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[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links, from Stepgate to Emanuel Jaques to mass transit

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    Torontoist’s feature on how Stepgate went viral internationally is a mustread.

  • The National Post covers a disturbing report about claiming a police officer maimed a teenager. If the Toronto police have been actively trying to cover up criminal assault by one of their members …
  • Global News notes that Metrolinx has opted to remove Bombardier for consideration in operating GO Transit.
  • A high-speed ferry link between Toronto and Niagara–St. Catherine’s–is imaginable. Economically viable? The Globe and Mail reports.
  • Simon Lewsen describes in The Globe and Mail how the 1977 murder of Emanuel Jaques led, eventually, to the transformation of Yonge Street.

[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] Seven Toronto links, from condo conversions to a cat park to unsafe beaches

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  • John Michael McGrath argues at TVO that leaving Toronto for Ontario cities with cheaper housing misses the issue of jobs. For starters.
  • Michelle McQuigge looks at how the CNIB is helping make Yonge and St. Clair accessible to the blind.
  • In The Globe and Mail, Erik Heinrich looks at how a mid-rise office tower at 1133 Yonge Street is being transformed into condos.
  • The Toronto Star reports that the condo/hotel tower at 325 Bay Street no longer bears the name of Trump. Toronto is free!
  • The end of the Palace Arms rooming house at King and Strachan, Christian Controneo notes at Torontoist, must be seen as terrible for the people who live there.
  • blogTO notes that E. Coli levels on mainland Toronto beaches make them unsafe for swimmers. No lake water this year!
  • blogTO notes that MontrĂ©al architect Claude Cormier, designer of HTO and Berczy, will next do a cat-themed park.

[NEWS] Four links from Canada, from Sears Canada to the Avro Arrow to racism to First Nations

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  • MacLean’s Joe Castaldo notes the case for Sears Canada giving executives retention bonuses even as it shorts lesser workers.
  • CBC notes another, potentially more successful, search for Avro Arrow models in the depths of Lake Ontario.
  • VICE notes the history of white supremacism in Canada, extending to the point of a failed coup by some in Dominica.
  • Spacing reports on the Indigenous Place Making Council, intended to secure a place for increasingly urban First Nations in Canada.

Written by Randy McDonald

July 16, 2017 at 5:30 pm

[URBAN NOTE] Five links about Toronto, from Pam McConnell to Eglinton Avenue to selfies gone bad

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  • Torontoist remembers Pam McConnell, former deputy mayor and a person committed for a long time to the health of Toronto.
  • The Toronto Star‘s Jesse Winters notes the controversial planned addition of two condo towers, somewhat modified, to the Distillery District.
  • The Toronto Star reports on the rescue of two photo-taiking tourists stranded midway the Scarborough Bluffs. I’m not saying I’ve climbed these very same inclines, just that I empathize with their position.
  • The Star‘s Emma McIntosh confirms what we suspected: The flooding of the Toronto Islands is such that large portions will remain closed off all summer.
  • The Globe and Mail‘s Stephen Wickens notes that there is not a large commerical real estate boom along the new Eglinton Avenue LRT.

[NEWS] Four notes about water, from ferries to rubber ducks to climate change to melting Greenland

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  • blogTO observes that a former ferry from Halifax is coming to Lake Ontario, to connect mainland Toronto to Centre Island.
  • Shawn Micallef notes in the Toronto Star how Toronto fell for the World’s Largest Rubber Duck.
  • Alex Bozikovic notes in The Globe and Mail how Toronto(and other cities) can prepare for climate change by trying to adapt to flooding, not prevent it altogether.
  • CBC notes that the more sunshine Greenland gets, the faster its ice cap melts.

[URBAN NOTE] Five links on changing neighbourhoods in Toronto, from the waterfront to Y&E

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  • Sarah-Joyce Battersby writes for Metro Toronto about how civic activists need to look before the downtown for paradigms of sustainable growth.
  • Steve Kupferman argues at Toronto Life that Toronto is not yet on the brink of a housing market collapse.
  • The Globe and Mail‘s Alex Bozikovic describes how the Bentway, a public space underneath the Gardiner by Fort York, is an unexpected success.
  • Scott Wheeler notes in the Toronto Star how the World’s Largest Rubber Duck successfully drove traffic to the waterfront.
  • Jennifer Pagliaro notes in the Toronto Star what I think is a fundamentally misconceived opposition to a newly approved condo tower at Yonge and Eglinton.