NXNE what made T.O. a “music city”
Re Dreaming Of Music City (NOW, October 13-19). What was once, or at least should have been, the core of “music city,” was the North By Northeast (NXNE) music festival. Sadly, it’s devolved into not much more than a couple of mega-concerts at venues outside the downtown core. I’m not sure why this happened, but what used to be a festival that enjoyed the full participation of hundreds of bands from inside and outside the country and pretty much every Toronto music venue is now a shadow of its former self.
Harvey Bushell, From nowtoronto.com
Spare me the bike shop melodrama
Your original article on discrimination at bike shops irritated me, but not as much as letter-writer Collete A. Menk’s response (NOW, October 13-19). She went to a bike shop close to closing time and received “condescending” questions and felt insulted? Maybe when people “feel” insulted, it’s not always sexism, genderism, racism, transgenderism or any other ism. Maybe staff are just tired or have a headache or, like most regular human beings, can’t please everyone they deal with in any given day.
As a woman, I’m also tired of the depiction of us as fragile victim for whom safe spaces must be constructed. I wonder if POCs and the LGBT community feel the same. I may be woman, but I have a set of balls and can handle buying a bike chain or a beer, poor service or not. Let’s focus on real problems, please, there are a plethora of them.
Melanie Ross, Toronto
No respect for migrant workers in Canada
I am very sad to learn of the injustices that still exist today for migrant workers in Canada (NOW, September 27). It’s clear that Canada’s Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program is a form of modern-day slavery with no respect for humanity and workers’ rights. Migrant workers should have every right to seek permanent residence in Canada, just as skilled labourers do.
Ivor Quirola, Brampton
NDP’s energy critic answers nuke question
Re Where’s NDP On Hydro Insanity? (NOW, October 13-19). Just wanted to let letter-writer Cameron Johnson and your readers know that the NDP came out publicly for a shutdown of the Pickering nuclear plant when the issue came up in the Scarborough Rouge River by-election this past summer.
We have also consistently said in elections that when Ontario plans for power, it needs to look at efficiency, renewables and power from Quebec before it considers investing in nuclear. We have also said publicly that we have seen no business case for the Darlington refurbishment.
The Liberals did not look at the other options, conservation, renewables and Quebec, before agreeing to proceed with that project.
Peter Tabuns, MPP, Ontario NDP Energy Critic
Giving renewables the runaround
Thanks for Adria Vasil’s excellent article on the Wynne government’s abandonment of renewable energy (NOW, October 6-12). With the Liberals boosting the nuclear industry and the Progressive Conservatives pushing them (successfully!) to axe funding for renewal energy, and with the NDP trying to keep the Power Workers’ Union in their court, the question is, who’s speaking for the majority of Ontarians? Most of us don’t buy that renewable energy is the cause of high hydro rates when it costs almost $1 billion a year to keep one decrepit nuclear plant running. I, for one, am considering voting Green for the first time.
Rena Ginsberg, Toronto
More puffery on legal weed
Re DUI Means Weed Now, Too, by Elianna Lev (NOW, October 13-19). Impaired smoking? You gotta give the fucks on Parliament Hill credit for coming up with more ways to tax the downtrodden and arrest people for smoking marijuana.
Lewis Larabee, From nowtoronto.com
Preserving intangibles of Toronto’s heritage
Thanks for another great article by Richard Longley on heritage preservation (NOW, October 13-19). As Longley notes, our heritage comes in all different forms, whether it’s neighbourhoods, old industrial buildings (the Hearn Generating Plant being a great example) or neon signs.
One of the most famous is the Sam the Record Man sign. Ryerson promised to preserve and display it when they built the Student Living Centre. I hope the famous Honest Ed’s sign will find a home.
In any case, let’s not just protect beautiful buildings, which are important, but as Longley recommends, the intangibles as well. And let’s return the McLaughlin Planetarium to its original purpose, educating people about astronomy.
Andrew van Velzen, Toronto