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[URBAN NOTE] Four links on Toronto transit, from buses and streetcars to Union Station and Niagara

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  • Steve Munro reports on the many problems associated with implementing new express buses, in Toronto and elsewhere.
  • Global News was one of many sources reporting on the high rate of failure of the new Bombardier streetcars.
  • Ben Spurr notes the astounding failure of the City of Toronto to do basic things at Union Station, like collect rent.
  • Transit Toronto notes that GO Transit’s seasonal routes to Niagara have started today and will go until 4 September.

[LINK] Four links on First Nations and their issues in Canada

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[BLOG] Some Friday links

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  • The Big Picture shares shocking photos of the Portuguese forest fires.
  • blogTO notes that, happily, Seaton Village’s Fiesta Farms is apparently not at risk of being turned into a condo development site.
  • Centauri Dreams notes a new starship discussion group in Delft. Shades of the British Interplanetary Society and the Daedalus?
  • D-Brief considers a new theory explaining why different birds’ eggs have different shapes.
  • The Frailest Thing’s Michael Sacasas commits himself to a new regimen of blogging about technology and its imports. (There is a Patreon.)
  • Language Hat notes the current Turkish government’s interest in purging Turkish of Western loanwords.
  • Language Log’s Victor Mair sums up the evidence for the diffusion of Indo-European languages, and their speakers, into India.
  • The LRB Blog notes the Theresa May government’s inability post-Grenfell to communicate with any sense of emotion.
  • Marginal Revolution’s Tyler Cowen wonders if the alt-right more prominent in the Anglophone world because it is more prone to the appeal of the new.
  • Personal Reflections’ Jim Belshaw wonders if Brexit will result in a stronger European Union and a weaker United Kingdom.
  • Seriously Science reports a study suggesting that shiny new headphones are not better than less flashy brands.
  • Torontoist reports on the anti-Muslim hate groups set to march in Toronto Pride.
  • Understanding Society considers the subject of critical realism in sociological analyses.
  • Window on Eurasia notes how Russia’s call to promote Cyrillic across the former Soviet Union has gone badly in Armenia, with its own script.

[PHOTO] Five photos from the rooftop patio of the Yonge Eglinton Centre

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Yesterday morning before work, I ventured over to the rooftop patio of the Yonge Eglinton Centre. The views that it offers of midtown Toronto from three stories up are lovely, but I like the park itself, a green space surrounded by the towers of the YEC.

Greenery on the roof (1)

Greenery on the roof (2)

Looking north

Looking up

Greenery on the roof (3)

Written by Randy McDonald

June 23, 2017 at 8:30 am

[URBAN NOTE] Three notes about Muslims, their haters and my neighbourhood and cats, in Toronto

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  • Daily Xtra‘s Arshy Mann and Evan Balgord report on how the Jewish Defense League plans on marching in Toronto Pride. Grand.
  • Spacing’s Shazlin Rahman reports on the Jane’s Walk she organized around sites of significance to Muslims around Bloor and Dufferin.
  • The Toronto Star‘s Nicholas Keung and Raju Mudhar reported earlier this month on the happy reunification of a Syrian couple with their cat.

[PHOTO] Looking north as the southbound train comes in, Rosedale station

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Looking north as the southbound train comes in

Written by Randy McDonald

June 22, 2017 at 9:00 am

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[NEWS] Seven Toronto links, from queer and Irish history to new infrastructure to a serial killer

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  • Lisa Coxon of Toronto Life shares eleven photos tracking Toronto’s queer history back more than a century.
  • Michelle McQuigge reports for the Toronto Star that the Luminous Veil does save lives. I would add that it is also beautiful.
  • In The Globe and Mail, Marcus Gee thinks it makes perfect sense for there to be a dedicated streetcar corridor on King Street.
  • Ben Spurr describes a new plan for a new GO Transit bus station across from Union Station.
  • Emily Mathieu reported in the Toronto Star on how some Kensington Market tenants seem to have been pushed out for an Airbnb hostel.
  • In The Globe and Mail, Irish-born John Doyle explores the new Robert Grassett Park, built in honour of the doctor who died trying to save Irish refugees in 1847.
  • Justin Ling in VICE tells the story of three gay men who went missing without a trace in Toronto just a few years ago. What happened?