NOW, November 16-22). While the motive of the article is revealed within a few lines, it's still a few lines too many. According to the Canadian Code Of Advertising Standards, "No advertisement shall be presented in a format or style which conceals its commercial intent." This ad clearly crosses that line.
I know this style of advertising isn't new, but I never expected to see this sort of sneaky stuff in the pages of NOW. Please tell me it was an oversight or a terrible mistake so I can safely read NOW without worrying about being caught by advertising bobby traps.