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[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links

  • A new project hopes to revitalize the Golden Mile of Scarborough, along Eglinton Avenue. The Toronto Star reports.
  • blogTO looks at how IKEA is going to be opening a new smaller store in downtown Toronto in the next two years, here.
  • blogTO looks at a plan to make 80 Bloor Street West, in Yorkville, into a golden skyscraper 79 stories tall.
  • Sadly, Chick-Fil-A at Yonge and Bloor still has long lines. blogTO reports.
  • Radheyan Simonpillai reviews the new Kevin Donovan book The Billionaire Murders, looking at the unsolved killings of the Shermans in 2017.

[PHOTO] Surprise IKEA Shuttle Bus, Kipling Station

Surprise IKEA Shuttle Bus sign #toronto #ttc #kiplingstation #ikea #ikeaetobicoke #signs #bus

Written by Randy McDonald

October 18, 2019 at 9:30 am

[PHOTO] Five photo links: Jonathon Keats, architecture, Sophie Calle, QSize, Fernando Bengoecha

  • Motherboard reports on the Millennium Cameras of Jonathon Keats, who will be taking photos with a thousand-year exposure from the Lake Tahoe shoreline to document climate change.
  • Oliver Wainwright at The Guardian reports on the growing impact of Instagram, and social photography generally, on architecture and design.
  • JSTOR Daily reports on the photography of love and obsession of Sophie Calle.
  • Drew Rowsome looks at the photography of QSize.
  • Peter Rukavina shared a link to a documentary telling the story of photographer Fernando Bengoecha, whose photo of Amsterdam has become iconic thanks to its IKEA association.

[NEWS] Five links from around the world: Montenegro, Donbas, Warmbier, IKEA in India, futures

  • This Open Democracy article examines how, exactly, Montenegro could start a Third World War. (It would need help from the Great Powers, for starters.)
  • Politico Europe notes that wildlife seems to thrive on the depopulated front line in eastern Ukraine’s Donbas.
  • Doug Bock Clark writes at GQ about the sad story of Otto Warmbier, finding much evidence to confirm that he was not tortured but rather that he suffered a sadder fate.
  • The New York Times takes a look at the first IKEA in India, still recognizably an IKEA but tailored to fit local conditions.
  • Douglas Rushkoff writes at The Guardian about the blind alleys of nihilism and fear that at least some corporate futurists and transhumanists are racing into.

[PHOTO] Traffic on the Gardiner past IKEA Etobicoke

Traffic on the Gardiner past IKEA #toronto #ikea #ikeaetobicoke #gardinerexpressway #islingtoncitycentrewest

It’s probably not by chance that IKEA Etobicoke is located just a few minutes’ walk west on the Queensway from Toronto’s last Zellers, the one I first visited June 2015 and then again, with my parents, in November 2017. Commercial real estate in south Etobicoke is substantially cheaper than in many other parts of Toronto. Still, I can’t help but see something symbolic in the siting of a new successful store in a world-famous chain so close to the last remnant of a failed Canadian chain.

The views offered from the IKEA restaurant of the Gardiner Expressway to the south are amazing. Well-planned, IKEA, well-planned.

Written by Randy McDonald

November 12, 2017 at 11:30 am

[PHOTO] The patriotic blue and gold, among others

The patriotic blue and gold, among others #toronto #ikea #ikeaetobicoke #flags #ontario #canada #sweden

I visited IKEA’s Etobicoke store yesterday with my visiting parents, down at Kipling and Queensway not far from the Gardiner. There, the Swedish flag was flying proudly alongside the flags of Ontario and Canada.

By happy coincidence, yesterday happened to be Gustavus Adolphus Day, an event commemorating the Swedish king of that day celebrated in the former realms of the Swedish empire.

Written by Randy McDonald

November 7, 2017 at 11:00 am

[PHOTO] 17 photos from IKEA Then & Now, Design Exchange (#ikeacan40)

Ads for the exhibit IKEA Then & Now, running at the Design Exchange downtown between the 21st and the 30th of this month, kept appearing on my Facebook feed. Why not go? It was free, after all, and the Financial District is always fun to roam around. The exhibit’s hashtag #ikeacan40 beckoned, and so, Thursday night, I went.

