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[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

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  • blogTO notes the all-gender washrooms of the CNE.
  • The Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly looks at ways people can preserve themselves.
  • Dangerous Minds shares photos of homeless people, by themselves and dressed in their childhood dreams.
  • False Steps looks at a proposed Soviet orbital tug.
  • Far Outliers looks at the Navajo, at their pastoralist lifestyle, at their adaptiveness, and at their 1864-1865 deportation east and their 1868 return.
  • Marginal Revolution notes the extreme dependence of Australia on China.
  • The Planetary Society Blog considers the question of scale in a Mars photo.
  • Towleroad notes the impending success of Frank Ocean’s album.
  • Window on Eurasia suggests Russia is undercounting Ukrainians, despairs for the future of Russia-Ukraine relations, and notes the Hitler-Stalin alliance’s legacies.

[URBAN NOTE] “CNE touts ‘extremely aggressive’ waste-diversion”

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This human-interest story in the Canadian National Exhibition, by the Toronto Star“s Jessica Botelho-Urbanski, interests me. I am going this year, I know. (Will I try the food? Maybe.)

Even the “greenest” fair in North America couldn’t avoid throwing out an estimated 300,000 kilograms of waste on its first weekend, according to the facility’s services coordinator.

Brian Dow said over 18 days, from Aug. 19 to Sept. 5, the Canadian National Exhibition collects about 1.8 million kilograms of waste. The CNE also boasts an “extremely aggressive” waste-diversion program designed to offset the fair’s environmental impact, said general manager Virginia Ludy.

And though CNE staff says they’ve diverted about 86 per cent of waste from landfills in the last decade, they’re still looking for ways to improve.

“There’s still 14 per cent to get better at and hopefully at some point in time, we’ll get to a complete 100 per cent diversion,” Ludy said.

Food waste is especially focused upon, with at least 111 vendors in the food building this year, 26 food trucks scheduled to arrive next weekend and about 1.6 million visitors — most of them hungry — to the fair.

Written by Randy McDonald

August 23, 2016 at 8:49 pm

[URBAN NOTE] “Huge party in Toronto to commemorate 2003 blackout”

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blogTO’s Phil Villeneuve notes an awesome-sounding party.

Sunday August 14, roughly around 4 p.m. marks the 13th anniversary of the Toronto Blackout of 2003. Ahhh, what a glorious day that was. Ice cream melted and was eaten, humans spoke to each other, babies were made, it was a trip back to simpler times.

If you’d like to relive that day, don’t worry, there’s a pretty huge anniversary party planned.

Everything kicks off with a picnic at 6 p.m. in Jimmie Simpson Park featuring samba, musical and dance workshops! Folks are encouraged to bring their own blankets and snacks to share.

Written by Randy McDonald

August 12, 2016 at 4:44 pm

[URBAN NOTE] “Pride Toronto executive director resigns after allegations of racism, sexual harassment”

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Adam Miller’s Global News report about the turmoil behind the resignation of Pride Toronto executive director Mathieu Chantelois is eyebrow-raising, to say the least.

The executive director of Pride Toronto has resigned amid allegations he sexually harassed staff members, left “controlled substances” in the organization’s headquarters and was abusive, manipulative, racist, sexist and transphobic, according to an internal email allegedly written by staff members obtained by Global News.

Mathieu Chantelois took to Twitter Wednesday to announce he had resigned from the Pride Toronto Board of Directors, adding he now works at Cineplex Media.

But Chantelois’ resignation announcement is in stark contrast to allegations that surfaced in an internal email allegedly sent from Pride Toronto staff to the organization’s board of directors on July 7, which detailed serious accusations about his conduct.

“Over the last eighteen months, the staff of Pride Toronto have regularly experienced intimidation, verbal abuse, manipulation, and deceit, which we have come to accept as core elements of Mathieu’s personality and character,” the email stated.

“We have been subject to racist, sexist and transphobic comments, sexual harassment, and personal attacks.”

Written by Randy McDonald

August 12, 2016 at 4:29 pm

[ISL] “P.E.I. Pride parade called ‘largest yet'”

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CBC News’ Shane Ross reports on the Pride parade recently held in Charlottetown.

Hundreds of people lined the streets of Charlottetown on Saturday for what organizers are calling P.E.I.’s largest Pride parade yet.

There were about 40 floats. Churches, community groups and all three political parties participated.

“We have so many new floats today,” said Tyler Murnaghan of Pride PEI. “I mean, even the fire department is here, the navy, the military. I’m blown away with the incredible people that have showed up.”

Zak Court said while the parade is about having fun, it’s also an opportunity to tackle some of the challenges that still face the LGBT community.

“Coming from P.E.I., we are more of a rural setting, and discrimination and prejudice shows a little more on the surface and it’s really good to come together and show solidarity where people who maybe haven’t come out of the closet or teens can come and have a safe place to talk and be themselves.”

Written by Randy McDonald

August 1, 2016 at 8:45 pm

[BLOG] Some Friday links

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  • blogTO looks at some of the high points in the Yonge and Eglinton condo boom.
  • D-Brief notes a demonstration in orangutans of some of the traits needed for speech, and language.
  • Centauri Dreams looks at the isolated young star CX330.
  • Dangerous Minds reports on a late 1970s yearbook for Siouxsie and the Banshees.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes that perchlorate salts are all over Mars.
  • The NYRB Daily notes the particular tenor of Chinese nationalism makes it difficult to deal with the South China Sea.
  • Savage Minds starts a discussion about the ethnography of violence.
  • Torontoist carries the guest essay of a Caribana fan who will be giving the festival another try.
  • Window on Eurasia suggests Russia has returned to the stagnation of the pre-Gorbachev 1980s.
  • Yorkshire Ranter Alex Harrowell finds, on reanalysis, a positive connection between Brexit support and Austerity.

[URBAN NOTE] “First Pride march in Steinbach, Manitoba draws thousands”

The Globe and Mail carries James Turner’s Canadian Press report.

A former member of a religious colony told the first Pride parade ever held in this small Manitoba city how important it is for gay people to speak up and share their stories.

“I expose my life so that others can know that they are not alone they too deserve a happy, fulfilling life,” said Tyrone Hofer before a cheering crowd.

Hofer, a former member of a conservative colony of Hutterian Brethren, said he wished he’d had someone to talk to as he was growing up and struggling with his sexual identity. That’s why, he said, he and other openly gay Hutterites are now speaking publicly.

“Instead of asking yourself, ‘what would Jesus do?,’ ask yourself, ‘what did Jesus do?’ ” he said.

RCMP estimated 3,000 people attended the Pride march, far higher than the anticipated 1,000. Police had to open a second street to accommodate everyone.

The city’s population is roughly 14,000.

Written by Randy McDonald

July 10, 2016 at 5:45 pm


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