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[NEWS] Five Canadian politics links: Doug Ford, Kathleen Wynne, Canadian citizens, Three Percenters

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  • Doug Ford hired a crowd of actors to pretend to be supporters. Is this astroturfing a sign of American influence on Canadian politics? The Toronto Star reports.
  • Andrew MacDougall at MacLean’s argues a question tossed off in passing by Doug Ford to Kathleen Wynne, asking where she lost her way, resonates at a deep level about her government. The article is ,a href=”https://www.macleans.ca/opinion/doug-ford-nails-kathleen-wynne-to-a-losing-way/”>here.
  • Steve Paikin wonders about the extent to which an unvoiced homophobia may be contributing to the low popularity levels of a Kathleen Wynne who, herself, has not done much outright wrong. His TVO blog has it.
  • NOW Toronto is entirely right to recommend people born Canadian citizens take witness, at least, of citizenship ceremonies for new Canadians. I can testify that it really is moving.
  • The Three Percenters are the latest nativist social media-driven militia group in Canada, worthy of attention and concern. CBC reports.
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[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Anatolia, Massey Hall, T.J. Atwood, Inside Out, wooden tower

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  • I believe I have been to this Turkish-Canadian restaurant in the west end of Toronto. CBC reports on Anatolia Restaurant.
  • The missing Bach and Beethoven windows of Massey Hall have been recovered, safely boxed away in a basement. The Toronto Star reports.
  • I quite liked this article about this athlete, T.J. Atwood, practising his surfing off of the Scarborough Bluffs. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Drew Rowsome reports on the upcoming Inside Out LGBT film festival here in Toronto, here.
  • A 14-story wooden tower at the University of Toronto would certainly be an eye-catching addition to the downtown skyline. The Toronto Star reports.

[PHOTO] Twenty-three photos of the works of David Hockney at the Met (#hockney, @metmuseum)

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The winter’s David Hockney exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, conveniently located next to the Michaelangelo show, covered everything there was to see, from his student art to his latest iPad art. I have to say that Hockney really only came into his own as an artist once he moved to North America in the mid-1960s, and came to enjoy the sunshine and the space of California (among others). Seeing notable works like A Bigger Splash, or his double portraits of couples, or some of his photo mosaics, was truly an experience to be appreciated. Michael Valinsky’s recent Them article does a great job outlining Hockney’s importance, not least as a queer artist out practically from the beginning of his career.

My Brother is only Seventeen (1961) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #latergram

Cleaning Teeth, Early Evening (1962) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #latergram

Tea Painting in an Illusionistic Style (1961) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #latergram

The Cha-Cha That Was Danced in the Early Hours of 24th March (1961) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #latergram

Arizona (1964) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #arizona #latergram

Play Within A Play (1963) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #latergram

Domestic Scene, Los Angeles (1963) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #losangeles #latergram

Medical Building (1966) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #latergram

Man in Shower in Beverly Hills (1964) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #latergram

A Lawn Being Sprinkled (1967) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #latergram

A Bigger Splash (1967) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #latergram//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

Savings and Loan Building (1967) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #latergram

Rubber Ring Floating In A Swimming Pool (1971) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #latergram

Pool and Steps, Le Nid du Duc (1971) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #latergram

Detail, Henry Geldzahler & Christopher Scott (1969) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #henrygeldzahler #christopherscott #latergram

Detail, Mr. and Mrs. Clark and Percy (1970-1971) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #ossieclark #celiabirtwell #latergram

Detail, Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy (1968) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #christopherisherwood #donbachardy #latergram

Detail, Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy (1968) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #christopherisherwood #donbachardy #latergram

Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy (1968) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #christopherisherwood #donbachardy #latergram

Don + Christopher, Los Angeles, 6th March 1982 #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #christopherisherwood #donbachardy #polaroid #mosaic #latergram

My Mother, Bolton Abbey, Yorkshire, Nov. 1982 #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #boltonabbey #yorkshire #latergram

