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[URBAN NOTE] Seven Toronto links

  • blogTO shares photos from Yorkdale Mall during its power outage Saturday.
  • blogTO reports that Toronto hosts, by one measurement, one of the biggest housing bubbles in the world.
  • The story of how a neighbourhood project painted over the Ossington Laneway, vandalizing the graffiti there, is a sad one. blogTO has it.
  • Judging by his filmed confession, the only chance Alek Minassian has to avoid a very lengthy prison sentence is a perhaps-unlikely insanity plea. CBC reports.
  • NOW Toronto reports on the climate strike protests held Friday in Toronto.
  • The Toronto Star reports on the mass protests held on Sunday to keep homophobic Christians from marching into Church and Wellesley.
  • Steve Munro reports on the statistical sleight of hand apparently used to make the TTC Bombardier streetcars of the TTC look better.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Power Super Market, Bombardier, McArthur, congestion, Regent Park

  • Jamie Bradburn takes a look at the advertisements, and history, of post-Second World War Power Super Market.
  • Bombardier has missed a deadline for delivering vehicles for the Eglinton Crosstown, the Toronto Star notes.
  • Toronto police officer Paul Gauthier has been charged with misconduct in connection with the Bruce McArthur case, over his treatment of the 2016 complaints of a man claiming he had been strangled by McArthur. CBC reports.
  • Tricia Wood at Spacing Toronto argues against making the fight against congestion a key police aim.
  • Jennifer Pagliaro and Emily Mathieu at the Toronto Star look at what’s next for Regent Park.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Kristyn Wong-Tam, #topoli, police racism, Toronto Sun, Bombardier

  • At NOW Toronto, city councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam writes about her frightening experiences being targeted in campaigns by the alt-right.
  • Sean Marshall mapped the municipal election results in Parkdale-High Park and Davenport.
  • Alok Mukherjee at NOW Toronto notes how the Toronto police manage to evade engaging with its history of anti-black racism and violence.
  • The National Observer notes the criticism of the Ontario Press Council of the Toronto Sun for its false report of refugees in a Scarborough hotel slaughtering goats.
  • Perhaps unsurprisingly, Metrolinx is still awaiting delivery of the first Eglinton Crosstown vehicle from Bombardier. The Toronto Star reports.

[NEWS] Some Canadian links: digital workers, VIA Rail, health robots, Syrians, Border Services TV

  • The digital workers of Canada face many challenges in adapting to the new work environment, CBC reports.
  • VIA Rail has placed an order of nearly $C1 billion in trains for its Windsor-Québec City route with Siemens, Bombardier having been beaten. CTV reports.
  • Teleoperated robots are helping doctors save lives in the Canadian north, The Conversation notes.
  • The first wave of Syrian refugees resettled in Canada are now eligible for, and getting, Canadian citizenship. CBC reports.
  • Canada’s Border Services agency wants to launch another reality television show, despite the legal scandal which ended their last show. CBC reports.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Infinity Mirrors, TTC, tourism, Pete Forde, Shermans

  • blogTO notes that the Art Gallery of Canada has begun crowdfunding to purchase one of the famed Infinity Mirror rooms of Yayoi Kusama.
  • Ben Spurr notes at the Toronto Star that the TTC has begun shipping its new streetcars from Bombardier back to Québec for repairs.
  • Toronto has lost out significantly, CBC reports, due to the cancellation of a visitor’s rebate intended to drive international tourism more than a decade ago.
  • Katherine Laidlaw at Toronto Life has an extended feature on Pete Forde, a man who casually violated the privacy of his tenants–even friends–with modern surveillance tech. Why did he do it?
  • Matthew Campbell at Bloomberg writes about the strange circumstances surrounding the murder late last year of billionaires Barry and Honey Sherman, a crime that so far is unsolved.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: 650 Parliament, real estate and housing, 514 Cherry, Bombardier

  • Gilbert Ngabo reports on the understandable frustration of the many hundreds of tenants of the St. James Town tower of 650 Parliament Street, left to collect their belongings in lines in the stifling heat after a 6-alarm fire and facing months of potential homelessness, over at the Toronto Star.
  • blogTO notes that a majority of Torontonians are willing to imagine moving to the suburbs on account of spiraling real estate prices.
  • Are the affordable housing programs being put forward by John Tory and Jennifer Keesmaat plausible? The Toronto Star considers.
  • Steve Munro notes that the 514 Cherry streetcar route is now no more, merged into others.
  • The four Bombardier streetcars damaged by recent flooding in Toronto will be out of service for months as they are cleaned and repaired. CBC reports.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: TTC, Bombardier, Lightspell, Harbord war memorials, Water Nymphs

  • blogTO reports on the desire of the TTC to take over transit issues generally in the City of Toronto, down to the level of Toronto Islands ferries.
  • The apology from Bombardier’s president for the streetcar faults is, to my mind, not nearly enough. What will come of the TTC? What will come of Bombardier, too? The Toronto Star reports.
  • If the TTC finally gets the Lightspell public art installation going at the Pioneer Village station, I will be pleased. blogTO reports.
  • Richard Longley at NOW Toronto reports on the world war memorials at Harbord Collegiate Institute, speaking of alumni lost in these two conflicts.
  • Jamie Bradburn wrote about the Water Nymphs Club, a swim team sponsored by the Toronto Evening Telegram back in the 1920s.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Bombardier, Quayside, intersections, Scarborough, raccoons

  • In the wake of the systematic welding faults in Bombardier’s streetcars delivered to the TTC, what can be said but that Bombardier is a terrible vendor? Ben Spurr reports for the Toronto Star.
  • This extended article by Nancy Scola at Politico of the immense Google operation at Quayside, its problems and its goals, is worth reading.
  • Many Toronto intersections, I can personally testify, are frightening. (The junction of Annette and Dupont with Dundas West comes to my mind.) The Toronto Star reports.
  • This Scarborough name sign does seem like it’d be fun to visit. NMOW Toronto reports.
  • Poor Toronto raccoons: Our food, scavenged by them, is making them ill. The National Post reports.

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Montréal, Utrecht, Vilnius, Saint-Louis, Sydney

  • For perhaps understandable political reason, Québec premier Philippine Couilllard wants Bombardier to get the Montreal metro renewal contract. Global News reports.
  • Utrecht, Noisey notes, has a thriving black metal scene worthy of extended exploration.
  • The bohemian enclave of Užupis, in the middle of the Lithunian capital of Vilnius, is starting to face pressure from gentrification. Politico Europe reports.
  • Ciku Kimeria at Okay Africa makes the case for the old colonial capital of Saint-Louis, in Senegal, to become a major destination for international tourists.
  • The Guardian profiles a serious proposal to split Sydney into three different cities, each with its own development needs, to better manage the wider conurbation.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: June Rowlands, Sidewalk Labs, L Tower, race in schools, TTC

  • The Toronto Star pays respect to the late June Rowlands, Toronto’s first female mayor.
  • Google’s Sidewalk Labs project, intended to remake Quayside, is already resulting in jobs–in New York City? MacLean’s reports.
  • The flooding at the L Tower downtown sounds terrible. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Race, unsurprisingly, remains a significant divide in Toronto schools. NOW Toronto reports.
  • The TTC is increasing bus service on the Dundas and Carlton routes to compensate for Bombardier’s failure to deliver. CBC reports.