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Archive for November 2018

[NEWS] Five LGBTQ links: Tillie Walden, Trump, PrEP, Calgary, Omaha

  • Vice points readers to the queer SF comic Tillie Walden on a Sunbeam.
  • The New York Times reports on a prominent same-sex married couple, Bill White and Bryan Eure, who have become Trump supporters for what seems to be purely opportunistic reasons.
  • Inside Higher Ed looks at how American institutions of higher education are increasingly covering anti-HIV PrEP regimens on their health plans.
  • The Calgary Herald features an interview with author Kevin Allen about his book of Calgary LGBTQ history, Our Past Matters.
  • them features an article taking a look at the energy of the LGBTQ communities of Omaha, Nebraska.

[NEWS] Five sci-fi links: Gargoyles, D&D, Richard K Morgan, superheroes, time dilation

  • This oral history of Gargoyles, one of the best children’s animated series of the 1990s or any other decade, must be read. Syfy has it.
  • Geekwire looks at the real efforts of Dungeons & Dragons to be inclusive of players and characters of all sorts of backgrounds.
  • Wired interviews Richard K Morgan, coming out with a new book on Mars colonization, about his thoughts on colonizing the Red Planet.
  • NOW Toronto has a list of four superhero franchises that merit a revival.
  • James Nicoll at Tor has a non-obvious list of six novels (and one song!) that make use of time dilation as a plot element.

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Oshawa, Philadelphia, London, Pontevedra, Pyongyang

  • Matt Gurney notes at Global News though the end of GM in Oshawa should have been expected, people there are still shocked.
  • Roads and Kingdoms shares a list of ten foodstuffs in Philadelphia that help explain that city.
  • The Guardian explains how London has become a European centre of tuberculosis.
  • CityLab suggests that pedestrianization helped the Spanish city of Pontevedra become very child-friendly.
  • Guardian Cities shares some photos from the North Korean capital of Pyongyang.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Light Festival, film map, old factories, El Mocambo, suburb subway

  • I am very pleased to learn that the Toronto Light Festival will return this winter to the Distillery District. blogTO reports.
  • At NOW Toronto, Radheyan Simonpillai notes how a map showing film locations within Toronto also shows how some parts of the city–the most marginalized areas, generally–are almost entirely neglected.
  • Many of the old factories abandoned in the inner suburbs, The Globe and Mail reports, are being repurposed. That’s what has been happening on Dupont and Geary, to name two post-industrial streets particularly close to me.
  • CBC Hamilton took a look at the Hamilton architects involved in the rehabilitation of Toronto’s El Mocambo.
  • blogTO shares, via r/Toronto, a half-satirical map of a Toronto subway system extending deep into the suburbs. I like the coverage, granted.

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

  • Henry Farrell at Crooked Timber considers democracy as an information system.
  • The Crux shares what we have learned from our studies of the tusks of the mammoths.
  • D-Brief notes another landmark of the InSight mission: It brought two CubeSats with it to Mars.
  • JSTOR Daily takes a look at the odaliques of Matisse, paintings of North African women in intimate positions, in the contexts of colonialism and #metoo. What untold stories are there with these images?
  • Anakana Schofield writes at the LRB Blog about her problems finding CBD oil post-marijuana legalization in greater Vancouver.
  • The Map Room Blog notes the support of Popular Mechanics for paper maps, even in the digital age.
  • Tyler Cowen at Marginal Revolution praises Toby Green’s new history of West Africa, A Fistful of Shells, a book that emphasizes the influence of West Africa in the Americas and the wider Atlantic world.
  • The NYR Daily carries a Tim Parks essay questioning whether it is worthwhile for an author to consciously seek out literary glory.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel reports on the possibility that rocky planets might get large moons only if they suffer large impacts.
  • Window on Eurasia reports on the insulting remarks of Russian liberal Oleg Kashin towards Ukrainians, and Tatars too, suggesting even liberal Russians might well be inclined to be anti-Ukrainian.
  • Arnold Zwicky notes a remarkable word error in noting the 40th anniversary of the deaths of George Moscone and Harvey Milk, changing “assassination” into “assignation”.

[PHOTO] Bartlett Avenue at night

Bartlett Avenue at night #toronto #dovercourtvillage #bartlettavenue #winter #lights #night #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

November 28, 2018 at 10:15 am

[NEWS] Five #Indigenous links: McGill, Winnipeg, 1948 fire, British Columbia, cultural identity

  • Forty students have graduated from a new program at McGill specializing in the promotion and revival of Indigenous languages. CBC reports.
  • CBC reports on how newly-elected Winnipeg city councilor Sherri Rollins appropriates a “Huron-Wendat” identity, despite having only a single Huron ancestor who died at the end of the 18th century and lacking any membership in any Huron-Wendat polity.
  • CBC reports on how survivors of a residential school that burned down in 1948 suspect the fire was set by a student.
  • A new report suggests that the British Columbia government needs to do much more to live up to its promises to make a meaningful partnership between itself and indigenous groups. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Wawmeesh Hamilton at The Discourse writes about how Indigenous identity and culture remains important for urban Indigenous people in Canada.

[ISL] Five #PEI links: pets, diaspora, tourism, UPEI, Lawrence MacAulay

  • A highly-publicized campaign to get Islanders to return to PEI failed to produce significant results, many arguing the government did nothing to create conditions for a return. CBC PEI reports.
  • Tourism numbers have continued to grow on the Island, with 1.58 million recorded visits estimated by the end of this year. CBC PEI reports.
  • Overall enrollment has continued to grow at UPEI, with particularly large spikes in international student enrollment. CBC PEI reports.
  • Landlords on PEI can keep tenants from bringing their pets with them, sadly. (The contrast with other provinces is noteworthy.) CBC PEI reports.
  • CBC PEI notes the political career of long-time Liberal MP Lawrence MacAulay, who has served for three decades.

[URBAN NOTE] Five cities links: Hamilton, Oshawa, Vancouver, New York City, Fall River

  • Le Devoir features an article pointing its readers to the many and verifiable attractions of the Ontario city of Hamilton.
  • The closure of the GM plant in Oshawa hits employment across a frighteningly large chunk of the Canadian automotive sector. Global News reports.
  • In Metro Vancouver, legislation aiming at preventing “monster home” construction on farmland is encountering opposition among farmers. Global News reports.
  • Alex Carp at the NYR Daily takes a look at the new role of Ariel Palitz, effective mayor of nightlife in New York City.
  • Le Devoir notes the impending closure of Saint Anne’s Church, Église Sainte-Anne, in the New England town of Fall River, no longer a centerpiece of Franco-American community life.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: 1 Yorkville. Parkdale antiques, 501 Queen, Zoo maglev, York Pillars

  • Urban Toronto shares a photo of the rising 1 Yorkville tower.
  • Tanya Mok at blogTO takes a look at the fast-disappearing cluster of antique shops on westernmost Queen Street West in Parkdale, near Roncesvalles.
  • Steve Munro takes a look at the effect of the King Street pilot project on 501 Queen transit times.
  • Might the Toronto Zoo have its own maglev train? blogTO reports.
  • A petition has been launched to save the York Pillars from demolition. I, for one, will sign it. Can you, too? Global News reports.