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[NEWS] Five Canadian politics links: Doug Ford, Kathleen Wynne, Canadian citizens, Three Percenters

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  • Doug Ford hired a crowd of actors to pretend to be supporters. Is this astroturfing a sign of American influence on Canadian politics? The Toronto Star reports.
  • Andrew MacDougall at MacLean’s argues a question tossed off in passing by Doug Ford to Kathleen Wynne, asking where she lost her way, resonates at a deep level about her government. The article is ,a href=”https://www.macleans.ca/opinion/doug-ford-nails-kathleen-wynne-to-a-losing-way/”>here.
  • Steve Paikin wonders about the extent to which an unvoiced homophobia may be contributing to the low popularity levels of a Kathleen Wynne who, herself, has not done much outright wrong. His TVO blog has it.
  • NOW Toronto is entirely right to recommend people born Canadian citizens take witness, at least, of citizenship ceremonies for new Canadians. I can testify that it really is moving.
  • The Three Percenters are the latest nativist social media-driven militia group in Canada, worthy of attention and concern. CBC reports.
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[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Saint John, Hamilton, Winnipeg, Atlantic City, Cairo

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  • A Casavant pipe organ in a church in Saint John, New Brunswick, is up for sale, with an uncertain future. Will it be played again? CBC reports.
  • Syrian refugees resettled in a Hamilton highrise tower have encountered bedbug-related nightmares. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Radio Canada suggests that the substantial Francophone minority in Winnipeg–the largest such community in western Canada–may have helped the city attract investment from France and Québec, here.
  • JSTOR Daily notes the disastrous experience of Atlantic City with casinos.
  • Egypt is planning to deal with congestion and pollution in its capital city of Cairo by building a new capital city. The Guardian reports.

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: New York City, Niagara Falls, Seattle, Boston, Toronto vs Montréal

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  • VICE notes that Airbnb is also having a negative impact on certain neighbourhoods in New York City.
  • It may be necessary to put up barricades at Niagara Falls, but it’s still sad. CBC reports</u..
  • Is Seattle the latest city at risk of being priced out of range of most locals? This Seattle Times opinion piece makes the case.
  • This Toronto Life ad suggesting things to do in a four-day stay in Boston makes that city look wonderful. One day …
  • Why not write an opera about the hockey rivalry between Toronto and Montréal? CBC reports.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: walking on Yonge, Ford Country, Doug Ford, Finch West, Airbnb

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  • John Lorinc considers walking in Toronto, on Yonge Street, in the wake of the van attack, over at Spacing.
  • This classic Toronto Life tour of “Ford Country”, the Toronto landmarks in the career of the Ford brothers, is quite relevant in this election year.
  • Royson James is quite right to note the limit of Rob Ford’s outreach towards black and other minority youth, over at the Toronto Star.
  • blogTO reports on the start of construction of the Finch West LRT line. I sincerely hope it won’t be disrupted by election year change in the way the Eglinton subway was by the Harris government.
  • Sean Grisdale at Spacing notes the highly concentrated, and negative, impact of Airbnb on housing in downtown Toronto neighbourhoods.

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Markham, Hamilton, Rotterdam, Hambantota, Warsaw

  • In response to a desire to remove an almost bizarre controversial statue of a cow from its location in a neighbourhood in Markham, the owner has sued the city for $C 4 million. The Toronto Star reports.
  • The mayor of Hamilton, Ontario, would like housing incorporated into shopping malls, to deal with issues of housing and retail in one go. Global News reports.
  • Brexit threatens to decidedly destabilize the picture for the Dutch port city of Rotterdam. The Independent reports.
  • Bloomberg notes that the controversial Chinese-owned port of Hambantota, in Sri Lanka, is doing terrible business.
  • Newly-discovered documents provide confirmation of the belief that the Nazis planned to utterly destroy Warsaw. The National Post reports.

[NEWS] Five links on populism: Doug Ford and Ontario, Randy Hillier, California, Italy

  • Sabrina Nanji takes a look at the reasons why the populism of Doug Ford is doing so well this year, over at the Toronto Star.
  • Andrew MacDougall at MacLean’s argues that, to win, Doug Ford needs to find some sort of change that he can champion.
  • Edward Keenan takes a look at the (I would say) nearly ridiculous amount of rural populism Conservative MPP Randy Hillier crams into a single tweet, here at the Toronto Star.
  • John Cassidy at The New Yorker points to the many ways that California, despite Donald Trump, is pointing away from his brand of populism.
  • If, as Foreign Policy suggests, the fragmented and mercurial and populist political scene of Italy is something that will be followed by Europe if not the wider West, we will have problems.

[URBAN NOTE] Five cities links: Peel Region, Montréal, Ontario Cannabis Store, Homewood, London

  • Chris Rattan argues at NOW Toronto that Peel Region should stop its school resource officer program, embedding cops in schools.
  • Montréal mayor Valérie Plante wants to make homebuying more affordable for locals in her city. The Montreal Gazette reports.
  • The first four outposts of the Ontario Cannabis Store chain will be in Toronto, Kingston, Guelph, and Thunder Bay. The Toronto Star reports.
  • CityLab reports on how the Chicagoland community of Homewood is using comics to market itself to millennial homeseekers, here.
  • Why is the homicide rate in London so high? Problems in crime-fighting, including policing and crime prevention both, need to be dealt with. Bloomberg View reports.