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[URBAN NOTE] “John Tory is right to be skeptical about a Toronto bid for World Expo 2025”

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In The Globe and Mail, Marcus Gee is rightly skeptical about the good sense in Toronto hosting the World Expo in 2025. What good ever comes from these? (The Toronto Star reports on the mayor’s caution.)

Those who want Toronto to host World Expo 2025 sure have awful timing. The same morning that they held a press conference to urge the city to make a bid for the exposition, Toronto’s top civil servant was warning that city hall is heading for a fiscal cliff.

City manager Peter Wallace told Mayor John Tory and the executive committee on Tuesday morning that the “tricks” the city has been using to balance its books won’t work forever. “The process of kicking the can down the road will inevitably come to an end,” he said.

Toronto already has trouble paying for keeping the potholes filled and the streetcars rumbling, not to mention all the “unmet capital needs,” such as public housing repairs and transit maintenance. What a fine time, then, to spend a bundle on a flashy international fair.

No one seems to know for sure yet what it would cost to host the expo, but you can be certain that it wouldn’t be cheap. A 2013 Ernst & Young study said it could range from $1-billion to $3-billion, depending on the breaks.

Written by Randy McDonald

May 25, 2016 at 8:00 pm

[NEWS] Some Wednesday links

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  • Bloomberg looks at the restarting of northern Alberta oil, looks at the deterioration in Sino-Taiwanese relations, reports on how Norway is using oil money to buffer its economic shocks, and suggests low ECB rates might contribute to a property boom in Germany.
  • Bloomberg View notes the idea of a third party in the US, one on the right to counter Trump, will go nowhere.
  • The CBC notes the settlement of a residential school case in Newfoundland and Labrador and predicts a terrible fire season.
  • The Globe and Mail‘ Kate Taylor considers Canadian content rules in the 21st century.
  • The Inter Press Service notes that planned Kenyan closures of Somali refugee camps will have terrible results.
  • National Geographic looks at the scourge that is Pablo Escobar’s herd of hippos in Colombia.
  • The National Post notes VIA Rail’s existential need for more funding and reports on Jean Chrétien’s support of decriminalizing marijuana.
  • Open Democracy looks at controversies over Victory Day in Georgia, and notes the general impoverishment of Venezuela.
  • Vice looks at new, accurate dinosaur toys, feathers and all.
  • Wired explains why Israel alone of America’s clients can customize F-35s.

[URBAN NOTE] “Toronto to celebrate first Pride Month with slew of events as Pride Parade marks 35 years”

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CP24’s Joshua Freeman wrote about some of the events scheduled for Toronto’s Pride Month this coming June.

Pride Month will feature 60 signature events, some of which will commemorate and explore the raids.

The events will include a June 7 human rights panel at the 519 Community Centre remembering the raids. The panel will be headlined by author Margaret Atwood.

A launch party at the Art Gallery of Ontario with avant-garde queer performances guest curated by Bruce LaBruce will kick things off on June 2.

A fair helping of star power is also expected throughout the month, with events featuring actors George Takei of “Star Trek,” singer/actor Joe Jonas, singer Lila Downs and “Queer As Folk” actor Randy Harrison.

Pride Month will lead up to the 10-day Pride Festival which begins June 24. The events will culminate with the Pride Parade, which will take place on July 3.

Written by Randy McDonald

May 5, 2016 at 7:34 pm

[BLOG] Some Thursday links

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  • blogTO notes the legalization of Uber in Toronto and reports on city council’s approval of Bloor Street bike lanes.
  • In a very personal essay, the Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly explains why she does not celebrate Mother’s Day.
  • D-Brief notes research into whether bears are put off by drones.
  • Dangerous Minds looks at Japanese pop star Kahimi Karie.
  • Joe. My. God. notes that the governor of North Carolina said he might be looking for a new job.
  • Language Hat notes multilingual libraries. (Toronto has quite a few, of course.)
  • The LRB Blog tackles the question of Labour anti-Semitism.
  • The Map Room Blog shares maps of Canadian wildfires.
  • Peter Watts posts some evocative art.
  • The Planetary Society Blog shares images of Mars’ giant volcanos.
  • Window on Eurasia notes declining social mobility in Russia.