Breakfast at Malibu, Sunday, 1989 #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #malibu #latergram

9 Canvas Study of the Grand Canyon (1998) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #grandcanyon #latergram

Hockney gone electronic #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

May 19, 2018 at 11:59 pm

[URBAN NOTE] Twelve Toronto links

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  • Edward Keenan is entirely right to praise the idea of exploring the cherry blossoms of Toronto by foot. The Toronto Star has it.
  • Mark Cullen noted last week the struggle to keep what may be the oldest tree in Toronto, a red soak more than three centuries old, alive, over at the Toronto Star.
  • John Tory is quite right to note that Toronto needs to prepare for possible surges of refugees. CBC reports.
  • A Scarborough mansion that has been abandoned for years has just sold for $C 3.8 million. The Toronto Star reports.
  • The infamous Giraffe building on the northwest corner of Dundas West and Bloor may be set to disappear, finally, under a wave of new construction there. Toronto Life reports.
  • blogTO makes the case that west-end Rogers Road is becoming the new centre of the Portuguese-Canadian community, here.
  • Orfus Road, off Dufferin Street near Yorkdale, is a place to go for outlet stores and discounted merchandise. blogTO notes.
  • The TTC has cancelled its weekend closures of parts of different subway routes after disputes with the union. The Toronto Star reports.
  • By one metric, Toronto falls behind only New York City in the race for the Amazon HQ2. The Toronto Star reports.
  • NOW Toronto tells the story of someone who grew marijuana in their backyard, here.
  • An AI Weiwei show will be coming to Toronto in 2019. NOW Toronto reports.
  • Peter Knegt profiles Toronto drag queen Sofonda Cox, over at CBC.

[NEWS] Five LGBTQ links: Andrea Constand, Harry Styles, The Gay Cookbook, UCC homophobia, Brian Sims

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  • This older article notes the importance of the fact that Bill Cosby’s leading accuser, Andrea Costand, is lesbian. Yahoo has it.
  • This them.us article explores the phenomenon of queer women finding Harry Styles concerts to be enjoyable safe spaces.
  • Atlas Obscura notes a remarkable book of the mid-1960s book, Lou Rand Hogan’s The Gay Cookbook. In many ways, it was a precocious text.
  • Cheri DiNovo’s suggestion that the United Church of Canada make a formal apology for past homophobia appeals to me. (I was raised in that church, incidentally.) CBC reports.
  • I quite liked this Queerty interview with out Pennsylvania legislator Brian Sims, covering everything from his opinions on Cynthia Nixon’s run for New York state governor to his status as a sex symbol.

[ISL] Five Island links: Mi’kmaq UPEI, old-style boats, economic split, global warming, LGBTQ

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  • CBC reports how the Mi’kmaq flag now flies high, and permanently, above the campus of UPEI. Well done!
  • An eastern PEI shipbuilder is creating an old-style wooden boat using traditional methods. CBC reports.
  • The division of PEI into two zones for employment insurance purposes, between greater Charlottetown and the rest of the Island, can be unfair to people in Charlottetown. It also reflects real economic divisions in the province. CBC reports.
  • When Atlantic Canada’s summers become as hot as Ontario’s thanks to global warming, I wonder what Ontario’s will be like? Global News reports.
  • A recent conference in Charlottetown featured long-standing Island activists Jim Culbert and Nola Etkin, explaining their queer lives in the province. The Guardian reports.

[NEWS] Three links about sci-fi and pop culture: Westworld and AI, machine learning, Janelle Monáe

  • This fascinating look at Westworld takes a look at how changing representations of artificial intelligence influence storylines in pop culture, as we shift from fear of AI to potential sympathy. The AV Club has it.
  • Machine learning these days is demonstrating an astounding ability to understand complex systems. Quanta Magazine has it.
  • io9 notes an upcoming queer Afrofuturist film from Janelle Monáe (also starring Tessa Thompson as a love interest) that sounds amazing.