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[NEWS] Five GLBTQ links: gay Toronto musicians, Roy Moore, police, churches, Pride Toronto

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  • The Huffington Post has a nice list of some of the more high-profile LGBTQ musicians in Toronto from the 1960s on.
  • The virulent homophobia reported of Roy Moore’s supporters is upsetting, but not surprising. Global News reports.
  • While it is nice that Church and Wellesley is getting four dedicated neighbourhood police officers, some wonder whether these resources could be better spent elsewhere, in mental health for instance. Daily Xtra reports.
  • VICE reports on a new app, Church Clarity, intended to help queer people find queer-friendly churches.
  • The deficit of a half-million dollars reported by Pride Toronto, revenues dropping perhaps a consequence of last year’s controversies, is obviously not good. The Toronto Star reports.

[URBAN NOTE] Five notes on changing cities: Quayside, Andy Byford, NYC, Vancouver, Brasilia

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  • Spacing shares Ken Greenberg’s take on what Sidewalk Labs could do for an evolving City of Toronto.
  • Royson James reflects on what outgoing TTC head Andy Byford has done for Toronto, almost despite itself, over in the Toronto Star.
  • Jim Dwyer’s description of the state of the New York City subway system, something Byford will have to handle, is alarming, over in The New York Times.
  • Kerry Gold shares the convincing argument of academic John Rose that Vancouver is facing not a shortage of housing but rather a shortage of affordable housing. Policies can be instituted to change this. The Globe and Mail has it.
  • The Inter Press Service reports on a massive complex built in Brasilia by construction giant Odebrecht that now, in the Brazilian crisis, has been left empty. What to do with it? More here.

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

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  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait looks at the bizarre extrasolar visitor ‘Oumuamua, as does Centauri Dreams, as does Bruce Dorminey. Yes, this long cylindrical extrasolar visitor swinging around the sun on a hyperbolic orbit does evoke classic SF.
  • The Boston Globe’s The Big Picture shares some photos of autumn from around the world.
  • D-Brief examines how artificial intelligences are making their own videos, albeit strange and unsettling ones.
  • Dangerous Minds shares some Alfred Stieglitz photos of Georgia O’Keefe.
  • Daily JSTOR takes a look at the mulberry tree craze in the United States.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper examining at water delivery to terrestrial planets in other solar systems. Worlds with as little water as Earth are apparently difficult to produce in this model.
  • Hornet Stories profiles the gay destination of Puerto Vallarta, in Mexico.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes the new vulnerability of Haitian migrants in the United States.
  • The LRB Blog notes the end of the Mugabe era in Zimbabwe.
  • The NYR Daily features a stellar Elaine Showalter review of a Sylvia Plath exhibition at the Smithsonian National Picture Gallery.
  • Personal Reflections’ Jim Belshaw reports on how the production of New England Cheese reflects the modernization of Australian agriculture.
  • Roads and Kingdoms reports on the awkward position of Rohingya refugees in India, in Jammu, at a time when they are facing existential pressures from all sides.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel shares twenty beautiful photos of Mars.
  • Towleroad shares a fun video from Pink, “Beautiful Trauma”, featuring Channing Tatum.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy notes that a Trump executive order threatening sanctuary cities has been overturned in court.
  • Window on Eurasia notes one study claiming that the children of immigrant workers in Russia tend to do better than children of native-born Russians.

[NEWS] Five assorted links: turkey, Mojave phone booth, LGBT apology, Anne Murray, Morrissey

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  • National Geographic takes a look at the natural history of the surprisingly stunning turkey, dispersed across North America and with an underrated beauty.
  • Urban Ghosts Media tells the strange story of a working phone booth stranded in the Mojave Desert, and the tissue of myths and culture that grew up around it.
  • CBC notes that Justin Trudeau is set to issue an official apology to the LGBTQ people purged from government service by past generations’ homophobia.
  • Anne Murray just made a massive donation of archival material from her long life and career to the University of Toronto’s library system. Respect.
  • Morrissey’s statements for sexual abusers and against multiculturalism and etnic minorities are almost more upsetting for the fact that they were so freely offered. However good the man’s music is, should we music fans still support it, and him?

[PHOTO] Five photos of Canada and southern Ontario from the air, including Lake Simcoe

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The flight back to Ontario was happily uneventful, calm blue skies filled with light white clouds. The plane spent some time above Lake Simcoe, the deep blue surrounded by its checkerboard of farms and the unrulier dense green of forests.

In transit #canada #aerial #airplane #blue

Southern Ontario from the air (1) #canada #ontario #aerial #airplane #lakesimcoe #latergram

Southern Ontario from the air (2) #canada #ontario #aerial #airplane #fields #grid #latergram

Southern Ontario from the air (3) #canada #ontario #aerial #airplane #lakesimcoe #fields #grid #latergram

Southern Ontario from the air (4) #canada #ontario #aerial #airplane #lakesimcoe #fields #forest #grid #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

November 20, 2017 at 11:15 am

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[PHOTO] Seven photos of Prince Edward Island from the air (#pei)

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Aerial flight is as close as I’ll likely get to spaceflight in my life. Ascending over Prince Edward Island this July, this flight travelling north of Charlottetown and flying along the north shore past Malpeque Bay to Toronto, the Island was laid out below me as if it was a map, recognizable shapes distorted by height and angles. If some of these shots are not as sharp as we might like, forgive me; I could not ask the pilot to stop, or to go back.

Prince Edward Island from the air (1) #pei #princeedwardisland #aerial #hillsboroughriver #airplane #latergram

Prince Edward Island from the air (2) #pei #princeedwardisland #aerial #tracadiebay #airplane #latergram

Prince Edward Island from the air (3) #pei #princeedwardisland #aerial #rusticobay #airplane #latergram

Prince Edward Island from the air (4) #pei #princeedwardisland #rusticobay #northrusticoharbour #aerial #airplane #latergram

Prince Edward Island from the air (5) #pei #princeedwardisland #aerial #malpequebay #airplane #latergram

Prince Edward Island from the air (6) #pei #princeedwardisland #aerial #malpequebay #airplane #latergram

Prince Edward Island from the air (7) #pei #princeedwardisland #aerial #airplane #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

November 20, 2017 at 9:15 am

[NEWS] Five links about population in small centres: education, Ontario, Atlantic Canada

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  • Noah Smith at Bloomberg notes that universities, and other centres of higher education, can play a critical role in keeping small centres alive, in the US and elsewhere.
  • Michelle McQuigge notes that the northern Ontario town of Smooth Rock Falls has seen success attracting potential new residents with sales of land for cheap, for the Canadian Press.
  • Jessica Leeder tells the sad story about how the politics of a community radio station in Newfoundland’s Bell Island tore the community apart, over at The Globe and Mail.
  • CBC notes that the influx of Syrian refugees to Nova Scotia has reversed a trend of population decline. Will it last? More here.
  • The government of Prince Edward Island has an ambitious strategy to boost the Island’s population, through immigration, to 160 thousand by 2022. More here.