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[ISL] Five islands links: Machias Seal, Newfoundland and Labrador, Orkneys, Haiti

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  • Global News outlines the state of the Machias Seal island territorial dispute between Canada and the United States.
  • Faced with mounting costs owing to an aging and dispersed population, is Newfoundland and Labrador headed for bankruptcy? What would happen then? The National Post reports.
  • The selection of names of beers from the new brewery of Dildo, NL, has been undertaken with great care. Global News reports.
  • The Island Review shares an extract from the new book by Robin Noble about the Orkneys, Sagas of Salt and Stone. http://theislandreview.com/content/sagas-of-salt-and-stone-orkney-unwrapped-robin-noble-extract
  • Ayanna Legros makes a compelling argument for the recognition of Haiti and Haitians as not being somehow foreign to their region, but rather for including them in Latin America.

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Port Hope, Montréal, Shediac, Halifax, Vancouver

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  • Finally, the remediation of the low-level radioactive waste scattered around Port Hope is starting. Global News reports.
  • Will Montréal bring back the Expos? Global News gauges opinion.
  • I congratulate Shediac for winning the world record for the longest lobster roll. Global News reports.
  • The new Glitter Bean Café in Halifax sounds like a fun queer-oriented coffee shop. Global News reports.
  • Terry Glavin argues that the city government of Vancouver is being terribly negligent in allowing the city to be undermined by unregulated income flows. MacLean’s has it.

[BLOG] Some Friday links

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  • Architectuul has an extended long interview with architect Dragoljub Bakić, talking about the innovative architecture of Tito’s Yugoslavia and his experiences abroad.
  • Centauri Dreams remarks on how the new maps of Pluto can evoke the worlds of Ray Bradbury.
  • The Crux answers an interesting question: What, exactly, is a blazar?
  • D-Brief links to a study suggesting that conditions on Ross 128 b, the second-nearest potentially habitable planet, are potentially (very broadly) Earth-like.
  • Dangerous Minds shows how John Mellencamp was, in the 1970s, once a glam rocker.
  • The Finger Post shares photos from a recent visit to Naypyidaw, the very new capital of Myanmar.
  • Gizmodo explains how the detection of an energetic neutrino led to the detection of a distant blazar, marking yet another step forward for multi-messenger astronomy.
  • JSTOR Daily reports on the now-overlooked writer of supernatural fiction Vernon Lee.
  • Language Log makes an argument that acquiring fluency in Chinese language, including Chinese writing, is difficult, so difficult perhaps as to displace other cultures. Thoughts?
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money suggests that the decline of the neo-liberal world order is needed. My main concern is that neo-liberalism may well be the least bad of the potential world orders out there.
  • Lingua Franca takes a look at how Hindi and Urdu, technically separate languages, actually form two poles of a Hindustani language continuum.
  • The Map Room Blog links to a unique map of the London Underground that shows the elevation of each station.
  • Rocky Planet notes that the continuing eruption of Kilauea is going to permanently shape the lives of the people of the Big Island of Hawai’i.
  • Window on Eurasia notes that the Buddhists of Kalmykia want the Russian government to permit a visit by the Dalai Lama to their republic.
  • Writing at Worthwhile Canadian Initiative, Livio Di Matteo notes that the Trump demand NATO governments spend 4% of their GDP on defense would involve unprecedented levels of spending in Canada.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: 29 Dufferin, Metrolinx, drugs, Jarvis/Carlton mural, #Vegandale

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  • blogTO reports TTC plans to further improve service on the 29 Dufferin route.
  • This lawsuit lodged by the companies building the Eglinton Crosstown against Metrolinx for breach of contract is unwelcome news. The Toronto Star reports.
  • The apparent trend to prescribe injured workers not medical marijuana for their pain but the potentially much more dangerous opioids sounds like a mistake to me. CBC reports.
  • The giant Okuda San Miguel mural on the wall of a student resident at Jarvis and Carlton is now complete. CBC reports.
  • Samantha Edwards at NOW Toronto has written a fascinating long feature on the rise of veganism in Toronto, not only as a popular and visible food style but as a force responsible for gentrification (the block of Queen between Dufferin and Brock is home to a new vegan district).

[BLOG] Some Thursday links

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  • D-Brief notes a new study examining the evolution of giant planets.
  • Cody Delistraty has a nice essay about the power of coincidence in the human mind.
  • Dead Things reports on the possible discovery of hominin remains in China dating from 2.2 million years ago.
  • Language Hat notes the discovery of an ancient tablet in Greece dating from the 3rd century CE containing the earliest extract of The Odyssey so far found.
  • Language Log notes the importance of the language skills of a multilingual teen in leading to the rescue of the boys trapped in a Thai cave.
  • Tyler Cowen at Marginal Revolution imagines what friendship would be like in a world of telepathy.
  • The Planetary Society Blog’s Jason Davis shares images taken by the Hayabusa2 probe of the asteroid Ryugu.
  • At Spacing, John Lorinc notes how the Ford government’s opposition to the clean energy policies of Wynne may well lead to the return of noticeable air pollution.
  • Window on Eurasia reports on Russian government actions intended to suppress what seems to be the spectre of separatism in Kaliningrad.

[NEWS] Five US-Canada trade war links: Paikin, Heinz vs French’s, maps, blame

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  • Steve Paikin explains why, in an era of Trump and trade wars, he is not taking his family to visit the United States this year, over at his blog.
  • Heinz’s ketchup, imported from American manufacturing plants, is at risk of losing serious ground to Ontario-manufactured French’s. CBC reports.
  • Brian Crowley and Sean Speer at MacLean’s suggest that Canada is not blameless in the trade war, though I disagree strongly with their lumping in of efforts to build strong ties with China into this.
  • Global News provides animated maps showing how vulnerable Canada is to trade wars with the United States, more so than the US, here.
  • John Lorinc at The Walrus makes the defensible argument that Canada’s vulnerability to the United States’ is product of an overconcentration on the American market.

Written by Randy McDonald

July 11, 2018 at 11:15 pm

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Pickering, Durham, Delta, Cairo, Yarmouk

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  • Angela Bischoff at NOW Toronto is right to make the point/u> that the disposal of the nuclear waste from the Pickering plant is a major issue, though I do not think this waste disproves the case for the plant.
  • Durham Region is set to experience something of a marijuana boom when cannabis production becomes legalized. The Toronto Star reports.
  • The mayor of the British Columbian community of Delta is concerned marijuana might displace food production on scarce, and wants regulation to prevent this. Global News reports.
  • Mother Jones notes the terrible damage that Ben Carson has inflicted, as housing secretary, on low-income residents of a development in embattled Cairo, Illinois.
  • Open Democracy’s Budour Hassan pays tribute to Yarmouk, a Palestinian refugee camp in Syria recently destroyed by the civil war that once was a capital of the diaspora.