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[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

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  • 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

[PHOTO] Seasonal St. Patrick’s Day Greenery, Dollarama, Leslieville

Seasonal Dollarama greenery #toronto #dollarama #stpatricksday #green #leslieville

Thursday evening, when I went into a new Dollarama in Leslieville I found one aisle filled with St. Patrick’s greenery.

Written by Randy McDonald

February 22, 2016 at 8:46 am

[PHOTO] Family Day visitors to the Union-Pearson Express to the left, paying customers to the right

Family Day visitors to the left, paying customers to the right #toronto #unionpearsonexpress

The Union-Pearson Express was exceptionally popular yesterday. I was lucky enough to get there at 11:30 in the morning, waiting only an hour and a half. As Toronto Star‘s Geoffrey Vendeville noted in “UP Express a huge hit — when it’s a free ride”, the line got much longer after that.

Thousands of people crammed into Union Station and spent much of Family Day lining up for a train ride to the airport, even if they had no flight to catch.

Metrolinx, the provincial transit agency that oversees the Union Pearson Express, waived the shuttle’s fares during the holiday and NBA all-star weekend to introduce more people to the eight-month-old train service.

The UP Express usually gets between 2,200 and 2,500 riders per day, well short of its first-year goal of 5,000 passengers daily, said Anne Marie Aikins, a Metrolinx spokeswoman.

But ridership increased almost fivefold this weekend. About 10,000 people boarded trains on Saturday, and 13,500 did on Sunday.

On Monday, the queue for the airport shuttle from Union snaked all the way from the east wing of the train station’s Great Hall to the UP Express terminus in the SkyWalk. There was a separate, much faster line for people hurrying to catch a plane.

In this photo, you can see the Family Day visitors lined up to the left, leaving space free for these paying customers to the right. There was a lot of space to the right.

Written by Randy McDonald

February 16, 2016 at 9:50 am

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

  • blogTO notes underground constructions, from subways to roads, which never took off.
  • Centauri Dreams suggests that an analysis of KIC 8462852 which claimed the star had dimmed sharply over the previous century is incorrect.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze looks at the greenhouse effect of water vapour in exoplanets and wonders if carbon monoxide detection precludes life.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes the economic radicalism of early Marvel.
  • Marginal Revolution argues China’s financial system should remain disconnected from the wider world’s so as to avoid capital flight.
  • The Numerati reacts to the recent snowstorm.
  • Personal Reflections examines Australia Day.
  • The Planetary Society Blog depicts an astronomer tracking a comet.
  • The Russian Demographics Blog notes that Ukraine now hosts one million refugees.
  • Towleroad notes that gay refugees are now getting separate housing in Germany.
  • Window on Eurasia talks about the worrying popularity of Chechnya’s Kadyrov and suggests that when the money runs out Russia’s regions will go their separate ways.

[BLOG] Some Friday links

  • Anthropology.net notes the study of ice man Otzi’s gut flora.
  • blogTO shares photos of different Toronto intersections a century ago.
  • The Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly considers the virtues of rest.
  • Centauri Dreams considers how we date stars.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze considers the fates of exoplanets in untable circumbinary orbits.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes China’s construction of a second, indigenous, aircraft carrier.
  • Geocurrents maps real estate prices in California.
  • Kieran Healy notes an odd checkerboard of land ownership in Nevada.
  • Languages of the World notes a study suggesting that one never truly completely forgets one’s first language.
  • Language Log notes the snark directed at the Oregon militiamen.
  • The Map Room maps thawing in the global Arctic.
  • Marginal Revolution suggests one way in which religion is good for the poor.
  • The Planetary Society Blog notes an exciting proposal for a Europa lander.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer does not think the 2016 American presidential election will necessarily change much, not compared to 2012.
  • Peter Rukavina shares the results of his family’s use of a water metre.
  • The Russian Demographics Blog maps the distribution of Germans in Soviet Ukraine circa 1926.
  • Towleroad looks at syphilis in the male gay/bi community.
  • Window on Eurasia notes the alienation of Donbas, looks at the decline of Russia-linked churches in Ukraine and a proposal to shift the date of Christmas, and wonders about Tatarstan.
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