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[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.
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[NEWS] Five Canada politics links: Ontario, Canada, Doug Ford, Alberta

  • Despite being relatively unpopular himself, the Ontario PCs under Doug Ford could conceivably form a majority government. Global News reports.
  • Could Doug Ford become a populist hero for Canadians within and without Ontario? One wonders. MacLean’s considers.
  • Chris Selley notes that taking on Doug Ford represents a big risk for the Ontario PCs, over at the National Post.
  • Doug Ford as premier of Ontario, Chantal Hébert notes at the Toronto Star, would destabilize politics Canada-wide.
  • The NDP government of Rachel Notley is running increasingly long odds of being re-elected, it seems. MacLean’s reports.

Written by Randy McDonald

March 14, 2018 at 9:15 pm

[URBAN NOTE] Five Canada city links: Saint John, Montréal, Hamilton, Calgary

  • The rest of Saint John, New Brunswick, to have the provincial government authorize a study on municipal amalgamation has been turned down. Global News reports.
  • Some old cars from the Montréal Métro are going on display as part of two exhibits. Global News reports.
  • Montréal ranks second in a ranking of the top cities for millennials, all things considered. (Toronto is in the top 10.) Global News reports.
  • A crackdown on payday loan establishments in Hamilton has been followed by a request that banks and other traditional lenders please consider their payday clients. Global News reports.
  • Quite honestly, the argument made here that Calgary is destined to host the 2026 Olympics is actually convincing. Global News reports.

[NEWS] Five sci-tech links: cryptocurrency in Hamilton and Québec, Alberta, fish, libraires

  • Hamilton, Ontario, is apparently becoming a major centre for cryptocurrency mining. CBC reports.
  • Hydro-Québec is considering higher electricity rates for bitcoin miners. Global News reports.
  • The rate at which Alberta’s natural environments are disappearing in the face of development is alarming. Global News reports.
  • Fish habitats in Canada, happily, will receive extra protection under a new federal law. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Public libraries are successfully reinventing themselves as places where users can access technology generally. MacLean’s reports.

Written by Randy McDonald

February 16, 2018 at 7:00 pm

[NEWS] Seven links on borders: Alberta, BC, Saskatchewan, Ontario, New York, Europe, NAFTA, Colombia

  • Relations between Alberta and British Columbia, regarding the latter province’s disinterest in hosting a pipeline for Albertan oil, are not good at all. The National Post looks at things.
  • Things aren’t good between Alberta and Saskatchewan, either. The <INational Post imagines what it would be like if there was not just a trade war, but an actual war.
  • Kathleen Wynne warned that, if New York imposed “Buy American” requirements, Ontario would retaliate. The Toronto Star reported.
  • Steel from New York is the first trade item to face retaliatory measures in Ontario, The Globe and Mail noted.
  • A generation after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Europe still shows the marks left by Communism, Leonid Bershidsky notes at Bloomberg View.
  • Will getting rid of the name “NAFTA” really make North American integration less controversial? Global News looks at the idea.
  • Colombia is tightening its border controls to try to deal with the influx from Venezuela, Bloomberg notes.

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Halifax, Edmonton, Vancouver, Singapore

  • CBC notes the perplexing case of Matt Whitman, a Halifax city councilor who has the astonishingly bad luck to keep accidentally retweeting racists and white nationalists.
  • Global News reports on the redevelopment of land of an Edmonton church into affordable housing for immigrants.
  • Global News reports on some Vancouverites who believe new city housing policies are discriminating against those with second homes in the city.
  • The redevelopment of Vancouver’s Oakridge Mall into a modern new high-density district sounds amazing. The Globe and Mail has it.
  • Apparently it actually is possible to pull off a rave in Singapore. One mastermind reports on how it happened, from VICE.

[NEWS] Some sci-tech links: DNA tests, stars, Europa and Enceladus, driverless trucks, Voynich

  • Bloomberg notes the impending commercial introduction of DNA tests that can be used to recommend particular diets for customers.
  • The Gaia satellite found a vast cluster of stars hidden by our bright neighbour Sirius. Universe Today reports.
  • Icy worlds like Europa and Enceladus, famous for their subsurface water oceans, might have surfaces too fluffy for probes to land safely. Universe Today reports.
  • The introduction of driverless trucks at the Suncor tar sands developments in Alberta will save on wear and tear, but will also cost 400 jobs. The Toronto Star reports.
  • This claim that University of Alberta researchers have decrypted the Voynich manuscript and found it written in a variant of Hebrew seems, perhaps, optimistic. The National Post reports.