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[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

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  • blogTO notes a photo series celebrating the corner stores of Toronto and reports on massive condo towers planned for Yonge and College.
  • Centauri Dreams notes the antimatter sail as a potential future propulsion technology.
  • D-Brief notes the beginning of a search for an Earth-like planet orbiting Alpha Centauri A or B.
  • Joe. My. God. notes that it is Ecuador that disrupted Assange’s Internet connection.
  • Language Hat looks at distinctions between fiction and non-fiction in different literatures.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes how Republicans are concerned for the future of the US Supreme Court and links to Matt Taibbi’s article suggesting that Trump might reinforce the existing American system.
  • Maximos62 links to his new audiobook of tales from Asia and the Pacific.
  • The Planetary Society Blog looks at the relationship between rapidly rotating regular satellite and their tides.
  • Window on Eurasia suggests that language shift among the Kalmyks to Russia has not weakened their ethnic identity, and shares arguments that Tatarstan and Bashkortostan must be brought back into line in with Russia’s national government.

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

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  • blogTO notes the mess on College Street.
  • D-Brief notes that the crater of Chixculub was hot enough to sustain a subsurface ecology for two million years.
  • Language Hat notes “brother” and some of its variations.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money looks at the United States’ 1964 presidential election.
  • The Map Room Blog notes how Google does not map green spaces.
  • Peter Rukavina shares his family’s trip to the beach on the Island.
  • Window on Eurasia looks at how Bashkortostan has been subjected to centralization.

[URBAN NOTE] “Mayors seek $12.6-billion from federal Liberals for affordable housing”

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The Globe and Mail carries Jordan Press’s Canadian Press article looking at a new initiative by Canadian mayors to get federal funding for affordable housing.

The mayors of Canada’s largest cities are making a billion-dollar push for federal housing money just as the Liberals are set to finalize a national strategy, and the minister responsible is trying to manage expectations.

The mayors want the federal Liberals to set aside $12.6 billion during the next decade to help build new affordable housing units and alleviate a growing need in places like Toronto and Vancouver.

The lion’s share, about $7.7 billion, would go to repairing and maintaining existing units nationwide. A further $4.2 billion would go to building up to 10,000 new affordable housing units annually across the country. There is also approximately $700 million for a portable rental subsidy that wouldn’t be tied to a unit, but to a recipient.

It’s a major ask of the federal government as it works to finalize the second phase of its infrastructure program and allocate $17.7 billion for affordable housing, seniors homes, recreational facilities and child care — with each of those sectors competing for the cash.

“The highest need for most of us would be housing, and it’s not to say there aren’t pressing needs for seniors’ infrastructure, for culture and recreation infrastructure, and for child care space infrastructure, but without adequate, safe and decent dignified housing for families, those other services are less relevant,” said Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson, chairman of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities big city mayors’ caucus.

Written by Randy McDonald

September 30, 2016 at 8:15 pm

[BLOG] Some Friday links

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  • blogTO shares photos of the new Yonge-Eglinton Centre.
  • Beyond the Beyond’s Bruce Sterling makes the comparison of the Middle East now to central Europe in the Thirty Years War.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze notes the discovery of a hot Jupiter orbiting a T Tauri star just two million years old.
  • Joe. My. God. reports on the conviction of a man who had been accused of involvement in kidnapping the child of same-sex parents.
  • Language Hat reports on the American Jewish accent.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes that Republicans are coming to accept Donald Trump.
  • The Map Room Blog reports on a Boston exhibition of Hy-Brasil.
  • The Planetary Society Blog reports on the 9th anniversary of the Dawn probe’s launch.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer points out that Erik Loomis is wrong, that Ford is not moving jobs to Mexico.
  • Window on Eurasia suggests an isolated Russia might lash out against Belarus, and looks at Putin’s support in non-Russian republics.

[URBAN NOTE] “Class-action lawsuit filed against B.C.’s foreign buyer property tax”

CBC News’ Eric Rankin reports on a class action lawsuit filed against British Columbia for its tax on foreign home buyers. This sounds like it could have some legs.

A class-action lawsuit has been filed in B.C. Supreme Court on behalf of virtually all non-Canadians who have been forced to pay an extra 15 per cent under amendments to the Property Transfer tax act.

If the lawsuit is certified by the courts and succeeds, the province could be forced to repay hundreds of millions of dollars — much of the expected revenue now earmarked to pay for affordable housing for British Columbians.

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The lead plaintiff in the case is Jing Li, 29, a university student from the People’s Republic of China, now living in Burnaby.

In August, Jing told CBC News she was caught in a financial crunch by the imposition of the additional tax.

In mid-July, she cobbled together a 10 per cent deposit on a $560,000 townhouse in Langley by borrowing from her parents and friends in China.

Twelve days later, the new levy was imposed.

The tax added $84,000 to the price of the property. If she backs out of the deal, she will lose her non-refundable deposit of $56,000.

Written by Randy McDonald

September 20, 2016 at 5:00 pm

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

  • 3 Quarks Daily considers quantitative measures of linguistic diversity.
  • Bad Astronomy and the Planetary Society Weblog are both skeptical of the rumours of a 2015 SETI detection, while Marginal Revolution does not reach a conclusion.
  • blogTO shares an image of the condo tower that will rise above the former site of the World’s Biggest Bookstore.
  • Centauri Dreams reports on preliminary discussions of Stardot.
  • Dangerous Minds shares video of a 1982 Depeche Mode performance on Swedish television.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze considers the question of galactic habitability.
  • The Everyday Sociology Blog writes about the role of bullying in the enforcement of gender.
  • Language Log notes how bigoted language can infect an AI.
  • The Map Room Blog shares a map charting water flows in Germany.
  • Personal Reflections’ Jim Belshaw considers revelations that Greek statues were painted.
  • Noel Maurer wonders why Peña and Trump re meeting.
  • Window on Eurasia considers the import of the late Soviet “parade of sovereignties”.

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

  • Antipope hosts a guest blogger with an interesting vision for a new iteration of cyberpunk.
  • Beyond the Beyond’s Bruce Sterling shares a link to a report on Saudi Arabian water resources.
  • Centauri Dreams shares a study of nearby brown dwarf WISE 0855.
  • Crooked Timber notes the amoral technocracy of the Speers.
  • Dangerous Minds shares vintage postcards from a century ago warning against the threat of feminism.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper examining the import of carbon to oxygen ratios in exoplanet formation.
  • ImaGeo notes the discovery of new dwarf planet RR245.
  • Joe. My. God. notes that Australians scientists have declared an end to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in that country, conditionally.
  • Language Hat links to a site for learning sign languages.
  • Language Log tests an alleged Finnish joke about Russian occupations for linguistic plausibility.
  • The LRB Blog notes that Prime Minister Theresa May is not a victory for feminism.
  • Marginal Revolution notes the depopulation of Japan and looks at Britain’s low productivity.
  • Otto Pohl announces his impending move to academia in Kurdistan.
  • The Russian Demographics Blog looks at Ukrainian emigration.
  • Window on Eurasia suggests Russian austerity will hurt Russia’s regions.