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[CAT] Three cat links: Siberian cats, declaring in Canada, Cat People

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  • Bored Panda shares photos of the gorgeous Siberian cats that populate a farm deep in Russian Asia, here.
  • Will Saskatchewan be the next Canadian province, after Nova Scotia, to ban the declawing of cats? Global News reports.
  • This New York Times profile of Julius Motal, a photographer doing a documentary on cat culture, really catches my interest.
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Written by Randy McDonald

December 16, 2017 at 11:15 pm

[NEWS] Five LGBTQ links: Canadian law, Alloura Wells, Bermuda, body issues, queer nightlife

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  • Arshy Mann at Daily Xtra suggests a new Canadian bill aimed at expunging unjust convictions of LGBTQ people does not go far enough in rehabilitating entire classes of victims.
  • Denise Balkissoon and Tu Thanh Ha report on the life and struggles of Alloura Wells, a biracial transgender woman who was neglected even after death, over at The Globe and Mail.
  • Rob Salerno at Daily Xtra examines why Bermuda is set to revoke marriage equality.
  • Jack Hobbs at VICE examines why body dysmorphia and poor body image are so common, still, among queer men.
  • Jeff Leavell has a nice article at VICE talking about the emancipatory potential of some avant-garde queer nightlife, catering not to narrow demographics but to broader communities.

[ISL] Four Prince Edward Island links: immigration, bluefin tuna, cannabis, Confederation Bridge

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  • This Michael Tutton Canadian Press report looking at how some immigrants to Prince Edward Island have been exploited economically by companies participating in the provincial immigration program points to serious issues.
  • Elizabeth McSheffrey reports for National Observer about how some bluefin tuna off the north shore of PEI are so hungry that they are actually approaching humans for food.
  • The PEI government does not plan on permitting advertisements for cannabis when legalization comes. CBC reports.
  • Fees for crossing the Confederation Bridge are set to rise to $47 for cars in the new year. CBC reports.

[NEWS] Cannabis shopping, saving right whales, forests during climate cha

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  • I have to say that I like the new retail landscape for cannabis being imagined, as much of a break with the old highly personalized network of buyers though it may be. (Non-smoker, here.) CBC reports.
  • This account of the complex paperwork required of people trying to save right whales entangled in fishing nets is almost humourous in its tragedy. CBC reports.
  • Many forests destroyed in recent wildfires are not recovering, on account of ongoing climate shifts making the regrowth of old ecologies impossible. CBC reports.

Written by Randy McDonald

December 15, 2017 at 10:45 pm

[NEWS] Four links: post-strike education in Ontario, mummers of Newfounland, Vancouver, Mary Edelman

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  • News that one-tenth of Ontario college students dropped out during the recent strike is not surprising. The National Post reports.
  • Atlas Obscura shares photos of the mummers of Newfoundland and the backstory of this cultural phenomenon.
  • Making abandoned housing in the Vancouver neighbourhood of West Point Grey into student housing sounds great to me. Global News reports.
  • This obituary for Mary Edelman, long-time Toronto resident and repairer of the typewriters of famed authors, offers insight into a fascinating literary past. The Toronto Star has it.

[PHOTO] Four photography links: Sharbat Gula, Christine Estima, Stephen Wilkes, Saskatchewan

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  • Sharbat Gula, the Afghan refugee made famous as a girl by a Steve McCurry photo for National Geographic three decades ago, now has a home in her homeland. National Geographic reports.
  • These photos by Christine Estima, taken with a disposable camera while swimming among the cenotes of Yucatán, are beautiful.
  • Photographer Stephen Wilkes’ remarkable photo of Parliament Hill on 1 July 2017, blending multiple photos taken over a decade, is eye-catching. CBC has it.
  • I personally think that organizing a photography club for at-risk youth in northern Saskatchewan is a great idea. Global News reports.

Written by Randy McDonald

December 15, 2017 at 5:30 pm

[MUSIC] Five notes about music: Sam the Record Man, Berlin techno, Morrissey, Björk, Canada

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  • Max Mertens at NOW Toronto takes a look at the storied history of the Sam the Record Man sign.
  • The Local Germany Kreports on how the fate of Berlin’s techno nightclubs is a matter of general concern across the political spectrum.
  • Der Spiegel has released audiotapes of that paper’s interview with Morrissey, revealing his denials of racism and victim-blaming to be false.
  • Bjork’s new album Utopia, that artist’s reaction to the Anthropocene, sounds like it will be fantastic.
  • Carl Wilson’s examination of the stylistic and musical evolution of the indie scene in Canada over the past decade, from the collective towards Soundcloud, is fascinating. The Globe and Mail has it.