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[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: U Pass, #ossingtonbae, Hotel X, marijuana, TTC fraud

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  • A poster put up by a man who wanted to reconnect with another guy he saw at Ossington station has gone viral. This has the potential to be quite a cute story, I’d say. blogTO reports.
  • The TTC has approved the creation of a new monthly pass program for post-secondary students, subject to approval at different universities and colleges in the city. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Hotel X, at Exhibition Place, is now open for business. Good news that it’s finally open, but bad news that such an ugly tower still mars the area’s skyline. blogTO reports.
  • NOW Toronto’s Samantha Edwards notes the strong possibility that marijuana smoking will be prohibited in condos come legalization. This makes sense: why wouldn’t marijuana smoking be treated like tobacco smoking?
  • Toronto Life reports on a massive fraud case involving TTC workers submitting fraudulent claims for orthotics. As described, I can almost believe that some of the hundreds of workers who fired did not quite know that what they were doing was fraud.

[BLOG] Some Thursday links

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  • Centauri Dreams shares a proposal for unmanned probe missions to future incoming extrasolar asteroids like ‘Oumuamua.
  • The Crux considers, in the context of recent (perhaps surprising) context, how scientists will one day record dreams.
  • Hornet Stories shares the report on a poll of younger gay people about the idea of monogamous relations versus open ones, suggesting there are signs a strong preference for monogamy isn’t well thought out.
  • Imageo notes that global warming, by leading to the breakup of icecaps, will worsen the sea ice hazard to maritime shipping.
  • JSTOR Daily notes how social workers are called to support serious social reform.
  • Language Hat notes a monument to the Cyrillic alphabet erected in Antarctica by Bulgarians.
  • In the era of Trump, Lingua Franca takes a look at the origin of the phrase “useful idiots”.
  • Marginal Revolution notes a recent article observing the decline of German cuisine in the United States. Who, or what, will save it?
  • At the Planetary Society Blog, Emily Lakdawalla talks about the latest exciting discoveries from Titan, including the odd distribution of nitrogen in its atmosphere and surface.
  • Towleroad notes how the discomfort of Ben Carson with transgender people leads him to consider the needs of homeless transgender people as secondary to this discomfort.
  • Window on Eurasia suggests that Cossacks in Russia are close to gaining recognition as a separate people.
  • Yorkshire Ranter Alex Harrowell suggests–jokes?–that intellectual history from 1900 can be explained substantially in terms of the uncritical adoption of a nomad science, starting from race science and continuing to today with Harry Potter.
  • Arnold Zwicky shares a post reporting on a PhD student’s thesis, studying features of Chicano English.

[URBAN NOTE] Five cities links: Mississauga, Hamilton, Detroit, Edmonton, Vancouver

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  • I only hope that Mississauga will do better with food trucks–will do better by food trucks–than Toronto. The Globe and Mail reports.
  • Hamilton is now a risk area for Lyme disease, with black-legged ticks now present. Global News reports.
  • If Ford really will buy the beautiful abandoned Michigan Central Station and rehabilitate this place into a functioning building, this will be a huge signal for Detroit. Detroit News a href=”https://www.detroitnews.com/story/business/autos/ford/2018/03/19/ford-talks-tenant-michigan-central-station/33088971/”>reports.
  • Is the new Edmonton Valley Line LRT route going to be able to handle near-future growth in traffic? Global News reports.
  • Real estate prices are so high that well-paid tradespeople apparently have no plausible choice other than living in trailers beneath Skytrain tracks. MacLean’s reports.

