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[NEWS] Six LGBTQ links: drag kings, lesbianism, Montréal, Jim Watson, code-switching, kids

  • Drag kings definitely deserve more attention. Global News reports.
  • Lauren Strapagiel writes at Daily Xtra about her experiences looking at the decline of lesbian identity as a thing, under new social and political pressures.
  • Gretel Kahn wrote at CBC Montreal about the pressures faced by the gay village in Montréal. (Toronto, it turns out, provides some useful models.)
  • The brave coming-out of Ottawa mayor Jim Watson in the Ottawa Citizen deserves to be celebrated. His essay is here.
  • Madeleine Holden writes at VICE about the code-switching that queer people have to practice.
  • This Charles Dunst article at The Atlantic, on supporting queer people as children and to let them explore their identities, leaves me shaken. How might my own life have been changed, for the better?

[NEWS] Seven notes about changing climes: winter, men, zoos, childcare minimum wage, Sears, NAFTA

  • Global News reports on how Canadian zoos protect their animals from the unexpected cold of our country’s winters.
  • Emma Teitel wonders over at the Toronto Star why men underdress in winter. Is it some effort to prove a suitability for mating? (Me, I just tend to be warm, honestly.)
  • Laurie Monsebraaten notes over at the Star that affordable childcare has become still more impossible in Toronto with the minimum wage increase. (The previous sentence reflects two structural issues with the Ontario economy.)
  • CBC notes lessons Ontario can take, on minimum-wage increases, from Alberta and Seattle.
  • Ian Hussey of the National Observer takes issue with five major claims against minimum wage increases.
  • This account, of shoppers saying goodbye to a closing Toronto Sears store, is sad. The Toronto Star has it.
  • Chantal Hébert notes at the Star tha Andrew Scheer and the Conservative Party are best served by a, well, conservative policy, of waiting to see what happens with NAFTA.

Written by Randy McDonald

January 22, 2018 at 3:00 pm

[NEWS] Five links in Canada, from NAFTA corn syrup to Amazon Prime in Iqaluit and abortion

  • Could NAFTA, as one article suggests, have contributed to obesity in Canada by boosting consumption of high-fructose corn syrup?
  • VICE reports on a new Canadian federal program to extend high-speed Internet throughout rural Canada.
  • CBC notes the scary extent to which Iqaluit depends on Amazon Prime to afford even basic things, including food.
  • VICE notes the overrepresentation of indigenous children in the child welfare system in Canada.
  • VICE tells the story of a Maritime women who helps Maritimers navigate the health care system to get abortions.

[BLOG] Some Monday links

  • Burgh Diaspora notes the migration of Spanish professionals to Morocco. (It’s close and the cost of living is low.)
  • Daniel Drezner, in contrast to other writers, has become somewhat more dovish since the Iraq War, but not that much more.
  • At the Everyday Sociology Blog, Jonathan Wynn examines the sociological settings of the coverage of the Steubenville rape trials. Among other things, he suggests that the search for novelty, more than an insensitivity to the victim, played a role in CNN’s infamous coverage.
  • At A Fistful of Euros, Alex Harrowell argues that the British government’s diagnosis of the problems with the British economy is fundamentally flawed, with obvious implications for the recovery of the British economy.
  • Geocurrents’ Asya Pereltsvaig examines the fascinating birch bark documents from the medieval Russian state of Novgorod.
  • GNXP’s Razib Khan notes the evidence of substantial non-European ancestry among South Africa’s Afrikaners.
  • Language Hat notes the influence of the Polish language and Roman Catholicism in early modern Ukraine.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money’s Erik Loomis starts an interesting discussion of ethnonational identity, history, and social class in culture from a book on Mexican food.
  • Supernova Condensate considers the possibility of life evolving on worlds orbiting bright, massive stars. Planets, at least, seem able to form even around the brightest …
  • Technosociology’s Zeynap Tufekci discusses the right of children to privacy.