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Assorted Personal Notations, Essays, and Other Jottings

[CAT] Shakespeare, looking up at the camera

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Shakespeare, looking up at the camera #toronto #shakespeare #cats #caturday #catsofinstagram

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Written by Randy McDonald

September 23, 2017 at 10:45 pm

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[NEWS] Four science links: Neanderthals, oceans and computers, Brazil rainforest, water on Vesta

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  • Neanderthals, like contemporary humans, had the sort of prolonged childhoods which lend themselves to intelligence. National Geographic reports.
  • The cool chill water of oceans is starting to be used to cool data centres. VICE reports.
  • Brazil is set to embark on a substantial process to restore Amazonian rainforest. VICE reports.
  • The Dawn probe found evidence of subsurface ice on rocky asteroid-belt protoplanet Vesta. Universe Today reports.

[NEWS] Five migration links: Canada, Latin America, DREAMers, Québec, LGBTQ refugees

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  • A Canadian proposal at the NAFTA negotiations to liberalize migration across borders got shot down by the US.
  • Latin American governments have recently called for a radical liberalization of migration law worldwide.
  • Canada is in a potential position to take advantage of the DREAMers, if they are forced to leave.
  • Québec premier Philippe Couillard wants to encourage Anglos to move back to the province. Global News reports.
  • The resettlement of LGBTQ refugees is especially complicated. VICE reports.

Written by Randy McDonald

September 23, 2017 at 4:45 pm

[URBAN NOTE] Six Toronto links: street art, journalism, police, Cheri DiNovo, transit at Dundas West

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  • CBC notes that the Yonge and Dundas street artist scene is closing down under city regulations, including permits.
  • Emily Mathieu talks about how she conducts her journalism with some of Toronto’s most marginalized as subjects.
  • The Globe and Mail notes the local controversy over having police officers permanently stationed in schools.
  • The idea that police who actively undermine the Special Investigations Unit should be seriously punished seems obvious.
  • Veteran NDP politican and LGBTQ rights advocate Cheri DiNovo is leaving politics to become a minister in church.
  • Finally, the Dundas West TTC station will be connected to the GO Transit hub less than 300 metres away!

[PHOTO] Grave of Lucy Maud Montgomery, Cavendish Cemetery, PEI

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Grave of Lucy Maud Montgomery #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #cavendishcemetery #lmmontgomery #grave #latergram

This grave is the end to innumerable secular pilgrimages.

Written by Randy McDonald

September 22, 2017 at 8:30 am

[PHOTO] Three photos of the St. George Campus of the University of Toronto, at twilight

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North up King's College Road #toronto #universityoftoronto #kingscollegeroad #evening #latergram

Convocation Hall from the east #toronto #universityoftoronto #convocationhall #evening #latergram

Alley of birch trees by night #toronto #universityoftoronto #birch #trees #lights #evening #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

September 22, 2017 at 7:48 am

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[URBAN NOTE] Four Toronto notes: air conditioning, Kent Monkman, ISIS at Canadian Tire, minimum wage

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  • In this unseasonably warm September, Toronto tenants need more air conditioning than some landlords provide. The Toronto Star reports.
  • NOW Toronto notes the launch of a new Kent Monkman canvas, this one depicting a Dutch-Iroquois treaty signing.
  • The bizarre story of an ISIS supporter who tried to attack people at a Canadian Tire store is getting more bizarre. The Toronto Star reports.
  • There is a possibility the Ontario minimum wage increase could hurt employment outside of well-off Toronto. The Globe and Mail reports.

Written by Randy McDonald

September 21, 2017 at 8:00 pm