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

  • The Boston Globe‘s The Big Picture shares photos from this year’s Boston Marathon.
  • blogTO reports on the proposal to make the lower Don valley a new park.
  • D-Brief notes the impending emergence of cicadas.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to the potentially cataclysmic consequences of very large impacts on early Venus.
  • The Map Room Blog considers the process of mapping Pluto.
  • Shadow, Light & Colour shares adorable photos of turtles at the Brickworks.
  • Spacing Toronto is skeptical of the Special Investigations Unit.
  • Speed River Journal’s Van Waffle reports on the success of a men’s knitting retreat he organized.
  • Torontoist suggests Parkdale has become an independent coffee mecca.
  • Towleroad notes James Franco’s statement that he’s a little bit gay.

[BLOG] Some Friday links

  • Centauri Dreams notes that the early Earth’s magnetic field could protect it from a violent young sun.
  • D-Brief notes some British storks have abandoned seasonal migration in order to stay year-round at landfills.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze looks at the WASP 94AB binary, a system with two stars each with a hot Jupiter.
  • The Dragon’s Tales reports Russia has slashed its space program’s budget by 30%.
  • Marginal Revolution suggests poor Americans could benefit from being more open to moving around.
  • The NYR Daily is not optimistic about the 2016 American presidential election.
  • Strange Maps divides the world into zones defined by income.
  • Torontoist looks at Ireland Park, built to commemorate the Famine refugees.
  • Transit Toronto notes that today, the 18th of March, is Transit Driver Appreciation Day.
  • The Financial Times‘ The World wonders what would happen if Russia cut natural gas supplies to the European Union.
  • Arnold Zwicky shares an amusing St. Patrick’s Day cartoon.

[URBAN NOTE] On Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s upcoming attendance at Pride Toronto

This is big news. From blogTO:

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed today he’ll be marching in this year’s Pride Parade in Toronto. It’s no surprise he’ll be attending but it is significant – Trudeau will become the first Prime Minister to ever participate in the festivities.

In 2015, Trudeau made his presence known at Pride when, as leader of the Liberal Party prior to the federal election, he dressed in a pink shirt and white pants and hammed it up in front of large crowds and cameras alongside Premier Kathleen Wynne.

Joe. My. God. shared the Pride Toronto press release.

Pride Toronto, the city’s most vibrant and inclusive arts and cultural festival and North America’s largest Pride celebration, unveiled today its 2016 Pride Month theme, announcing to the world that this June, “YOU CAN SIT WITH US.”

The campaign for Canada’s first-ever Pride Month, features Canada’s top political leaders: noted “sexiest man alive” and “politician dreamboat” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, openly out Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and partner Jane Rounthewaite and Toronto Mayor John Tory who will all participate in this year’s festivities in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Pride Toronto’s 2016 Parade will make Canadian history, with Justin Trudeau participating as Canada’s first ever sitting Prime Minister to march, alongside leadership from both Toronto’s municipal and Ontario’s provincial governments.

Torontoist’s Erica Lenti emphasized the broader political context.

For the first time in Toronto’s history, Canada’s prime minster, Ontario’s premier, and the city’s mayor will participate in Pride festivities.

Pride Toronto unveiled today that Justin Trudeau, Kathleen Wynne (along with partner Jane Rounthewaite), and John Tory will attend the festivities on July 3. Trudeau’s participation will make the first time an incumbent prime minister will march in the parade.

The news comes after four years of former mayor Rob Ford skipping Pride in favour of a cottage weekend, and nine years of Stephen Harper avoiding the event for his entire run as prime minister.

Other attendees at this year’s events include Police Chief Mark Saunders, Minister of Finance Bill Morneau, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Carolyn Bennett, 6ix dad @norm, and Black Lives Matter Toronto, who are this year’s honoured group.

Written by Randy McDonald

February 22, 2016 at 11:59 pm


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