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Posts Tagged ‘cemetaries

[URBAN NOTE] Ten city links: Laval, Calgary, Vancouver, Cleveland, Machu Picchu, London, Görlitz …

  • The Québec city of Laval now has a cemetery where pets can be buried alongside their owners. CBC reports.
  • Talk of Alberta separatism has already cost Calgary at least one high-profile non-oil investment, it seems. Global News reports.
  • A new piece of public art in Vancouver, a spinning chandelier, has proven to be a lightning rod for controversy. CBC reports.
  • Guardian Cities looks at the continuing fight against lead contamination in Cleveland.
  • Machu Picchu was built in a high remote corner of the Andes for good reasons, it is being argued. The National Post reports.
  • Wired looks at how rivals to Uber are currently fighting for dominance in London, here.
  • Guardian Cities shares a cartoon history of the birth of Nairobi, here.
  • The east German city of Gorlitz offered interested people one month’s free residence. The Guardian reports.
  • JSTOR Daily notes that Hong Kong was born as a city from refugee migrations.
  • Is Tokyo, despite tis size and wealth, too detached from Asia to take over from Hong Kong as a regional financial centre? Bloomberg View is not encouraging.

[URBAN NOTE] Seven city links: Guelph, Innisfil, Montréal, Asbestos, Québec City, Alberta, Richmond

  • Guelph will be holding an open house to see what development will replace the Dolime Quarry. Global News reports.
  • The town of Innisfil has extended its Uber subsidy program for people in need of transit. Global News reports</u.
  • Archeologists in Montréal have found a mass grave of Irish famine victims. CTV reports.
  • The Québec town of Asbestos is changing its name so as to avoid the link, in English, with the toxic mineral. CTV reports.
  • A subway, alas, would be too big for Québec City. Streetcars would work better. Le Devoir reports.
  • Can a hyperloop be built to plug Edmonton together with Calgary? Global News considers.
  • Richmond, British Columbia, has unveiled a cultural harmony strategy to help its diverse population get along. The National Post reports.

[URBAN NOTE] Seven Toronto links

  • John Lorinc at Spacing considers the complication idea of a city charter for Toronto. Is it worth it? Does it ignore other governance issues?
  • Tourism is booming in Toronto, transforming the economy of the metropolis. The Toronto Star reports.
  • NOW Toronto notes how the Toronto District School Board is introducing educational courses intended to prepare students for careers in hospitality.
  • Legal controversy surrounding the governance of Mount Pleasant Cemetery, and other like cemeteries in Toronto, is ongoing. The Toronto Star reports.
  • In Milton, the owner of an illegal rooming house where one tenant died has been found financially liable. CBC reports.
  • The Toronto Star tells the story of soldiers returning from the First World War who attacked Chinatown and its inhabitants, here.
  • NOW Toronto points to an exhibition of photos created in solidarity with Hong Kong journalists.

[URBAN NOTE] Eight Toronto links

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: cemetery parks, alcohol, floating cities, homeless, sanctuary cities

  • JSTOR Daily looks at how, in the 19th century, many cities made their cemeteries into parks.
  • Guardian Cities considers which city in the world is the hardest-drinking one.
  • CityLab notes that building cities is not going to be the answer to global warming.
  • The Conversation looks at the demographics of the homeless of North America.
  • The threat of Donald Trump to send undocumented immigrants to sanctuary cities in the United States has widely noted. Maybe this actually might be a good solution? Global News reports.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Crystal Papineau, office space, TTC upload, cemetaries, 1999 snow

  • Laurie Monsebraaten at the Toronto Star looks at the life of Crystal Papineau, the homeless woman who died in a tragic accident in a Bloorcourt clothing donation box.
  • A construction boom is ongoing in Toronto to meet the growing demand for office space. The Globe and Mail reports.
  • The Ontario government is preparing to upload the subway from the City of Toronto by fall. Global News reports.
  • A recent lawsuit by citizen groups has seen a dozen cemeteries in Toronto, including Mount Pleasant, formally defined as public land. CBC Toronto reports.
  • The National Post shares an oral history of the great snowstorm of 1999, which saw an overwhelmed Toronto call in for help removing snow from across the country.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: #GrowthtoWatchFor, TTC, serial killer, Stella Vanzant, Viryl vinyl

  • Urban Toronto notes that it will be bringing back its Growth to Watch For series in 2019.
  • The Province of Ontario has made a formal request for the TTC’s data to determine the organization’s worth, preparing for a takeover. The Globe and Mail reports.
  • The trial of the Church and Wellesley serial killer is expected to start in 2020. The Globe and Mail reports.
  • What happened to the body of young pioneer girl Stella Vanzant, buried in a location now somewhere in the Financial District? The Globe and Mail looks at the question.
  • blogTO takes a look at Viryl Technology, a local manufacturer of vinyl pressing plant equipment, with photos, here.