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[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links, from nuclear war to the TTC to poverty to pop culture

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  • Worrying about the relationship of Toronto and nuclear weapons seems very 1980s. What’s old is new again, as noted at NOW Toronto.
  • Steve Munro points out that talk of a fare freeze on the TTC ignores the underlying economics. Who, and what, will pay for this?
  • It’s nice that the Little Free Pantry is being supported, as Global News observes, but what does it say about our city that this is a thing?
  • Clifton Joseph notes the Toronto Caribbean Festival has never achieved its goals of emancipation. Cue Bakhtin …
  • Global News notes the new Drake music video promoting his OVO Fest store at Yorkdale. I should go.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links, from Ken Pagan to real estate to Leslie Street Spit to Blockobana

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  • This U>long-form CBC article looking at Ken Pagan, the man who became infamous through his beer can toss, has insight.
  • I like Christopher Hume’s article describing changes of zoning around apartment highrises, to allow shops.
  • John Lorinc’s suggestion that taxes collected from foreign buyers be put towards social housing is provocative.
  • Robert Zunke is the man, sometime construction worker, assembling shrines on the Leslie Street spit.
  • Torontoist describes Blockobana, the queer black space at this year’s Toronto Caribbean Festival.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links, from Bakhtinian Caribana to climate and environment to Leslie Spit

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  • Spacing hosts Cheryl Thompson’s article examining Toronto’s Caribbean festival as a Bakhtinian organized chaos.
  • VICE examines how social housing in Canada will be hard-hit by climate change, including rising temperatures.
  • Torontoist shares a sponsored guide to attractions in the Ontario Greenbelt.
  • Laura Howells at the Toronto Star notes that if garlic mustard has to be an invasive plant in the forests of Ontario, at least it helps that it is a tasty invader.
  • Julien Gignac reports on the mystery of who the artist building shrines at Leslie Spit actually is.

[ISL] Four links on the Island, from LGBTQ pride to Syrian refugees to a possible U-Boat off Tignish

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  • CBC reports on a straight Summerside couple who are painting rainbows around the Island’s second city against hate.
  • Maureen Coulter writes in The Guardian about Pride week in Charlottetown, the start coinciding with my visit. I can scarcely imagine.
  • Katerina Georgieva notes the coming one-year anniversary of the arrival of the Abdulhey family from Syria on PEI.
  • Was a U-Boat sunk off the Island coast, by Tignish, in 1943? Millicent McKay reports on the latest search.

[NEWS] Five links about Canada, from #Canada150 travel to cultural visibilities

  • In The Globe and Mail, Ian Brown and Nam Phi Dang’s photo essay tracking the adventures of a bus of Chinese tourists who went from Toronto to the Island and back is insightful and amusing.
  • Alex Ballingall’s account in the Toronto Star of his week-long trek along the Trans-Canada Trail from Niagara to Toronto is enlightening. Would I could do this …
  • Mark Milke in MacLean’s argues that, regrettable excesses aside, Canadians should be proud of our British heritage.
  • The Montreal Gazette‘s Brendan Kelly wonders why a supposedly Canadian music compilation does not include any French-language songs.
  • In the Toronto Star, Emma Teitel points out that visibility, including corporate visibility, is hugely important in Pride.

[NEWS] Five Fourth of July links, from holiday fireworks mayhem to alternate history to Trump

  • Strange Company shares some vintage stories of mayhem, mostly fireworks-related, from 4th of July celebrations a century ago.
  • In The Atlantic, Uri Friedman interviews Harry Turtledove about alternate history, starting with the possibility of a failed War of American Independence.
  • Tristin Hopper of the National Post shares a decidedly contrarian–Loyalist, even–take on the War of American Independence.
  • Jeff Stein of Vox argues that American liberals should not reject American independence, with its real radicalism and egalitarianism.
  • At VICE, Harry Cheadle interviews Mike Jakeman about the implications of the Trump disinterest in global leadership.

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait is skeptical that the Trump-era EPA will deal well with global warming.
  • Discover’s The Crux considers the challenge of developing safer explosives for fireworkers.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper considering the (real) possibility of Earth-like worlds orbiting neutron stars.
  • Language Log notes an odd use of katakana in Australia.
  • The LRB Blog considers the possibly overrated import of George Osborne’s move into the newspaper business.
  • Marginal Revolution notes one observer’s suggestion that China could sustain high-speed growth much longer than Japan.
  • The NYR Daily shares Eleanor Davis’ cartoon journal of her bike trip across America.
  • Peter Rukavina does not like the odd way Prince Edward Island made its library card into a museum pass.
  • Starts with a Bang’s Ethan Siegel notes the odd galaxy MACS2129-1, young yet apparently no longer star-forming.
  • Strange Company explores the strange death of 17th century New England woman Rebecca Cornell.
  • Unicorn Booty looks at how early Playgirl tried to handle, quietly, its substantially gay readership.
  • Window on Eurasia looks at one Russian proclaiming Russia needs to stop an imminent takeover by Muslims.