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[NEWS] Seven notes about changing climes: winter, men, zoos, childcare minimum wage, Sears, NAFTA

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  • Global News reports on how Canadian zoos protect their animals from the unexpected cold of our country’s winters.
  • Emma Teitel wonders over at the Toronto Star why men underdress in winter. Is it some effort to prove a suitability for mating? (Me, I just tend to be warm, honestly.)
  • Laurie Monsebraaten notes over at the Star that affordable childcare has become still more impossible in Toronto with the minimum wage increase. (The previous sentence reflects two structural issues with the Ontario economy.)
  • CBC notes lessons Ontario can take, on minimum-wage increases, from Alberta and Seattle.
  • Ian Hussey of the National Observer takes issue with five major claims against minimum wage increases.
  • This account, of shoppers saying goodbye to a closing Toronto Sears store, is sad. The Toronto Star has it.
  • Chantal H├ębert notes at the Star tha Andrew Scheer and the Conservative Party are best served by a, well, conservative policy, of waiting to see what happens with NAFTA.
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Written by Randy McDonald

January 22, 2018 at 3:00 pm

[PHOTO] Graffiti for a queer future (#haikuforyouto)

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I saw this graffiti in a Church Street establishment’s washroom stall and liked it enough to want to preserve it. Having options, choice, is grand.

For a queer future #toronto #gay #lgbtq #future #graffiti #churchstreet #haikuforyouto

Written by Randy McDonald

January 22, 2018 at 8:30 am

[NEWS] Five pop culture links: Pioneer Village, Japan, Chippewas of the Thames, I Tonya, porn

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  • blogTO notes the reluctance of the TTC to turn on the interactive LightSpell art at Pioneer Village station, even though it is now revealed to have cost $C 2 million (not $C 500 thousand).
  • Connor Cislo notes at Bloomberg the growing importance of intellectual property as a source of income for the Japanese economy, especially in a time of an emergent trade deficit and an aging workforce.
  • Liny Lamberink at Global News notes how the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation is using an innovative eco-home to attract tourists to their reserve.
  • VICE interviews Craig Gillespie, director of the intriguing new film I, Tonya about 1900s figure skater Tonya Harding, talking about the film and the thought that went into it. I must see this one, I think.
  • VICE reports PornHub data from Hawaii during last week’s ballistic missile scare. It turns out porn watching collapsed by 77% during the crisis but then spiked by half after 9 o’clock.

[NEWS] Four migration links: American tourism, Canadian farm workers, Indian sculptors, deportees

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  • Justin Bachman at Bloomberg notes how a tourism industry group in the United States is urging policy changes that might reverse a recent fall in incoming tourist numbers to that country.
  • Over at MacLean’s, Donald MacLean Wells and Janet McLaughlin look at the exploitation of migrant farm labourers in Canada.
  • CBC reports on allegations that skilled Tamil sculptors from India were exploited and cheated out of a wage by their Toronto employers, Sridurka Hindu Temple.
  • Inter Press Service reports on the plight of some deportees from the United States to Cambodia, people who came over as children but never acquired American citizenship and so were eligible for deportation if convicted of crimes.

[PHOTO] Blue framed by Roehampton, Yonge and Eglinton

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The afternoon sky looking up Yonge Street at Eglinton Saturday afternoon was a glorious clear blue, perfectly framed by the towers rising on either side.

Blue framed by Roehampton

Written by Randy McDonald

January 21, 2018 at 7:00 am

[URBAN NOTE] Five notes about cities: HQ2, subnational ties, mid-sized cities, rent, Trumpism

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  • MacLean’s notes that the bidding of so many cities for Amazon’s HQ2 had less to do with the actual bid and more with the optics of being able to make a bid.
  • Global News notes Trudeau’s touring of different American cities, like Los Angeles and Chicago, to emphasize Canadian ties with these cities. Canada, it seems, is working its subnational ties as well as the state-to-state ones.
  • Jennifer Keesmaat notes at MacLean’s that, with growing unaffordability in major Canadian centers like Toronto and Vancouver, mid-sized cities like Halifax and Winnipeg can take advantage if they implement the right policies.
  • Noah Smith notes a study by economists suggesting that rent control has only limited positive effects and worse negative ones, over at Bloomberg View.
  • Michael Adams and Doug Norris argue at The Globe and Mail that Canada, because of the concentration of such a greater share of our population in relatively few cities than the United States, is resistant to Trump-style populism.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: home dioramas, public space, Perth-Dupont library, Pacific Mall, GO

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  • I am amused by these dioramas of tiny homes put together by Toronto artist Anita Bonfini. blogTO shares them.
  • This Torontoist article by Erin Davis examining the threads uniting the Bentway underneath the Gardiner with the Stackt warehouse at Front and Bathurst and King Street is exciting.
  • blogTO reports on the much-needed upgrade and expansion of the Perth-Dupont library to the west of my home, from narrow storefront to something larger and condo-based.
  • Victoria Gibson reports on the denials of York Region police that they overlook the sale of counterfeit goods at the Pacific Mall, over at the Toronto Star.
  • Ben Spurr notes the desire of Transportation Minister Kathryn McGarry to boost GO Transit use in her Cambridge riding, even though there are low rates of use there, over at the Toronto Star.