Here for #ikeacan40 #toronto #designexchange #ikea #financialdistrict

The exhibit heavily plays up the origins of IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad in the southern Swedish province of Småland, described in the exhibit as a poor but frugal region in a country that was rapidly developing. Making good things inexpensively, the exhibit had it, was IKEA’s key to global success. That, and a certain amount of cosmopolitanism: Kamprad apparently picked “IKEA” because the phrase sounded French to him.

Ingvar Kamprad #toronto #designexchange #ikea #financialdistrict #ingvarkamprad

Logos through time #toronto #designexchange #ikeacan40 #financialdistrict #ikea #logos

In a better Sweden #toronto #designexchange #ikea #financialdistrict #sweden

Stationary #toronto #designexchange #ikeacan40 #financialdistrict #ikea

We exhibit-goers got to see samples of some of IKEA’s many different manufactured goods.

Rainbow of goods, 3 #toronto #designexchange #ikeacan40 #financialdistrict #ikea #rainbow

Rainbow of goods #toronto #designexchange #ikeacan40 #financialdistrict #ikea #rainbow

Rainbow of goods, 2 #toronto #designexchange #ikeacan40 #financialdistrict #ikea #rainbow

Designs through time #toronto #designexchange #ikeacan40 #financialdistrict #ikea

The POÄNG in miniature #toronto #designexchange #ikeacan40 #financialdistrict #ikea #poäng #chair

One element of the exhibit I liked were the different model rooms staged in different decades’ styles, from the 1970s to the present.

IKEA of the 1970s #toronto #designexchange #ikeacan40 #financialdistrict #ikea

IKEA of the 1980s #toronto #designexchange #ikeacan40 #financialdistrict #ikea

IKEA of the 1990s #toronto #designexchange #ikeacan40 #financialdistrict #ikea

IKEA of the 2000s #toronto #designexchange #ikeacan40 #financialdistrict #ikea

IKEA of the 2010s #toronto #ikeacan40 #designexchange #ikea #financialdistrict

I did take the chance to get some photographic evidence of my presence.

Me, catalogue model #toronto #ikeacan40 #designexchange #ikea #financialdistrict #me

I also jumped in the ball pit, full of globes in Swedish blue and yellow.

Me in balls #toronto #ikeacan40 #designexchange #ikea #financialdistrict #balls #blue #yellow #me #selfie

Written by Randy McDonald

October 29, 2016 at 2:00 pm

[NEWS] Some Saturday links

  • Bloomberg notes the difficulties Syrian refugees have with liberal Europe, reports on warnings of dropping property values, and examines Russia’s search for partners in Southeast Asia.
  • Bloomberg View reports on a Russian oligarch who warns of the dangers of oil dependence.
  • CBC warns of a resurgence of sexism if Hillary Clinton gets elected.
  • The Inter Press Service notes the positive things refugees can bring to the cities where they are resettled.
  • The National Post reports a claim that an Argentine lawyer who was investigating a terrorist bombing in Buenos Aires was forced to kill himself.
  • Reuters notes Oklahoma legislators who want to impeach Obama over trans rights.
  • The Toronto Star notes the imminent installation of a tidal power turbine on the Bay of Fundy.
  • Wired looks at IKEA’s indoor farming kit and defends Los Angeles’ new metro line.

