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[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.
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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.

[NEWS] Five links about communication: Ontario Internet, Mohawk, Tatarstan, Iroquois, Catalonia

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  • TVO notes that slow Internet speeds cause real problems for people in rural Ontario, focusing here on the southwest.
  • Kelly Boutsalis at NOW Toronto reports on new efforts to revive the Mohawk language.
  • At Open Democracy, Bulat Mukhamedzhanov describes how a centralization in power in Russia away from Tatarstan threatens the future of the Tatar language in education.
  • Ainslie Cruickshank reports on what seems to me to be an ill-judged controversy in a Toronto school over a folksong by Iroquois poet E. Pauline Johnson, “Land of the Silver Birch,” calling it racist, over in the Toronto Star.
  • This politico.eu article examining the polarized media landscape in Catalonia, and wider Spain, is disturbing. Is everyone really talking past each other?

[URBAN NOTE] Five notes: Saint John, Vancouver, Peterborough, Halifax, Point Hope

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  • The mayor of Saint John, in New Brunswick, wants to attract migrants from Canada’s richer but more expensive cities. Global News reports.
  • Vancouver wants to keep old businesses in its Chinatown going, so as to keep as much of the old community as active as possible. Global News reports.
  • Peterborough’s low-income community now has a periodical, The River Magazine, to represent their issues. Global News reports.
  • Assembly of the first Arctic patrol ship in a planned program has been completed in the Halifax Shipyard. CBC reports.
  • The Alaskan community of Point Hope now finds itself, at least partly because of global warming and the interests of financiers, with all of the Internet bandwidth it could ever want. The New York Times reports.

[URBAN NOTE] Four city links: Kingston, New York City, Los Angeles, Beijing

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  • Kingston is currently in the process of planning for two tall high-rises to be built in what seems to be near the heart of the downtown. Global News reports.
  • The question of how New York City will deal with the extended shutdown of the L Train seems, from this account, to have scarcely been answered. VICE reports.
  • The defenses of Los Angeles’ Getty Museum against wildfires are impressive, though I certainly still fear for the art inside. New York reports.
  • The displacement of poor people, often rural migrants, from their Beijing neighbourhoods is a sad story. The Guardian reports.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: condos, Church and Wellesley, biking, Eglinton LRT, Scarborough

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  • blogTO notes that a massive condo tower, 64 stories high, is slated for the northwest corner of Church and Wellesley.
  • VICE reports on how a string of suspicious disappearances, dead people, and outright murders is worrying people in Church and Wellesley.
  • Ben Spurr notes that the Ontario government has given Toronto more than $C 25 million to improve cycling infrastructure, over at the Toronto Star.
  • David Rider notes a push to investigate the idea of burying the western end of the Eglinton LRT line, over at the Toronto Star.
  • Oliver Moore notes the recommendation of outgoing TTC chief Andy Byford that the one-stop Scarborough subway extension be cancelled if the cost is projected to be more than $C 3 billion, over at The Globe and Mail.

[NEWS] Five links about the École Polytechnique massacre

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  • Yasmin Jiwani writes at The Conversation about how the École Polytechnique massacre of 1989 fits into a wider context of misogyny.
  • CBC profiles Erin Hogg, a retired nurse who has kept a tradition of making and wearing white ribbons in memory of the dead of the École Polytechnique going.
  • Anne Thériault writes about how the École Polyechnique massacre illustrates the need to recognize gender and misogyny directly, over at MacLean’s.
  • The Toronto Star reports on commemorations in Ontario of the École Polytechnique massacre.
  • Morgan Lowrie reports for the Canadian Press about the latest presentation of the Order of the Rose scholarship, granted to women continuing their studies in engineering, over at The Globe and Mail.

Written by Randy McDonald

December 6, 2017 at 6:30 pm