I’m afraid I have to shock everyone who supports the arts by speaking in defence of Mr. Doug Ford and his curious views of the arts and doughnut shops.
You have to take his comments in context, because Mr. Ford, like his brother, is an eminently practical man. In his world, anything depends on how useful or not useful it happens to be. For example, a social housing unit can be sold because it brings you money at the cost of an eviction. A doughnut shop is useful for eating and drinking, but is still only somewhat more useful than a library — or more like a fridge, and besides, libraries are for nerds.
Novelists aren’t useful because they talk too much and embarrass eminently practical politicians. And culture? Not for the Brothers Ford — culture is the epitome of intellectualism —something to destroy.
Christopher Mansour, Toronto
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