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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.

[NEWS] Five LGBTQ links: Andrea Constand, Harry Styles, The Gay Cookbook, UCC homophobia, Brian Sims

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  • This older article notes the importance of the fact that Bill Cosby’s leading accuser, Andrea Costand, is lesbian. Yahoo has it.
  • This them.us article explores the phenomenon of queer women finding Harry Styles concerts to be enjoyable safe spaces.
  • Atlas Obscura notes a remarkable book of the mid-1960s book, Lou Rand Hogan’s The Gay Cookbook. In many ways, it was a precocious text.
  • Cheri DiNovo’s suggestion that the United Church of Canada make a formal apology for past homophobia appeals to me. (I was raised in that church, incidentally.) CBC reports.
  • I quite liked this Queerty interview with out Pennsylvania legislator Brian Sims, covering everything from his opinions on Cynthia Nixon’s run for New York state governor to his status as a sex symbol.

[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.

[NEWS] Five notes on federalism in Canada: Trans Mountain, Alberta, BC, commerce, Québec, federalism

  • CBC notes a Supreme Court of Canada ruling stating a New Brunswick law limiting the import of alcohol beverages from other provinces is constitutional.
  • Alberta is exceptionally unhappy that British Columbia is not permitting the construction of the Trans Mountain pipeline across its territory, to the point of making threats. Global News reports.
  • David Climenhaga at Rabble notes that the Albertan desire for federal intervention against British Columbia will likely work against the Albertans’ traditional interest in maximizing their autonomy.
  • Québec, though uninvolved in the Trans Mountain pipeline controversy, is starting to get involved on grounds of preserving provincial autonomy. CBC reports.
  • Jen Gerson at CBC notes that the fierceness of the interprovincial rivalry and the relative disengagement of the federal government suggests almost a weakening of the unity of Canada in the west.

Written by Randy McDonald

April 20, 2018 at 11:59 pm

[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 city links: Montréal, Utrecht, Vilnius, Saint-Louis, Sydney

  • For perhaps understandable political reason, Québec premier Philippine Couilllard wants Bombardier to get the Montreal metro renewal contract. Global News reports.
  • Utrecht, Noisey notes, has a thriving black metal scene worthy of extended exploration.
  • The bohemian enclave of Užupis, in the middle of the Lithunian capital of Vilnius, is starting to face pressure from gentrification. Politico Europe reports.
  • Ciku Kimeria at Okay Africa makes the case for the old colonial capital of Saint-Louis, in Senegal, to become a major destination for international tourists.
  • The Guardian profiles a serious proposal to split Sydney into three different cities, each with its own development needs, to better manage the wider conurbation.