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[NEWS] Five LGBTQ links: Saskatchewan, Wojnarowicz, Trump and Putin, Scott Thompson, Blued

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  • This history of LGBTQ life in Saskatchewan by Valerie Korinek sounds fascinating. Has anything been done in Atlantic Canada, I wonder? Global News reports.
  • This Artsy editorial is quite right about the importance of David Wojnarowicz, artistically and politically. I own a copy of his Close to the Knives.
  • There is, I have to conclude, at least some homophobia in the jokes about Trump and Putin being a couple. It’s quite quite possible to be a straight homophobe, for starters. Vulture deconstructs the meme, here.
  • Scott Thompson is a national treasure. Read this CBC Day 6 interview.
  • CBC takes a look at the roaring success of China-oriented gay dating app Blued, with tens of millions of users.
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[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Mississauga, Buffalo, Surrey, Helsinki

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  • CBC reports on a terrible hate crime committed against a Mississauga man.
  • The second Jollibee in the GTA, this one in Mississauga, is slated to open tomorrow. blogTO reports.
  • Making an old elementary school in Buffalo into a platform for solar panels and community activities is ingenious. Curbed reports.
  • MacLean’s reports on how a growing community of feral peacocks is complicating life for people in the British Columbia city of Surrey, here.
  • This description in Guardian Cities of the new central library in Helsinki makes this place, and Finland’s thriving library culture, sound very attractive.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Dencan Books, 1 Yonge Street, Beaches, Soulpepper, Bricks & Glitter

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  • Edward Keenan bids farewell to the Junction’s Dencan Books, a community institution set to close this Saturday, over at the Toronto Star.
  • One Yonge Street is set to house a high-rise condo tower 95 stories and over 300 metres in height. The Toronto Star notes.
  • One only hopes that the repeal of a tax rebate that had the effect of encouraging owners of commercial properties in the Beaches to keep storefronts empty will increase business along Queen Street East. CBC reports.
  • This extended profile in Toronto Life takes a look at the events and accusations leading to the fall of Soulpepper Theatre Company founder Albert Schultz.
  • Chris Rattan at NOW Toronto writes about Bricks & Glitter, a new indie queer cultural festival in the west end with events starting today.

[BLOG] Some Thursday links

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  • The Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly talks about her rules for life.
  • The Crux explores the development of robots that can learn from each other.
  • JSTOR Daily explores the legal and environmental reasons why commercial supersonic flight never took off.
  • Robert Farley at Lawyers, Guns and Money imagines what might have been had the F-14 Tomcat never escaped development hell.
  • Peter Watts wonders if, with de-extinction becoming possible, future generations might become even less careful with the environment, knowing they can fix things and never bothering to do so.
  • Personal Reflections’ Jim Belshaw argues that, with MOOCs and multiple careers in a working lifespan, autodidacticism is bound to return.
  • The Planetary Society Blog’s Marc Rayman looks at the final orbits of the Dawn probe over Ceres and the expected scientific returns.
  • Roads and Kingdoms explores the New Jersey sandwich known, alternatively, as the Taylor ham and the pork roll.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel considers what led to the early universe having an excess of matter over antimatter.
  • Ilya Somin at the Volokh Conspiracy explores why the California Supreme Court took the trifurcation of California off referendum papers.
  • Window on Eurasia notes how some in independent Azerbaijan fears that Iranian ethnic Azeris might try to subvert the independent country’s secularism.

[NEWS] Five First Nations links: NunatuKavut, Spadina, Arctic education, Gwich’in food, Haida manga

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  • The Canadian federal government is moving to recognize the Inuit of NunatuKavut, in southern Labrador. Global News reports.
  • I wish I had seen this billboard downtown on Spadina Avenue. CBC reports on this indigenous anti-racism initiative.
  • Creating Arctic universities with services catering to each of the three northern territories would have positive implications for education, not least among native groups. Global News reports.
  • The Discourse reports on how, for the Gwich’in of the Northwest Territories, turning to native foodstuffs is not only key to cultural revival but also the only economically viably way they have to eat.
  • At The Conversation, Marie MauzĂ© takes a look at the innovative Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas and his creation of the new artform of “Haida manga”.

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Amazon Prime, Skyscraper, inclusionary zoning, waterfront, underground

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  • Andray Domise at MacLean’s takes Amazon Prime Day to note the way in which the tech company and others are undermining successful cities.
  • CityLab is unimpressed by the new movie Skyscraper, not least for the opportunities it fails to recognize in the architecture of super-tall buildings.
  • CityLab takes a look at the idea of “inclusionary zoning”, here.
  • Guardian Cities notes that Toronto is not alone in making the mistake of building highways separating city from waterfront.
  • The Guardian Cities takes a fascinating extended look at the questions of mapping and property ownership of the space beneath cities.

[URBAN NOTE] TTC Line 1, Dufferin Street, Bloordale, #TheManWhoSoldParkdale, PR voting

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  • blogTO notes a closure this weekend of Line 1 between St. Clair and Lawrence for Metrolinx construction. Still, at least their post uses my photo!
  • Urban Toronto notes that, the studios at 390 through 444 Dufferin Street being demolished, new construction is begin. I remember those studios from when I first moved to Toronto.
  • Urban Toronto looks at the latest revision to plans to redevelop the southwest corner of Bloor and Dufferin, one intended to install a more human scale to the streetscape and skyline.
  • NOW Toronto takes an extended look at the #TheManWhoSoldParkdale campaign against gentrification in Parkdale.
  • CBC shares the argument in favour of giving permanent residents voting rights in municipal elections in the City of Toronto.