NOW Magazine - Anniversary special - - Toronto Sym­phony Or­ches­tra -

I’m not cyn­i­cal about this. I’m a so­cial­ist, so I’ve learned pa­tience in life. – UN am­bas­sador Stephen Lewis at a global warm­ing con­fer­ence in Toronto. Na­tive is­sues are al­most never just na­tive is­sues. Na­tive is­sues are hu­man is­sues. – Buffy Sainte-Marie The only way we will stop the drug traf­fic is to ham­mer the five-gram user, the dime bag user. Ham­mer him, and the peo­ple at the head of the drug rings in Columbia and Mex­ico or wher­ever this is done will die on the vine. – Toronto judge Robert Dneiper dur­ing his sen­tenc­ing of a 23-year-old part-time roofer to 30 days in jail for pos­ses­sion of mar­i­juana.

Canada is putting more money into erad­i­cat­ing harm­less dan­de­lions that it is to erad­i­cat­ing the AIDS virus. – Univer­sity of Western On­tario ge­neti­cist Joseph Cum­mins I sup­pose sell­ing nude pic­tures of the Pope would come close. – Iro­quois Con­fed­er­acy lawyer Paul Williams searches for a par­al­lel to the prac­tice of keep­ing na­tive sa­cred ob­jects in mu­se­ums. One can cheer­fully con­sign ev­ery­one to hell when you’re not go­ing your­self. – les­bian fem­i­nist nov­el­ist Jeanette Win­ter­son on her ear­lier ca­reer as a teenage evan­ge­list.

The uni­fy­ing fac­tor among all the book’s op­po­nents is that they have not read it, and in spite of not hav­ing read it they are able to make very spe­cific and con­crete crit­i­cism of it. – The Satanic Verses au­thor Sal­man Rushdie, pre-fatwa. It’s that Judeo-Chris­tian idea that if you can think of a hu­man use for some­thing, then you should go and do it – es­pe­cially if you can make money at it. It’s al­most as if not do­ing it is a waste, a sin against god. – David Suzuki ar­gu­ing for a slow­down in sci­en­tific in­quiry .

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