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[URBAN NOTE] Five cities links: Peel Region, Montréal, Ontario Cannabis Store, Homewood, London

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  • Chris Rattan argues at NOW Toronto that Peel Region should stop its school resource officer program, embedding cops in schools.
  • Montréal mayor Valérie Plante wants to make homebuying more affordable for locals in her city. The Montreal Gazette reports.
  • The first four outposts of the Ontario Cannabis Store chain will be in Toronto, Kingston, Guelph, and Thunder Bay. The Toronto Star reports.
  • CityLab reports on how the Chicagoland community of Homewood is using comics to market itself to millennial homeseekers, here.
  • Why is the homicide rate in London so high? Problems in crime-fighting, including policing and crime prevention both, need to be dealt with. Bloomberg View reports.
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[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Vaughan, Markham, Hamilton, Vancouver and Seattle, Melbourne

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  • The cancellation of some condos being built at the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre has left their buyers unhappy, and justifiably so. The Toronto Star reports.
  • The rapid growth of Vaughan and Markham, to the north of Toronto, is of international note. The Conversation has it.
  • Kathleen Wynne is promising to protect (what’s left of) the Hamilton steel industry. CBC reports.
  • A direct air shuttle between Vancouver and Seattle is a good thing, but I think that cross-border area would be even better served by some sort of mass transit link. Global News has it.
  • Melbourne, that city of Australia, is facing familiar issue of growth and livability. The Guardian has it.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Doug Ford, Labyrinth, SmartTrack, night planning, Toronto Islands

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  • NOW Toronto notes how Doug Ford positions himself as an ally to the black community of Toronto, and how this has hardly been non-problematic, here>.
  • Annex comic store Labyrinth is set to close, alas. NOW Toronto reports.
  • The SmartTrack plan for more commuter rail put forth by the mayor could cost an extra quarter-billion dollars. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Edward Keenan makes the point that, like other cities such as Amsterdam and Berlin, Toronto needs to do a better job of planning for the night. The Toronto Star has it.
  • Toronto Guardian shares some lovely vintage photos of the Toronto Islands, here.

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

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  • Centauri Dreams shares a cool design for a mid-21st century Triton landing mission.
  • Crooked Timber argues American conservative intellectuals have descended to hackwork.
  • D-Brief notes the surprisingly important role that eyebrows may have played in human evolution.
  • Dead Things notes how a hominid fossil discovery in the Arabian desert suggests human migration to Africa occurred almost 90 thousand years ago, longer than previously believed.
  • Hornet Stories notes that biphobia in the LGBTQ community is one factor discouraging bisexuals from coming out.
  • At In Media Res, Russell Arben Fox gives a favourable review to Wendell Berry’s latest, The Art of Loading Brush.
  • JSTOR Daily explores the connections between Roman civilization and poisoning as a means for murder.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes how the early 20th century American practice of redlining, denying minorities access to good housing, still marks the maps of American cities.
  • The LRB Blog notes how the 1948 assassination of reformer Gaitan in Bogota changed Colombia and Latin America, touching the lives of Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Fidel Castro.
  • The Map Room Blog notes that Spacing has launched a new contest, encouraging creators of inventive maps of Canadian cities to do their work.
  • The NYR Daily notes a new exhibit of Victorian art that explores its various mirrored influences, backwards and forwards.
  • At the Planetary Society Blog, Jason Davis explores TESS, the next generation of planet-hunting astronomy satellite from NASA.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel shares photos of planetary formation around sun-like star TW Hydrae.
  • Window on Eurasia notes that a combination of urbanization, Russian government policy, and the influence of pop culture is killing off minority languages in Russia.

[URBAN NOTE] Five cities links: Humboldt, Hamilton, Kingston, Berlin, Sidangkou

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  • At MacLean’s, Meaghan Campbell reports on how the devastating crash of the Humboldt Broncos has hit that small Saskatchewan farm town.
  • Hamilton police announces the arrest of local anarchist Peter Hopperton in connection with the actions of a crowd bent on vandalism on that city’s Locke Street. CBC has it.
  • Queen’s University is participating in a summit with the city of Kingston on how students and long-term residents can be accommodated in the changing city. Global News reports.
  • Attacks by right-wing groups in the Berlin district of Neukölln make many locals worried. DW reports.
  • The small Chinese centre of Sidangkou, in the area of Tianjin, has become a world centre of saxophone production. The New York Times reports.

    [URBAN NOTE] Five Canada city links: Hamilton, London, Montréal

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    • This older CBC article looking at how many Torontonians, seeking affordable housing, are moving to Hamilton and in so doing transforming that city, is still very worthwhile.
    • The question facing Hamilton city council, of how it will handle LRT funding given a Ford government, is pressing. Global News reports.
    • $C 11 billion in funding for the first phase of a high-speed rail link between Toronto and London, via Kitchener-Waterloo, is nice. If only Wynne gets re-elected. Global News reports.
    • I wish Montréal mayor Valérie Plante luck in her effort to bring major-league baseball back to her metropolis. Global News reports.
    • Robert Everett-Green’s take on Montréal as it is often depicted, as an idyllic mess, is worthy of note if perhaps not agreement. The Globe and Mail has it.

    [URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Montréal, Wayne, Sydney, Istanbul, Irkutsk

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    • Controversy continues over the construction of a commuter rail link in Montréal’s West Island. Global News reports.
    • The New Jersey town of Wayne is going to have to adjust to an economy without Toys R Us, based there. Bloomberg reports.
    • Property prices have fallen in Sydney for the seventh month in a row, those prices outside Sydney are rising. Bloomberg reports.
    • Plans to construct a new shipping canal through the Bosphorus, at Istanbul, may have negative effects for the strait and the city. National Geographic reports.
    • The Guardian takes a look at the Siberian city of Irkutsk, a metropolis that apparently can lay claim to a long tradition of cultural and other dissent, here.