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[URBAN NOTE] Fifteen Kingston, Ontario links (#kingstonon)

  • CBC reports on suggestions that Kingston should plan for a population expected to grow significantly in coming decades, to not just expand but to have intensified development downtown.
  • The rental housing market for Kingston is very tight, not only because of large student populations. Global News reports.
  • Kingstonist reports on Queen’s plans to build a large new student residence on Albert Street, here.
  • The Whig-Standard carries an account of the new Queen’s principal being interrogated by Kingston city council over issues of friction between school and city, including costs for policing (and not only at Homecoming weekend).
  • This summer, farmers in the Kingston area saw poor crop production as a consequence of the weather. Global News reports.
  • Happily, the budget of the city of Kingston was made to accommodate costs for Murney, the police force’s horse. Global News reports.
  • Weston Food’s plant in Kingston has seen forty jobs cut. Global News reports.
  • Lake Ontario Park, in the west of the city, may be reopened to limited camping. The Whig-Standard reports.
  • Kingston hockey player Rebecca Thompson is now playing for the team of Queen’s. Global News reports.
  • Queen’s University is not alone in urging its exchange students in Hong Kong to evacuate. The Whig-Standard reports.
  • Yesterday, a plane crashed in the west of Kingston, killing all seven people aboard. CBC reports</u..
  • Chris Morris at Kingstonist has a long feature examining the Kingston Street Mission, interviewing outreach worker Marilyn McLean about her work with the homeless of the city.
  • Kingston-born street nurse Cathy Crowe talks about homelessness, in Kingston and across Canada. Global News reports.
  • The family of Royal Military College cadet Joe Grozelle, who disappeared from his campus and was later found dead two decades ago, wants his fate reinvestigated. Global News reports.
  • A hundred students at a Kingston public school are being taught how to skate, part of a pilot program. Global News reports.

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Montréal, Detroit, New York City, Mumbai, Stratford

  • La Presse interviews one owner of a calèche, an iconic horse-and-carriage from Montréal, who claims that an impending ban will be devastating.
  • blogTO notes the possibility, in the early 2020s, of a new passenger rail route connecting Toronto to Detroit.
  • CityLab takes a look at The Shed, the performing arts centre in the controversial Manhattan development of Hudson Yards.
  • Bloomberg makes the argument for India to create a purpose-built financial centre for Mumbai.
  • Stu Neatby at The Guardian looks at the shortage of rental housing in the growing Charlottetown PE suburb of Stratford.

[NEWS] Five JSTOR Daily links: doctors & drugs, horses & war, JFK, raisin wine, Irish & Ireland

  • JSTOR Daily notes how early doctors used to party with drugs as a matter of course.
  • JSTOR Daily notes the experiences of horses and donkeys in the US Civil War.
  • JSTOR Daily notes how the disaster of the Bay of Pigs changed the decision-making of JFK.
  • JSTOR Daily notes how early 19th century American Jews made use of raisin wine in Passover, and how this changed.
  • JSTOR Daily notes how the revival of the Irish language, connecting Ireland to the rest of Europe, played a key role in leading to independence for Ireland.

[ISL] Five #islands links: Kurils, Chincoteague, Crete, St. Helena, Fisher Island

  • Quartz notes that Japan this year is hoping to regain two of the Kuril Islands from Russia.
  • This sad report looks at how the wild horses of Chincoteague island, off the coast of Virginia, are endangered by an infectious fungus.
  • Guardian Cities notes how an energetic resistance in Heraklion, chief city of the island of Crete, helped drive out Golden Dawn.
  • Conservative Home shares an article noting that hopes for a tourism boom in the isolated South Atlantic island of St. Helena have come to naught because weather makes regular flights prohibitive.
  • Bloomberg reported last April that Fisher Island, off Miami, zip code 33109, is the richest zip code in the United States.

[ISL] Six #PEI links: Buddhism and horses, Bernier and immigration, Pogey Beach, St. Peter’s Island

  • The Buddhist community of Prince Edward Island, CBC PEI reports, runs a sanctuary for horses that gives dozens a chance to live out their lives in peace.
  • Russell Wangersky at The Guardian notes how utterly foolish the anti-immigration policies of Maxime Bernier would be for an Atlantic Canada that desperately needs people to come.
  • This CBC feature on the marine life of “Pogey Beach”, the PEI North Shore’s Tracadie Beach, is a visual delight.
  • CBC PEI reports on the rescue of two people off of the south shore’s uninhabited St. Peters Island, an island I’ve seen only from above.
  • From October 2016, I have a blog post sharing the photos I took of St. Peter’s Island from above in a flight that summer, gathering together some links about that place.
  • This Peter Rukavina blog post looking at the merits of the two outdoor pianos of Charlottetown is a delight.

[OBSCURA] “The diving horse at Hanlan’s Point”

The diving horse at Hanlan's Point

Some days ago, Facebook’s algorithms recycled Derek Flack’s 2014 blogTO post noting that this photo is the most popular one at the City of Toronto Archives’ Flickr site.

In it, a white horse is plunging head first into the still water off Hanlan’s Point. In a second it will crash below the surface, swim to the top, and do it all over again a short time later.

The horse in the picture was named either King or Queen and was one of a pair owned by J.W. Gorman, a travelling American entertainer who appeared at amusement parks in Boston, New York, and other parts of New England, as well as Toronto.

At the time these photos were taken, Hanlan’s Point was home to a popular amusement park that featured a wooden roller coaster, merry-go-round, athletic field, and water shows. The diving horses, a popular form of entertainment, would walk up a ramp to the top of the diving platform and either jump or be dropped through a trap door.

It’s not clear whether the horses enjoyed performing the stunt but it’s hard to imagine the show maintaining its allure if the animals had to be poked and prodded to the top of the ramp (though that does appear to have been an issue in later years in the U.S.) They clearly weren’t injured by the fall, either – King and Queen performed several times a day.

Then, there were 6,500 views. As of this posting, there are 10,965.

Written by Randy McDonald

March 16, 2016 at 5:02 pm

[ISL] “Sable Island horses should be removed, says biologist”

CBC reported these weekend just past on a proposal that the herd of horses on Sable Island, almost literally a giant sand bank several hundred kilometres southeast of Nova Scotia, be removed to the mainland. Biologist Ian Jones makes a convincing two-pronged argument, that the non-native horses not only are damaging a fragile environment but that they themselves are suffering in an environment that cannot support them in health.

According to a scientific report ordered by Parks Canada, excessive inbreeding, a tiny population and extreme weather linked to global warming all pose risks of extinction to the fabled horses. Parks Canada is the newly appointed custodian of the historic sand crescent that lies about 175 kilometres off the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia.

The herd, first introduced to the island in the 1760s and left to fend for itself since 1960, now numbers more than 500 animals but the population could drop precipitously after just one harsh winter, with food hard to access under heavy snow or ice, according to the study. The ponies also may suffer from low genetic diversity, making them less resilient to disease and prone to reproductive failure.

But Jones argues the horses “hurt” the island and “cause destruction.”

“Remote island ecosystems are the most endangered ecosystems,” he said. “Sable Island is such a place and the horses are modifying the island. They need to be removed.”

Jones adds that the island’s environment is hurting the horses.

“I love horses … and I certainly wish the very best for those horses,” he said. “Every bite they take, they get a mouthful of sand and grass. Their teeth are wearing away. They endure a lot of suffering because of the climate.

“If you or anyone kept horses in these conditions on your farm, you would be charged and convicted with cruelty to animals.”

Written by Randy McDonald

December 1, 2014 at 8:39 pm