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[LINK] Three notes on refugees, from Toronto to Vietnam to Ethiopia

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  • Craig S. Smith notes the profound cynicism of Kellie Leitch in using one Syrian refugee’s abuse of his wife to criticize the entire program.
  • CBC’s Carolyn Dunn notes that the story of the Trinh family, boat people from Vietnam who came to Canada, will be made into a Heritage Minute.
  • James Jeffrey describes for the Inter Press Service how refugees from Eritrea generally receive warm welcome in rival Ethiopia.

Written by Randy McDonald

June 22, 2017 at 5:00 pm

[BLOG] Some Thursday links

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  • Apostrophen’s ‘Nathan Smith points to his blog post about the strengths of the chosen families of queer people, in life and in his fiction.
  • Beyond the Beyond’s Bruce Sterling revisits the politics behind France’s Minitel network, archaic yet pioneering.
  • The Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly blogs about meeting her online friends in real life. Frankly, it would never occur to me not to do that.
  • Centauri Dreams looks at how Kepler’s exoplanets fall neatly into separate classes, super-Earths and mini-Neptunes.
  • The LRB Blog has a terrible report from Grenfell Tower, surrounded by betrayed survivors and apocalypse.
  • The Map Room Blog notes the inclusion of Canada’s First Nations communities on Google Maps.
  • The NYRB Daily’s Robert Cottrell explores the banalities revealed by Oliver Stone’s interviews of Putin.
  • The Planetary Society Blog’s Jason Davis considers the likely gains and challenges associated with missions to the ice giants of Uranus and Neptune.
  • Towleroad notes the new Alan Cumming film After Louie, dealing with a romance between an ACT-UP survivor and a younger man
  • The Volokh Conspiracy’s Ilya Somin does not find much good coming from Trump’s announced Cuba policy.
  • Window on Eurasia warns about the threat posed by Orthodox Christian fundamentalists in Russia.

[PHOTO] #Canada150 at the Galleria Mall

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#Canada150 at the Galleria Mall

Though short years away from being razed to make way for new developments, the Galleria Mall, too, is celebrating #Canada150 with the rest of the city and the country.

Written by Randy McDonald

June 21, 2017 at 3:00 am

Posted in Canada, Photo, Toronto

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[URBAN NOTE] Three notes about high-rise fires, at Grenfell Tower and elsewhere

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  • The Independent suggests that potentially flammable cladding was mounted on London’s Grenfell Tower so as to make it look nicer for richer neighbours. If the lives of the poor were put at risk of burning to make richer neighbours happy … Wow.
  • Adam Rogers at Wired describes the many complexities regarding fighting high-rise fires and evacuating their inhabitants.
  • CBC suggests that local building codes in Canada are sufficiently stringent to prevent a repetition of the Grenfell Tower tragedy here. One hopes.

Written by Randy McDonald

June 15, 2017 at 6:30 pm

[URBAN NOTE] Three notes on economic declines, of Sears Canada, Postmedia, and Toronto real estate

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  • City News shares a Canadian Press article sharing the warning issued by Sears Canada itself, another historic colossus of retail, that it may well be coming to its end.
  • The Columbia Review of Journalism warns that Canada’s Postmedia chain is failing, and could take all our newspapers with it.
  • Tess Kalinowski at the Toronto Star observes that the number of Greater Toronto Area home sales has continued to decline.

[NEWS] Seven links, from British politics to minimum wages to the dead to non-robotic future

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  • The Independent notes a denial that Scotland’s Conservatives will split from the national party. I wonder, thought, if Scotland’s political spectrum is going to shift, like Qu├ębec’s, from a left-right split to a separatist-unionist one?
  • Owen Jones argues in The Guardian that the rampant prejudices of the DUP, including its homophobia, make it an unsuitable coalition partner.
  • Andray Domise argues in MacLean’s that a perceived need to fit in means that immigrants can be too ready to dismiss local racisms.
  • Fast Company lets us know that the minimum wage increases in Seattle have not led to higher retail prices.
  • CBC notes the death of Sam Panopoulous, the Canadian man who invented Hawaiian pizza.
  • Adam West, the first man to play Batman on the screen, has died. We all, not just the fandom, are the poorer for his passing.
  • Are the robots not poised to take over our world? What does their absence demonstrate about our underachieving economy? The Atlantic wonders.

[NEWS] Seven links, from Nickelback to nuclear energy to Second World War refugees

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  • Anthony Easton at MacLean’s writes in defense of Nickelback, one of Canada’s most popular bands if not a critical darling.
  • Also in MacLean’s, Stephanie Carvin notes that the new foreign and military policies announced by the Canadian government could still fall short.
  • Bloomberg View’s Stephen L. Carter considers the idea of the just war through the lens of Wonder Woman.
  • Nuclear energy, it seems, will be India’s answer to global warming in the era of Trump.
  • Qataris, Bloomberg notes, are trying to deal with their island country’s state of siege.
  • Airbus may pull its production plants from the United Kingdom unless the country keeps single market access.
  • Refugees, Lynne Olson notes at National Geographic, helped save the United Kingdom during the Second World War.