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

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  • 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.
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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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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.

[URBAN NOTE] Five cities links: New York City, Cape Town, Calgary, Montréal, London

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  • Justin Fox at Bloomberg View questions whether the strong economic growth of New York City, continuing from its 1970s nadir, can continue given underinvestment in infrastructure like transit.
  • CBC reports on the appalling scale of the Cape Town water crisis, made possible by a combination of rapid growth with sustained drought and terrible political responses.
  • Global News suggests that the IOC likes the surviving Olympics infrastructure in Calgary, so much so that it thinks this places the city in good position for a bid for the 2026 games. (Don’t do it, Calgary!)
  • This brief article in the Montreal Gazette talks about Chinese investors and migrants moving into the traditionally Anglo-dominated West Island. This is new to me: What is going on there, I wonder?
  • The Guardian considers a report commissioned by London and its mayor Sadiq Khan considering the possible cataclysmic impact of Brexit on the economy of that city. Will it happen, and under what conditions?

[NEWS] Five science links: Great Lakes, cold in global warming, Orion, baboons, Alberta sparrow song

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  • This CityLab post reviews a fantastic map book about the Great Lakes and their history.
  • An upcoming bout of Arctic chill in the United States (Canada, too) is connected to the ongoing process of climate change featuring global warming. Bloomberg explains.
  • National Geographic takes a look at upcoming testing for the United States’ new Orion program, a spacecraft that may take people back to the Moon.
  • 52 baboons escaped a Paris zoo, in so demonstrating their smarts. National Geographic explains.
  • Sparrows in the oilpatch, National Observer notes, are changing their song in order to compete with noise from machinery.

[URBAN NOTE] Four notes from Canadian cities: Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Kingston

  • Global News reports that The Atlantic Trap & Grill, a restaurant in Edmonton that caters to a particularly Atlantic Canadian demographic, is set to close down on account of the slowing provincial economy.
  • Old shopping malls and grocery stores, like Calgary Co-op, are seeing the value in taking the vast amounts of real estate locked up in their parking lots and freeing them for denser neighbourhood development. CBC reports.
  • Got Bannock?, a Winnipeg group that provides free meals to that city’s homeless including supplies of that bread, has celebrated its fifth anniversary. Global News reports.
  • The Kent Monkman art exhibition, Shame & Prejudice, is currently taking up residents in the Agnes Etherington Art Gallery in Kingston’s Queen University. Kingstonians are lucky–trust me, it’s a great exhibit. (I saw it at U of T.) Global News reports.