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

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  • Anthropology.net’s Kambiz Kamrani looks at the classical Mayan trade in pets, dogs and cats particularly.
  • Dangerous Minds shares some vintage cheesecake ads for video and arcade games from 1980s Japan.
  • Dead Things considers an examination of the thesis that the fabulous horns of some dinosaurs were used as sexual signals.
  • Hornet Stories nominates some queer people to get stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • JSTOR Daily tells the story of Bobbi Gibb, the woman who in 1966 crashed the Boston Marathon.
  • Language Hattells of Toty Samed, an Angolan musician who writes songs not in the now-dominant Portuguese but in his ancestral Kimbundu.
  • Steven Attewell at Lawyers, Guns and Money considers the ways in which the metaphor of mutants has been used by Marvel Comics to explore themes of racism and marginalization.
  • At the LRB Blog, Matthew Porges notes how European Union opposition to the annexation of Western Sahara by Morocco is counterbalanced by the need to keep Morocco as a partner.
  • r/mapporn shared a beautiful map of the Great Lakes, Nayanno-Nibiimaang Gichigamiin or “The Five Freshwater Seas”, from the Ojibwe perspective.
  • The Map Room Blog shares Christian Tate’s transit-style map of Middle Earth.
  • Marginal Revolution links to an essay arguing against the United States’ dropping the penny and the nickel, on the grounds that these expensive coins are loss-leaders for currency generally.
  • The NYR Daily takes a look at early 20th century Russian philosopher Ivan Ilyan, a man whose influence is visible in the Putin era.
  • Drew Rowsome takes a look at the eye-catching male photography of Ekaterina Zakharova.
  • David Post’s analysis at the Volokh Conspiracy of the contract between Stormy Daniels and Donald Trump is a must-read.
  • Window on Eurasia notes how the Russian government has failed to cultivate soft power, or wider influence, in the West.

[NEWS] Seven LGBTQ links: Love Simon, Toronto, recipes, Italy, former Soviet Union, Obama

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  • NOW Toronto gives a glowing review to Love, Simon, one that praises the film for its quality and for its importance.
  • CBC reports on how Toronto police seem to have badly mishandled Abdulbasir Faizi.
  • The inquiry into the alleged McArthur murders most definitely should be independent of police chief Saunders. NOW Toronto reportsA.
  • This story of how a recipe for pickled cucumbers survived the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s is powerful. Taste Cooking has it.
  • The way in which LGBTQ rights became a hot political issue in the recent Italian elections is not good. Open Democracy reports.
  • The politicization of homophobia across the former Soviet Union is horrible. Open Democracy reports.
  • Why do so many people on the American right insist that Obama is gay? VICE reports.

[NEWS] Five Canada politics links: expat voting, Doug Ford, Québec and Ontario, populism, austerity

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  • CBC makes a case for expat voting for Canadian citizens living abroad.
  • Trish Audette-Longo at National Observer notes the refusal of Doug Ford to explain his claim that Ontario is giving California $C 469 million under cap and trade.
  • Jim Stanford argues at The Globe and Mail that Doug Ford’s budget proposals would lead to an economy-crippling austerity.
  • Kelly McParland thinks that, although Québec has much healthier public finances than Ontario, in both provinces the governing Liberals are set for a defeat.
  • Martin Regg Cohn, writing at the Toronto Star, thinks this election could turn into a contest between the populism of Doug Ford and the progressivism of the Liberals and NDP, and that things aren’t looking good for the latter.

Written by Randy McDonald

March 20, 2018 at 7:15 pm

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: TTC, parliament, Queens Quay, Jordan Peterson

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  • Christopher Hume’s sarcastic “praise” of the TTC as the better way since it gives people plenty of time to sit and do nothing, over at the Toronto Star, is notable.
  • Steve Munro takes a look at service on the 501L bus route on Queen west to Long Branch.
  • John Lorinc writes at the Toronto Star about the discovery of Ontario’s first parliament beneath a car lot at Front and Parliament, and what people are doing to publicize knowledge of this site.
  • The TTC will be putting up a gate at the Queens Quay subway tunnel after yet another driver drove their vehicle into the streetcar route.
  • Vinay Menon’s extended take in the Toronto Star on Jordan Peterson is weirdly compelling. What will Peterson do next?