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[NEWS] Five LGBTQ links: Canadian law, Alloura Wells, Bermuda, body issues, queer nightlife

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  • Arshy Mann at Daily Xtra suggests a new Canadian bill aimed at expunging unjust convictions of LGBTQ people does not go far enough in rehabilitating entire classes of victims.
  • Denise Balkissoon and Tu Thanh Ha report on the life and struggles of Alloura Wells, a biracial transgender woman who was neglected even after death, over at The Globe and Mail.
  • Rob Salerno at Daily Xtra examines why Bermuda is set to revoke marriage equality.
  • Jack Hobbs at VICE examines why body dysmorphia and poor body image are so common, still, among queer men.
  • Jeff Leavell has a nice article at VICE talking about the emancipatory potential of some avant-garde queer nightlife, catering not to narrow demographics but to broader communities.
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[ISL] Four Prince Edward Island links: immigration, bluefin tuna, cannabis, Confederation Bridge

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  • This Michael Tutton Canadian Press report looking at how some immigrants to Prince Edward Island have been exploited economically by companies participating in the provincial immigration program points to serious issues.
  • Elizabeth McSheffrey reports for National Observer about how some bluefin tuna off the north shore of PEI are so hungry that they are actually approaching humans for food.
  • The PEI government does not plan on permitting advertisements for cannabis when legalization comes. CBC reports.
  • Fees for crossing the Confederation Bridge are set to rise to $47 for cars in the new year. CBC reports.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: TTC into Vaughan, Greg Sorbara, 196 York University, mass transit

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  • This Oliver Moore and Jeff Gray article on the new extension of the TTC into Vaughan, looking at its past and its future, is exciting. I cannot wait to ride this new part of Line 1. The Globe and Mail has it.
  • Steve Paikin at TVO notes the understated importance of former Ontario minister Greg Sorbara behind the Line 1 extension into Vaughan.
  • Katie Daubs bids farewell to the 196 York University Rocket, a storied bus line now coming to an end with the new subway, over at the Toronto Star.
  • At Torontoist, Tricia Woods argues that focusing on regional transit schemes as opposed to local ones is a mistake, given how most GTA commuting is within not between municipalities.
  • Edward Keenan does not buy the argument that there is as much TTC fare evasion as a recent report has claimed. The organization’s own faults matter, for one. The Toronto Star has it.

Written by Randy McDonald

December 16, 2017 at 5:30 pm

[BLOG] Some Saturday links

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  • Bad Astronomer reports on Kepler-90, now known to have eight planets.
  • Centauri Dreams notes a model suggesting low-mass worlds like Mars do not stay very habitable for long at all around red dwarf stars.
  • Citizen Science Salon notes how Puerto Ricans are monitoring water quality on their own after Hurricane Maria.
  • The Crux notes how climate change played a role in the fall of Rome. We know more about our environment than the Romans did, but we are not much less vulnerable.
  • D-Brief notes a feature film that has just been made about Ötzi, the man who body was famously found frozen in the Tyrolean Alps five thousand years ago.
  • Daily JSTOR notes how a postage stamp featuring an erupting volcano may have kept Nicaragua from hosting an inter-oceanic canal of its own.
  • Hornet Stories reports on some exciting queer musicians.
  • Language Hat links to an online dictionary of French slang from the 19th century.
  • Language Hat has a post dealing with some controversy created on its author’s perspective on “they” as a singular pronoun. (Language changes, that’s all I have to say on that.)
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes a pretty wrong-headed take from a right-wing news source on sexuality and dating and flirting. Gack.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel notes how the recent Kepler-90 press release shows how Kepler has reached the limit of the exoplanet science it can do. We need to put better technology at work.
  • At Whatever, John Scalzi has some interesting non-spoiler thoughts about the direction of The Last Jedi. I must see this, soon.
  • Window on Eurasia features a blithe dismissal by Putin of the idea that there is language or ethnic conflict at work. Tatars just need to learn Russian, apparently, though they can also keep Tatar as an extra.

[NEWS] Cannabis shopping, saving right whales, forests during climate cha

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  • I have to say that I like the new retail landscape for cannabis being imagined, as much of a break with the old highly personalized network of buyers though it may be. (Non-smoker, here.) CBC reports.
  • This account of the complex paperwork required of people trying to save right whales entangled in fishing nets is almost humourous in its tragedy. CBC reports.
  • Many forests destroyed in recent wildfires are not recovering, on account of ongoing climate shifts making the regrowth of old ecologies impossible. CBC reports.

Written by Randy McDonald

December 15, 2017 at 10:45 pm

[NEWS] Three links on Ontario transit: GO Transit. Kitchener-Waterloo, intercity buses, Northlander

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  • Making a much stronger commitment to GO Transit links connecting Kitchener-Waterloo with Toronto is essential. The GTA hardly stops at Hamilton, after all. CBC has it.
  • The weakness of intercity bus transit in Ontario, at least outside of the GTA, is a real problem. It magnifies the effect of distance in the vast stretches of this province. TVO reports.
  • The case for the return of the Northlander, the passenger rail service northern Ontario had until recently, seems strong to me. TVO looks at the issue.

Written by Randy McDonald

December 15, 2017 at 9:00 pm

[NEWS] Four links: post-strike education in Ontario, mummers of Newfounland, Vancouver, Mary Edelman

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  • News that one-tenth of Ontario college students dropped out during the recent strike is not surprising. The National Post reports.
  • Atlas Obscura shares photos of the mummers of Newfoundland and the backstory of this cultural phenomenon.
  • Making abandoned housing in the Vancouver neighbourhood of West Point Grey into student housing sounds great to me. Global News reports.
  • This obituary for Mary Edelman, long-time Toronto resident and repairer of the typewriters of famed authors, offers insight into a fascinating literary past. The Toronto Star has it.