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[NEWS] Cannabis shopping, saving right whales, forests during climate cha

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  • I have to say that I like the new retail landscape for cannabis being imagined, as much of a break with the old highly personalized network of buyers though it may be. (Non-smoker, here.) CBC reports.
  • This account of the complex paperwork required of people trying to save right whales entangled in fishing nets is almost humourous in its tragedy. CBC reports.
  • Many forests destroyed in recent wildfires are not recovering, on account of ongoing climate shifts making the regrowth of old ecologies impossible. CBC reports.
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Written by Randy McDonald

December 15, 2017 at 10:45 pm

[NEWS] Three links on Ontario transit: GO Transit. Kitchener-Waterloo, intercity buses, Northlander

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  • Making a much stronger commitment to GO Transit links connecting Kitchener-Waterloo with Toronto is essential. The GTA hardly stops at Hamilton, after all. CBC has it.
  • The weakness of intercity bus transit in Ontario, at least outside of the GTA, is a real problem. It magnifies the effect of distance in the vast stretches of this province. TVO reports.
  • The case for the return of the Northlander, the passenger rail service northern Ontario had until recently, seems strong to me. TVO looks at the issue.

Written by Randy McDonald

December 15, 2017 at 9:00 pm

[NEWS] Four links: post-strike education in Ontario, mummers of Newfounland, Vancouver, Mary Edelman

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  • News that one-tenth of Ontario college students dropped out during the recent strike is not surprising. The National Post reports.
  • Atlas Obscura shares photos of the mummers of Newfoundland and the backstory of this cultural phenomenon.
  • Making abandoned housing in the Vancouver neighbourhood of West Point Grey into student housing sounds great to me. Global News reports.
  • This obituary for Mary Edelman, long-time Toronto resident and repairer of the typewriters of famed authors, offers insight into a fascinating literary past. The Toronto Star has it.

[BLOG] Some Friday links

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  • Architetuul considers the architectural potential offered by temporary constructions.
  • Centauri Dreams examines how the latest artificial intelligence routines were used to pick up the faint signal of Kepler-90i.
  • JSTOR Daily examines the sign language used by the deaf servants popular at the Ottoman imperial court.
  • Gizmodo notes that preliminary studies of ‘Oumuamua suggest that body is not a technological artifact.
  • Hornet Stories notes the bizarre friendship of Floyd Mayweather with Chechnya’s Ramzan Kadyrov.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes the negative effects of NAFTA and globalization on the food eaten by Mexicans.
  • Geoffrey Pullum at Lingua Franca notes the fine line between dialectal differences and language errors.
  • The LRB Blog takes a quick look at corruption in the Russian bid for the World Cup in 2018.
  • The NYR Daily looks at Russian influence behind the Brexit referendum, noting the long-term need of the American and British democracies to adapt.
  • Jake Shears talks with Towleroad about the role that the city of New Orleans has been playing in his life and his creative work.

[MUSIC] Five notes about music: Sam the Record Man, Berlin techno, Morrissey, Bj√∂rk, Canada

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  • Max Mertens at NOW Toronto takes a look at the storied history of the Sam the Record Man sign.
  • The Local Germany Kreports on how the fate of Berlin’s techno nightclubs is a matter of general concern across the political spectrum.
  • Der Spiegel has released audiotapes of that paper’s interview with Morrissey, revealing his denials of racism and victim-blaming to be false.
  • Bjork’s new album Utopia, that artist’s reaction to the Anthropocene, sounds like it will be fantastic.
  • Carl Wilson’s examination of the stylistic and musical evolution of the indie scene in Canada over the past decade, from the collective towards Soundcloud, is fascinating. The Globe and Mail has it.

[NEWS] Four notes about journalism: local news, education, LA weekly, predictions

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  • April Lindgren at The Conversation makes the obvious point that, if Canadians want local news coverage, they are going to have to get used to paying for it.
  • The Western Gazette, student paper of the University of Western Ontario, looks at how that university’s journalism programs are changing in the face of journalism’s plight.
  • Jennifer Swann at VICE notes how journalists once employed by LA Weekly are trying to lead a boycott of that paper, with the hope of eventually rebooting it.
  • The predictions on the future of journalism shared by the Nieman Journalism Lab are worth noting, because of their realism and lack of illusion.

Written by Randy McDonald

December 14, 2017 at 7:45 pm

[BLOG] Some Thursday links

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  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait shares beautiful images of nebula Sharpless 2-29, brilliant and beautiful from the heart of our galaxy.
  • Centauri Dreams notes how New Horizons is maneuvering for its rendezvous with KBO MU69 on 1 January 2019.
  • Daily JSTOR notes how Indian schools were at once vehicles for the assimilation of American indigenous peoples and also sites for potential resistance.
  • Dangerous Minds shares the vintage Vampirella art of Enrique Torres-Prat.
  • From Tumblr, Explain It Like I’m Not From Lawrence looks at a very unusual tower in the downtown of that Kansas community.
  • Hornet Stories notes that PrEP is becoming available in Brazil, but only for a small subset of potential users.
  • Imageo notes a recent American study observing that the degree of Arctic heating is in at least two millennia.
  • Joe. My. God. notes that Bermuda has repealed marriage equality. I can’t help but think this will not help the island’s tourism.
  • Language Hat links to a new encyclopedia article examining the origins of the Japanese language. I’m surprised the article suggests there are no verifiable links to Korean, Paekche aside.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money has an after-action report on the Alabama senate election. I agree with most of the conclusions–certainly it shows a need to contest every election!
  • Allan Metcalf at Lingua Franca quite likes the term “fake news” for its specific power, claiming it as his word of 2017.
  • The NYR Daily reflects on an exhibition of the powerful works of Modigliani.
  • The Planetary Society Blog reports on some infrared images taken by Juno of Jupiter and volcanic Io.
  • Roads and Kingdoms shares 21 pieces of advice for people interested in visiting Iran as tourists.
  • Towleroad’s list of the Top 10 albums of 2017 is worth paying attention to.
  • If this Window on Eurasia report is correct and HIV seroprevalence in Russia is twice the proportion officially claimed, 1.5% of the population …