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[VIDEO] Four clips of the Light Parade, Nuit Rose (#nuitroseto)

I attended the Church and Wellesley components of the Nuit Rose LGBTQ art festival last night. I have plenty of photos, images needing processing when I have time later this week. For now, please enjoy these short video clips I took of the Light Parade at different stages along its route, the first two on Alexander Street, the next at Church and Wellesley, and the last at Barbara Hall Park.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Montréal links: 1989 and AIDS, Grand Prix, Molson Brewery, Village gay, Beaudry

  • Le Devoir looks back 30 years at the 1989 Montréal international conference on AIDS, and its lessons about patient activism.
  • CultMTL takes particular issue with the decadence of the Montréal Grand Prix, something that it thinks the city and the world should overcome.
  • CTV notes that the old site of the Molson Brewery is set to become a new residential neighbourhood.
  • Rue Sainte-Catherine est, heart of the gay village, is closed to all but pedestrian traffic this summer. CTV reports.
  • <li<The Beaudry Metro station, happily, has been reopened after months of repairs. CBC Montreal reports.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: buses, 592 Sherbourne, Parkdale, planning, Doug Ford

  • Transit Toronto reports on the first electric bus in the TTC, now running the 35 Jane route.
  • Toronto Life takes a look at the history of 592 Sherbourne Street, now the restaurant Maison Selby.
  • NOW Toronto interviews people in Parkdale protesting against the cuts of Doug Ford.
  • John Lorinc at Spacing looks at the many problems with the Doug Ford alteration of city and provincial planning.
  • blogTO observes that this year’s iteration of Ford Fest is going, inevitably, to be very political.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Montréal links: Royalmount, flooding, bike paths, schools, Piknic Electronik

  • The city of Montréal continues to oppose the controversial Royalmount project. Global News reports?
  • Will communities in the flood-prone West Island get protective dikes? CBC reports.
  • Are the bike paths of Montréal getting sufficient investment? CTV News reports.
  • French-language schools in booming north-end Montréal are facing overcrowding. CBC reports.
  • CultMTL takes a look at what is up this year for Piknik Electronik on Ile Sainte-Hélène.

[URBAN NOTE} Seven Toronto links: Lake Ontario, UP Express, Rail Deck Park, Google, TTC, Doors Open

  • Reddit’s r/toronto shares this photo of the level of Lake Ontario having risen above the level of the boardwalk at HTO Park. Are we in for another year of flooding, on the Toronto Islands particularly?
  • This CBC Toronto article from a week ago notes how Lake Ontario is getting close to 2017 levels.
  • Changes in the Presto system have left many people who use the Union-Pearson Express to commute in a financially costly situation. CBC Toronto reports.
  • This court case, besides setting boundaries on what planning boards can and cannot do, will also determine the fate of the Rail Deck Park. I hope it will survive. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Stefanie Marotta at the Toronto Star reports on a Jane’s Walk led by MP Adam Vaughan and Bianca Wylie of the waterfront, inspired by their criticism of the Sidewalk Labs plans.
  • Shazlin Rahman writes at Spacing about the prejudices that push Muslim women away from the TTC, and what can be done to protect these women.
  • Urban Toronto shares the news of Open Doors 2019 in Toronto on 25 and 26 May, with more than 150 buildings being opened to the public.

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait notes the many galaxies in the night sky caught mid-collision.
  • Centauri Dreams reports on the plan of China to send a probe to explore near-Earth co-orbital asteroid 2016 HO3 and comet 133P.
  • Gizmodo reports, with photos, on the progress of the Chang’e 4 and the Yutu 2 rover, on the far side of the Moon.
  • Joe. My. God. notes that Bill de Blasio hopes to ban new steel-and-glass skyscrapers in New York City, part of his plan to make the metropolis carbon-neutral.
  • JSTOR Daily notes a critique of the BBC documentary Planet Earth, arguing the series was less concerned with representing the environment and more with displaying HD television technology.
  • Language Hat notes the oddities of the name of St. Marx Cemetery in Vienna. How did “Mark” get so amusingly changed?
  • Language Log looks at how terms for horse-riding might be shared among Indo-European languages and in ancient Chinese.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes the grounds for the workers of New York’s Tenement Museum to unionize.
  • The NYR Daily notes the efforts of Barnard College Ancient Drama, at Columbia University, to revive Greek drama in its full with music and dance, starting with a Euripedes performance.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel shares some iconic images of the Earth from space for Earth Day.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Daily Bread, Beaches, Easter, Ontario Place, van attack

  • CBC Toronto reports from the Daily Bread Food Bank drive, held this past weekend, here.
  • CBC Toronto reports on the decline of small business in the Beaches, and the efforts of community leaders to reverse this decline.
  • CBC Toronto reports on the Beaches Easter Parade, held Sunday. Perhaps next year?
  • Listing Ontario Place on Toronto’s heritage register, giving this site protection, is a fine idea. CBC Toronto reports.
  • Christopher Hume at the Toronto Star notes how, one year after the North York van attack, coming up with policies which protect the public while keeping the city open is difficult.