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[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Koreans, Italians, Irish, Albino Carreira, #threetorontos

  • This 2013 Toronto Guardian article explains how the Korean community in Toronto can trace its origins to early 20th century missionaries from Canada.
  • At Spacing, Daniel Panneton writes about the rise of fascism in Italian Toronto and the very different reactions to this ideology’s rise.
  • CBC Toronto reports on the popular new app Irish App-roved, aimed at helping new immigrants from Ireland get oriented in Toronto.
  • Jacob Lorinc at the Toronto Star tells the story of Albino Carreira, a Portuguese-Canadian construction worker disabled by a construction incident in the 1990s who went on to whimsically decorate his Clinton Street home and his bug-covered van.
  • The growing racialization of poverty in Toronto is a huge ongoing concern. The Toronto Star reports.

[NEWS] Five LGBTQ links: queercore, lesbian pulp novels, drag, Church closeted, #MeToo

  • Hornet Stories looks at the history of the queercore punk movement.
  • Sarah Fonseca at them examines the subgenre of the lesbian pulp novel.
  • CBC carries the argument of drag queen Halal Bae that, after RuPaul made drag mainstream, it’s up to new artists like her to broaden the scope of the genre.
  • I am strongly inclined to agree with Andrew Sullivan that the closeted corruption documented by Frédéric Martel in the Roman Catholic Church is morally repugnant. His New York blog has it.
  • Kai Cheng Thom writes at Daily Xtra about the #MeToo movement in the context of queer communities, and the extra burdens it–and we–face.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Chinatown, Alternative Thinking, Bloor West, Black Toronto,Quayside

  • Toronto’s Chinatown on Spadina Avenue is facing pressures from gentrification, including architectural ones, the Toronto Star observes.
  • blogTO notes that the building housing shop Alternative Thinking is the only survivor of the old Honest Ed’s-anchored Mirvish Village.
  • Urban Toronto shares revised plans for 2452 Bloor Street West, in Bloor West Village near Jane.
  • Black people in Toronto tend to live in “segregated” neighbourhoods, census and other data suggest, according to this article in the Toronto Star.
  • Global News notes the demand of privacy commissioner Anne Cavoukian for the data being gathered by Waterfront Toronto in the Quayside project.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Scarborough subway, Jimmy’s Coffee, Fairland Funhouse, and more

  • The final cost of the Scarborough subway remains unknown, on account of the many design changes. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Steve Benjamins reports on Toronto’s Jimmy’s Coffee.
  • The old Fairland Grocery in Kensington Market on Augusta Avenue is being made over into a funhouse. (Tickets still available at print time.) NOW Toronto reports.
  • The Malta Bake Shop in the Junction is trying to resist gentrification as best as it can. The National Post reports.
  • The New York Times reports on a remarkably multilingual kindergarten in Thorncliffe Park.

[BLOG] Some Monday links

  • Crooked Timber links to John Quiggin’s article in the Guardian about how formerly public companies should be renationalized.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes that Lockheed has just signed a $US 150 million dollar contract to deliver a 60 kilowatt laser weapon to the US navy by 2020.
  • Hornet Stories ranks the different performances at last night’s Grammies, giving Kesha top placing.
  • JSTOR Daily looks back to contemporary coverage of the 1918 flu epidemic. How did people react, how did they cope?
  • Language Hat looks at a multilingual comic by Japan-born artist Ru Kawahata, Stuck in the Middle.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money suggests that, rather than hoping for Trump to perform to minimal expectations in the upcoming State of the Union address, it might be more profitable (and enjoyable?) to wait for the inevitable meltdown. What will it be?
  • Marginal Revolution notes a proposal in Rotterdam for police to arrest people wearing expensive clothes and jewellery and, if they cannot explain where they got them, confiscate them. Of course this policy could not be misused.
  • Towleroad notes that drag queens have quit Burkhart’s, a prominent gay bar in Atlanta, in response to that bar’s owner’s racist and alt-right statements on Facebook.
  • Paul Cassell at the Volokh Conspiracy argues Judge Rosemarie Aquilina was entirely correct in allowing all the victims of Nassar to speak at sentencing.
  • Window on Eurasia notes that radical Islamists are increasingly using Russian to communicate, not the traditional languages of Russia’s Muslim populations. Linguistic assimilation does not equal cultural assimilation.

[BLOG] Some Sunday links

  • blogTO lists some interesting things to do and see in Toronto’s American neighbour, Buffalo.
  • The Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly strongly defends contemporary journalism as essential for understanding the world.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money rightly takes issue with the claim identity politics hinders the US left. Remember New Deal coalitions?
  • Marginal Revolution notes just how expensive it is to run Harvard.
  • Otto Pohl notes the upcoming 76th anniversary of the Soviet deportation of the Volga Germans.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer reports on the remarkably fluent code-switching between English and French of some Washington D.C. subway riders.
  • Strange Maps notes rival food and fabric maps of India and Pakistan.
  • Tricia Wood at Torontoist argues that, for environmental and economic reasons, Ontario needs high-speed rail.
  • Window on Eurasia suggests Tatarstan has done a poor job of defending its sovereignty from the Russian government.

[URBAN NOTE] “Parks as natural places for engagement across difference”

Spacing’s Jake Tobin Garrett has an interview with Jay Pitter looking at how parks can be critical bits of public space, especially in a multicultural community.

