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[NEWS] Five First Nations links: NunatuKavut, Spadina, Arctic education, Gwich’in food, Haida manga

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  • The Canadian federal government is moving to recognize the Inuit of NunatuKavut, in southern Labrador. Global News reports.
  • I wish I had seen this billboard downtown on Spadina Avenue. CBC reports on this indigenous anti-racism initiative.
  • Creating Arctic universities with services catering to each of the three northern territories would have positive implications for education, not least among native groups. Global News reports.
  • The Discourse reports on how, for the Gwich’in of the Northwest Territories, turning to native foodstuffs is not only key to cultural revival but also the only economically viably way they have to eat.
  • At The Conversation, Marie MauzĂ© takes a look at the innovative Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas and his creation of the new artform of “Haida manga”.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: TTC, Bombardier, Lightspell, Harbord war memorials, Water Nymphs

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  • blogTO reports on the desire of the TTC to take over transit issues generally in the City of Toronto, down to the level of Toronto Islands ferries.
  • The apology from Bombardier’s president for the streetcar faults is, to my mind, not nearly enough. What will come of the TTC? What will come of Bombardier, too? The Toronto Star reports.
  • If the TTC finally gets the Lightspell public art installation going at the Pioneer Village station, I will be pleased. blogTO reports.
  • Richard Longley at NOW Toronto reports on the world war memorials at Harbord Collegiate Institute, speaking of alumni lost in these two conflicts.
  • Jamie Bradburn wrote about the Water Nymphs Club, a swim team sponsored by the Toronto Evening Telegram back in the 1920s.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Scarborough subway, Jimmy’s Coffee, Fairland Funhouse, and more

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  • The final cost of the Scarborough subway remains unknown, on account of the many design changes. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Steve Benjamins reports on Toronto’s Jimmy’s Coffee.
  • The old Fairland Grocery in Kensington Market on Augusta Avenue is being made over into a funhouse. (Tickets still available at print time.) NOW Toronto reports.
  • The Malta Bake Shop in the Junction is trying to resist gentrification as best as it can. The National Post reports.
  • The New York Times reports on a remarkably multilingual kindergarten in Thorncliffe Park.

[NEWS] Five First Nations links: Anishaabemowin, Mexico, Australia, Vanuatu, Tsimshian

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  • Journalist Duncan McCue writes about his efforts to learn the Anishaabemowin language of his ancestors, over at CBC.
  • The Inter Press Service looks at indigenous language revival movements among in Mexico.
  • The Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports on the perhaps surprisingly intimate relationship over time between Indigenous Australians and Chinese migrants in Australia.
  • Some Aborigines were deported to Vanuatu in the 19th century, part of the “repatriation” of the blackbirded. Some of their descendants have recently returned to Queensland to try to connect to their local kin. SBS reports.
  • A Tsimshian woman from Alaska, active in the language revival movement among the Tsimshian of British Columbia, is fighting efforts to deport her from Canada–or, rather, from the Canadian portion of the Tsimshian homeland. The National Post reports.

[NEWS] FIve LGBTQ links: Pride in Antarctica, Marvel, Edmonton, movies, HIV/AIDS

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  • National Geographic let us know that, this year, Pride was celebrated around the world, even in Antarctica.
  • What was the gayest Marvel movie to date? I do think Thor: Ragnarok has a good claim, myself. Vulture ranks them.
  • Daily Xtra notes how queer rights–specifically, the rights of students–became a big political issue in Edmonton.
  • The stories of the first movies to come out in the 1980s dealing with the AIDS crisis do need to be told. The Guardian reports.
  • I entirely agree with the opinion of this Advocate writer that we need to think smartly about HIV/AIDS, especially in light of continuing technologies and new safer-sex techniques like PrEP.

Written by Randy McDonald

June 30, 2018 at 6:00 pm

[BLOG] Some Thursday links

  • D-Brief notes that global climate change seems already to have altered the flow of the ocean current system including the Gulf Stream.
  • JSTOR Daily takes a look at the dialect, and cultural forms, of American loggers.
  • Taika Waititi, director of (among other movies) Thor: Ragnarok, has created controversy by talking about racism in his native New Zealand. (Good for him, I’d say.) Lawyers, Guns and Money reports.
  • Marginal Revolution takes a look at a strange public apology by a Chinese company, and what this says about Chinese politics.
  • Strange Maps’ Frank Jacobs shared this map depicting the many ephemeral states that appeared in the former Russian Empire after the October Revolution.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel makes the point that there are very good reasons to believe in dark matter and dark energy, that these concepts are not just a latter-day version of the aether.
  • Window on Eurasia looks at the many ways in which the Siberian republic of Tuva is a political anomaly in Russia.
  • At Worthwhile Canadian Initiative, Frances Woolley uses data from the National Graduates Survey to take a look at student regret in Canadian universities. To what extent does it exist? What disciplines is it concentrated in?

[ISL] Five islands links: Malta, East Timor, Choctaw, Ireland, April Fool’s Day

  • Malta, it seems from this New Statesman take, is facing serious problems of corruption through its role in international finance.
  • The establishment of a new maritime border between Australia and East Timor threatens Australia’s borders with adjacent Indonesia. ABC reports.
  • Ireland has established a scholarship program for Choctaw students as a sign of thanks for Choctaw aid during the Irish Potato Famine. The Irish Post reports.
  • This Slugger O’Toole article suggests that the disparity in living standards and income between the Republic and Northern Ireland is not nearly so vast as GDP would suggest.
  • The Map Room Blog shared this Ordinance Survey’s April Fool’s Day joke, of a fake but realistic island.