Province plays catch-up on vaccine rollout

Plus, Doug Ford's pandemic sop to realtors, why corporate cannabis can't compete and pranked by another Trudeau conspiracy in reader mail this week


Teachers should have been vaccinated in December

It looks like teachers are now on the very confusing list of people in Ontario who are eligible for the vaccine (NOW Online, April 7). Are they listening now? Workers in hot spots in manufacturing and warehouses also need to be vaccinated. All along the province has been playing catch up. Schools should have been closed in December and stayed that way until teachers vaccinated. Thank goodness Trudeau is running Ottawa and printing money. Could you imagine a Conservative PM?

Gail MurrayFrom NOWTORONTO.COM

Doug Ford’s pandemic sop to realtors

Doug Ford should rethink the stay-at-home order, which includes real estate agents who are currently allowed to go into your home with buyers whether you like it or not, sometimes three or more times per day. These people could be infected. But who cares, as long as they make a sale!

John CoberFrom NOWTORONTO.COM

Universal Basic Income would alleviate poverty

Many of us who lost our jobs during the pandemic are expected to stay home. Others who still have jobs are expected to continue to work more hours for lower wages. A Universal Basic Income would help alleviate the biggest issue plaguing our country – poverty. And not just absolute poverty but relative, situational, generational, rural, and urban poverty. Many of us have experienced some form of poverty. You may not have noticed it, but you felt it whether it was stressing over a missed payment, a late paycheque, having to borrow from friends and family or paying medical bills. It’s a failure of governments not to have the well-being and security of its people as its main purpose

John Peter CosepFrom NOWTORONTO.COM

Walking good for a glum mood

Re The Top 20 Walks In Toronto (NOW, April 8-14) This is an awesome and helpful list. It saved my glum mood this morning. Now I am feeling anticipation again. I thought it was gone forever.

Anne LangfordFrom NOWTORONTO.COM

Insta-inspiration

Re 10 Places In Toronto To Take Instagram Pictures (NOW Online, April 9) Thanks for the interesting read and the inspiration to get up early and get to places to be.

Garry G.From NOWTORONTO.COM

Why corporate cannabis can’t compete

Re The Second Coming Of Legalization In Canada (NOW Online, April 5). Unless Licensed Producers can sell top-shelf craft cannabis with 27-30 per cent THC for under $100 an ounce they will not be able to compete with mail-order marijuana websites.

Will SadlerFrom NOWTORONTO.COM

Bungalow bungle

Re your story on the Toronto bungalow listed for nearly $3 million (NOW Online, April 3). It appears that this property is being offered for commercial redevelopment, so if zoning is right, someone can build a commercial building or whatever it allows. People are not so stupid to overpay that much if it’s not worth it.

Alexander FradlinFrom NOWTORONTO.COM

Real estate reality check

Real estate prices should be allowed to go even higher. Hard-working Canadians who paid taxes and raised families for decades should be rewarded upon retirement. Besides, there’s plenty of affordable housing in Timmins and New Brunswick.

Bill Giamou – From NOWTORONTO.COM

Pranked by COVID conspiracy

April Fools! Turns out I was pranked when I got the news about Trudeau being on a superyacht in St. Lucia.
An acquaintance thought it would be funny to make up that story. I was kinda hoping it was true so we could expose him as the fraud and drop all those crazy restrictions plaguing my return to Canada. Wishful thinking I guess. Thanks for letting me vent.

Helene Gyselinck From NOWTORONTO.COM

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Comments (2)

  • Frank Sterle Jr. April 11, 2021 09:16 PM

    Re: “Universal Basic Income would alleviate poverty” …

    Not only that, it would also be good for business.

    There must be a point at which the status quo — already large corporate profits are maintained or increased while many people are denied a universal basic income — can/will end up hurting big business interests. I can imagine that a healthy, strong and large consumer base — and not just very wealthy consumers — are needed.

    Or could it be that, generally speaking, the unlimited profit objective/nature is somehow irresistible, including the willingness to simultaneously have an already squeezed consumer base continue so or even worsened? (It brings to mind the allegorical fox stung by the instinct-abiding scorpion while ferrying it across the river, leaving both to drown.)

    When it comes to capitalist society, I can see the corporate CEO (figuratively) shrugging their shoulders and defensively saying that their job is to protect shareholders’ bottom-line interests. Meanwhile, the shareholder also shrugs their shoulders while defensively stating that they just collect the dividends and that the CEOs are the ones to make the moral and/or ethical decisions.

    In closing, I leave the following memorable words by the morbidly greedy Gordon Gekko, mostly to his protégé Bud Fox (Wall Street, 1987): “Now you’re not naive enough to think we’re living in a democracy, are you, Buddy? It’s the free market, and you’re part of it. Yeah, you got that killer instinct. Stick around pal, I still got a lot to teach you.”

  • John D Huston April 14, 2021 10:16 PM

    Review of The Never April 9, 2021
    I can only imagine the shock Norman Wilner experienced upon realizing that Joss Whedon “failed utterly to live up to the ideals of his work” in The Never. I remember when I first learned that artists whose work I admired might have feet of clay and morals of sh*t: I was 13.
    Did I thereafter, as Wilner seems to feel I should, “enjoy [their art] in the moment, only to be angry all over again” after it was over?
    Oddly no.
    I matured. I realized that humans are fallible and many, if not all, fail to live up to the ideals they, and others, may hold for themselves. Since, as he correctly notes, Whedon, “has not responded to the allegations” may I respectfully suggest that Wilner unclutch his pearls, grow the fuck up, and concern himself with reviewing art not gasping over gossip.
    Respectfully submitted,
    John D. Huston

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