Jake Tobin Garrett: The vision of the organization you work for, the Inspirit Foundation, is to create a more inclusive and pluralist Canada where differences are valued and engaged. How do you see that vision relating to parks and public spaces?

Jay Pitter: In addition to acknowledging and addressing systemic inequities, we believe that encouraging an inclusive and pluralist Canada is predicated on encouraging people to engage each other across difference. The public realm plays a large role in that. The Inspirit Foundation supports many projects that leverage the public realm to bring people together to address issues that are paramount within their local context.

For instance, we funded an Edmonton-based project called iHuman. The project provides supports for Indigenous youth, many of whom are street-involved, to engage with the broader community in the public realm. Last year they hosted a block party and there were performances and workshops led by Indigenous youth who are street-involved engaging the wider community. What’s really exciting about this project is it really recast Indigenous youth who are experiencing homelessness from being a vulnerable to powerful. The project demonstrates their capacity not just their struggles; the public realm plays an integral role in amplifying this respectful approach to youth engagement and addressing systemic exclusion.

Written by Randy McDonald

January 29, 2017 at 6:00 pm

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

  • blogTO shares some photos of Toronto in colour from the 1950s.
  • Centauri Dreams talks about SETI in the light of the Anthropocene era.
  • Dangerous Minds notes that there is now a hipster nativity scene available for purchase.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper suggesting that tidal heating could explain the difference between super-Earths and mini-Neptunes.
  • Joe. My. God. notes that protecting Trump in New York City costs that municipality a million dollars a day, and notes a parade of Spanish fascists in support of Trump.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes that politics is identity politics.
  • The LRB Blog notes the end of Sarkozy’s campaign and revisits Goldwater.
  • The Russian Demographics Blog reports on the latest about the population of Ukraine.
  • Towleroad notes the hateful mail received by an out mayor in Massachusetts.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy looks at Trump’s apparently anti-constitutional entanglement of business and politics.
  • Window on Eurasia reports on how Russia’s promotion of the Russian language in neighbouring countries is backfiring, and looks at the hard nationalist line of Patriarch Kirill against Ukrainian autocephaly and multiculturalism in Russia.

[URBAN NOTE] On those signs in East York calling on whites to mobilize against multiculturalism

This news item from Global News highlights how the US-Canadian border, a thin line even on the map, is in reality wholly imaginary. Counting on the border alone as a defense is a poor idea.

Toronto police have launched an investigation after residents in the city’s east-end found “ultra right wing” posters that urged white people “tired of political correctness” and “questioning when immigration will stop” to join an online movement they suspect arose out of Donald Trump’s election win.

The signs have a bold headline that reads “Hey, WHITE PERSON” and ask, “wondering why only white countries have to become ‘multicultural’?” and “figuring out that diversity only means less white people’?”

They also called for those with similar thinking to join the “alt-right” political movement on several conservative Canadian and American websites.

“I found the posters very disturbing, residents in my ward sent it this morning. I think the sentiments expressed in the poster are totally unacceptable in this city and it’s very worrisome,” Coun. Janet Davis told Global News Monday, after the signs turned up in Ward 31 Beaches-East York.

“I’m quite worried that the Donald Trump election has legitimized this kind of ultra right wing viewpoint and encouraged these kinds of expressions of hate.”

Written by Randy McDonald

November 14, 2016 at 5:00 pm

[URBAN NOTE] “Bonnie Crombie vs Mississauga’s race-baiters: Are symbolic gestures enough?”

Spacing Toronto’s Fatima Syed looks at how a spat involving online racism and Mississauga’s mayor illustrates failings in that city’s multiculturalism/

Earlier this month, Mississauga mayor Bonnie Crombie was lauded for standing up against racism for the second time in a year. On Sunday Oct. 9, she filed a hate hate-crime complaint with Peel police after a local website published an article claiming she “is converting Mississauga into a dangerous Islamic war zone” so “they can kill her son just for being gay.”

The article comes a year after Mississauga council approved the zoning application for the Meadowvale Islamic Centre. During one council committee meeting, Crombie shamed Kevin Johnston, owner of the website that published the article, for distributing flyers denigrating the Muslim community and strongly petitioning against the construction of a mosque.

“Racism and flat-out lies have no place in Mississauga,” Crombie told the Toronto Star, in a statement that was widely celebrated as strong leadership.

Denouncing racism, however, is a reaction that occurs only after it has reared its ugly head. Crombie’s moves, both times, outwardly demonstrate her intention to tackle racism head-on. But they are little more than symbolic gestures, underscoring Mississauga’s preferred image of itself as a seemingly open and welcoming multicultural city. The fact is that her denunciations don’t address the reality that the Mississauga council continues to both govern and plan in a way that marginalizes its new immigrant communities, explicitly creating political spaces for racism to exist.

Like most multicultural cities, Mississauga embodies a great display of urban diversity, with 47% of residents reporting a mother language other than English. For many, it is an advertisement for global urbanism, where ethno-cultural pockets exist side by side, each with their own sounds, smells and signs.

But the city’s social diversity isn’t working as well as it may outward appear.

Written by Randy McDonald

October 20, 2016 at 3:00 pm