[NEWS] Some Saturday links

  • First off, congratulations to friend of the blog Jonathan Edelstein for his role in setting an unjustly imprisoned man free in New York State.
  • The National Post repots on calls to send a mission to Europa.
  • Der Spiegel‘s English-language edition reports on the continuing ethnic divisions in Bosnia and Herzegovina, specifically in relationship to the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand by Serb nationalists in 1914 that started the First World War.
  • Business Week notes that the ongoing crisis in Thailand is hampering the country’s economy, observes the ongoing issues with accumulating space junk, documents a Russian HIV/AIDS pandemic made worse by Russia’s non-constructive dealings with the causes of HIV’s spread, and notes that mass immigration from the European Union–especially Germany–is a major political concern in Switzerland.
  • CBC notes that the recent ice storm hurting spending at growing Canadian chain Dollarama, reports that an immunity deal has been struck with an ex-Tory worker charged with involvement in the robocalls scandal, and observes that the so-called IKEA monkey man has been ordered to pay 83 thousand dollars in legal costs to the sanctuary that took in her pet monkey Darwin.
  • National Geographic explores the question of whether or not there might be planets better-suited to life than the Earth, and whether these planets should be the subject of searchers.
  • The Advocate reports on the case of a transgendered woman in Louisiana, Pamela Raintree, who helped save a local anti-discrimination ordinance by offering the ordinance’s opponent the first stone to throw at her, in keeping with the Bible’s mandating of death.
  • MacLean’s argues that Turkey is set for an inevitable crash as its economic and political and social contradictions come to a knot.
  • Universe Today notes that, after the success of the Chang’e 3 moon rover, China now wants to land astronauts on the moon and set up a crewed facility.

[BRIEF NOTE] On why monkeys should not be pets

The world-famous story of the monkey Darwin who, left unattended in the parking lot of a Toronto IKEA, escaped, in his photogenic coat, catching the attention of shoppers inside the store, continues on. The monkey’s former owner is suing to get the monkey back.

Yasmin Nakhuda said the public may not understand the close relationship she and her family had with the monkey, whose return they are seeking.

“Unless you have owned a primate, you can’t really understand my relationship with Darwin,” Nakhuda said Wednesday, during a rally held outside Toronto Animal Services.

“He was not a dog, he was not a cat, he was a little person.”

Nakhuda said the monkey is more like a child than a pet.

“Japanese macaques, they have 93 per cent human DNA. So, he would act like a little child, and therefore when I call him my son, I’m not mental,” she said. “I don’t think that’s the situation here.”

She had even bought the monkey special clothes to wear over the holidays.

“I had bought his Santa Claus and Christmas dress and his bow-tie for the New Year,” Nakhuda said.

But “he is not here right now to wear it,” she said.

As many people have said already, the few parents who leave their infants unattended in parked cars are not good parents. More germanely still, Andrew Westoll, author of the very compelling award-winning book The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary, which describes a Québec sanctuary for formerly captive chimpanzees, points out in his blog post “Does Darwin the IKEA monkey need a human mother?” that Nakhuda is now the monkey’s mother at all, and that pretending otherwise will ultimately be cruel to him.

“He needs his mother the way a child needs his mother,” said Nakhuda.

We agree! Darwin does need his mother. But here’s the rub (which I can’t believe this story necessitates pointing out): Nakhuda isn’t Darwin’s mother. Darwin was taken from his biological mother probably within hours of his birth. His real mother is likely long-since dead, or at the very least continuing to have her babies stolen from her in a breeding “facility.” Say what you will about Nakhuda; she is no Japanese macaque. Story Book, on the other hand, is already home to two of them, Lexy and Julien.

What Darwin needs now is much more than simply a warm primate body to snuggle with. He needs to be socialized with other monkeys of his kind as soon as possible, to kick-start the emotional and cognitive development that has surely been stunted by being raised in a human home. He needs to be fed and sheltered by people who have experience feeding and sheltering traumatized monkeys. He needs to be given the dignity to live like a monkey, however imperfect life in a sanctuary might be, because it’s only through providing a dignified life to animals that we demonstrate real compassion, and set good examples for our own children when it comes to relating to the natural world.

[. . .]

It may not seem cruel to raise a monkey in a human home, but it is. It may not seem cruel to teach a monkey how to brush his teeth like a human, eat like a human or wear clothes like a human, but it is. Why? Because all of these scenarios are destined to end badly for the monkey. They will inevitably result in a profoundly messed up and confused non-human primate, a cross-fostered (and very large) adult with no sense of its own identity, psychologically traumatized, and with the size, strength, aggressiveness and incisors to act out on its condition with potentially catastrophic consequences.

And what happens when owners realize this? The monkey is either abandoned, sold to a roadside zoo or a research lab, or euthanized.

I sincerely hope that Darwin isn’t returned to Nakhuda. Darwin deserves better.

Written by Randy McDonald

December 20, 2012 at 11:10 pm