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[NEWS] Four environment links: disasters, Tibetan soil flowing, lobsters, flooding

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  • Naomi Klein argues that this summer, of wildfires and disasters, marks an environmental turning point.
  • National Geographic shares stunning video of defrosting Tibetan soil flowing.
  • This dumping of illegally harvested lobsters as garbage on land in Nova Scotia is a terrible waste. CBC reports.
  • Can we limit urban flooding only if we force landowners to contribute to the costs of stormwater infrastructure? MacLean’s makes the case.
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Written by Randy McDonald

September 19, 2017 at 10:45 pm

[URBAN NOTE] Four notes about changing cities in Canada: Hamilton, Edmonton, Cornwall, Antigonish

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  • Hamilton’s Christ Church is striving for continued viability, in part through selling off vacant land for condos. Global News reports.
  • Edmonton’s Accidental Beach, a byproduct of construction berms on the North Saskatchewan River, has gone viral. Global News reports.
  • Meagan Campbell of MacLean’s looks at how the refugee crisis did, and did not, effect the garlic festival of border city Cornwall.
  • The successful integration of a Syrian refugee family of chocolatiers in the Nova Scotia town of Antigonish is nice. The Toronto Star carries the story.

[URBAN NOTE] Four notes about the changes and failures of Toronto: food banks, sidewalks, transit

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  • Visits to food banks in Toronto have returned to Great Recession levels, Global News notes.
  • Torontoist notes that the reluctance to build sidewalks in lower-density areas has serious negative consequences.
  • The photos blogTO shares of some Toronto intersections a century ago are remarkable. (There was nothing at many.)
  • Jennifer Pagliaro states the obvious in the Toronto Star: mass transit planning is driven by short-term political convenience, not long-term planning.

Written by Randy McDonald

September 19, 2017 at 6:30 pm

[NEWS] Five links about a changing world: Beyak, Congo, creative cities, 1990s Russia, queer

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  • Tory Senator Lynn Beyak’s latest ignorant statements about First Nations have to disqualify her from public office. Global News reports.
  • Is the rebirth of Congo’s palm oil exports sign of a return to normality? Can it occur? Will it last? Bloomberg examines.
  • Oli Mould is critical of the idea promoting the arts and public culture will do much for poorer urbanites, over at Open Democracy.
  • Tom Rowley profiles a book, drawn from a VKontakte group, examining the experiences of the former USSR in the 1990s, also at Open Democracy.
  • This VICE discussion about what “queer” means is fascinating.

[NEWS] Five links about Amazon: HQ2 in Canada, US cities, Amazon Prime, monopolies, CamperForce

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  • Canadian cities could host Amazon’s HQ2, but at considerable cost. Affordable housing, say, would be an issue.
  • Conor Sen argues that Amazon’s HQ2 augurs an age of corporate diffusion beyond the largest centres.
  • Amazon Prime, Kaleigh Rogers notes, is hugely important for remote communities like those in the North. If it goes …
  • Stacy Mitchell notes how, after Whole Foods, Amazon seems set to monopolize the whole infrastructure of commerce.
  • Is Jessica Bruder’s story of CamperForce, Amazon’s RV-living army of elderly workers, a cheering story of triumph over adversity or a scary take on the future of work? I’m not sure.

[URBAN NOTE] Five links: Toronto affordable housing, public art, Montréal flag, co-housing, Islands

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  • Building two thousand affordable housing units in Toronto is a nice step forward. Will there be more steps? The Toronto Star reports.
  • This charming bit of improvised art down at Humber Bay Park reminds me that I really need to head down there. From the Toronto Star.
  • Montréal has stopped representing genocidal General Amherst on its flag, replacing it with a native pine tree. The National Post reports.
  • Emily Macrae at Torontoist suggests co-housing, drawn from a Québec model, is something Toronto might want to look into.
  • Richard Longley at NOW Toronto explores the Toronto Islands. Do they have a future? What will they need?

[URBAN NOTE] Four notes about urban change: Hamilton, Victoria, the Legion, St. James Park

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  • A Hamilton church is digging up hundreds of dead for an old cemetery turned parking lot to make room for condos.
  • A RV fire that left an elderly couple in Victoria homeless highlights the affordable housing crisis there.
  • MacLean’s notes how the Royal Canadian Legion is starting to make a new fortune, in eateries and real estate even.
  • Why is the St. Lawrence BIA using security guards to kick homeless people out of a park? (Rhetorical, I know.) NOW Toronto looks.