NOW readers sound off on Doug Ford's pandemic police state, Joss Whedon's The Nevers and Toronto's BloomCam in this week's mail
I am looking forward to seeing evidence that communities will be able to trust that the police will not abuse or misuse their position of power, and [officers] will be able to speak out when they are being ordered to do so by those in authority and rank above them or by their colleagues.
– Marsha, NOWTORONTO.COM
Ford has failed to deal with the fact that there is a vaccine delay – because Canada does not produce any – and take appropriate actions to deal with the spread of the virus in the interim. Instead, he has his head in the sand. But, more disgustingly, it appears to be a conscious decision to ignore what he needs to do, which is not create a police state but get all people, such as workers who must interact with others daily, vaccinated.
– Joe Andely, NOWTORONTO.COM
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 Nevers. I remember when I first learned that artists whose work I admired might have feet of clay and morals of shit: 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 un-clutch his pearls, grow the fuck up, and concern himself with reviewing art, not gasping over gossip.
– John D. Huston, NOWTORONTO.COM
Let’s hope Tkaronto’s 2021 BloomCam livestream is more sophisticated than last year’s – more like this. Digital artistry has bloomed and blossomed in remarkable ways this past year. Put the bloom cam in the hands of artists so that all may enjoy a real and meaningful virtual experience of this glorious phenomenon
– Julia Sasso, NOWTORONTO.COM
It sounds like India’s governance may be increasingly turning into a South Asian version of the Western virtual corpocratic rule – big business and power interests come before individual and even national/mass-populace best interests. Generally, both American and Canadian governances commonly maintain thinly veiled yet firm ties to large corporations; it’s as though elected heads are meant to represent big money interests over those of the working citizenry and poor. (I believe it is basically why those powerful money interests generally resist proportional representation electoral systems of governance, which tends to dilute corporate lobbyist influence on consecutive governments.) Accordingly, major political decisions will normally foremost reflect what is in big business’ best interests. And don’t expect to hear this fact readily reported by the mainstream news media, which is concentrated corporate owned.
– Frank Steele Jr., NOWTORONTO.COM
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