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[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Montréal, Detroit, New York City, Mumbai, Stratford

  • La Presse interviews one owner of a calèche, an iconic horse-and-carriage from Montréal, who claims that an impending ban will be devastating.
  • blogTO notes the possibility, in the early 2020s, of a new passenger rail route connecting Toronto to Detroit.
  • CityLab takes a look at The Shed, the performing arts centre in the controversial Manhattan development of Hudson Yards.
  • Bloomberg makes the argument for India to create a purpose-built financial centre for Mumbai.
  • Stu Neatby at The Guardian looks at the shortage of rental housing in the growing Charlottetown PE suburb of Stratford.

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Mississauga, Kahnawake, Madrid, Helsinki, Mumbai

  • Croatian-Canadian fans in Mississauga were definitely organized and ready to celebrate the Croatian team playing in the World Cup finals. Global News reports.
  • People in Kahnawake are looking forward to an upcoming powwow, as a celebration of indigenous culture and a vehicle for reconciliation. Global News reports.
  • CityLab notes the progress that environmental initiatives in Madrid have had in bringing wildlife back to the Spanish capital.
  • Politico Europe reports on the mood in Helsinki on the eve of the Trump-Putin summit there. Avoiding a repetition of Munich was prominent in locals’ minds.
  • Namrata Kolachalam at Roads and Kingdoms reports from Mumbai on the negative environmental impact of a controversial statue of Marathi conqueror Shivaji on local fishing communities.

[LINK] Some Friday links

    Acts of Minor Treason speculates on the constellations people might see in the sky from the star HD 98618, a very Sun-like star a hundred light-years away

  • James Bow is decidedly unimpressed by the decision of the Roman Catholic archbishop of Recife to publicly excommunicate the mother of a nine-year old who became pregnant with twins after she was raped by her stepfather and had to have an abortion to save her life, and the doctors who performed the abortion.
  • Centauri Dreams’ Paul Gilster refers to interesting computer simulations suggesting that Earth-sized–perhaps even Earth-like–planets can form in close orbits around dim red dwarf stars. Since most stars are red dwarfs, this has obvious implications for the search for extraterrestrial life.
  • Edward Lucas reviews an interesting book on Jewish historians in interwar and Second World War Poland who tried to preserve their history in the face of oppression and eventually genocide.
  • Marginal Revolution cites the fact that a black man in Washington D.C. is more likely to be HIV-positive than his Rwandan counterpart.
  • Normblog’s Norman Geras considers the ways in which liberalism and socialism are intimately and necessarily intertwined.
  • Slap Upside the Head reports that the Anglican Church of Nigeria wants to punish participants in gay marriages with long jail sentences.
  • At Space and Culture, Anne blogs about Mumbaikers’ tolerance for random street encounters and how this makes their city livable. (Thoughts?)
  • Strange Maps features a map showing how Israeli travel restrictions have helped make Palestinian communities in the West Bank into a disconnected archipelago.
  • Over at Noel Maurer’s blog, Jussi Jalonen makes a guest post explaining why, after 1815, the autonomous Russian-affiliated states of Finland and Poland experienced such divergent political fates.
  • Torontoist reports on someone who’s spreading false rumours that the food at Laila, a Middle Eastern take-out restaurant in the Annex, is killing people.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy links to Toto’s music video for Africa, shot in a law library, and addresses the question of whether or not the Vatican is required by international law to keep its various artistic treasures.
  • Windows on Eurasia quotes a Russian scientist who suggests that Russia’s population decline might prompt ethnic minorities, like Tatars and Udmurts, to seek independence lest they disappear, and blogs about how Russia’s Komi Permyak are very unhappy with the results of the amalgamation of their ethnoterritorial unit with Perm oblast.

Written by Randy McDonald

March 20, 2009 at 8:38 am

[BRIEF NOTE] We are all Mumbaikers

The Toronto Star has the Canadian angle.on the terrorist attacks in Mumbai.

Six Canadians are among hostages being held at a luxury hotel after a series of bloody terrorist attacks, apparently targeting foreigners, which killed at least 110 people and injured more than 300.

The highly co-ordinated attacks Wednesday night by bands of gunmen were aimed at two five-star hotels, a popular restaurant, a crowded train station, a Jewish centre and at least five other sites in Mumbai.

The militants were armed with assault rifles, hand grenades and explosives.

Authorities say 110 people were killed and more than 300 injured. There are no reports of Canadian deaths, but a government source told the Canadian Press that six Canadians were being held captive.

More, what happened yesterday in Mumbai–the viciousness of the attacks, the number of diverse targets–underlines the reality that to the people responsible for these atrocities we are all Mumbaikers. This Torontonian sends his sympathies to Mumbaikers and their great city in their time of trouble.

Written by Randy McDonald

November 27, 2008 at 1:08 pm