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[ISL] Three notes on Prince Edward Island, changing and otherwise

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  • CBC Prince Edward Island notes that, although down from its 1999 peak, PEI is still Canada’s top potato producer.
  • Strong demand and limited supply means that the Island’s real estate market is tight, with rising prices. CBC Prince Edward Island reports.
  • Meagan Campbell writes in MacLean’s about two of the Island’s newest migrant groups, Amish from Ontario and Buddhist monks from East Asia.

[ISL] Five articles from the Toronto Islands in this time of flood

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  • blogTO shares Aidan Ferreira’s stunning photos of the Toronto Islands flooded out. The damage, especially to the beaches, looks severe.
  • CTV News shares remarkable drone footage of the Toronto Islands.
  • The Toronto Sun reports on the plight of the water taxi operators, unable to earn their living this summer with trips to the Islands.
  • The Toronto Star‘s Fatima Syed notes that, to stay afloat, the Centreville Amusement Park will be selling its beautiful antique carousel.
  • Katharine Laidlaw’s interviews in Toronto Life with Toronto Islanders tell the story of a very hard year.

Written by Randy McDonald

July 21, 2017 at 6:30 pm

[URBAN NOTE] Four notes on parks, from Toronto to Mississauga to Boblo Island

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  • Spacing notes how mapping can reveal the extent of flooding on the Toronto Islands.
  • blogTO reports on Boblo Island, home to an amusement park abandoned more than two decades.
  • At NOW Toronto, Richard Longley describes the wonderful scenic new Trillium Park, built on the former Ontario Place grounds.
  • Global News notes how Mississauga is planning to buy old homes in Cooksville to convert into a new central park.

Written by Randy McDonald

July 13, 2017 at 6:15 pm

[ISL] Six links on islands, from contested geopolitics to environmental changes to Villiers Island

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  • In Toronto, the new Port Lands plan imagines a new island, Villiers, at the mouth of the Don.
  • Brexit means, among other thing, that the EU is no longer supporting the UK on the Chagos. The Economist reports.
  • VICE notes that people on Mauritius fear extensive fish farming will also boost the shark population offshore.
  • The Independent notes that tides and currents have created a new sand bar-cum-island more than 1 km long off of North Carolina, Shelly Island.
  • The National Post notes that sub-Arctic Vardo Island, in Norway, has moved on from its fisheries to become a NATO outpost set to watch Russia.
  • Carmela Fonbuena reports for The Guardian from Thitu Island, a Filipino-occupied island uncomfortably near a Chinese base in the contested South China Sea.

[ISL] Three notes about islands and the humans who try to save them, destroy them, or just stand by

[ISL] Three notes from the flooded Toronto Islands

  • Peter Goffin reports from the hauntingly empty Toronto Islands during their time of flood.
  • Edward Keenan, also in the Star mourns for Torontonians who will spend most of the summer, at least, without having the Islands.
  • Alison Gzowski, a resident of the Toronto Islands, writes for The Globe and Mail about how the flooding reminds her of nature’s power.

Written by Randy McDonald

June 2, 2017 at 11:00 pm

[ISL] “Shetland Islands toy with idea of post-Brexit independence”

Euractiv carries an AFP report looking into the possibility that Scotland’s Shetland Islands might, in the case of the United Kingdom falling apart, try to separate from Scotland to form a sort of West Nordic microstate thanks to the oil in the archipelago’s waters.

Of all the consequences of the Brexit vote, the fate of the Shetland Islands in the North Atlantic and their oil fields and fisheries may not top the list for negotiators in Westminster and Brussels. But it soon might.

But the prospect of a new bid for Scottish independence as Britain leaves the EU is making some residents of these rugged islands think again about whether they would be better off alone.

“It would be wonderful,” Andrea Manson, a Shetland councillor and a leading figure in the Wir Shetland movement for greater autonomy, told AFP.

The movement’s name means “Our Shetland” in the local Scots dialect, a derivation of Middle English which has replaced the islands’ original Germanic language, Norn.

The remote archipelago, already fiercely independent in spirit, is geographically and culturally closer to Scandinavia than to Edinburgh, and politically more aligned with London and Brussels.

In the past 1,300 years, Shetland has been overrun by Scandinavian Vikings, pawned to Scotland as a wedding dowry by Denmark, subsumed into the United Kingdom in 1707, and dragged into the European Economic Community against its will in 1973.

Written by Randy McDonald

February 22, 2017 at 7:00 pm