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[URBAN NOTE] Four Toronto notes: elections, Parkdale, poverty, and three Torontos

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  • John Lorinc at Spacing takes a look at how demographic change, including economic polarization, may influence the 2018 municipal elections in Toronto.
  • Laurie Monsebraaten reports on the growing income polarization of different neighbourhoods and communities in Toronto, over at the Toronto Star.
  • Liam Barrington-Bush discusses, at NOW Toronto, the possibility of a massive new development at King and Dufferin being the tipping point for the gentrification of wider Parkdale.
  • Joe Mihevc shares with NOW Toronto some of his strategies for fighting poverty in Toronto.
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Written by Randy McDonald

November 19, 2017 at 6:15 pm

[BLOG] Some Sunday links

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  • blogTO shares a raft of photos from Toronto in the 1910s.
  • Daily JSTOR notes the profound democratic symbolism of the doughnut. Seriously.
  • D-Brief notes a contentious argument that organic agriculture could, if well-managed, be productive enough to feed the population of the world.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a study of the complex environment of dust and debris around young protostar L1527.
  • Far Outliers notes the central role of Hitler in avoiding the crushing of the BEF at Dunkirk. Apparently the British Empire and the Catholic Church were the two world forces he did not wish to crush.
  • Hornet Stories makes the perfectly obvious point that websites which collect photos of attractive guys taken without their consent are actually sketchy, legally and ethically. Why it has to be made, I don’t know.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money takes time from providing political coverage to share a recipe for a delicious-sounding slow-cooker corn/salmon/bacon chowder.
  • The Map Room Blog notes the updated looks of Google Maps.
  • The NYR Daily examines the ad hoc and DIY nature of disaster relief on Puerto Rico post-Maria.
  • Seriously Science notes a paper suggesting that bearded men tend to be more sexist than non-bearded men.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel cautions against a tendency to pick up on astronomical mysteries as proof of dark matter’s existence.
  • Window on Eurasia suggests that wealthy Russians are quietly shifting their wealth and investing in property in Europe.
  • Arnold Zwicky notes a new effort to employ the principles of Basic English, conveying as much meaning as possible with as few worlds as imaginable.

[PHOTO] Eleven photos of Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church, Toronto

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I have been saving these photos of Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church on 520 Sherbourne Street, ten of the interior and one of the exterior, for a Sunday such a this. This ornate 19th century church has wonderful bones, sheltering the tangibly holy spaces inside.

Up the aisle #toronto #sherbournestreet #ourladyoflourdes #churches #romancatholicism #latergram

Fans in motion #toronto #sherbournestreet #ourladyoflourdes #churches #romancatholicism #ceiling #fans #latergram

Saint Anthony and child #toronto #sherbournestreet #ourladyoflourdes #churches #romancatholicism #saintanthony #statue #latergram

Saints Ignatius and Joseph Saint Anthony and child #toronto #sherbournestreet #ourladyoflourdes #churches #romancatholicism #saintignatius #saintjoseph #statue #latergram

White candles #toronto #sherbournestreet #ourladyoflourdes #churches #romancatholicism #candles #latergram

Jesus #toronto #sherbournestreet #ourladyoflourdes #churches #romancatholicism #jesus #statue #latergram

On the Holy Cross for our sins #toronto #sherbournestreet #ourladyoflourdes #churches #romancatholicism #jesus #cross #statue #latergram

Dome #toronto #sherbournestreet #ourladyoflourdes #churches #romancatholicism #dome #latergram

Hidden #toronto #sherbournestreet #ourladyoflourdes #churches #romancatholicism #latergram

Praying with Mother Mary #toronto #sherbournestreet #ourladyoflourdes #churches #romancatholicism #virginmary #statue #latergram

Outside #toronto #sherbournestreet #ourladyoflourdes #churches #romancatholicism #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

November 19, 2017 at 1:00 pm

[BLOG] Some Saturday links

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  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait notes the discovery of Ross 128 b, a nearby exoplanet that looks like it actually might be plausibly very Earth-like.
  • blogTO notes that, after a decade, the east entrance of the Royal Ontario Museum is finally going to be an entrance again.
  • The Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly talks about the importance of self-care, of making time to experience pleasure.
  • Crooked Timber shares some of the 1871 etchings of Gustave Doré, fresh from the Paris Commune.
  • Daily JSTOR notes how one man’s collection of old tin cans tells a remarkable story about the settlement of the United States.
  • Dangerous Minds shares a vintage 1980 television report on the Los Angeles punk scene.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze notes a recent study of chemical abundances around Kronos and Krios, two very similar stars near each other, these abundances suggesting they are just forming planetary systems.
  • Gizmodo shares a revealing new table of exoplanets, one that brings out all sorts of interesting patterns and types.
  • Hornet Stories notes Courtney Love’s efforts to fundraise for LGBTQ homeless youth.
  • Joe. My. God. notes that Margaret Court, an Australian tennis star now more famous for her homophobia, called for Australia to ignore the postal vote for marriage equality.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money makes the point that Trump’s Russian links are important to explore, not least because they reveal the spreading influence of kleptocracy.
  • Lingua Franca shares a perhaps over-stereotypical take on languages being caught between drives for purity and for diversity.
  • The LRB Blog notes the murder of Honduran environmental activist Berta Cácares.
  • The Map Room Blog links to an interesting collection of links to future and alternate-history mass transit maps of Melbourne.
  • The NYR Daily links to an interesting exhibit about disposable fashion like the simple T-shirt.
  • Roads and Kingdoms notes a remarkable performance of a Beatles song in the hill country of West Bengal.

[CAT] Shakespeare, caught on blue

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Shakespeare, caught on blue #toronto #dovercourtvillage #shakespeare #caturday #catsofinstagram #cats #catstagram

Written by Randy McDonald

November 18, 2017 at 8:05 am

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[URBAN NOTE] Three Toronto links: housing prices, Relief Line, Burtynsky at the AGO

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  • blogTO reports the obvious, that housing prices in Toronto are expected to continue to boom over the next decade despite this brief lull.
  • There has finally been an official Request for Proposal for a new TTC relief line arcing across the southeast of the downtown. blogTO has it.
  • I am incredibly excited by news of an upcoming exhibition of Edward Burtynsky’ work, Anthropocene, at the AGO in September 2018. NOW Toronto reports.

[PHOTO] Five photos of Honest Ed’s at a time of demolition

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Honest Ed's in a time of demolition (1) #toronto #honesteds #theannex #bloorstreetwest #bathurststreet #demolition

Honest Ed's in a time of demolition (1) #toronto #honesteds #theannex #bloorstreetwest #bathurststreet #demolition

Honest Ed's in a time of demolition (1) #toronto #honesteds #theannex #bloorstreetwest #bathurststreet #demolition

Honest Ed's in a time of demolition (4) #toronto #honesteds #theannex #bloorstreetwest #bathurststreet #thealley #demolition

Honest Ed's in a time of demolition (5) #toronto #honesteds #theannex #bloorstreetwest #bathurststreet #demolition

Written by Randy McDonald

November 16, 2017 at 1:30 pm